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Lineups From Nats Park

I'll post the Mets' lineup once I get it.


Maxwell - 8
Desmond - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 3
Willingham - 7
Morse - 9
Bard - 2
Gonzalez - 4
Detwiler - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  September 28, 2009; 3:21 PM ET
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Orr slumps and suddenly he's found the 3 years younger Morse? Got to wonder about ol' Riggles at this point?

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

What happens when he realizes Desi is slumping too?

On another note, we have seven games left and Dunn needs two homers to get to 40. I wonder how many players have hit 38 home runs in six straight seasons...

Get 'er done!

Posted by: Section222 | September 28, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Why is Dunn not batting third tonight against the RHP? Give the guy an extra AB or two to get his 40th, Riggs!

Posted by: dfh21 | September 28, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It is depressing to me that people are talking about Guzman and Desmond as our DP combination for next year. If they were good enough would they be there now?

And it's not as if they are setting the world alight now.

Posted by: soundbloke | September 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

There's a very relevant and timely post on Planetary Nats Blog about the Teddy losing schtick, something that now disgusts me. (Teddy's losing, not the blog)

Posted by: NatsNut | September 28, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree re. the schtick and the post, NatsNut. Free Teddy!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 28, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Natsnut, thanks for the reference - good commentary.

Posted by: Traveler8 | September 28, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

They should let Teddy win because the schtick is boring and worn out, not because, as the Planetary Nats Blog post suggests, it has anything to do with how bad the Nats are. Seriously.

Posted by: Section222 | September 28, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse


Guzman's year at the plate has definitely not been as productive as last year. Of course it was pretty horrendous his first year with the team. Its the decline in fielding that has everyone concerned.

Can he recover and have another good year as a switchhitter playing second base?

Desmond always seems to take some time to adjust to new levels ... he may go gangbusters next year? But, again the fielding is a question mark.

Unless they can come up with trades for ostensibly better players? Many (esp. Ladson) though Orlando Hudson was just the ticket. Strange that a guy that used to be on the bench for the most part for this team beat him out?

So, unless they can pry the Florida Marlin's shortstop from FLA and bring him here ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

222, I don't think the PNB was saying it had anything to do with the Nats performance, per se. He was careful to make the distinction that Teddy's losing is just not a good "story" to be representing the Nats, now or ever.

I think it's an important message because we're not just talking about superstition. We're talking about a perpetual losing identity manifested in a nightly loss that they call "The Main Event".

That, and it's just not funny anymore.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 28, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

A somewhat curious lineup tonight - LH's Orr & Harris on the bench against a reasonably hard-throwing RHSP. I thought Riggleman would be playing percentages for the rest of the season in terms of match-ups.

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Teddy wasn't just losing at the two games I was at last week, he was MIA entirely. Some excuse about a hamstring pull or some such. Teddy's inability to show up kind of mirrors much of the team's failure to show up ever since Nyjer went down. Is Teddy a Nyjer, or is he a Milledge?

Posted by: nunof1 | September 28, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@sound: What, you're not enamoured with "clink & clank" as the Nationals' MI combo for 2010?

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

NN, I agree that its not funny anymore. They were even reduced to not having him race for a few days because of injury, which means they truly have run out of ideas. I just thought that the PB post was overblown and silly. Here's a snip for those who haven't seen it yet:

"What I am suggesting is that we reject the mindset that it is acceptable that Teddy lose every race. In a world where we stop placing value in the Washington sports stereotype, the perpetual loser Teddy ceases to be the compelling character that he is."

"I’ve been to nine Nationals games this season. Teddy has lost all nine of those Presidents Races. The Nats have lost eight of those game. Coincidence? Perhaps… but less than you might imagine."

By the way, I'm also tired of Abe, our country's greatest President, being portrayed as a cheater and an ego-maniac. The President's race needs some new writers.

Posted by: Section222 | September 28, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Why not just can the President's races alltogether? It's just a shtick that Kasten swiped from the Brewers, then re-branded; It adds nothing to "the game experience", imo.

If you need a time-killer during the 7th-inning stretch, build up small biographies (3-4 minutes) on former Senators (& Expos), and run those on the video board instead of "the Main Event".

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss the celebration for clinching the first pick in 2010? Thanks Pirates! Welcome to NatsTown Bryce Harper....

Posted by: jfromPG | September 28, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Oops - Failed to mention the Homestead Greys, or "locals" (players beither born or raised in the greater DC area) for possible biographies. And it shouldn't be limited to just the stars - An overview of former players like Ken Hamlin or Bob Allison could be just as interesting as Walter Johnson or Josh Gibson.

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Some spots on the Homestead Grays would be nice!

So what are we supposed to do in the off-season? Crash the discussion board of a winter league team in the Caribbean? :)

Posted by: poncedeleroy | September 28, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

@ponce: You could, but I think there will be activity with the Nationals throughout the off-season - Player development in the FIL & AFL, Nationals players in the WInter Leagues, roster cuts back to 40 (or lower), the Manager search, possible new coaches, contracts tendered for 2010, the Winter meetings / possible trades, the FA market, re-signings & more trades, then Spring Training & hope springs anew.

It should prove to be an active off-season; Stay tuned.

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

nats should sign omar vizquel to play ss and mentor desmond. it's so fun to watch him play ss he may be the best of all time defensively.

Posted by: artvandelay2 | September 28, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

@artvandelay2: If Guzman does make the move to 2B in ST, that would be a very interesting signing.

Personally, I'd still rather see Guzman undergo bunion surgery & try to come back as a SS in 2010 at this point, but there's a lot to be determined in the off-season.

Posted by: BinM | September 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I can even call it a New Post at this point--it's been up about an hour and a half, lonesome as a motherless calf.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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