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Lineups From Petco

Washington

Maxwell -- 8
Gonzalez -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Dunn -- 3
Willingham -- 7
Dukes -- 9
Bard -- 2
Orr -- 4
Martin -- 1

San Diego

Cabrera -- 6
Eckstein -- 4
Gonzalez -- 3
Kouzmanoff -- 5
Venable -- 9
Headley -- 7
Hundley -- 2
Gwynn -- 8
Richard -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  September 1, 2009; 6:26 PM ET
 
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On the ex-Nats front, I think I'm gonna be watching some of the Astros-Cubbies game on WGN tonite. Don't know that Boone will get into the game, but attaboy, Aaron!

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bb/6596031.html

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

new posted...
Maybe Livan could develop a knuckleball over the off season and we could keep him around for another dozen years.

Posted by: twinbrook | September 1, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Innnnnterrrresting ... but also stoooopid ...

Putting Orr in the #8 hole and AG batting second? Heck why not risk Mike Morse at shortstop ... ~laughing~ can't be worst than Ian Desmond? LOL

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

6 righties, 3 lefties.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the knuckle-curve?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Over/under on Maxwell strikeouts: 3.5

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | September 1, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

okay, i know i'm a little late on this, but i just read feinstein's column about strasburg.

are you freakin' kidding me? First off, "The one thing the franchise has had going for it the last few years is a media-friendly clubhouse led by a media-friendly star in Ryan Zimmerman."

Huh? The only thing going for the team was media friendliness?

And, "...a surly franchise pitcher may be okay if he is winning Cy Young Awards..."

really, john? surly franchise pitcher? we're being a little overly dramatic aren't we? The kid was swarmed with reporters when he was PLAYING CATCH.

A 7 1/2 minute media interview after PLAYING CATCH in VIERA, FLORIDA, in LATE AUGUST, would probably catch a lot of people off guard.

And no, Stan Kasten doesn't need to sit anyone down to coach them on their media responsibility.

Feinstein, seriously. Dude. Get over yourself.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 1, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see how many Nats pitchers make Baseball American's top 50 prospects. Many have had good years.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

You tell him, NatsNut.

That is an "interesting" lineup. Now, let's fricassee those 'Stros like an Alexander chicken.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 1, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I mean those Padres. I have 'Stros on the brain because of [AB]'s comeback.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 1, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Tonights' opposing pitcher (Richard) is a big (6'5", 240) LH. Riggleman's stacked the lineup as best he can (Dunn & Orr are the only LH hitters in the starting nine); wishing that Guzman was healthy, because Orr is usually overmatched against hard-throwing LHP's. We'll see what happens.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

the more i think about feinstein's article the more incensed i become.

is this some kind of power trip writers get? "you'd better respect me boy or i will take you down with one flourish of my pen."

it makes me want to boycott washington post, which happens to be my favorite site.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 1, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"because Orr is usually overmatched against hard-throwing LHP's. We'll see what happens."

Sure seems like this would be a case where you want to get Morse's bat in the lineup. Guess he really can't play 2nd base at the MLB level?

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

@NN: Go easy, Feinstein was probably looking for another book out of this kid - "The Road to Glory - A Year in the Life of a #1 MLB Draftee".

It would have fit his M.O. of targeting a subject, then acting like a Remora & attaching himself for 12 months, feeding constantly with no other effort. When the kid got a little prickly about letting a sportswriter feed off him for a year, Feinstein lashed out.

His books since (and maybe before) "A Good Walk Spoiled" have followed that exact formula. He may write about multiple sports, but his angle is incredibly predictible; If he can't get a book out of it, he'll bust your chops.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

@peri: Just let it go - Morse is 6'5" & has no clue, or business at 2B at any level of professional baseball, except in an extreme emergency (i.e.- extra innings, the team has cleared the bench through pinch-hitting / double switches, and the 2B/SS collide going after a popup; Both players are rendered incoherent on the play and have to leave the game. Morse is the only player left on the bench, along with a starting pitcher; As a Manager, I'd consider the SP @2B before Morse).

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@peri: Just let it go - Morse is 6'5" & has no clue, or business at 2B at any level of professional baseball, except in an extreme emergency (i.e.- extra innings, the team has cleared the bench through pinch-hitting / double switches, and the 2B/SS collide going after a popup; Both players are rendered incoherent on the play and have to leave the game. Morse is the only player left on the bench, along with a starting pitcher; As a Manager, I'd consider the SP @2B before Morse).

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"The one thing the franchise has had going for it the last few years is a media-friendly clubhouse led by a media-friendly star in Ryan Zimmerman."

Ryan Zimmerman is not media-friendly, he's mono-syllabic. Sure, he's basically a nice guy, but so also does Strasburg seem to be. The media needs to get off Strasburg's back.

Posted by: nunof1 | September 1, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

@nunof: See the post to NN at 8:13 for a possible motive.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"The one thing the franchise has had going for it the last few years is a media-friendly clubhouse led by a media-friendly star in Ryan Zimmerman."

media friendly = clean cut white guy

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | September 1, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

If they want "media friendly" they can always hire Bob Uecker as their bon-vivant publicist and club comedian. Milwaukee's Best.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, it looks like Foli could be on his way to "screwing the pooch" for an serious interview with WSH for the Managers job. He got SYR into striking distance for the Division championship, but seems to be on the way to dropping two straight to the Division leader, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The one thing the franchise has had going for it the last few years is a media-friendly clubhouse

Now if only it had friendly media (Chico and Boz not included).......instead of the lead from the snark that of which Mr. Feinstein is such an example.

An observation, Feinstein can not write one paragraph without slipping Tiger Woods in there somewhere.

Posted by: CBinDC | September 1, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"@peri: Just let it go - Morse is 6'5" & has no clue, or business at 2B at any level of professional baseball, except in an extreme emergency ..."

Trying to figure a way to get some more fire power in the line up. They are looking pretty anemic.

As is Syracuse who is again losing 3-2 ... with L. Davis batting third ... anemic ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@wheatstraw: Maybe to Feinstein, but not to the local media - If Nyjer Morgan (aka "Tony Plush"), or Livan Hernandez, or Willie Harris, or a handfull of other players hasn't been "media-friendly" on this team, I don't know who has.

Maybe Feinstein should just get back to his "beat-writer" roots & get inside a team before he calls anyone out based on a once every-so-often visit to the locker room or training facility.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Everts just walked the bases loaded in Syracuse ...

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

There goes Clint Everts potential call-up. Its 5-2.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

new post.

Posted by: BinM | September 1, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@natsnut: I just got in from work (being broke and having to work two jobs really bites the big one...) and read your post. I couldn't agree with you more. Here's a 21 year old kid who is just starting his major league career and God only knows how much internal pressure he is feeling (signing a $15 million contract will probably do that...). He hears from the FRONT OFFICE that he is not the supposed savior of the franchise and all he needs to do is just pitch. Now all these yahoos show up to watch the start of his career and they get miffed because he doesn't drop what he is doing to give these guys an interview or quote that isn't the verbal equivalent of a reach around?
These guys need to stop trying to make news where none exists.

Posted by: TimDz | September 1, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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