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Today's lineups

The Nationals have given Stephen Strasburg a degree of difficulty in order to pick up his third victory. With Josh Willingham, Ian Desmond and Ivan Rodriguez out of the lineup, the Nationals have an unusual bottom half of their lineup, including Cristian Guzman batting fifth and WIllie Harris batting sixth. With Wil Nieves behind the plate, this is the first time anyone other than Pudge will catch Strasburg.

Nationals
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. Stephen Strasburg, SP

Giants
1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Jonathan Sanchez, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, RF
4. Pat Burrell, LF
5. Buster Posey, C
6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B
8. Edgar Renteria, SS
9. Matt Cain, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 9, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

The previous post was entitled "Nationals look to Stephen Strasburg for another lift." Nice lift without Hammer and Pudge.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 9, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Haha this is one of the worst lineups I've seen. Mainly because it has the name Wille Harris in it.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I sometimes wonder if there is overreaction here to some of the lineups, but I'll admit I did a double take on this one.

Posted by: KenNat | July 9, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If I didn't already have a ticket to tonight's game, that lineup would be enough to keep me out of the ballpark - even with Strasburg on the mound. What is up with Riggleman anyway? Does he think this is golf, where if you're too good you have to play with a handicap to even things out? Sure, give guys a rest from time to time. It's a long season. But you don't give everyone a rest on the same night! And whatever happened to that planned off day for Nyjer Morgan? With the rest of the lineup the way it is, tonight would be the perfect night to slide Bernadina over to CF/leadoff and get Michael Morse into the game in RF.

To steal a line from Charlie Slowes, what is Jim Riggleman thinking? Where is he going? What is he doing? Nook Logan for manager, NOW!

Posted by: nunof1 | July 9, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

ew

Posted by: Kavorka | July 9, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not thrilled with the lineup, when I found this one in the archives I realized that "worst ever" should be retired.

Harris - 7
Belliard - 4
Zimmerman - 5
Kearns - 9
Flores - 2
Milledge - 8
Lo Duca - 3
Lopez - 6
Perez - 1

Posted by: sjt1455 | July 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

sjt1455: seconding the motion.

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 9, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

sjt1455: Ah, the good ol' days. Third the Motin!!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | July 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg doesn't like pitching to Pudge - but why take the Hammer out? - Is it like these games don't mean anything?

Posted by: burnedonce | July 9, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, vs. Cain lifetime:

Willingham, 1-8 plus a walk
I. Rodriguez, 0-3
Wil Nieves, 2-3
Guzman, 6-17
Willie Harris, 2-10 with a walk

Not sure there's much here to go on, other than Guzman's numbers.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 9, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Strasburg doesn't like pitching to Pudge"

Huh?

Posted by: cassander | July 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I had the good fortune of being at RFK when they had that lineup.
I guess there's a rationale for everything; just have to look for it.

Posted by: Slidell | July 9, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, SF doesn't have a great offense, but it looks like we'll be playing down to their level tonight. 6-9 probably wouldn't even scare a little league team. This may be one of those 1-0 games that's decided in the 15th inning...

Posted by: thepostischeap | July 9, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is he thinking of? Harris is an automatic out and Desmond seems to be coming out of his slump. So we get this?

Posted by: MKadyman | July 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

At least the Giants are taking pity on us by starting a pitcher at second base. I predict a 5 hit night

Posted by: weo333 | July 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ugh.

Looks like we're entering "Let's play all our trade bait in hopes that somebody gets hot and increases their value" season.

I'll be at the game tonight. Bourbon and Maalox on me!

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | July 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman is delusional and should be fired immedately if not sooner. He is lineup impaired.

Posted by: dovelevine | July 9, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - I retract that. It is Lannan who doesn't like to pitch to Pudge. So Lannan is in a place where he doesn't have to pitch to Pudge and Strasburg is in a position where he (and the fans) gets less than best. Nice way to set up a Friday night.

