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Not sure if that amateur BlackBerry photographer shows it well enough, but most of the Nationals Park outfielder, especially center field, is in rough shape today. Under the tarp set up for the Dave Matthews Band concert, the grass got good and cooked. So Nyjer Morgan will have a little added degree of difficulty as Stephen Strasburg makes start No. 10.

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. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. Stephen Strasburg, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 27, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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Why is Nyjer Morgan still starting? Can we trade him for a slice of cheese pizza before the trade deadline?

Posted by: ChucklesTheFox | July 27, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it should be pepperoni pizza, so we can "pick off" the pieces in honor of Nyjer.

Posted by: slopitchtom | July 27, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer has picked up hitting and base stealing lately and has made his plays lately.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | July 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Give or take Nyjer why is Guzman in the 2 hole. Bernadina should be there. Put Guzzy in the 6 or 7 hole...just a thought...

Posted by: Berndaddy | July 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer this month...

.289 AVG
.337 OBP
.338 BAbip
8 SB
2 CS
12 SO
4 BB

Hardly our biggest problem of late. Fewer strike-outs would really help. Any missed cut-off men or errors?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Guz is in the 2-spot because he is our best player at making contact and putting the ball in play. He rarely strikes out. Thats what you want from your number 2 hitter, someone to either drive the ball or advance runners. Other than Morgan, he leads the team in sacrifices.

Bernadina has more power and is more suited for the middle of the order.

Posted by: ssktigers | July 27, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What they need to do is get Morse out there every day. Not many other players on the team who can come in and have a 2 HR day.

Posted by: futbolclif | July 27, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Guzman is the perfect 2 hitter. He makes contact at a very high rate, he can put the bat on the ball in any count, he bats switch, and if Morgan swipes second he can move him over or pucnh one through for an easy RBI. He's at a failry impressive .340 OBP clip in the 2 hole and he has above average speed in front of the 3-4-5 guys if he gets on. Riggleman is using him in the right spot in the order.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 27, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This Riggleman makes me sick. Morse is batting349 hits righties and lefties. What is going on with this guy and this stpuid management. Do you have a barf BAG.Get Desmond out of there and put mike in..
Rizzo....WAke up and smell the roses you dumb clown.

Posted by: chiro1623 | July 27, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

They are going to play {insert guy you don't like} at least until the trade deadline.

Though that theory doesn't really apply to Desmond - who they probably don't want to move but is hitting a woeful .172 since the break.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Kev29 -- Good thing Ian's glove has been so sterling since the break. Errrr, OK, maybe not -- well, he gives on HELL of an after the Nats loss MASN interview in any event.

Posted by: dfh21 | July 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised Desmond is playing since he royally screwed up 2 SS starts, including that 7th inning debacle in Atlanta and he caused 3 of the unearned runs for Detwiler on Sunday. I know, I know --they are committed to playing him every game so we can see what we've got.

Oops! Got to go help the other Nats fans drown out the tomahawk chop.

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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