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And the Streak Goes On

With a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, the Nationals completed a sweep of their six-game homestand. The victory was the team's eighth in a row, the longest active winning streak in all of baseball. Washington also has won eight consecutive games at home. Oh, and the offense has scored five or more runs in nine straight games.

I'll give you a few moments to digest all that ...

And we're back. So what exactly have we been witnessing of late from a squad that not too long ago was 40 games under .500 and seemingly inventing new ways to fail?

Interim manager Jim Riggleman believes a lot of it has to do with the team's improvement in the situational hitting department.

"It's one of the biggest differences as to why we've been able to win some ballgames," Riggleman said. "All season I think we've gotten our fair share of hits -- I think we're third or fourth in the league in hitting -- but we weren't really pushing them across, and guys are just getting those hits now and it's allowed us to win a lot of ballgames."

Entering Sunday, the Nationals were ranked No. 4 in the National League in batting average (.267). But as Riggleman mentioned, the hitting is only validated if runs eventually cross the plate.

In the bottom of the third with men on first and second and two outs, Elijah Dukes drove in a run with a single to left field. An inning later, Nyjer Morgan slapped a single, stole second base and then raced home on a two-out hit by Cristian Guzman*. With two outs in the eighth, Dukes drove in two more runs with another two-out single.

* A couple of notes on Guzman. First, he did not get credit for an RBI on that fourth-inning single due to an error by Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds. Second, Guzman is batting .317 and currently owns a 15-game hitting streak. Third, Guzman actually drew a walk in the sixth (which earned him an RBI). Guzman does not walk often (12 on the year), and so each one must be cherished.

Other factors that have aided Washington's recent prosperous spurt include solid defense and effective pitching from the bullpen. The Nationals have not made an error in 13 of their last 16 games.

As for the bullpen, it held up admirably again on Sunday, despite the potential for distress. When Tyler Clippard relieved starter J.D. Martin to start the sixth, he walked the first two batters he saw. Those two batters turned out to be the only ones Clippard saw, as he quickly was yanked in favor of Jason Bergmann. A pop out and a double play later, Bergmann and the Nationals escaped unharmed.

In the seventh, Ron Villone yielded consecutive two-out singles, but Jorge Sosa came on to close out the inning with a strikeout. Sosa allowed a solo home run to Reynolds in the eighth, but that proved to be the lone blemish on the Washington bullpen's afternoon.

"I just think people are playing relaxed," Adam Dunn said of the team's recent and drastic turnaround. "This is what I expected from day one. That's why it was so frustrating, because I knew that we were capable of playing like this and I wish we would have played this loose and had fun earlier in the year. It's good that we're finally playing the way we're capable of, but again, it's frustrating because I know that we should have been playing like this from day one."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 9, 2009; 6:22 PM ET
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Moyer will be out of the rotation now? He won't be a bullpen guy and he won't go to the minors, so they have nowhere to put him. Waivers? Let's make a claim and he can be the perfect mentor for all of our young arms? And also give us 6 innings every fifth day? Someone tell Rizzo to make the call.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Hats off to the Nats for their streak. It's great to be able to cheer at the park again. But, at the risk of being the skunk at the garden party, one observation: it's easy to let the overwhelming offense of late eclipse attention to the problems on the mound. True, the Nats relievers have done much better, and Riggleman has done a good job of knowing exactly when to pull one guy for the next. But we still need a lot more pitchers who can throw strikes, especially early in the count. Clippard and McDougal, in particular, give me too many grey hairs by falling behind people, especially when it happens with light hitters who deserve no respect.
That said, there's a heck of a lot of momentum in Natstown right now. Keep it up, guys!
Oh, and one more thing: "JIMMY! IT'S ON!"

Posted by: jdsp2000 | August 9, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Does the Post have anything on the story broken by the Boston Globe and covered by other media that the Red Sox have put in a waiver claim for Guzman?

I realize that to the Post's sports editors every other athletic endeavor is an afterthought compared to the Redskins, but could somebody down there please try to commit journalism and let us know what's going on, even if it means temporarily reassigning one of the six reporters at Redskins training camp? (You know, the ones, according to the Sports Bog's Steinberg, who are bumping into each other searching for any stories one of more of the other five aren't already covering.)

