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Game 38: Nats at Padres

May 16, 2015, 3:49 PM EST

Fresh off a 10-0 blowout victory on Friday night, the Nationals continue their series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) will try to follow up a dominant performance by his teammate, Jordan Zimmermann.

Scherzer is making his eighth start of the 2015 season after one of his best outings of the year. He allowed just one run in seven innings in a Nationals win over the Diamondbacks on May 11.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-6, 3.07) will start for San Diego. The five-year pro also saw the Diamondbacks his last time out. He gave up two runs in seven innings in a 2-1 Padres loss.

Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals’ lineup after taking a pitch off his left wrist in Friday night’s game. He was scheduled for an evaluation today after X-rays on Friday showed no fractures.

We are not on the road for this one, but enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where:
 Petco Park, San Diego
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (20-17)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

PADRES (19-18)
2B Cory Spangenberg
CF Will Venable
RF Matt Kemp
LF Justin Upton
1B Yangervis Solarte
3B Will Middlebrooks
SS Alexi Amarista
C Austin Hedges
RHP Andrew Cashner

UMPIRES
HP Gerry Davis (cc)
1B Phil Cuzzi
2B Tony Randazzo
3B Pat Hoberg

302 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - May 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    “#Rockies GM also called Tulo trade stories “a media creation.””

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      He left last night’s game with quad tightness.

  3. natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Caught up on last night’s game via speed-watching. Good game, except for the Werth HBP. Impressive how Z’nn got out of the no-outs, bases-loaded jam and preserved the shutout.

    Will probably watch some of tonight’s game live, then watch the rest via the DVR tomorrow. Go, MAX! Go, NATS!!

  4. Eric - May 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Going back to the convo about the turning point, I don’t know exactly what it was, but I do feel rather strongly that it began in the top of the 3rd inning of The Comeback. It was evident with every at bat that they were gonna fight it out. And they did fight it out with small ball and long ball until finally Uggla put us over the top and Storen put a seal on it.

    Anyway, I distinctly remember watching the top of the 3rd get underway and vacillating between turning off the game and sticking it out. Theb Span came up and something about his demeanor made me feel I should at least see his at bat through. He doubled, then Desi moved him over, and Werth brought him in. At that moment I got a very strange, optimistic feeling.

    I obviously have no idea if that inning had any particular importance to the team, but to me, that inning was the pivot point of the season. Their attitude immediately on the heels of what happened to Cole was incredible and obviously great things have followed since.

    • ArVAFan - May 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      It was somewhere in that game (although maybe the injury to Escobar was the precursor). That’s why I’m so glad I was able to add a ball from that game to my collection of “balls from significant games in Nats’ history.” I stuck it out with Charlie and Dave, and when Uggla hit that homer, between Charlie’s yell and mine we scared the cat out of my lap.

      • knoxvillenat - May 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        How did you get a ball from that game in Atlanta?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Knoxville, Braves Authentics sell them. Her name is Lisa who runs that. Fair pricing.

        Speaking of cool, my buddy posted a photo on Twitter the 1st inning RBI single from Harper last night That he got from the Padres store.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        The famous Clancy of bobble head bat stealing fame. Has she done anything to the Strasburg bobble head to bring him good luck tomorrow?

      • ArVAFan - May 16, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        Response to MNF: Clancy has shown zero interest in the SS Bobblehead. So far, anyway.

        So SS is on his own , sorry.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Ghost, do you have an email addie for them? I keep ending up at the mlb store.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 17, 2015 at 1:07 AM

        Nevermind, found one

    • letswin3 - May 16, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      The Simmons slide should get some consideration.

  5. natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    My money is on the time that Uggla (the Swedish Owl) told them all to “man” up. 🙂

    • Eric - May 16, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Could be!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 16, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      All the more reason to keep this “X Factor” (h/t GOSM) guy around. I had a good feeling about him in Spring Training. Of course, I had a good feeling about my own pitching, too. So there’s that.

      • natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        I had a good feeling about key lime pie on my ST trip, and I was right about it, too. 😉

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 16, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        I mentioned in the spring that I liked key lime pie back then.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 16, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        I mentioned in the spring that I liked key lime pie back then.
        😉

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 16, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Twice, even.

    • natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      Key lime pie is totally worth it.

