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Today's lineups

The Nationals will go with the same lineup from their impressive, 7-2 win last night, with J.D. Martin on the mound this time. Ian Desmond is off for the fourth time in five games and the second straight game following a critical error, his league-leading 19th of the year.

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

1. Martin Prado, 2B
2. Melky Cabrera, RF
3. Chipper Jones, 3B
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Troy Glaus, 1B
6. Eric Hinske, LF
7. Yunel Escobar, SS
8. Gregor Blanco, CF
9. Jair Jurrjens, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 30, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
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Glad to see we're not breaking up a winning line-up!

Posted by: slopitchtom | June 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Come on Riggles send the boy down or play him!!! He's not getting any better sitting down unless he's hurt and your not saying so...

Posted by: Berndaddy | June 30, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Desmond is not getting any better playing either, indeed the argument can be made that he is on a descending arc at the plate and in the field. A few weeks off might be best for the team and Desmond. Keep Gonzales at ss and see what happens, good or bad.

Posted by: driley | June 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of past superstars struggled in the beginning of their careers, and were sent down to work things out. Ultimately, it was the right move to make. Desmond needs to continue to work on taking ground balls, especially moving his feet.

Look: Gonzalez is not the long term solution, but he gives Ian a chance to make those needed adjustments.

Posted by: joemktg1 | June 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Morgan is playing once again after a incompetent center field performance last night. He needs to be sent down to Potomac to learn how to play center field. He was responsible for both Brave runs scoring. Either he goes or someone in charge needs to be changed. He doesn't add any value to a team that needs top to bottom professionalism.

Posted by: jjburns1 | June 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting an Alberto Gonzalez jersey.

Posted by: Kavorka | June 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The first step is fixing the defense, and that means Gonzalez.

Desmond will have through next year before he has to worry. People expected him to struggle in the field.

Right now Gonzalez needs to play for his glove, though, its as simple as that.

And if he goes 4-4, well, that helps too.

Posted by: CJArlington | June 30, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Agree that holding Desmond out is the right thing to do. He has been looking totally overmatched at the plate and has made error after error and other bungles not scored as errors.Playing through his struggles is clearly not working. I personally think he needs some time in the minors to get his head back on straight. It benefited Stammen.

Go Nats! Take two!

Posted by: longhorn64 | June 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

If Gonzalez is working out for now, I think they need to send Desmond down to the minors to work through his problems. If there isn't a spot for him to play at the big league, he shouldn't be there. It just doesn't do him any good.

Posted by: vash462 | June 30, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I wish we had some better options for the middle infield. Desmond may get better with time but I'd be happier if we didn't need him right now. Gonzalez has done well but he's not got a lot of upside - no power, doesn't walk much, not really a plus fielder. Guzman profiles the same, but older, more physically gifted, lazier. Kennedy has been a disappointment but there was never much upside anyway.

What to do? At least we get a good SS on the shift when Zim moves over there (despite the slump and a few throwing errors, the guy makes lots of plus plays on a regular basis that we've learned to take for granted)

Posted by: 202character | June 30, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

>Desmond is not getting any better playing either, indeed the argument can be made that he is on a descending arc at the plate and in the field. A few weeks off might be best for the team and Desmond. Keep Gonzales at ss and see what happens, good or bad.

Posted by: driley

Desmond needs to go back to the cage for a couple of weeks to learn how to cover the outside corner like Knight talked about in the pre-game yesterday. Showed how he was flying open, bringing the bat through the zone like a tennis racket, and was drowning balls he'd get jammed on. Had never heard that term used before, but it was perfect.

Posted by: Brue | June 30, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

After spending six years in the minors, how much more can Desmond learn down there?

Maybe he's not ML material.

Certainly Nyjer isn't, but Rizzo has his back for obvious reasons.

Posted by: JohnRDC | June 30, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-yup, it's official:my happiness is dependant on the Nationals...and evidently, NJ and all of you. Vowed I was gonna stay off line tonight, comment-wise but....ahh well, here I am. And Awaayy we Go!
P.S.-as per Nats24 in a post game comment last night (apologies if it was one of you other gang members)'s Gozno!(nice ring, eh?) And hope Gozno gives a reasonable facsimile, performance-wise, as last nite!
Go Gozno!
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | June 30, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-on last bit-fer now-I'm not a Carp/Dibs hater...niether a fan...but jeez, NO comments on what looked like some good pitches called balls....from 0-2 count to a walk. PLEASE....the GAME, guys...especially in the 1st! the game, Zendo!!
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | June 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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