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

steve, your bach gamer and notebook are great. thanks for your pichhitting efforts, and we look forward to more terps/ncaa/golf/tennis stuff.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the Post is taking the weekend off, at least as far as baseball is concerned. I can't imagine a more useless relay of a conversation than Steve quoting Riggs about situational hitting.

Posted by: paulkp | August 9, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

send yanda to atlanta to cover the series!

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

And this is why I hate Washington. The Nats have the longest win streak in the league right now Guzman is on waivers and no one knows whats going on, least of all the reporters. Why is that? Because everyones at redskins training camp that no one should care about, its not even pre-season its training camp people!
I was at the game on saturday and have to say I had a blast, the one and only complaint I had was that 75% of the people around me knew nothing of baseball wore no Nats gear at all and didn't even cheer when we hit a home run or got a beautiful double play!

Posted by: Elbaryn | August 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Nothing about Guzman on waivers? This would never happen at a newspaper that actually covers baseball. Where's CiL when you need him most?

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

How hard is it Post? It's on

Posted by: Elbaryn | August 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

JSDP2000: You are dead on my friend pitching from behind in the count is just asking for trouble, to be sure the Braves are not the D-Backs and will hammer the Nats starters and bullpen if they continue that dangerous trend,on another note Riggleman doesn't fool around, Clippard walked the first two batters he faced and man he was gone and that's exactly what should happen send a message that if you don't do your job then you are going to have a seat.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 9, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

i really like that riggleman wasn't afraid to pull clippard right away today. it seems like a marked change from manny's "patience."

as soon as clippard walked the first guy, the bullpen phone rang, according to charlie and dave. they even joked about knorr needing a cordless phone today because it was ringing before he even sat down.

it really kept my blood pressure down knowing riggleman wasn't going to let it get out of hand. well. that and all the hits and runs and stuff.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag: jinx. buy me a coke.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I join my voice to the chorus expressing bafflement on the WaPo's silence about Guzman and the Red Sox. Why is it that every blog and message board thread has this information, but the Washington Post does not?

Of course, this is the same paper that was forced to fill the middle portion of today's magazine section with a "tsk-tsk" column about the decline of the Washington City Paper. Deep and bitter irony there.

Hello, pot? Meet the kettle.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Bergmann has been on fire lately. The last three or four times he's appeared, he came into a key spot in the game, runners on, and he gets out of the inning with no runs allowed. Awesome job.

Posted by: Willy2 | August 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that would be so good. Either a lot of guys would have to run into outs on the bases, or the pitcher would make all three outs in the first inning and they'd be 4/4 by the second inning.

"One day, I want [batting spots] one through eight to go 4 for 4 in the game. I want everyone to have four hits. That'd be awesome."
Dunn, from today's gamer.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 9, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

SHOUT out to JiM, we hear there's some weather out there. Hope you and yours are OK.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 9, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it's the beard and shaved head, myself. Bergie, you still reading this here? You're looking like money in the bank these days, kid.

Bergmann has been on fire lately. The last three or four times he's appeared, he came into a key spot in the game, runners on, and he gets out of the inning with no runs allowed. Awesome job.

Posted by: Willy2 | August 9, 2009 10:56 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 9, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

i really like that riggleman wasn't afraid to pull clippard right away today. it seems like a marked change from manny's "patience."

as soon as clippard walked the first guy, the bullpen phone rang, according to charlie and dave. they even joked about knorr needing a cordless phone today because it was ringing before he even sat down.

it really kept my blood pressure down knowing riggleman wasn't going to let it get out of hand. well. that and all the hits and runs and stuff.

Posted by: NatsNut |
One of the most noticeable differences in managing styles is that Jim (so far) has had the right instincts on his pitchers.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | August 9, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

we have to do our own reporting and/or speculating re guz, i guess.

so the sox lost their sixth in a row just now. is the pressure great enough that they will be more likely to deal with rizzo tomorrow?

if so, what will we take?

how about one of these class A guys (and of course the relief from the $8 mil next year)?

