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The going is still tough for the Washington Nationals

Morning roundup

The Nationals were supposed to have a difficult beginning to their season, and that's been extended thanks to surprisingly good starts by the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. Of their 48 games, a whopping 39 have come against teams currently .500 or better. Only the New York Mets (44) and Los Angeles Angels (41), have played more games against teams at .500 or better. Knowing that, the Nationals' 24-24 record looks a lot better.

And what does it get them? For now, a tie for last place. Every team in the National League East is at least .500, from the 24-24 Marlins and Nats to the 26-20 Phillies. All the teams are bunched within three games of one another. That makes one-run losses like Thursday's sting a little more for the Nationals.

A few of the teams the Nats have played that are now hovering around .500 could change their total, but the Nationals are about to add three more tough games by playing the Padres for three. And the Padres seem to be for real. Their expected Pythagorean win-loss record based on run differential matches their actual record -- 28-19, the best in the National League. Things are not getting any easier for the Nats.

FROM THE POST

The Nationals played another close game, a 5-4 loss to the Giants that sent them back to .500.

NATS MINOR LEAGUES

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2, Syracuse 1 (7 innings): Chase Lambin went 2 for 2 with a walk. Shairon Martis allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five.

Harrisburg 10, Bowie 9 (10 innings): Bradley Coon went 2 for 4 with a home run. Marvin Lowrance went 1 for 2 with three walks. Michael Martinez went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI.

Potomac was off.

Hagerstown was suspended after 4 1/2 innings with Lakewood.

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Is trading Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt really that crazy? Yeah, it is, writes Dave Cameron at FanGraphs.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 28, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
 
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Comments

Ouch. Tough weekend coming. Not only do the Padres have the N.L.'s best record, but I believe they have dominated the Nats since 2005. I definitely remember a few 3-games sweeps over the last couple of seasons.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | May 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Nats fans, let's face it: If you had been told in March that the Nats would be 24-24 on May 27th, that would have out a smile on your face. So let's not sweat too much over one game that they could have won but didn't.

This team just doesn't have much margin for error at this point, but they don't go done easy either.

Posted by: hapster | May 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I like the record but everyone should be upset after every loss. Just don't let it affect the next game. GO NATS!!!

Posted by: jpt1002 | May 28, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

WHY ARE THE NATS BEING SUCH JERKS WHEN IT COMES TO THE STRASBURG DEBUT??!!

THERE ARE FANS WHO WOULD SIMPLY LIKE TO SEE HIM PITCH AND CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY TICKETS TO 10 GAMES LIKE THE NATS WOULD LIKE US TO DO. THEY KNOW THE DATE. WHY ARE THEY BEING SUCH IDIOTS TO THEIR FANS IN ORDER TO MAKE A BUCK??!!

THIS IS DISGUSTING.

JUST ANNOUNCE THE DATE ALREADY SO THE FANS KNOW AND CAN COME OUT. IT AINT A GOVERNMENT CLASSIFIED SECRET.

THE LERNERS AND KASTEN ARE BEING REAL JERKS.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

FIRST THEY WANTED US TO BUY JUNE 4. NOW THEY WANT US TO BUY JUNE 8. NEXT IT'LL BE THE 9TH. THEN THE 10TH.

WAY TO TREAT YOUR FANBASE LERNERS AND KASTEN.

BTW WHERE DID ALL THE SEATS FOR THE JUNE 4TH GAME ALL OF A SUDDEN COME FROM. THEY WERE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT AND NOW THERE ARE TONS.

IF YOU DONT THINK THE NATS ARE BEING SLEAZY, JUST GO TO THEIR TICKETS ONLINE AND TRY EXPLAINING THAT!!

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

They never told you SS would pitch on the 4th...

Posted by: Stu27 | May 28, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

>>They never told you SS would pitch on the 4th...Posted by: Stu27

Are you for real? Yea all they did was hint and then allow everyone else who we're supposed to believe tell us that without making one correction until of course the game was sold out and then they threw up another game. Gimmie a break.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

NATS--LERENERS, KASTEN, STOP BEING SO SLEAZY.

