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Today's lineups

Trying to break out of what's become their most significant offensive funk this season, the Nationals will stick to their usual lineup. Ivan Rodriguez gets a scheduled day off.

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

White Sox
1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexi Ramirez, SS
3. Alex Rios, CF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Carlos Quentin, RF
6. Ramon Castro, C
7. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
9. Freddy Garcia, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 20, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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Makes sense to me. When the lineup has scored once in the past 20 innings, why would you shake things up.

Why not get Guz and Morgan out of the top of the order until they get straightened out between the ears. Here's my idea:

Bernadina CF
Desmond SS
Dunn 1B
Willingham LF
Zimmerman 3B ( 4 whiffs, 3 looking)
Morse RF
Guzman 2B
Nieves C

Posted by: comish4lif | June 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Comish -- I second that lineup

Posted by: swanni | June 20, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you comish and like your thinking.

Morgan and Guzman weren't the problems yesterday though, they got on base three times between them.

The problem with Mike Morse is he plays the positions primarily where our two hottest current hitters reside, first base and right field.

Posted by: CJArlington | June 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Morse to rf; bernadina to cf; Morgan to Willie harris' spot on the pine ; Harris DFA when detwiler is ready

Posted by: swanni | June 20, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

we could argue about the order, but i think that's the starting roster lots of us have wanted to see for a long time (except with pudge in there). adam - please tell riggs to make it so.

Posted by: DCguy7 | June 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Why not, nothing else has worked, what have they got to lose but losing itself.

Posted by: cokedispatch | June 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Exactly swanni....exactly!

Posted by: JayBeee | June 20, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Garcia may be 7-3, but he's a low K, fly-ball pitcher - Let's hope the big guns turn it loose today for WSH.

Posted by: BinM | June 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

This is an important game for John Boy. If he has another stinker, there's no reason to hope for any effectiveness out of him for the near or mid term. He's got to be hurt, or weakened, or something.

Like most, I love the guy. But either he is healthy and has this figured out, or there's no reason to give him the ball every 5th game, no reason even to waste a roster spot on him.

Get 'em Johnny....

Posted by: Sunderland | June 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Seems more likely they are eventually headed for 10 games under and beyond. And Posnaski's suggestion that Dunn be traded for 2 B level prospects. Willingham to first base. Morse to left field. Prolly around the All Star break.

I don't believe July for Wang instead I kind of suspect he will be among the many September "call-ups" for a look see to determine what to do for next year. Marquis, probably sooner. Detwiler and Zimmermann for sure July and August. No real "cavalry" this year Adam.

In the meantime JD Martin looks to be the 3rd best pitcher in the rotation after Strasburg and Livan. Today we see if Lannan has made any improvement, because right now he is the worst and weakest pitcher in the rotation. Have to almost assume a loss today for that reason.

Strasburg 32 K's against 5 WALKS.
Martin 19 K's against 1 WALK.
LIvan 35 K's against 31 WALKS.
Atilano 25 K's against 25 WALKS.
Lannan 23 K's against 35 WALKS.

Posted by: periculum | June 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

As much as I hate to think about it, there is a factor (probably in play by the Nats opponents) that inspires them to be intense when playing the Nationals. Obviously our past and future opponents are caught up in the hoopla reguarding SS and the national TV exposure of our Nationals and ultimately them. This apparently seems really to benefit the recent opponents starting pitchers. Are they getting extremely motivated to compete and compare their pitching results to SS?. The big hope is we can survive it and benefit from playing in more meaningful games to ultimately take us to the next level. GO NATS !!

Posted by: dougb3 | June 20, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland: Good point. Either Lannan starts pitching close to what he did in 2008-09, or he's a burden in the rotation.
@periculum: JoePos is a prolific writer, but the one thing he overlooks here is that a trade of Dunn would 'gut' the middle of the Nationals lineup for the rest of the season - No LH deep threat. A combination of Zim-Willingham-Morse-Bernadina just won't get it done, imo.

Your observation on the starting staff could be closer to the truth, however. My current rating, based on ML starts would be: Strasburg - Livo - Martin - Olsen(DL) - Chico - Stammen - Atilano - Lannan - Mock(DL) - Marquis(DL).

Posted by: BinM | June 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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