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Nationals vs. Diamondbacks: Tonight's lineups

The Nationals' lineup for tonight's game against Arizona at Nats Park:

1. Alberto Gonzalez 2B
2. Ian Desmond SS
3. Adam Dunn 1B
4. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
5. Josh Willingham LF
6. Michael Morse RF
7. Justin Maxwell CF
8. Will Nieves C
9. John Lannan SP

ARIZONA
1. Chris Young CF
2. Kelly Johnson 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Adam LaRoche 1B
5. Miguel Montero C
6. Mark Reynolds 3B
7. Stephen Drew SS
8. Gerardo Parra LF
9. Joe Saunders SP

By Preston Williams  |  August 13, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
 
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Soft tossen Lannen vs a pretty good hitting DBack team, great! Hammer back in left w/ that banged up knee, jeez maybe they should have him stand on the track in order to keep those liners from sailing over his head. Maxwell, Nieves and Lannen should be good for a 1-2-3 3rd inning. Substitute Willie Harris for Lannen in the 6th and that should again produce a 1-2-3 inning. Now all we know Gentlemen Jim will crow about the effort, gotta love that effort! The over-under in attendence tonight should be about 14K, the TV ratings should be at micro-dot proportions. Thanks Uncle Ted for keeping it real!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | August 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Glad I get to see this lineup in person! At least the paltry crowd will ensure that even if I arrive 10 minutes before game time, I'll still be one of the first 10,000 lucky fans to receive my Nationals Beer Pitcher and Cup Set.

Posted by: rnkorby | August 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's lineup will not be mistaken for the 1927 Yankees, but here's hoping they lock down win number 5-0.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | August 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So, are they actually giving people large plastic objects at the game? They can't possibly do this in New York or Philly? Those things would be turned into projectiles by the third inning...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

With this line up, I'm glad the skins (even preseason) are on!

Posted by: M20832 | August 13, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would yearn for the return of Nyjer Morgan

Posted by: Tom8 | August 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I suppose September 1st would the right time to ask why Rizzo didn't blow up this team?

Posted by: periculum | August 13, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

peri, you "blow up" a team that you spent some time assembling, usually by spending a large amount of money, and that you put out there for a couple of years to see if it could contend.

The Nats haven't done that here. They've barely started building something. Spend some money, bring in some talent, and then you can blow it up if it doesn't work.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

so....Aaron Crow just got demoted to A ball.

5.65 ERA, 1.584 WHIP in AA.

for any of the Crow-lovers who are still on this board, he pitches at Potomac for his next start. maybe you can go see him and lament the 500k that the Nats let him walk over.

Posted by: JMW4th | August 13, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like another Jim Riggleman mind-bending line-up with Alberto Gonzalez leading off (let's see, didn't he go 0-4 last time he led off?) and the equally weird Dunn-Zimmerman flip-flop....and Wil Nieves...Who?..Wil Nieves...what?...that's right, Wil Nieves, so it's going to be breaking ball heaven for the D-backs hitters tonight...can you say six game losing streak...

Posted by: bromisky | August 13, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update on Crow. I was checking on him in AA a few weeks ago and he sure wasn't showing the stuff that made him so promising as a draft pick. His decision to go with the Amos and Andy show of the Hendricks brothers as his Adviser showed a lack of intelligence that still acts as a signal to teams considering drafting a Hendricks client - think again.

How did that work out Aaron?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@JMW: Nice pickup on the Crow move - Better KC than here, imo.
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@mo_dc: I think that it would be more players rethinking the brothers Hendricks' as a possible representative in the future.
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Oh, and Tippy - Nieves just went YARD! Even blind squirrels find a nut occaisionally, I know, but you really need to lighten up occaisionally.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Hung out enjoying the cooler weather by listening to the jazz and having a beer at the sculpture garden and I get home to a 4-0 lead. Just wow. Seems like the more folks dislike the lineup they better the Nats do.

Posted by: marathoner | August 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo: 2-2.
Nieves: HR
Lannan: looking strong.

Let's face it, people, Jim Riggleman is a genius.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@baltova1:
Only when the team is winning, and even then there are still a number of jaundiced commenters & bloggers who won't be swayed from "the Dark Side".

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

>Let's face it, people, Jim Riggleman is a genius.

Posted by: baltova1

He could only be a milquetoast genius. Fate would have to hit him right square in the forehead. How can you listen to a guy everyday who comes off like less than the average Joe. He's not gonna win you the pennant, pal, because his contract is a fraction of some of his players. They know he's expendable. Time to look for a suitable replacement.