RIGHT NOW, WHAT GAME IS STRASBURG PITCHING? pEOPLE NEED TO MAKE PLANS. PEOPLE ONLY HAVE SO MUCH MONEY TO SPEND.
YOU KNOW THE FREAKIN DATE. STOP WITH ALL THIS CLOAK AND DAGGER NONSENSE AND JUST DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ONCE.

WHEN IS STRASBURG PITCHING?

AND DONT GIVE ME ANY OF THIS IT WILL AFFECT A SINGLE PITCHER ON THE NATS TO TELL US.

ITS AFFECTING 45,000 PEEPS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE THERE.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

DO THE RIGHT THING.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@dovelevine:
It seems to me that the fans who are aggrieved about the date of Strasburg's debut are assuming that the Nats are basing their decision on business considerations.

In contrast, it seems that the Nats are using baseball considerations to determine the date of Strasburg's debut (now that the Super-Two arbitration date has passed).

Two different worlds.

P.S.: dovelevine, Please QUIET DOWN!!

Posted by: bertbkatz | May 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine

I'm sorry but Strasburg is still a pitcher and this is still a baseball team (just). This decision needs to be made for baseball reasons and, management needs to be able to make it, or change their decision for baseball reasons right up until Strasburg takes the mound. I want to see him too, but there is no need to get angry about it.

Posted by: soundbloke | May 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Here we go – another thread high jacked by the Strasburg follies. I’ll say what I’ve saying all along. No, the Nats never did say that 6/4 would be the start – that’s a fact. However, I do think they should consider coming out with the specific date rather than just saying the Pittsburgh series. He pitches tomorrow at AAA. I would urge them to make an announcement after this start laying out their plan (another AAA start, pitches June 8th, whatever). Surely at this point (or after tomorrow’s game ) they’ve got to know what’s happening. C’mon Nats - it’s May 28, not March.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | May 28, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I bought tickets for June 4, hoping to see Strasburg's debut, but I am not mad at the Nats. I took a gamble, an educated guess, and it didn't pay off. When they announce the real date, I'll get tickets for it, if I can. On June 4, I'll get to see a vastly improved Nats team play the leader of the NL Central. Life's too short to get upset about something this trivial.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | May 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

>>They never told you SS would pitch on the 4th...Posted by: Stu27

Are you for real? Yea all they did was hint and then allow everyone else who we're supposed to believe tell us that without making one correction until of course the game was sold out and then they threw up another game. Gimmie a break.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

They never hinted anything, you listend to bloggers and prognosticators got overly excited and bought tickets to a game that you deemed to be his first start. Not the team.
Now you mad cause you have tickets at the start of June to see a +- .500 team and you b-ing about the front office. I imagine you were with the many many people pre season ripping the team and the owners saying what a failure they are and spitting general vitriol at the organization exclaiming how they will never be contenders, certainly not this year. Hope you enjoy the game...

Posted by: Stu27 | May 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine = loser.

Posted by: edr04 | May 28, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

>>They never hinted anything, you listend to bloggers and prognosticators

Not true. The Nats speak to us through the reporters they talk to..Kilgore, Boz, Shenin etc. This is who we get our news from. I don't have any inside pipeline and I don't give a hoot about the bloggers. If the reporters they speak to are all reporting a specific date and the Nats conveniently allow it to float without saying no until of course that date is sold out, that is disengenuous and dishonest. Simple as that.
And now they have conveniently floated a new date--well make that 3 new dates.
Why not, to them we're all made of money..right?
The Nats management are real snake-oil salesmen. Makes my skin crawl.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The only thing the Nats have ever said about when Strasburg would start is that they don't know. Nobody from the organization ever hinted anything. Kasten said publicly the only way to guarantee seeing his debut is to buy a season ticket. In other words, no prediction at all.