Stolmy Pimentel (skinny like our Fabian), Greenville (A), 9-6, 3.25, K/BB 4.5
One of the Red Sox' top young Latin pitching prospects, Pimentel has a nice pitcher's frame and a high ceiling. Relies mainly on his 90-93 mph four-seam fastball, but also makes use of an very good curveball and an excellent changeup. Just starting to develop a two-seam cutter as well. His fastball hits the mid-90s when he reaches back, and he may be able to sustain that velocity over full starts when he grows into his frame. Pimentel's changeup is advanced for his age, sitting between 78-82 mph, and has the potential to be a wipeout pitch. 12-6 curveball has the tendency to create a lot of swings and misses, and sits around 76 mph. Curveball has plus potential, but right now he tends to hang it a bit too much. Aggressive - throws strikes with very good command. Also has decent control, he's not going to issue a lot of free passes. 3/4 arm slot, maintains velocity well. Smooth delivery. Learning English at a good pace.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse


Stephen Fife (not skinny like our Fabian), Salem (A), 2-1, 3.38, K/BB 6.0
Great pitcher's frame. At Utah, Fife worked middle relief in 2007 and earned a rotation spot for 2008. Four-seam fastball gets up to 95 mph, but generally sits between 90-93 mph. Two seamer sits around 90 mph and has a really nice sink. He uses his two-seamer more than the four-seamer. Great movement on his fastball, tailing down and in on righties. Also works in a biting 76-79 mph curveball and an 81-84 mph changeup. Relies mostly on his fastball, but has gone to his curveball as his out pitch on occasion. Working on improving the command of his curve, but has outstanding control overall. Really pounds the strike zone. Fife also has a slider in his arsenal that has been put on the shelf while he works on his curveball. Extreme groundball pitcher. Workhorse, went deep into games in college, maintaining velocity well. Ultimately, Fife has a high potential to become a major league pitcher, and whether or not he's able to become a starter in the bigs depends on how well he hones his secondary stuff. Somewhat jerky delivery with a lot of torque - snaps the ball as it comes out of his hand. Really came on as a draft prospect late in the 2008 NCAA season. Fife missed the first few months of the 2009 season with weakness in his throwing shoulder.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse


Ryan Westmoreland, Lowell (Short Season A), .287, 12 SB, 0 CS
One of the top New England high school players in 2008. Sturdy, athletic build with the ability to add strength. Open stance. Keeps his hands high around his helmet and goes into a bit of a crouch as the ball approaches. Smooth and quick swing. Patient and selective - waits for his pitch. Above average power potential with a terrific approach. Elite speed with excellent base-running skills. Strong arm with nice outfield range. Very intelligent. Passed up a full ride at Vanderbilt to sign with the Sox. Also a great pitcher in high school, he pitched a perfect game in April 2008, striking out 19 of 21 batters. Had surgery on a partially torn labrum in November 2008.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey. I am just wondering about all those jerks on this site who kept insisting that J.D. Martin could not pitch in the major leagues.

Please step up to the plate and eat some public crow. Damned internet know-nothings....

Posted by: fischy | August 9, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

One of the things noticed about this streak is that not only are the Nationals not playing like a last place team but the manager is not managing like he is a caretaker of the team. Riggleman seems so very in tune to the rhythm of the game--tweaking every performance, knowing when to pull starters, knowing when to yank relievers. This knowing seems to be from decades of experience in the game, not from a straight stats analysis approach. Is this the indicator of a manager being "in the zone" like a hitter when he is on a 4 for 4 night? Right now most of the team is playing up to their potential, they are carrying each other in a magnificent way.

I would bet there are a few general managers who wished that they had made a deal for Willingham before the trade deadline. Every pennant chasing team needs a player of his caliber. I am glad they did not, however. Morgan, Willingham and Dukes makes a great outfield for the Nats.

I hope that Rizzo exacts a very high price from the team that claims Guzman. If it is the Red Sox I hope the price is double what he was asking earlier.

Posted by: driley | August 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Dan Roche from WBZ Boston reports that a reliable source within the Red Sox says that Guzman was discussed, but the Sox decided not to claim him. I don't expect the Post to report on something until they've confirmed it. It appears that there was nothing to this story in the first place.

Posted by: NattyFan | August 10, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm...eight days ago wasn't nearly everyone here calling Riggleman an idiot/Manny clone who knows nothing about putting together a lineup?

My point is, frustrating as this year has been, let's not turn into the types of fans (like the ones in New York)who boo their players whenever they make an out and then demand a cutain call when they hit a home run two innings later.

Congrats to Riggleman and the really shoethanded Nats for finally giving us long-suffering fans a week of pride and some great baseball.

