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Game 55 discussion thread: Nationals at Astros

After committing three errors last night, all by Ian Desmond, the Nationals extended their major-league leading total to 47. The Nationals have committed at least one error in each of their past eight games, making 11 during that span. The surge of gaffes is a concern for Manager Jim Riggleman.

"A week ago, I would have said we played good defense and the errors are misleading," Riggleman said. "I think the number or errors is still misleading, but we haven't played good defense since that time. I don't know what the explanation is. I know we work hard at it. I don't know if we're not concentrating as much pitch to pitch. I don't know what's going on. Our error total has been more reflective in the last week of how we've played. We've got to cut back on that.

"I think just challenge ourselves to just not let any distractions come in, any fatigue come in, any negativity come in. Just pitch-to-pitch concentration. You've got to make yourself feel like every ball is going to be hit to you and know what you're going to do with it when it comes your way."

The Nationals really need a win today against the Astros. Losing three straight against the worst team in baseball would be a demoralizing way to end a rugged stretch of 20 road games in 26 days. The Nationals will hand the ball to J.D. Martin and face Brian Moehler. Talk about right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 3, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Go Nats! Gettem today!!!

Posted by: M20832 | June 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"Losing three straight against the worst team in baseball would be a demoralizing way to end a rugged stretch of 20 road games in 26 days."

The Nats won't have an opportunity to lose three in row to the worst team in baseball until late June when we play the Oreos again.

Posted by: joebleux | June 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

It's time to cut bait on Adam Dunn. His Ks when they matter are ridiculous. The guy is batting like .100 with RISP. Enough already.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This series is featuring disturbing flashbacks to last season. Errors leading to unearned runs, blown saves, mixed with erratic starting pitching.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | June 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi everyone!

Ahhhh.....a day game.

Hopefully, a win today will propel us to a winning series over the weekend against the Reds.

A day off on Monday at home with no travel and then SS's debut on Tuesday to jump start the team to take us to the All Star break with an over .500 record.

Go Nats!

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

These mental fielding blunders are pitcher killers. Guzman can't get the ball to first on the fly? His lollipop throws on routine plays last year were bad enough but now he does it from 2nd? I hope they don't make Strasburg get 4-5 outs per inning like they did last night and again today.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Oops, Guzman is playing SS, only saw the tial end of the replay. Still, the lollipop throus is inexcusable.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 3, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The 'Stros are hitting J.D. Martin like he was Brian Moehler.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are hitting Brian Moehler like he was Stephen Strasburg.

Posted by: rbelleisle | June 3, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow- what a failure of a road trip. Hopefully home will remedy these problems and get this team back to .500

Posted by: Tom8 | June 3, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So we get the leadoff man on base and the pitcher doesn't attempt a bunt? Why?

Posted by: CAskinhead | June 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Riggs, I love ya, but you gotta bunt with the pitcher there, especially when you're not scoring runs.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

watching game on 'gameday'---D*arn work. Can anyone tell me what happened on Guzman's second error??

Posted by: jlegg | June 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Dave and Charlie saying that no bunt because of high likelihood of DP with Maldonado "running". Apparently, he's VERY slow, among his many other qualities.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course, we've never actually seen Maldonado run the bases since his only hit before today was an HR.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

So we avoided the possibility of a DP by letting the pitcher hit away...into a DP.

Okaaay....

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Riggs did the same thing a couple of weeks ago versus the O’s – Nieves with a lead-off hit and he doesn’t have Lannan bunt.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | June 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

They're pulling Moehler after 67 pitches in 5 1/3 innings? Is he on a pitch count? Looks like he was doing pretty well.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 3, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Guzman's second error - basically just flubbed a routine ground ball hit pretty much to him. Ray Knight said he was standing too still and didn't play it aggresively enough.

Posted by: marathoner | June 3, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Bernie!
Like others, I'm listening via GameDay to Dave and Charlie at work. Something to be said about hearing the crack of the bat on the radio.

You don't get it that clear at Nats Park games as much, considering the microphones are positioned around the 4th or 5th floor, way up there!

Posted by: mo_dc | June 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Mr. Bernadina. C'mon now, Adam, atone for your recent costly errors!

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Like others, I'm listening via GameDay to Dave and Charlie at work. Something to be said about hearing the crack of the bat on the radio."