      • AlexandriaNatFan - May 16, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        Oh yeah? Well I am literally eating key lime pie right now. Boom!

  7. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Well, personally I would’ve left Yunel Escobar batting 2nd, Desmond where he has been, and just plugged Taylor into Werth’s slot. But, what do I know? Seems like every time I question Matt Williams’ lineup they do great.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      Exactly. Keep questioning! BTW, I agree with you.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 7:29 PM

        Actually I would out Taylor 8th and moved everyone up one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        Like Joe said, it will probably work well for the Nats. Desi had 2 big hits last night.

    • Eric - May 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      I might have done Zim 3, Ramos 5, Desi 6…or even Espi 6 and Desi 7.

      But, yeah, just score runs and it’s whatever 😉

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Wait, you guys would bat Taylor third? Whatever for?

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Flexor tendon strain aka tennis elbow for Fister. Good news.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 7:10 PM

      Tennis elbow, eh? Reminds me of a hilarious joke, but I can’t tell it here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        Email it to me! I got tennis elbow from golf. Easy fix, I was gripping the club too tight. I couldn’t straighten my arm all the way and at first I was freaked out.

        Speedy recovery Dougie!

    • natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      That is good news. I had that once, but from proofreading rather than from tennis.

      • natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        See, kids, back then we would write these long, skinny, called “pencils.”They had rubber erasers on the end and you used them to erase errors on the page and, eh, never mind.

      • natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 7:22 PM

        “Things,” they were. That we wrote with. Anyhoo.

  9. Nats Fan Zee - May 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Wow …the Cubbies are really playing some awesome ball!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      The Cubs have a great infield, with a seemingly unending supply of backups throughout their whole minor league system. But they also now have a real good manager, decent hitting, and a good pitching staff.. Many thought this past off season that though vastly improved, they were still probably a year away. I’m not so sure that’s necessarily true. They may be the dark horse of the NL.

      • Nats Fan Zee - May 16, 2015 at 7:41 PM

        Yeah Joe, I was one of them (in the one more year school).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        I had them and the Marlins as Wild Cards. I guess we will see.

        Marlins getting back Henderson Alvarez tomorrow.

        Cubs are a team that could improve further at the trade deadline.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      Memorial day week 4 of us high school classmate in the prehistoric days at Falls Church High along with our spouses are taking in the 3 Nats games in Chicago, then the 3 in the Great American Park in Cincinnati. Look for us on TV. Lined up all 6 of my jerseys. My Fister is going even if he is on the DL.

    • janebeard - May 16, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      The Cubs are not behaving at ALL like Cubs. Which is good thing for Chicago.

  10. natsfan1a - May 16, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    I didn’t see the entire game but they were getting a little help from the Pirates, specifically the catcher and relievers. But, yeah, the Cubbies looked good. Well, except for Schlitter, maybe. Hey, does he have a splitter? Must be [heck] on broadcasters.

  11. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Ray Knight’s scouting report on Casner is the same as mine.

    Eliminate swinger at the low slider. Hangers are fine, if they star at the waist they will not be a strike once the get to the plate.

    His fast balls move a little but nit much, they are the one to hit.

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      Scouting reports are generally written in English, right?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:40 PM

        No, in basebaaize

      • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        👍

  12. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Looks like we will have to win to stay .5 behinds Mets up 6-0 threatening for more.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Now 11-0

  13. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Interestingly Nats after yesterday led the NL in base hits

  14. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Let’s go. Interesting stat. In games Escobar scores Nats 14-0

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    The first at bat just goes against the scouting report. Two fastballs taken for a strike, then swine at a slider

    Second at bat Desmob swings at fast balls gets a double.

    Escobar first pitch fastball hit to right.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Odd decision by Kemp to throw home instead of to his cut off man.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      I was thinking 2012 Harper play.

  17. natsjackinfl - May 16, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Note to all those thinking that the Cubs are in it to win it this year.

    Yes, they are immensely improved but their pitching is suspect, especially in the bull pen and their youth lends itself to withering in the months of August and September.

    There are to many experienced clubs in the NL and even in their own division to think they can get to the playoffs.

    They are fun to watch but I can see them withering come late July and beyond.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Cubs are still young.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Jack, I didn’t say they’d make the playoffs, but I wouldn’t bet against them, either.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      I agree that they are young and inexperienced, but Joe Maddon helps to overcome a lot of the greenness.

      • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 8:09 AM

        He uses his weird wussiness to do that.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Harper first two fastballs swung at second. Has not swung at first or second slider, then a high slider hit..move the line.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 16, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    What an at bat by Bryce….

  20. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Bryce is on fiiiiiyaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Nice hop and a productive out.

  22. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    FP, quit saying the game is over. It’s still the 1st inning.

  23. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    FP, quit saying the game is over. It’s still the 1st inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      You understand why he is saying it don’t you? It is tongue in cheek.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        No. Please explain to me why he keeps saying it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        I mentioned it in an earlier comment.

        In games when Escobar scores Nats are 14-0 in games he doesn’t 6-17.

        As soon as Escobar scored he said it.

  24. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    MIssing the cutoff man 2 times in 1 inning. Pretty bad decisions.

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Good job Buffalo.

  26. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Bryce with all that protection makes a HUGE difference.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      We hit as a lineup, good or bad.

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Last 2 games top of first Scherzer takes mound 4-0 and 3-0 to start bottom of first.

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Padres pitchers like throwing at the mid level inside.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Denard a bunt to third is an easy hit by the way.

  31. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    That was very close. I think he was safe.

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      NOpe. Got him. He popped off the bag.

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Safe by 2 frames, not even close

  33. nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    The line is moving. Why run yourself into an out?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      Bad decision, but on my review safe by 2 frames.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        Not sure what you have different than we do, but it looked like the ump got the call right to us.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        Taylor’s foot was slightly up in the air before he got to the bag and the tag was right on. Certainly wasn’t anything conclusive enough to overturn the call. I think that you were not seeing the air under his foot.

  34. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Not sure why you double steal there

    • nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      Over managing by MW. Just sit down Matt and be quiet.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        The play was miscalled from my review, and I wouldn’t have done it, but being aggressive is OK with me.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 17, 2015 at 1:11 AM

        Two weeks ago:

        ‘MW doesn’t do enough, he’s just going by the book, he’s horrible.’

        Now:

        ‘Over managing by MW. Just sit down Matt and be quiet.’

        Y’all folks need to make up your minds.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    That is wrong, I slowed it down. My TV HAS The slow down capability, surely the same. How can you not stop frame by frame see his foot on bag, then two frames later the tag.

    As I said many times I would live Torrent sit with me explain, why what is obvious to me isn’t obvious to New York.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    veejh did you see my answer to your question?

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Yes. My original response was meant to be sarcastic in that I figured it was because Scherzer was pitching. Thank you for the clarification.

  37. Danny - May 16, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Scherzer is as advertised folks!

  38. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Twice a poster on here the last two games has knocked Span’s approach at the plate. Denard came into the game last night with the highest batting average on the team and the lowest K rate on the team, but you find fault when he occasionally doesn’t swing at pitches with your approval.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      If you are referring to me I like Span’s hitting, though please let the slider on 0-2 go it will almost never be a strike.

    • Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Sitting on his couch, it’s very easy for MNF to figure out which pitches batters should swing and which pitches they shouldn’t. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy when you’re actually standing at the plate.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Yeah, I guess he really could be hitting closer to .480 if he would only listen to an internet blogger’s advice.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        On the other hand he swings at the first pitch fastball on the outer half for a sac fly, exactly the correct at bat.

  39. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Max looking good

  40. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Scherzer looks great

  41. Nats Fan Zee - May 16, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Mets are having a night. They scored 10 runs in the fourth inning. It’s the highest-scoring inning by the Mets since 2006.

  42. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Escobar’s spray chart is the whole field.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Except for a few games he has gone with the pitches great.

  43. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Escobar is a hitting machine right now

  44. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Good AB by Bryce

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Carp so wrong, that never had RBI single on it at all. Wao close to second. I thought it was double play written all over it though two feet to left would be what Carp thought.

    That umpire interference cost a run. Of course maybe that is why the throw went bad though I don’t see how it did that,

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    We are up 3-0, but feels without some bad luck would be up 7-0

  47. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    That Espinosa pic with the fu manchu is so ridiculous.

  48. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    My goodness, the new and improved Espi is such a delight. I hope he doesn’t play winter ball again the next off season.

