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Tonight's Lineups [Update]

Well, I so rarely get a chance to do this anymore that I thought I'd jump right on that Nats lineup. Zach's covering the game tonight but I know he'll forgive me.

Morgan 8
Guzman 6
Zimmerman 5
Dunn 3
Willingham 7
Dukes 9
Belliard 4
Nieves 2
Balester 1

For the D-backs:

Drew 6
Romero 9
Parra 8
Reynolds 5
Snyder 2
Oeltjen 7
Whitesell 3
Ojeda 4
Garland 1
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By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 7, 2009; 5:18 PM ET
 
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First - and the news just in. Lerners, Still Cheap

Posted by: comish4lif | August 7, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, blogmom!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Replying to DClifer off the last post:

Yes, it is quite interesting. The Red Sox stripped their system of all SS on their 40 man except Lowrie and Green (Lugo and Diaz traded, Velasquez and Denker DFA'd in the past few days). At AA and AAA, they have some never wases, except for Yamaico Navarro, who was at high A prior to the Diaz / Strickland /LaRocher trade. It's probably a little quick for him.

My guess is Guz has already cleared waivers. Tejada might also be available, and he does not have a next year string attached to him. They may go for a glove instead of a bat, given how poorly Lowell fields right now. But this really does look like the time to start gauging interest in Guz.
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"Time to rustle up Rizzo/Guzman...

Rotoworld:
The Red Sox are unsure of the severity of Jed Lowrie's wrist injury.

There's a chance the numbness he was feeling Thursday night is related to the wrist surgery he had earlier this season. "We all know what he’s gone through with his wrist,’’ Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "We’re going to have to figure it out pretty quick . . . We’ll spend some time and try to figure out what to do with him. That’s all we can do right now.’’ The Red Sox may be forced to rely on Nick Green again as their starting shortstop.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse "

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 7, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tracee, I've enjoyed your columns.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 7, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

jca, I'm not opposed in principle, but if the Red Sox don't have a young shortstop to send back, they'd need to go find one right away.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 7, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's see Wilbon post lineups. Tracee - the people's columnist.

Posted by: mojo6 | August 7, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Tippy, this makes perfect sense. This is an Age of Snark, not an Age of Expertise.
Cynicism is much easier than knowing what you're talking about and being accountable for it; it's especially easier to be funny.

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Anyone catch the Junkies on JFK lately? The dopes (except Lurch-who says he is a Red Sox fan) actually congratulated themselves by admitting they know absolutely nothing about the Nats and......haven't been to a baseball game in 5 years. Jeez has anybody ever wondered why these people call themselves SportsJunkies.
Posted by: TippyCanoe | August 7, 2009 1:55 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 7, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@jca
I feel that the Sox would prefer a 3-month rental here. And doubt that they would trust a minor leaguer to man SS during their playoff run. It would be fine for us as cellar dwellers, but they have a lot more $$$ riding on this season to play it cheap. The good news, is maybe Tejada will get blocked/picked by another team. IMO, Guz is too expensive to be blocked. I too hope that Guz has cleared waivers or is clearing waivers...

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll follow the lead of SlowPitch (good to "see" you!) and take this opportunity to say that I've also been enjoying Tracee's columns.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I was about to go off on a long exegesis of Rationality, Idealism, and the modern rise of emotional risk-averion. But naaaah. I got a ball game to go to.


JIMMY, IT'S ON!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 7, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Both Tejada and Guzman would have to clear the entire National League first. Seems unlikely to me anyone would risk getting stuck with an expensive aging shortstop just to mess with the Sox (or Nats or Astros), you never know.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Dibble (prior post), I rarely get to see the TV version of a game, but I watched portions of mlb.com's archive plus highlights from Wednesday's games.

On a couple of key hits/plays when we started coming back, Carpenter was calling the play but in the background you could hear barely-suppressed yelps and "go" or "get-outta-here" in the background from Dibble. It was the most endearing thing I've ever heard from a baseball announcer.

Now I get all the Dibble love around here.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Double posting here, but makes you wonder why they traded Lugo in the first place (they are still on hook for $13m of his remaining contract - though I think less since his contract won't vest for 2011).

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo puts someone on waivers. They get claimed. Rizzo says make a trade or I yank them back here's the price. The other team quails. Rizzo yanks them back.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

In other news: Boras is trying to outdo Curt Flood, McNally and Messersmith.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Both Tejada and Guzman would have to clear the entire National League first. Seems unlikely to me anyone would risk getting stuck with an expensive aging shortstop just to mess with the Sox (or Nats or Astros), you never know."

But the Yanks could claim either one and offer nobody of value in return. Would the Nats be bold enough to let Guzman go, his contract and all. Wouldn't they be called cheap?

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"But the Yanks could claim either one and offer nobody of value in return. Would the Nats be bold enough to let Guzman go, his contract and all. Wouldn't they be called cheap?

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009"

No way Rizzo lets anyone, much less the Yankees, get away with a free lunch.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the asking price for Guz at this point might be more than a team is willing to pay, and if they are willing to pay, see ya Guz. I like his bat and he seems to be showing more patience at the plate as of late. I don't know whether Riggs has had an influence in that area, but it is noticeable. His defense, while not what it once was, is acceptable as long as his stick remains productive, IMHO.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 7, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"No way Rizzo lets anyone, much less the Yankees, get away with a free lunch."

Therefore the Yanks could effectively block the Sox from getting Guzman.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Now, lets not forget to bash belly, so as to get the lockdown on the curly W streak which stand at 5. Do I hear 6?

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's see Wilbon post lineups. Tracee - the people's columnist.

Posted by: mojo6

If Wilbon was posting lineups it would have been last nights lineup and then would have added how stupid a line up it was and that they would lose badly and it was another reason baseball will not work here in Phoenix ahhhhhhhh sorry Washington

Posted by: CBinDC | August 7, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

On another note, it appears that Aaron Crow might have to eat his last name as his 3 million asking price is not be answered by the Royals. Looks like he might have to settle for less or take a 2nd year off. I don't think that is likely.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Yanks couldn't block because the Sox would have first shot thanks to their worse record (if Sox fans can comprehend that concept).