I strongly suspect that it's not the real crack of the bat you're hearing, it's a sound effect. Ever notice how all the cracks of the bat sound EXACTLY the same, as do all the hits of ball into glove? And the other day I heard the sound of ball hitting glove a couple of times when the call was that the pitch was either hit or fouled off. I suspect that either Charlie, Dave or the Jack of All Things is pushing a button on the computer screen to make the sound before they call each pitch. Every once in a while they push the wrong button.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 3, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If they are not dancing to Tony Vega.

Cha-cha-cha

Wish I could get radio in my office :(

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

So again, we don't bunt because we're afraid it will produce a double play and what happens?

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The sound effects concept reminds me of that episode of M*A*S*H when they were doing just that...

Posted by: HotNats | June 3, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

HotNats, great episode.

What year was it again? It was the Red Sox meltdown, right?

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

S&W, According to wikipedia (take it as you will) it was a Yanks/Indians game:

http://tinyurl.com/2dk45ue

Posted by: HotNats | June 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Two on and nobody out and they can't even score one run? Yes, the nice start is slowly evaporating.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | June 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

It's time to cut bait on Adam Dunn. His Ks when they matter are ridiculous. The guy is batting like .100 with RISP. Enough already.
Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 2:17 PM

Like I said. How much longer?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

And while we're at it, why are Willie Harris and Nieves still on the major league roster?!! What's the point?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

have to wonder if Dunn's contract status is affecting his performance -- terrible with RISP. Was completely overmatched on that AB.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's time to cut bait on Adam Dunn. His Ks when they matter are ridiculous. The guy is batting like .100 with RISP. Enough already.
Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 2:17 PM

Like I said. How much longer?


Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 4:35 PM |
______________________________________

Kinda wonder if the lack of urgency to sign him to an extension may have to do with this lack of production. It seems to have been this way from the start of the season.

Frustrating indeed.

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

HotNats, thanks!

I was thinking of the episode where Charles Emerson Wincester III under the advice of Klinger was betting on a team to make it to the World Series only to have them melt down at the end of the season.

Yours was of course the correct episode.

MASH trivia, baseball trivia....this is my life. Sad really.

Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcasting of the Nats leaving two men on at the top of the eighth.

Cheers.

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is Rick Eckstein still the pitching coach? Time after time this team has made a poor pitcher look like an all-star. Are these guys unprofessional enough to think, "this guy has an ERA over 6, we'll score 7 or 8 runs easy?" The lack of defense has hurt, but if the offense produced half of what they are capable of against some of these bums the record would still be better than .500. When it comes to the mental aspect of the game this team for the last couple of weeks has been no better than last year's.

Posted by: p-man | June 3, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

THAT'S why Super Willy is still on the club.

Posted by: OldDude | June 3, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Two not hard hit balls find holes. Hopefully a good omen.

Posted by: marathoner | June 3, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

And Guz makes himself useful!!

4-3 Nats.

Let's close this out with a win!

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Charlie's call go from resigned expectation to amazed and surprised enthusiasm!

Posted by: HotNats | June 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry....I think I need to adjust my eye sight...

TWO clutch hits in a row?
With TWO outs?

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh you dastardly Nats!

Posted by: urbanbunnies | June 3, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

And Nyger disappoints yet again.

That's OK! 2 runs in the top to go ahead.

Let's settle in for the next three outs.

>>

(not really, I'm at work)

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

oooop I meant to say I am settling in with a beer for the next three outs.

Don't know why that didn't go through.

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Now if Capps can just keep from imploding

Posted by: CAskinhead | June 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's cut Nyjer a break he appears to be coming out of his funk at the plate at least. Come on Capps!

Posted by: amorris525 | June 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I like Nyger and I do hope he is coming out of his funk.

Double for Bourn, he's on second with one out.

Let's go Capps!

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

WOW. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 3, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Berkman is 5 for 8 with a homer againt Capps. Holding breath now

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | June 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Are all three errors on Guz?

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Note to Mike Rizzo: We need a right fielder.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Berkman up with runner on 2nd....

how about a make-up call from the home plate ump?

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is not a right fielder! UFB.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | June 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind it's moot.

Come on home boys. We'll be waiting to cheer you on back at Natstown home of eternal optimists.

