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Run Support, A Meeting For Support

Tonight we've got Ross Detwiler making his final start of the season. The September call-up version of Detwiler has been stellar: In his two starts this month, he's gone 10-2/3, allowing four earned. He says he's more relaxed his time around. He also says he's no longer "trying to be perfect." The irony is, he might have to be perfect -- at least if he gets the typical run support. On Sept. 17, Detwiler's first start this month, Cole Hamels took a no-hitter into the sixth. On Sept. 23, Detwiler's second start this month, Chad Billingsley took a no-hitter into the sixth.

Yeah, this is extreme, but Detwiler (still winless in 12 starts with the Nats) has been receiving little support all season. His 3.06 runs of support per 9 innings would rank last in the NL if maintained throughout the season.

So we'll see if this continues. Nelson Figueroa (2-7, 4.88) is pitching for the Mets.

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Several hours before Monday's game, interim manager Jim Riggleman held a brief meeting with his closer, Mike MacDougal, whose ERA has taken a beating in the last few weeks. Riggleman, who was joined for the chat by pitching coach Steve McCatty, had a simple goal: He wanted to assure that MacDougal's confidence didn't take a beating, too. Though the conversation won't help the closer curb his recent problems, Riggleman reminded the closer that he hasn't been hit hard. He's just been wild.

"You're not a fun guy to hit against," Riggleman later said, paraphrasing the message. "Good things are ahead if you can somehow find that strike zone more consistently."

MacDougal, until early-September, had been one of Washington's steadiest performers -- a pleasant reversal for a righty with a reputation with control issues.

But Sunday was the latest low point for MacDougal, when he blasted apart a 10th-inning tie game with a walk, a hit batsman, two infield dribblers and a single to center. MacDougal eventually allowed three earned runs in Washington's 6-3 loss. In the last three weeks, MacDougal has become increasingly unreliable, and his ERA has swelled from 2.06 to 3.86. He's allowed runs in his last six appearances, and in seven of his last eight. In that span, which extends back to September 6, MacDougal has thrown 7-1/3 innings, allowed 16 hits and 11 earned runs, walking eight.

"It's always helpful, that sort of communication," MacDougal said of the meeting. "I think it's one of those things, I've given up a lot of dinkers, but that is how it goes. It's kind of been that way the last few days, but we still have a few more games, so hopefully I can fix that up and finish strong."

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Catcher Wil Nieves, who has missed the last 1-1/2 weeks because of a left hamstring pull, will be available to play Tuesday. Nieves already feels ready to resume catching, but Riggleman wanted to sit him out of Monday's game "just to err on the side of caution." Nieves injured his hamstring while running down the first base line on September 17 against the Phillies.

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The starting time for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field has been switched from 7 p.m. to 4:10 p.m., because it will be carried on FOX.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 28, 2009; 6:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

Speaking of run support. 3 times we get a runner to 3rd. 1 run out of it... sigh.

Posted by: swang30 | September 28, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

apparently someone is hoping/guessing the Braves will catch the Rox--looks like even money from here, if they haven't caught them already by that time.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

swang, they really do much better with a runner on second. Third, esp. with no outs, is just too much pressure.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

c'mon, Riggo, go ahead and get tossed. How many more chances will you get?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

oh, Maaaan. 2nd and 3rd, one out, and they can't get anything??!! What a bunch of bums!

Oh, wait, that was the Mets. What great defense!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

hey, hey, when has getting tossed out ever won a game for a team? :)

Posted by: swang30 | September 28, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

There is no justice in the world. How can a man named Leatherman not be a vacuum of a shortstop?

Posted by: Section506 | September 28, 2009 3:21 PM |
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leatherman? wasn't he the guy rizzo replaced? my mistake, it was leather pants.

Posted by: surly_w | September 28, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

so, should I post a picture for 506?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"How can a man named Leatherman not be a vacuum of a shortstop?"
"Posted by: Section506"

Unless he's a prospect and potential shutdown reliever / closer now in Harrisburg.

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I suppose they are going to draft Harper ... but I do hope they draft some more good college pitching immediately after ...

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

HAH Chico! 3 Homers for Morse in what 35 at bats and he is now hitting .314. One was a pinch it homer. Too many strike outs though ...

