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Today's lineups

Pretty standard lineup for the Nationals today. Ian Desmond receives a blow and Cristian Guzman takes over at shortstop. Ryan Zimmerman still in there as a starter.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Cristian Guzman, SS
8. Roger Bernadina, RF
9. Craig Stammen, SP

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

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 1, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
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Guzman at short: weak arm. Could be trouble.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Guzman batting 7th is NOT standard. He "prefers" to bat 2nd. Guess Riggs doesn't care. Good for him!


Posted by: arlingtontwb | May 1, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Guzman at 7th instead of 2nd suggests to me Riggs thinks Morgan can run on these guys, and Guzzie won't give that chance. Volstad is not bad, but Baker doesn't throw great, if I remember correctly. Let's keep the curly W's coming!

Posted by: mo_dc | May 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Desmond receives a temptorary blow? A day off?


PS - In Outer Banks for a wedding. Nice to see that MASN plays down here. I wonder how many folks here watch it?

Posted by: kevincostello | May 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Soooooooo.........some of the Guzman bashing starting early i see,he has not played poorly at 2nd he'll be fine tonite(i hope)LOL.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Not to put pressure on Nats, but consider what happens if we win tonight. If Phils hold on (lead Mets 6-0 after 4) New York is 14-9, Phils 13-9. Nats victory ties for first. Anyone for 2005?

Posted by: JamesWebster | May 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The Guzman bashing comes from a contrarian who likes to argue and be right. The middle infield rotation of Desmond, Guzman, and Kennedy has been fine. Go Nats!

Posted by: fpcsteve | May 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"The Guzman bashing comes from a contrarian who likes to argue and be right. "

Dear @fpcsteve,

Then you would be describing Ben Goessling, Mark Zuckerman, and Adam Kilgore who have all noticed the problems Guzman has had throwing both from shortstop and turning double plays at second. So, then are they then contrarian?

fpcsteve appears to be an acronym for an imbecile who doesn't read the articles and the observations these folks make for us.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Statistically Guzman hits better batting seventh than he does when he bats second. Even if he prefers batting second. Of late he had been mostly batting 3rd while Zimmerman was recuperating.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The team gives up some range defensively with Guzman @SS, but I'm willing to see how it plays.
@peric: Try not to be offended by people who call you out on your statements. It's a blog; We all post, we all make assumptions & have others call BS on our opinions from time to time. That's the way it works.
Lighten up, Francis.

Posted by: BinM | May 1, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Mets lost, if we win we tied for first place in NL East!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 1, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse


Kevin, I'm with you - I'd rather see Desmond at SS than Guzman. Having said that, Riggleman's MI rotation has worked pretty well to date, so I'll give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

Posted by: BinM | May 1, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

oh i didn't know JamesWebster had already posted that. nonetheless this will be very exciting if we win tonight... even if it's for a tie.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 1, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse


With a PHI win: Philthies win = 14-9; Mutts = 14-10;
With a Mutts win: Mutts =15-9, Philthies = 13-10.
The best the Nationals could do is 14-10 with a win tonight; Still a half game out, either way.

Posted by: BinM | May 1, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

And the Phils indeed have held on. 10-0 over the Mets. So we are officially playing for #1 (tied). Nevermind that it's in May. I'm still excited.

Posted by: swang30 | May 1, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"@peric: Try not to be offended by people who call you out on your statements."

Ah BinM,

You mistake me my motives. Sometimes its fun when they call me out. As an old alt.flamers being a "litigine" comes naturally. Guttural latin/ancient Italian dialectic word for litigator. Split the obvious two syllables apart. The look up the etymology. Right 314? ;)

In any case I do find it interesting that Riggleman bats Guzman seventh given the much improved stats batting out from that position. At this point Guz is safest at 1st base (or DH) defensively. Especially with a pitcher like Stammen. His arm looks pretty weak at this point. I'm not sure he is fully recovered from that shoulder surgery.

Now, with Strasburg or Zimmermann the other positions might be okay.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh, BinM, says the Phils are at 13-10. So if we go to 14-10 (tied with the Mets) we'll be tied 1st.

Posted by: swang30 | May 1, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Its going to be really tough tonight. The Marlins now see that the Nats aren't the easy patsies/pushovers they have been for them the past 3 seasons or so. They are going to come out looking for some Nats tail. Watch out Craig!

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

In other news Destin Hood continues to lead the South Atlantic league in hitting with a .392 average. He has hit in 18 of 20 games. His weakness? He strikes out way too much and walks very little. To the tune of 30 strike outs against 3 walks. Nevertheless, have to figure he gets promoted to Potomac at some point soon.

Both Arneson and Carr had off nights in relief of a good effort by Aaron Thompson. They both allowed home runs. Kind of hurt their gaudy pitching stats.

Jack Spradlin was reassigned to Harrisburg when Drew Storen was called up to Syracuse.

Posted by: periculum | May 1, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

fpcsteve stands for a Presbyterian pastor who hates to hear and see players getting trashed in public for trying to do their job so someone else can be entertained. Rooting for people to be benched or lose their jobs strikes me as lousy. For me, it's a game and entertainment.

Posted by: fpcsteve | May 1, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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