Posted by: InTheCheapSeats | August 10, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Concur with CheapSeats: getting too worked up over the good is as silly as getting too worked up over the bad. (But easy on the "nearly everyone here" thing, okay? Some folks get wound up, and those who aren't wound up aren't gonna post every three minutes to say "Take it easy.")

We can, however, enjoy the fact that our team's manager is seeing pitchers really well right now and feeling sexy at the pine.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 10, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

AZ paper: Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit had a two-start win streak snapped as he allowed four runs in four innings Sunday, including a two-run home run by Adam Dunn in the first inning. "The ball was away," Petit said. "I don't know how he hit it out. He's got a lot of power."

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 10, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Uh... J.D. Martin had ONE good game and you want me to eat crow? The guy basically has a 6 ERA. If anything, you should eat crow. I wish Martin could be an effective pitcher, but after a solid, not even close to spectacular, 5 inning, 5 hit, 1 ER performance that LOWERED his era to 5.91, I find it a little bit hard to say hes a big league rotation caliber guy. Sorry. Just my opinion.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 10, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

one good start is more than many many people have had...not sayin you should eat crow but its very hard to just get lucky against a major league team

Posted by: formerlylove1 | August 10, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse


It is common practice to put the entire 25 man roster on waivers right after the trade deadline. I suspect even Ryan Zimmerman was waived. Thus the Guzman thing is really not that big a deal. The Nats don't have to do anything if they don't want to. The waivers aren't irrevocable. Teams have been doing this since the sixties and the fans are always shocked. I sometimes think no one on this site has ever followed baseball before.

Posted by: WashOut | August 10, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

I, too, am disappointed that the Post has not addressed the Guzman waivers story (once it's on, it becomes more than a rumor.) I'm normally a supporter of Chico and Post reporting, so I hope that soon, they'll chime in.

But, hey, an 8-game win streak!

It's hard, sometimes, to remember that miracle first-half of '05 with the 10-game streak -- so many games the Nats should not have won, but they did. I especially remember one they didn't, when Cordero loaded the bases in the 9th and was about to get out of it on a grounder to Guz, who threw it away. That game, the 9th inning meltdown in San Diego that Svulga talks about in his book (I saw it on MLB_TV) and Bowden's woeful effort that left the team with 3 starters for last 6 weeks kept the Nats from having a winning record.

May better day be on the near horizon.

Posted by: nats24 | August 10, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

but after a solid, not even close to spectacular, 5 inning, 5 hit, 1 ER performance that LOWERED his era to 5.91:

Then "let's go Nats"? Sounds pretty forced.

Hmmm let's look at the starting rotation shall we?

J. Lannan (ace) 3.39 ERA 44 walks 65 SO 15 HR
D. Cabrera (now AZ) 5.85 35 walks 16 SO 9 HR
S Martis 5.25 ERA 39 walks 34 SO 11 HR
J Zimmermann 4.63 ERA 29 walks 92 SO 10 HR
C Balester 5.21 ERA 4 walks 11 SO 6 HR
C Stammen 5.40 ERA 16 walks 37 SO 9 HR
G. Mock 6.14 ERA 19 walks 26 SO 5 HR
R. Detwiler 6.30 ERA 22 walks 33 SO 3 HR
J. Martin 5.91 ERA 6 walks 8 SO 5 HR

Okay so what's your beef. Everyone with the exception of Lannan and Zimmermann have been adapting to the big leagues. Before the season Lannan and Zimmermann were considered their top pitchers?

You might as well criticize every pitcher other than those two. Who would you prefer, Martin trying his best to win and apparently succeeding or Cabrera? Sheesh.

Posted by: periculum | August 10, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

WashOut is right ... it is common practice. Rizzo pretty much said that he wasn't through after the deadline.

The Boston story is only important in that the RedSawx showed strong interest ...

I find it more interesting that **SUDDENLY** Guzman is walking more!!!? At the beginning of August he had, count them, nine total walks. Not what you want from your #2 or #1 hitter. He has recently added 3 additional walks. Two in key situations. Its a start ... and I hope it continues. To help this team he and Morgan both need to walk more. And they appear to be trying to do it!

