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Game 80 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Mets

The next week and a half could very well prove critical to the Nationals' overall success this year. In the next 11 days, with a new month to clear away the stink of June, they get to play 10 games at home, where they have a 20-16 record this year. With a strong homestand, during which Stephen Strasburg will pitch twice, the Nationals could start feeling better about themselves, their record and and any chances they have at meaningful baseball following the all-star break.

For tomorrow and Saturday, Strasburg's start, Ivan Rodriguez will be back behind the plate. Rodriguez, Manager Jim Riggleman said, actually tried to talk his way into playing tonight. That's a good sign for the condition of his lower back, but Riggleman wanted to sit him in order to be cautious and not violate his rule of not playing Rodriguez more than three games in a row.

"He's in such great shape," Riggleman said. "He doesn't need any rest. I just want to make sure the back doesn't flare up again."

So tonight, Livan Hernandez will pitch to Wil Nieves. Against the Mets this year, Hernandez has allowed two earned runs on nine hits and six walks in 13 1/3 innings. He'll face Johan Santana. Talk about it all right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 1, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
 
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Comments

So can the Mets make one run hold up for nine innings?

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 1, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I was really hoping the Nats would start July with a new center fielder

Posted by: jtunney1 | July 1, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Drip, drip, ... Cuban water torture so far - It just becomes a question of how many runs the big guy gives up tonight.

Posted by: BinM | July 1, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Seven straight down from Livo - I'm duly impressed.

Posted by: BinM | July 1, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Desmond, nice hit, but should be at 3rd.

Posted by: jtunney1 | July 1, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that all the regulars have drifted to either Goessling [MASN] or Zuckerman (NatsInsider/CSN) tonight, or are actually at the game. Good on you, either way - I'm out.

Posted by: BinM | July 1, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

We hit screamers right at people, or a ball hits an inch from the top of the wall, and they get a flare over second base for a run. Unbelievably frustrating. Almost inevitable that this will be a 1-0 or 2-0 final.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 1, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

LeeM, did I call it right up at the top, or not?

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 1, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Sure looks like it Gil. Hope we are both wrong, but nobody on this teams gets the big hit recently.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 1, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Spoke too soon. Go ahead Nats, make a liar outta me. Now let's see if the Pen can win one.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 1, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Storen must look like he's throwing 110 after Livan's 60-ish loopers!

Let's get after these Mutts and steal a win against Santana against a team that is coming off a morning flight from Puerto Rico. Let's get the bats going this inning!

"Thank god... the Police!"

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Storen must look like he's throwing 110 after Livan's 60-ish loopers!

Let's get after these Mutts and steal a win against Santana against a team that is coming off a morning flight from Puerto Rico. Let's get the bats going this inning!

"Thank god... the Police!"

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I wish someone would tell Desmond he doesn't have to try to hit the ball out of the solar system every pitch.

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 1, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Why not leave Storen in???? Letting him pitch one more inning successfully saves Capps if needed

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 1, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

can we please win a 1 run game?

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

NYYYJER!

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

wow, what a concept! a drag bunt instead of right to the 60-foot away 3rd baseman!

Good one, Nyjer!

Let's get one here and get a curly W!!!!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

wow, what a concept! a drag bunt instead of right to the 60-foot away 3rd baseman!

Good one, Nyjer!

Let's get one here and get a curly W!!!!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't mess around with the bunt, just hit, I said. May be why I'm not managing.

Posted by: markfromark | July 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Drip, drip, ... Cuban water torture so far - It just becomes a question of how many runs the big guy gives up tonight.

The correct answer is 1.

Posted by: markfromark | July 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

C'MON ZIMM! if he gets a hit here it would help his confidence a lot. he's been very inconsistent lately.

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

C'MON ZIMM! if he gets a hit here it would help his confidence a lot. he's been very inconsistent lately.

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's bourbon and Maalox are on me, gentlemen.

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 1, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

CURLY W!

