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Today's lineups

As Stephen Strasburg returns, the Nationals will use their typical starting lineup, with Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate and calling the pitches.

1. Roger Bernadina, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Michael Morse, RF
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Adam Kennedy, 2B
9. Stephen Strasburg, SP

1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Logan Morrison, LF
3. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Cody Ross, CF
6. Mike Stanton, RF
7. Wes Helms, 3B
8. Ronny Paulino, C
9. Anibal Sanchez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 10, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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Well, this would probably be the line-up if all us knuckleheads on Nats Journal were assembling it by vote. Let's see how they do...

Posted by: Kev29 | August 10, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd actually dissent slightly and put Kennedy in the #2 hole. ID just seems so ill suited to taking pitches, advancing runners, giving yourself up.

Posted by: Sunderland | August 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd also dissent a little sticking Morse 5th, Pudge 6th, Hammer 7th (gosh forbid Riggs should ever nudge Willingham outta the 5 hole) and inserting Gonzo at 2nd base and in the 8 hole. Even so, I like this lineup. Just not the skipper. Go Buck.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | August 10, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-well, the next time someone equates ANYTHING-like watching the Nats when they're at there worst, or waiting for Boras to negotiate a contract-to gettin' teeth pulled.....cause I just had half of 'em yanked (long story) and ...we better win tonight!
And Kev-I agree. Not talking batting order, just players. Some might call for Gonzo instead of Kennedy, but I'm happy with this-although I'm also happy when Nyjer-the Nyjer we've seen lately, that is-is in the lineup. Keep Gonzo on the bench so as soon as Ian screws up, you can bench him. Make the point.....
And I wanted to make the point that the Gang was ALL in on one of the last posts (on Marquis)-saw pretty much every handle I've come to look forward to hearing, sharp analysis and real baseball knowledge, thoughtful replies. Very Cool...
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | August 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I think your right Skins. I think Mike would be best suited in the 5th hole and move Josh down to the six. Morse is going to put on a show tonight.....

Posted by: chiro1623 | August 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Does the weather affect how long Strasburg will stay out there in addition to innings? I mean, I don't think San Diego EVER got this humid!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | August 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Without hating on Riggs, Rizzo or the Lehrners. Can anyone give me a baseball reason that SS is starting tonight. What are the positives to be gained from this? Don't we already know that he is our number one guy for next year? It can't be to pad his stats, they are terrific already. I am fine if I see the reasoning. Is it to stretch out his innings so he can pitch longer next year? Why couldn't they do that in the bullpen?

Posted by: sjm3091 | August 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Pudge will be "calling the pitches"? Was that just a throwaway, or was something specific said? Because I thought SS announced after his second or third start that he would be calling his own pitches from now on...

Posted by: Section222 | August 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Pudge will be "calling the pitches"? Was that just a throwaway, or was something specific said? Because I thought SS announced after his second or third start that he would be calling his own pitches from now on..."

At the STH Picnic in the Park, I asked McCatty if SS threw any differently with Pudge behind the plate. He answered with the stock phrase, "there should be no difference with either catcher, and any mistakes he makes will be ones of his own decisions of what to pitch." I hope that Strasburg does call his own game and learns from his mistakes...

Posted by: csbruno | August 10, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I read the Strasburg statment to mean "I won't be afraid to shake off my catcher anymore". That applied to both Pudge & Wil, or any catcher going forward.

It's good; He was asserting himself, and if there is a serious problem, either the CA goes out to the mound for a visit, or he 'sells him out', a la "Crash" Davis "... here comes the deuce; And when you speak of me, speak kindly".

Posted by: BinM | August 10, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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