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Game 138 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Mets

The Nationals will attempt to build on a 34-31 record at Nationals Park, which, at that pace, would be the best home record since baseball returned to Washington. Their offense is hot right, having scored 72 runs in 10 games to match the best 10-game stretch in their brief team history. You could call that The Pirate Effect, and Mike Pelfrey will offer a much more significant challenge today. "He's tough," one Nats player said.

The Nationals will counter with Jordan Zimmermann, who is trying to build off his dominant start last time out. He faced the minimum in six innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out nine. He's tough, too.

Have a Happy Labor Day, and talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 6, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
 
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JZimm gets burned by shaky fielding. Zim should have let the Pagan bunt go foul and Espinosa gets handcuffed. Of course the missed pick off call didn't help but seems when you don't make the plays you also don't get calls.

Posted by: Natmeister | September 6, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Mets start the game playing small-ball: Bunt single/SB, FO, Infield single, Sac Fly, BB, BB, BB, FC@3B. Two runs, two hits, three walks, on 37 pitches for JZimm.

To be noted, HP Umpire Welke has given absolutely nothing at the knees to this point, but is calling strikes on the outside corner against LH hitters.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Natmeister. I am with you. Zim rarely makes mental mistakes and made one.

Espinosa gets a ground ball that he mishandled. Correctly scored an Error.

Umpire missed the pickoff play at 2nd too.

Posted by: dmacman88 | September 6, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

So, Harris just 'cold-cocked' himself against the wall in RF; Morse in as a replacement. Now the bottom of the lineup shows something to be reconned with.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Espinosa goes 'opposite-field' yard again, just inside the foul pole in left - 3-1 Mets. Maybe JZimm can make it through the 4th, then turn it over to Olsen & the bullpen.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey sec3, you around today?

Buy you a beer at Duffys after the game? Pre-game for Va Tech - BSU tonight?

Posted by: mo_dc | September 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Nats in the 4th: GO by RZim, BB, BB, 2B to RF by Pudge(2RBI), 1B to RC by Morse(RBI), FO, BB to Mench(PH), 1B by Morgan(RBI), pitching change (Valdes[LH] in for Pelfrey); HBP, BB to RZim(RBI), LO by Dunn. Now 6-3 Nationals.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice long inning, and now we get Olsen in relief.
Kinda weired where he gets a $100K bonus if he starts, and no bonus if he relieves.

I'm one of those that's felt like Olsen is still not 100% healthy. We'll see....

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the play-by-play, BinM. Had to go to the airport to pick up the wife, then she wanted to go have lunch somewhere. It was 3-1 when we got home. Then I had to prep the smoker for the chicken (have a terrific recipe...) and when I finally get the TV on five minutes ago, the Nats have grabbed the lead.

I need to smoke chicken more often, it would seem.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

David Wright, with the Mets down 3, makes the third out attempting to steal.
He's now stolen 18 and been caught 10 times.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

A note to Riggleman: Morse can hit RHP, and Bernadina can hit LHP. Please stop starting players like Harris & Maxwell, just based on the opposing SP. That is all.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

A note to Riggleman: Morse can hit RHP, and Bernadina can hit LHP. Please stop starting players like Harris & Maxwell, just based on the opposing SP. That is all.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland:
Given the SB%, does that mean Wright is now worse than Morgan? :)

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Great tag on the steal attempt by the Mets...don't know if anyone noticed but the SS put his glove down in front of the bag and waited for wright's hand to tag instead of reaching and maybe tagging the runner on his elbow making him safe...

For some reason most infielders reach instead of putting the glove in front of the bag and tagging whatever appears first..we've seen many plays where the runner is called safe because of the high tag

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If Dunn is allowed to get away I think it would be a good idea to prep Morse for first base because of his bat...This guy has to be in the starting lineup next year...

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

BinM - David Wright is a hybrid. The steal percentage of Nyjer, the strikeout rate of Dunn (141 K's in 502 AB's).

Seriously, kinda lame to make the third out trying to steal on Pudge when you're down by 3.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@BinM: right on!
Both morse and Bernie have shown this platoon thing isn't necessary anymore. Sept call-ups are here and let's solidify our young guys with talent. Espinosa is definitely making his case as Desi did last year.

Posted by: mo_dc | September 6, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Quality start! (sort of)

Posted by: paulkp | September 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice work by Olsen in the 6th - K, GO, BB, K. So far, too good.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, kinda lame to make the third out trying to steal on Pudge when you're down by 3.
Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:13 PM
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Agreed - I wonder how the kid will measure up against RZim this year in the post-season awards; Hoping he comes up 2nd-best again.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The Gold Glove is he hardest to guess at. Zimm obviously has a good shot, but it's Rolen that worries me there, not Wright.
And for Silver Slugger, Zimm's in pretty good shape, certainly needs to close out September well.

pause.
Espinosa just cleared 'em...

