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Today's lineups

Coming off perhaps the most riveting game of their season, the Nationals will try to avenge being four-hit by Chris Volstad down in South Florida last weekend. Today, they'll try again with this lineup.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Willie Harris, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Craig Stammen Chris Volstad, SP

Marlins
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jorge Cantu, 3B
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. John Baker, C
7. Cody Ross, CF
8. Brett Carroll, RF
9. Chris Volstad, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 7, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
 
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Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Willie Harris, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Chris Volstad, SP
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Volstad's pitching for us now?! :)

Posted by: thepostischeap | May 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

..got him for a player to be named later!

Posted by: 1of9000 | May 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Riggs is so smart, giving Willie Harris a start after his game winning hit last night. Players love that from a manager, rewards for solid work.

Posted by: tcostant | May 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but we really can't count on Volstad going more than four today. I hear he is on a 100 pitch pitch-count.

Posted by: lowcountry | May 7, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Today's lineups
Coming off perhaps the most riveting game of their season, the Nationals will try to avenge being four-hit by Chris Volstad down in South Florida last weekend. Today, they'll try again with this lineup.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Willie Harris, RF
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Chris Volstad, SP

Marlins
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jorge Cantu, 3B
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. John Baker, C
7. Cody Ross, CF
8. Brett Carroll, RF
9. Chris Volstad, SP
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Now he's pitching for both teams - he's gonna be sore after the game!

Posted by: thepostischeap | May 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I hear he now pronounces it "Craig Stammen"--but spells it "Chris Volstad."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Is Chris Volstead that kid that pitches with both his left and right arm... Cause I want to see this.

Posted by: Stu27 | May 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Zim made two throwing errors yes. But most 3B would not have even gotten to those ball"

I was complaining to my Red-headed Cubs-fan Wife about Zimmerman throwing those balls. Wasn't it enough that he could stop them and rob them of the double? Why try to force the play and pitch it into center?

She thought about it and then suggested that the aggressiveness that leads him to even try for those balls is going to make it impossible for him to not try to make the play. Take the throw, because we get the catch to go along with it.

I think there's a lot of wisdom in that.

Posted by: Section506 | May 7, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lesson #1: Don't think. It can only hurt the ballclub.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I've been wondering can we option Bruney to syracuse or would he have to pass through waivers? either way I dont really care but we have some guys throwing the ball good up in syr and I'm getting tired of watching this guy.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree 506!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | May 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess I should clarify that. "Don't think" doesn't refer to the wisdom, which I wouldn't dream of disagreeing with.
Zimm knew before the ball was hit that on a hard grounder, he's going to second with it. There's no time to think about it after it's hit, and anyhow he couldn't see second, he's turned the other way. So he wasn't thinking about it while he was doing it.
Which wound up hurting the ballclub, true, but the point is he was going on reflexes and planning.
I think.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 7, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Always listen to your wife. You live longer.

Posted by: swang30 | May 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Why is harris batting before desmond??? That hurt us in the game we lost against the Braves when Willie made out in the first with 2 on.

Posted by: alm1000 | May 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

By June, Stammen will join th bullpen as a long reliever, hopefully taking some of the pressure and innings off of Clippard.

Walker and Batista are just placeholders for Storen and Stammen.

And if everything falls into place health-wise with Lannan, Wang, and Marquis,a BIG If I know, then Detwiller may be headed toward bulstering the bullpen as well.

Posted by: hapster | May 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Petey, Bruney is out of options (according to MLB Trade Rumors http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/02/out-of-options-2010.html).

Posted by: Sunderland | May 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

See, Sec3, I just assumed "ballclub" was metaphorical like for "marriage" and going with swang's advice....

Posted by: Section506 | May 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"That hurt us in the game we lost against the Braves when Willie made out in the first with 2 on"

Who did he make out with? He needs to think about the game, in the words of Damn Yankees

Posted by: Section506 | May 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Blast from the past, the Marlins are reporting that Matt Chico is starting on Saturday. Welcome back Matt.

Posted by: tcostant | May 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree that you should listen to your life, but I think good defense isn't just making a spectacular plays. Sometimes you need to know when to call instead of raise. In those game on the line situations, Zim is talented and smart enough to make a different decision than if it's top of the 2nd inning. Even the best can improve.

Posted by: Section222 | May 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree that you should always listen to your wife, but I think good defense isn't just making a spectacular plays. Sometimes you need to know when to call instead of raise. In those game on the line situations, Zim is talented and smart enough to make a different decision than if it's top of the 2nd inning. Even the best can improve.

Posted by: Section222 | May 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Re: Zim throws

Alberto Gonzalez should have caught one of those throws -- he was watching for the runner and took his eye off the ball.

Posted by: tailwagger | May 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

RE Zim's 8th inning throw -- if they turn the DP then Olsen goes into the 9th with one hit shutout. He was trying to give his pitcher a shot at a complete game shutout. I see nothing wrong with going for broke in that situation. The 9th inning throw could have been caught by Gonzalez if he had just moved to catch it instead of trying a snatch and tag play.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 7, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Well all know that there's only one guy who could simultaneously pitch for two teams (in addition to fielding all positions, natch). All together now: Super Willie! :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 7, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Always listen to your wife. You live longer.

