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Game 73: Braves at Nats

Jun 25, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

Winners of eight of their last 11, the Nationals have a chance to secure a sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon, as they get set to head out on a road trip beginning with Philly this weekend.

The Nats will play without Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, who are both getting days off. Matt Williams says both are available to pinch-hit, but Harper did suffer a right leg cramp in Wednesday night’s win. Rendon is dealing with soreness in his oblique and, according to Williams, now has some soreness in his left quad as well.

The Nats’ starting rotation hasn’t allowed a run in its last 34 1/3 innings and now Doug Fister (2-3, 4.80) will take his turn. The big right-hander made his return from the disabled list in his last outing and gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays. He felt encouraged by how his right forearm felt after rehabbing a strain, but will certainly hope for better results against Atlanta.

Pitching for the Braves is right-hander Matt Wisler (1-0, 1.13), who will make just his second career start. Wisler debuted on June 19 against the Mets and was impressive with eight innings of one-run ball.

Stay tuned for updates…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 187
Weather: Chance of rain, 83 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (39-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister

BRAVES (35-37)
2B Jace Peterson
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Joey Terdoslavich
3B Kelly Johnson
LF Jonny Gomes
SS Pedro Ciriaco
RHP Matt Wisler

UMPIRES
HP Mike Estabrook
1B Dana DeMuth (cc)
2B Sam Holbrook
3B Ed Hickox

4:23 p.m. — The Nats are up 1-0 on the Braves early here thanks to some run manufacturing in the first inning. Span led off with a single and reached second on a rare error by Markakis in right field. Prior to today, he had not committed an error in a MLB-record 398 consecutive games. Span then moved to third on a sac bunt by Espinosa. He scored on a groundout to first base by Escobar. 1-0 it is as Fister will go back out there for the second.

4:46 p.m. — The Nats added two more runs in the second inning and now lead 3-0. Ramos led off with a double and scored on a throwing error by Johnson to first. That error allowed Desmond to reach base and he later scored on a double to center field by Taylor. Fister extended the Nats’ rotation’s team record of consecutive scoreless innings to 36 1/3 in the second. On to the third we go.

5:16 p.m. — The Nationals put three more runs on the board on the third and now lead 6-0 on the Braves. Escobar got it started with a one-out double and scored in the next at-bat on a single to center by Robinson. Ramos then reached on an infield grounder when Robinson broke up the double play at second. And Desmond followed that with a two-run bomb to right field. Nats are enjoying a comfortable lead as Fister will take the mound for the fourth inning.

5:29 p.m. — No runs to report on in the fourth inning. Fister got the Braves to go down 1-2-3 and the Nats couldn’t take advantage of singles by Fister and Espinosa. It’s 6-0 with the fifth up next.

5:44 p.m. — It’s still 6-0 after five. The Braves saw Johnson lead off with a single and Gomes follow with a HBP, but that was it. Robinson singled and Moore walked for the Nats, but they did not score. Fister will go back out there having thrown 73 pitches so far.

5:57 p.m. — No scoring once again in the sixth inning. Fister extended the Nats starters’ scoreless streak to 40 1/3 innings, and the bats went silent in the bottom half of the frame. It’s still 6-0 heading to the seventh inning.

6:13 p.m. — Another quiet inning for both teams, as Fister keeps the Braves from crossing the plate to extend the scoreless streak to 41 1/3 innings. Blake Treinen is coming on in the eighth inning with the Nats up 6-0.

6:34 p.m. — The Nats took advantage of another Braves miscue to tack on another run in the eighth inning. After a botched double play attempt on a Michael A. Taylor ground ball, Matt den Dekker laced an RBI single to make it 7-0. We’re headed to the ninth.

6:41 p.m. — And that’ll do it. The Nats win 7-0 to sweep the Braves and extend their winning streak to six games.

230 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Wow, Trea Turner and Giolito named to the All Star Futures game!

    • Doc - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Rizzo and his scouts should be honorary coaches for the game!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:53 PM

        2nd time Giolito was chosen. When Rizzo’s assistant called Trea Turner to tell him yesterday he was blown away and of course had a huge game for Harrisburg yesterday.

      • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

        Promote Turner now and just let Desmond go. Leads majors in errors, batting .220.

      • hokiepokster92 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        You do realize he delivered the winning run yesterday, right?

  3. adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    To repeat a hilarious comment from earlier today (I can’t remember who wrote it – I’d actually prefer somebody take credit here, because I like to give credit to where it’s due)

    Message to Fister: the last time a Nats starting pitcher allowed a run, he got sent down to AAA. But no pressure 😉

    • natsfan1a - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      Found it:

      Sec 3, My Sofa – Jun 24, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      Fister going tomorrow. It just occurs to me that he must be aware that the last starter who gave up a run just got sent to Syracuse. But no pressure.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        Actually, with the Nats’ lineup, give up a run and you lose. Wow. Looks like a spring training lineup.

    • ArVAFan - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      +1

    • bowdenball - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM

      Fister probably looked at today’s lineup card and wondered if he was already there.

