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Today's lineups

Another day off for Nyjer Morgan in the Nationals lineup:

Nationals
Harris - RF
Guzman - 2B
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - 1B
Willingham - LF
Rodriguez - C
Bernadina - CF
Desmond - SS
Olsen - P

Orioles
Patterson - LF
Wigginton - 2B
Markakis - RF
Tejada - 3B
Scott - 1B
Jones - CF
Tatum - C
Izturis - SS
Hernandez - P

By Alexa Steele  |  May 21, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
 
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Smart move sitting Morgan, who is in a wicked slump. Here's hoping for a 3-game sweep...

Posted by: -CN- | May 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

And the deeply slumping Willie Harris instead of Kennedy? What gives? Is a really low OBP top of the order a new strategy invented by Jim Riggleman?

Posted by: periculum | May 21, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This Harris love by Riggs is bordering on absurd. You bring up Morse--PLAY HIM. Leading off with Harris, who is batting .183 and is a sure out, is ridiculous. You're leading off with a .183 hitter!!! This is Manny Acta and Austin Kearns all over again.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how Riggleman ever got by without Periculum's keen baseball insights?

Posted by: outsider6 | May 21, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Periculum: I hear ya! i think Riggleman is trying to kill two birds with one stone,trying to get Willie going and sending a message to Morgan,the O's can hit and they won the beltway series last year, their manager Dave Trembley got the dreaded vote of confidence from the O's GM Andy McPhail so the Nat's should not be over confident going into the weekend fundamentals baby fundamentals,Go Nats!.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 21, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

About Willie - maybe Riggleman is playing the likelihood that he will regress to the mean - I mean, he's historically a .240 hitter or something, which means that (unless he is suddenly substantially worse than previously) he's likely to get hot and hit .350 for a while to bring his average up to .240. Presumably Riggleman is able to see Willie's mechanics better than we are and, if they seem to be sound, he's just sitting there waiting to break out. Note, we've been experiencing the flip side of this for about a month with Pudge - we all knew that he wasn't going to hit .400 all year, so somewhere he was going to slump and bring that average down to below .300 where we expect it to be. Which means that his average for a while was likely to be a lot less than .300. That's the story of his May, he's hitting .241 for the month (and that's even with a 4 for 4 a couple weeks back and a 2 for 2 yesterday.)

Posted by: jonb5 | May 21, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The lack of depth is Rizzo's fault. It ain't Riggleman's. Mike Morse instead of Harris? lol
Based Morgan's track record, the chances were pretty good that he was going to slide down to a marginal big league player. He barely got on the field half the time with PITTSBURGH. He's lucky to have a job. He certainly isn't a full-time starter on a major league club. The fact that he bunts once a game pretty much shows that he's looking for gimmicks to succeed. Nobody with any real confidence in their hitting would stoop to that. It's bush league. I don't dislike the guy, but I was looking for some quality he had that would enable him to compensate for occupying what is a power spot for some teams. He can run some, but his fundamentals are just plain crappy with his fielding and his baserunning. Got an incredibly weak arm - people used to rag on Milledge, and it's the same thing here. They'll never go anywhere if they expect him to stir the drink. And there STILL isn't a home-grown hitter in the minors that can come up and take a roster spot.

Posted by: Brue | May 21, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Ooof, I'm not a Willie hater, he is a useful bench player... but, come on, he never, ever, ever should hit leadoff... I'm thinking he should never hit higher then 7th... and if Riggs keeps batting him up in the order, and he keeps misplaying balls in RF, I may move towards being a Willie hater...

Now go out and hit a lead off homer, Willie!

Posted by: Ghost7 | May 21, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Quite apart from Harris' current slump, there have been too many bad positionings on fly balls and errant throws sometimes to the wrong infielder.

Posted by: jjburns1 | May 21, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I know what is wrong with Morgan. It's because they did away with that cool curly W they had in centerfield before. He had an outstanding few months last year, and now he is lost. He obviously was drawing strength and skill from from that curly W, and they took it away.

BTW, does anyone know why they don't roll the W in center anymore? Bring it back so our T Plush will return to late 09 form! Well, not too late since his hand was broken at season's end, but before that...

Posted by: NatsFly | May 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Willie should break out it. Good to sit Nyjer down so he can get it together.

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Posted by: adhardwick | May 21, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ghost7:
"and if Riggs keeps batting him up in the order, and he keeps misplaying balls in RF, I may move towards being a Willie hater..."

The poor actions of Riggleman make you hate... Harris? Shouldn't you become a Riggleman hater? What is Willie gonna do, refuse to hit leadoff when his coach puts him there?

I never understood the hate toward players who play poorly, especially when they're trying.

Posted by: cassander | May 21, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

From the last thread, thanks for the update on Bruney. As for all of the above, wins solve all problems. Let's hope for a sweep.

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Posted by: adhardwick | May 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

New groundskeeper this year--connection with absence of curly W from CF?

Share concern about both Morgan and Harris, especially in field. We know those guys are not going to bring the production you'd like from an outfielder, so they've got to be above average in the field (like Colorado and St. Louis OFers). I'm sure it's no coincidence that Nyjer is "resting" today.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | May 21, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"The fact that he bunts once a game pretty much shows that he's looking for gimmicks to succeed. Nobody with any real confidence in their hitting would stoop to that. It's bush league." -- Brue

Wow... Candidate for dumbest post ever.

Posted by: outsider6 | May 21, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"The fact that he bunts once a game pretty much shows that he's looking for gimmicks to succeed. Nobody with any real confidence in their hitting would stoop to that. It's bush league." -- Brue

Ryan Zimmerman had something like 20 bunt base hits in 2006. So incredibly bush league of him to do that.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 21, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Candidate for dumbest post ever.

Posted by: outsider6 | May 21, 2010 5:12 PM |

Oh, Brue's owned that competition pretty much from day one.

Posted by: MikeH0714 | May 21, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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