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Game 38 discussion thread: Nationals at Rockies

The Nationals, nearly 40 games into the season, have turned themselves into contenders in part because of their resilience. Judging by their -13 run differential, they are still being outplayed despite a 20-17 record. They just won't let themselves lose too many games in a row.

Against the Rockies, the Nationals are putting on the line an uncommon streak. They are one of only three teams, along with the Padres and Twins, that has not lost three consecutive games all season. Having lost two games yesterday, the Nationals are at risk of falling into their first three-game slump. The Padres have also lost two in a row.

It should help the Nationals that opposing starter Jeff Francis is limited. Francis has not pitched in the majors since September 2008 because of major shoulder surgery, and he will throw no more than 90-100 pitches, Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said.

The Nationals' own young lefty coming off shoulder surgery, Scott Olsen, enters on quite a roll, having allowed three earned runs in his last 25 2/3 innings. Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

LOL at the MASN graphic comparing Tulo and Desmond's first 57 games, which of course has Desmond hitting better.

Well, Rob Dibble, maybe one of those players had an extra 4 years in the minors, perhaps?

Go Nats!

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | May 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little suprised that Tracy would let Francis go up to 100 pitches, since he hasn't thrown against MLB hitters in over a year; But that's not my call to make. The team still needs to see as many pitches as possible - milk him for all he's got early.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Just read that Storen has been promoted.

He'll join the team in St. Louis tomorrow

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Storen promoted? can't wait to see how he will be used along with Clip and Madd Capps anyway need to get Olsen some runs kid's been very good of late.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 16, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Link?

Posted by: CJArlington | May 16, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Link?

Adam's twitter feed:

"Dave Sheinin reports that the #Nats will indeed call up Drew Storen. He'll meet the team tonight in St. Louis."

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 16, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Guzmán, keep your trade value high!

Posted by: jboogie1 | May 16, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

In order for Storen to come up, the other shoe has to drop; Who got DFA'd?

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you CA. Good news.

God, Dibble and Carpenter are almost unbearable today.

"Rockies have a good lineup but no one you really fear, like a Ryan Howard in the middle.."

Dibble: "Or a Ryan Zimmerman"

Let's not go overboard with the homerism please: Tulowitzki last year: .297 32HR, Zimmy .292 33HR.

Posted by: CJArlington | May 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Jboogie: There you go again but sorry to disappoint you, Guz's not going anywhere he's hitting and becomming very versatile(2nd,ss,rf) and he switch hits, honestly some of you couch potato gm's kill me trade him for who? some wannabe draft choice or washed up bat trying to hold on if this team has a remote chance of finishing .500 then Guz will need to be a part of that.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 16, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@BinM: Who got DFA'd?

I think I know who we all hope got DFA'd

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Q - Will Olsen bat in the 7th, or is he done fot the day?
A - Yes, Olsen is on to sacrifice; He'll start the 8th.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Olsen couldn't get the bunt down but glad to see Rioggleman leave him in for the 8th. Did they hug?

Posted by: Natmeister | May 16, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Guzmán's in a contract year. He's getting 8M this year. They can't afford to sign him and Adam Dunn AND a 2b. Unless he establishes himself as a 2B and they get him for a bargain, I doubt he gets resigned.

Who would we trade him for? Minor league prospects, preferably pitchers. Possibly outsiders. This team is still rebuilding its farm system.

He would be a great asset to an AL team as aDH

Posted by: jboogie1 | May 16, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

how could they not score with 2 on, no outs?

Posted by: swang30 | May 16, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Olden really has it today! I'm glad Riggleman isn't going to the bullet yet.

Posted by: jboogie1 | May 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of DFA, I'm more in favor of Batista than Bruney.

Posted by: swang30 | May 16, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Re DFA: AK says maybe Bruney. Gotta be one of the Killer Bs.

Posted by: Jackmathias | May 16, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@CAskinhead:

Hope & reality sometimes don't agree. I'd hope that it were Bruney, but who can be sure until the FO makes the announcement?

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

What a turnaround. Great outing by Scott.

Posted by: Jackmathias | May 16, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm holding my breath... clippard doesn't do well with runners in base.

Posted by: jboogie1 | May 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

@Jackmathias "Great outing by Scott."

He pitched great. Clip just saved the inning for him.

Even though he can't get the win, I really hope we can grab this one for him.

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 16, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is hot today.

Posted by: jboogie1 | May 16, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Via Adam's twitter feed:

"Both Olsen and Francis had 106 pitches, 67 strikes. Both coming off shoulder surgery. Both allowed lone run on sac fly. Both lefties. Crazy."

Posted by: CAskinhead | May 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

In the bottom of the 8th, tied up, wouldn't you switch Guzman out of RF -- keep his bat in there, but need to shore up the D, right?

Posted by: mo_dc | May 16, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@mo_dc: Guz hasn't been lighting it up in the infield though recently. If you want his bat, it moght be safest in RF.

Posted by: Jackmathias | May 16, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

@jboogie1:

Guzman is a 10-5 man, so he has the right of refusal on any trade this season. That's why he has no value as a trade piece.

Posted by: BinM | May 16, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe with two lefty batters comming up Riggleman would leave Clippard in, Slaten is standing right out there in the bullpen what is he thinking,situational hitting for the Nats has been terrible today made Francis who hasn't started a game since who knows when look like a Cy Young candidate, again Olsen can't get a break.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 16, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, first 3-game slide.

Posted by: Jackmathias | May 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

So have we gone back to 2009 ??

Posted by: CBinDC | May 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Yuck, another 8th inning blow. We needed to get more O in Denver...

Posted by: mo_dc | May 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"They are one of only three teams, along with the Padres and Twins, that has not lost three consecutive games all season."
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Way to "jinx" them!

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they used up most of their offense in one game. That one inning in game one, if spread out, could have gotten them a sweep. I'm a little concerned about their clutch hitting. Hopefully they can get it going again playing the slumping Cards.

Posted by: p-man | May 16, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so *that's* what happened. Well, now we know whom to blame. ;-)

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Way to "jinx" them!

Posted by: JohnWWW | May 16, 2010 6:01 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 16, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Scott Olsen on MASN talking about how "nothing was really working" for him today and blaming himself for failing to lay down the bunt. Not sure what more he could have done on the mound, but I love the attitude of accountability and being dissatisfied with anything that doesn't result in a big ol' curly W. Let's get back on track tomorrow!

Posted by: dryw1 | May 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

the nats first little test with a losing streak...we'll see how they respond....

Posted by: bromisky | May 16, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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