  4. langleyclub - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Nats may need to win a low scoring game today.

    This Spring, how many people projected that in late June that Nats would use a #2, #3, #4 of:

    – Espinosa
    – Escobar
    – Robinson

    • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      Already won two low scoring games this series. They can do it again as long as the defense remains sharp behind a steady Fister.

    • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      Yes, this is why Matt Williams is an idiot. Rendon and Harper can not be off on the same days. Stupid.

      • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        Yeah, the nerve of him recognizing the both are nicked use at the same time!!

    • hokiepokster92 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      Is it idiotic or is it managing the club for the long haul (the whole season)? Both players have been dealing with injuries and the Nats have already won this series.

  5. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Streaky team this season. Let’s keep this streak up!

  6. natsguy - Jun 25, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    This is a big game in the sense that Fister is needed. He was a major part of the success from last year. Lots of times sinker ball pitchers need their arms to be a little tired. Keeping fingers crossed. I much prefer his personality to Strasburg’s. He is a real gamer. If he could come back this team just might get clicking for a long stretch. I loved Joe Ross and his demeanor. Didn’t let anything bother him.

  7. masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Yikes. Not happy to see Rendon is out. Guess that foul ball must have really hurt. Hope he’s not out for more than a game.

    • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      There was also the issue of the balky quad from a couple games ago

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      His quad is affecting his speed and his range and defense.

  8. jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    From the last thread,

    I put out the defensive metrics chart for center fielders knowing full well that the rotten tomatoes are soon to come my way. I agree that defensive metrics are far from conclusive but they are still a reasonable way to frame performance objectively and compare players to one another. It’s reasonable that if the numbers are imprecise for one player that they are also imprecise for another player and one would hope that directionaly the numbers at least offer a somewhat imperfect but objective picture.

    It’s amazing that one immediately gets defensive when one’s favorite player doesn’t show as well in an objective sample as one had hoped.

    Hey, it’s much easier to shoot the messenger.

    • NatsLady - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      Also from the last thread.

      The eye test (mine) says Span has not been at his best this season until recently. Playing shallow (as he likes to do), several “catchable” balls went past him. I think he either didn’t feel up to par, or didn’t fully trust his body after the surgeries. Within the last week we’ve seen the old Span.

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:36 PM

        NatsLady,

        Well your eye test is validated by the metrics. I am not saying that Span’s numbers are chronic only that they are not as good as previous years and not as good as other center fielders. Incidentally last year Denard ranked 6th in the NL. In 2013 he was 3rd.

        Is he slipping some? yes.

      • NatsLady - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:51 PM

        I love Span, and wouldn’t mind at all re-upping him for 3-4 years at market rate. I feel Werth is destined for part-time play and I don’t see another Michael A. in our system who is major-league ready at this point (we shall see about the college guy we drafted).

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        NatsLady,

        100% (although 4 years is a bit long for me) .

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        “It’s amazing that one immediately gets defensive when one’s favorite player doesn’t show as well in an objective sample as one had hoped”.

        I was the poster referred to from the last thread. I didn’t say that Span was the best, worst, or otherwise. I didn’t shoot the messenger.I didn’t even question Span’s placement in the rating. I said rating Billy Hamilton as the best CF in the NL is poppycock.He is a good player, but Hamilton makes up for a lot of sins with his speed, but I would rate several guys as better than him defensively.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:34 PM

        I thought he was amazing yesterday but I wish he would play back a few steps on the road where he has been victimized vs Nats Park where he gets to almost everything.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:14 PM

        I think it was more aimed at Mick because of his “best center fielder period” comment.

    • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      Not an expert on advanced defensive metrics, and not throwing tomatoes at the messenger, but if the stats are so far away from the eye test – and they are for Span in my opinion – it doesn’t matter that they are “objective”. They’re imprecise and to me they seem to be getting it quite wrong. It doesn’t necessarily stand to reason that if they’re imprecise for one player they’ll be the same amount of imprecise for another because there are a lot of factors involved in the formula, not just “good” or “bad”. It’s more likely to me that the stats are much better at somethings than others and certain types of players are unfairly hurt by what ever those factors are. That’s just my speculation, haven’t dug into any of it myself.

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:40 PM

        bruxton,

        We think our players are the best and we take it personally when something says otherwise. NatsLady actually pointed out quite objectively that she has actually seen many instances where Span has misplayed/ misjudged balls he would have caught ordinarily.

        What one needs to understand is that statistical measures don’t have a bias and fans do.

      • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:47 PM

        I agree, Span wasn’t on his game to start the season. Anyone who watched him play effortless defense in ’13 and ’14 would have noticed a few balls drop in that “should have” been caught by Denard. It’s just surprising to me that he’s still ranked so far down. Pretty much at the bottom. I’m not accusing it of bias, but of being flawed. If it’s flawed the objectivity doesn’t make up for it, for me. I always try to take those advanced stats into consideration but don’t rely on them as anything but supplemental. I’d guess most people are the same way, but I just mean to say they are a long way off from being standalone and should be used mostly as a companion to the eye test.

