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Lineups From Nats Park

Milwaukee

Lopez -- 4
Counsell -- 6
Braun -- 7
Fielder -- 3
McGehee -- 5
Cameron -- 8
Catalanotto -- 9
Kendall -- 2
Looper -- 1

Washington

Morgan -- 8
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Dunn -- 3
Willingham -- 9
Harris -- 7
Belliard -- 4
Nieves -- 2
Martin -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  August 21, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

Who's catching for the Nats? Wil Nieves. Wil Nieves, that's who!

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 21, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

can't wait for five guys to add the strasburger to their nats park menu. probably cost a fortune, though.

Posted by: surly_w | August 21, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Not me, man. Those things go through you at 102 mph.
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can't wait for five guys to add the strasburger to their nats park menu. probably cost a fortune, though.

Posted by: surly_w | August 21, 2009 5:10 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 21, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What sense does it make to move Willingham from left to right to play Harris?
Why not leave the regular in his position and put the sub in right?
If someone will explain this to me, I will appreciate it.

Posted by: bamabug | August 21, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Re:the previous post -
From looking at the old box scores - remarkable that every pitcher threw a complete game, and no game lasted more than two hours. So sure, maybe life moved slower back then, but baseball moved MUCH faster. Amazing.

Posted by: TomServo | August 21, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Surly_w, Sec3: Well done. Great posts. I laughed out loud!!

Posted by: outsider6 | August 21, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

FLop is back ... wonder if the Belliard jibes will fit in between the FLop cursing.

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Echoing outsider's comment, I had to explain to my coworker what was so funny.

Posted by: HotNats | August 21, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

A Strasburger with Gascanrahan chilis and Jim French's fries.

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"What sense does it make to move Willingham from left to right to play Harris?
Why not leave the regular in his position and put the sub in right?"

bamabug, I think Harris is tremendously better in left than Willingslam (because of awesome range) but the two may be close in right (stronger arm for Willingslam). And the manager seems to believe that Josh is perfectly willing to move around, so why not? If he were prickly or easily fazed and didn't like playing different positions, then it would make sense to leave him be. But with these players, there's no need.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 21, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

To echo, but underscore, Scooter: Harris v. Willingham - IMO, it's mostly about the arm - wanting Hammer's in RF. It's not a plus-arm, but Harris' is a double-negative. ;-)

Posted by: TheBorg | August 21, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@soundbloke (from previous post re: Kearns). Again, it wasn't my question, but it wasn't at all vulgar. Rizzo has been getting a lot of well deserved kudos over the past several weeks, but he's not perfect. Kearns should have been DFA'd a long time ago, and he would have been if they hadn't been stuck with his ridiculously high salary (higher than anyone on the team except for Dunn if I'm not mistaken.) And if he was really hurt all this time, what the heck was he doing on the active roster when any number of players (Padilla, Morse, Langerhans when he was with us, Maxwell) could have helped the team more, notwithstanding Kearns' amazing "clubhouse" contributions? How about this for an honest answer, whatever you think of the question, -- "We recognize that Austin has been a big disappointment for the past few years. He's a great guy who we all like a lot, but he won't be playing for the Nationals in the future unless he can really contribute."

And by the way, I have alot of respect for the guy who asked the question. If you are the management of a last place team, even one that just signed SS, and have invited fans to a "town meeting," you better be prepared to face tough and not necessarily pleasant questions. Otherwise, why have the meeting? So everyone can tell you how great you are?

Posted by: Section222 | August 21, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

So did we have a passing of the torch somewhat today? The Face handing The New Face his Nats jersey?

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 21, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Be nice to see Morse instead of sub .240 Harris.

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Just a fine "room" or Zimmer with a view of the ancient town of Stratisburg.

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@peri: RH (Looper) on the mound for MIL; Harris is in the lineup because 1) he's a LH-hitter, and 2) he's batting 1.000 w/3RBI against this guy lifetime. Morse is a RH-hitter, but can come off the bench as a PH, or sub at either 1B, 3B, LF or RF.

Posted by: BinM | August 21, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

From the earlier thread ..... why not call him Stephen BULLET TRAIN Strasburg

Posted by: CBinDC1 | August 21, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@Patty: No torch passing - Just a reminder that "you may have gotten more $$$ up front, but my jersey will still be worth more than yours in five years - know your place, Rookie". ;)

Posted by: BinM | August 21, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Nice, BinM. Very nice. And me likey "Bullet Train." Update of a classic.

And on the other, I don't think Stars-burg is a face of anything yet. Memory is tricky, but I don't reckon Zimmerman was our Face until sometime in 2006, at the earliest. Remember, he didn't even bat in the middle of the order until well into aught-six.

So he had that exceptional month in 2005 *and* a very strong 2006 -- with some very memorable dingers -- before earning Facedom.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 21, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

One more thing - Martin will need to pitch smart, and well tonight; This MIL team is a ballclub that can hit.

Posted by: BinM | August 21, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

But I think we've *all* earned the new post.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 21, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Chico's getting "post-happy" - new post up.

Posted by: BinM | August 21, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Better watch out ... or someone will start with the fake "PRESSERS" again ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Martin has a gf who is truly one hot babe ... but she's just a gf ... not the "wife" as in Jarrah == Farrah ...

He needs to do much better to keep his job, wondering where the motivation he had in SYR went?

Posted by: periculum | August 21, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, memory is tricky. Turns out Zimmerman batted 4th on 4/14/06 and 5th several times thereafter. Mostly 5th/6th in May, 5th in June, then the beginning of July marked his installation in the 3 hole.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 21, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, in the last 10 or 12 games, how many home run balls have our pitchers thrown?

This has got to stop!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 21, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady, I'm pretty sure all of the home run balls have been thrown by our pitchers. I haven't noticed a position player toeing the slab lately, have you?

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 22, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

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