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Today's lineups

Before we get to the lineup, one last note on Livan Hernandez's virtuoso start yesteday. The outing rated an 80 on Bill James's Game Score formula,* which Hernandez had not hit since July 30, 2004. Twelve of his 414 career starts have been in the 80s. His best regular season start, going with this metric, came Aug. 18, 2000. He scored an 87 with a complete-game four-hitter with two walks and 10 strike outs against the Braves.

*The formula:
Start with 50 points
Add 1 for an out
Add 2 for each complete inning after the fourth
Add 1 for a strikeout
Subtract 2 for a hit
Subtract 4 for each run
Subtract 2 for each earned run
Subtract one for a walk

For some perspective: Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter last night rated an 88, Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game in 1998 rated a 105 and Craig Stammen's start Wednesday rated an 11.

With another left-hander throwing against the Nationals today, Jim Riggleman will leave Nyjer Morgan out of the lineup for the first time this season.

Nationals
1. Willy Taveras, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Justin Maxwell, RF
8. Adam Kennedy, 2B
9. Jason Marquis, SP

(The Nationals' 1-2 hitters today have lifetime on-base percentages of .320 and .307.)

BREWERS
1. Rickie Weeks, 2B
2. Craig Counsell, SS
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Casey McGahee, 3B
6. Jim Edmonds, RF
7. Gregg Zaun, C
8. Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Doug Davis, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 18, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
 
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Comments

I guess its as good a time to give Tony Plush a day off as any, perhaps he'll be shining that wig up for todays winner!!

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

not a winning lineup, imho. hope i'm wrong, will be there to see.

Posted by: DCguy7 | April 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Would much rather see Nyjer and Desi hitting 1-2. The team is on a roll, I don't see why those guys need a rest, or why it's so important for Guzman to play.

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I would pay money to see this starting lineup. Baseball is entertainment, and without Morgan and Desmond, this team is missing a lot of the "fun" factor. Then throw in Marquis? I think I'll Tivo.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | April 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy is a left handed hitter. Ian Desmond is not. Have to wonder what Riggleman is thinking ...

Posted by: periculum | April 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Peri - I agree and wonder if Kennedy matches up better.

I am sure we will see Morgan and Desmond in the boxscore at some point today!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 18, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

There are times when as a major league manager you can over analyze,overthink if you will, this is one of those times, why mess with a winning hand? Morgan/Desmond don't need day off, damn the season just started and Taveras can't hit his weight he is almost an automatic out at the top of the lineup and with Marquis pitching against a potent Brew crew well.................. don't pull out those broom's just yet.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

dargreg, they're now in day 5 of a 15 day stretch with NO off days. Even though it's early, Riggleman is still going to need to stagger in some days off for all the regulars, or the team will be fried by the All Star break.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Tavares is hitting about .300 lifetime vs davis. Morgan and Desmond don't have a plate appearance. Its a good time to give these 2 a day off. A)Davis has a good hook which can give a lefty trouble and B)Desmond is a lil undisciplined at this point. With Maxwell in the lineup, you don't need 2 guys who are susceptible to a good hook.

Posted by: JDB1 | April 18, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy is an 11 year vet. I'll give Rigs the benefit of the doubt

Posted by: JDB1 | April 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody just put Marquis out of our misery? Put him on the 15-DL for 'eyelid blockage' or something? This is PITIFUL!

Posted by: BinM | April 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

So, based on Bill James' formula, Marquis was a -3. That's three piles of crap in a row to start the season - time for either the bullpen or the DL.

Posted by: BinM | April 18, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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