So dovelevine, please quit screaming and give it a rest. You were not misled by anything other than your own inferences from non-official sources.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Ok, once you take your hands off your ears and quit humming IN ALL CAPS, consider that your jeremiad is getting no traction in here, and spare us, if only to keep the place interesting.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

BTW back to yesterday's game for a moment, one question, why would you pinch hit for your hottest hitter of the game? I know that Kennedy got a hit, but why pinch hit for GOnzo when he was 2 for 3?
Just wondering.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Dovelevine's usually pretty good and I certainly would not use the term "loser", but I agree with most of the others on this one. In any case, nobody will care about this a month from now, although I suspect we'll still be debating JMax, Dunn's defense, Jermaine Dye, TPlush, etc.

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

And one other question, Dibble keeps telling us that Burnett is lights out against righties but weak against lefties. If that's the case, why don't they ever bring him in to face righties instead? Do the Nats have the same stats that Dibble has? Maybe sometimes lefty vs lefty doesn't work and lefty vs righty does.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

While I'm never one to defend ANYTHING written by dovelevine, I do have to say that Nats management is really screwing up the Strasburg debut. This is an organization that has really struggled to reach out to its potential fan base. From a pair of 100 loss seasons to encouraging Phillie fans to fill the stands on Opening Day, Stan and the Lerners have seemed aloof and detached from potential local fans.

With Strasburg's debut, they've been lobbed a PR softball: Strasburg has been the talk of baseball. Let the world know he's coming 4 June to Nats Park. Sell the place out. He'll go again on the 9th... a second sellout. Sure, the other dates on the homestand will be less well-attended. But the hometown fans won't have to play "Strasburg roulette" in the hopes they pick the right day. It's clean, it's simple, and it plays well in the media.

As a 1/2 season STH, I've got a good chance of having tickets for that 1st Strasburg game. But for those who do not, this "Guess the Date" approach comes off to the general public (as opposed to the dedicated fans on this blog who are willing to be forgiving) as manipulative and mercenary. The Nats risk alienating the casual fan... the very group whose loyalty they MUST earn so they can grow the STH base and gradually increase payroll!!

In the end, they may sell a few extra seats for the upcoming homestand. That may be a sound business decision in the short term. But in the long term, I fear it further damages an already weak relationship with the community at large. Penny wise but pound foolish.

Posted by: outsider6 | May 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Not true. The Nats speak to us through the reporters they talk to."

Who do the voices in your head speak to you through?

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This isn't Chicago (where you can sell the place out with a losing product) and this isn't South Florida (where World Champions draw 500 fans), so win games and the fan base will follow. The Caps have shown us that recipe. If SS turns out to be a cornerstone of a winning Nats team, how his debut may or may not have been handled will be forgotten by all.

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 28, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's another interesting (at least what I think is) twist to Strasburgstartdate-gate. I called the ticket line yesterday to get some extra tickets for the 4th of July game and asked the gal "so, are you getting a lot of people asking to switch their tickets from the 4th to a Pirate game?"

So she tells me something along the lines of "yes, but I don't even know who that guy [Ladson] is and the Nationals definitely did not approve of what he wrote/have any ownership of that. The website is run by MLB and they're the ones that approve the content for the site."

I'm thinking to myself honestly that this is lose-lose for everyone. We fans just want to know when it is. I don't blame Kasten - there's too many variables and if he announced then had to change for whatever reason, he'd be a total chump. And then there's this stupid relationship they have with Ladson where he's supposed to be independent but the owners of the company can't even manage what gets published on their own website. Tough way to do business but in any event I sure can't wait to see him live.

Posted by: natslifer | May 28, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

doveline -

Please do not post in all caps. It looks selfish, annoying, and immature makes. I and many others will not read something written like that.