Posted by: summerandwinter | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Capps can't keep from imploding, with help from lack of defense. Let's get home and see if we can forget this trip.

Posted by: marathoner | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can start a new lotto:

Which Nat will make three errors in a game next?

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Capps and Nats have imploded.

Posted by: visionof75 | June 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

CAN WE PLEASE GET A GDMN RIGHT FIELDER!!!!??????!!!???????? I am fuuuuuuuuuuuming right now.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | June 3, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Think I may put a foot through my monitor.

Posted by: trezmartin | June 3, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

someone fill us in, those of us stuck at work.

Posted by: DCguy7 | June 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm not to smart so could some1 please explain to me how you have Guzman, who isn't a RF, playing RF in the 9th instead of Morse or anyone else?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Holy Moley.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | June 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

These guys should be embarrassed to face the fans after the way they've played on this road trip. Capps should have had the save, but he's gone back to being the pitcher he was last year. Putting your worst defensive right fielder out there for the ninth we the team up by one? Is Riggleman getting senile? I really don't think Strasburg is going to make that much of a difference; either all 26 players need to start playing like they belong in the majors on a regular basis or we're going to see a lot of games like the last 3.

Posted by: p-man | June 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder where all the people who praised Riggleman's focus on "fundamentals" in April have gone...
Anyone keeping track how many games have been lost in the late innings due to terrible errors (whether the scorer says they were or not) over the past few weeks?

Posted by: amo36 | June 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@DCguy7: Nats get two clutch hits from Harris and Guzman to take a 4-3 lead in the top of 9th.

Capps gets first out in bottom on 9th, Bourne Doubles, another out, Berkman ends up on second via fielding error by Guzman (in RF!!!!!), Bourne scores. Carlos Lee homers...

Houston 6 Nationals 4...screaming fans from Md to VA.

hope that helps.

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

4-3 game, 2 outs, runner at second, guzman doesn't catch a pretty routine line-drive. 4-4. next AB: homer lee

Posted by: amo36 | June 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

So there's not a SINGLE team in all of MLB that doesn't have an extra right fielder to trade for Guzman's bat? Not sure about this whole, playing-him-in-right-field strategy...

Posted by: Juan-John1 | June 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

So, did Guz' error give up an out, or just a base? what happened out there?!

Posted by: DCguy7 | June 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is Guzman playing RF? Why couldn't Riggleman just leave things as they were with Guzman at shortstop and Harris in RF, with Capps taking the 6th spot in the batting order?

Posted by: urbanbunnies | June 3, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't understand how we ended with Guzman playing in RF, Harris in LF, and Willingham on the bench in the 9th. Am I missing something or did Riggs substitute in Guzman for Willingham in the OF? IF so, that cost us the ballgame. Even having Morse in RF would have been better than having an infielder with no experience playing in the OF.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It was a sinking line drive right at him. Would have been third out. Riggleman said he lost it in the lights. Could have been topspin. In either case it was a catchable ball. His glove didn't even touch the ball.

Posted by: marathoner | June 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@DCguy7: (repost from above)

@DCguy7: Nats get two clutch hits from Harris and Guzman to take a 4-3 lead in the top of 9th.

Capps gets first out in bottom on 9th, Bourne Doubles, another out, Berkman ends up on second via fielding error by Guzman (in RF!!!!!), Bourne scores. Carlos Lee homers...

Posted by: TimDz | June 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

p-man, the only person who should be embarrassed here is you. First, Eckstein is the hitting coach, not the pitching coach. Second, they have 25 players on the roster, not 26. Third, Riggleman didn't intentionally put his worst defensive right fielder out there, he ran out bench trying to win the game. Fourth, Capps wasn't perfect (guess what, nobody is) but if Guzman catches the ball in RF, the Nats win. Given that Capps' ERA last year was over 5.00, it's hard to say he's gone back to that level.

It's called a losing streak, people. Teams have them all the time, especially when they play two long road trips in a month. They also have winning streaks, one of which will start anytime now, probably when they get back home and get to play the Reds and Pirates.

There's an old baseball cliche, "You're never as good as you look when you win or as bad as you look when you lose."

Keep that in mind.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Guzman's 3rd error of the game allowed the game to continue - there were two outs - with Berkman getting to 2nd base. It didn't matter who was on base when Carlos Lee hit that GD home run.

