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Today's lineup

Manager Jim Riggleman moved Nyjer Morgan out of the leadoff spot, moving him down to second behind Cristian Guzman. Morgan's on-base percentage for the season has shrunk to .316 after posting a .256 OBP over his last 23 games.

The Nationals will face Roy Oswalt, whose name has surfaced in trade rumors with the Nationals (even though, in reality, the prospect of the Nats landing him is faint). We'll have more later on the reasoning behind Morgan's small move down.

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

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 31, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
 
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Comments

Can't have two starting LF's. Mr. Kilgore?

Posted by: big_game_lannan | May 31, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Riggo experiment with Desmond at lead off.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | May 31, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman hs been very patient with Morgan and given him evey opportunity to play through his funk. I think they guy has put way too much pressure on himself and maybe this small move will provide a release. At least Guzman is a known quantity as a leadoff hitter. Who knows, given his willingness to accept new roles he might decide to boost his on base percentage.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 31, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I'd pull a La Russa and bat Morgan 9th after the pitcher.

I'd also anonymously leave a copy of "Outfield For Dummies" in his locker, bookmarked at the chapter, "So The Batter Hit A Long Fly Ball To The Wall. What Do I Do Now?"

Posted by: Ted_Striker | May 31, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Interesting shake-up of the lineup, going against Oswalt's quest for his 11th straight Quality Start this year. Although I'm not crazy about Harris behind Willingham (no protection), it's probably better than putting Desmond there at this point in his career. At least Harris has proven he'll look at pitches before pulling the trigger; Ian can still be suckered into swinging at "out-of-zone" pitches.

Posted by: BinM | May 31, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Since we're surely supposed to lose today against Oswalt, does that mean we'll win this game? This team always does the unpredictable.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 31, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I like moving Morgan to the 2 hole. Hopefully it will take a little pressure off him and he will loosen up. And that was a little harsh, TEd_s. Morgan is going through a rough patch, but lighten up, its not that bad.

Posted by: chris88 | May 31, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Reverse lock, here we come. Wooooooohooooooo! (Hey, it could happen. :-))

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 31, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@Dovelevine:

This years' version of the Nationals seem to play either up (or down) to their competition; I'd expect a 4-game set filled with nail-biters. Break out the bourbon & Maalox, and strap in.

Posted by: BinM | May 31, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Just got back from the cemetery in time to watch a 9 spot hung on the board. Riggleman certainly pushed the right button with Guzman as leadoff. Maybe Morgan got the message and just relaxed. And Zimmerman is un-bleeping-belivable with his power to right.

Posted by: Natmeister | May 31, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Told ya on the reverse lock. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 31, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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