Posted by: cassander | May 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of getting crushed by the mob mentality, I have to agree with much of what Doveline said if not the tone with which he said it. I too think the Nats management has really missed a great opportunity to align with its fanbase on the Strasburg debut. If in fact they didn't come out an announce a date, they certainly were coy in letting a certain date fly. And as Outsider so aptly stated, this whole "guess the date" approach does come off as manipulative.
My 2 cents.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | May 28, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-a quick note on Stras-and even though Boz referenced it in his latest chat, I'd already had the thought. Regardless of how comfy he is with Maldonado behind the dish, maybe the Nats would like to have Ivan catching Jeeesus...for any number of reasons.
All in all, as someone loath to NOT fault the Slow Lerners or StanK for anything amiss with this franchise-including people at the park getting up DURING AT BATS (sorry fer the Caps),,,,,this time I got no beef. Now, as to the tickets they were selling-i.e. more ticket office shenanigans...different story, IMHO.Any who
time to go to work....and, voila-
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | May 28, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's my favorite comment from the thread accompanying the FanGraphs post on the "Strasburg for Oswalt" folly: "And next year the Nationals should trade Bryce Harper for Jorge Posada."

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | May 28, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Tickets can be traded for other games?

Is this only for season ticket holders or can people who bought single-game tickets trade tickets as well? Any idea on parameters/requirements of this?

Posted by: cassander | May 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Come on Adam, 3 games seperate 4 teams in the NL East and the Phillies are falling fast. If the Nats take 2 (very plausable) this weekend they will still be in the thick of it going into Houston for a 4 gamer which could easliy bring the Nats a +3 and a 6/4 or 5/5 rode trip and they still are at or above .500.

Looking at the sked past the Reds next weekend, they play the dregs of the NL and AL Central for the better part of June including 3 more against the BLO's. In June of 2005 the Nats went on a 10 game winning streak under similar circumstances, if they just stay within .500 they can start padding the record quickly by mid June.

BTW ya gotta love Kilgores "last place line", simply because of the alphabet W isn't before A, M and N. To the casual fan thats what they see, oh the Nats stink they are in last place again. To the baseball fan they understand that it doesn't mean anything.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

To the jaundiced eye, everything looks yellow.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should heed Cassander's warning.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 28, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

but they won't. you already know they won't. that's the tragedy of it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, Tippy. Not to mention that SS will be pitching every 5th day through that schedule. Eventually, somebody's going to declare that the emperor has no clothes in San Diego and Cincy, why not the Nats?

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I think the Nats might need a new hitting coach. I think baseball teams should hire a new one every year. They just aren't hitting very well. They do pretty well if the ball is right over the plate but it's nice when a hitter can reach down and away and still get a hit. Our batters seem more mechanical than playing with feel.

I wonder if they practice hitting junk that gets nowhere near the strike zone?

Posted by: richs91 | May 28, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

truer words were never spoken, sofa

Posted by: lowcountry | May 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

To play devils advocate:

The Nats said he would be pitching around that time. What if they put him in the bullpen for a couple games to get him eased in to the Majors; then start him on the next home stand against the White Sox or the Royals?

Posted by: hansenjo | May 28, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

hansenjo: if I'm Satin, you're fired as my lawyer.

Strasburg has exactly one major league debut, and the Nats would be insane to waste that on a relief appearance.

Posted by: joebleux | May 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

One other thing on Strasburg... I think I read where the Nats said their plan was to pitch him 60 innings in the minors, then 100 in the majors. 100 innings @ 7 innings per game is 14 games. If we round up to 15 games and multiply by 5 days, that covers 75 calendar days or just over two months. I think that means if he comes up in the first week of June he's shut down about the 3rd week of August. Perhaps what they're doing right now is just trying to wring one more start out of him on the back end of the schedule.

Posted by: natslifer | May 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

^ Thats what im thinking too. plus if we are in a playoff chase(i know i know but come on i can be optimistic) it would be nice to have him down the stretch. And possibly beyond.

Posted by: Stu27 | May 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Tickets can be traded for other games?

Is this only for season ticket holders or can people who bought single-game tickets trade tickets as well? Any idea on parameters/requirements of this?"

