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Game 17 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Dodgers

Among the 98 National League players with enough at-bats to qualify, Adam Dunn, with a .294 slugging percentage, ranks 83rd. Of course, the season is still awfully young, and Dunn is not the only star struggling through the first three weeks of April: Jason Bay is a point behind him and Raul Ibanez is slugging .280. And Dunn's .364 on-base percentage is 30 points higher than the league average.

But Dunn, now four for his last 23, has yet to give the Nationals the power threat they need from their cleanup hitter. It seems like he doesn't feel comfortable at the plate.

"That's probably a good word," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "The thing about it is, in my conversations with Adam, he really is confident about, 'I feel so good out there.' It looks like, because of the results, he's not comfortable. But he says the opposite. He says, 'I feel great. I'm seeing the ball good. I'm just not pulling the trigger on strikes and making some bad decisions up there.'

"This is the nature of a power hitting. It's what you go through. We've just got to let him plow through it, and when he comes out he's going to come out with power. We just got to wait him out."

With knuckleballer Charlie Haeger on the mound, will Dunn break out tonight? Discuss the game, and Luis Atilano's first career start, right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 23, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
 
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Sweet triple by Morgan!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 23, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

With all these triples, Nyjer is starting to remind me of Deion Sanders (don't scoff, the guy could play a bit when he focused on baseball).

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

In the first inning, Carpenter says he's scared to mention something specifically, for fear of a jinx, but that the Nats have been playing strong defense of late.

In the bottom of the second inning, with Dibble's approval, Carpenter just comes out and says it. The Nats have not made an error in 5 straight games.

Of course, in the top of the third, the Nats make an error.

Not blamin' Carpenter, but he's got to be more respectful of the power of his thoughts.

Posted by: Sunderland | April 23, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Why are they issuing an IBB to DeWitt?

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Tie game - And that's why I HATE IBB's.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

And that would be two errors. Atilano eeked it out with only 1 R scored. Whew!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 23, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Theres the answer to your Dunn question. Oh yeah.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 23, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Dunn!!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 23, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Floater from Haeger - BOOM from Dunn!

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Greetings all...

i caught the Harrisburg/New Britain game earlier today up here is CT. Pitching was fantastic. Storen came in for the save. Adam Carr is Nasty. Aside from 3 errors it was a near perfect game. Great day for a game here is CT.

Go Nats!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 23, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

It's only one game, but does anyone else feel that Morgan is falling back to the mean defensively?

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he was ever a Gold Glover, he just covers a lot of ground.

Atilano is doing pretty well. Let's see how he fares after the league makes adjustments in the coming weeks.

He really came out of nowhere, eh?

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Soooo....can we keep this Atilano guy, or what?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 23, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

There we go Dunn!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 23, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he's back!!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 23, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Dunn is getting healthy against a soft-tosser.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting that we traded for Atilano just a few weeks after he underwent TJ surgery in 2006.

Do we have Jim Bowden to thank for this well pitched game?

If Atilano pans out, Daryle Ward for Atilano just after surgery would be a steal. Props to Jimbo?

Posted by: Sunderland | April 23, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The Dodgers have awoken the sleeping giant.

All you dummies that wanted to trade Dunn and said he was all washed up look awfully silly.

It's only April, you bafoons!

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE SWEET CAROLINE!!!!!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The Dodgers have awoken the sleeping giant.

All you dummies that wanted to trade Dunn and said he was all washed up look awfully silly.

It's only April, you bafoons!

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 8:51 PM

If you go back and actually read the posts about Dunn as a trade asset, you'll see that people were hoping and expecting that he would heat up. Then it will be time to assess what's in the clubs best interest. You don't trade a guy because he's bad, you trade him if the guys you get for him can make the team even better down the road. I love Dunnkey, but if a trade is the best move than so be it.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice game, Atilano. Let's see if the 'pen can hold it.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 23, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

If you go back and actually read the posts about Dunn as a trade asset, you'll see that people were hoping and expecting that he would heat up. Then it will be time to assess what's in the clubs best interest. You don't trade a guy because he's bad, you trade him if the guys you get for him can make the team even better down the road. I love Dunnkey, but if a trade is the best move than so be it.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

... this is silly. We don't have anyone in our organization that can replace Dunn, and if we are truly pushing to make some noise, we'll need a similar bat next season.

