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Game 24 discussion thread: Nationals at Marlins

In nine straight games, Nationals starting pitchers have lasted at least six innings and allowed four runs of less. The previous eight have fallen under the quality start category -- three earned runs or less, six innnings or more. Tonight is Craig Stammen's turn to keep that ball rolling.

Nationals starters began the year with a shaky start. That's changed for a few reasons. Most basic, an apparently injured Jason Marquis is no longer inviting calamity every fifth day. Also, the staff has had more time to build a rapport with catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

"All of our starters, after the first time or two through the rotation, have just gotten a little better each time," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "They put a lot of work in with Steve McCatty -- Steve is really making progress with them. As a couple of new guys learn Steve and a couple of new guys learn Pudge Rodriguez -- and vice versa -- it's been working better. Just more time together."

As Stammen tries to continue the Nationals' starting success, discuss the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 1, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
 
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Masn is broadcasting a Big 12 baseball game right now, on DirecTv. WTF???

Posted by: rbelleisle | May 1, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

The game is on MASN2

Posted by: amorris525 | May 1, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

good evening, gentle Nats people. Fantastic catch last night by Nyjer, no?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Strangeglove lives! The relay hit Dunn in a bad place...his hands!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

D@mn, it's nice to have Zim back.

Posted by: Jackmathias | May 1, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Did you catch Pudge's "I-can't-help-smiling-I'm-just-so-damn-good" look as he left the field after the first, throwing out (Cantu?) by a good 10 feet.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 1, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and good evening, NL.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 1, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I did see that. Hi, sofa.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

What in the world was that, Nyjer?

Posted by: amorris525 | May 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

OH,NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pudge down. He is a tough SOB. I thought the trade for him was crap, but Rizzo has proven me wrong again. Hang in there, HoFer.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 1, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Nyjer, don't DO that! Pudge is up. Tough man.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Oy, what is up with this? Hopefully they're getting all of the uglies out tonight so we can resume the crisp gameplay we've seen recently tomorrow. Painful to watch...

Posted by: HotNats | May 1, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Dibble is an unapologetic homer should listen to him in the bottom of the 5th. He's ripping into the defense, Stamen, and Guzman pretty hard, but fairly.

Posted by: jp2000 | May 1, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Stammen gone after four-plus. I am rapidly penciling him in for the Colin Bally-Star run-an-inning award given to the Nats' most fluid position, the No. 5 starter. I don't see this guy hanging once Jesus, Wang, Zimm et al get their big ticket back.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 1, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Half those runs weren't Stammen's fault. The defense has been ATROCIOUS, Stammen likely got rattled, leading to his errant throw into center field. So timely considering the recent conversation on the interplay between pitching and defense-- on full display tonight.

Posted by: JennX_ | May 1, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Was thinking, nothing concentrates the mind of these starters more than knowing one of them is going to lose his job come June 8...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

And the relievers (other than the C'boys) better beware of June also with Storen coming along.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I get it now. The Nats want us to have a nostalgia night.

Posted by: HotNats | May 1, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

RE the back of the bullpen after Clippard and Capps. The only reasonably steady performer was sent back to the minors (Jesse English)? Still can't figure that out? Choices other than Clippard and Capps are pretty scary: if Bergmann is inclusive they account for NINE home runs allowed in just 46 2/3 innings. Plus 30 walks+HBPs. No matter how good your defense is it won't be able to withstand a lot of HR's and walks.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Not looking real pretty tonight kinda kicking it around looking more like Acta's team, and we are not hitting, never mind last night(13 hits) before last night we were not hitting consistently Dunn for all of Carpenters talk is still slumping badly the RF position is still a problem(hitting wise) and JWill looks like he's hasn't had a clue at the plate lately, to play .500 ball we need to hit and hit consistently.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 1, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, who ya got, Bruney, Batista and Walker, and Burnett. Not impressive. I love the reasoning, 'They have to get work.' Ha ha.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Make that TEN HRs in 48 2/3 innings. Batista, Walker, Bruney, Burnett, and Bergmann all inclusive.

If I had to guess? I'd say we are going to see Ron Vilone before the week is out.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I heard Villone signed a minor league deal and is still with us.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | May 1, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

He just (Thursday) got activated from extended spring training and was assigned to and is pitching for Syracuse. He has already appeared in 2 games.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Fasten your seat belts: Austin Kearns, Indians' cleanup man, is up with GW run on 2nd with 2 out in bottom of 10th. And . . . .fouls off a pitch. 2 and 2.

Posted by: paulkp | May 1, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Sound familiar? Kearns gets "tied up" on an inside pitch and fans. On to the 11th.

Posted by: paulkp | May 1, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Sound familiar? Kearns gets "tied up" on an inside pitch and fans. On to the 11th.

Posted by: paulkp


And after the game, Manny Acta says Kearns is the best defensive right fielder in baseball. By e-mail, Bob Carpenter agrees.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 1, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad I missed that one.

I say let's leave Manny and Austin to their own current lives and focus on ours. Even at the very worst they're just two nice people who aren't very good at their jobs. Why the obssesions?

Posted by: markfromark | May 2, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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