Posted by: goexpos2 | August 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I am really liking this lineup. Next year, maybe pick up Hudson and get Flores back and it could be:

Morgan 8
Guzman 6
Zimmerman 5
Dunn 3
Willingham 7
Dukes 9
Flores 2
Orlando Hudson 4

I really like that lineup. 3-6 hitters could put up 25+ HRs

Posted by: curz | August 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

See, teams do take risks.
For full story...
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4384253

ESPN:

A waiver claim has been placed on Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios, according to Major League Baseball sources.

At a time when most teams have very little financial flexibility, it could be within the realm of possibility that the Blue Jays will consider a trade of Rios, who still has six years remaining on a seven-year, $69.35 million contract he agreed to in April 2008, or simply waive him to the team that claimed him.

It is not yet known which team has been awarded the claim on Rios, but Rios might be on his way out of Toronto, one way or the other, because the Blue Jays may embrace the opportunity to shed his contract -- much in the same way they unexpectedly allowed the San Diego Padres to take reliever Randy Myers in a waiver claim more than a decade ago.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I think that the way it works, though this is a guess, is that if Guz were to be moved to Boston now, the whole National League gets a shot at him on wiavers first (and the Nats can pull him back) and the A.L. gets a shot at him in reverse order of record, so the Yanks, being ahead of the Sox in the standings, would not get that chance to block the move. No?

Posted by: dfh21 | August 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Therefore the Yanks could effectively block the Sox from getting Guzman.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:29 PM

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I dont think the yankees can block the sox b/c they have a better record.

Posted by: sect104 | August 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"I dont think the yankees can block the sox b/c they have a better record."

I think you are right. But I don't think he has to clear all NL teams first (@dfh21). Shouldn't it go from worst to first regardless of league?

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_transactions#Waivers

Posted by: Section506 | August 7, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Glad I checked first - dclifer beat me to it.
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See, teams do take risks.
For full story...
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4384253

ESPN:

A waiver claim has been placed on Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios, according to Major League Baseball sources.

At a time when most teams have very little financial flexibility, it could be within the realm of possibility that the Blue Jays will consider a trade of Rios, who still has six years remaining on a seven-year, $69.35 million contract he agreed to in April 2008, or simply waive him to the team that claimed him.

It is not yet known which team has been awarded the claim on Rios, but Rios might be on his way out of Toronto, one way or the other, because the Blue Jays may embrace the opportunity to shed his contract -- much in the same way they unexpectedly allowed the San Diego Padres to take reliever Randy Myers in a waiver claim more than a decade ago.

Posted by: dclifer97

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 7, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks dh and 506, I learn something new everyday.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 7, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There's no way Guzman moves; $8M next year? That's a horrible contract for a shortstop with limited range and a history of injuries.
Have you guys seen him play? I've watched just in the past week at least 4 balls hit perhaps 10-15 feet to the left of second base that he couldn't get to. A couple of them were sure doubleplay balls in one of Lannan's starts that I just couldn't believe he didn't get to.

Here's my real Nats beef lately: why is Belliard still getting playing time? He's made a number of just fundamentally bad plays in the past week. If Gonzalez can't hit and Belliard can't play the infield, what reason do we have for not bringing up one of the kids and just waiving the flag on that batting order slot for the rest of the season?

The Nats need to start acquiring some infield depth, and soon.

Posted by: tboss | August 7, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Here's my real Nats beef lately: why is Belliard still getting playing time? He's made a number of just fundamentally bad plays in the past week. If Gonzalez can't hit and Belliard can't play the infield, what reason do we have for not bringing up one of the kids and just waiving the flag on that batting order slot for the rest of the season?

The Nats need to start acquiring some infield depth, and soon."

Part of it has to be they have to leave some semblance of order in Syracuse. They have already raided the team of some of its best players. Clearly Padilla and Martin richly deserved their first (promised by Rizzo) shot at the majors.

Given the Nats record ... it sure seems like it makes more sense to be patient with their prospects. They really aren't going anywhere. September isn't too far away ... those they want to see will get the call up.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for a tboss Belly Bash. Curly W #6 is now locked in.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 7, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"The Nats need to start acquiring some infield depth, and soon."

Also, Ian Desmond's fielding in Syracuse has been less than stellar. It has cost the team. When it comes to fielding Espinosa's probably the guy, he's in Potomac learning to hit.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"They at least provide some aesthetic value to the club, unlike Belliard's less-than-athletic physique."
Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 7, 2009 12:18 PM
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cheeseburger - I presume you're trashing Ronnie for luck and not looking at the Nats like you were thumbing through an Esquire or GQ. Belly has saved us with his buggy whip swing and his 100+ career home runs, and I'd like to have a team of Bellys, Tony Gwynns, David "Perfect Game" Wells, Dmitry Youngs (All-Star Edition) Harmon Killebrews (nicknamed the fat boy - see Ball Four) and Babe Ruths, aesthetics be damned!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

plus, he did steal a base yesterday. any word on why belliard and bard were running? botched h&r, missed sign, or what?

Posted by: sect104 | August 7, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I can seconde your motion, slowpitch63. Anyone who knows of milo fields and Sansabelt trousers is the real deal.

Posted by: JamesWebster | August 7, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree with NatsNut about the wonderful background noises that were coming out of Dibble while Carpenter was calling the comeback yesterday. The best was his shriek of delight when the balk was called. Made my opinion of him went up a bit.

My favorite thing lately is how happy the stadium employees and food vendors are. Losing wears on them too.

Go Nats!