      • NatsLady - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        I will be glad when we have sortable defensive metrics, like route-efficiency, speed, etc. Even then it won’t be prefect but you will have a more objective comparison, especially 2015 Span with previous years.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM

        “What one needs to understand is that statistical measures don’t have a bias and fans do.”

        What a remarkable thing to say. Of course statistical measures can have a bias, and most of them do. One of the reason the “advanced” defensive stats exist is that the classic Fielding Percentage has a bias against players with better range, because those players make more errors on balls the slower fielders never get near and go for hits, and fielding percentage doesn’t touch on either factor. Current advanced stats, proponents of the stats keep reminding us, are not reliable in sample sizes smaller than a couple or three seasons. Then there’s the choice of which stats to use, wherein the human bias can come back into the frame again.

    • Eric - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      I have no idea how to rank anyone.

      But I do wonder: how can you consider a measure “objective” when you can’t even define the ways in which it is imperfect?

      • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:06 PM

        My thoughts too, Eric. Not a great argument in my opinion.

    • zmunchkin - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM

      Nonsense. The metrics you refer to are biased. And most such metrics, by definition, overvalue some players and undervalue others.

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Span vs. the rest of the league: Pick the NL CFs you’d pick for your team other than Span. McCutcheon, the rook in NL and who else?

  10. jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Myself?

    Pollock, Pederson, Mc.Cutcheon are the top 3. In the next group I have Blackmon, Fowler, Maybin and Span. But this takes into account offense and defense and age.

    Hey, I love Span and I advocate signing him for 2 – 3 more years if it’s doable I just don’t think you can declare someone the best (well you can do what you want) based solely on your eye test (keeping in mind that you see your player way more often than you see the opposition.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM

      I have never claimed that Span was the best CF in the league. Ever. I have said that he is the best CF to ever play for the Washington Nationals. I have said that I love watching the guy play the OF. I do think a good argument could’ve been made that he deserved a Gold Glove two years ago.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        Think JD is talking about Mick. He said, in his right, that Span was the best outfielder in baseball, period.

        Why this is even a big deal, idk. Fans can say what the hell they want and if they want to feel their player is the best, they have that right.

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

        Joe,

        I never said that you said he was the best. Mick did, and I simply verified the numbers and to my surprise Span was rated quite poorly. I too love watching Span play and as I said I wish we can keep him for the foreseeable future (2 – 3 years).

        I don’t understand why you feel that Hamilton’s rating is invalid, I mean the way they come up with the numbers is by recording how many outs were made in ZoneA, ZoneB bye each player, how quickly one player gets from point A to point B, reaction time off the bat, arm strength etc. it’s somewhat inconsistent until you get a very large sample size but it’s not based on anyone’s opinion, the fact is that Hamilton gets to more balls etc than anybody else and he has done so for 2 years in a row, I personally don’t like Hamilton’s offensive game (or Revere’s) and I wouldn’t trade Span for him one for one.

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:41 PM

        MrsB.

        You are right. Anyone has a right to have an opinion regardless how baseless it is. Mick just irritates me when he says: ‘Period!. As if there is no discussion.

    • NatsLady - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Interesting that Lagares is not on your list. Not saying he should be, just interesting how quickly stars fade.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        Lagares last week was caught playing too shallow and the game winner sailed over his head. He’s good but not like last year.

      • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        just slipped my mind. I think he belongs in the 2nd tier with Span etc.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        Not only is Lagares not on his list neither is Billy Hamilton who is rated # 1 on the list which is why I said”poppycock” to the list and called it silly. Some of the numbers used are not formed by anything more objective than official scorers’ and reporters’ reports, thus about as objective as figure skating scores, imho.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        I never thought Lagares was a ‘great’ outfielder… always thought he was a ‘good’ one…

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        I didn’t see where mick responded to your post. Sorry. As to Hamilton? I have watched him on many occasions.He has great speed, but he is far from being a polished outfielder as far as technique, imho, but as I said, he makes up for a lot because of his speed. He is another player that played the IF, and not very well, until pretty far along in his career. He is still learning to play a great outfield, which he may yet do, if his hitting keeps him in the league long enough. If it wasn’t for his base stealing I really don’t think Billy Hamilton would’ve made it to the ML level yet. I think he would have benefitted by another year in AA to learn the nuances of the OF.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:56 PM

        Like Span, I believe Juan Lagares is playing with an assortment of nagging sprains and strains this year. He has a great glove to go along with a very accurate arm. There’s a reason he led the league in OF assists in 2013.

      • jfmii - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

        Lagares is having throwing issues this year as well

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Here’s to Fister continuing the dominance that the Nats pitchers have shown the past couple of days…

    • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Didn’t MW start a similar lineup on Friday night against Pittsburgh and AJ Burnett and we won something like 4 – 1? I mean if Fister pitches well we have a shot. I am not throwing the towel in.

