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Today's Lineups

Brewers:
Lopez - 2B
Catalanotto - RF
Braun - LF
Fielder - 1B
McGehee - 3B
Cameron - CF
Kendall - C
Gallardo - P
Escobar - SS

Nationals:
Morgan - CF
Guzman - SS
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - 1B
Willingham - RF
Harris - LF
Gonzalez - 2B
Nieves - C
Balester - P

By Alexa Steele  |  August 24, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
 
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New posted!

Don't know if anyone has checked, but Brian over at NFA has some really good info on who could be called up in September. Very interesting and well thought out speculation by Brian. I swear, NFA is quickly becoming one of my favorite websites.

Brian, you are the man.

Posted by: FloresFan | August 24, 2009 4:25 PM

Posted by: FloresFan | August 24, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I still think that Martin will make it ... and someone ought to work with Martin on another pitch ... not just Aaron Seuss (knuckleball).

Note the link to 320 with the Q&A on his site. Its pretty good as well. Expect to see Ian Desmond soon.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Brian -- good stuff about Sept callups. You da man!

I would still like to see Storen up for a bit -- again, shows what can happen when you sign quickly, and perform right away. As an organization, reward the kid and get some evaluation.

I agree with y'all, The next 5 weeks could be tough to follow...

Posted by: mo_dc | August 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Another day with the Brewers' pitcher in the number eight spot!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

A possible rotation? ... perhaps even "competitive"?

SP F/A10 Tim Lincecum. RHP
(The Lerner's aren't cheap.)
SP Aaron Thompson. LHP
SP Garret Mock. RHP
SP Luis Atilano. RHP
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--

1-2 from the list below.
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SP Ross Detwiler. LHP
SP Matt Chico. LHP
SP Shairon Martis. RHP
SP Brad Meyers. RHP
SP Jeff Mandel. RHP
SP Colin Balester. RHP
SP Marco Estrada. RHP
SP Erik Arneson. RHP
SP JD Martin. RHP

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

A stolen base for WHO?

Wil Nieves!

Plushification Program is ahead of schedule!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Ballester missed a golden chance to get out of the 3rd with less than 35 pitches thus far. The walk to FLop and all those foul balls were a killer. So far, he's moving along pretty well, good rhythm. Hopefully eat some innings today too.

Guz!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 24, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Lincecum is not a free agent until after 2012.

You've left John Lannan off your list completely.

Not sure guys like Thompson and Atilano have done enough in the minors to clear out someone like Craig Stammen who's had reasonable success in the majors.

I think Chico is a strong possibility, both b/c he's done well in the minors this year and b/c it sends a message to Z'mann that the Nats won't abandon injured pitchers.

Posted by: natsguy1 | August 24, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

>Lincecum is not a free agent until after 2012.
First year he is elgible for arbitration ...
Have to wonder how that will all work out?
Right now he is making 400K I think?


> You've left John Lannan off your list completely.

Ooops sorry ... so many guys ... yeah and he's a lefty ...

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

A possible rotation? ... perhaps even "competitive"?

SP F/A10 Tim Lincecum. RHP
(The Lerner's aren't cheap.)
SP Aaron Thompson. LHP
SP Garret Mock. RHP
SP Luis Atilano. RHP
SP John Lannan. LHP
--
--

1-2 from the list below.
________________________________
SP Ross Detwiler. LHP
SP Matt Chico. LHP
SP Shairon Martis. RHP
SP Brad Meyers. RHP
SP Jeff Mandel. RHP
SP Colin Balester. RHP
SP Marco Estrada. RHP
SP Erik Arneson. RHP
SP JD Martin. RHP

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The list of 2010 FA's does not look that promising ...

A trade may end up being the way to accommodate the need?

Lincecum is a "pipe dream" until 2013 ...

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Of course, by 2013, you may not want Lincecum.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Pete Franchise into 2!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ballester is groovin'. Gallardo is done either this inning or next.

Posted by: swang30 | August 24, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

oh, that's *totally* Kendall's fault...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Woah. Zim with his second steal of the year.

Posted by: swang30 | August 24, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

no belliard here?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Balester is outdueling Gallardo. Gallardo should be finished with 108 pitches. Balester is still at 66 ...

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

UH OH>

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is this in order? In what year will Garret Mock be ahead of John Lannan in the rotation?

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A possible rotation? ... perhaps even "competitive"?

SP F/A10 Tim Lincecum. RHP
(The Lerner's aren't cheap.)
SP Aaron Thompson. LHP
SP Garret Mock. RHP
SP Luis Atilano. RHP
SP John Lannan. LHP

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 24, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Nope, its not in order. Just a stab at who I think might be likely starters.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

kaboom!

Posted by: swang30 | August 24, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If you don't have Strasburg on that list, Boras will file a grievance.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 24, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

No Cheese?

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 24, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch

plus bases loaded, again, no outs

go Nats?

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 24, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Alexa Steele sounds hot...

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 24, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Worse than Balester's inning is the offense's inability to take advantage of Gallardo and plate more runners.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 24, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Blow-out. The bullpen is pretty useless.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Bergie had very good run coming into the game in some high-stress situations and cleaning up the mess. Not today.

Hard to believe it's taken three pitchers and six runs to get one out.

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

ouch again

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Has Villone fallen behind every hitter, or does it just seem like it?