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 7, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

On another note, it appears that Aaron Crow might have to eat his last name as his 3 million asking price is not be answered by the Royals. Looks like he might have to settle for less or take a 2nd year off. I don't think that is likely.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 7, 2009 4:40 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, I believe MLB just ruled that the Aug 17 deadline does not pertain to those drafted from the Independent League (Crow and Tanner Scheppers). The teams that drafted them have until the start of next season to sign them, so Crow could conceiveably not sign until the end of March next year!

Posted by: erocks33 | August 7, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Add Carpy to ABM's list of presumed 'opponents.' Add all of the guys on this blog. And add the females as well (sigh). As ABM knows, Chico is a gastronomy afficianado and reporter, while the BIG BM himself is a short (ha!) order cook, whose gastronomic AND language skills are sadly, predictably embarrasingly dreadful. Pulitzer in Chico's future, GERD in a BM's?

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@flynnie2: No, silly, I'm not Bob Carpenter. You think Bob Carpenter is smart enough to call a ballgame and comment on this blog at the same time?
Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 7, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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I bet Debbi Taylor knows as much if not more about what's going on with Stephen Strasburg as Chico Harlan does. What does that say about the relative worth of Debbi Taylor and Chico Harlan?
Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 7, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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I'm sure that most of you know that this poster is nunof1/ABM (or as my British Mum would say: a BM., 'please, deahh; before we leave on our trip, use the toilet.').

FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome is a sad excuse for a male, one who feels the need to constantly compete (unsuccessfully) with Chico Harlan, Tom Boswell, Dan Steinberg, Dave Sheinin, Mike Wise, or any other more talented, more intelligent, more successful guy than he. Animal Planet features countless male animals who charge, and tilt, and pursue one another, as they try to prove dominance.

ABM, by the way, is a cook in a diner at lunchtime; he mounts tires (not females) in the evening at Costco for $11.50/hour. Not Alpha nor Beta; not Gamma, but a Zeta male? Yup.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 7, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 7, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man: Give it a rest, willya?

Post about baseball, what the team is doing right or wrong, the media (TV, radio, "dead-fish" & cyberspace) coverage of the Nationals, SABRmetrics, just about anything related to the team or sport - Just stop trying to goad other posters into a "mano-e-mano" with your troll-like, mysogynistic comments.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

nova_g_man: Oh, I forgot to add somewhat homophobic as well.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I've been gone for a couple days, so this may have come up in a thread, but...

To contribute to the pre-emptive Belliard-bashing, he did have two extreeeeemely boneheaded defensive plays yesterday:

1. On a decent throw from Bard on a stolen base, he put his glove down to tag before it had a ball in it, and thus lost the ball and gave up an SB.

2. On what would have been a sure double play, he caught the ball only in the general zip code of second base, being (as far as we could tell from sec. 313) about four feet from the bag. Instead of two outs, there were none.

There. That's done. Now a Nats victory this evening, please.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 7, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's my contribution, what's up with the tongue waggling? Is Belli a wannabe snake or something? Speaking of snakes, time to go get 'em, boys.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Amen to BinM.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 7, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

It's GOOD to be GUUUUZMAAAN!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Alright, what the hell is Guzman doing trying to steal a base? He's not exactly the most fleet of foot on the team.

Posted by: swang30 | August 7, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hoping that 2 hurls it into cf? Moving on a sign because the coaches thought they saw something? He sure was well and truly out.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What's Guzman's hitting streak now - 12 games?

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

One of Rizzo's players just homered - unfortunately, for the D'backs.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Can we say "Beach ball" Balester? Along with JD Martin? Looks all the starters (including Lannan) are having a run of allowing home runs early in games.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Owie. 2 Homers already.

Posted by: swang30 | August 7, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

#7 batter gets his first homer of the year; 2d of the inning; Bally Star is throwing BP.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Coaching visit to mound ... already.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

3 homers in 1 inning. And Martin is "beach ball"? Bally's throwing 90+ mph fastballs right into the upper deck!?

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

On, no. 5-0.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

FIVE zippy.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhmmmm I think that's why these guys end up working on things down in AAA, leave Martis and Detwiler there for the time being.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the shift that had Belly in right field or they'd still be batting.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen this here yet...

AP) – 52 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann won't pitch any time soon.

On the disabled list with a sore elbow since July 19, Zimmermann was supposed to throw in the bullpen on Friday. He reported that his elbow was still sore and the team scheduled an MRI exam, scrapping him from an expected start Sunday against Arizona.

Zimmermann was not available for comment, but acting general manager Mike Rizzo said the 23-year-old pitcher "had a setback."

Zimmermann threw 3 1-3 innings for Class-A Potomac on Tuesday and left after he was hit in the back by a line drive. He's 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Manager Jim Riggleman says he still thinks that Zimmermann will pitch this season, but the Nationals "want to make sure he's 100 percent before he does."

Posted by: twinbrook | August 7, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Nice flashback to Chief winning the 2005 opener at RFK. Seeing Pres. W. in the bullpen reminds me that he used to have various Nats players to the White House for lunch. If memory serves, all that the players revealed was from spokesman Nick Johnson, who pronounced it "Awesome!"

Nice Triple Bama Hamma!! (Are any of your team's triples not nice?)

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

That's 1 back.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Belly - Yard!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

That elbow trouble with a flame thrower like JZimm scares me to death.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"Had a setback." Oh geez. Next they're gonna say that he's day to day. See ya next year, Z'nn

Posted by: swang30 | August 7, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah tboss keep complaining about Guzman as he climbs toward .320 do you know anything about this game? let me help you with that question NO! Guzman may not be Mark Belanger but i'll take his bat over almost anyone in the NL sans Miguel Tejada(Astros) with Nyjer Morgan and Guzman this team has a very effective 1-2 punch at the top of the order. Balestar is making it easy for Rizzo to send him packing and Colin you can take Mock,Stammen, and Martin with you back to Syracuse.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

GREAT comment from Bob Carpenter: "You know what they say Rob - it's a long season and a small booth."

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

At 60 pitches Balester may only have 2 innings left.

