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Game 152 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Astros

Having avoided a 100-loss season, the Nationals' next task could be avoiding 300 losses over three straight seasons. The Nationals lost 205 games over the 2008 and 2009, so they would need to lose 94 to slide in at 299 for the three-year period. If the Nationals can go 5-6 or better in their last 11 games, they'll do it.

Jason Marquis goes tonight, trying to redeem his horrendous -- and rather unlucky -- start five days ago in Philadelphia, when he retired one batter and allowed six earned runs. He'll face left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. The Nationals are 16-21 in games against lefty starters, which is 23rd best in the league.

Talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 22, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
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Indirect lighting:

maybe it's good for something, after all.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 22, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't poo-poo poop.

What do you think your veggies and fruits are fertilized with?

What do you think your psychedelic mushrooms are grown in?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

To add onto an off-topic comment:
Milorganiteā„¢ (an 'organic' fertilizer = processed sewage).
The use of poo to generate power (via the Methane gas by-product) is taking hold in a number of applications for limited use.

Overall, 'Poo' can be useful; As to 'Poopy', the jury is still out.

Posted by: BinM | September 22, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is Espinosa playing at this point? Because he has 1) speed, 2) great range, soft hands & good leather, and 3) 'gap' power, as well as the ability to pull mistakes.

Even if he were to fall below the 'Mendoza line' as a hitter, I'd still rather have the team take an extended look at him in 2010 than contemplate the previous or current alternatives (Guzman / Kennedy / AGonz) as an everyday player. Is he a leadoff hitter? Maybe not right now, but he might be the best option, since Morgan is serving his suspension.

Posted by: BinM | September 22, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Marquis hit for himself in the bottome of the 5th after 80+ pitches; Let's see what he has left (have a pair of relievers up in the bullpen, just in case).

Posted by: BinM | September 22, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Danny S. Pinoza!!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 22, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Espinosa Dude Love with the massive forearm get out.

Posted by: Brue | September 22, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Two in a row!! The earth's axis must be inclined neither toward nor away from the sun!! Seriously. It's the autumnal equinox, Nats fans.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | September 22, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

All's quiet on the Poopy front....
Must mean that the O's lost....

Posted by: TimDz | September 22, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, the mighty Natinals have extended their lead over the Fighting Showalters to an easily catchable 3 whole whopping games.

How long has it been since the Natinals won back to back games?

I mean at this point the O's are winning series, against teams going to the playoffs or fighting for a chance to get in.

The Natinals win a game here or there and it's happy-time in Natinal-ville. Oh how the expectations are low.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Danny Espinosa is totally overmatched at this level and if he bats here 4 more times he's through as a big league ballplayer. Also, once Morse starts playing regularly his hitting will fall off. Also, it's a waste of money to use "professionals" to evaluate the talent because you can all of my opinions you want, and more, for free, right here.

Posted by: markfromark | September 22, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

What's the metric by which you'll judge Morse to be "playing regularly," mark?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 22, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I think he's playing regularly and hitting quite well. Some posters here consider actual performance that is at odds with their predictions to be entirely irrelevant. They know who they are.

Posted by: markfromark | September 22, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

(Just switched my sarcasm detector back on, mark - thanks for the hint.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 22, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I love the smell of fireworks in the morning. Smells like...victory (and not that other, smellier stuff).

Nice to see Marquis come through after his last start (or did that one count as a start?). Also good to see the sparkly* play of the young 'uns last night.

*Credit NN.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 23, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Did you see that catch by The Shark! THAT WAS SO GREAT. Everyday center fielder 2011!

Posted by: terrycalcium | September 23, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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