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Today's lineups

Willy Taveras wins right field roulette today, and Jose Reyes makes his 2010 debut for the Mets. The full orders:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Willy Taveras, RF
9. John Lannan, SP

1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Alex Cora, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Gary Matthews Jr., CF
7. Fernando Tatis, 1B
8. Henry Blanco, C
9. Oliver Perez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 10, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
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Surprised to see Pudge in the lineup in a day game after a night game. Sad to see Taveras in the lineup. But then again I'm sad to see Taveras on the roster, not because there are better option but because I don't think he's major league material. Hopefully Desmond can show he belongs in that 6 spot on a permanent basis.

Our lineup needs to wait out OP for 4 innings and get to the Mets bullpen. Perez is not supposed to offer them much, and this is a game we ought to win if we're serious about improvement. Our 1 is going against there 5 and we can punish the Mets for their poor choice in resigning Perez.

Pudge has been great so far and I hope he continues to produce.

Posted by: souldrummer | April 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Robby Jacobsen, the PNats catcher, scored a win in relief by not walking anyone and striking out 2 yesterday in the 2nd game of a doubleheader.

Maybe Bergmann can catch and we don't know about it?

Posted by: souldrummer | April 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope Lannan can navigate through Wright, Bay, Francoeur.

Posted by: CJArlington | April 10, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Desmond is movin' on up...

I have faith that Lannan will bounce back, especially dueling against Perez. Lannan has always played well against the Mets, and this lineup ain't exactly a Murderer's Row.

Nationals walk away from CitiField with a 2-4 record. Book it.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

bernadina should be on this roster instead of taveras

Posted by: bford1kb | April 10, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Lannan has always pitched well in New York in the past...let's hope he keep that up today.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

They need a good 6+ start from Lannan today. Hopefully he can settle things down for the staff and start to set the tone for the next guy.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

If they lose this game today, I say we trade the entire rotation to the Redskins and let Albert Haynesworth play RF.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you on both the Taveras decision & the pitching matchup. I really want to see Lannan rebound from his 2nd straight Opening Day klanker with a quality start.

Wondering who will get sent down tonight to clear a roster spot for Livan in tomorrow's game?

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

That would be Albert Haynesworth 'filling' RF, not necessarily playing it.

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I agree CapitalWill. I see a win today. The only time last season that I predicted a win was vs the Mets with Lannan vs OP. That about as safe a bet as you will find with the Nats.

Posted by: chris88 | April 10, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Bernadina should not be on the roster because he needs at bats as he's recovering from surgery. Yes, he'd be better than Taveras but we're always thinking middle to long term with this team when we make choices. Similarly, that's why Mock's stuff usually trumps JD Martin's performance.

This year, there are some guys who they are holding back who might have gotten a look at the majors early on. You expect better results from Harrisburg and Syracuse as a result. Aaron Thompson's shelacking yesterday in Harrisburg was particularly disappointing as he potential as a lefty 4/5 starter at some point this year from the spring training reports.

Hopefully Strasburg's start on Sunday will make it clearer to all that Mock is not long for the rotation.

Posted by: souldrummer | April 10, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

We pause now for this brief PSA. This Week in Baseball is starting up again. Today's episode is supposed to air locally at 12:30 on Fox. I've not checked the MLB Network schedule, but last year the weekly episode would also air there on Sunday. How about that?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 10, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that Harrisburg and AA is pretty close to AAA Syracuse where Olsen was also shellacked in his first start. He managed 4 strike outs I think ... if you compare Thompson's start to Olsen's they are about the same ... however JD Martin's was better.

Heyward came up from AA this year. He drank a cup of coffee in AAA. Expect to see similar things with the Nats. Its highly likely that both Strasburg and Storen rise from AA. The rotation and the bullpen are pretty crowded in Syracuse (and Harrisburg). So, if they decide to option Jesse English one has to wonder where they will find a spot for him?

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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