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Game 29 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Braves

The Nationals will have their hands full tonight with Hanley Ramirez. Always dangerous, Ramirez has been particularly tough on Nationals pitcher. Against Craig Stammen, tonight's starter, Ramirez is 6 for 7 in his career. In their series last weekend, Ramirez went 7 for 14 with three home runs and seven RBI.

"You know, he's done a good job against us," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "That's for sure."

How the Nationals contain Ramirez may determine if they avenge their series loss last weekend. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg will make his Class AAA in Syracuse, which Sheinin will you up to date on. Talk about the Nats game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 7, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
 
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Stammen vs Ramirez (1st) - GIDP, 5-4-3. Round to Stammen.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

What a catch! If you gave him the chance, I'll bet Willie Harris could catch bin Laden.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 7, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Round 2 - Stammen vs Ramirez: GO, 5-3. Round to Stammen.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Stammen is looking strong! Defense is incredible this year...

Posted by: Sec317 | May 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Craig Stammen still refuses to "go quietly into that good night", and battles Volstad inning-for-inning.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Round 3 - Stammen vs. Ramirez (6th): GO, 5-3. Round to Stammen.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Stammen done after 6.2IP. Please don't bring Bruney out for the 8th... Nnnn-ooooo-ooooo...

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Sigh....Bruney

Posted by: Sec317 | May 7, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I HATE BRUNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: JDB1 | May 7, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Bruney, but he just doesn't get the job done.

Bummer.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Come on Bruney, get a DP.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Bruney = Gascanrahan of 2009.

I thought we were beyond this.

Keep Cheeks. Get rid of this bum.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 7, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

OK, Bruney's had 15 appearances with the Nationals. I've seen more than enough to know what the Yankees seemed to know last year - He can't be trusted in critical situations. Either convert him to mop-up duty to see if he can handle that, or let him go.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

...or not.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Why do the Marlins always own us???

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Man, I feel bad for that guy.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Bruney: 25 pitches, two-thirds of an inning, two runs (plus any inherited)...and probably the loss.

As Rizzo himself said of watching Daniel Cabrera fill the bases: "I am tired of watching this guy."

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | May 7, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's get some runs!!

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Bruney owes Super Willie Harris at least a car. Maybe a house. Forget this dinner-in-a-restaurant business.

If not for Harris, Bruney's still out there giving up runs.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

If Guz avoids the DoublePlay, Zimm will go deep and tie this thing up.

I feel it.

Posted by: usmc53 | May 7, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Notice that the Fish just pulled their RP after he blew Morgan's come-backer to the mound. That was the point I would have pulled Bruney last inning: after he bobbled the bunt and failed to get the out at first. I don't know if Bruney was charged an error on that, but he should have been. No runs had scored yet by that point.

Posted by: bertbkatz | May 7, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Bruney is a hard thrower not a pitcher. DFA him and if anyone other team wants him they can have him, if not let him stay in the minors until he learns how to pitch.

Doug Slaten hasn't given up a run in 17 innings over 11 appearances with 17 strikeouts and 1 walk! This guy has to be better than Bruney. Jessie English is down there and Wilkie, Severino, and Peralta have been pitching well too.

When is Rizzo going to get tired of looking at this guy?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 7, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

And then there's the ironically-named Tyler Walker. Just walked Wes Helms.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 7, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Actually, not ironic. Fitting. It's fitting that the pitcher who walks a guy is called Walker.

My favorite, though, is the name of Tampa Bay reliever Grant Balfour. If there ever was a less fortunate surname for a pitcher, I don't think I've heard it.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 7, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

petey, you're right on, Bruney seems to have no idea how to pitch.

Rizzo obviously sees the lack of depth in our bullpen and what it's doing to the team.
I really wish he'd do something about it, and soon. Riggleman has so many options with the position players, and so few options with the bullpen.


Posted by: Sunderland | May 7, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

shepdave2003 - How about Homer Bailey?

Posted by: Sunderland | May 7, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland: That's a good one, too, Encompasses both ends of the sucky-pitcher spectrum, doesn't it?

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 7, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Bruney was extremely lucky last year, as his WHIP was over 1.50. I think they would have been better off to have signed Beimel. I still don't think Bruney has any business pitching in a close game. The defense has also looked an awful lot like last year the past couple of games. Hopefully they can get it together and stay around .500 until reinforcements come.

Posted by: p-man | May 7, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

GHF Department: nice work by Stammen, some good defense (Wil-lie Har-ris, clap clap clap clap clap), and we *did* contain Ramirez. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 7, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@natsfan1a1: Thanks for that. All you said is true. Indeed, if not for the gaping hole in the bullpen, this might have been a Nats win.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 7, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Riggs and Rizz can not tolerate Bruney. The rest of this team has stepped up this year. Bring back English.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 7, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome, shepdave. Thanks for the pitcher name musings. For some reason, the unfortunate nature of Balfour's surname had never occurred to me. D'oh! :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 7, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I like the fact that Mark Lerner, Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo have been attending games on a regular basis, and not like gurus like the Red Sox boy genius GM, who prowls around in his private box above the action, but actually watching from the first row behind home plate. This getting up close and personal can't hurt. And it also can't hurt when you have Ted Leonsis with you, as they did tonight.

As to Bruney, I think it is clear that when the Nats get someone from other organizations, the players seem to come with glaring defects. For example, Bruney being unable to handle a bunt for a sure out. Or Stammen not knowing how to bunt at all. These pitchers have not been taught how to play the game, and by the time they reach the majors, it's too late.

It will be interesting to see if Storen and Strasburg arrive having mastered some of the key fundamentals that win games. In other words, is the Nats farm organization teaching the basics and demanding results? In the long run, that's the only way to consistently win.

Posted by: JohnRDC | May 7, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Headline confusion? We played the Marlins this evening...

Posted by: miseaujeu | May 8, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

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