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Updates: Nationals at Marlins

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

4:43 (postgame): It turns out Cristian Guzman did play an inning of second base. He snuck it in while reporters were in the clubhouse talking to Garrett Mock. Apologies for the confusion.

4:13: The Nationals lost to the Marlins, 9-5. They scored three runs in the ninth after Jesse English, still trying to make the bullpen, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts.

3:51: The Nationals trail, 9-2, in the eighth. Jesse English has entered to pitch, and he struck out out the first batter he faced. Adam Kennedy is getting some action at first base, an indication he could be Riggleman's pick to play first base for Adam Dunn in late innings. Cristian Guzman has left the game without playing second base, which Jim Riggleman said earlier Guzman might do today.

2:53: Now it's a mess at Roger Dean Stadium. Jason Bergmann allowed two hits upon entering the game, neither cheap, the second by pitcher Chris Volstad. A throwing error by Nyjer Morgan allowed the fourth run of the inning to score. Garrett Mock's line is final: 4 2/3 innings, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 7 hits (two by Volstad), 5 walks, 3 strikeouts.

2:48: Garrett Mock is done after 4 2/3 unconvincing innings. In his last chance to leave an impression, Mock allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and five walks while leaving the bases loaded. He also mixed in a wild pitch. He surrendered three walks in the fifth inning, and both outs this inning came when Adam Dunn snared a laser and stepped on first for a fortunate double play.

1:55: The Nationals and Marlins are tied, 1-1, after 2 1/2 innings. The central figures so far have been Garrett Mock and Cristian Guzman. Mock has allowed three hits, including an RBI double opposing pitcher Chris Volstad lashed to left field. He also walked a batter.

On Volstand's double, Mike Morse made a relay throw to Guzman. He spun and tossed a soft, one-hop throw to catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Bryan Petersen slid in safe under the tag. It was not a good sign for Guzman's shoudler strength. In the top of the third, Guzman atoned with an RBI triple. But then, Dan Uggla led off with a grounder and Guzman bobbled it for an error.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 30, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

Why isn't Guzman opening the season on the DL?

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan | March 30, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@ArlingtonNatsFan -- I absolutely don't get it either. You're paying the guy $8m no matter what, it seems to me you'd want to shut him down to, at the very least, get some value as a utility player later in the year. Or dare I dream he could get hot and be traded.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | March 30, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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Why isn't Guzman opening the season on the DL?***

That's still a possibility for sure.
There's no need to put him on the DL prior to the season starting. And they wanted to give him every chance to show he's healthy. So let him play, say respectful and confidence building things about him ("I'm sure he's healthy", "He just hasn't needed to cut loose yet").

Same goes for Olsen, although he at least looked healthy in his last outing.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 30, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Well something isn't right with Guzman. Either his shoulder hasn't healed and he can't throw or it's OK but he is afraid to test it. Don't know if an MRI or some other exam can determine his condition. At any rate the decision to start Desmond is validated. The salary is a non-factor since he won't be here next year. It's in his interests to make a good showing for his next contract so if he can't work things out they may just cut him loose. Even if he makes a turn around any trade would have to involve the Nat's eating a big chunk of his contract. The important thing is whether Desmond will be the SS of the future.

Posted by: Natmeister | March 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It's tough to put him on the DL when everyone is professing he is healed.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | March 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

They need to put us out of our misery and send Garrett Mock to AAA.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 30, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

>Garrett Mock's line is final: 4 2/3 innings, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 7 hits (two by Volstad), 5 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Mock's so damn stoopid, he'll be forever leaving pitches out over the plate. This is what happens when the opposing teams start trotting out their A team a week before the season starts.
And Bergmann? I'm done trying to analyze that guy - he needs a shrink. Either that or SOME MOVEMENT ON HIS FASTBALL. This staff is gonna get pounded. Friggin pounded. Who are they trying to kid with all these clowns? Capps, Burnett, Walker, Bergmann, Mock, Olsen - they're all useless.

Posted by: Brue | March 30, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

So who does everyone think will be our #5 starter?

Mock
JD Martin
Olsen

I would like it if they gave JD Martin the first opportunity while Olsen goes to Syracuse...if JD falters, then you bring Olsen and/or Mock depending on who's pithing better...

Posted by: FloresFan | March 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure its going to be Olsen for the fifth now, though I don't think Martin has been given a fair chance.

If last year's performance has any bearing, his respectable mid to low 4 ERA should have some weight...

http://baseball.realgm.com/

Posted by: CJArlington | March 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey - Stras is on the front page of espn.com (MLB preview). Sorry if someone has already mentioned this. http://espn.go.com/

Posted by: PattyinSJ | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

So who does everyone think will be our #5 starter?

Mock
JD Martin
Olsen

I would like it if they gave JD Martin the first opportunity while Olsen goes to Syracuse...if JD falters, then you bring Olsen and/or Mock depending on who's pithing better...

Posted by: FloresFan | March 30, 2010 3:30 PM
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Frankly, it doesn't really matter they are all doo doo brown, AAAA pitchers that this cheap ownership is shoving down our throat as ML'ers.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The projected first place Mariners are looking around for a fifth starter. All those injuries, taking a chance on Bedard. Bet they would take Olsen in a heartbeat if he were released.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the ESPN story on Strasburg:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview10/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=5039958

Posted by: Juan-John1 | March 30, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Now,Now,505203 if you're gonna take that type of attitude about this pitching staff then i'll thank you to keep your feelings to yourself no need to ruin these young studs,er i mean prospects, er i mean young guns er,well you get my drift, LMAO!