Posted by: periculum | August 10, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Wash, we got the revocable waivers part, tho i'm certain that your knowledge of the game surpasses all of ours by several orders of magnitude; sorry to be so baseball-ignorant and to upset you, as we have.

the point of the of the boston globe story and the national interest was/is this:

at present, there is no major league starting shortstop on the red sox team.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 10, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, Guz has been taking more pitches -- especially first pitches, which he loves -- lately. It can't hurt, if it gets him a few more cookies to whale on early. He also has been defering to Nyjer and the steal possibility.

Posted by: nats24 | August 10, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Again as some mentioned in previous threads: It does seem as if Rizzo must believe he can make a trade for a shortstop or a top 50 shortstop prospect, by trading Guzman? At least in my opinion, that seems pretty interesting. Or does he believe in Desmond? Espinosa is too far away?

Posted by: periculum | August 10, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

they are too far away, peri?

morse has fielded SS poorly, and he's never played second much, if at all, but we could give him a shot there, and give gonz and his gun SS back for 'good'?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 10, 2009 2:33 AM | Report abuse

meaning desmond is a <.250 hitter anywhere he may play.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 10, 2009 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Morse seems more of a 3B/1b/2b/Lf/Rf utility guy like a Belliard and/or Harris? Not sure if he is a starter? He is ready ... but the guys he would ostensibly replace (Harris/Belliard) aren't going anywhere?

The middle of the infield was pretty weak ... and now that the outfield looks pretty solid ... it may be the glaring weakness? Catcher might be second? Since pitching appears to be managed, at least to some extent, in both AAA and with the Nats.

Posted by: periculum | August 10, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Am I reading the same WaPo site that you guys are? It says right there in the Notes section that Guzzie got claimed. No quotes, but from all the articles I've seen from various people, everyone's pretty closed mouth about it.

Posted by: swang30 | August 10, 2009 4:11 AM | Report abuse

It's fascinating that the Orioles seem to have the same problems as the Nats--i.e., weak starting pitching. The difference is Angelos & Co. have been working on the problem for eleven years, and there's very little progress evident this year in Balto.

Let's hope the Nats will not take that long to develop a rotation worthy of the major leagues. To do so, they have to avoid the bad Karma (and terrible decisions) that comes out of Redskins Park. The owner over there (Danny Boy) knows how to extract defeat from the jaws of victory as much as Angelos & Co. do.

The key to the Nats' future will be the choice of GM. Cross your fingers.

Posted by: JohnRDC | August 10, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Could be the high stockings, too. Or, maybe he's figured a few things out. Whatever the reason, I feel pretty confident when he enters a game with runners on these days, and that's a good thing.


I think it's the beard and shaved head, myself. Bergie, you still reading this here? You're looking like money in the bank these days, kid.

Bergmann has been on fire lately. The last three or four times he's appeared, he came into a key spot in the game, runners on, and he gets out of the inning with no runs allowed. Awesome job.

Posted by: Willy2 | August 9, 2009 10:56 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 9, 2009 11:24 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 10, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The Boston Globe is doing a better job of covering the Nationals than the Washington Post. Not only did the Globe break the Guzman story, but they also reported about two possible candidates for the Nats GM job. Post? Nothing.

This is an important time for this franchise. Strasburg's signing is due in a week. There are talks about filling the GM post. The team has its second longest winning streak in franchise history. The team's starting shortstop was put on waivers and apparently claimed by Boston. The complete lack of coverage by the Post is appalling.

I know this may amaze you but there are some of us more interested in any of the above stories than in how the Redskins practice went yesterday.

Posted by: raymitten | August 10, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

> The complete lack of coverage by the Post is appalling.

The Perfect Storm hit this weekend and blew out any chance of the Nationals receiving coverage in the Post. Redskins Fan Appreciation Day and the opening of Julie and Julia.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 10, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to be a bandwagon-er but...

Yesterday (Sunday) my girlfriend bought a dead-tree edition of the post. I dove for the sports page thinking that a big celebratory headline and photo of the Nationals on their longest winning streak of the season would be on the front.

NOTHING above the fold, a giant color photo of Redskins scrimmaging, only a bottom corner of the front page begins the story.

It is really upsetting to me that offseason practice of football is more "news" worthy than in-season coverage of the hottest team in baseball, not to mention a dramatic turnaround from the fortunes in the early part of the season. While there is a valid argument that the Nationals have the worst record in baseball and disappointing attendance numbers, the lack of resources being dedicated to analyzing their recent turnaround and the lack of column inches and high profile placement is ridiculous.