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Wow what a save by Will Vinible.

  50. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    That run was a donation by the Padres. And, yes, I’ll happily take the sac fly from Span.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      We have given many donations to that fund, so it is nice to get a withdraw.

      • nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Yes yes Lol

  51. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Had a feeling that runback fastball was coming. Nice pitch.

  52. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Damn, there goes the perfect game.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      One of the reasons I hate walks, to often followed by a hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Also only 13 balls to first 10 batters, then 4 in a row.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    That is twice this inning the late tine call. Once the pitcher is ready no time outs

  54. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    This thing of the ump granting timeout to the batters after Max has started his motion is crap.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      No doubt. If Max is not set to pitch, fine. Once set it is not good.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Max walks 2 and Middle brooks swings at a first pitch.

    That is another poor hitting decision.

    Thanks Will.

    Good job working out of jam Max.

  56. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Harper getting it done every way possible now. MVP!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Another freebie by the Padres by shifting on Bryce, giving him the base hit bunt. Too bad Ryan wiped it out. Oh, well, get ’em next time.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Nothing is free. You still have to execute, but I get your point.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        Lefties that ate pull hitters need to lay a bunt or two month to open up the right side.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    If all power left hitters would bunt twice a month the opponents cannot do the shift.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Do you remember RZim as a rookie in 2006, he bunted quite a few times for hits. In fact he had a perfect bunt for hit record. One of the best bunters I’d ever seen. It got him out of the few slumps he was in.

  58. nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Zimmerman a dbl play machine tonight. Needs to swing at the first pitch

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      The second pitch needed to be hit to the open right side.

      But ground balls are more often are double plays as you say.

  59. Danny - May 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    People really questioned the Scherzer signing?….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      I knew it was great, but it also told ne Rizzo, didn’t think Zim will sign

    • chrisrw109nats - May 17, 2015 at 1:14 AM

      Guy I was playing poker with tonight states if we don’t win the World Series that the Max signing was terrible.

      Thankfully he’s as good a poker player as he is a baseball fan.

  60. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Has there been any news on Fister?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Tennis elbow. There is another thread on it. Read there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Yes, flexor tendon strain. No damage to the elbow.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        Awesome news, I guess.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        It is. Not sure if it explains his struggles though. Only Fister would know.

  61. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Let’s tack on a few runs.

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Casner’s last inning.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Buffalo gone wild, both high and tight. Must have miss saw that the whole way

  64. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Espi! Espi! Espi!

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    2015 Espi is a pleasure.

  66. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Who is this Espinosa guy 🙂

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Great swing by Espi

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Cashner has done this all season, Mr, Nibbler. He would drive me crazy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I think he nibbles less than Gio does at times.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        I was going to make a Gio comment. LOL

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        When Gio doesn’t have his curveball working, he goes into nibble mode with his fastball and changeup and it’s tough to watch as it usually consists of multiple 3-2 counts, high pitch count, and lots of walks.

        That’s where I don’t see a comparison to Cashner.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        Gio nibbles at times to, and it drives me crazy.

  69. rlndtln - May 16, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Need to add on.this one is far from over.

    • Danny - May 16, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      With Scherzer no… Too dominant

  70. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    We have plenty of starting pitching. Rest Fister and until he’s 200%. We need him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Exactly, take your time. Get totally healthy.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Who was the only playoff win last season? We really need him.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Who was the only playoff win last season? We really need him.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    What a catch by Bryce! 3 outs!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      Niches catches by both Span and Harper

  72. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    As dominant as Scherzer has been, he definitely has left a few right in the middle of the plate. He’s gotten a bit lucky here and there.

    • Danny - May 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Either way the results speak for themselves .. He is a legit ace

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        Agree. When you’re dealing, you can afford to leave a few over the plate a few times because the batters are frustrated and confused.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      He relies on movement much like JZim and that’s why they are so good. When they make a mistake they get bailed out often by the late movement.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        +1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        And with that Scherzer leaves an 0-2 over the middle that is crushed for a long double.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      His fasrball has enough movement even when in the middle, to be successful.

    • Steady Eddie - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      I would not say Scherzer has been “lucky” today. He’s described pitching as an intense game of rock, paper, scissors, in which getting and executing progressions that keep batters off balance is what makes the supposedly easy to hit pitches work.

