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Today's lineups

As promised, the Nationals kept Cristian Guzman and Nyjer Morgan in the first and second spots today. Otherwise, it's the pretty much usual lineup. Ian Desmond is batting seventh, ahead of Roger Bernadina, which is a minor change.

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

Astros
1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
3. Lance Berkman, 1B
4. Carlos Lee, LF
5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Geoff Blum, SS
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Kevin Cash, C
9. Brett Myers, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 1, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

I always thought if you hit a home run you deserved to play the next night. Why not keep Maldonado in for an extra game. It's not like Nieves is tearin up the league or anything.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | June 1, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

There's a definite exception to that rule for backup catchers. In that case, you're definitely not evaluated for your hitting...

Posted by: swang30 | June 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Also an exception for backup pitchers. Pretty likely the that the Astros will not start Gustavo ChacĂ­n, although they certainly could use him as a pinch hitter.

Posted by: Sunderland | June 1, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice protection for Desmond. Don't expect him to do much at the plate tonight since he'll see nothing but junk. But I suppose it's more important to protect The Hammer right now. Sorry, kid. Pudge will be back in a few days. Make us proud in the field.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 1, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how Stammen does in the Race to the Bullpen. Another shaky start could punch his ticket.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 1, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually, maybe they could bat Stammen 7th behind Desmond to provide some protection for him. I'm totally serious.

Posted by: thelonghaul | June 1, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Stammen, batting .333 with a .444 SLG
Bernadina, batting .241 / .410
Nieves, batting .194 / .278

Shuffle that around all you want, it still is what it is.

Posted by: Sunderland | June 1, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Willingham leads the majors in walks.

There should be men on base for Desmond so he might see some good pitches tonight?

Posted by: periculum | June 1, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Let's see how Stammen does in the Race to the Bullpen. Another shaky start could punch his ticket."

If there is a race Lannan leads it followed by Atilano. Then Stammen. Batista probably falls between Lannan and Atilano or before Lannan.

Posted by: periculum | June 1, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

lannan is in no way leading the race to the bullpen, all of those mentioned would go to the pen before lannan,he's no cy young but the man has been our best pitcher for the last two+ years

Posted by: bford1kb | June 1, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"lannan is in no way leading the race to the bullpen, all of those mentioned would go to the pen before lannan,he's no cy young but the man has been our best pitcher for the last two+ years"

I guess you haven't been watching the games? Right now the best two starters up to this point have been LIvan and Olsen. Throw in Strasburg and where does Lannan fit? That's right a #4, #5 pitcher and potential trade bait. Hopefully, packaged for someone like Cliff Lee.

Veterans preference R Us is certainly a Riggleman motto. However, for Mike Rizzo and company at some point it has to be "What have you done for us lately."

Posted by: periculum | June 1, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

lately he's had three really solid starts my man and prior to that he was experiencing elbow trouble, crazy an elbow problem could affect his performance, I must not watch the games because I disagree with your asinine statement, so the #4 and 5 starters come out of the bullpen now?

Posted by: bford1kb | June 1, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Nieves needs to stop setting up on the outside every pitch.

Posted by: JDB1 | June 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't see Lannan as BP bait. I think he's a decent #4 or #5 starter and a bridge to some stronger arms beyond SS. He won't dominate but can provide 6 innings of 2-3 ER if he doesn't walk too many. Needs good defense behind him.

Posted by: Natmeister | June 1, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

thelonghaul and Sunderland make very good points about batting Stammen 7th. Stammen is so far this year a better batter than Nieves or Bernie. Where does this brain-dead traditionalism the pitcher must always bat last thing come from? Tony Larusso had the pitcher bad 8th for a while.

Could it be that Rigs is afraid he would hurt the feelings and pride of Bernie and Nieves if he bat Stammen ahead of them? But what about 'whatever is best for the team'? That old cliche...

Posted by: JLNash819 | June 1, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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