  12. skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Matt Williams must be dumb as heck. You have a chance to take advantage of the Mets’ nose dive and build a cushion and you give your two best hitters the day off? Idiot. I would tell them “this is the time I need you while we are making a move up the standings. You can rest maybe next week. I want to ride this current win streak for as long as possible.”

    Idiot manager….

    • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      is this a joke? Both players have leg issues they are dealing with.

      • hokiepokster92 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        +

    • jd - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      easy skinsdiehard,

      Rendon and Harper are the best 2 players on the team and are by all accounts a bit nicked up. There’s no sense winning a battle and losing the war. Notice he kept Ramos in so he’s not exactly throwing in the towel just understanding that there is a big picture.

      • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:53 PM

        Still questionable decision with the lineup….. Keep Rendon in then. Sweeping the Braves also puts some doubt in their minds that they can match up with the Nats. Go for the sweep! The fact that the team only has 2 good hitters is an indictment of Rizzo. I dont know why he’s not willing to trade Span or Werth or Ryan Zimmerman or promote some young bats like Brian Goodwin. We just saw Steven Souza leave and he’s better than Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, Robinson and probably Span. Could have just traded Span and let Souza play, but Rizzo is questionable at times. He’s decent at drafting but no so much with trades and free agency since the Nats now have two of the dumbest free agent contracts on their books (Werth & Scherzer).

      • Bruxtun - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        a lot of cluelessness in there, skins. like 90% of that is bad.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        I can’t understand why Rizzo doesn’t trade Tyler Moore for Mike Trout or Giancarlo Stanton.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:01 PM

        Seems like a good time to revisit The Rizzo Rap Sheet

        laddieblahblah – Jun 19, 2015 at 6:29 AM
        Rizzo’s rap sheet – a felonious history of theft, chicanery, larceny and fraud:

        Guilty, guilty, guilty – each count merits life in solitary, without hope of parole:

        2009 – Seattle gets Ryan Langerhans………………………………Nats get Michael Morse
        2010 – Texas gets Christian Guzman + $82 mn………………..Nats get Tanner Roark, Ryan Tatusko
        2010 – Minnesota gets Matt Capps………………………………….Nats get Wilson Ramos, Joe Testa
        2012 – Minnesota gets Alex Meyer………………………………….Nats get Denard Span
        2013 – Detroit gets Lombo, Krol, Robbie Ray…………………..Nats get Dough Fister
        2014 – Tampa Bay gets Nate Karns………………………………….Nats get Lobaton, Rivero, Vettleson

        “Do not buy a used car from this man” category:

        2012 – Oakland gets David Freitas (who?)………………………..Nats get Kurt Suzuki
        2013 – Oakland gets Michael Morse…………………………………Nats get AJ Cole, Blake Treinen, PTBNL
        2014 – Cleveland gets Zach Walters…………………………………Nats get Asdrubal Cabrera
        2014 – Texas gets Ross Detwiler………………………………………Nats get Chris Bostick, Abel Dos Santos

        Jury still out, but an eventual guilty verdict seems very likely:

        2014 – Tampa Bay gets Steven Souza……………………………….Nats get Joe Ross and Trea Turner
        2015 – Oakland gets Tyler Clippard………………………………….Nats get Yunel Escobar
        2015 – Yanks get Tony Renda………………………………………….Nats get David Carpenter

        Hung jury, ordered back into deliberations:

        2011 – Oakland gets Peacock, Cole, Milone, Norris……………Nats get Gio Gonzalez
        2013 – Tampa Bay gets David DeJesus……………………………..Nats get Mathew Spann

        Nothing to see here – Mutually inconsequential huff-puffing, with no significant impact on baseball’s competitive statusphere:

        2009 – Pirates get Joel Hanrahan, Lastings Milledge……………Nats get Nyjer Morgan, Sean Burnett
        2010 – Arizona gets Josh Willingham………………………………..Nats get Corey Brown, Henry Rodriguez
        2011 – Arizona gets Jason Marquis……………………………………Nats get Zach Walters
        2011 – Milwaukee gets Jerry Hairston……………………………….Nats get Erik Komatsu
        2013 – Oakland gets Kurt Suzuki………………………………………Nats get Dakota Bacus.
        2013 – Cubs get Ivan Pineyro……………………………………………Nats get Scott Hairston
        2015 – Mets get Jerry Blevins…………………………………………..Nats get Matt den Dekker

        The con man, inevitably, is conned, himself:

        2013 – Oakland gets Billy Burns……………………………………….Nats get Jerry Blevins

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:14 PM

        Feeding the trolls is prohibited.Violators will be thrown to the alligators.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:17 PM

        I saw his post earlier and chalked it up to the typical football mentality not understanding the 162 game grind. Actually, just not having clue, period.

      • chrisrw109nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        We just saw Steven Souza leave and he’s better than Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, Robinson and probably Span.

        hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

        *gasps for air*

        hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

        So apparently you weren’t paying attention last year when Span broke the club record for hits? Also, we didn’t see Souza leave, we traded him for several Grade A prospects who are currently doing everything we could ask of them.

