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Today's lineups

Josh Willingham, who has not hit a home run in more than 100 at-bats, will get a day off today and Willie Harris will get the start in left field.

Nationals
1. Roger Bernadina, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Michael Morse, RF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ivan Rodrgiuez, C
8. Willie Harris, LF
9. Scott Olsen, SP

Marlins
1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Logan Ramirez, LF
3. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Cody Ross, CF
6. Mike Stanton, RF
7. Donnie Murphy, 3B
8. Ronny Paulino, C
9. Chris Volstad, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 11, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
 
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Comments

Well, at least Willy's hitting 8th, unlike previous lineups when he was hitting 6th.

Posted by: slopitchtom | August 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Gotta get Willie started.

I'm going for a smoothie

Posted by: Brue | August 11, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Like the move..... Go MIKE

Posted by: chiro1623 | August 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Logan Morrison for the Marlins.

Need some run production from "Les Sujets!"

Posted by: poncedeleroy | August 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Logan Morrison right Adam?

Posted by: ATownNatsTown | August 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Willingham, lifetime vs. Volstad: 1-9, with two walks

Only problem...Willie Harris, lifetime vs. Volstad, 0-6.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank God (or the Meyer family?) for this site. Imagine rooting for the Nats cold turkey?
Going for a smoothie, see you at gametime.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 11, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Seems to go a bit in the face of AK's analysis?

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/08/the-nationals-2011-rotation.html

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what you mean by that Peric.
That Marquis has a spot for 2011 that's his to lose?

Posted by: Sunderland | August 11, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If one of your power corner OFs is struggling at the plate, it's great to be able to reach into your depth and grab a Willie Harris.

What is interesting to me is that Willie has now started 26 games as a starting corner OF and another 2 as a starting corner IF, your traditional power positions. Since the Nats have played 113 games, that is just about 25% of games where Willie has started in a corner spot.

Wiullie is not an automatic out. Even though he is hitting .181 this year (with a .630 OPS), he is hitting much higher lifetime at .241. So he figures to improve as the season wears on. I actually like the guy and he has made some great plays, but just don't think the Nats should be depending on him so much at the power spots.

Posted by: EdDC | August 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure what you mean by that Peric."

@Sunderland, Dierkes seems to think the glass is more than half-full and likes the potential of the 2011 pitching rotation. Considers it potentially one of the best?

While AK, stated: "The Nationals in 2011 should be able to cobble together a competitive, if not very good, rotation out of all the options they have. "

The question is who is right? Perhaps Mike Rizzo leans more toward AK's perspective as he is still out there looking. Noting that Brandon Webb (one of Rizzo's all-time favorite pitchers) will be a free agent next year.

Posted by: periculum | August 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Interesting switch between Zim and Dunn. I like the idea of Zim protecting Dunn.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | August 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Ladson is tweeting that Willingham has had a sore knee for a while, which would explain his slump - by Ladson's logic anyway.

Posted by: FeelWood | August 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-thanks to catie-boy for the link to the Gary Carter interview I've been touting where he gives his take on what may "ail" us.Here's the link again:
http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=10844205
Hope you get a chance to listen to it, Cappy....well, everyone really!
(And yea, it's me-on someone elses computer)
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo2 | August 11, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Ladson is that he's an idiot.

Posted by: Nacer09 | August 11, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

peri, we already had this debate about Kilgore's comment: "The Nationals in 2011 should be able to cobble together a competitive, if not very good, rotation out of all the options they have."

He's saying the Nats' rotation next year should be either competitive or very good. He's in agreement with Dierkes.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 11, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If Willingham has had a sore knee might explain his defense too. As pointed out by someone in an earlier thread he really looked bad on two line drives hit his way last night.

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

A sore knee could certainly affect his hitting (he's not Kirk Gibson after all) as well as obviously his fielding.

Unlike Nyjer, he apparently kept his mouth shut.

Posted by: Sunderland | August 11, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Zendo; Yes that was your's truly on the phone with Phil last night and since i wasn't allowed rebuttal time i'll just say that while i feel emotion is a big part of the game talent and preperation play just as an important role in winning, when you continue committing errors ad nauseum it makes for a long campaign and that's where complacency sets in and yes i feel that Phil is lock step with the StanK propaganda machine i'm a little surprised at that i consider Phil a very knowledgeable baseball man. I watched the Card's-Reds dust up and Brandon Phillips did put his foot in it but hey he's an emotional guy but the Cards got the last word this time, it's still a month and a half of baseball left so anything can happen, Dusty Baker was quoted as saying that he wished Phillips had kept his mouth closed(don't stir a sleeping giant!).The O's are on a roll and No! i didn't agree with Phil's assesment that the O's will play well under Buck for about 12-15 games and then revert to form and yes i will still lay odd's that the O's will catch the Nat's in the win's before the season ends.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Regarding "competitive if not very good..."

It can be read two ways:

1) Competitive, perhaps even very good, or;
2) Competitive, but falling short of being very good.

I initially thought he meant it the second way, but reading it again, I lean towards the first way.

Good thing Adam wasn't there in 1787 helping out with the language in the Bill of Rights...

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 11, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's a double edge sword. If you fess up you run the risk of getting put on the DL like Nyjer. But keeping your mouth shut doesn't help, and possibly hurts, the team. Plus in Willingham's case the decrease in his numbers won't help come contract/arbitration time.

Posted by: marathoner | August 11, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks guys for the link to the interview with "the Kid." Funny how the cameraman, Mr. Subliminal, switched to a shot of Rigs when Carter uttered the word "complacency."

In the context it sounded to me like Carter was moving toward calling on Zim to take a more active leadership role but then sort of slid off the point (maybe realizing that he did not have all the facts at his disposal). But noteworthy in any event for his use of the "c word."

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 11, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Regarding "competitive if not very good..." It can be read two ways:

1) Competitive, perhaps even very good, or;
2) Competitive, but falling short of being very good.

I initially thought he meant it the second way, but reading it again, I lean towards the first way. Good thing Adam wasn't there in 1787 helping out with the language in the Bill of Rights...

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 11, 2010 6:04 PM

An ancestor of AK's was there in writing the Bill of Rights, especially the second amendment, which reads:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

This can be read two ways:

1. Members of a well regulated militia shall have the right to own guns, or
2. The people have the right to bear arms, whether they are in a militia or not.

Posted by: EdDC | August 11, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't wanna hear he's got a sore knee and that's why he's slumping he's slumping because he is standing there with his bat on his shoulders and guessing wrong he's taken a ton of pitch's right down south capitol st., look the nature of pro sport's is that sometimes you play hurt all the great one's played with a little pain and for the kind of money the players of today make yeah you play hurt but not to the extent that it hurt's your play in the field or at the plate and end's up affecting your team and the outcome of the game.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 11, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

dargramps: "...sometimes you play hurt all the great one's played with a little pain..."

IIRC, Jim Palmer would regularly ask Weaver to take him out the minute he got a boo-boo.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 11, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

... and somehow I bet Dunn doesn't play hurt much. When was the last time you saw him slide? Or get a belly full of dirt diving after a ball? Or race around the bases in fifth gear? (I forget who it was who said of another player, "I could run faster than him with a mule on my back...")

And when Dunn gets in a collision, he doesn't come out second-best.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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