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Lineups

Arizona

Oeltjen -- LF
Roberts -- 2B
Drew -- SS
Reynolds -- 3B
Tracy -- 1B
Snyder -- C
Romero -- RF
Young -- CF
Petit -- RHP

Washington

Morgan -- CF
Guzman -- SS
Zimmerman -- 3B
Dunn -- 1B
Willingham -- LF
Dukes -- RF
Bard -- C
Gonzalez -- 2B
Martin -- RHP

By Steve Yanda  |  August 9, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

no belliard again? is riggleman trying to lose?

Posted by: sect104 | August 9, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

no, no, no, 104. he took belliard out so we can win a ballgame for a change.

belliard's a bum and it's too bad some stinkin' team didn't claim HIM off the waiver wire. i'd let him go for a brownie with walnuts.

(whew, that was close)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

(psssst. we win when we bash belly)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't hold out for the walnuts, NN.

When Ronnie Belliard goes to kids' birthday parties, they always give him first whack at the piƱata. It's not because they like him so much; it's because they know he'll miss.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 9, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

it started with this gem:

"I'm with you as far as trading Dunn if the right deal is out there. But please don't bring up Ronnie Belliard as a viable option for...well, anything. Ever again. I don't want Ronnie Belliard to play Ronnie Belliard in a play entitled "Ronnie Belliard: I Am Ronnie Belliard" at this point. Tell your kids: Just say "No!" to drugs. And Ronnie Belliard."

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 4, 2009 11:56 AM

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I don't have to be out in the 94 degree muggy heat today. I mean, league minimum salary would be nice, but all that polyester would still be uncomfortable.

Any of you with lower-bowl seating, is there a breeze down at field level?

Posted by: ihatewalks | August 9, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Any truth that the Red Sox claimed Guzman? I assume if they did they will let him go and have the Sox take all that money due to him, since they were looking to unload him anyway. However, he is in today's lineup.

Posted by: brothbart | August 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Mike Rizzo: The Sox are a bit desperate. Play hardball. Tell Theo you'll take any single one of Fife, Iglesias, Pimentel, or Westmoreland, else you're pulling Guz back.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

oh and belliard is a big, klutzy embarrassment, whose blood type is ragu.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Some posting this morning are seriously underestimating the value of Guzman on the market. Guzman would be a significant upgrade for Boston. Had Guzman gotten through waivers unclaimed, the Nationals wouldhave been free to work out a trade to any team. Boston may just be blocking and have no intention of trading for him, but at this point they are the only team with whom the Nats can deal Guzman to. The leverage the Nats have to recieve a good player is the threat of NOT offering to pay some portion of Guzman's salary. "Give us player X and we'll give you $M, if not he's yours at $8M per year".

Posted by: natbiscuits | August 9, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

is chico at culinary camp AGAIN this weekend? this month's curriculum....basting or baseball?

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

natsbiscuits: is the bigger threat to pull him back, so that they are left empty-handed? their fans will be upset if that happens. the 8 million is no big deal for them? what do you think of landing Fife, Iglesias, Pimentel, or Westmoreland, plus maybe some other considerations?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

chico is at the beach with tracy ham and eggs, et al? even berman is missing today, in favor of the marquette magician, whose wordsmith skills are several orders of magnitude superior to zachary's drivel. will zan do the gamer? 8 in a row! have another donut, belly! (puckish tony plush, the hockey guy, will get this allusion? maybe zan will, too?).

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

To all Belliard supporters; have you not noticed all the mental mistakes he's making in the field? Just in the past week he's missed a perfect throw to catch Hanley Ramirez stealing, he lackadasically cost the nats a DP by running through 2nd as AGonzalez made a nice play, and he continually fails to cover 2nd base on grounders to short with guys on first w/ 2 outs. Have you noticed how many times Guzman assumes Belliard is going to cover 2nd, then has to double pump and make the play at first? That's professionally lazy. Mentally or physically lazy.

Add to that his overall numbers (yes he's on a bit of a hot streak, but he's been bad all year). I'm really surprised old school riggleman hasn't gotten fed up and just yanked him.