Posted by: burnedonce | July 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't get having Hammer, Pudge, and Desmond all out on the same night. And despite the nightmare lineup from the Flopez/AK era, we at least had Belly bashing for good karma. Our only consolation tonight will be Nieves' batting music.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Dove,

I thought you were boycotting the blog. It hasn't had the same level of manic overreaction -- both positive and negative -- in your absence and for that I was kind of grateful.

Posted by: flotsam3 | July 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Good thing Riggleman is saving all his good bats for late inning pitch hitting. Dope.

Posted by: dovelevine | July 9, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

>>Dove,I thought you were boycotting the blog

Yea and the Nats too. Unfortunately for me I bought tix to this game to see Stras. Man now I've got to sit thru this piece of Sh*t lineup with Nieves, Kennedy and Harris. Riggleman is freakin out of his mind.

Posted by: dovelevine | July 9, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This lineup is continuing the attitude that this franchise is not interested in building a solid fan base. Why else would you undercut your future with this kind of talent. The ownership has continued to demonstrate that they are not interested in creating a viable franchise. They have failed to add much talent except has-beens and never-weres. They can't wonder why nobody come to the games except to see the opposition. This is exactly the treatment that DC fans got from Clark Griffith (and his father) and Bob Short. Well, we have been burned twice before and it doesn't defy imagination that the same scenario will be repeated by this group. Enough of this "the sun will come up tomorrow" vision of Stan and his bosses.

Posted by: jjburns1 | July 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This lineup is continuing the attitude that this franchise is not interested in building a solid fan base. Why else would you undercut your future with this kind of talent. The ownership has continued to demonstrate that they are not interested in creating a viable franchise. They have failed to add much talent except has-beens and never-weres. They can't wonder why nobody come to the games except to see the opposition. This is exactly the treatment that DC fans got from Clark Griffith (and his father) and Bob Short. Well, we have been burned twice before and it doesn't defy imagination that the same scenario will be repeated by this group. Enough of this "the sun will come up tomorrow" vision of Stan and his bosses.

Posted by: jjburns1 | July 9, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What's the "over/under" on the number of runs for the Nats score tonight, 1?

Posted by: hapster | July 9, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

You have to figure that attendance will be greater than usual with Strasburg pitching. So, if they are trying to build the fan base, wouldn't you put forth your best lineup tonight? Create a buzz for the whole team? I understand players need breaks, from time to time, but they just had an off day on Monday!

Posted by: Santa72 | July 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I honestly think Riggleman is betting on some of the Nats games and betting against them when he puts out a line-up like tonight's. Or maybe he's on the "take" from the bookies. There's no other explanation. Not only is Harris in the line-up, he's battings sixth! Unbelievable.

Posted by: slopitchtom | July 9, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Matt Cain has had some control problems his last several starts walking 11 in 22 innings. Maybe Riggleman is going for a speedier line-up in hopes that one or two manufactured runs will be enough with Strasburg on the mound. It also doesn't look like Cain dishes up too many long balls, so maybe this makes sense? Or maybe he (or I) am over-thinking this.

Posted by: DavidandDonald | July 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable line up. More bourbon and maalox fellow Nats fans.

Will Riggleman be here next year?

Posted by: M20832 | July 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This line-up is silly.

Posted by: RobRoy1 | July 9, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

realize there are about 4 later posts but after reading all the negative reaction its just too easy to ask all those haters now how they liked this line-up? guess that is why none of them are managing/gen. manager at the major league level and also guess that they sometimes forget that ALL of these guys are playing at this level for a reason. Are we going to win the NL East, of course not, but they play hard every night and its fun to watch. Also fun to watch people make fools of themselves on these blogs. Fire Riggleman, dfa Harris, bench Desmond etc etc. Sweet win tonight and I believe its 4 out of 6.

Go Nats!!

Posted by: sjm3091 | July 9, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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