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Updates: Nationals vs. Mets

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

3:48: The Nationals won, 7-5. Craig Stammen closed it out with four innings in which he allowed two hits and two unearned runs. The Mets tacked on a run in the ninth when Ian Desmond let a ball slip under his glove, which allowed Jason Pridie, who had doubled, to score from second. Desmond has made three errors in two days, which have led to two runs. The game would have ended one batter earlier than it did had Willy Taveras squeezed a line drive to center, but he flat dropped it. The Nationals improved to 5-13 on the spring, and they have won five of seven games.

3:31: Craig Stammen allowed his first hit, but he put up another scoreless inning in an important start toward determining his place on the team. He's allowed one hit and no runs in three innings. 7-3, Nats.

3:20: The Nationals slightly opened up their lead in the seventh. Adam Kennedy doubled and scored on a single by Willy Taveras. Willie Harris loaded the bases with a walk, but Mike Morse hit into a double play. The Nationals lead 7-3.

3:05: Craig Stammen was impressive in his second inning, another 1-2-3 breeze. He got two ground outs and struck out Ruben Tejada. That makes six up, six down for Stammen. The Nationals still lead 3-2 6-3 after 6 1/2.

2:48: Craig Stammen retired the Mets in order in his first inning. The hard wind blowing out to left nearly victimized him when Fernando Tatis drove a long fly, but Willy Taveras, just inserted into the game, leaped at the wall and made a highlight catch to steal a home run. The Nats still lead, 6-3, through 5 1/2.

2:35: Ryan Zimmerman continued his absurdly hot spring training with his second run home run of the day, a two-run shot to left and his fifth of the spring, again pulling ahead of Josh Willingham for the team lead. Adam Kennedy had walked, and the Nationals now lead 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

2:28: Jason Marquis is done for the day after 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, one walk, and three runs, all earned. He struck out one and threw 59 of his 80 pitches for strikes. It wasn't great, but it was probably his best start yet. Tyler Walker came on to get the final out of the fifth and the Nationals still lead, 4-3.

2:18: Josh Willingham sent the Nationals back into the lead with a two-run home in the fourth, his second of the day. After Adam Dunn reached on an error, Willingham blasted a deep fly over the fence in left. Willingham is tied for the team lead in homers with four this spring. Justin Maxwell grounded out, which made him 0 for 2 today and 4 for 38 (a Kearnsian .105) this spring.

2:06: The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Angel Pagan roped an RBI double and Mike Pelfrey followed with an RBI ground out. Jason Marquis has allowed six hits and a walk in four innings.

1:46: The Nationals lead 2-1 in the middle of the third on a pair of solo home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham. Jason Marquis is off to a solid start, a positive sign after he got beat up in his first two starts. The Mets scored on a double by Henry Blanco, a sacrifice bunt by Mets start Mike Pelfrey and an RBI groundball by Angel Pagan. Marquis has allowed four hits in three innings and walked none, which is most encouraging; he had walked seven in his first two starts.

Zimmerman, by the way, is having an awesome spring. Coming into today, he led the Nationals with a 1.267 OPS and three home runs, both of which went up with his first at-bat.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 22, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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BTW, Adam, we're not ignoring you--the site was down during lunch.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 22, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hammer time! Break it down...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone having problems with thier bookmarks? Everytime I click on my bookmarked link I get old news from two weeks ago. It started when AK started those live in game chats.

Posted by: hansenjo | March 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How is Guz looking at SS today?

Posted by: markfd | March 22, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many lives Maxwell has left...

Posted by: Sonny9 | March 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of which ...

Kearns - 7-28, 2 2B's, 2 HR's, 5 RBI, 9 R, 5 BB, 10 SO, .250/.353/.536

Maxwell - 4-36, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R, 8 BB, 15 SO, .111/.267/.222 (before today)

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we don't have Kearns still on this team, but explain to me again why everyone wants Maxwell? I personally love to root for the young, hungry, local kids, but if you ain't got it, you ain't got it. Methinks it's time the Nats cut the line on JMax.

Posted by: erocks33 | March 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What is this, the HR Derby? :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I have a bit of an issue with that, too, hansenjo.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Wind is blowing from Right to Left at about 20 mph. Kinda like hitting one into a current and letting the wind do the rest.
I'm just happy that Marquis didn't get shelled.

Posted by: TimDz | March 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Kearns had a good spring last year too, remember? But I agree that Maxwell is a pale imitation at the plate of, dare I say it, Elijah Dukes.