I think the future is now; DFA Belliard, bring up Desmond and see how he does. If Desmond can play short, he can play 2nd too.

I say call up Desmond

Posted by: tboss | August 9, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

forgive tboss, for he knoweth not what he doeth!!!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@nova_g, bisquit: If the Nationals ship Guzman to BOS (or somebody else) on a waiver move, what do you see the team playing in the middle? Do you move AGonz to SS, and platoon Belly/Harris at 2B, or do you bring up Desmond from SYR at SS?

Posted by: BinM | August 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What is going on with guzman??

Can someone provide a story link here please?

Posted by: curz | August 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the most auspicious start for Martin.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

BinM: I was looking forward to seeing Gonz play second some more. His gun of an arm can make some gem plays there, but he really is a deep in the hole type SS? Belly and Willie are fine there for now? For a while? For all of next season? Probably not the latter?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

curz:

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/08/sox_eye_nats_sh.html

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

chico is actually being hostage thru several showings of "julie and julia."

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

is it a chico flick or a 'chick'o flick? or a chiok fil a?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

1-0 Arizona; got'em right where we want em and my wife was very impressed with all the kind words concerning the birth of our sixth grandchild and future Nats prospect,again many thanks.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 9, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Where is carpenter? No days off during a streak, for anyone!!

Posted by: curz | August 9, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

did you all see NJ flub a popup in fair territory yesterday? worth a look if not. i love the guy, but calmly settling under a ball isn't his wheelhouse just now.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

As pitiful as Chris Young has looked at the plate lately with his Ks, his teammate, and Ryan's buddy Reynolds, leads the majors in Ks by a lot with 151!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

As pitiful as Chris Young has looked at the plate lately with his Ks, his teammate, and Ryan's buddy Reynolds, leads the majors in Ks by a lot with 151!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or does Nyjer appear to be a little over anxious at the plate over the last few games, and why is everyone in favor of getting rid of Guzman i say keep him and play him at second next year and switch Gonzalez(better range)to SS i mean who's at the farm and playing better,listen i'm all for a "PLAN" but as a fan i'm not interested in losing 100 games next season or any season in the future like most of you i'm done with that!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 9, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag

maybe nyger's just not feeling sexy at the plate right now. BTW - congrats on the addition to your family. blessings to all.

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

not in favor of it, just waiver wire, what-if talk? and the 8 million.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that even if other teams also claimed Guzman, we will know his fate in about 48 hours. The main effect of the Boston Globe story, I think, is that it puts pressure on the Red Sox. Looking at the responses on MLB Traderumors site, it seems Red Sox fans are ready to trade for Guzman.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Sunday Boston Globe has story about Sawx possible interest in Guzman.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2009/08/sox_eye_nats_sh.html

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

>Mike Rizzo: The Sox are a bit desperate. Play hardball. Tell Theo you'll take any single one of Fife, Iglesias, Pimentel, or Westmoreland, else you're pulling Guz back.

Posted by: nova_g_man

That's the beauty of waivers - you can find out who wants a player and how much they'll trade for him w/o being obligated. It's the perfect move by Rizzo - with this record - to just put all his vets on waivers and see who wants them.

Posted by: Brue | August 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Morgan + Guzzie. That's good manufacturing of runs with two outs. Quality baseball.

Posted by: jp2000 | August 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

would theo be desperate enough to take kearns in any trade for guzman?

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Ladson also reporting that Boston has claimed Guzman.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090809&content_id=6332430&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't knock Kearns. **THAT** might make them lose. I hope this isn't a jink but winning 3 straight from the Diamondbacks after the Marlins? Something good is truly baking in the Natinals oven.

Let's not jink it!!!

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

of course, reading this blog this weekend we would never know that guzman may have been claimed on waivers.

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Has Rizzo made any erors lately? I even like the way that he held out for Thompson and refused to take that bimbo Tucker. Tommy John stuff can be taken care of sometimes, and, if so, Thompson could be a good one?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

so why did he look at second once he had looked at third?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

the OP's blog site has info about the sawx' apparent waiver claim of guzman.