Posted by: JohninMpls | August 24, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"ouch again

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan"

Did you get your ball?

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Game over.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The Belliard will get us started...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of time left--get a couple here and they're all over this bullpen.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"ouch again

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan"

Did you get your ball?

Posted by: periculum


Do you mean from the picnic? I did.

otherwise I have no idea . . .

go nats . . . .

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | August 24, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong, but this seems like a really, really, *really* bad idea:
^^^^^^^^^^^^

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*Tickets are limited

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Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 24, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

1. Martin stays Balester goes. I'm sorry Brian JD seems to be doing a whole heck uv a lot better.

2. The Nats need a new bullpen. Bergmann, Sosa, just don't cut it. Probably need to consider bringing most of the bullpen from Syracuse and consider bringing up Storen from AA.

3. Starting pitching, including Lannan, does not look like "the bright future". The other starters need to be auditioned now, during the Fall and in Spring Training.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Wanted to make sure I heard that correctly: opponents are hitting .321 during the 3rd rotation against Nats starters?

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 24, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

MIL takes 3 out of 4. Onto the Cubbies I guess.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The 3rd time through the batting order is the problem. All the starter including JD Marin are like meat on the hook the 3rd time through. That is a normal problem with young or pitchers who have only 2 pitches. They tend to show the whole package early in the game and don't save some for later. Martin's problem is that he really has only two pitches and nothing with good movement or velocity. What he has is good control which unfortunately makes him real predictable after the 3rd inning.

Posted by: WashOut | August 24, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Washout,

Strasburg has only 3 good pitches. He is pretty good at not walking hitters and staying in the strike zone.

Storen never pitches more than 2-3 innings but he relies on the same thing: control, control, and more control?

I know what you mean when you say "movement" and that is why BinM thinks Martin should develop a sinker, screwball, or spitter for his arsenal of pitches. But it begs the question? Isn't it better to work with a pitcher who is a good "pitcher" in terms of control, limiting walks, and pitches thrown ... (and striking out hitters as opposed to getting them to ground-out usually requires more pitches and a higher pitch count) than with one who has very little control but is "toolsy"?

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Strasburg has only 3 good pitches. He is pretty good at not walking hitters and staying in the strike zone."

Scratch that, I think he may actually have 4.

Posted by: periculum | August 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear Periculum:
What happened to Scott Olsen in your rotation of the future?

Posted by: jdsp2000 | August 24, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The third time through the order is definitely a problem for our pitchers, certainly not an unusual problem for young hurlers. Ray Knight seemed to say after the game that Balester should have stuck to what he was doing the first few times through the order. Dibble seemed to say, actually I have no idea what he was trying to say, and I rewound the DVR and listened to it twice. Maybe someone can enlighten me. Sometimes he just speaks nonsense.

Dogs in the Park -- this announcement was the first time I've seen anything about where the dogs and their owners will be seated. Remind me never to sit in section 201 again.

Posted by: Section222 | August 24, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Peri - What happened to Strasburg in your rotation of the future?

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 24, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I assume Peri meant a possible rotation for the start of 2010, but I suppose I should let him speak for himself.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | August 24, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Just got home and read the gamer. Does the Post decide who covers the Nats by drawing the short straw or low card loses? This is like open mic night at a comedy club.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 24, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I want to bring my cat, Princess Grey. She walks on a leash, is up-to-date on her shots, fixed, tolerates being petting by children, tourists, and children of tourists, and she understands fireworks because she hears them every 4th of July.

She's fine with dogs, too.

OK?
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Please consider your dog’s temperament before bringing them to the game. Dogs should be old enough and socialized enough to interact well with people and other dogs. Dogs must be up-to-date with vaccinations, and cannot be in heat.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 24, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

There's a pic of a sweet Tony Plush jump over on Baseball Insider. He got like three feet of air that time.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 25, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

leetee1955: "Just got home and read the gamer. Does the Post decide who covers the Nats by drawing the short straw or low card loses? This is like open mic night at a comedy club."

That was about as wooden an account as I have read in recent years.

Let's face it, kids, the Post does not really cover baseball. They give us this Nats Journal and the occasional column by Boz, and otherwise cover all football, all the time.

Very distressing. It's one of the many reasons I stopped my daily delivery this summer after 16 and a half years.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 25, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Here's the story on why the ball stuck in the fence in the Mets game was a homerun:

Pagan was helped when the ball stopped under the fence and center fielder Shane Victorino held up his hands to indicate that it was stuck under the outfield fence. The play might have been ruled a ground-rule double had left fielder Raul Ibanez not plucked the ball out and thrown it in before the umpires could make a ruling.

Posted by: markfromark | August 25, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Redskins players who have bad games will begin covering the Nationals immediately afterward so as to avoid any possible encounter with a Washington Post reporter.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 25, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The third time through the order is definitely a problem for our pitchers,
----
Agreed.
But does anyone have stats on how the Nats are hitting during their third (or fourth) time through the order? My impression is that they go long stretches where they rarely score in late innings. There were notable exceptions during the the 8 game win streak, which might help explain why there was an 8 game win streak.

Posted by: KenNat | August 25, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that info, markfrommark.

And similar story here, shepdave.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 25, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I think Strasburg ate up all of the Post's baseball coverage allowance.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 25, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Rizzo, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 25, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

...and new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 25, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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