Can't understand why Riggleman let this guy languish?

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

So I left the room for a minute--how did Desmond get thrown out a third?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

MacDougal.

Why don't they just let McCatty go out there?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Look at that--both Mets batters hit the ball! he's worse than Belliard.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Mac! And Detwiler gets the baseball, the lineup card, and a shaving cream dessert.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

How old is Morse? Can he be a younger version of Aaron Boone next year?

Posted by: TimDz | September 28, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Morse was born in 1982. He's younger than Willingham and I begin to wonder if he isn't the better hitter?

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Tim, Re: Morse--I don't know if his middle name starts with an F.

Posted by: jfromPG | September 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

jPG: Lets give him a few years and see if he can hit one over the green monster in a game seven for the Nats...

Hey...I can dream, can't I?

Posted by: TimDz | September 28, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Great to see Ross get a W. And on the day we clinch Bryce Harper. Now, does anyone know if he's passed his GED yet? What happens if he doesn't?

Posted by: twinbrook | September 28, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Great to see Ross get a W. And on the day we clinch Bryce Harper. Now, does anyone know if he's passed his GED yet? What happens if he doesn't?

Posted by: twinbrook | September 28, 2009 10:00 PM
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ummmm..we draft someone else?

Posted by: TimDz | September 28, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

53-103. Looks like we win the first draft pick again next year. The only possible wrinkle would be if we win our final six games (doubtful, since the final four are against the red-hot Braves, though I'd love to whoop them on national TV on Sat.), and Pittsburgh finishes 0-7 (they have a doubleheader on Weds.). In that case, both teams would have identical 59-103 records. Who would get the first pick in that case?

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 28, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

tpic: since we sucked more than the Pirates did last year, we get #1 again in 2010.

Posted by: TimDz | September 28, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear Journal,

today i had a free period and so i was siting writting poems about who else well Journal u knw it was JORDAN. i was haveing trouble with a line where i talked about his beautyful eyes u see id forgoten, if there green or their blue anyway the thing is this new boy, was siting at the next table and he offerred to help me and he was realy nice and had some good sugestins even tho he new i was totaly writting for another boy. so i finished my peoms and this new boy he moved hear from somewere in new york i think it was new yrok city he said they were real pretty like my eyes omg isnt' that SOOOO SWEETTTT?

anyway Journal, it was nice to takl to this boy he was such a good guy to help me and he has this hair like wavey that makes it like you want to touch it just to see wht it feel slike and mabey see him smile again where he has these grate dimples. so hes' tottaly cool and i am SO gonna tell KaytLynne that she should SO look for him and maybe hook up with him because she would tootaly like him. yeah journal i think sh'ell really like this new boy.

Ross.

Posted by: Scooter_ | September 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, I just have to say "good on you" to Mac, especially after what I was saying about him at yesterday's game (and the way I whinged when he came on in the 9th tonight). Heh. Glad that Detwiler finally has a win to his name. He's pitched well enough at times to have more than the one. Oh well. And Lannan got to do the shaving cream thing, which he seems to relish. Good night, Nats.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 28, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! So the Pirates' rout of the Dodgers tonight allowed us to clinch the Bryce Harper sweepstakes! I hear Boras is already shopping for a new yacht...

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Scooter!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 28, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

To celebrate our anniversary we got some steeply discounted tickets to the President's Club on stubhub. I wouldn't pay full price, at least not before the 50th, but it was a thrilling experience. For what we paid, and figuring in the meal,it was a fair deal, and you're right down there. (BTW, it would have been completely unprofessional to get tossed over that discussion. Plus, Runge (son of an umpire) seemed to me to have an outstanding way of defusing tension. I enjoyed watching him work.)

Posted by: markfromark | September 28, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, he'll never be able to get a good job, he won't spell rite or do long division?
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Now, does anyone know if Bryce Harper's passed his GED yet? What happens if he doesn't?
Posted by: twinbrook | September 28, 2009 10:00 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, Aaron his wife have already taken care of that.
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How old is Morse? Can he be a younger version of Aaron Boone next year?
Posted by: TimDz | September 28, 2009 9:43 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

A new Effing Boone sweeps clean, I always say.

Oh, and there's a New Effing Post, too.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 28, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

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