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Today's lineup

The Nationals will face Chris Carpenter tonight as Jordan Zimmermann returns. There's a twist at the top, with Adam Kennedy getting the nod at leadoff over Nyjer Morgan, who is in the lineup batting second as he continues to appeal his seven-game suspension. Also, Ian Desmond gets a crack at the five spot.

1. Adam Kennedy, 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Ian Desmond, SS
6. Roger Bernadina, LF
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Willie Harris, RF
9. Jordan Zimmermann

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 26, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
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Can somebody tell me why Willie Harris is in the line-up?
Frustrated Natsfan

Posted by: Natsfan18 | August 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody tell me why Willie Harris is in the line-up?
Frustrated Natsfan

Posted by: Natsfan18 | August 26, 2010 3:06 PM

Fan Favorite Michael Morse is hitting .147 this month. Harris is even worse, but Riggleman is going to stick to his guns when playing dominant righties. At least Willie has 6 HR against right-handers.

Who cares, really? We're going to get crushed again. We have bad players, so it's always shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Detweiller, Zimmerman, Ming and countless others who have been injured for lengthy periods and the team touting their arrival down the road has been draining since none have panned out successfully...

Zimmerman tonite will not be allowed to go past the 5th inning no matter how well he pitches because of the manager's lack of aggressiveness...he will use the excuse that since this is his first start to limit him which to me is foolish...

He is supposed to be back and fully recovered so use him as such since he has been pitching in Viera and elsewhere...Oh well, nothing to lose I guess after the past 3 games against the lowly Cubs....Again I say, "The ship be sinking."

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 26, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hope you're following AK's tweets about Harper's BP show.

Posted by: joemktg1 | August 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

And this it the obvious commentary... but how about wiping the name "Willie Harris" out of the lineup card and replacing it with "Bryce Harper"... because, really, could he be any worse?

Sorry, that was an obvious joke...

Go Nats... hope Willie hits one out tonight...

Posted by: Ghost7 | August 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. I love it.

Going to the game tonight only to see Zimmermann. Lots of early bail-outs of late. Tonight has ugly written all over it although sometimes these guys get inspired against the good teams and then lose to the bad ones like the Cubs.

Go Nats!

Posted by: longhorn64 | August 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Zimmermann pitching only five is an organizational decision and has little-to-nothing to do with the manager's "lack of aggressiveness," there, pentagonal. No way he made this call.

Not that I necessarily disagree with you about Riggleman (or the wisdom of such "organizational" limits), but c'mon, now, don't make junk up just to advance your other arguments. This is the internet, man!

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

There's a new post about the Bryce BP. btw, I'm guessing that "Ming" = "Wang."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 26, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Good comments today: the Titanic reference and Stevie's internet comment. At least we have one good thing going for us. Which is nice.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And a blog commentary that ends with a "Caddyshack" coda is even better, Patty.

Too bad I have to ruin it with . . . this:

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse


1st inning

1. Adam Kennedy- OUT
2. Nyjer Morgan- OUT
3. Ryan Zimmerman- Intentionally walked in favor of pitching to Dunn
4. Adam Dunn- Watches the 1st 2 strikes, strikes out swinging

2nd Inning

5. Ian Desmond- Hits a single
6. Roger Bernadina- Flies out.
7. Ivan Rodriguez- Singles, advancing Desmond to 3rd.
8. Willie Harris- Draws a walk.
9. Jordan Zimmermann- Grounds into a double play.

Repeat this 4 times, and you will obtain the box score for tonight's game.

Nats pitchers: Zimmerman pitches 4 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks... throwing 80 pitches. Playing it safe, the Nats pull him in the 5th. He is replaced by [insert lousy long reliever] who, after 2 scoreless innings, allows 2 runs and leaves the bases loaded for [insert short reliever] who, tired from pitching in nearly every game, allows 2 more runs before the 3rd out....

Posted by: jboogie1 | August 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Desmond @#5 - Really? I mean, he's racked up some nice numbers as a #2 in the lineup, but Riggleman is really reaching here, imo.
And just because Willie Harris hits LH is no reason to stick him into a starting lineup at this point in the season; I'd just as soon see 'auto-out' Maxwell in RF, simply because he can actually field the position.

Posted by: BinM | August 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Was this line-up pulled out of a hat? Doesn't matter really. What the heck, it might work?

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

At this point in the season, I'd normally wait for September, and the chance to flood the roster with "new blood". This year, not so much, since the available hitters are all technically catchers (Maldonado, Ramos, & the 17yo Harper), while the remaining pitchers are Detwiler, Maya, Martis, Chico, & Mock as starters, with Mattheus and Severino for relievers.

Much like Custer at Little Big Horn, the supporting troops just aren't close enough to help.

Posted by: BinM | August 26, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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