Trading Dunn accomplishes nothing. Yes, he's not a kid, but he's not that old. Sign him for three more years, and we'll be set until we can draft and groom a replacement.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

My favorite post of the day
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Talk about a tough challenge for the hitters, to go from facing Ubaldo to seeing knucklers. Dunn won't be breaking out of his slump tonight, that's for sure. Best hope for him is that he walks four times.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 23, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse
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Not picking on nunof1, not at all. At 1:02 PM, I would have completely agreed.

It just shows why baseball is such a cool game. Predict all you want, then they're gonna play the game.

Posted by: Sunderland | April 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer pow-ah!

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

...Any word on Pudge? Gametraker says he left with an injured back.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

CapitolWill:
Most of us here love the big galoot, but if a team bowls Rizzo over with an offer, he's got to at least consider it.

I'd personally like to see him re-signed on a 3-yr deal, since it seems his defense has picked up a notch or two this season. Maybe we'll just have to see how it plays out through July.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ladson tweeted Pudge had lower back "tightness", I'd assume nothing serious. He didn't look to be in too much pain leaving the dugout.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 23, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

OK,OK I'll stop questioning Riggleman's lineup's Harris has looked good at 3rd and Dunn, KABOOM!!!!! Clippard is turning into something special and with Pudge behind the plate well................... this bullpen is taking shape.Luis Altiano was very good against a hard hitting and veteran lineup Pudge called a great game and did you see the kid talking to Livo between innings "smart" wonder if anybody else on the staff is paying attention to Livo.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 23, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Clippard is a beast.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Will - much as I like the optimism about this season, I have a hard time believing we're going to be in the hunt. And there are plenty of free agent 1Bs available next Winter. If we ended up with some prospects for Dunn and a more traditional 1B in the offseason it wouldn't be the worst thing. If we sign Dunn and he's here for 3 more years, great. I certainly have no problem rooting for the guy.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Imjustlikemusiq,

Thanks for the Pudge update...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"...NO MORE SWEET CAROLINE!!!!!"
Posted by: Kev29

YES! I could not agree more!

If not, then why not:
- "Thank god I'm a country boy"
- "New York New York"
or
"I love L.A."

Those songs make as much sense for D.C. as "Sweet Caroline".

so dammit StanK, please hit yourself with the creative stick and do SOMETHING 'out of the box' but still pertinent to Washington.

And if you're open to suggestions: How about EMF's "You're Unbelievable"?
Nothing better describes the Nats from night to night. And the song rocks.

Anything but more "Sweet Caroline". (oh oh oh). yuk.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | April 23, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoa - what the heck Willie??? That brain fart is not like him.

Let's hope Capps makes that mini-disaster irrelevant

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

That was absolutely ridiculous.

Just when you think the team has figured out how to be a real ballclub, they go and do something dumb like that.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Bang! Zoom!

Let's see if Stammen can pull a repeat performance tomorrow. I really want this series win.

Who's going to the ballpark tomorrow?

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Nice game! back over .500...Me likes!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@1st Base Coach

How about How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye...get the local tie-in

Posted by: ys343 | April 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@1st Base Coach

How about How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye...get the local tie-in

Posted by: ys343 | April 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@1st Base Coach

How about How Sweet it is (To be loved by you) By Marvin Gaye...you get the local tie-in with it as well

Posted by: ys343 | April 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

ys343 ("how sweet...")_

Agreed.

Just so it's not a friggin' BoSox song Stank wants us to do for happy-stupid sing-along!
Note to StanK: You fan base has brains!!!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | April 23, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You know what they could do to prevent plays like Willie's? Station somebody by first base to remind the runner what to do.

Posted by: markfromark | April 23, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's do some reverse rain dances so we can see a bit more of this team on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll third the Marvin Gaye suggestion. Email Kasten.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

If we're going to go for local artists, I nominate Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers' "Bustin' Loose".

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 23, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@CapitolWill - I'm with you. Go local, and go Go-Go. It's what we do. And play a little Duke Ellington between innings. That's be classy.

