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Nats cruise on the Fourth, but Strasburg injury looms large

Jul 4, 2015, 2:46 PM EST

Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) walks off the field with pitching coach Steve McCatty (54) after being removed from the game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Buster Posey had just grounded out to second base, and Stephen Strasburg felt tightness in his left side. Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz quickly came to the mound.

They talked for a few moments. Strasburg lobbied to stay in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning, Williams knew he had to take the 26-year-old out.

The last time Strasburg abruptly left a game, on May 29, he missed 24 days with tightness in his neck.

Tanner Roark came in and pitched well, and the Nationals had 13 hits in their 9-3 win over the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 40,029 at Nationals Park.

“It’s pretty tight. They said it was going to be the case. I iced it a couple of times. I don’t really have an explanation. Everything felt good. That pitch to Posey there, he grounded out, and then I felt it grab,” Strasburg said.

He wanted to stay in until after the fourth inning, but later he admitted Williams was right.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m going to look at it that way and try and stay positive, get back out there and help this team as soon as I can,” Strasburg said.

“Everything felt good. I was commanding the fastball really well today, especially the last couple of outings, making good strides, but sometimes you don’t have an explanation for what happens.”

Strasburg would have been scheduled for one more start before the All-Star break, and Williams didn’t elaborate on his plans.

“He left the game with some tightness in his left side, so we’ll continue to evaluate that, see how it is tomorrow, see how he feels tomorrow. Given his season so far, we’re not going to take a chance there, see how he is tomorrow,” Williams said.

After Strasburg left and before Tanner Roark came in, Williams, catcher Wilson Ramos and shortstop Ian Desmond agreed that the outing, in which Strasburg allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings was the best he had seen him. Williams knew he couldn’t leave him in, not for even one batter.

“Of course, [he was] competitive, but we’re not going to take that chance with him, not in that situation.”

Roark (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings in relief of Strasburg. He retired the first eight batters he faced.

“It’s definitely a heartbreaker. He’s one that works really, really hard. He prides himself on being a starting pitcher and working hard at it. It’s just one of those things. It’s a freak accident, and hopefully, he gets himself healthy and back out here,” Roark said.

Tyler Moore had three hits and four RBIs and Bryce Harper had three hits and his 25th home run.

“Definitely not fun to see Stras come out of the game throwing 97-98 mph and carving,” Harper said.

The Nationals (45-36) scored six runs off World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner in five-plus innings. It didn’t look good for Bumgarner (8-5) when the first four Nationals reached base.

Michael A. Taylor hit Bumgarner’s first pitch for a home run, his sixth, and his second leadoff homer of the season. Yunel Escobar doubled, and Harper hit his 25th home run of the year for a 3-0 lead.

“Bumgarner is so good. You don’t want to get behind that guy a lot,” Harper said.

After Ramos singled, Bumgarner retired the next nine batters until Clint Robinson singled leading off the fourth. Danny Espinosa hit into a fielder’s choice, and scored on a two-out double by Moore.

“We came out swinging the bats aggressively. Bumgarner is no fun to face,” Moore said.

Moore added a two-run double in the sixth, two batters after Bumgarner yielded to Yusmeiro Petit.

The Nationals added three runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Espinosa that immediately followed Robinson’s first major league intentional walk, a sacrifice fly by Desmond and an RBI single by Moore.

The Giants (42-40) have lost five straight, and Harper doesn’t believe the two wins against the team that eliminated them from last year’s postseason are anything special.

“We’re in the regular season now. It’s all behind us. They’re a great team. They played well in the playoffs. They won three world titles,” Harper said.

NOTES: The Nationals have walked two or fewer batters in their last 17 games, one shy of the best in recorded history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Blanco and Posey extended their hitting streaks to 11 and 10 games respectively. … Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.16) will pitch against Ryan Vogelsong (6-6, 4.19) on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. The game will be telecast by ESPN. … Rain delayed the start of the game by 19 minutes

 

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Talk about a knockout punch in 5 pitches in the game. 3-0 before you could believe what you just saw.

    • jfmii - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      A whole lotta fun

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        Now maybe the Dodgers can win. Nats on a 90 game win pace.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        I got ‘new posted’ so here I go again.

        Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM
        That bat is going home with Bryce with the rest of them.
        That bat he hit the 7 HRs with was a 2014 bat he pulled out and used.

        And…

        Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM
        The MLB office I’m sure has already called Rizzo.
        Usually it’s the bat companies that get scolded for unapproved colors as Marucci has been hit before.
        In this case that’s an after-market paint job and Bryce will have to deal with the reprecussions.