I hope that helps.

Posted by: urbanbunnies | June 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm just so spent...

The Nats defense sux. Misjudged routine fly outs, Zimmerman's throw to Dunn looked like he was trying to throw from the outfield.

Hmmm...has the team doctor checked these guys eyesight?

Posted by: M20832 | June 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

>>I'm not to smart so could some1 please explain to me how you have Guzman, who isn't a RF, playing RF in the 9th instead of Morse or anyone else?Posted by: dovelevine

This is not a rhetorical question. I really need to understand this. Can some1 please assist? Thx.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Seriousl I thought one did late game substitutions to make the defense better-- not to put in novice fielders. What was the thinking behind puttting Guzman in RF? What could possibly be the logic?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is where Rizzo & Riggleman get the dumbazz award why in the late innings would you put Guzman in RF? it doesn't even begin to make good baseball sense and this makes the third time in a row that Capps has blown a save this one is a crusher if Clippard got em 1-2-3 why not leave him in,in light of the fact that Capps has imploded last two outings give him the day off. Mike Rizzo's spring training move of cutting Elijah without so much as giving him a chance to lose his job on the field is comming back to bite him big time there has been very little production out of that position to date,losing three of four to these hapless chumps is INEXCUSABLE!! and the fault lies at the feet of Rizzo and Riggleman look if we get beat by a better ballclub that i can deal with but the Astro's, making some no name manager look like Connie Mack is enough to make me kick my Curly W cap Damn!

Posted by: dargregmag | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Just UFB.

The RF situation must be addressed NOW. And Capps - this is why Pitt. released him. Is it time to give Storen a shot as the closer?

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Two blown saves by Capps. Guzman is not an outfielder. I have never thought this team was a contender. 75-76 games won is a great improvement (see Boz's April colums). Progress has been made, but it will be wait till next year at season's end. But there will be a win streak as others have said.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | June 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Baltova,

I'm supposed to be embarrassed because of posting inaccurate information on a message board? Perhaps if I had no life I might be. Over the past 2-3 weeks Capps has gone back to being the pitcher he was last year. Do you think they aren't embarrassed about their performance this series? If I screwed up on the job I'm paid to do I would be. I wouldn't be surprised to see them sweep the Reds. I wouldn't be surprised to see them get swept either. I'm still sticking to my prediction of 75 wins this year. Eventually they'll probably move back toward that mean, and probably swing back and forth several times.

Posted by: p-man | June 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't there a game last summer where the Nats made 4 errors? And didn't Riggleman sit everyone down and yell at them afterwards? And didn't they then follow it up by winning 12 of 16?

It's still early, and apart from the errors and a little bit of situational non-hitting, they didn't play *that* horribly in Houston.

This is something that can be fixed. More concentration, more focus, more practice.

I wouldn't count the Nats out just because they had a lousy road trip. This still isn't 2009 because the attitude is different. Last year it would have been "Oh well, losing is part of the game," but now, they're thinking, "We're letting our fans and each other down and need to do better."

And they will.

Posted by: zaph | June 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be too hard on Capps. He literally had 3 saves stolen from him on this road trip--2 by umpire incompetence and one by defensive incompetence. In a perfect world, you'd put those behind you and get the next hitter, but I would imagine it's pretty hard to reach back when you've just been kneecapped.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I expect Capps to settle down as a middle of the road closer. Morgan is playing better; maybe the rest of the lineup will follow suit. There have been a lot of outs with runners in scoring position, but for a long time they were playing over their heads. The wild swings are hard to take, but for a rebuilding team they're part of the game.

Posted by: p-man | June 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Capps did what he needed to do in this series. in both blown saves, he got the Astros to hit the ball to the Nats defenders. Unfortunately on Tuesday, Zim ole'd the grounder, allowing the base runner to get on. Then the myopic third-base umpire decided he didn't have the cojones to make the proper call on Berkman's check swing, so instead of the game being over, Berkman gets another shot and he took advantage of it.

Today, Capps gets Berkman to fly out to RF. Unfortunately, Guzman is playing there and decides not to move his feet and misses the ball, allowing the tying run to score. Lee hits a towering fly ball to left, one which in some parks the LF would be able to camp under on the warning track and catch, but instead this game is played in a little-league ballpark, and its instead a home run.