        You are FUNNY.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I think my sarcasm meter is broken…

      I aint MW’s biggest fan ( I am one of his loudest critics) … but seeing how the series is won and Harp and Rendon have nagging injuries, why not give them the day off…

      • rlndtln - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        Mets are not going to lose today.Degrom is lights out and the Brewers pitcher is not much.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Rendon is hurting and his defense has not been great because of the quad. Smart to sit him with Fister spinning sinkers!!!

        If Harp is available as a pinch-hitter, BONUS!!!!

      • bowdenball - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:56 PM

        “rlndtln – Jun 25, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        Mets are not going to lose today.Degrom is lights out and the Brewers pitcher is not much.”

        If the Mets won every game where they had a much better starting pitcher than the opponent they’d be the best team in the league instead of one game under .500.

      • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        So you’d rather win series 2-1 vs. 3-0? Who are you? A soccer mom or Mother Teresa? This is pro ball, man. Go for it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        I am neither a soccer mom or Mother Theresa…

        But I realize that when the star players are a little banged up and its June 25 and the team has a 3+ game lead in the division and over 80 more games to play… its not rocket science to rest them…

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        Check deGrom’s road stats. Like most of the Mets, he’s great at home, on the road, not so much.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      One hundred and sixty-two games. Do you have any idea how many games that is? That’s a lot of games!

      Svrluga’s new book, _The Grind_

    • Natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Someone whose handle is “skinsdiehard” is calling other people an idiot? Pot. Kettle. Black.

      • hokiepokster92 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        +

    • chrisrw109nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      Yes, Matt WIlliams is completely dumb as heck. It makes much more sense to start two guys in a game that has no additional value, when doing so might make then miss several games down the road.

      Games in June count just like games in July do, trading one game in June at the risk of losing two or three extra games in July is not a good decision at all.

  13. donkort - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    I hope Harper hits a pinch-hit walk-off homer.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    #Nats have signed 5 more 2015 First-Year Player Draft selections: Top Pick Andrew Stevenson, Schrock, Terps pick Kevin Mooney, Harmening & Jefferies: http://t.co/lE33m9FTo7

  15. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    “skinsdiehard” — the name says it all . . .. Consider the source.

    • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      Hahaha….i’m a fan of all of the Washington teams….just can’t have a name with all of them incorporated. Don’t let that fool you. 🙂

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      I think Theo’s point was that football fans tend to think in terms of 17 games being a whole season, and are proportionately impatient. In a whole NFL season, teams play about 1/2 as many quarters as MLB teams play games. It’s a long season. A marathon, maybe with a sprint at the finish.

      • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        I understand the demands of a baseball season. Also, most people are fans of more than one sport. Being a Skins fan doesnt mean that baseball is foreign. I’m a lifelong Orioles fan and played baseball myself in high school. I know the game. I just disagree with MW’s decision to rest both Harper and Rendon on the same night. I think it is a mistake. He can stagger their days off.

      • Natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Speaking of which, where are all those people who were telling us which quarter of what game we are in earlier this season? I’ve lost track. Is it the two minute warning yet?

      • Natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        Yeah, shame on Matt Williams for not telling Harper and Rendon to stagger their leg injuries. That’s some bad managin’ there.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:23 PM

        You’re upset with Williams for sitting Harp and Rendon? And that’s based on your intimate knowledge of their physical condition today?

      • Eric - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        Maybe’s Theo’s point was a reference to the handling of RGIII when he was hurt. Their management probably would play Harper and Rendon until their injuries reach the most extreme possible state.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        This would be the start of the 2nd half of game VII, approximately.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        Maybe’s Theo’s point was a reference to the handling of RGIII when he was hurt. Their management probably would play Harper and Rendon until their injuries reach the most extreme possible state.

        Now, that’s not fair. NFL players have access to much better drugs for that sort of thing.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Actually everybody seems to have missed my point. The Redskins have squandered every reason for team loyalty (except possibly to the name). Beyond that, any “die hard” ‘Skins fan’s judgment on any subject is called into question. I used to watch at least a portion of most games (until the turning point, which sometimes was the national anthem). Last year I managed to avoid watching any part of any of them.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Speaking of Denard Span, the Twins just called up the guy he was traded for (Alex Meyer)

    • skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Of course.

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        You proclaimed your O’s fanhhod. Why are you here?

      • chrisrw109nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        ‘Of Course’

        Because we certainly haven’t gotten amazing service out of Span or anything.

        Why are you even here?

    • needanatsfix - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      The Twins must be desperate for a bullpen arm. A WHIP of 1.65 in AAA this year does not look overly impressive. But hey, at least he has a K/IP ratio higher than 1.

      • zshurs - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        Yeah, but look at what he did once he moved to the bullpen. Opposing hitters put up a .188/.268/.219 line in 17 innings. WHIP is 1.06. 20 K/6 BB.

