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Game 109 discussion thread: Nationals at Diamondbacks

So the Nationals are still in last place exactly two-thirds through the season, but they've still managed massive improvement over their record last at this point in the year. Through 108 games last year, the Nationals were a gruesome 36-72. They are currently 48-60, putting them on pace for 72 wins, a 13-win improvement.

With a victory tonight, the Nationals can win their first road series since mid-May and reach an even 10-10 since the all-star break. If the Nationals can manage .500 ball for the whole second half, they'll finish with 76 wins, a 17-win improvement from last year.

Tonight, Ross Detwiler will make his third start. His ERA, despite allowing five unearned runs in a blowout loss in his first start, is 1.00. The key for Detwiler will be throwing deeper into the game. He's thrown 3 2/3 innings and 5 1/3 innings his first two starts.

The Nationals, for the second straight night, will oppose a starter none of them have ever faced before. Barry Enright has been in the majors just over a month, going 2-2 with a 2.78 so far.

Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 5, 2010; 9:20 PM ET
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Just want to say that i hope Nyjer's fine unlike some of you who continually bash Morgan(who probably never played an inning of anything much less organized baseball)and you call yourselves fan's of this team, the kid plays all out and yes he's made some error's but all in all i'll take Nyjer in a heartbeat. I'm hoping they can win tonite and head to LA with some momentum.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 5, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Just announced that Morgan is going on the DL. Not sure who they plan on calling up.

Posted by: DavidandDonald1 | August 5, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

So, who gets the call to replace him? Do they pull up one of the journeymen from Syracuse (Lambin)? Or do they go to AA for Espinosa and begin his trial run a little early? Either way, I think they have to add somebody to the 40 man to do it...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

So I'm not criticizing Detwiler at all, but I'm curious. Why don't pitchers focus on hitting more? You'd think they'd have time on their hands between starts to take batting practice, and if they could hit better, they'd help themselves out.

Posted by: DavidandDonald1 | August 5, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Mini-Adam!!!

Posted by: NatAlbert | August 5, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer will be missed. He's been much more efficient lately in the field. Yeah, .260 and .310 OBP isn't good for the top of the lineup, but it's not like the Nats have many REALLY GOOD alternatives.

I hate Kennedy, but he seems to have woken up.

Posted by: CJArlington | August 5, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler self-selects for Syracuse. One rotation problem solved. How many chances do you think you get to waste Ross?

Posted by: lesatcsc | August 5, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Zimm goes deep to right-center. As sure as the sun comes up.


Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Detwiler's numbers show how misleading numbers can be. He has an ERA of 1.38, but has given up 15 hits and 8 walks in 13 IP. He's also allowed 10 runs (not the 2 he's charged with). That's big league bad! ML pitchers don't fold their tent and go home when someone reaches on an error, Ross does. The Nats have way better pitchers than this one.

Posted by: lesatcsc | August 5, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Dude Love Detwiler goes 4+ tonite. Might have to go to middle relief, can't finish anything. Clueless, lazy, skinny, needs to lift weights, run, increase his endurance. He's a punk.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Check that, Detwiler gets no one out in the 5th before they finally, mercifully send him to the showers. Maybe it's too soon for him, but he's got nothing right now.

Posted by: lesatcsc | August 5, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

So, is it just me or do you feel like Balester's avoiding throwing a fastball because he might kill somebody?

Enright almost ran to the dugout on that last curveball...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 5, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the worst pitched game of the year. Thankfully, the reinforcements are on their way.

Posted by: JT2009 | August 5, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

So, is it just me or do you feel like Balester's avoiding throwing a fastball because he might kill somebody?

Posted by: baltova1

He seems to have more confidence in keeping his breaking ball down. Which is good, especially if he can throw it for strikes.

Posted by: Brue | August 5, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

No, Deadwiler surely didn't bring much to the table tonight.

Posted by: Supporter51 | August 5, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Nieves should not be defended for the play on the third strike.He never looked at first as he could have thrown Enright out.When they look ready to take that step forward,plays like this happen.Not to mention Dunn's lack of mobility at first.I would gladly give up some home runs for an entire team that catches the ball.

Posted by: seanmg | August 5, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Can we find somebody who does not walk the leadoff batter? Detwiler proved he does not belong in the major league. Easy decision.

Posted by: bamabug | August 5, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

One of their worst all-around games so far? Poor situational hitting, ditto for pitching and fielding.
Was anybody surprised when Detwiler gave up the RBI hit to the opposing pitcher after the failed suicide squeeze?

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 6, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm watching this game ... when is Riggleman going to get on these guys asses about this bumbling defensive comedy that ruins so many games? What the hell is a manager for?!?!

Posted by: JPMcC | August 6, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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