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

The problem with sending Balester, Mock, Stammen, and Martin back to Syracuse is who're you going to bring up that's not just as raw and just as subject to melt downs? The pitching on this team is young, untried, and inconsistent. You're not going to get around that by demoting one or two people.

Posted by: swang30 | August 7, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"Balestar is making it easy for Rizzo to send him packing and Colin you can take Mock,Stammen, and Martin with you back to Syracuse."

Sure, replaced with Detwiler, Martis, Estrada, and Arneson.

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

Carpenter is possessed of a quick wit which he keeps under wraps most of the time. The first time he and Sutton did a post game with the Capitol Dome in the background, Johnny Holliday said that Bob "looks like our Capitol Hill correspondant! And Don . . . " Carpenter completed his sentence: "Let the Alabama boy do the Farm Report."

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Its not like they are going anywhere ... you're just going to have learn to be patient with the "prospects" and that will include the bullpen down in Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

> The pitching on this team is young, untried, and inconsistent. You're not going to get around that by demoting one or two people.

Posted by: swang30

Now that they've been exposed somewhat, the rest of the league might start looking at the Nats brass a little different when they value our pitchers. They've been selling the thing with the pitchers, which is fine, but it's the rest of the league they have to worry about when it comes to deals. I can't believe that Stammen's so tired that all he can do is lay BP in there. Balestar really does have a concentration problem. It's almost like he has to get slightly tired to even begin being effective.

Posted by: Brue | August 7, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

John Smolz arrested outside Yankee stadium last night by NY city police for impersonating a major league pitcher,later designated for assignment by the Red Sox.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

DUUUUKES!! 5-3! NICE AT BATS BY DUND AND THE BAMA HAMMA!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

WOW. That is the best hit I have seen Dukes hit.

Posted by: JT2009 | August 7, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I should say Bammer Hammer, as in "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer We're the Folk from Alabammer" as I do not want to refer to Willingham as "Hammus Alabamus" which was the pork confected by congress in Li'l Abner.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Balester 73 pitches ... wonder if he gets to bat? Probably should given the extensive use of the bullpen of late.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

5-4!! Dibble predicted that Garland wouldn't last, and that the game would be tied.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I really like this game - a month ago it would have been all over at five down. Nats seem to have gotten the idea that you don't get mad, you get even - or at least you go out there and do your job.

Posted by: Traveler8 | August 7, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

He's got 20 pitches left ... theoretically.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

82 pitches ...

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Rivera?

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, good job by Rivera!

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I would have kept Balestar in longer. Although Riggo is money once again with his call.

Posted by: Brue | August 7, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Balestar is making it easy for Rizzo to send him packing and Colin you can take Mock,Stammen, and Martin with you back to Syracuse."

Sure, replaced with Detwiler, Martis, Estrada, and Arneson.

Posted by: periculum
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Um, probably not (until September at least). From the current 25-man, Balester two options left, Mock has one, Stammen has three, and Martin has two.

From the minors, Martis & Estrada are both out of options (but can be recalled in 2009), Detwiler has one left (for next year), while Arnesen isn't currently on the 40-man.

Mock & Martin should get at least one more start each before the FO makes any moves, IMO. Mock might go back to the b'pen, when (or if) JZimm comes back up. I think the team might stick with Stammen & Martin until September 1st.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Balester only had 18 pitches left at that point. He's not supposed to go over 100.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Zimm. The offense is clicking. Come on bullpen. Keep the DBacks at 5.

Posted by: JT2009 | August 7, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, wow, wow.

This season is so much more fun now.

Sign Strasburg.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't think they will risk JZimm this year. Why? What purpose would it serve?

Wonder if RZimm will hit 40 this year? Imagine dead last with 2 guys hitting 40-50 and one likely getting to 30? Mebbe 4-5 guys in the line up hitting over .300?

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

In a re-read, I now see the "send em all down" comment was originally from dargregmag.

periculum, my apologies.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

D-Backs broadcast team making fun of Nats five game win streak wonder if they're laughing now?

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Should I look for a dismissive and crude Diamondbacks blog?

Oh, and I forgot the key to winning tonight:

Ronnie Belliard's hits are totally flukes. He is an abomination against nature. Ronnie should be replaced by Vinnie Castilla at second base.

OK, that keeps the superstition going. Sorry Ronnie.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are starting to look like a legitimate contender next year ... guessing here: need to fix the middle of the infield. Some depth in the outfield. They need a closer and 1 veteran starter as Rizzo indicated.

Then, it might be interesting.

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

Oh my! Z-Man RULES! Wood & leather!!

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

@+1/2St: Baseball is always fun & enjoyable; It's just more pleasurable when the team you support is winning, but you already know that.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

has anyone noticed that zimmerman is on pace for 35 HRs, 110 RBIs, 300 BA, and 900 OPS for the season? i think that may be even a little better than most of us would have hoped for.

Posted by: sec231 | August 7, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter's preoccupation with the idea that umpire strike zones vary radically depending on the pitcher and the hitter is really out of control. His comment after Dunn's punchout was just stupid in the age of QuesTec. No one should get a strike call like that, it's just a bad call.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | August 7, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

BinM-

Yes, and all the more enjoyable when you have acquaintances to enjoy it with year after year.

Thanks, pal.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

BinM,

Looks like they will have to make some decisions about Estrada, Arneson and Atilano this month? They will likely put Detwiler and Martis in the starting rotation next year.

Not sure what will happen with Mock, Stammen, and Martin? If they get lucky and sign Strasburg and Karns ... those guys could definitely push on the starting rotation. Holder looks like he is going to push on it.

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Strong comments from Double Dribble about Rizzo "weeding out" a lot of "junk" from the Nats roster, thus deserving the permanent GM job. Are you listening, Thrilledge?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 7, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Post of the day candidate:
Let's see Wilbon post lineups. Tracee - the people's columnist.