Posted by: Section406 | April 23, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I heard "Sweet Caroline" on the mlb.com feed & nearly puked. I'm not alone in thinking that this song raises some issues with the DC fans (it's too closely linked with BOS), and should be dumped from the rotation & replaced by a local band/artist. There are boatloads of musical artists with local connections that would be preferable to someone like Neil Diamond, imo; Chuck Brown, the Fugazees, Black Flag (w/Henry Rollins), Dave Grolsch (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Marvin Gaye, etc.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'll fourth it. I'll also take the win, even with the errors and mental mistakes. How great did Dunn look in the Elvis wig? :-)

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I'll third the Marvin Gaye suggestion. Email Kasten.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 23, 2010 10:06 PM |

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I think you're missing the point on the song. There's a meme there. You need some herd behavior thing going, you need lyrics everybody knows even if they're drunk, and most of all, you need a dance to go along with it. Think YMCA, the Macarena, PeeWee Herman's Big Shoes.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah put me down for Marvin or Chuck but get rid of sweet caroline i mean their's a number of song's but leave it to Stan K to muck that up, ok back to the game very sloppy and Willie what were you thinking? that will rank right up there with C-Webb and the infamous "timeout" in the NCAA's but Altiano was very effective and how do you bring Garrett Mock here and not Altiano who the hell made that call,Dunn was the difference tonite,I think Kershaw throws on saturday weather permitting.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 23, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Now, Sly Stone's HIGHER ... that's got legs...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

BOOM lacka lacka lacka BOOM lackalackalacka

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

might even replace BANG ZOOM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

1st post - long time lurker - lifetime fan (from the Griffith stadium American League days).

I just laughed when I realized we are in third place - a half game ahead of Atlanta and 3 ahead of the Mets. I know it's early but I like the feel of this team right now.

Today was a fun game. Nice game by the new guy and great to see Dunn breaking out. Besides, I'm living in LA and I hate the Dodgers.

Really enjoying Adam's reporting here. Wish he was doing the RI too.

Posted by: CAskinhead | April 23, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

it's got a signature gesture, call-and-response, a video even. I'm telling you, this could work!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Can the Post update the Nationals' coverage?There is still a story about yesterday's game featured on the website,almost nothing about tonight's win,but plenty about the Caps and Redskins.This is becoming a story itself,a team that is competitive without hitting its stride yet.

Posted by: seanmg | April 23, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYrz5y1mW5U&feature=related

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

either that, or the FISH cheer ... can't make up my mind.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

would have to be a specialist, someone dedicated to the intricate details of knowing how many outs there are at the time, able to shout "BACK!" if the runner is at risk of getting caught off, lots of other intricate things.
Well, ok, that's pretty much the whole job, there, really. Remind the runner how many outs there are, and yell "BACK!"
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You know what they could do to prevent plays like Willie's? Station somebody by first base to remind the runner what to do.
Posted by: markfromark | April 23, 2010 10:01 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Sec3mysofa: I'm all in for Sly Stone's Higher, how about Hot fun in the summertime, or Shorty Long's Function at the Junction(old motown hit).

Posted by: dargregmag | April 23, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Note to StanK: You fan base has brains!!!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach


I'm sorry 1st base, I totally agree with you, but I couldn't help laughing out loud at that line

Posted by: HotNats | April 23, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

mmmmmmmmmmmm .... brains!
http://tinyurl.com/36xc3d

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 24, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd defer to Sec3 as our music director, but there's nothing wrong, going with Sly Stone, with his first biggie, "Dance to the Music''.

But I add this: Wherever it's played, "Sweet Caroline'' is a heck of a lot better than "YMCA'' for the stretch

Posted by: nats24 | April 24, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I could get behind either of those Sly songs, though dargramps and nats24 had some good suggestions as well. As for Marvin, would "Let's Get it On" be considered inappropriate? Or not sufficiently upbeat?

(Oh, and nice snark re. the first base coach role, mark and sec3.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 24, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

So, I was telling my husband about the song discussion and he's like, oh! I got one. "Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon." I'm like, what? They're not softball girls. He's like, but it's good because it's Neil Diamond and it's a non sequitur. I'm like, dude... :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 24, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Natsfan1a1: Your post was LOL, hilarious!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 24, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Glad you liked it, darg. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 24, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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