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Today's lineup

Manager Jim Riggleman said yesterday he wants to sprinkle in some days off for Nationals regulars as the Nats embark on a 20-games, 20-day stretch. Today, Josh Willingham rests against Braves fireballer Tommy Hanson. Willie Harris take left field and Ivan Rodriguez will bat fifth.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Ivan Rodriguez, C
6. Willie Harris, LF
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Roger Bernadina, RF
9. Luis Atilano, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 5, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
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I mean that plan sounds well and good, but this is now Willingham's 3rd day off in less than a week. Is that really necessary? Why not wait a little longer?

Posted by: amorris525 | May 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Willingham is 0-9 with 4 K's against Hanson. Willie Harris 3-6.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 5, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang....from a previous thread on F. Robbie-a re-post:
Hey Gang....yea, darg...F. Robbie was my favorite as a kid (and as a native of DC and ..gasp! O's fan). For the NL it was Gibson and Orlando C.(Cards). Now, of course,it's our beloved Nats....and I suppose the Slow Lerners are better than Angelos. I'm STILL waiting for StanK to live up to his billing-seems to me it was Scheurholz who was the real architect of the Braves....and I'm thinking that The Wiz just might be the right man for that role. But for all the talk of how poorly Robbie was treated HERE (which he was-and IS-his ties aren't all that deep. How about the O's!!?? Much as I loved Cal as a player....all the hubbub about him not being with 'em....what about Frank? Or Brooks? Or Eddie, for that matter Sigh...the cult of modernity.(I digress, but it's like Gene Wang the other day calling Floyd Mayweather maybe the "greatest fighter pound for pound of all time)
SO....looks like we got a team that Frank would look good with-from "The Wiz" on down! And the O's? Well, after a few years of boycotting them due to Peter the Wolfs' attempts to keep MLB outta DC....I have too many great memories of them to root against(like coming up from New Orleans to watch a doubleheader, both games won by Eddie Murray walk-off homers).If we could just trade StanK for Andy....see you all at the park, and
Go Nats!!!!

Posted by: zendo | May 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

These lineups are starting to look surprisingly good. Suddenly I'm looking at them and nodding, "yup, yup, yup". I've got *confidence* in my team's lineup! I'm still in shock and awe that this is my team.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 5, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang...and the Mets just lost in 10!! So now if the Cards take care of the Phillies and we do our part.....can you say 1st place tie??? (I know-Phils got us beat on head to head but still.....).
Go NATS!!!!

Posted by: zendo | May 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey sentiments exactly, Nut!And even with Hammer out, Willies' best position according to the saber rattlers is LF. Evidently much better than average defensively. So for speculative purposes-what about Hammer in RF and Willy and the Pips in left?
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | May 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

In Riggs we trust.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Baltova - Thanks for doing the research. I guess it is a little more complicated then just a day off for Mr. Willingham.

Any stats on Guzman vs. Hanson?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This season is a lot more fun, isn't it? Good luck tonight, Luis!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice thought's Zendo i was a huge Chuck Hinton fan in my youth and i had a chance to talk to my boyhood hero when he coached at Howard Univ. when i lived in NW DC before we moved here to the A-T-L in 06. Frank,Brooks,Eddie,and Cal,loved them all and of course i rooted for the O's after you know who moved the Senators to Texas.Frank will alway's hold a special place in my baseball heart because of the way he came to Baltimore and turned the O's into perinial winners and contenders and for making season of 2005 truly magical.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Looking for another stellar effort from Altiano tonite hoping that the voodo doll that is Willie Harris latches on to one of Hanson's pitch's and...................Bang,Zoom,go the fireworks!!!!!!!. Go NATS!!

Posted by: dargregmag | May 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Guzman vs. Hanson: 2-7. But remember, Guzman's hitting .216 against righthanders, which is probably why he's out. the best way to waste time on the Internet.

(Yes, better than THAT)

Posted by: baltova1 | May 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Stray thought: there might be some debate over what cap Ivan Rodriguez should be wearing in his Hall of Fame plaque, Rangers or Tigers.

Simple solution: put the silver Elvis wig on him.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse the best way to waste time on the Internet.

(Yes, better than THAT)


A, er, friend of mine, used to get distracted by baseball reference while looking up *other* material. Of course, those were back in the days when Dmitri Young's batting statistics were downright pornographic.

Posted by: Section506 | May 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Stat of the day!

Willingham is 0-9 with 4 K's against Hanson. Willie Harris 3-6.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 5, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi fellow NJers --

A bit of an odd request: Does anyone have human and dog tickets for Saturday's Pups in the Park game that they are looking to sell? Ideally I'd love 2 human tix and 2 dog tix, but would be interested in any combo! I tried Craigslist, but to no avail. I'll check the comments for any responses (and may repost this in the game thread, so apologies in advance).

Thanks guys/gals!

Posted by: HenryStin | May 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

>>But remember, Guzman's hitting .216 against righthanders

Actually that's hitting .216 as a left hander. Which begs the question: Why doesn't Guzman just bat righty all the time...against lefty's and righties?

Look at all the other righties in the lineup. They don't go crawl under a rock every time a righty is on the mound. They bat and they hit. Guzman hitting from the left side is a joke. Why does he keep doing it. Just bat righty all the time.
Can someone answer why they don't make him do that?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rachel216 | May 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I've heard it all. On the Braves pre game TV show (forced to watch it cause I live in their broadcast territory) they're blaming the Braves not getting up for the game due to the small crowds in DC, they say the same for Florida, what a crock. Also, their question of the day to text an answer to is who will win the presidents race tonight.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 5, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

for that matter, they could blame small crowds for their home losses as well

Posted by: lowcountry | May 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

dovelevine, Guzman's a lifetime .268 hitter against righthanders (or as a lefthanded hitter, if you will). Not great, but not bad, and not a joke.


Posted by: baltova1 | May 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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