        I’m sure they still hope he can be a starter, but he definitely improved when they moved him to the bullpen.

  17. zshurs - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    I assume they will use Meyer out of the bullpen. He really seemed to thrive once they moved him there in AAA a few weeks ago.

  18. Eric - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Heads up y’all: the only thing that dies hard on the Internet is trolling.

  19. skinsdiehard - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Thanks for the recap. I will just isolate the bonehead moves and highlight some questionable FA acquisitions by Rizzo:

    2014 – Tampa Bay gets Nate Karns………………………………….Nats get Lobaton, Rivero, Vettleson
    2013 – Oakland gets Michael Morse…………………………………Nats get AJ Cole, Blake Treinen, PTBNL
    2014 – Tampa Bay gets Steven Souza……………………………….Nats get Joe Ross and Trea Turner
    2015 – Oakland gets Tyler Clippard………………………………….Nats get Yunel Escobar
    2011 – Oakland gets Peacock, Cole, Milone, Norris……………Nats get Gio Gonzalez
    2010 – Arizona gets Josh Willingham………………………………..Nats get Corey Brown, Henry Rodriguez
    2013 – Oakland gets Kurt Suzuki………………………………………Nats get Dakota Bacus.

    Dan Harren – $14MM
    Edwin Jackson – $12MM
    Rafael Soriano – $14MM
    Jayson Werth – $126MM
    Max Scherzer – $210MM (outbid themselves)

    Why let go Sean Burnett? or Michael Morse? Why is Espinosa still on the team?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Those are your bonehead moves?

      SMDH.

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Souza for Turner and Ross is a down right robbery in Rizzo favor. I believe the Pads GM was canned for loves like this.

    • bowdenball - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Wait, what?

      Did someone just ask why a switch-hitter who gives you plus-plus defense at both middle infield spots and currently sports a .799 OPS is still on the team?

      You know, the secret to fishing/trolling is to make your stuff just believable that people think you’re serious. Nobody is going to believe someone actually is wondering why Danny Espinosa is still on the team.

    • pdowdy83 - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      Nate Karns is pitching well but 2/3rds of the return in that deal is on the 25 man roster and another is still pretty young and at AA. Hard to call it bonehead yet but right now Karns is the most productive.

      Morse has not been good since Rizzo traded him. Blake Treinen is on the MLB roster and Ian Krol the PTBNL was a big part of the Doug Fister trade. Win for Rizzo.

      Joe Ross and Trea Turner are both grade A prospects. Souza is decent. Right now it is too early to call.

      Yunel Escobar has been tremendous this year and comes with 2 more years of control. Clipp’s still solid but is a free agent at the end of the year and his K rate has plummetted. Escobar is one of the main reasons the team is where it is right now. Win for Rizzo.

      Gio almost won a cy young and has been solid the other years since the trade. NONE of the players Oakland got are there anymore. NONE. Win for Rizzo.

      Josh Willingham trade was a bust for the Nats.

      Kurt Suzuki was terrible win Rizzo traded him. Bacus is pitching well in AA. I would call this a push.

      Dan Haren was bad.

      Edwin Jackson did exactly what he was supposed to.

      Soriano was pretty decent but cost too much so that was a bad move.

      Werth was excellent in 2013 and 2014 and at the end of 2012 hitting leadoff and in the playoffs. He is hurt a lot but the whole thing turned a corner when he came on board. Big contract but has paid some major dividends. May look worse in the coming years but I can’t blame him that much.

      Scherzer – You have no proof they outbid themselves. Also NO HITTER and another one of the most dominant starts in the history of the game. Can’t say much about this one.

      Sean Burnett’s arm fell off and he has pitched a grand total of 10.1 innings since they let him go. Looks like he made the right call.

      Morse, again, has not been very good. He has missed 14 games in 2+ seasons and put up a slash line of .246/.288/.414 for an OPS of .702 with a homer every 30.8 plate appearances and terrible defense for a WAR of -1.6 over those 2+ seasons…

      Espinosa, even in his terrible seasons, brought above average speed and good defense at a very cheap salary and now he is playing very well.

      Of all of your bonehead moves I can only call Haren, Soriano, and the Willingham trade bad. Haren was even able to put it together the 2nd half of the season and was only a 1 year deal so that wasn’t that bad.

  20. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    So the radar looks like it’ll be a couple of hours before the rain gets here, and in my very non-professional opinion (where’s dwx–something, the real weather expert around here?), it looks like there’s a decent chance it’ll stay north of the park long enough to get this one in.