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

PH for martin, if we get to him this time?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man-

Actually, it looked like he had a possible play there. I am glad how it turned out in the end, but the runner was way off second base.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on loddy doddy dee ...

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

if we pull him back, i might be in favor of toying with the sox a bit more. yankees are clocking them and the fans are restless. who else can we waive?
*******************************
That's the beauty of waivers - you can find out who wants a player and how much they'll trade for him w/o being obligated. It's the perfect move by Rizzo - with this record - to just put all his vets on waivers and see who wants them.

Posted by: Brue | August 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Heh- Am I seeing things, or does this new pitcher Zavada have waxed 'stahce tips like Rollie Fingers?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

'stache, I mean.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

nova

I believe if the Nats pull Guzman back, they can't trade him. He'll be here the rest of the season.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

i like this guy. give him a start before the season is over.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Desmond has looked worst than Guzman and Gonzalez at short. Syracuse need ***some*** players as they are very competitive? Desmond did just get promoted after starting the year in Harrisburg.

I would say bring up Morse before Desmond. He looks like he has some power and like Belliard he can play most positions around the infield and outfield.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

>if we pull him back, i might be in favor of toying with the sox a bit more. yankees are clocking them and the fans are restless. who else can we waive?

I thought they had already waived Dunn too. Waive everybody, doesn't matter.

Posted by: Brue | August 9, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

leetee; i think you're right; i meant maybe gonz or another player (not kearns). just messing with the sox when the're foundering (sp?).

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Where do you find out who's wavied? Rizzo said he was going to keep pushing ... that he wasn't done yet. I am interested in seeing what he's up to?

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Man, another gutsy outing from Bergmann.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"i mean who's at the farm and playing better,listen i'm all for a "PLAN" but as a fan i'm not interested in losing 100 games next season or any season in the future like most of you i'm done with that!"

Desmond looks to be more like Guzman fielding-wise. There is only Potomac's shortstop ... Danny Espinosa ... after that?

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, its too bad they pinch hit for Bergmann. Nice outing for Martin. This time 1 walk.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

All right! Pailla got his first MLB hit! Go buddy.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

GREAT at bat by Morgan from leadoff ...

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

GUZMAN walks again!? The guy really doesn't like being put on waivers even if it is a ruse ...

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

steal home

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

S?JT!!!!! They should have scored more ... triple steal would have been nice if Morgan had been on 3rd instead of Padilla.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, steal home.

Posted by: janus4444 | August 9, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

OUCH! the big man goes down swinging, bases loaded . . .

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice DP! Let's go Nats!

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

We need to see Belliard in at 1st for the ninth inning . . . (I know he sucks)

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I don't know why Nyger didn't steal home. He could have been at least a third of the way there with his lead with the way they were shifted for Dunn.

Posted by: twinbrook | August 9, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

All time is measured as BN or AN: Before Nyger, After Nyjer.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this has been a lot of fun, in spite of Ronnie Belliard's overpowering stench.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's not that I want them to trade Guzman, but there is an opportunity to decide if there is a more valuable asset(s) to trade for. I have no idea what Boston is willing to part with, but I would think it would bave to include a position player and a prospect. This idea that the Nationals will let Guzman go for nothing seems questionable for the simple reason that there are very few "young" free agent Shortstops on the market in 2010. Tejada, Cabrera, and Scutaro seem like the best of the bunch. Could Jed Lowrie be a consideration?

But as a waive and dump move, I don't see it. I think they would end up spending to a fair amount to replace him.

Posted by: natbisquit | August 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

stay away from the breaking ball and hit a salami

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And the beat goes on ... on to Cincinnati ...


"that there are very few "young" free agent Shortstops on the market in 2010. Tejada, Cabrera, and Scutaro seem like the best of the bunch. Could Jed Lowrie be a consideration?"

Perhaps Rizzo has identified a minor league prospect that is available. Or a potential trade?

________________________________________________

Carlos Triunfel: hitting .333 in AAA until a broken tibia.