      So, no, not lucky. They worked because he set them up, and some had great lateral movement.

      (Of course, no sooner do I write that than Solarte smacks a 94 heater to the right center wall; but let’s see if he can pitch his way out of this one again.)

  73. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Nice catch there by Bryce

  74. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Bob Carpenter and FP always say that Span was fooled and took a step back. Especially when a CF’er plays a shallow outfield, a good one virtually always takes a half step back on the ball off the bat. It is outfielding 101. Span wasn’t fooled anymore than he has been on a hundred other catches that he has made when those guys say he was fooled.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    As I said earlier going into tonight, The Nats lead the league in hits.

  76. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Pretty much stupid, Dez.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      +1. Unless Escobar hit into a double okay, Harper would be up with a man on.

      • Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        Very true. He needs to remember who’s coming up behind him.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Base running still an issue, this play made no sense.

  78. Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    That was about as bad of a delayed steal attempt as I have seen on a ML level and it made for an easy play for the catcher.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      Not sure what Desi was thinking.

    • natslive - May 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Yeah. I hate when we give away outs on stupid baserunning

  79. nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Giving away outs. Guys are hitting let them hit. Ughhhh

  80. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    So, Espi is on a tear….does MW have the balls to take out Dez when Rendon returns? Espi’s D is better, too. Tough decisions ahead.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      No. But can Espi okay left?

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    That 0-2 pitch had no movement, thus it is struck solidly.

  82. Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    I feel like I’ve seen Span snatch the ball away from Harper a few times this year. Doesn’t he realize Bryce has a stronger arm?

  83. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    No more meatballs, Scherz

  84. nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Get the bull pen up. Max is losing it

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      I wrote something similar to you but a little more politically nice. Good thing this is the bottom of their order.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Scherzer hitting the wall I think. I hope MW has a good read on him because he hasn’t the last 2 starts.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Good, there’s Cat on the phone.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

        McCatty needed to go out just to relax Max but MW didn’t call it.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      He apparently got a second wind.

      On Desi’s delayed steal attempt? The delay when executed perfectly, at the right time, is actually a high percentage play. Ian did the stutter and then stopped before going. You can’t stop first, and then start back up.he showed his hand before he took off.Poor execution.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        He knew he was done for the night and did a vintage Verlander. Reachback for even more. Impressive. Just impressive.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    This is where I would be double barrel in case you want Barrett to face Norris.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Only Thornton up. I hope MW and Scherzer can get through this unscathed as Scherzer will face Norris.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Been ahead 0-2 on all three batters. Need to put away like earlier

  88. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Last time, MW left in Scherz and he gave up a 3 run dinger, right? Maybe time for the hook.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Exactly my point above. He hits the wall quickly.

  89. exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    The more I look at Scherzer, i’m thinking that’s exactly what we always hoped Strasburg would be. He’s a true ace.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      I like Scherzer’s mound presence better and consistency. Strasburg can get there. It took Scherzer a while himself if you look at his career.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        I don’t think Stras can get there. I know people disagree with the whole mental argument, but I think it’s 100% valid. Some athletes can deal with pressure and some can’t. That’s what separates the cream of the crop from the rest. Stras definitely has trouble dealing with pressure, from what I’ve seen.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        True but I think they have a different personality and those rarely change.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Very different personalities.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        I dont remember seeing Stras get to that other gear when things are looking bad like it did for Scherzer a few times tonight. Ive seen other pitchers do that. The great ones. Stras just seems to panic, he shouldn’t but he does.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        That is a legit knock on Stras.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

        Not saying he’s awful , he’s got the stuff to be an ace but like fp said he doesn’t have the intangibles.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        When you are a Top 30 pitcher in the Majors, I think you are an Ace. Strasburg just hasn’t gotten into that Top 10 in the NL yet like Scherzer and JZim are. Gio was there in 2012 and has to pitch like he did last week more instead of like his last outing.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        That’s why you gotta keep Jzim and let Strasburg go next year. You need winners.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        I said that before the season to trade Stras and extend JZim.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        Don’t think I wrote it But was hoping for that when there was talk of trading Stras over the winter.

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Another late, but not as late. Time out.

  91. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Scherzer is a motha f***** beast.