Posted by: Brue | August 13, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Nieves: 2-2.

Time to look for a suitable smoothie, pal...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

He could only be a milquetoast genius. Fate would have to hit him right square in the forehead. How can you listen to a guy everyday who comes off like less than the average Joe. He's not gonna win you the pennant, pal, because his contract is a fraction of some of his players. They know he's expendable. Time to look for a suitable replacement.
Posted by: Brue | August 13, 2010 7:55 PM
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And at least one rises to the bait.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

BinM, with the right bait, the fish usually show up.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he was out at the plate. Good thing we've got a genius to handle this...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

And he comes up with a DP. Not many managers would have been able to pull them off...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

OK, Lannan's at 86 pitches through 6IP - at the very least get the bullpen moving.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't sweat it, BinM, the genius is in control of this thing...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Good inning from Lannan; Time to turn it over to the bullpen. A couple more runs from the offense would be a nice cushion to work with as well.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

baltova1: With this team, the devil is in the details, genius or not. ;)

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Whaddya think you're a genius or something?

So do you let Burnett pitch the ninth? Two lefties out of the first three hitters...

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Pretty good outing for Burnett so far. Strikes out the side! Three more outs to go.

Where's everybody? Not watching the Skins, I hope! It must be hard to find out that your team name, Redskins, is offensive, so you shorten it to Skins. What's that supposed to celebrate? DC's long and tight connection with TRAPPING? Ha ha!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 13, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

>So do you let Burnett pitch the ninth? Two lefties out of the first three hitters...

Posted by: baltova1

Sure, you could double up his inning/per appearance and have him throw over 100 innings in 75 appearances. They just to add on in the back end, where it does the most damage. Riggs has got no clue, not because he doesn't have any options, but the frequency with which he changes pitchers. Showalter left people in for an extended period of time, saving the rest of the arms. It's the more sophisticated approach because you're not confined to roles.

Posted by: Brue | August 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. Well done, boys.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

A win in less than 2 1/2 hours. And a comfortable night to boot. Wish I had gone. I can see the stadium lights from across the street so I think I'll go watch some fireworks.

Posted by: marathoner | August 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@ponce:
Re - 'name changes': Maybe change it to 4skins (serves no purpose, surgical removal results in better health overall).
That comment probably marks me as a baseball guy, but I just never understood the level of obsession that fans show toward the local NFL franchise, particularly under the current ownership.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! - A "curly W" is in the books; The team gets their 50th win of the year, Lannan gets a Quality start (& win), Nieves goes yard, and Burnett goes 2IP for the save.

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

From the FWIW department: Nats now 50-66. Last year, at the 50-win mark, they were 50-93.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 13, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Lannan is the stopper now. Good for him, a great outing.

Posted by: Natmeister | August 13, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

@natmeister:
Go easy - Lannan got the 'stop' tonight, but others have been able to hit the brakes on losing streaks ealier in the season as well.

Lannan threw a good game tonight, maybe his best start of 2010. Let's see if he can back it up. (not trying to rain on your parade, I'm just cautious by nature).

Posted by: BinM | August 13, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Which of the other starters have won two in a row recently? Give the man his props.

Posted by: Natmeister | August 13, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm humbled, Wil Nieves, you were most macho tonight....

Posted by: bromisky | August 13, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The Skins had the Bills. And the Nats have their Diamondbacks...

Nice Curly 50th win guys!

And I kept switching back and forth. The wife and daughter left the room....

Posted by: M20832 | August 13, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

So where was this team in June, July and last few games against the fish? Yeah, I be drinkin' that kool aid ai...right!

Posted by: M20832 | August 13, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Comfy night for a ballgame and the Nats deliver with their B team! Sure was nice to see a lead for a change and Lannan looked like the JL of old. Lots of first pitch strikes and lots of swing and misses.

This free swinging DBacks team could result in another 14+ strikeout lineup for SS on Sunday. In addition is the away day lineup, so maybe even a few backups off the bench? If Reynolds plays, that could be 3 Ks right there! More except SS wouldn't pitch more than 7 innings.

Posted by: mo_dc | August 14, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

>Looks like Lannan is the stopper now. Good for him, a great outing.

Posted by: Natmeister

He can't be afraid to throw strikes. As long as he attacks the zone the way he did tonight. He needs to believe his stuff is good enough in order to succeed, and if it's not (in his mind, because his stuff never changes that much, just his willingness to throw it over the plate), he nibbles.

Posted by: Brue | August 14, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

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