Season ticket holders only.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Richs91: I've been thinking along those lines, look they ran Lenny Harris out of town over that teams lack of production and to be fair the hitting talent on this team is better, Nyjer,Zimm,and Dunn all of these hitters should be better than they are at this point in the season the fact that this team is sitting at.500 is a miracle given the lack of production with runners in scoring position,Zimm is slumping after looking like he was on his way in Colo. Dunn has not hit at all this year,and the most puzzling is Nyjer he was a line drive machine last year after he was traded from the Pirates now he looks lost at the plate and i think it's affecting his fielding, Rick Ecskstein had them hitting last season now they are struggling to score 5 runs a game i don't know what's up but maybe Rick and Riggs need to sit down and map out a new approach.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 28, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

lowcountry, Sec3:

Awesome. Or as Dibble would say, "Niiice." (Not that Dibble would understand the mythological reference...)

Posted by: cassander | May 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Agreeing with Cassander about all caps rants.
Agreeing with Doveline's primary point, that the Nats business practices smell sleazy.
And agree with Sofa-dude that keeping this place interesting is important.

And since I'm not really contributing on that third point.........

Posted by: Sunderland | May 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, where did all of these nine year olds come from? This ticket manipulation plot has been kicking around since the day after SS was drafted. Get a life. Do people really think a pitching rotation can be plotted and schemed just to sell more tickets for a couple of games?
Given the injuries who can say for certain when the blessed event will occur. This is just hype feeding on itself. People who are looking for an offense can usuaaly find one. Just enjoy the games and quit crying.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 28, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's got nothing to do with the games Natmeister.
The game is enjoyed, as always.
And StanK is sleazy, as always.
The Nats ticket office does things that are getting in the way of having borderline fans become more attached to the Nats. They do stuff for short term revenue and harm the long term process of building a fan base. (Remember Opening Day)

Posted by: Sunderland | May 28, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

People, the Nats aren't making any announcements until after his last triple-a start. That's the only way it can be done, what happens if they make the announcement and he gets smacked around, then he'd need another start to get his confidence and mechanics straightened out.

As for the Post, as much as Sheinen et al promoted June 4th, they never mentioned inside sources. I would add, "shame on the Nats" for not getting out in front of that one earlier

Ticket Shenanigans. Man, was I surprised when I checked the June 4 availability after the no-Strasburg announcement was made. That is unbelievable.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

BTW, for Strasburg's Minor League debut, the Nat's made the announcement about date and location 12 days ahead of time.
Interpret as you wish.

Posted by: Sunderland | May 28, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Dibble keeps telling us that Burnett is lights out against righties but weak against lefties. If that's the case, why don't they ever bring him in to face righties instead? Do the Nats have the same stats that Dibble has? Maybe sometimes lefty vs lefty doesn't work and lefty vs righty does. Any thoughts?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | May 28, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

God forbid the debut is rained out. It will be attributed to black helicopters seeding the clouds. Will they stop at nothing!!

Posted by: Natmeister | May 28, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, so let's recap:
They sold tickets to Phillies fans, so they're bums.
They sold tickets to Nationals fans, so they're bums.
They didn't sell enough tickets, stands are empty, so they're bums.
They sold too many tickets, to brokers, so they're bums.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

joebleux

people want to see him pitch, starting or not. So, if you send him to the mound they will come. They then could pick a certain date lets say against the Royal to bill as is first Start. This has happend to a lot of youg A-list pitchers in the last few years. Kershaw is the first that comes to mind, I think even David Price too.

Posted by: hansenjo | May 28, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'll throw out this possibility and then go back to hiding under my desk: The original plan WAS to have him start on June 4th. That's why they didn't agressively chase writers off of that date. But then life got in the way. Strasburg had a good, but not transcendent start for Syracuse. And (more importantly), Pudge goes on the DL. They really want a HoF catcher for that first pressure-filled start, and they want to give Pudge a 'solid' for being nails this year.

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | May 28, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Adam - I think we need a new post.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 28, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, what are tonight's lineup? This SS thing has gone viral.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 28, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

doveline -

Please do not post in all caps. It looks selfish, annoying, and immature makes. I and many others will not read something written like that.