        Now, from me…

        GOSM, Sincere Thank You for your educated contributions to our community! I’m listening and trying to learn.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        natsaddicted, Bryce said he had the bat made for the Japan series and pulled it out. Admitted that he expects to hear from MLB.

        Full story on CSN that NatsFan1a posted below.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        My point is that you had us knowing the story from an educated view.

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        Marquee matchup tonight– Greinke vs Harvey.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        Natsaddicted, thanks. I’m actually surprised he got to use the bat all game. NFL is on uniform issues like stink on sh!t like the OchoCinco gold cleats issue where they warned him based on social media.

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    We’ll see what’s up with Stras but hoping it’s not serious. At least we’re almost at the All-Star break.

    And carrying forward on a win note:

    Great win, Nats! I can only hope that the obnoxious, local-embed Giants frat boys who sat behind me for the entire 18 inning game have been there this weekend. You know what they say about payback, boys. Heh. I think my fave part of today’s game was Blanco’s out in the 8th. That was nice, Ian. Very nice.

    • npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Hey, I’m as devoted to the Nats as you are, but losses in the playoffs don’t get paid back with wins in the regular season. One is dollars, the other is cents.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Yes, I understand that the stakes are much greater in the playoffs. Still, warms my heart to think that those frat boys might have had to sit through a couple of tough regular season losses to our Nats.

  3. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Got a present in setting the “most consecutive games with 2 or fewer walks since 1920” record.

    I don’t care. It was right down the chute in the record books.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      The guy had a huge zone all night – Bumgarner, for example, got several pitches that were about the same. If you’re a smart pitcher or batter, you play to the zone the umpire is calling, not the one you think he should be calling.

      So the plot chart is interesting, but not really relevant.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Sect222

    “Bryce Harper on using the custom 🇺🇸 / DC Skyline bat today. https://t.co/j35QKizLdT

  5. natfan33 - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Could Moore + Robinson be > than R. Zimmerman?

    • npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Not PC to speculate like that around here, buster!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      more or less

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      Sort of depends which Ryan Zimmerman we’re talking about. Like everyone else, I fear we have seen the last of the RZ who could roll out of bed hitting line drives and carry the team for weeks at a time. But that’s all that is, is fear. I don’t know and neither does anyone else.

      • jfmii - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        Well said

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      I think CRob + RZim could be the answer and see how RZim gets back to it.

    • natsguy - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      The RZIM before he screwed up his shoulder no. The RZIM since almost. He is never going to have that power again. But he is pretty good at 1B and if he could shorten his swing considerably he could be a passable singles/doubles hitter.

  6. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Thought it was pretty funny the way the buzzards congregated when Stras went out, but flapped away when it turned out the Nats weren’t dead.

    Buzzard’s luck: Can’t kill nuthin and nuthin’ll die.

  7. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Yikes!

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Billy Burns with his 17th steal and batting in the 300’s

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      He’s 2-4 with 2 runs scored, but he did come up with the bases loaded earlier with no outs and flied out to shallow center, not deep enough to get a sac fly rbi.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Yah, he’s not perfect.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        He’s @ .320 right now, but is just a few PA’s short of being able to qualify on the leader’s board. You have to have 3.1 PA’s per game played by your team. Burns is over 3 per game now, should just make it in about 4 more games.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        Souza had a game tying 2 run HR in the 9th and went 2-4.

        Karns pitched well 7ip w/ 2 earned.

        Ex-Nats doing well

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        Steve, MrsB would go nuts watching Burns. Today he had 4 AB’s and saw a grand total of 5 pitches!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        I watched Souza today…. and of course I got mad…

      • npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        Regarding other ex-Nats, Det’s been terrible in TX.
        Of course, unlike Souza and Burns, no one was sorry to see him leave.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        nbp99, have you ever seen a pitcher with talent like Detwiler just do so little with it? He showed you glimpses but never seemed to come into Spring “in the best shape of his life” or even develop a new pitch. He wanted to throw 80% fastballs as if he was Aroldis Chapman throwing 100+ and by the 3rd inning you could expect his stamina to be a problem.

        Det will always be special to me for what he did in the 2nd half of 2012 and Game 4, but the rest of his career was always a tease.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Watch and listen to the what the SF announcers have to say all to the end of this video. Neither they, or the Nats announcers seemed to see it the same way as this blog’s commentators saw it.

