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Game 142 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Marlins

Hanging outside Nationals Park, just beyond the center field entrance, a huge American flag is hanging from two cranes. Inside the park, the Nationals will wear their special, white hats and blue uniforms in honor of remembering the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. During batting practice, they wore navy blue caps with a both a curly W and the DCFD logo.

As for the baseball, Jason Marquis will try to build on the momentum he's gathered in last few starts. He's finally pitching like the pitcher the Nationals signed to stabilize their rotation. Since he's signed for another $7.5 million next year, these are important starts to lay a foundation for 2011.

The Nationals will face Anibal Sanchez, who has pretty much owned them this year. In his three starts, the Nationals have a .532 OPS against him. The last time out, he shut out the Nationals for seven innings on three hits and a walk in an eventual 1-0, 10-inning Marlins win.

Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 11, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
 
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The huge flag and DCFD on their hats is a nice touch. I am glad we are playing ball in the nation's capitol, even on this sad day.

I am reposting from an earlier thread some info on the new Yards Park, for those who may venture near the stadium on occasion: This is in response to Kev29's inquiry about whether anyone had gone to the new Yards park yet. After last night's game (gag) we walked over. By all means, everyone, go! It is really wonderful, and when the last bit is complete (some spots still under construction) it will be one of the most special places in the city. They have an opening celebration going on through this whole weekend, so drop by before or after the games and look around. Last night they had live music, an art show, BBQ and other food. There were quite a few people there, so even though you have to walk through a not-quite-finished entry, it was a lovely and fun place to go. By night the fountain, which cascades into a pool which cascades into the river (a real wow effect) is lit up in blue lighting that precisely matches the bridge lighting. The bridge itself is a pretty sight at night. Within the park is a terrific pedestrian bridge from which you get a great view of the waterfront. And, as an added attraction, the park affords a spectacular view of the Friday night fireworks, reflected in the river. By all means people, give yourself a treat and GO!

Posted by: NatsFly | September 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

What?!?!?!?!

Natinals losing AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!

The dickens you say.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, isn't there some kid you need to pick up at the pool? They must get thrown a lot for launching those dark submarines into those waters ...

Posted by: periculum | September 11, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Well one run in almost 18 innings isn't reason to panic but the Marlins pitching coach is the same one we had up until we made him the fall guy for Manny Acta's ineptitude last season, one Randy St.Claire, and here's a name to toss into the pool of candidates for manager next year Don Baylor of the Rockies.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 11, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

yanno, if you quit feeding it, eventually it's going to go away.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Lackluster play, they should pay the people to come see this. You would think they would be fired up to play the Fish after the brawl but it looks like there just taking it in the rear. Good job Nats

Posted by: weo333 | September 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

They looked flat last night too. I was there, and saw no energy by the home team. Today there were a couple of very nice defensive play, along with 2 more errors, but just nothing at the plate. I think St Claire was more the fall guy for Nats management decision to field the worst pitching staff in the majors. Probably worse than several AAA minor clubs too. This year we stocked up on pitching, but too many were available (at the Nats price) because they were injured, and then we lost more to injuries during the season, which is just bad luck. In that regard, Marquis is looking pretty good since those bone chips were removed. Here comes the bottom of the 9th.

Posted by: NatsFly | September 11, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Dar, I'd rather see Baylor coaching first, if they keep Nyjer. HE runs out to the mound, the fight stops right there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 11, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the reason, the Marlins flat-out OWN the Nationals right now; Blame it on Loria, if you need to.

Things taken out of the game today -
1) Bernadina has no business hitting #5 in a ML roster; At either #3 or #6, OK, but he's isn't consistent enough for a 'heart of the order' slot.
2) Marquis took another step back into the 2011 SP picture today. The 8K's were probably an anamoly, but a steady performance overall.
3) Espinosa is a 'stud' defensively - It's simply a question of where he plays in 2011 (2B, or SS).

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@sec3(sofa):

Baylor would be just as likely to 'clothesline' Morgan on one of his steal attempts, as he would be to protect him in a scrum.

Actually, I kind of like that idea - 1B Coach shouts "BACK" on the windup, then runs out & pancakes Morgan as he breaks for 2nd. It would cost the team an out, and get the 1B coach tossed for interference, but might just teach Morgan a lesson he desparately needs to learn.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Natinals lose again. Who would've guessed it?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 11, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Poopy! I'm starting to think they can still get to 100 losses! When minor league talent plays major league talent, anything is possible. This is Natinals baseball!

Posted by: jwing14 | September 11, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

P_McP:
Wassa matter, things finally get too boring over in Lizards Insider? No sweat, just a couple more weeks & you'll have another team to berate when the 'zards start training camp. And Boy Howdy, there should be ample targets there; Have fun.

Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons i suggested Baylors name is that he is the hitting coach of Rockies need i say more, and i think he would also bring a much needed toughness to this team an attitude if you will something i think this team needs.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 11, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Note to Riggleman - When the team is in a hitting slump, review the available options (who hits well where in the lineup), & play to strengths. To wit:

1) Morgan(CF;LH), Espinosa(2B-SS;BH), Kennedy(2B-1B;LH), Maxwell(OF-RH).
2) Desmond (SS;RH), Kennedy(2B-1B;LH), Espinosa(2B-SS;BH), Pudge(CA;RH), AGonz(2B-SS; RH).
3) RZim(3B:RH), Dunn(1B;LH), Bernadina(OF;LH).
4) Dunn(1B;LH), RZim(3B;RH).
5) Dunn(1B;LH), Morse(RF-1B;RH).
6) Morse(RF-1B;RH), Bernadina(OF-LH), Harris(LF;LH).
7) Bernadina(OF;LH), Morse(RF-1B;RH), Pudge(CA;RH), Espinosa(2B-SS;BH), Harris(LF;LH), Mench(LF-RF;RH), Kennedy(2B-1B;LH), Maxwell(OF-RH), Ramos(CA;RH).
8) Ramos(CA;RH), Nieves(CA;RH), Espinosa(2B-SS:BH), Morgan(CF;LH), Desmond(SS;RH), AGonz(2B-SS;RH), Maxwell(OF;RH).

Then, review opposing statistics / splits (who has faced & hit well / poorly against the opposing starters). Just try to shape daily lineup accordingly, not on 'book' LH/RH matchups, or the 'keeping him fresh' excuse.

But, of course, Riggleman is an 'old school' manager, so he'd never consider the 2nd part of the suggestion; Statistical analysis; RH/LH 'splits'? He'll trust his 'gut proven' methods first.


Posted by: BinM | September 11, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

cannot beat the Marlins, the team with no fans...

Posted by: bromisky | September 11, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats need some live bats, I understand the National Zoo has a few available...

Posted by: bertbkatz | September 11, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

O's win again.

Natinals lose again.

The Fighting Showalter's would put a hurting on the Natinals at this point.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 11, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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