You can't keep giving teams extra outs, extra AB's, extra swings, no matter how bad a team may be. You can't make 3+ errors a GAME and expect to win every night.

Posted by: erocks33 | June 3, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

p-man, well, if you want people to take you seriously on a message board, you might want to get your facts straight. As erocks33 pointed out, Capps would have gotten two saves in this series if the defense had done its job, so it's hard to say he's pitching that badly. I seem to remember Chad Cordero having a lot of shaky saves in his time here.

You're so upset about how they're playing right now and you think your preseason prediction of 75 wins will come true. Well, guess what, do you know how many wins they'd finish with if their current won-lost record continued all year?

76. So why are you so upset?

I repeat: it's a losing streak. A winning streak will soon follow this. Then will we be saying?

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank God they're playing tomorrow. Nothing worse than having to stew over this loss for a day. Of course, I've been saying that for about a week now.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Nats Town circa 2009

Posted by: Tom8 | June 3, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Baltova,

I could really care less if you, or anyone else, takes me seriously. My point is that they are playing badly now, and that Capps hasn't gotten the job done, but I doubt he'll end up with a 5.80 ERA like last year. No, it isn't all his fault. I never said it was. Yes, I'm not happy with the way the team is playing now. No, I'm not that upset. I am a little surprised that anyone would care enough that I misspoke on a message board to make such a big deal out of it. The 25 player comment was a typo, and the only factual error I made; I admit to not proofreading my post. Perhaps you might benefit from the fact/opinion lesson I teach to 4th graders. I'll try not to make that mistake in the future. If you persist in skewering me with your rapier wit, I will not respond. I'd still be happy to buy you a beer at a game, even if they are overpriced. Now that's something I'm really upset about.

Posted by: p-man | June 3, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

p-man, thanks for acknowledging my rapier wit and the beer offer. I probably shouldn't have made such a big deal of your posts but I think people are overreacting to all of this (I know, I know, that's why we're sports fans). And we've had lots of people post here and undermine their efforts with factual errors ("trade the draft pick!") so that's a sore subject.

I just get the feeling a lot of people here don't have a long history of following a baseball team. It's a long freakin' season, people, and as Boswell pointed out a number of times, teams always go through winning streak followed by losing streaks.

This team was due for this kind of streak, especially playing this many games on the road in a month. You don't overreact and fire coaches and dump lots of players. You tweak things, show patience and ride it out. Getting Strasburg, Olsen and I-Rod on the field will make a big difference, in my opinion. So will playing at home.

In the end, this is a .500 team at best. I'm just not going to let days like this freak me out. They are what they are and I'll accept the good with the bad.

Preferably with a Sam Adams in hand.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 3, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I liked the angry postings better. But you two made up for it with beer references. Nice.

And yes p-man, no matter ones opinion on any number of baseball topics, the absurdity of the price of stadium beer, here and in 29 other venues, is something we can all agree upon.

Now please go back to hatin'. Makes my little life more interesting.

Posted by: Sunderland | June 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, let's see how they respond over the next couple of weeks especially getting some players back and Strasburg in the lineup should provide a lift....but I'd be looking for people to take Guzman...

Posted by: bromisky | June 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

They could well be six games under .500 before Strasburg when Strasburg takes the mound ... the Reds aren't going to be easy.

Posted by: periculum | June 3, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Where's @zendo today? I'm a little worried about him.

Posted by: CAskinhead | June 3, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The thing I don't understand about the bottom of the 9th is why Morse didn't come in to play RF and move Nieves (at least theoretically) to Guzman's spot in the line-up. Given Riggleman's tendency to make defensive moves with a late lead, I'm surprised he didn't do this. I know Morse is not as good a defensive outfielder as Harris (or Bernadina, who went out of the game when Desmond came in at SS and Guzman moved to RF). Keeping Guz in the game paid off when he drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th. But he should then have given way to Morse, who has more outfield experience than Guz.
As it was, we had Guz giveth, and Guz taketh away. Sigh.

Posted by: bertbkatz | June 3, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

As it was, we had Guz giveth, and Guz taketh away. Sigh.

I like it.

Posted by: M20832 | June 4, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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