  21. unkyd59 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    skinsdiehard on June 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm
    “Still questionable decision with the lineup….. Keep Rendon in then. Sweeping the Braves also puts some doubt in their minds that they can match up with the Nats. Go for the sweep! The fact that the team only has 2 good hitters is an indictment of Rizzo. I dont know why he’s not willing to trade Span or Werth or Ryan Zimmerman or promote some young bats like Brian Goodwin. We just saw Steven Souza leave and he’s better than Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, Robinson and probably Span. Could have just traded Span and let Souza play, but Rizzo is questionable at times. He’s decent at drafting but no so much with trades and free agency since the Nats now have two of the dumbest free agent contracts on their books (Werth & Scherzer).”
    —————————
    Breathtaking…. Really……(oy)

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      O’s fan… so that tells me all I need to know…

      • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

        Jealous that the O’s didn’t get Scherzer

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        Turn that page. It’s that same ole song “Jealousy”

    • unkyd59 - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      …..and i just saw his list of bonehead moves…. Ok…now I get it… Good one!

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      He forgot to call MW an idiot for sitting Scherzer, too. With off day on Monday he could skip Fister today.

      Or something like that

  22. Eric - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    What we need here is some die hard plate discipline. Recognize your neighborhood trolls, people!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      +1

  23. adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Hey, Braves are going with some their second string, too. I guess they’re idiots, too.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      How do you tell the Braves’ second team from the first? No. of Johnsons?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        I just laughed out loud on the bus at this.. hahahahahahahah

      • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        Oh my 😉

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM

        This question begs for a comment but I’m going to abstain.

  24. adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Btw, in at the game. Section 318. Mrs Wonk due to arrive shortly

  25. adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Fister has retired first four, but the were fly balls. Makes me nervous when a sinkerball guy does that

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      3 of 4 were flies

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Soooooo … the Johnson’s were out through their flies?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        These people on the bus are looking at my crazy cuz I just busted out laughing… like shoulders shaking laughing…

        Hilarious stuff….

  26. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    What IS it with pulling balls to short with a guy on second??

  27. Danny - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Mighty Taylor!

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    ALMOST Persuaded!

  29. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Way to go MAT! Thought it was gone.

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      So did the CF, who might’ve caught it if he played it right.

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        It was either a terrible jump, or a bad assumption that it was gone. Probably the latter.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Sign Span for a couple of years… transition Werth to Taylor in LF…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      I know I’ve said it before but how comfortable does Taylor look and play in LF.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        For a rookie? I think he looks great in LF. I really do.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        His reads, routes, and aggessiveness were a problem in CF. In LF, he looks more comfortable and his reads are getting better. Many teams stick a lousy fielder in LF so MAT has helped the Nats overall defense.

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:18 PM

        Ghost, Jayson Werth is offended by your comment.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        You know I love Jayson but his LF defense was offensive this season. Treinen’s ERA still has a few runs on there on the play where Jayson got a bad read coming in, fell down and the ball went to the wall and cleared the bases.

        My theory again is they brought Jayson back much too soon. He wasn’t ready offensively or defensively.

  31. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Nice snag.

  32. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    71 on that hook. Saweet.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Great, WordPress is out of alignment again.

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Awwww, come ON. Somebody reported the comment on the Braves’ lineup containing several players named Johnson?

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Right?

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Did Escobar get the corner of the plate? What are they challenging?

  36. Danny - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Watch us lose this challenge, even though he clearly touched the plate

  37. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Great slide by Yunel. What’s the question?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      Not clear whether Fredi was challenging the tag or touching the plate, but either way, it was pretty solid he was safe.

  38. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I can’t believe they challenged that call. The ump’s nose was right on top of the plate.

  39. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Some quality defense from the Braves today

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Look at Ian Desmond!!!! That was impressive!!!! HR!!!!

  41. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    THAT’S what I’m talking about!

    Ian Diamond Desmond.

  42. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Dez! Dez! Dez! Hmmmmmmm….maybe that walk off did something?

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Way to go Desi….

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Look at Espi grab Desi around the neck for some lovin! All the player just love Desi!

  45. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I was about to say it feels like this game is about to get away from the Braves, one or two more runs should do it. Ian beat me to the punch.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Desi having a lot more fun than he was a couple of days ago.

  47. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    And the scoreless inning streak continues

  48. masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Fister trying to outdo Scherzer at the plate!

  49. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Clearly there’s no established convention about not mentioning the scoreless innings. Which is good. That would be a bit too much.

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      I was waiting for someone to jump on me

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:29 PM

        Nah, several folks have mentioned it repeatedly. You’re covered.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Escobar is seriously in pull mode..

  51. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Yunel taking a GIDP for the team there in the bottom of the fourth. Need to get the next half-inning in the books before the rain gets here.

    Although, I still think the worst of it will go north of the park, at least for the next hour or two.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Clint Robinson shows that he is a lumbering outfielder. Didn’t seem like a high degree of difficulty. Leadoff single.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM

      I think he shows that he’s a first baseman playing right. But lumbering is about right.

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      From park: terrible route to the ball. It was an easy out. DP on Eury saved the streak.

  53. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    OH YEAH!!

    Turn it baby!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      That was a fairly slow ground ball with a fairly fast batter-runner, but the D saves Doug Fister from ER ignominy for one. more. inning.

  54. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Yesssssssssssssssss!!!!!