We needed this one - way to take advantage and hopefully get things rolling!

Hopefully Zimm is on track after some hard hit balls tonight!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice, solid game. I was afraid to say anything earlier for fear of jinxing it. Nyjer with two big hits. Good start to the homestand.

Posted by: marathoner | July 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

so long for just a while!

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Soccer my eye. That was a beautiful game.

Posted by: markfromark | July 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Anybody ever see 5 infielders before?

Posted by: markfromark | July 1, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

And Nyjer looked like he knew what to do with a bat tonight.

But jeez, this team needs to score runs. They've scored more than three runs in only three games in the last two weeks, balanced by the three times they've been shut out.

Posted by: gilbertbp | July 1, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

good man Zim!

Posted by: cabraman | July 1, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer is a totally different player in July-August-September...

Hopefully this is the jump-start he needed to be back to the Nyjer we had last season!

Posted by: mo_dc | July 1, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Well,they actually played well tonight i was absolutely floored when Zimm got the sac fly the Met pitcher obviously put himself in the hole letting Zimm get ahead in the count and then allowing Zimm to get the ball in the air to a drawn in outfield, are the Morgan bashers happy now? hopefully they can get so much needed MO!MENTUM THAT IS.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 1, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well fought, boys. Nice win.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 1, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

dont throw it in nyger morgan's honey zone.

Posted by: burnsrb | July 1, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Every now and then the mice find the cheeze! So what do you do?

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 1, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Markfromark, I saw a 5 man infield at a Mets-Orioles game last year. If I remember correctly it didn't work then either (it may have been the O's who used it).

Posted by: p-man | July 1, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was good about the honey zone. Glad to see Nyjer get the wig tonight (shoulda had it in Baltimore but that's over and done with).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Just got back to hear the happy Nars news after warching Detwiler start for Harrisburg at Trenton. He looked pretty good to me, even tho he took the loss. Couple of borderline calls cost him. Just one real smash off him, that by Yanks top prospect 3B Barndon Laird. Place was crawling w/ scouts, as you might imagine.

I was next to Mariners' scout (Masse), who was timing Detwiler to the plate, but didn't put the gun on him, surpringly. He did check the radar on Senators reliever Adam Carr. (He topped out at 96.)

I'm sure his main job was to look at probably Romine the catcher and Laird for a possible Cliff Lee deal. Ya think!?

Way to go Livo, Zim, et al!

Posted by: nats24 | July 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

slight correction: It was Daniel Brewer who hit the ball hard off Ross, not Laird. That's what happens when you go on memory at my age.

Posted by: nats24 | July 1, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

nats24, they say that memory is the first thing to go. The second thing is...umm...can I get back to you on that one? :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 1, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Bob and Rob never noticed that Feliciano was the 5th IF so that he could return to the mound to face Dunn if they had retired Zimm without a run scoring. Why am I not surprised -- after all, they are paid to notice such things.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 1, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Make that Kennedy -- but a LH batter

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 1, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

That was the left fielder, not the relief pitcher.
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Bob and Rob never noticed that Feliciano was the 5th IF so that he could return to the mound to face Dunn if they had retired Zimm without a run scoring. Why am I not surprised -- after all, they are paid to notice such things.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 1, 2010 10:59 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 2, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Bob and Rob never noticed that Feliciano was the 5th IF so that he could return to the mound to face Dunn if they had retired Zimm without a run scoring. Why am I not surprised -- after all, they are paid to notice such things.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 1, 2010 10:59 PM
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Jesus Feliciano, leadoff hitter, center fielder (who switched to left in the 6th inning) was brought into the infield.
Was not the RP Pedro Feliciano.

Not often a guy switches from CF to LF to SS all in 4 innings.
What am I saying.
Ian Desmond switched from RF to SS in 4 batters!

Posted by: Sunderland | July 2, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Nice curly W! No errors now for three games!

Keep it Rolling Nats!!!

Posted by: M20832 | July 2, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

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