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Game 157 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Phillies

The weather report and the sky over Nationals Park are both ominous, but at the moment the tarp is off and players are warming up in the outfield. It seems all but certain the game will be delayed at some point tonight, but it also seems certain it will start on time. I'll post any weather updates in this post right here.

As for the game, the Phillies will clinch the National League East with either a victory or a Braves loss. Clubhouse attendants have hung plastic sheets over the Phillies' lockers in expectation of a celebration. It would be the first clinching ever at Nationals Park.

The game will be John Lannan's final start of the season. After all he's been through, it seems a little ironic that Lannan's year will end exactly how it started: At home, with a majority-Phillies crowd, against Roy Hallady and the Phillies.

While it lasts, talk about the game right here.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 27, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
 
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Comments

Does it look like they will get the necessary innings for a rain-shortened win?

Posted by: crazyface50 | September 27, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

We'll see how much they want to get this game in by how wide the strike zone is tonight.

Posted by: BinM | September 27, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The wall played Bernadina nicely on that drive from Ibanez.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 27, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Less than stellar OF play, walls 2, Nats OF 0.

Posted by: Natmeister | September 27, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Granted, a tough wind tonight, but "Bernadina is our best Left-fielder"; Maybe 'best healthy LF left on the roster', but probably a better platoon in RF w/Morse.

Posted by: BinM | September 27, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Espinosa giveth, and Espinosa taketh away

Posted by: Sunderland | September 27, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

To the Lerners, and as a parting shot to StanK. Thanks for developing a team that can't draw enough local interest to stave off massive invasions of Phillies & Mets fans. At least you're selling tickets, eh?

I've had enough for tonight - Good night, Gracie.

Posted by: BinM | September 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know this game was in Philly? What happened? The schedule says @Was? This is Natinals Baseball and this is Nats Town!

Posted by: jwing14 | September 27, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Halladay on the mound with a 4-run lead, and a chance to get 21 wins, and be the winning pitcher in the Division clinching game.

Where you going? Baseball history is being made.

Posted by: crazyface50 | September 27, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Good pt. crazyface50 -- some of the Gnat Fan on here are so blind, and stupid, for their love of the "Hometown 9" that they can't even appreciate quality baseball when it's right in front of them. Who cares that it isn't "your" team. Try branching out fellas!

Posted by: jwing14 | September 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

But, but, but.....The Orioles home games are invaded by Yankee fans and it's just so sad.

Gotta love see the Natinals and their fans getting their commuppance.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy, Phillies fans.

Posted by: SuzNats | September 27, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, those Phillies know how to nail down something when they want to.

Posted by: crazyface50 | September 27, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know the score of the Natinals/Phillies game?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

AS a Phillies phanatic since 1963, I would love to see a competitive team in DC. I think the Philly DC rivalry would be far more interesting than the Mutts-Phils rivalry.

So, I hope the organization gets its act together, and builds a winning franchise.

Good luck!
And congrats to the Phillies on becoming the New York Yankees of the National League.

Posted by: crazyface50 | September 27, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know this game was in Philly? What happened? The schedule says @Was? This is Natinals Baseball and this is Nats Town!

Posted by: jwing14 | September 27, 2010 8:34 PM

Go play in traffic

Posted by: Kev29 | September 27, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

More Natinal fans wishing violence, death, etc. against fans of other teams.

Now you stay classy Natinal fans.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So let's sum up the days events:

Natinals lose, infront of mostly Phillies fans at Natinal park.

Orioles win, yet again, behind a masterful performance by one of their young, stud pitchers.

Oh, and more threats of violence/death made against fans of opposing teams by Natinal fans.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

The lesson to be learned here is a stark one for serious National fans. Not hybrids like McPoop who ought to be a Ravens jerk.

Rizzo absolutely has to trade for front line top of the rotation starting pitching. He can't wait for Strasburg or JZimmnn any longer. That is the big difference between the Phillies and Nats.
Three #1 pitchers. They could almost have 4 if they had kept Cliff Lee. It has to start there. Don't worry about right field, (although Nyjer again dropped the ball in CF ... he needs to become a utility guy or be traded at this point) worry about pitching.

And the Bisensius experiment? It failed in Philly, its failed here. Time to move on Mike Rizzo. You would have been better off answering fan desires by bringing up Josh Wilkie. Lesson learned Mike. Wilkie might be another Burnett you just never know and he truly is a home town favorite.

Posted by: periculum | September 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"So let's sum up the days events:"

yes, and that is that McPoop should be a Ravens fan. They used to brown like Poop just like the St. Louis Browns. Perfect for Poopy
McPoop and his diaper genie brood.

Posted by: periculum | September 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Comeuppance?This team is finishing up its sixth season in Washington.Yankee and Red Sox fans have invaded Camden Yards for years because the Orioles have stunk.They're going on 14 straight losing seasons.
Congratulations to the Phillies.They have a fine organization.Now,don't overdo celebrating on the other team's field.That sort of thing is remembered.
I would love to see a truly competitive team here.I believe they are heading in the right direction.It's funny,though.More than once tonight,Bob Carpenter said the Phillies are not afraid to spend money.What he didn't say came out quite clearly.
I know others will disagree,but having seen the expansion Senators,I remember growing up with a team that had no expectations.They had the season with Ted Williams as manager,but the year before they lost Gil Hodges to the Mets,who of course in 1969 won the World Series.

Posted by: seanmg | September 27, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

But, but, but I thought DC had TONS of baseball fans just clamoring for a team. Why aren't these "fans" buying tickets to see their hometown team, instead, leaving them for opposing teams fans to buy up and invade Natinals Park?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure where Poopy gets his optimism. The Oriles have lost more games each year than the year before for the last 5 consecutive years and are in danger of running the streak to six. At best they're going to improve by one or two games. It seems to me that is the definition of a team headed in the wrong direction. Given the birds track record, I think the odds of the Oriles trading away those young studs for broken old has-beens is pretty good. I think it's nice the Oriles have a fan, I think Pittsburgh has one too, but why post on the Nationals site? Is it so hopeless in Baltimore that you have to post elsewhere?

Posted by: lesatcsc | September 27, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

seanmg wrote:
Now,don't overdo celebrating on the other team's field.That sort of thing is remembered.

Dude, by the time the Natinals are any good they will be someplace else and it won't matter, much like the Nat don't matter.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 27, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The Baltimore Sun barely has a print edition any more.Late in the season,why even Oriole fans(remember how they wouldn't even put Baltimore on their road jerseys)don't fill up the Yard.And,since both teams are bad,why have the Nationals drawn more than the Orioles this year?
If I recall,this guy says he's an Orioles and a Redskins fan.Snyder and Angelos.Those two can have their hands in all of your pockets at the same time.

Posted by: seanmg | September 27, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

To say the Nationals will be moving sometime soon shows how well you know baseball history.Now,what was the last franchise move before the Expos to Washington?

Posted by: seanmg | September 27, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

crazyface50wrote:
Good luck!
And congrats to the Phillies on becoming the New York Yankees of the National League.
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another drunk Philly fan, don't throw up on anyone now...

Posted by: bromisky | September 28, 2010 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Keep whooping it up, Filthies. You'll get yours soon enough. So typical of a dirty, rotten cesspool that is Filthydelphia.

Posted by: Jayman77 | September 28, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9QCoBl9Xk&feature=channel

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 28, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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