  92. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    OK. One more another pinch hitter.

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Pitch 100 95 mph

  94. Danny - May 16, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Espy is still easily the odd man out when Rendon comes back…. Why the conspiracy exists that Dez will sit exists is a ???? to me

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Why? As a manager, why not play the players that are performing, especially on both sides of the ball?

      • Danny - May 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        Dez has a track record. Espy has an inconsistent history

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        I think Dez has a track record now, too, of being inconsistent. He defense is inconsistent and suspect, too. This could be Espi’s coming out season. Hehe.

  95. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Whatttt the hell

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Clearly strike 3 . The ump must need new contacts.

      We got it two pitches later. That is where too many times our pitchers have let up uumm initials GG

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Come on blue. Dots Ramos mitt. Perfect pitch for strike 3. An ump can’t make that mistake.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Scherzer escapes his own trouble.

  98. Section 222 - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Wow. What a bulldog he is. Other Nats starters, take note.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      Which starters do you suggest take note?

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:48 AM

        All but JZnn.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 9:41 AM

        Fair enough. I think the last batter Scherzer faced in Almonte was enough for both Gio and Strasburg.

        Scherzer is running out of fumes and dots Ramos mitt for a painted Strike 3. He doesn’t get the call so what does Scherzer do? Well he didn’t pout like Gio does or show the frustration that Strasburg does. Scherzer just reloads and threw an even better pitch and got his K.

        That was a moment to me that I haven’t seen EVER from a Nats starter.

  99. natslive - May 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Ok tired of FPs I got this comment

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    A lesser pitcher would have melted down when he didn’t get that Strike 3 call against Amarista. Instead Scherzer loads back up and gets the strikeout. That’s impressive. If Gio and Strasburg can learn just that, they will be better pitchers.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      Sorry, that was Almonte and not Amarista.

    • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      Very true.

      • nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        Stras and Gio couldn’t carry Max jock strap

    • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      I really hope they are paying attention.

  101. rlndtln - May 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    JZIM is a bulldog too

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Compared with Scherzer, he’s a French bulldog.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Let’s see how that evens out but right now Scherzer is the clear #1 and JZim the #2. Gio looks like the #3.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        I dont know Gio still looks the same to me. He had 2012 then that pink cream thing happened. He hasn’t been as good since then.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        Really? Gio has been excellent. His velocity isn’t down, and his curve is back. He must be juicing again. LOL.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        Lol veejh..i do remember him being at 95 in 2012 and 93 recently. To me , Gio will walk the whole team if he’s nervous.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        Gio has touched 95 occasionally, and I’ve seen lots of 94. He looks like he did s***tons of squats during the offseason. Maybe he’s regained some power.

      • mnmindc - May 16, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        OK the French bulldog comment made me laugh. The thing about Max is that he’s basically facing all these NL teams that don’t know him well. Remember when Gio first came? He was great, K rate up, walks down. Fister saw his lowest ERA last year. It helps when the batters don’t have a great read on a pitcher’s release point, his pitch sequences and tendencies, etc. JZ has been facing the teams of the NL East since 2009! Stras since 2010 and Gio since 2012. That’s advantage hitter. Anyway this isn’t to say Max hasn’t been great. He has been and I do hope he’s a good role model for Stras and the baby Nats to come. But I doubt he’ll be this good all year and years to come (ie sub 2 ERA seems unlikely).

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        Good point mm. To me its not about the era but about his mound presence.

      • mnmindc - May 16, 2015 at 11:50 PM

        Yes his mound presence is impressive. He also got to pitch under Verlander for years and (if I’m understanding the dates correctly) Randy Johnson in AZ. That must help, right? Our guys have never had a true ace to look up to on their team, not in the Cy Young winning sense anyway. So I’m guessing having Max will help in that regard.

      • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 8:20 AM

        A French bulldog with a no-hitter, just saying…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      +1

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    #LoW by Thornton. Turn a DP now.

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Woot!

  103. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Huh….robot boy. I don’t miss him at all.

  104. nattygoats - May 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Nice job Matt.

  105. Danny - May 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Max is clearly the ace of the staff and it’s not close

    • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Really nice to see a guy embracing it.

  106. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Take a seat, Tyler. That was a good pitch.

  107. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    All of a sudden, the zone is huge. What gives, blue?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      He has a date after the game.