Posted by: mojo6

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 7, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Post of the day candidate, part II:

If Wilbon was posting lineups it would have been last nights lineup and then would have added how stupid a line up it was and that they would lose badly and it was another reason baseball will not work here in Phoenix ahhhhhhhh sorry Washington

Posted by: CBinDC

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 7, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they will have to make some decisions about Estrada, Arneson and Atilano this month? They will likely put Detwiler and Martis in the starting rotation next year.

Not sure what will happen with Mock, Stammen, and Martin? If they get lucky and sign Strasburg and Karns ... those guys could definitely push on the starting rotation. Holder looks like he is going to push on it.
----------------------------
From now through the end-of-season is the time for the decisions on all of the pitchers listed. Plenty of time left for the FO to make those decisions. FWIW, I think that Strasburg gets signed, but Karns goes back to school to try & improve his draft stock.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

harlan just couldn't wait for an off day to see "julie and julia?"

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

They really do look like they have a pretty solid lineup? Its an overnight change ... but different from the past where even when they had success they would peter out at the end of the year. Now, the appear to be getting stronger?

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Sweet

Posted by: Jackmathias | August 7, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You can't teach speed("FLASH MORGAN") Can't stop us can only hope to contain us GO NATS!!!!!!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Uh OH .. Villone ...

Posted by: periculum | August 7, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Just like the Chief. Why does it always have to go full? Ah, 190 over 150.

Posted by: Jackmathias | August 7, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I have been away, but "surly W" crack me up as a blog ID.

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

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... MacDougal = "the Chief redux".

He's heartburn (or worse) any time he strolls out of the b'pen with the game on the line.

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

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... MacDougal = "the Chief redux".

He's heartburn (or worse) any time he strolls out of the b'pen with the game on the line.

Posted by: BinM | August 7, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man- I was thinking exactly the same thing

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

To hell with baseball.
Does anyome know the name of the 3rd base line ball girl who misplayed the fair ball last night and was all over ESPN "Top 10 Plays"? So cute!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 7, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

BinM: Sit back and enjoy. The bourbon and Maalox are on me.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 7, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

1stBaseCoach-

If you are young enough, and single, I wish you all the luck in the world, friend. Are you paying attention, ball girl?

Go Mike!!!

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

C'mon MacDougall (sp?)-

Don't you want a bobblehead?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

BANG ZOOM!!! BANG ZOOM!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh 'Lizabeth! I'm coming home.

Posted by: Jackmathias | August 7, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

OMG - I'm still shaking.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Dibble again mentioned the case of SS and his bird of prey "representative." He basically said to use the SS money and get a free agent pitcher.

My question is this: Does anyone think that the Lerner's would sign off on such a deal? Does such a free agent exist this off season?

Oh yeah...woohoo....six in a row!!!!!

Posted by: TimDz | August 7, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Inspiring...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 7, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine Ozzie Guillen watching McDoogs heaving away, throwing everywhere but the strike zone? I hope there's some YouTube video of that. He should do well under Riggs.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Dibble again mentioned the case of SS and his bird of prey "representative." He basically said to use the SS money and get a free agent pitcher.

My question is this: Does anyone think that the Lerner's would sign off on such a deal? Does such a free agent exist this off season?

Oh yeah...woohoo....six in a row!!!!!

Posted by: TimDz | August 7, 2009 10:16 PM
**************************

Dibble's comments have been written here before. You can't go higher than $15 million or you need to call it a day and save that cash for a Free Agent pitcher.

Instead of wasting $2.8 mill on guys like Daniel Cabrera you need to put a proven pitcher in the rotation with Lannan and Jordan Zimmermann.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | August 7, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's to Steinberg the Bog Boy who predicted a 6 game win streak before the All Star break! Most of all, HERE'S TO THE NATS!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@3G: Ok, so you say no more than 15 million on SS. I can live with that.

BUT...Do you see the Lerner's signing off on Rizzo (or whoever is the GM) going after such a seasoned vet pitcher?

Posted by: TimDz | August 7, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Six in a row?

As Clipse would say, "Cot damn, it's a new day"...

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | August 7, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice Call Going; Yeah i'm all for telling SS and SB don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split ya,we can use that money for the farm system and maybe a young stud up and comer. Six in a row lets go!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Doogie makes me really nervous, but he managed to hold on and get the save. Also wish that we could get some decent starts as it's a lot of pressure on the offense and 'pen. That said, nice winning streak!

I don't read the Bog anymore so I'll take your word for it, Flynnie.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

>OMG - I'm still shaking.

Posted by: flynnie2

You can let go now, Flynnie.

hoo hoo 6 straight you could look it up

Posted by: Brue | August 7, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

It may not be statistically significant, but: over .500 under Riggleman. (No Manny hate intended.) Yay!

Posted by: Jackmathias | August 7, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Posters please join my family in welcoming the latest addition to our family(my wife's at the hospital) A GRANDSON Micah Alexander Thompson born just moments ago(probably while Macdougal was doing his high wire act) to our beautiful daughter and handsome son-in-law, a comeback win and a future Nats prospect what a night.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Hi, 1A! THAT was NERVE-WRACKING! Dear Lord, PLEASE let Doogs throw strikes! Let me guess - you don't read the Bog because you could care less about Redskings training camp and Les Boullez during the best part of the baseball season?

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to be the first to offer my congratulations on the new arrival, dargregmag.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@dargregmag: Mazel tov!

Posted by: Jackmathias | August 7, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

HEARTIEST CONGRATS AND BEST OF EVERYTHING TO LITTLE JR. DARGREGMAG! My friend, grandkids are one of the few things in life that are better than advertised. What a wonderful night for you!

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

It was nerve-wracking, Flynnie!

I don't read the Bog because of all the Nats fail stuff, and because Mr. Steinberg suggested that I should stop reading it.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 7, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

He did? Would you give us the quote?

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple...

Bud the Dumb made the announcement about independent league / college graduate draftees not having to adhere to the 8/17 date for signing. Apparently he is invoking the "best interests of the game" clause, because it really is one that he pulled out of his back pocket. I have no idea how this decision is in the best interests of the game, but that is Bud the Slow. One does wonder, however if not playing in a baseball game, against competition more than one level above Ponce might hurt Crow's value. Who knows, it might even slow Boras down a tad.

