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Today's lineups

The Nationals moved Roger Bernadina down to seventh with left-hander Wandy Rodriguez starting for Houston. Jason Marquis will try to redeem his last start, when he recorded one solitary out.

Nationals
1. Danny Espinonsa, 2B
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Adam Dunn, 1B
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Michael Morse, RF
6. Ivan Rodriguez, C
7. Roger Bernadina, LF
8. Justin Maxwell, CF
9. Jason Marquis, SP

Astros
1. Jason Bourgeois, CF
2. Angel Sanchez, SS
3. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
4. Carlos Lee, LF
5. Chris Johnson, 3B
6. Brett Wallace, 1B
7. Jason Michaels, RF
8. Jason Castro, C
9. Wandy Rodriguez, SP

By Adam Kilgore  | September 22, 2010; 2:22 PM ET
 
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Can somebody PLEASE smack Riggleman in the back of the head and tell him that Espinosa can't hit as a leadof guy.....yet? I know he batted leadoff in the minors off and on, but it's not working up here right now and he is going to do nothing but kill this kid's confidence that he can hit in the majors. He was doing just fine until Riggs started batting him first. That was an understandable experiment. IT'S NOT WORKING! Help the kid out and move him back in the lineup where he is confortable. The most important thing for him is to gain (regain, in this case) his confidence that he can hit in the big leagues. Once he's established and feels comfortable, I'm sure he may be able to hit leadoff some time in the future. Right now, he's probably putting so much pressure on himself, it's hurting his game, and confidence.

Posted by: Kolchak | September 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't nobody go in the bathroom for about 35, 45 minutes.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

>>Jason Marquis will try to redeem his last start, when he recorded one solitary out.

Today's not a Jewish holiday I don't think. He should be OK.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

ps: just remember to drink.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"We don't have any specific role for anybody."-- Riggleman after last night's loss.

Cmon peeps. Thoughts?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 22, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

>Once he's established and feels comfortable, I'm sure he may be able to hit leadoff some time in the future. Right now, he's probably putting so much pressure on himself, it's hurting his game, and confidence.

Posted by: Kolchak

Dude you don't go 5 for 50 because you're hitting in a certain spot in the lineup. He needs to learn the pitchers, but before that, he needs to learn how to hit. I can't believe that they haven't told him to take at least one strike so he can get a look at a pitcher he's probably never seen before. Or take at least one pitch! He's up there swinging at the first pitch which is what they want a young hitter to do in the first place. You get down 0-1 in the count, and your average goes down. You get down 0-2, it's miniscule, even for veterans. It's things like this that Riggleman and his staff ignores, and it's basic baseball stuff. Espinosa has swung at the first pitch repeatedly.

Posted by: Brue | September 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Building momentum to the Greinke trade ...

Posted by: periculum | September 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Espinosa, like Desmond, needs to learn patience at the plate and to work the count. Unlike Harris (who feels very comfortable taking strike three) those two cannot continue to not put the ball in play as much as they do. Espinosa might still be overwhelmed by the major league level of pitching talent, Desmond has no excuse at this point.

As for the Nats not having any defined roles right now, I'm OK with that; see how Burnett handles closing, see if Bisenius has anything when the pressure is on, see if Balester can be a set up man; at this point they are palying out the string, let's see what some of these guys can do because Storen, at this point, doesn't seem to be the bullpen savior we all hoped he'd be.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

>"We don't have any specific role for anybody."-- Riggleman after last night's loss.

Cmon peeps. Thoughts?

Posted by: skins_fan_22

He probably thinks he's being instructional, because this is an 'open tryout' in baseball lingo. It's his way of saying 'no one has a job nailed down'. But you can also take it as 'we really don't know what each guy is best at', judging by the record. I think that when he opens his mouth, he forgets what their record is, because these are really things you would say if your team was successful and you've been playing the hot hand all along.
He's talking baseball, he's not implementing baseball. You think he shouldn't be allowed to say certain things, when in his mind, they've improved under difficult circumstances, and he's educating the unwashed as to how they're really doing it. It's a product of his marginal intellect, he has a cursory knowledge about what winning looks like, can describe it, but has no idea how to boil down the details to actually make the team better. He keeps waiting for the team to take the initiative, but he's the one who has to take it. A player should be concerned about doing his job only. That's why they have a manager. But he sees everyone as an individual when it comes to performance and not how it blends together for success. In other words, he has to see something that's not there and make it happen. He can describe individual performances all day, like Acta did, but for him, they all happen in a vacuum with no relationship to each other. That's why they rarely have big innings, or comebacks, because those are always a chain of events that are usually linked. He can't link things together (cause and effect), and that's because he's not that bright.

Posted by: Brue | September 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Building momentum to the Greinke trade ...

Posted by: periculum | September 22, 2010 3:11 PM
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Man and I thought I got good Medical Marijuana out here. Please save me whatever you are puffing on.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Brue, can you expand on that a little

Posted by: 3B11 | September 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-Well!!!....lots of discord here with the Gang. Not a problem-but I hope we can keep even the "snark" honorable.....kinda old fashioned as a concept, I guess - but no one wants to be personally attacked for honestly expressing their thoughts. It's tough to have an earnest debate-even hotly contested-if all we're looking to do is play "gotcha" or needle mercilessly our fellow Gang members. That said....for all the points of contention (even those at one another's necks) we seem to agree that the Slows have fallen woefully short of providing not just the fans but all involved (the players,the f.o., too...and I'd HATE to be a sales rep for this team! Just wait til.....well, just TRUST us! It's gonna get BETTER! Since worse is almost impossible, we hope)really almost ALL invested in this team a reason for believing in the future. From broadcasting to advertising to that Clint guy at the park to...well, what should be a cause for joy (a BASEBALL team, fer cryin' out loud) has instead become a pretty sour experience. Not saying the Slows are cheap, or tone deaf..or any OTHER thing. But even if you feel that they're model owners, the level of frustration alone should tell 'em that they're not going about this the right way. So.....I HOPE they get THAT, if nothing else. And, of course....
Go NATS!!!

Posted by: zendo | September 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Unless there happened to be just one troll using multiple personalities/screen names in an attempt to stir up some psychodrama and/or drive people off. You know, kind of like a sock puppet ensemble show. But for a person to take all the time and trouble to do something like that... Well, it would just be really, really sad. So I'm sure that's not the case here...

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Wow, it looks like even the other trolls hate the trolls here.

Posted by: FeelWood | September 22, 2010 3:05 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

zendo, I agree. If you are a Nats fan and aren't frustrated then your are either blindly allegiant to baseball in the Capitol or are still buying into the corporate line despite evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately after Lee, Crawford and Werth all the rest of the FAs next year (save Rivera and Jeter, who will stay) aren't really impact players so there is no quick fix. At some point this 'youth' we are stockpiling will have to be moved for an established MLB player at the risk of devating from the 'plan' and possibly giving away future talent but continuing to take fliers on fring players and pitchers won't move us from 98 losses to anything close to .500 next year.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

>>Brue, can you expand on that a little Posted by: 3B1

Now that's comedy.
BTW Brue thanks. Good insight.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing I like reading more than a fee simple idiot like Brue expounding at length on why someone else is not that bright. Pure comedy gold!

Posted by: FeelWood | September 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I never said I wasn't trying to be funny at the same time I get out the shears.

Posted by: Brue | September 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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