  108. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Haha robot boy!

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Buffalo is 4th on the team in batting with .314

    • Danny - May 16, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      At this point last year 4th in BA would be 270

  110. exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    I don’t know how Desmond ever hits the baseball with the way he swings.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Why Aaron Barrett over Storen here? I know technically it’s not a save situation but…

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Future closer grooming?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:23 PM

        He hasn’t looked good to me lately or else I’d be more ok with it. I would have gone straight to Storen.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        Storen told Cat he didn’t want to pitch unless it padded his stats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        Sheesh, a #LoW. Make them earn their way on. Not close on ball 4. JUp as we know will chase.

      • exposremains - May 16, 2015 at 11:26 PM

        Don’t like Barett there. Everytime I see him, I have flash back of SF.

  112. rlndtln - May 16, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Why does any pitcher throw Desi a strike.Why not Storen for the 9th.He has not pitched in the last 2 games and we have a day off monday.makes no sense.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      That was my question above. I don’t get it. I understand it’s not a Save situation if Storen comes in to start the 9th but the Nats need wins, not stat padding.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      Don’t know why anyone pitches Desi a strike, poor scouting I guess.

      Why no Storen, guess trying to not over use him early, though off Monday

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Both relievers come in and walk the first guy.

    We got away with it the first time.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      Of course Barrett can’t do the same as Thorton.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Bottom of the order Barrett. Finish these guys off.

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Hanging slider….got lucky there

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Big time. Luckily Middlebrooks just isn’t that good.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    There goes the shutout. F&$# What a waste. Now he goes to Storen to pad his stats. Just BS.

    • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      LOL.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        I think that was a Medium Leverage outing by Barrett and he failed.

        I think he’s the guy to go back to Syracuse when Janssen is ready.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        He did fail. The leadoff walks must end.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:36 PM

        Not so sure about sending him down. He needs to continue to see quality batter in the majors. It’s pointless for him to beat AAA guys. Just my take.

  116. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    You gotta keep trying. I like the move putting in Barrett. These guys with potential need as much exposure to pressure as possible.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      I heard that arguement hundreds of times with HenRod and I think that’s bunk. I think you have to earn it and Barrett didn’t earn that IMHO.

      • veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:40 PM

        Comparing Barrett to HotRod. Dunno bout that.

        I think they see potential with Barrett and wanna see what he’s got when it counts. It could pay off (unlike last season during the playoffs).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:58 PM

        Veejh, just comparing that you must earn it. HRod never did and I had a problem with that. If it’s a county fair speedball contest, he would win the big teddy bear but he was a thrower and not a pitcher and Barrett is good but far from great.

        MW hands him the ball in a key spot and he walks the leadoff man with a 4 run lead. Come on man.

      • scmargenau - May 16, 2015 at 11:55 PM

        Wash your mouth! hRod just brings back anguish

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        Best comp I could come up with you must earn it. I know, that’s a dark spot in the Nats history.

      • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 12:03 AM

        Ghost, there wasn’t really another pitchers at the time to take his place, and like I said, I think they were fishing for talent, just like they’re doing now with Barrett. They wanna see if he’s got what it takes to be an 8/9 guy, from what I’ve seen.

        Wasn’t the old Phils closer closing for us that year, too?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM

        I like going matchup in the 8th inning. MW doesn’t have a Clippard to hand it to.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Blue misses another critical strike on pitch #3 to Norris.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      You know I would love to sit wîth Joe Torrent.

      The ump in Houston missed about 5 in the little I saw flipping.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Barrett has given up a run in 3 of his last 4 games. He needs to straighten that up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      That’s my point. He didn’t earn that appearance there. That was Storen’s 9th.

    • senators5 - May 17, 2015 at 12:42 AM

      No, he needs to go back to AAA and learn how to throw strikes and eliminate balls in the ground. He simply is a liability at this point in history

  119. kgwcoach - May 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    OK!!
    Let’s take the series Sunday!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      +1

      • manassasnatsfan - May 16, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        +1

        Would like to see Brewers take their series too.

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Good job Storen finishing this off.

  121. Theophilus T.S. - May 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    I thought Norris’s big thing was he doesn’t strike out much. Overwhelmed twice tonight.

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - May 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    #LoW scored once again.