As to Carpenter's strike zone grousing, don't worry. He really is a pro. All you had to do was listen to Hawk Harrellson's screaming about the 2 & 0 strike called on Jim Thome and how everyone in the park, except the umpire knew it was a ball (well, except for anyone who actually saw the beautiful slider that was over the white on the outside corner.)

Posted by: Catcher50 | August 7, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

So did no one else notice the runner on 3rd scored well before Dunn placed the tag on the batter coming to first? The situation was 1st and 3rd with 2 outs, Guz made a nice play but a bad throw, and Dunn just stood there for a second as the batter stopped too. The inning ended, but no one on the AZ bench claimed the run. I had the perfect angle sitting on the 1B side, and the runner on 3rd was past home when Dunn placed the tag.

The funny thing was I went up to the 7th floor to alert Charlie and Dave, who on their perch didn't notice either. The guard on the 7th floor treated me like one of those Obama wasn't born in the US nuts.

If only I could twitter. . . .

Oh, and I called the Nats line on my way home and told them about it, but they also gave me the, shall we say, lukewarm treatment, since I couldn't stay on the line. Not sure of the grey power there. . . .

Posted by: paulkp | August 7, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@paulkp...

It's a force play regardless...as long as the runner never reaches first it doesn't matter if he tags him afterwards...The only way it would matter is if the runner had a base behind him that he could return to. i.e. second to third with nobody on first...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | August 7, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome here, paul, and I did notice it and thanked the Almighty that Blue have their ways which do not include awarding runs on 3rd outs.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I do not doubt you 1A, but am surprised that Bog Boy would be so ungracious.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 7, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

So . . .

paulkp: lou dobbs = baseball knowledge: political analysis ?

And I so thought I had scooped the world.

I don't deserve to tweet.

Posted by: paulkp | August 7, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

@dagregmag: Congratulations, grandpa! Have a bourbon and Maalox on me. Hugs for the little guy, please.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 7, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone for your kind and thoughtful congratulatory post.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 7, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Kasten was not at the game tonight - Found out he is on the west coast talking with Boras! Wonder what they are talking about???

Posted by: anyone1 | August 7, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Dargregmag, thank you for sharing your wonderful news with NJ!

On pitching, does anyone know if Matt Chico is on the radar screen--where he stands in his rehab?

Posted by: Section109 | August 7, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to dargregmag!

Somehow McDoogie Howser, M.D. doesn't instill the hammering heart that the Chief used to.

And I love the fact that Zimmerman hit his 24th HR in AUGUST, with over six weeks left in the season! Does 35 taters sound like a nice, round number to anyone else?

Posted by: Juan-John | August 8, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

dargregmag: a grandson named after nats great micah bowie is the best gift anyone get could...cheers!

Posted by: formerlylove1 | August 8, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

@Dargregmag - Congrats on that wonderful addition to your family! I've read all of this and have laughed so much. The sense of humor in here is a riot! And some things are eery (I was reading about Vinnie Castilla today)...... SIX WINS makes me one happy lady. Talk to yuh soon!


@Dargregmag
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Posted by: susandea | August 8, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

uhoh........ I goofed!

Posted by: susandea | August 8, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Dargregmag: Congrats and thanks so much for sharing.


Was driving through mountains and hills of WV and Kentucky--where the MLB GameDay audio was so FRUSTRATING!! First it was 5-0 and then it was 5-5 and then McDoogie was givin' me another ulcer.

Another exciting game, great comeback. FUN FUN FUN.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 8, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Did you all see Dan Haren screaming at Crawford from the dugout, when Hinch decided to come back and talk with the second umpire?

Haren starts tomorrow/today, Crawford calling balls and strikes. Yikes.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 8, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John, if McDoogie Howser did not work your last nerve tonight, it is only because they are made of steel. Nieves kept pounding his right shoulder and then his glove, a target nicely in the strike zone that bore little relationship to where Dr. McDoogs' latest offering would end up. Like you, Riggs seems to have the steely nerves to endure the young man, and coax him back into All Star form.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 8, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

With one of those Damn Diamondback Sinkerballers throwing tomorrow night - Dan Haren - I am put in mind how Bud Black two years ago shouted to the home plate ump that he wasn't going to sit quietly all night watching shin-high pitches called strikes. It worked, and the Padres won.

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 8, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

>Haren starts tomorrow/today, Crawford calling balls and strikes. Yikes.

Posted by: nova_g_man

Haren 5.38 ERA the last three games. Given up several homers.

Posted by: Brue | August 8, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Didn't get to see the game tonight, but what a win. Guess I'll have to keep requesting the Belliard bash until it wears out. That might happen tonight with Haren throwing for the snakes. Hopefully the Nats can find a way to get in Dunn. Then after another win on sunday we can put some losing snakes on a plane.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 8, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Alumni association update: Langerschlang's two-run walkoff HR gives Seattle 7-6 win over Tampa Bay. And Thrilledge is batting .228 for the Bucs. And we don't want either one back, but I'd take Langerschlang before Thrilledge.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 8, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

how many days off does chico get?? i shouldnt complain, tracee dave and zach may be an improvement...

Posted by: formerlylove1 | August 8, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady:
are you saying mlb gameday audio even on XM can get bad? I've thought about getting it, but if that's the case, I'd pass.

But back to the game: Stop bashing Belly!!
The Nats will be able to get something for him, and he's giving a lot to us.

Posted by: nats24 | August 8, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Stop bashing Belly?

nats24, I think you need to go outside and spit or turn around or something. Shame on you for trying to take away our good-luck charm. Shame!

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 8, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Who wants to take him away? I'm talking about off season. Go, Belly, every day thru Sept.

