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Today's lineups

Ian Desmond gets the day off after his three-error game last night. As Jim Riggleman promised, Cristian Guzman and Nyjer Morgan have switched back to first and second in the order.

Nationals
1. Cristian Guzman, SS
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
8. Carlos Maldonado, C
9. J.D. Martin, SP

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

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 3, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
 
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People have mentioned here that the team seems to be missing Pudge. I'm not sure what's happened to the staff ERA since May 22, but the difference is showing up in W-L--albeit over a small number of games. In games Pudge started (up to and including May 22, when he left in the 4th inning), the Nats were 15-17. Since May 23, with Pudge on the DL, they are 4-6. That's a winning percentage of .469 vs. .400. Or, over the course of 162 games, that's 76 wins vs. 65. (In games he didn't start before May 22, the Nats were 1-2.)

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

>>So 50% chance of rain tonight in Buffalo
Posted by: geai |

What does that mean exactly? Would they then pitch him tomorrow and then Wednesday? Or would they just do a bullpen session and still go Tuesday? Any thoughts?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Honestly i think they will go on as scheduled and he will pitch tonight but if it did get postponed they would most likely pitch him tommorow and then postponed his debut till the 9th

Posted by: geai | June 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

its a 1:00 start and it currently in not raining Buffalo. So says the weather channel.

Posted by: mintbucket | June 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If the game in Buffalo this afternoon gets rained out before Strasburg gets his 90 pitches or whatever in, he'll just make up the difference in the bullpen today. They're not going to delay the 6/8 start after they've gone to so much effort to sell that game out. The "barring injury or rain" disclaimer is referring to rain on Tuesday. If that game gets rain-delayed or postponed, they want to make clear that holding a ticket for it does not entitle you to anything more than what you would get under the normal raincheck rules, even if that ends up meaning you don't get to see Strasburg's first start whenever it does happen.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

>>The "barring injury or rain" disclaimer is referring to rain on Tuesday.
Posted by: nunof1

OK Hope you're right. Sunny skies and starry night predicted for Tuesday.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

All this time I thought that Desmond had 40 errors a year because of his throwing. Looks like the problem goes much deeper. Like Knight said, he's not really even charging the ball properly. Seems like something he could overcome with some fundamental practice. Hopefully by the time he retires.....

Posted by: Brue | June 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about Desi's errors, at least not yet.

He's got a strong and mostly accurate arm and tremendous range. A lot of his errors have been failures in judgment -- when to hang on to the ball, when to charge it. That stuff is teachable; range and a rocket arm are not. And he's pretty good at the plate, with power that I suspect will emerge over a couple of seasons.

Bigger problems that need fixing: RF and C.

Posted by: Meridian1 | June 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Meridian1: YES! I for one am worried about certain errors that Desmond makes errors like not touching second to get the force in a close game and then a bad throw and then another to put the game out of reach(3 in one game) speak to a bigger issue, concentration, look he's a very good player a clutch hitter so far, but all these comparisons i hear by Carp & Dibble to Derek Jeter are a huge stretch Desmond is young and is still learning, but all i've heard is how great he is and he's so much better than Guzman, really? Guzman gets bashed daily on this blog his 8 million dollar contract,his poor hitting from the left side,lack of range at second and short,only his manager who happens to know a thing or two about the game loves Guzman. Ian Desmond is on his way to being a very good player and a good shortstop but let's not compare him to a HOF'er like Derek Jeter just yet.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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