  123. veejh - May 16, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Best $210M ever spent?

  124. Steady Eddie - May 16, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Don’t understand why Barrett didn’t throw his slider more. I counted 3 out of 20 pitches, and all of his pitches to his two bad plate appearAnces — the BB to Upton and the single to Amarista — he threw only fastballs, and he doesn’t have the command to get the swinging third strike without his slider. He threw it well tonight when he used it. That can’t have been Ramos, he calls much too good of a game.

    I assume Barrett wanted to announce his presence with authority, which means he was lucky not to give up a dinger or at least an XBH.

  125. scmargenau - May 16, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    So this is what a true ace looks like 🙂

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    “chrisrw109nats – May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM
    Ghost, do you have an email addie for them? I keep ending up at the mlb store.”

    Yes its Lisa.Wessinger@braves.com

    • chrisrw109nats - May 17, 2015 at 1:23 AM

      Yeah, I found it, but thanks anyway. 🙂

  127. ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Watched the game but didn’t post. Really like the way our hitters have improved under MW – not just looking for the three-run HR that DJ loved, but getting good, smart hits and moving guys over. Did I see Espi choke up with 2 strikes? If so, I am sending Rick Schu a Christmas card! That guy is a regular Anne Sullivan! (Google it!)

    Another tip of the cap to Rizzo. Very hard now to argue against the Max signing, the Esco trade, the Thornton pickup (value for $$) and a host of other moves including the buildup of the farm system from bare dirt to fields of plenty. We have had half our regular lineup injured, have not yet played with everyone healthy, had 3 SP injured and miss at least one start and pitch at least one other when not healthy and we are now .5 game back of the division lead. Even more impressive, only 2 teams in the NL and 5 in all of MLB, have won more fgames than the Nats. Let that sink in. April was truly the cruelest month, for the Nats. I hope to see, in the coming months, the Nats make the rest of MLB experience our April. Seems only fair.

    • Bruxtun - May 17, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      +1 ehay2k, all good things

      And yep, Espi definitely choked up on the bat. It was an amazing sight to see.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      All great points, ehay2k! I can’t imagine how deep in do-do the Nats would be in right now without Scherzer. And I admit to being not just skeptical, but down right cynical about Uggla on the bench, but he is looking gold, along with Moore off the bench in key at bats. I’tt take some extra feathers with my helping of crow. And seriously, very few would’ve thought Espinosa would make the adjustments that he has.

      Casey Janssen pitched a single inning yesterday in Harrisburg, serving up 2 groundouts and a line out to the outfield. More importantly, it was his 2nd appearance in two days, though his results were not great on Friday.

      Off topic, but I was looking at a lot of basic stats this morning and this stood out to me: Neither Giancarlo Stanton or Freddie Freeman has hit into a single double play this year. Bryce Harper has only hit into one.When you think of all the runners that are on base when they come up to bat, I find that pretty impressive.

  128. Theophilus T.S. - May 17, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    To paraphrase Churchill, Espinosa is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Everyone expects (hopes) Rendon will return (sooner rather than later); equally everyone expects Espinosa is to be left without a place in the day-to-day lineup when the music stops. At the same time, he is showing, statistically, the best production of his career (compare current slugging pct. to his big HR season) yet many doubt that he can sustain it for a full season, espec. with reduced playing time. What if he does sustain it through, say, 300+ PAs? What will we say about him going into the 2016 season?

    I was watching carefully, again, last night and there is no sign he is deviating from his new-found approach (both selectivity and a substantially improved base in the batter’s box)/ The only conclusion I can draw now is that it is time to discard the impressions he left over the last several years and look at him as you would look a new player. (As for, example, people are looking at Escobar, who didn’t exactly arrive with an army of fans behind him.) That Espinosa is very enjoyable to watch and easy to root for.

  129. Joe Seamhead - May 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    A little report here on Trea Turner:

    33 games, 124 AB’s, 141 PA’s:

    .323 BA, 406 OBP, 18 BB’s, 31 K’s

    .308 BA with RISP

    3 errors in 33 games at SS

  130. rayvil01 - May 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    One thing that last night brought home: Thank goodness Kimbrel was traded to the West Coast. Sick of seeing that guy 15 times a year.

    • ArVAFan - May 17, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      +1

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