Scouting report: A young, exciting, high-ceiling player, he's very instinctual on field with the ability to hit for average and power in the future. He has one of the best arms in baseball, Minors or Majors, with the ability to fill three positions -- shortstop, third, second -- in the infield. He'll have to watch his conditioning and may end up being too big to stay at short, though some think he'll be just fine there.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

BANG! ZOOM! BEWARE THE JUGGERNATS!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ho Hum Just another win

Posted by: kgwcoach | August 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Belly can't even keep his balance. Oaf! DFA him now!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

can't the nats find someone to play tomorrow?

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

C'mon even that shiftless scoundrel Belly deserves a day off?

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I really wish they didn't have an off day tomorrow. :( I have a bad feeling for Tuesday.

Posted by: amorris525 | August 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

BOOM goes the shaving cream.

Posted by: Section220 | August 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bench splinters Belly and his Nats are now 9-1 in August.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

40 before 80...whew!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

2 games in Atlanta ... thought Cincinnati was next? Hmmmm that isn't going to be easy.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd forgotten what it felt like to actually enjoy watching baseball for any length of time. This is pretty sweet.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | August 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

8 and 1 in August ... sorry ...

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ho Hum Just another win

Posted by: kgwcoach | August 9, 2009 4:36 PM

++++++++++++++++++

LOL! Great post, coach!

Posted by: NatsNut | August 9, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

the 1962 mets will remain the gold standard for baseball ineptitude.

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Just 2 games to 30 under .500. Then they are in range of the next worst teams: Pittsburgh, San Diego, Cincinnati ... I hope the bullpen continues to improve as will the starters.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

send yanda on the road!

Posted by: surly_w | August 9, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Arizona had won five in a row, then lost three to us.

Marlins lost all the games to us, then went to Philly and won three in a row.

Wow.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man

The JUGGERNATS, my friend.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I wish Morse were better at SS, in case Guz is gone for a prospect. Morse has never played 2B, but we could give him a shot there, with Gonz back at SS? Morse is a 500k guy. We can get a fine prospect for Guz, save the 8 million for SS?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Alicides Escobar with the Brewers would be another shortstop prospect? I don't think they could get Elvis Andrus away from Texas.

Right now the best bargain for a shrewd trader may be Triunfel who can play multiple positions and has "Dukes"-like tools? And given his age (born in 1990).

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

O's 46-65, within reach.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"The JUGGERNATS, my friend.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 9, 2009"

The NATiNAL or NATTY PIRATS bon ami. He had yet another great game, tortured and distracted opposing pitching with his speed and uncanny ability to get on ... flawless fielding and working that walk to load the bases ... the guy
is a KEEPER!

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

every nat with an at bat today had a hit...except belliard...shocker, even martin got a hit, can we drop this guy asap!?

Posted by: formerlylove1 | August 9, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Periculumn; Hanson and Lowe are waiting for us here in the A-T-L and no it won't be easy as the Braves have beaten the Dodgers two straight and are back in the race for first in the NL East,but we all know that these Nats aren't gonna lay down for anybody and would like nothing more then to put the brakes on Braves run for first and by the way they lead the Dodgers 3-0 bottom of the fourth in LA.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"but we all know that these Nats aren't gonna lay down for anybody"

Big gun for the 1st game with the Braves: Lannan.

But, Stammen has just about become the worst of the five at this point. JZim is likely gone for the season and Rizzo has been actively seeking potential trading partners across the waiver wires. Right now players' trade values are at their highest?

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Since I've been keeping track - the last 4 games one error!

Weren't we the worst fielding team under Acta?

Posted by: cmecyclist | August 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Braves will be ready ... no "give starters a breather" lineup for these Nats.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The Nats could easily trade for the best defensive shortstop in the majors that most people don't know about. John MacDonald from the Jays. Hardly played this year because Scutaro is pretty good dfensively and has been swinging the bat great. MacDonald won't hit much but I believe we can afford a light hitting defensive wizard at short given the way the rest of our lineup swings the bat.

Posted by: slopitchtom1 | August 9, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

John McDonald: born 1974. I think that would be going backward ... he would be the oldest guy in their entire system.