Posted by: Section222 | March 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I referenced the wind in an earlier comment.

In other news, sounds like Taveras is doing his Harris impression vs. the Mets.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I really hope JW has a great year. Seems to me he has kindof had a rough time as a pro. Every where he goes they just want to trade him. Prob getting ahead of myself but i could see him get 30 HR with a solid 500+ ab.
Think the reason Maxwell is still talked about so highly is he offers the best defense in a group of good but not great defenders, Harris, bernidina, morse. But yes his bat is not looking like a major leaguers right now and might never.

Posted by: Stu27 | March 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

...That makes six up, six down for Stammen. The Nationals still 3-2 after 6 1/2....

Wait a minute...I know the Nats have been pretty bad this year, but are they taking runs AWAY now?

Posted by: TimDz | March 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

3-2. Aflac? :-)

Help yourself, Craig.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Way to lay down a bunt.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Mark said Guzman handled a routine chance at short without problems.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

One would think that Maxwell gets DFA'ed, perhaps released. If they want to be consistent in the message Rizzo/Riggleman sent with the outright release of Dukes. Maxwell has to be next.

Looking at the WHIPs of the starters:
JD Martin is the best this spring with a WHIP of 0.60
Lannan 0.82
Thompson 0.95
Strasburg 1.00
Mock 1.36
Stammen 1.69


Battista 1.80
Hernandez 2.00
Martis 2.06
Atilano 2.10
Olsen 2.20
Marquis 3.38

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the spring stats give a real indication of who might very well be in the rotation come July.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Adam, where is Taveras in the right field race? The guy may not have the rifle arm but he was starting centerfielder. He is hitting .350 this spring and he just got an RBI hit.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Agreed Maxwell offensive production is abysmal the Same time, his Defense is SUPERIOR to Kearn's... and he def. would be in the top tier defensivly for Right Field in all of baseball...also lets not forget that the Nats were paying Kearns millions of dollars to suck while they are only paying Maxell hundreds of thousands....

with that being said, he probably is not a Major League Baseball Player.

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 22, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I believe Kearns had the better arm though Cartaldo? A reason they would trot him out as defensive replacement in right as opposed to Maxwell.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@ Periculum

Taveras blows, hence the reason the Nats were able to sign him to a minor league contract.

But that doesn't mean he wont end up playing in the Right field this year. Crap the RF def. sucks.

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy Stammen!

Posted by: FloresFan | March 22, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

So much for the radio feed for today.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

eh they trotted him out because they had this dude on the roster being spent millions of dollars and not doing that they needed to use him some Maxwell wasn't permanently on the Nats major league roster, he was down on triple A alot.

..oh man, last years outfield was the worst defensively ever!

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

that is till they got morgan.

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Dunn is hitting .208 ... kind of slumping.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that they held on to the lead.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 22, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Dunn is hitting .208 ... kind of slumping.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 3:44 PM

Seems that there is a whole lot of wind blowing out during the games and it always seems to be in a right to left direction. Has Dunn been striking out, flying out, grounding out? I'd be interested in seeing those stats.

Posted by: TimDz | March 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The reasons I think their not going to sign Dye to play right.

They are too cheap
They want to go younger (Pudge helps out with a young staff)
Who ever is in RF is a place holder for Bryce Harper.

In My wet dreams though; I would say give Tampa what ever they want outside of the two Z's T-Plush and Jesus for Crawford. Then turn around and show Crawford the money. Just think T-Plush, Harper, Crawford in the same outfield.

Posted by: hansenjo | March 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Morgan, Bernadina, and Taveras ought to be able to hold down center field. They've got Willie and Willingham for left ... still have that hole in right now ... don't think Jermaine Dye is the right solution for a team that isn't going anywhere fast. Why waste the money for lousy defense and a few more home runs that won't make a difference if the pitching and defense don't come through?

Harper would have to beat out Michael Burgess first and he has yet to play any minor league games. He may end up being a Destin Hood where he crushes in GCL but then flails in Vermont A- short league.

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Unless Desmond learns how to catch and throw, his tenure at SS will be a short one. He has not been solid in the field since he bacame a professional. Still can make WebGems with his range but let balls scoot under his glove or fumble the ball making the transfer from glove to hand.

Posted by: Section314 | March 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah its why Espinosa again looks like the better choice at shortstop. And he will be in Harrisburg this year with the other top prospects. But even he appeared to be error prone?

Do you then go with Bruntlet?

Posted by: periculum | March 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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