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v227620683/?game_pk=414874&mode=video&partnerId=LR_highlights

    I give credit to Posey and to Kelly. And it would have been close if Wilson had caught the ball. Taylor didn’t do anything wrong. Posey timed it perfectly, maybe would have beat the tag, maybe not, but the throw was on the money. And MAT didn’t dilly-dally. If I’m a third base coach I’m going to challenge Wilson to make the catch until he shows that he can consistently make it.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      I wasn’t as surprised as FP professed to be that the Giants sent Posey, but it wasn’t the kind of throw Taylor is capable of. Kind of a rainbow, without any momentum behind it.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        So, if the throw had more behind it do you think Ramos would have caught it?

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:10 PM

        Not necessarily. It wasn’t exactly a pivotal moment of the game.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        Stoat, a more experienced outfielder would’ve possibly anticipated that Posey would tag and go and would have taken a step back while the ball was in the air so as he could come in and get more of their body into the throw. MAT’s throw was all arm. But give Posey some credit, too, as he timed the tag perfectly and made tracks getting home. And you’re right, it wasn’t a crucial point in the game.

    • Doc - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      Third base coaches around the league must know that Ramos is more likely to drop the ball, than catch it.

      Shouldn’t the Nats’ coaches practice him a bit??????

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        I would think they do practice throws to the plate, but I have no idea how much that they do it during the regular season. I know most college teams do it a lot.

  10. slidell2 - Jul 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Regarding Harp’s bat; I guess the home plate umpire didn’t know the rule. He might also get a call.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      Or maybe he (the umpire) assumed that the bat had been cleared by MLB because of the holiday. It’s amazing how often you can get away with something by asking forgiveness instead of permission.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:21 PM

        Also, like pine tar on the bat, substance on the pitcher’s glove, etc, this is the kind of thing that umps don’t act on unilaterally. They wait for a complaint by the opposing manager. What manager is going to complain about symbols of America on a bat on the Fourth of July, especially when there’s no way that would give the hitter any kind of edge?

      • adcwonk - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Bingo! Nice comment.

  11. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Why is Pete Rose on my teevee screen?

    Oh, it’s Fox. I guess Sarah Palin wasn’t available.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM

      Cut it with the Sarah Palin snark. If they want an airhead, they can always talk to you.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I ask this every once in a while…

    Where is N McLouth?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Haven’t heard a word about Nate since spring training.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      They moved him to the 60-day DL a couple of weeks ago. Not a good sign, as I read it.

  13. NatsLady - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    MLB may fine Harper, but they’re not averse to using him for publicity.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Isn’t that the truth! It would now be hypocritical for MLB to fine him after tweets like this and their Cut4 tweets and videos.

  14. NatsLady - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    The Barves are showing their players on the scoreboard in Continental soldiers’ uniforms (looks REALLY appropriate on Juan Uribe /s) and the Phillies in redcoats. Tacky, if you ask me.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Surprised they aren’t showing their own players in Confederate uniforms.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        What would that make the Phillies, General Sherman?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        From Atlanta’s perspective, yes.

  15. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    IIRC, the rule was changed after the Pine Tar Incident, so that the batter is not out, nor automatically ejected from the game, unless the bat is challenged before it is used.

  16. mdmcommish - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Anyone else notice that it looks like scherzer’s final start before the all star game is likely to be next Monday in Baltimore, which would leave him out for the all star game On wed a I assume, but on schedule to start game one in LA on Friday which is fine by me.

  17. mdmcommish - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    I meant sun in baltimore

    • ArVAFan - Jul 5, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      Well, with the off day on Thursday, his turn normally wouldn’t come up on Sunday. That would leave him not pitching in a game for over a week (7/7 to 7/14). But if Stras has to skip a turn or go on the DL (biting tongue), the schedule may have to change. But it would take a lot of manipulation and/or short rest to have him pitching both on Tuesday and in the ASG.

  18. unkyd59 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    JayB might as well be in Nepal, climbing mountains… He might prefer that to commenting just how solid Rizzo’s bench is….. A bowl of Crow with you, sir?’

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

      All this bench is missing is a good nickname. Problem as I see it is who leaves after Burriss and den Dekker?

      You have Rendon, Werth, and RZim as the 3 on the DL that return and get their spots back but let’s face reality that Werth and RZim are both NEGATIVE WAR and had the Nats rated LAST in LF and 1st Base team offense.

      All 3 players this time around need long rehab stints. Can’t bring any of them back and treat it like Spring Training on the Nats roster. There isn’t the urgency there was before.

      We are also less than 60 days away from roster expansions so when the 3rd player of the Rendon/Werth/RZim DL stints returns it might be Michael Taylor going back to AAA for only a few weeks to return on September 1st.

      I still have larger concerns like Werth’s defense and bat. RZim’s bat and speed. Where does Rendon play because as much as I like Yunel Escobar, he’s not a 3rd baseman and has the second worst Range Rating of all 3rd basemen at a -6.7 to go with his -4.5 UZR.

