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Today's lineups

We'll find out right away if the Marlins intend to hit Nyjer Morgan in the wake of his collision last night at home plate -- he's batting leadoff. Ryan Zimmerman, meantime, has a rare day off.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Roger Bernadina, RF
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Michael Morse, RF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Alberto Gonzalez, 3B
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Scott Olsen, SP

Marlins
1. Cameron Maybin, CF
2. Logan Morrison, LF
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
5. Donnie Murphy, 2B
6. Wes Helms, 3B
7. Mike Stanton, RF
8. Brad Davis, C
9. Chris Volstad, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 1, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

Zimm with a day off at his favorite hitting venue in the league! I'm all for giving guys are periodic rest, but he's the best fish-killer we have!

Maybe we'll see him with some heroics in the late innings instead?

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Volstad's fastball...meet Mr. Morgan's ribs.

Posted by: joemktg1 | September 1, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina and Morse can't both be in RF. I assume Bernadina will be in LF.

Posted by: homer10 | September 1, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Rewatching the replay from last night on the video feed at Nationals.com and the thing that stands out in that short clip is that none of the other Nats in the dugout give a high five or fist bump that would come with a hard-nosed play.

Granted, we don't see the whole sequence, but that is telling to me. I still think it was a case of Nyjer deciding he was going to take out the catcher, and boy did he. We'll see what happens, hopefully first AB tonight.

Posted by: mo_dc | September 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Good job Riggs. Way to reward Morgan for another bonehead play and move him back into the leadoff spot. Reggleman defies logic. Even if Riggs figures he'll get the leadoff guy on by Morgan getting plunked, which is giving Riggs too much credit, it wouldn't help cause Morgan will just get picked off and then probably punch the first baseman in the nose. Don't know who is dumber, Morgan or Riggleman.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

BTW more importantly, if Ramos is available tonight, why the freak is Will I'm a sure Out Nieves catching. What possible reason is there for that? Riggleman is such a genius even we mere mortals can't comprehend his reasoning. But I'm sure it's the same logic as his wasting 2 months by sticking Willie Harris in RF instead of Morse. How many games has Riggleman cost us?? Seriously.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 1, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

It is one thing if you are playing prospects/rookies to see what they can do and how they adjust. Its quite another to pull your top hitter, Zimmerman, while playing a guy who hits below .200, the Mendoza line at catcher? When you've just brought up a prospect who might just do better?

This IS WHY Riggleman, the Skipper of Giggleman's Island, looks like such a comic relief act. Is Wil Nieves a better major league catcher than Ramos? Given the way Ramos calls games and given his arm and the number he has caught stealing its a THUNDEROUS NO. Is Ramos a better hitter than Nieves? Are you serious?

So, what happened to respecting contending teams? The Marlins are still in the race since they are over .500? And the Nats could gain ground toward that elusive .500 mark with a win. And after yesterday's 1-0 loss they probably could use a boost?

And if Riggleman is respecting the veterans? How about all of those other veterans on your team who are in a game with a weak, lame lineup you drew up ... that really would like to be given a chance to win?

Welcome to Giggleman's Island.

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. What's the point of bringing up Ramos if we still have to watch Nieves? Granted, he's had a couple of decent games recently, but let's see what the kid has.

Posted by: gtrain82 | September 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The ship's aground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle, with Giggleman, he's the Skipper too, Wil Nieves and his wife, there's JMax, sub-Mendoza Harris ... here on Giggleman's Isle!

Posted by: periculum | September 1, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

You traded your all star closer for this catcher. How on earth can you justify calling him up and then sitting him so you can play Will Nieves, who last I looked was batting .201. That's 200 and 1. Unreal.
Great job Jim Riggleman.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 1, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

beep-freakin!-beep, y'all.

Love how you're now arguing to play Ramos, skins_. I get it though - doesn't obviate your point.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 1, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Just yesterday on the pregame interview with Charlie Slowes, Riggleman talked about how "you don't want to give your big guys a day off when you come to a park like this where it's so good to hit in." And today he gives Zimmerman the day off. Gotta love how Riggleman respects the game, don't you?

Posted by: nunof1 | September 1, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I've been a Riggs critic since he went brain dead in June, even though I was willing to give him a shot this year simply because he did turn Manny's no account "self-help" book readers into a club that tried last year.

But to bat NJ leadoff after he's showed you up and called you out? What kind of respect does that show for the game and the team? NJ's play last night was not dirty, just stupid and totally self-centered and cost the game (see remarks of Tracy).

Looks like the inmate is in charge of the asylum. And Rizzo will keep the weak warden for 2011 too, along with the malcontent inmate. Don't count on as many as 70 Ws in 2011 either -- while another year of Zimm in DC is counted down and Dunn hits 40 HRs somewhere else.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | September 1, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

>> doesn't obviate your point.

You take that back. I've never obviated in my life....Well maybe once.....

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 1, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Not only does Zimmerman like hitting in Florida, he's also hitting .611 (11-18) with 2 home runs against Volstad.

Can see the logic in resting him every-once-in-a-while, but why today? I guess to get him an extra day in advance of the off day tomorrow?

Posted by: hooameye | September 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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