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Today's lineups

The Nationals are going with what is probably their most potent lineup -- Mike Morse at first base and Adam Dunn at designated hitter. Ian Desmond will hit ninth, a sign that the Nationals as constructed today are using their deepest possible lineup.

1. Cristian Guzman, 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Roger Bernadina, RF
8. Michael Morse, 1B
9. Ian Desmond, SS
-- John Lannan, SP

1. Ryan Raburn, CF
2. Johnny Damon, DH
3. Migglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Brennan Bosch, LF
6. Carlos Guiillen, 2B
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Gerald Laird, C
9. Danny Worth, SS
-- Max Scherzer, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 15, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
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now that's an (AL) lineup

Posted by: DCguy7 | June 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Love it! Only change I would make is bernadina to cf; nyjer to pine; morse to rf; Dunn to first; Kennedy to dh

They need to bite the bullet on nyjer; bernadina and morse should play cf and rf respectively every day

Posted by: swanni | June 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Switch Desmond with Nyjer and you have an even better lineup. Maybe they're leaving Nyjer behind Guzman because even if the other team pitches around Guzman he's likely to swing at it (and hit it), whereas Morse might not fare as well in that situation.

Posted by: jonb5 | June 15, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

And, why were we not using that line-up for each of the Cleveland games? That looks like a lineup that can compete in an AL park.

Posted by: mastroj | June 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Max Scherzer and Bonderman can be had. With a stud line-up like Gentlemen Jim has put together for game 1, taking 2 of 3 is a possibility.

If for now other reason, I hope the Nats take the series just to throw some dirt at Jason Bishop who gleefully claimed "they'll probably get swept in Detroit". Thanks Lurch you are a bore!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Potentially potent. I hope that if Nyjer makes it aboard, he will pause to savor the moment, and . . . . not try to steal, get caught once again, and thereby nip a rally in the bud.

Posted by: Slidell | June 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Most effective line up has Guzman hitting leadoff against a righty? His OPS v. righties is .632. HE has not hit righties effectivel. Throwing out 2007, when he was out over half the year and only had 150 plate appearances v. righties, he has had an OPS v. righties over .700 once in his career. His OBP v. Righties has been as high as .330 once (again, throwing out 2007) and was .301 last year. Kennedy may be going ugly right now, too, v. righties, but at least has a better track record. neither should be top of the order, especically in an AL ballpark.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | June 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to see how we fare against the hard-throwing Scherzer. His ERA is up but we know that doesn't necessarily mean anything to us. Also, FWIW (probably not much) Scherzer dominated the Nats in an ST game. Morse has hit the ball hard against a couple of hard-throwing righties recently--would like to see him prove to Rigs that he can hit both lefties and righties.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | June 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

That's a Great line up!!

Go Nats!!

Posted by: M20832 | June 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why not try Bernadina at lead-off. His OBP is higher than Morgan's and Guzman's and he's got good speed?

Posted by: slewis1 | June 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of Nyjer as a "second leadoff man" in the 9 spot in a DH lineup, with Desmond hitting 2nd.

Posted by: utec | June 15, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em! I need some distraction.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 15, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Rock 'em, sock 'em!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 15, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I attended that spring training game in Lakeland when Scherzer looked so good. That was the game in which Olsen faltered.

Hope this lineup is a factor against Max --and that Olsen comes back soon.

Posted by: Drew8 | June 15, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Like some of you who posted previously, I'm not real crazy about Nyjer in the #2-slot, but let's see how it plays.

That's a reasonably potent DET lineup as well; Let's hope Lannan brings his "A" game, and can work both corners tonight.

Posted by: BinM | June 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT is some great baseball, Nyjer!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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