Football coverage has its place and it isn't on the front page of the sports section until the season actually starts.

I am going to ask my girlfriend not to buy the Washington Post any more until the editorial staff sees fit to cover this aspect of their local coverage area more appropriately. I will investigate other papers as an alternative.

But that's the last $1.50 WaPo will be getting from us.

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 10, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the thoughts, Sec3. There were a few tornado touchdowns in the county, but nothing made it into the cities.

Stay out of the heat today.


SHOUT out to JiM, we hear there's some weather out there. Hope you and yours are OK.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 10, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who's seeing this in the Notebook, or did people want an entire article written on this?

Boston May Seek Guzmán

The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Red Sox had placed a waiver claim on Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzmán.

If awarded the claim, the Red Sox would have 48 hours to arrange a deal with the Nationals. Washington could choose to pull him back off waivers. Boston must have the worst record of any team that places a claim on Guzmán in order to be awarded the claim, and every team in the National League would have to pass on Guzmán before an American League squad would have a chance.

Guzmán will earn $8 million next season, which likely will prohibit many teams from placing a claim on the shortstop. Washington could elect simply to award him to a team in order to shed his contract. Washington team officials did not respond to requests for comment Sunday night.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 10, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

@JiM: I saw that and I thought that was the appropriate place/way to note the issue in light of the fact that nothing has really happened except an interest being expressed.

For all the WaPo angst being expressed, that's not on my list.

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 10, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't have redskins coverage envy and I'm not slighted by the story placement in the post, but I do yearn for more complete baseball and especially Nationals coverage. Granted Chico was off this week, and I defend his right to take time off. Bu Chico a few more inches of coverage either online or in print is much desired. We are not a tabloid town and the WT does not proivide enough competition to drive the Post to add more coverage. They've got to sell papers and we Nats fans are still not a large enough force. So where do we go for primary coverage of the team? It's pretty barren out there.

Posted by: natbiscuits | August 10, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

to Scooter and CheapSeats:
why ya'll gotta be all poopypants? I don't see anyone getting "worked up."

The team's turnaround is pleasing. I'd even say that regardless of wins, the fact that they're playing major league level baseball is somewhat agreeable.

A couple people have pointed out noticeable improvements, i.e. bergmann or the lineup or riggleman's handling of pitchers. So sue us for being a little positive.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 10, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse


Good to hear from you. Hope things are well with out out there. The posters on the Blog for, lets say the last season and a half, have been very Web oriented, as in if it is not on the web it is not there. Thus, most have not read the dead tree edition and are not likely to. As for Post coverage, the Redskins have been IT since the days of George Allen. The SteinBog warned us back in April the was best time to win was April-May, that if the team began winning in August forget about it in terms of coverage. He was right.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | August 10, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

FWIW, I used to read both the dead-tree edition and the NJ (didn't-read-the-paper edition), until I stopped subscribing to the former.

Also, new post is up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 10, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

A little dissapointed in the attendance yesterday only 19k, i am going to the game here in ATl. wed. gonna wear my 05 Sunday uni's Let's go Nats!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 10, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for representing us this week, dargregmag. I suspect that the weather may have been a factor in attendance yesterday.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 10, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The DC United game at 3 p.m. in Maryland may also have been a factor.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 10, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm with the rest of those who are sad that WaPo invests so much of its shrinking staff to report every sore muscle in Deadskins training camp, and too little in the resurgence of a presently exciting baseball team.

Nevertheless, I understand its priorities. You have to cover what the fans want. After 33 years without a team, we're just not a baseball town. It's been only half that many years without a championship football team.

Perhaps after we have a contending baseball team, fans and WaPo will take notice. (That assumes that the deadly combination of Weymouth, Brauchli, the economy and technology will not have administered the final blow to the paper before that time.)

Posted by: JamesWebster | August 10, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Way to show the Flag dargregmag!! I too was disappointed with Sunday's attendance. But it was very very hot. Sec 204 was filled up (it was not Friday), but otherwise a lot of empty seats.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | August 10, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

A little dissapointed in the attendance yesterday only 19k, i am going to the game here in ATl. wed. gonna wear my 05 Sunday uni's Let's go Nats!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 10, 2009 9:22 AM |

72,000+ at FedEx. Just saying.....

Posted by: fischy | August 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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