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Damn…. that had my heart double clutch… hahahahh

  56. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    For a lumbering first baseman playing right, I gotta say, that Robinson kid does hit a little.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Geez Robinson. Another poor read. Got the out luckily.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      Might be bullpen time. Call it a nice outing.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        Nope, he’s hitting,

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        I know ugh.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        But I’d have one of the new kids up if I were Matty.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        Me too

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

        Look at Fister knifing through the bottom of the order but Terdoslavich was K’d on a pitch outside the zone

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      Aww, c’mon. He caught it. This ain’t ice dancing.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        LOL, style points! I give him a 2 from the Russian judge.

  58. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Charlie Lea had a no-hitter for the ’81 Expos.
    (FP and Carp are discussing them.)

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Trea Turner promoted to AAA. HMMM

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      hmmmmmm

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      SRSLY? They might bring him up this season after all. I did not expect that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        Sure September but this is shocking. If JimBo is right I will eat my cap.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Fister at 94 pitches through 6. Let’s go to the pen. Finish on a high note.

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      I turned to my son and Mrs Wonk and said the same thing. So, after the end on the scoreless 7tg, my son said I owe Fister an apology. I sai, perhaps I owe MW an apology!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        Me too to MW. I wasn’t feeling it. Good job Fister!!!

  61. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Fister not done. Hmmmmmmmm.

  62. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    MW probably pushing Fister because of the extras last night.

  63. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Espinosa’s not wearing an elbow guard, b/c it isn’t on his elbow. Biceps guard, maybe.

    And is it just me, or were those swings Old Danny? :-/

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      FP was going on about the “elbow guard”

    • adcwonk - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      In that at bat: yes.

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    WOW, that strike 3 to Turdoslavich was … a Ponce de Leon league strike.

  65. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    *standing O for Fister*

    helluva start

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      I was hoping Matt would take him out after five or six to keep the streak, but you know, WTH, let Doug do his part. Go get ’em, big guy.

  66. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Seven clean ones for Mister Fister!

    NOW Blake Treinan. Thank you Dougie. Take a seat.

  67. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Is it my imagination, or did that last dugout shot of Matt Williams just now look like he was worried they might win ten in a row again, and they might really make him do the Babe Ruth thing?

    Probably just me.

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      He should just do it and get it over with. We’d probably win the WS if he does. Hehe.

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    #Mets will promote Steven Matz to work in 6-man rotation, per @AdamRubinESPN. 1st report: @Ken_Rosenthal. Read more: http://t.co/QwpTlqgSWe

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      Are they bagging the division or rolling the dice?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        Or just thinking long-term and trying not to wear their guys out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:31 PM

        They are rolling the dice and from what I’m hearing they are trying to get in on players the Nats have kicked the tires on like Aroldis, Clippard, Zobrist.

  69. Danny - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Love first pitch DPs. Escobar-Ramos could potentially have had 4-5 combined today.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      Selfless play. Get the team on the plane and let’s go to the next one.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      The team is winning big. Today I don’t give a flyin F.

  70. joemktg - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Blake Treinen now my favorite Nat.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      Isn’t that cool? He just gave some little kid his game-used glove.

      And now they are again discussing the Braves showing a Johnson again.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:29 PM

        Kid looks about seven years old. He probably thinks that happens all the time.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        And Yunel gives a woman sitting behind the dugout his bat that hit into a GIDP.

  71. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    denDekker finally gets a hit. yay.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      AND a rib-eye. Pack it in, benchies.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        And it was a RISP hit!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        by which I mean, get your stats.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        It all goes in the same place on the back of your card!

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        I know what I’m having for dinner now. Thanks!

  72. ogremj - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Annnnnnd (gross) pizza.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      That’s right! den Decker buys us pizza!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        Is that a stat we should be tracking? Whose RBI gets us pizzas?

      • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        Not pizza, ribeyes.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Damn…. we really need Harper and Rendon today…. *crickets*

    • veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      Wouldn’t you have preferred to win 20-0?

    • chrisrw109nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      Totally. Fister might need to throw a no-hitter for us to win with this lineup. 🙂

      I like Treinen going for two here.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      And Werth and Zimmerman..

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      Yeah, I usually recommend not feeding the trolls, but he got spanked pretty good, didn’t he?

      • chrisrw109nats - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        And then he pulled a homer simpson and disappeared into the hedges.

        I do like it when the negative nellies show up ready to kvetch through the game and then the team just preemptively shuts them the hell up.

        Very nice game all around today. Every starter got a hit, no pitcher gave up runs, we hit about .290 with RISP which is perfectly acceptable baseball.

        Tomorrow it’s Maxwell M. Scherzer against the Phillies (and yes, with those last two starts we use Mr. Scherzer’s full name out of respect).

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 8:06 PM

        Well said.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    See, Escobar can play 2nd base 😉

    re: on the shift grounder on Pierszynski

  75. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Barves come in 2 back, leave 5 back and nursing a sore bottom, well paddled after the 2nd consecutive sweep.

  76. veejh - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:41 PM

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