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Today's lineups

The Nationals are giving first baseman Adam Dunn a day off with an early start against left-handed Braves starter Mike Minor. That leads to an unorthodox lineup that includes Ian Desmond batting third and Alberto Gonzalez getting his second career start at first base.

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

Braves
1. Omar Infante, 2B
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Martin Prado, 3B
4. Troy Glaus, 1B
5. Matt Diaz, LF
6. Alex Gonzalez, SS
7. Miguel Melky* Cabrera, CF
8. David Ross, C
9. Mike Minor, SP

*Whoops.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 15, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
 
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Comments

Man, that lineup looks ugly on its face. I can only hope some of those guys own Minor or rake lefties generally or something.

Posted by: dfh21 | September 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Are we playing an A game against another team at a different location with the rest of the starters?

Posted by: Eyewitness1 | September 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I never knew "unorthodox" was a synonym for "dreadful."

Posted by: utec | September 15, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

If they really wanted to beef up the lineup with some effective righthanded hitters, they should play Livan at first.

Posted by: baltova1 | September 15, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Lol @ Eyewitness1

That was really funny...

Posted by: HenryStin | September 15, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I think what this lineup tells us is that the Nats a) miss Willingham b) need a few more guys who can hit lefties while playing the field without embarrassing themselves and c) really REALLY miss Willingham.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | September 15, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Geez, there's just no pleasing some people, is there? It doesn't matter what the lineup is, you'll complain about it being sub-par. And yet, somehow, 61 Nats lineups that people have complained about here have managed to win games this year.

I can't wait 'til the team is really good and you all complain that they only won 99 games and not 120.

Posted by: zaph | September 15, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This is a good lineup, in the sense that it will help fans adjust to the loss of Dunn.

Dunn leads the Nats in doubles, HRs (by 10), RBI (by 10), total bases, walks, slugging, and the key stat of OPS. On the downside, he has failed to lead the league in HRs, and is currently only second. (Fans usually point out negatives with Dunn, so I would like to join in that practice in the sprit of unity.)

The lineup also points to the weakness of securing sufficient legit MLB players, although I'm forgiving of Rizzo because of his budget limitations. But any ol' minimum wage sub won't do.

Posted by: EdDC | September 15, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I guess we'll be sitting Dunn against Hamels so the clueless one doesn't disrespect respect the Philthies.

Posted by: 3B11 | September 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if switching Morgan's and Lannan's spots in the lineup would make any difference...

Posted by: Juan-John1 | September 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Well, look a the bright side. At least Willie Harris isn't in the line-up. Though he would probably be an upgrade over Maxwell. That in itself tells you something.

Posted by: slopitchtom | September 15, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

How Dunn is not playing? Hey Adam, you've been in a bit of a slump, but you busted out big last night with a multiple hit game and a HR, let's not let you get hot or anything. Gonzo, grab a !B glove and get out there!

Watch, this split squad lineup (only 3 regulars in the order and none in his usual spot?) will end up raking today.

Posted by: dfh21 | September 15, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

EdDC: You hit the nail on the head - This is a preview of 'Life without Dunn'.

Posted by: BinM | September 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

About a week ago Gentlemen Jim was opining about the integrity of the game and all that jazz. Hmmmm, take the FoF out of that line-up and can you say Syracuse Chiefs?

Posted by: TippyCanoe | September 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Bad: Nats pregame with Johnny and Phil interviewing a PNats pitcher live via phone.

Worse: I'm watching it.

BACK TO WORK!

Posted by: joemktg1 | September 15, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

At least Willie Harris isn't in the line-up. Though he would probably be an upgrade over Maxwell.

Posted by: slopitchtom | September 15, 2010 11:06 AM

My wife wouldn't be a significant downgrade from Maxwell, and she's old enough to be his mother.

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 15, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Syrucuse Chiefs
1. Danny Espinosa, 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Ian Desmond, SS
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Michael Morse, RF
6. Wilson Ramos, C
7. Alberto Gonzalez, 1B
8. Justin Maxwell, LF
9. John Lannan, SP

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 15, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The Braves also aren't throwing out a 1927 Yankees-esqe lineup out there, and they are battling for their post-season lives for the rest of the season. If Lannan is on again today, the Nats should have a shot at putting another curly w in the books.

Posted by: VaNat | September 15, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Buddy Ryan: All that Maxwell does is hit Grand Slams.

Posted by: dfh21 | September 15, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

They do this on purpose. Everytime we make fun of the lineup they go out and win.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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