Posted by: periculum | August 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is the lack of writing on this blog in the course of the last couple of days. Yes Chico can't work everyday but hey, the Nats are winning and I am finding myself getting more information from the Washington Times now from the Post.
Come on Post, give us some writing.

Posted by: Golfersal | August 9, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@ Ihatewalks...The heat & humidity in DC and Polyester...Fuggedaboutit. Try it in flannel. They were men back in those days.

Also, Debbi Whateverhernameis on MASN wondered why they don't try something new instead of everyday doing a shaving cream facial. I agree! Let's go old school. Whipped Cream!

Posted by: Catcher50 | August 9, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

IHW, there tends to be more shade along the third base line. I'm an upper deck type so I can't address the lower bowl breeze. Some things that help generally: light-colored clothing, breathable fabrics, lots of fluids, and sorbet or ice cream (preferably chocolate).

As for the game, now *that* was fun! Heading out on the Metro I turned to my husband and said "Who *are* those guys and what have they done with our team?" We stayed after a bit to watch J.D. get his pie, which we knew would be coming. Lannan started out on the warning track by the opposite end of the dugout, then snuck through the dugout and out the other end to get his guy. He seems to be the designated pie-man. I guess because he's the salty, "old" veteran of the staff.

Also, laughing here at NatsNut's brownie with walnuts.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 9, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Sox put a claim on Guzman:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090809&content_id=6332608&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 9, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I like Guzman but his contract was another bowden albatross hanging around the teams neck. 2 years for $16mil, only Jimbo.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Was at the game section 130u and to answer the question about any breeze, its minimal.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 9, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

How am I going to tell my 7-year-old that we won't in fact get Bryce Harper next year? He'll be heartbroken. Harper: an August 2010 Royals signee.

Posted by: GoNats21 | August 9, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Eh, he'll probably end up in Japan with Strasburg, anyway. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 9, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Among the microsecond ESPN dedicated to teams outside of Boston and NY, they mentioned the Guzman claim. Actually, I guess that was a Boston story, too.

Anyway, Gammons said others might have claimed Guzman as well, including Tampa Bay. Hopefully teams that are claiming Guzman are doing it with an eye toward negotiations. It would stink if the Nats had to pull Guzie back without at least getting some chance to test Rizzo's skills.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 9, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Golfersal stated my thoughts: Why is there nothing on this site about today's game? Or the Guzman stuff? WTF?

Posted by: jdsp2000 | August 9, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I like Guzman but his contract was another bowden albatross hanging around the teams neck. 2 years for $16mil, only Jimbo.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 9, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse


Others may have a difference recollection, but at the time I remember the market for SS's being fairly high and there not being much out there. As we didn't have anyone on the farm ready, and his new set of eyes were resulting in flashes of his old self, at the time I thought Guzzie was a cost-effective signing. I guess you could argue the $ figure now, but other than his OBP I'm not sure how you can complain with his offensive production. Has he lost some range? Of course, but tell me what the alternative would have been?

Methinks hindsight is not always 20-20, as some like to say...

Posted by: robertchapman1 | August 9, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay and Guz: Is their backup SS Brignac? I don't think they want to pay the $8 million for a backup to Bartlett. Maybe they are blocking the Sox, then gambling that Guz will be pulled back?

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 9, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

That sounds about right as far as the market at the time, rc. Guze also settled for less than he might have, if I recall correctly, because of the years when he wasn't at his best.

Also, someone (can't remember who and too lazy to go back and look) was doing some W-L stats earlier. How about this one? The Nats are 18-19 since Tony Plush/Capt. Morgan first started for them (on July 3, I believe).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 9, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I was also surprised at Gammons' snide remark on BBtonight that the Nationals next longest winning streak was 1. And that he got that from the Nats website.

Seemed like a cheap-shot, for a sports journalist of his caliber I would rather he raise the question as to how the Expos-Nationals were harvested to the benefit of other clubs and the efforts of Bud et.al. to contract. Seemed too easy of a jibe for what I thought was his ilk -- and not even funny to boot.

Posted by: robertchapman1 | August 9, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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