Posted by: nats24 | August 8, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I fear that communication has broken down, nats24. In case you missed the earlier banter: the only reason our beloved hometown nine have taken six contests in a row is the gleeful and whole-hearted slamming of Ronnie Belliard that's taken place every day.

When I referred to our good-luck charm, I was referring not to the man, but to the vilification thereof. No, no, you can't take that away from me.

Posted by: Scooter_ | August 8, 2009 2:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you all the way, Scooter. No problem at all. I've always been a Belly backer.

Posted by: nats24 | August 8, 2009 2:47 AM | Report abuse

The Belly Bashing is for luck, nats24. Some here are convinced that it guarantees a victory, likely involving Belly.

I've been looking at blown saves, having just watched the Dodgers blow their 20th as called by the incomparable Vin Scully.

The Nats lead MLB with 22. It's such a devastating event. Houston and LA, both in the playoff hunt, follow with 20. You wouldn't have this stat unless you are good enough to be ahead in the 9th and have a crappy bullpen, which is not this team's problem now. It was at the beginning of the season, and that is the Lerners fault for being too cheap to heed the warnings of the baseball men.

Memory plays tricks. Hanrahan, whom I thought would be responsible for at least 10, is 5-5. Beimel blew 4. Kensing and Mock: 2 each. The remaining are shared by the following pitchers, each with 1: Colome, Mock, Tavares, Villone, Clippard, Bergmann, Hinckley, Burnett, Rivera and . . . McDougal, who blew one and saved . . .11(counting tonight) >91% success rate. For comparison, Trevor Hoffman is 25-2; Mo Riviera 31-1; Pappelbon 27-3.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/WSN/2009-pitching.shtml

for team comparisons: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2009-reliever-pitching.shtml

Posted by: flynnie2 | August 8, 2009 3:14 AM | Report abuse

@darmacgreg, so pleased for your good news!

Everyone else, so pleased for our good news - 6 in a row, and another amazing come from behind game!

Posted by: Traveler8 | August 8, 2009 5:28 AM | Report abuse

I prefer not to post a quote here, Flynnie.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 8, 2009 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Belliard SUCKS!


(smile)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 8, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY! Nats on the front of sports page!! =)

Posted by: rachel216 | August 8, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Best part of being at the game last night was, down 5-0, the fans did not have that "oh...noooo...." feeling. In fact, some of the good people around me were joking about how "now we got 'em right where we want 'em!" We've gone from feeling like a dog that's been kicked every day to cautiously optimistic to downright giddily optimistic. And that's a good thing.

Posted by: Section220 | August 8, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

@nats24:

I have the MLB Gameday audio app on my cellphone ($4.99) per month. Apparently the ATT network (3G or whatever they call it) is not equally strong all over the nation. I could get the game summary updates but not always the audio.

Obviously, while driving, I wanted the audio, since at 70mph you do NOT want to be glancing down at a tiny screen to see who just hit a home run (well, you do, but you shouldn't--I saw two huge semi's dumped over in ditches about 50 miles apart and the weather was absolutely clear).

Cellphone service is spotty in the rural area where my family is but I've been able to use my aircard at the motel, so hopefully I will be watching our SEVENTH WIN IN A ROW this afternoon from my computer.

========================================
Nats_Lady:
are you saying mlb gameday audio even on XM can get bad? I've thought about getting it, but if that's the case, I'd pass.

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

anyone else see this?

Grace: "Riggleman is best manager I ever had"
Mark Grace, an analyst for Fox Sports Arizona, called Jim Riggleman the best manager he ever had in the big leagues. Grace played first base for Riggleman from 1995 to 1999, when both were with the Cubs. Riggleman anointed Grace one of his team leaders during that period...

Posted by: cdstej | August 8, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

If this winning trend continues, Riggs will make it awfully hard for the FO to look elsewhere for next seasons manager. Mark Grace is someone I've always respected in baseball.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 8, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady, it sounds like your family must be in a similar area to some of my family (rural and hilly). I don't have Internet access on my cell phone and thus am limited to newspaper boxscores and ESPN updates for Nats news when I'm on the road.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 8, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady, I have XM and reception at home is great and uninterrupted. The only real problem I've ever had is when driving through mountainous regions. I also have the mlb on line radio version as XM will carry the home team feeds while both feeds are available via computer. That way, at least when I'm home I can always hear Charlie and Dave. In addtion, I have the mlb extra innings TV package so I can watch the games. I guess I'm just crazy.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 8, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Your morning Belliard rant, MadLibs edition:

When Belli comes to the plate, I want to ____. He always ______ and he never _____.

And then there's his fielding. A ____ could make a better throw, and what's up with his positioning? He looks like a _____ out there.

Enjoy.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 8, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Memory plays tricks. Hanrahan, whom I thought would be responsible for at least 10, is 5-5. Beimel blew 4. Kensing and Mock: 2 each. The remaining are shared by the following pitchers, each with 1: Colome, Mock, Tavares, Villone, Clippard, Bergmann, Hinckley, Burnett, Rivera and . . . McDougal, who blew one and saved . . .11(counting tonight) >91% success rate. For comparison, Trevor Hoffman is 25-2; Mo Riviera 31-1; Pappelbon 27-3."

I believe that under the save rule any time a pitcher comes into the game in the 7th inning or later in a save situation and turns a lead into a tie or a loss he gets charged with a blown save. In other words, blown saves are not just chargeable to the closer in the 9th inning, just as saves are not either. A pitcher can come into the game and pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th to preserve a lead - no matter how large - and get credited with a save. (I believe a Rangers pitcher picked up a save when they beat the Orioles 30-3 in 2007.) There are other permutations of the save situation that do not involve the ninth inning. So look at it this way: if a pitcher has the opportunity to pick up a save by virtue of taking the mound with a lead and he blows the game, it's a blown save. Even if he's not the closer.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 8, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

And I'm pretty sure a pitcher can get both a blown save and a save in the same game, under certain circumstances.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 8, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Dargregmag. Micah will enjoy his summer birthday - parties at the beach, amusement park, etc that are available in the summer.

