Polling the lineup and links
During the first days of spring training workouts, Manager Jim Riggleman expressed confidence that he already knew which eight position players he would scribble on to the lineup card most every day. This past week has changed that. Elijah Dukes, one of those eight, was released. Cristian Guzman, another one of those eight, seems to be struggling with the work of building up his arm. He looked "tentative" to Riggleman yesterday.
That expected lineup, then, may look quite a bit different when the season arrives, maybe something like this:
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Willie Harris, RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Ivan Rodriguez, C
Even if Guzman returns to full health, Desmond's blistering play this spring is turning the shortstop position into a contested one. That's one of many things to be sorted about the lineup, and one of many topics worth gauging opinion about. With that in mind, some Sunday morning questions:
Davey Johnson chatted with the New York Times about a new TV show in New York. Old friend Ryan Church is trying to catch on with the Pirates. You may have heard about this Strasburg guy getting sent down to Harrisburg. Chien Ming-Wang gives his three-word scouting report on Strasburg: "Fast. Big curveball." The Nationals lost again yesterday, dropping them to 3-13. They were not particularly sharp, either. The fellas at FanGraphs ask why the Nationals want to extend Adam Dunn.
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