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Today's lineup

The Nationals will be going with a unique bottom of the lineup, Josh Willingham and Ivan Rodriguez both getting the day off. That leaves Cristian Guzman, Willie Harris, Adam Kennedy and Wil Nieves to bat fifth through eighth against Edinson Volquez. I'd make a joke, but two of them hit homers last night and the last time those four hit in that order, they went 6 for 12 with three walks. You never know.

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Roger Bernadina, RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Cristian Guzman, SS
6. Willie Harris, LF
7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Livan Hernandez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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The last time the lineup looked this bad they somehow won. So I won't say anything this time.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Cristian Guzman in the 5 hole. Wow. Why not play Morse in LF and give him a chance to drive in some runs...

Posted by: comish4lif | July 22, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Poor Gonzo and Morse. Even when Riggs empties the bench, they can't get a start.
Riggleman can't be fired soon enough.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | July 22, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Don't understand not giving Morse the start in RF especially with Willingham not in the lineup. Perfect time to give Nyjer the day off after a night game and try Bernadina in CF. Again last night I thought Morgan misplayed the ball hit by Phillips to right center. I think this is a ball that a good CF needs to catch. Yes, it was a tough play but it needs to be made - I think Bernadina with his reach makes that catch.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Rooting for people to be fired--wow!

Posted by: fpcsteve | July 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Nyjer must have compromising pictures of Riggleman.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I understand Rigs giving guys (Desmond, Pudge, Hammer) their days off, but when you give all three guys the same day off and put Harris, Kennedy and Nieves in the lineup, it looks like you are waving the white flag.

Or is it just me that thinks Guzman, Harris, Kennedy and Nieves looks like a giant black hole in the lineup?

Posted by: comish4lif | July 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Morgan, Harris, Kennedy, and Nieves? Wow folks this should be a barn burner. I hope they can keep it under 10 runs tonight. You don't want to embarrass the Reds or anything.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | July 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering about that ball hit to right center, it looked from the way the crowd was reacting that it drifted quite a bit to the side. I would say 15-20 feet. Still, should have grabbed it.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Ok, wacky idea: trade for Oswalt.

Taking on a bunch of salary means giving away less in terms of talent, even if they had to pick up the 2012 option to get the deal done getting an Ace on essentially a 2 year dal at $32M will still be well below market and the move would make the club instantly in contention in the NL East in 2011. Only problem, and it is a big one, is why would Oswalt agree to come here when a contender might give the same deal. Ok, add on an option for 2013! (Thiis club has to start thinking boldly. Needs to start taking some risks.)

Posted by: dfh21 | July 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Why is Desmond getting the day off? Tired??

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | July 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Riggleman will do anything to push his guys forward (Guzman, Harris, and Maxwell). Its gone far beyond the ridiculous to the banal. Just have to hope Rizzo is observing all of this.

Posted by: periculum | July 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Hernandez is the strength of the 6-9 hitters. Scary!

Posted by: jlegg | July 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Rooting for people to be fired--wow!"

No, we're rooting for an improvement in our team, and we're looking at the spot that needs the most improvement.

Posted by: zadok1 | July 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why he hates Morse and Gonzo while showing all this love for Harris and Kennedy, but whatever. It's clearly not going to change, so Riggleman is going to go down swinging with his guys. It is part of the evaluation process, so for Riggleman's sake as well as the team I hope that (against all odds) it works.

Posted by: JCCfromDC | July 22, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I get it. It's not like we are in a pennant race. It's also brutally hot--why not give some of the guys the day off? This is the kind of park where even the little swingers can feel powerful. Plus Willingham and Pudge have not been hitting well lately--so no loss there either.

So what about starting Gonzalez and Morse? Who knows the mind of Riggleman? This is likely to be Kennedy's and Guzman's last year with the team--I guess its an old manager's display of loyalty. One does wonder how the lineups would look if he was really trying to win each and every day. I think that at the beginning of the season the top folks told Riggleman to build team chemistry and character and you will be back next season. However, as a fan there is little to look forward to except for Strassburg's starts and the interest generated by the new pitchers. So all expectation and hope is pinned on 2011.

Posted by: driley | July 22, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

For whatever reason, Morse is not the type of player Riggleman likes; it's the only excuse he constantly leaves him out of our anemic lineup while giving others chances. You wonder if Morse can be a solid MLB contributor; sadly, we won't know the answer until Riggleman goes the way of the dodo.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

A small part of me hopes the reason Kennedy and Harris are getting so much playing time is that the team would like to have them available as "sweeten the pot" guys to add into any up and coming big trade.

Maybe we can trade Harris and one of our AAAA pitchers for a better starting pitcher?

Posted by: alex35332 | July 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Given the team's difficulty in scoring runs (last night being something of an aberration), Riggleman's resistance to Morse is much harder to figure out than Gonzalez.

At a certain point, you really do have to wonder if it's something personal. I have no idea.

Posted by: Meridian1 | July 22, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

When is Morse gonna play RF with Bernadina in CF along with Guzman at 2B and Desmond at SS? It's like that dude from Lennox's the biggest no-brainer on earth!

Posted by: richs91 | July 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What? Harris in LF? I glossed right over that one.

Posted by: richs91 | July 22, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Not saying I would be starting him, but there's lot of talk here about merit for playing time. Previous NJ post says he's 7 for 19 in July plus six walks. Merit?

Posted by: marathoner | July 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@jlegg -- turns out you were right so far about Hernandez being the strength of the bottom of the order. He just singled in a run!

Posted by: DavidandDonald1 | July 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Harris and Kennedy--2 hits, 3 runs, and 1 RBI. Nice.

Posted by: fpcsteve | July 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman @ Rizzo are oxymorans.
Give Morse the chance to play. He is a 300 hitter. Get rid of morgan who is a waste

Posted by: chiro1623 | July 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

We'll deal with the spelling on another day. Class dismissed. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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