Posted by: swang30 | May 7, 2010 4:04 PM
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Not sure you actually live longer...it just FEELS longer...

This is, of course, coming from a divorced man...

Posted by: TimDz | May 7, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

You can't option Bruney, Burnett, or Batista.

I think you could option Walker. But of the three he has the very best walk to strikeout ration. Its actually pretty good as is his WHIP. His sole problem is the home runs he allows when he comes in with men on base.

Batista looks to be the worst of the three and from various statistical perspectives, plus the easiest to run through waivers and send to Syracuse where he was originally signed to go. But he is one of Riggleman's go-to guys from his Chicago days.

Posted by: periculum | May 7, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting article, Mark Prior on Stephen Strasburg's situation, by Chris Jenkins, Union Tribune.
It was only 8 years ago Prior was the next great one. He's only 29 years old too.

Full article here:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/may/06/prior-to-strasburg-been-there-done-that/

A small piece, supporting Rizzo's notion that Strasburg is indeed in the minors for baseball reasons:
***
Prior does, however, agree with Washington’s decision to give Strasburg even minimal time in the minors before he hits The Show with the lights on full beam.

“Now that I have some distance from that period, I can look back on it and say yeah, that’s the right thing,” Prior said Wednesday. “I didn’t even understand this until I was in the big leagues for a couple years, the importance of being able to do your job, not just on the mound but as a fielder and a bunter. You work on all those things in Double-A and Triple-A. You don’t want to be practicing that in the big leagues where guys are under more stressful situations.

Posted by: Sunderland | May 7, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"And if everything falls into place health-wise with Lannan, Wang, and Marquis,"

Forget Marquis: he was worst than Daniel Cabrera. Please let that sink in for a moment. Far, far worst than Daniel Cabrera. And Rizzo is going to let him pitch again because ... ?

Wang won't even be able to do rehab starts at least until August. And NO ONE KNOWS what he will look like after two horrible years and surgery. I wish everyone would please stop thinking this guy is second to Strasburg because that is so far from reality ... the guy has to behind Chico, Thompson, Milone, and Mandel in AA on the depth chart. Has-To-Be.

Zimmermann is another story. Reports are extremely good. Better than expected. He is already at 85% and they have had to rein him in. Now he is a Stras-class pitcher and yes he should be in the rotation sometime in August if things continue as they have.

Lannan is losing a lot of ground to Olsen. Right behind Olsen there are Chico, Thompson, and even Chuck James who has been pitching pretty good in Syracuse. Lannan is a #4, #5 pitcher on most clubs.

In the end a Strasburg, Hernandez, Zimmermann, Olsen, and pick 1 is the best one can hope for toward the end of the season at this point.

Posted by: periculum | May 7, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@1a,

Nah super willie must return to playing second, left field, and when needed third almost simultaneously. Looks like its going to be Bernadina and Morse in right. Syracuse has been starting Morse in right field. I expect JMax will be back there playing CF tomorrow.

Posted by: periculum | May 7, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I would love to replace Bruney and Walker. I think Burnett has been solid and has been getting better as the season has progressed and we still need a Batista in the pen because on any given night one of our starters may not make it out of the first inning or two leading to Batista pitching 4 or 5 innings. Once we have reliable starters 1 through 5 we can replace Batista with someone better, I still think Stammen could excel in that role.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"But he is one of Riggleman's go-to guys from his Chicago days."

Or more recently, Seattle (2007-08).

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Just an opinion, but bullpen pitchers are there because they have flaws, or weaknesses that keep them from being starters. Maybe they lack a second or third "plus" pitch, or they develop control problems when pressed beyond 3-4 innings, or they need experience, or any one of a number of other real or perceived problems.
A team hopes they have enough guys in the 'pen that can still get major-league hitters out frequently enough for the team to be competitive. So far, Riggleman has been able to do that; Bruney has been scary, and Walker is prone to the long ball, but we, as fans, have seen worse in the last 2-3 years.

Posted by: BinM | May 7, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Today's #1 on the ESPN Not Top 10 List:

Lastings Milledge thinks he's hit a grand slam, pumps his arm and goes into his HR trot. Ooops! It's only off the wall. LM doesn't notice and continues on his merry way until tagged out between 2nd and 3rd.

We love you Nyger!!

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

A team hopes they have enough guys in the 'pen that can still get major-league hitters out frequently enough for the team to be competitive. So far, Riggleman has been able to do that; Bruney has been scary, and Walker is prone to the long ball, but we, as fans, have seen worse in the last 2-3 years.

Posted by: BinM

Definitely. Sean Burnett said on the pre-game show that it's much easier to save a couple of innings than it is four or five. Seems like every time a starter goes deep, Nats end up on top.

Posted by: Brue | May 7, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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