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Joe Hardy playing shortstop for the Nats.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Man, oh man! What a home debut for the Big E!! Must contain enthusiasm.

Posted by: Natmeister | September 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Danny Espinosa.
8 for 15
3 HR
10 RBI
OBP - .533
SLG - 1.067
OPS - 1.600

Crap.
It's all downhill from here.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

God! it this kid for real. The NATS have their double play combo for the the next ten years-- Tinker Everet, I mean Desmond/Espinosa to Espinosa/Desmond to Dunn (Resign Him!!) and later Marrero. Do not wake the kid up!!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | September 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh oh - The "Maxwell curse" is now on Espinosa; A September grand-slam. This amy not be a good thing, boys & girls.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The BIG E ..hhmmmmm sounds almost right :)

Posted by: CBinDC | September 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Crap.
It's all downhill from here.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:42 PM

Oh oh - The "Maxwell curse" is now on Espinosa; A September grand-slam. This amy not be a good thing, boys & girls.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:44 PM

You guys remind me of a lady I used to work with. Had a black cloud following her wherever she went, and if it was a sunny day, she'd pull a cloud out of her purse. A colleague once said, "She could complain about an orgasm."

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

So could he get one to roll to Half street ?

Posted by: CBinDC | September 6, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

espinoza is filling a HUGE gap in the lineup- No more Kennedy/Nieves.

Once Harris is replaced, we will have a strong lineup

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 6, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

correction - ... this 'may' not, instead of "...'amy' not be a good thing,...

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Danny Espinosa! Doesn't that just SOUND like a name for a baseball player? Takes the sting away from losing #37 ... just a little. Scott Olsen is pitching well too.

Posted by: MEssex | September 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Good day for Nyjer.

So that's where my spare black cloud went.

Gilbert - When's that chicken gonna be ready?

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Bin M thanks for the update like i said the other day i've watched a lot of baseball and pardon my english i ain't never seen a kid like ESPINOSA this kid is going to be special he's got some serious pop in his bat and what could be better than beating the brakes off those smug azz New Yorkers.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Knight was chiding Espinosa (and others) earlier for not choking up wit two strikes but it looks like he has a short, quick stroke that explodes on the ball. Will be interesting to see how pitchers adjust and how he counters. Should be fun to watch.
Love those switch hitters with power from either side. Bless Guzies heart but so far Espinosa looks like a helluva upgrade.

Posted by: Natmeister | September 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Mets fans lost their smug months ago.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You guys remind me of a lady I used to work with. Had a black cloud following her wherever she went, and if it was a sunny day, she'd pull a cloud out of her purse. A colleague once said, "She could complain about an orgasm."
Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 3:47 PM
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That's just cold, dude. I'm not trying to rain on the parade, just bringing a little levity, as is Sunderland, I'm sure.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, meant to ask what happened to JZimm and why was he pulled after only four innings? going to surf over to Terps vs.Middies should be a good one.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

dargramps, Zinn struggled a bit, including walking 3 in a row at one point, and was at 79 pitches after 4. Pitch count did him in.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Sunderland, no chicken for you and BinM or any other doom-and-gloomers.

Y'all can redeem yourselves by repeating the following: "I believe in StanK and The Plan..."

Now pardon me while I watch Espy's next AB.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong, huh?

Posted by: Sunderland | September 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@Natsmeister:
As long as the kid can ride that swing, it's going to be OK. Once the NL pitchers 'get a book' on him, than Knight is right - He'll need to choke up / shorten up & play for doubles.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if Ballester can bean someone before the game is over.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Balester cuts down the side in the 9th - Bang, Zoom! Post the 'curly W', and hope the team hasn't spent their runs early.

A good win!

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good win. That September fun that Boz has been talking about.

PS - maybe keep Olsen in long relief?

Posted by: reddog278 | September 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

@gilbert: What, no agree, no meat? It's your grill/BarBQ, but that's just harsh, man.

Posted by: BinM | September 6, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well as my wife says, "You're a cruel man, but fair."

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Man, I love watching the Nats play the Mets in September! They always collapse so beautifully.

Posted by: beardo1 | September 6, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Couple years: Strasburg will be back. Harper will be ready. Desmond, Espinoza, Zimmerman, Ramos (or Norris?), and a free agent will be the infield. Harper will be in the outfield (or Catcher?).

Strasburg and Zimmerman anchor the rotation. A few shrewd free agent signings, and we have a playoff team.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 6, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

What was funnier, the lady with the purse or the almost daily "this team will be fine as soon as Willie Harris is off the team" comment? Thanks for the chuckles.

Posted by: paulkp | September 6, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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