Nats24 - I have found XM reception to be excellent almost everywhere. Occasional gaps of a few seconds here and there in hilly country or under heavy overhanging trees. It cuts out inside buildings like parking garages and sometimes in urban areas with tall buildings right next to the street. I depend on it for baseball out in my rural area.

I heard Belliard's dog hates him.

Geezer

Posted by: utec | August 8, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"And I'm pretty sure a pitcher can get both a blown save and a save in the same game, under certain circumstances."

I don't think so, because I'm pretty sure you have to enter the game in a save situation in order to get a save. You can't pitch yourself into a save situation.

A pitcher could get both a blown save and a win, though, if his team comes back while he's still the pitcher of record.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 8, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I've also got XM in my car and as others have said the signal will sometimes drop out when something like a mountain blocks the antenna's view to the south (the satellites are over the equator). What some would call the other drawback is that you only get the home team's radio broadcast. But if you like hearing the variety in how a game is called that's actually a positive. As is being able to listen to great talents like Vin Scully and Dave Niehaus while driving somewhere late at night. And, outside of baseball season you also get all the NHL games (go CAPS!) and a whole bunch of music channels. Bottom line, I'm very happy with the service.

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 8, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I love the formal Belliard bashing form 1a. Beautifully done. My blank fillers, in order are: heave - swings - connects - little leaguer - potted plant. :->

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 8, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed that Zimm has played 106 games this year. With the shoulder injury, he played 106 games last year. Here's how his stats compare year-to-year - 2008 first:

AB 428/423
R 51/82
H 121/127
2B 24/24
3B 1/1
HR 14/24
RBI 51/75
BB 31/48
SO 71/82
BA .283/.300
OPS .774/.901
TB 189/225
GIDP 12/17

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Mock pitching tonight. He's a bum, way overmatched in the bigs. Nats are going to be trailing 6-0 in the second inning, and you can only go to the come-from-behind well so often.

Plus my wife and I, who are 1-5 at the new park, are going to the game. No freakin' way we win tonight.

(There - if that isn't enough to dispel tonight's bad juju, I'm Jim Bowden's evil twin.)

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 8, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Shepdave, go sit with Paulkp.


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Saves:
Rule 10.20 in the Official Rule Book states:
Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:
(1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and
(2) He is not the winning pitcher; and
(3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
- (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or
- (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces; or
- (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought Jim Bowden WAS the evil twin. Anyway, how do we know you aren't, Gilbert? Best stick with what works.


When Belli comes to the plate, I want to **shout "It's a cookbook!"**. He always **adjusts himself** and he never **uses his hand to do it**.

And then there's his fielding. A **knobloch** could make a better throw, and what's up with his positioning? He looks like a(n) **usher** out there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Feed the beast! Where's the new post?

If the Nats beat Haren, the best pitcher in baseball, to win their seventh straight, that will be truly amazing.

Posted by: Section222 | August 8, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

When Belli comes to the plate, I want to *shout "PERICULUM!"*. He always *swang* and he never *erocks*.

And then there's his fielding. A *nun* could make a better throw, and what's up with his positioning? He looks like a *sofa* out there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

and congrats to dargregmag on the newest addition to your lovely family seriously we are all glad for you and wish the little one will grow up to be a Hall of Famer and to see you in the picture at his induction beaming proudly and remembering this day.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Coming from the Godfather of ID's, that's high praise.
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I have been away, but "surly W" crack me up as a blog ID.

Posted by: kevincostello | August 7, 2009 9:57 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I think SurlyW is a great moniker too. But Sec3mysofa is pretty good too, I must say.

Posted by: Section222 | August 8, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

sec3: "I thought Jim Bowden WAS the evil twin. Anyway, how do we know you aren't, Gilbert? Best stick with what works."
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What works is me and the missus staying away from the park. Nats are .200 lifetime when we're there.

(115 J 13-14 - wave to us!)

BTW, nice satire of dargregmag's writing style, there...)

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 8, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one jonesing for a new post?

Posted by: greggwiggins | August 8, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,
Congratulations! Being a grandparrent is the greatest duty in the world. Grandparents and grandchildren get along so well for one simple reason:

Common enemies!

We want to spoil them and they want to be spoiled, but their parents, our children, think they know best.

Thanks for sharing your miracle with us.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 8, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

a tribute, gilbert. a tribute.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

before manny was jettisoned ...
before tony plush ,,,
before two gramd salamis ...
before belly-bashing and six wins ...

there was dibble.

candor, humor, passion. who knew that we would like him this much?

July 2009. "This isn't a Major League baseball team I'm watching out here....It's pathetic. I've never seen a team that is ok with losing....Some guys are mailing it in, and it's hard to watch."

July 1991. Rob Dibble left his mark on the Mets last night. He faced five batters, struck out three of them, broke one bat into pieces and allowed a harmless single. "We got six runs," said Mets Manager Bud Harrelson, "and then they brought in the monster." "I want to know the guy who wrote I wasn't so nasty last night," Dibble said. "What are you going to write tonight?"

i hope they bring him back.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

no lineups yet, but Haren v. Mock sounds like a reverse-lock to me, What say you, GRiP, keeper of the reverse-lock keys?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't know where our keepers are but here is the Nats line-up for tonight from MASN.


Elijah Dukes gets the night off with Josh Willingham moving to right field. Willie Harris starts in left.

Nationals:

Morgan - CF
Guzman - SS
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - 1B
Willingham - RF
Harris - LF
Bard - C
Gonzalez - 2B
Mock - P

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice work, coked and sec3 (I'm a poet and don't know it).

There is a post up with Nats lineups.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 8, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's mine:

When Belli comes to the plate, I want to *shout "Hey, it's Enrico Palazzo!"*. He always *swings for the fences* and he never *walks*.

And then there's his fielding. A *softball girl* could make a better throw, and what's up with his positioning? He looks like a(n) *outfielder* out there.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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