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Today's lineups

The Nationals will keep Nyjer Morgan atop their lineup and give Adam Dunn a day off against left-hander Paul Maholm while Danny Espinosa gets his second straight start.

Nationals
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Michael Morse, 1B
5. Roger Bernadina, LF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Justin Maxwell, RF
9. John Lannan, SP

Pirates
1. Andrew McCutheon, CF
2. Jose Tabata, LF
3. Neil Walker, 2B
4. Garrett Jones, 1B
5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
6. Lastings Milledge, RF
7. Ronny Cedeno, SS
8. Chris Snyder, C
9. Paul Maholm, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 4, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

I guess the powers that be have decided that with the Nats only 20 games out of the wild card spot, they don't want to risk their playoff hopes by starting the inexperienced Wilson Ramos.

Or maybe they're just resting him?

What was the point of trading Matt Capps to the Twins again?

Bueller? Bueller?

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess the powers that be have decided that with the Nats only 20 games out of the wild card spot, they don't want to risk their playoff hopes by starting the inexperienced Wilson Ramos.

Or maybe they're just resting him?

What was the point of trading Matt Capps to the Twins again?

Bueller? Bueller?

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe just maybe it's out of respect for a future Hall of Famer who is overall playing pretty well this year? And chasing 3,000 hits in a Nats uniform. Just a possibility. Don't get your knickers in a twist - no doubt Ramos will start tomorrow.

Posted by: cdstej | September 4, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@Sunderland:
You had it right regarding Espinosa over Kennedy, but I'm a little suprised by the OF batting order (Morgan 1st[CF], Bernadina 5th[LF], Maxwell 8th[RF].

Posted by: BinM | September 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Pudge has indeed played well defensively this year... but offensively, he he has been terrible... a complete lack of plate discipline has resulted in a .287 OBP (not batting average, but OBP!!!)... he is an out machine with no power to speak of...

I respect Pudge a great deal, and he is important to the team now and in 2011... but, Ramos should get the bulk of the playing time in September to help him get ready to play somewhere between 50-80% of the time starting in 2011...

News flash... Pudge is 197 hits away from getting 3000... and who knows he may get there one day... but it ain't happening before his current contract with the Nats expires... which means someone will have to give him a contract to play as a defensive catcher at age 40, because no one is going to be signing him for his batting skills at this point...

Posted by: Ghost7 | September 4, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Terrible OBP as leadoff, worst offensive C of the last 5 years batting 6th, Dunn out of the lineup...this team is run by idiots. It should be:

1- Bernadina CF
2- Desmond SS
3- Zimmerman 3B
4- Dunn 1B
5- Morse RF
6- Espinosa 2B
7- Ramos C
8- Maxwell RF
9- Lannan P

Just a moronic team to put a worthless pile of steaming feces in the lineup today and again let him lead off with his pathetic .314 OBP and incompetent 33/48 SB. Just a complete joke and Riggleman/McLaren should be fired for this garbage. There's enough talent on the roster for the team to be more competitive right now and instead we get the utterly worthless T-Flush and Sludge ruining the team on a daily basis.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | September 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@TheJoeGreene: Just some advice... If you are going to talk smack about the lineup, make sure you don't have TWO right fielders...You'll never get a manager gig that way...

Posted by: TimDz | September 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

watch out where the huskies go, and don't eat so much of those yellow cornflakes ...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 4, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

unless ...
nah, there's no such thing as a reverse lock against the Pirates.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

TimDz wins the post.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 4, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the "worst offensive C of the last 5 years" reads the nonsense posted here and then formulates a response.

Posted by: SHLL | September 4, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

wow...Sludge must've just come back and read some more of your drivel, JoeGreen.

Posted by: SHLL | September 4, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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