Who cares how people type. Get over yourselves and try having a conversation with human beings instead of your computer screen.
doveline typed in all caps, boo hoo.

Posted by: lj1126 | May 28, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, if this is the vent-your-peeves thread, then I demand to know: why the heck didn't Maxwell score on Dunn's double last night? The ball was in the air forever; the outfielders turned to play it off the wall right away, so there was no chance of it getting caught; and then it bounced a mile up in the air off of that concrete wall -- Justin should have been able to cartwheel his way home from first. He eventually scored on the sac-fly, but that shouldn't have been necessary and could have cost us run.

[Sorry for this interruption to the SS soap opera, you may now return to your normally scheduled carping]

Posted by: joebleux | May 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Steinbog addressed the sudden availability of June 4 tickets in his chat today:

"The NatsTix Twitter account said 'As we get closer to gamedays, we release seats that we have reserved for ticket plan sales.' I don't completely understand this."

Okay, so he kind of addressed it.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

At least in Houston two of the games will have 2 o'clock start times our time, and 2 will start at 8 o'clock. I haven't been been seeing the finish of the games starting at 10 in SF! Wish we could have some 2 o'clock start times on weekdays here in DC. They're very rare this season!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | May 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Simple question: When the June 4th date was released by the likes of the Washington Post, ESPN etc, and tickets started selling quickly for that date, why didn't the Nats simply come out then and say, Stras is not going to be pitching on that date. It will be later in June and we will let you know around 6 days beforehand.
That aint so hard and it would have been the correct thing to do for a fanbase you care about.
Real simple. That's all.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | May 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Which brings to mind a (I think) Neil Simon play wherein a father would repeatedly ask his single son: "Are you married" (Reply "No.") "Then you're a bum!"

Oh, and this (obligatory Philly connection): "You're a bum, Rock. You're a bum."

TGIF. :-D

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OK, so let's recap:
They sold tickets to Phillies fans, so they're bums.
They sold tickets to Nationals fans, so they're bums.
They didn't sell enough tickets, stands are empty, so they're bums.
They sold too many tickets, to brokers, so they're bums.
Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 28, 2010 3:22 PM |

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Second that, ponce. I can't stay up for the late West Coast games, so I have a bit of a Nats deficit at present (though I did get to watch yesterday's match).

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At least in Houston two of the games will have 2 o'clock start times our time, and 2 will start at 8 o'clock. I haven't been been seeing the finish of the games starting at 10 in SF! Wish we could have some 2 o'clock start times on weekdays here in DC. They're very rare this season!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | May 28, 2010 4:17 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 28, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Joebleux: Pretty funny dude about the SS soap opera i'm going to wait until SS comes to the A-T-L and try to see how it goes here at the TED(Turner field), anyway back to the team you're right i don't know what Listach was doing and you're on point they should have not had to use an out to get Maxwell home, i'm starting to wonder about the coach's on this team.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I only thought they were going to take 1 in SF. However I thought it would be the first game. When they took game 2 from Lincecum and then knocked Zito out yesterday, I started feeling all fuzzy inside. But alas it wasn't to be. But they did take 1. Kind of expect the same in Padre Land. And then possibly 3 of 4 from Houston? Well a guy can dream can't he?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | May 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Dovelevine = Angry... LOL

Seriously, dude, I don't post here much, more on Redskins Insider... but I said this once before.... The reason they are telling you June 8 - 10 is because they want IVAN RODRIGUEZ to catch Strasburg. I'm sure this was even part of their pitch to I ROD before he signed about catching this kid.

If he would of been out a month, then sure, they would of brought Strasburg up on 6/4 & let Will Nieves or someone catch him. Since, it's only a few days & they probably made sort of a commitment to I Rod, I wouldn't doubt if he voiced his disappointment in not being the guy. Then the Nats changed their game plan.

Good catch on the tickets, though... WOW, a few days ago the BOG showed only like 4 sections left or something & now you can get tickets behind the 3B dugout... definitely something fishy there.

Posted by: tony325 | May 28, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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