Posted by: dargregmag | March 30, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was an underwhelming effort today, imo. Maybe the Nationals can minimize the damage by only carrying 4SP's to start the season (Lannan, Marquis, Stammen, Hernandez), and optioning Martin, Mock & Olsen to SYR for the first two weeks; the #5 starter role doesn't come into play until April 18th.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I didn't follow the game today, but it doesn't sound like Mock had a good day.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 30, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

If Riggleman insists on bringing five starters north to DC, JD Martin would be my choice. He piched reasonably well over the last 1/3 of 2009, and has racked up tolerable numbers in his ST appearances. Meanwhile, Mock & Olsen still battle the same demons as last year.

2009 (W/L, GP, IP, WHIP, ERA)
Martin = 5-4, 15, 77.0, 1.55, 4.44
Mock = 3-10, 28, 91.1, 1.73, 5.62
Olsen = 2-4, 11, 62.2, 1.75, 6.03

2010 Viera (GP, IP, W:K, GO/FO, WHIP, BAA)
Martin = 3, 10.0, 1:6, 14/3, 1.10, .244
Mock = 5, 18.2, 6:12, 20/15, 1.66, .305
Olsen = 4, 14.2, 1:6, 16/21, 2.11, .400

You make the call.

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

yup yup, Mock is a bum. But is Olsen a bigger one?

Well at least Olsen did pitch one half decent season, where he threw 200 innings and had about a 4.2 era....so he does have somewhat of a track record..if he bounces back.

Olsens last outing was his best....

so in short, I say keep Olsen on the 40 man..and pay him the mill, even if he goes to triple a to start the season.

Can we bring up Strasburg already? Stupid arbitration rules....

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

While I'm at it, here are the same comps for the 'named' starters:

2009 (W/L, GP, IP, WHIP, ERA)
Lannan = 9-13, 33, 206.1, 1.40, 3.88
Marquis = 15-13, 33, 216.0, 1.38, 4.04
Stammen = 4-7, 19, 105.2, 1.33, 5.11
Hernandez = 9-12, 31, 183.2, 1.56, 5.44

2010 Viera (GP, IP, W:K, GO/FO, WHIP, BAA)
Lannan = 4, 16.2, 6:10, 28/10, 1.32, .222
Marquis = 4, 15.2, 10:4, 22/16, 2.30, .325
Stammen = 4, 14.1, 4:11, 19/9, 1.26, .215
Hernandez = 2, 8.0, 4:5, 7/9, 1.25, .176

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

and I don't think they'd be the only ones, either.
*************
The projected first place Mariners are looking around for a fifth starter. All those injuries, taking a chance on Bedard. Bet they would take Olsen in a heartbeat if he were released.
Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 5:18 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This season is again a push. Strasburg will be up around Memorial Day. Maybe Wang will more than the next Ryan Drese. Maybe Marquis will be close to .500. Maybe Desmond really can play short. Maybe they'll draft the next Johnny Bench in June. It could happen.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I definitely think they should at least keep Olsen in extended spring training and not risk the surgically repaired shoulder and other possible atrophied parts of his pitching arm to the cold April weather in the north.

As far as Mock and JD. If given the chance I think JD would win games for this club. And make it hard to replace him come June/July.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

And yes Maddy I think JD's SO is "hot". ;)

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the numbers BinM... Martin it is? Though I seem to agree that Olsen will get the nod from the Nats brass. And if he doesn't cut it in his first couple starts, Martin will be waiting in the wings.

What this team really must have is good starts from Stammen and Marquis against good opposition (I think we know what we'll get with Steady John Lannan) - with few mistakes from the defense behind them. Desmond needs to be ready from the first pitch on opening day with two sinker ballers in his first big week.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

As to the bullpen, Bruney, Clippard & Capps have all earned their keep in Viera. While English has pitched well, he's been facing a lot of replacement players late in games to rack up his numbers; I'd option him out to SYR & see how he handles 4-A hitters on a steady diet before promoting him.

For the rest to start the season, I think Batista has earned a spot on the 25-man; Who he bumps out remains to be seen. Walker has shown he has what it takes in the recent past, so I think he survives as well.
With Bergmann & Burnett, I'm a little worried; These two are "like a box of chocolates; You never know what you're gonna get". Neither of them have options left, so who knows what happens, outside of Rizzo (and he isn't talking).

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"outside of Rizzo (and he isn't talking)"

At least until the "ask Mike Rizzo" Q&A session comes out. Not sure if it will be a video or not. They have solicited fan questions so who knows what he'll say.

I am hoping for the answer to my Italian food question. Its almost Easter.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"outside of Rizzo (and he isn't talking)"

If only periculum wasn't talking. At least on one of the blogs anyway, to give the rest of us some peace and respite somewhere. Alas, it seems it never will be. Can't ANYTHING shut this guy up?

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 30, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@TBCTBC,

Stick it where the sun don't shine and you'll feel better in the morning.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Stay (cl)assy, periculum.

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 30, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@TBCTBC,

Your comment was neither classy nor even close to the realm of what one normally would consider proper comportment.

post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

TBC^2
I dunno, pick one - A muzzle? A ballgag? Football season? Severance of Internet service? A second job?
----------------
If only periculum wasn't talking. At least on one of the blogs anyway, to give the rest of us some peace and respite somewhere. Alas, it seems it never will be. Can't ANYTHING shut this guy up?
Posted by: TBCTBC | March 30, 2010 8:08 PM

Posted by: BinM | March 30, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

scroll past him, then. geez.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

@TBCTBC and @BinM,

If you guys have the time to complain about people posting on this blog then you have too much time on your hands and you either need a hobby, a social life (do you ever get some dudes?), or a real job.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Odd, the guy whose mouth is an open spigot of useless words telling those of us who are just trying to scroll past it all that we need to get a life. Really, I think it's the other way around. It's a shame that Ben Goessling's game day blogs have all been rendered unreadable by this guy. Must he do it everywhere else too?

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 30, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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