      Rendon has to go back to 3rd or does he since so few balls are hit to 3rd. Would Esco be as bad at 2nd which is the 4th most important defensive position?

      I’m thinking Clint Robinson for the time being has Wally Pipp’d RZim.

      • laddieblahblah - Jul 5, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        “I’m thinking Clint Robinson for the time being has Wally Pipp’d RZim.”

        I’ve also been thinking along those same lines wrt Taylor and Werth. I still hold out some hope that Zim’s bat speed will return, but Werth has both shoulder and wrist problems, and can no longer play D the way Taylor can play it now. Zim still has that glove, and he did have that stretch where he took his BA from around .180 all the way up to .248 before cratering, and playing himself onto the DL.

        Robinson is just getting better the more he sees of ML pitching, and how they approach him. He has all that MiL experience behind him, and he is a very smart hitter who goes full Mach speed on pitches in his turbo zone (inner half, down) but just tries to square up pitches over the outer half.

        And I don’t know how they justify continuing to play Desmond every day when Rendon returns. Desi did have a good AB his last time up – he actually took the first 5 pitches to get to a 3-2 count, then dialed it back to reach for a ball up and on the outer half to poke it into RF for the sac fly. Small gruel, perhaps, but a much better situational AB than we are used to seeing from him. Does that justify keeping him in the lineup over Espinosa, Rendon and Escobar?

        We may be seeing a changing of the guard a year before anyone thought likely. It seems to me they may give Span more than a qualifying offer, as well. Taylor can play LF or CF, but he can’t play both, and the Nats have no one else who is nearly as good as Denard in the leadoff slot.

        We’ll know soon enough. August is not that far away, and Zim should be just about ready, I would think, after the AS break.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 11:11 AM

        “changing of the guard” is exactly right.

        My concern is all about October and watching the opponent exploiting CRob and MAT and Espi and Desi. They all have huge holes in their swings.

        When Werth is healthy, he can hit but his defense was not good in his LF action this year and he hasn’t been healthy to hit so what do we have here? RZim’s defense was very good but his bat speed and pitch recognition has been troubling. His stats reflect it.

        MAT brings better LF defense, speed, and a decent BA with a good RISP BA but he’s still biting on breakers outside that he has to improve on.

  19. Drew - Jul 5, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    At Auburn, pitching prospect Erick Fedde gets his first win and has a 1.50 ERA after two starts.

    Andrew Stevenson has two knocks and steals his third base. He’s hitting .290 and his on base percentage is .370.

    At Harrisburg, Matt Skole’s turning his season around. He’s hit .360 in his last 10 games, raising his average to
    .244. He’s up to 50 RBIs and his OPS is up to .769.

    At Syracuse, Turner had another hit. He’s inching up the interstate, now passing exit .143.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 5, 2015 at 7:25 AM

      Thank you for the updates. I was sure Turner would start hitting at the next level, just not sure when. In Rizzo we trust (but verify).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:34 AM

        Drew, thanks for the updates. Turner also worked a walk last night to go with his single and he seems to be a kid who takes a while to get comfortable at each level in that ‘mental’ side of the game.

  20. natsfan1a - Jul 5, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    In other news, Wilmington at Potomac was suspended in the bottom of the 13th last night after a fog delay. Never been at one of those last night. Kinda cool (after they suspended play with nobody having been beaned by balls in the air). Not so cool was the wave breaking out all over the park in the 11th. Eh. Barrett had a second rehab start for them: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 0 BB, 1 K. He looked a little rusty to my untrained eyes, but the defense wasn’t helping much, for either him or Simms, who followed him on the bump: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 (unearned) run, 1 BB, 2 K. The P-Nats couldn’t get much going against LHP Manaea: 6 IP, 1 R (unearned), 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K. The home team did tie it up in the 8th with a leadoff triple and two-out sac fly. Then it was a battle of the bullpens until the fog took over and the game was called for fireworks. It will pick up again later today before the scheduled game with the (freakish) buffarine giveaway. I won’t be at that game, so you’re on your own there. Oh, and there was a controversial foul/fair call early in the game. Can’t recall which inning as I was not keeping score. It wasn’t exactly controversial. The HP ump wasn’t watching or something, because he missed it. Right up the third base line. It was so fair. In my humble opinion. And that of just about everyone in the park. A fair (no pun intended) amount of heckling ensued. For a number of innings. But I digress.

    In fashion police news, the P-Nats sported caps similar to the Washington Nats July 4 lids, but in blue rather than red. The entire Wilmington squad was rocking the high socks, and they did pregame on-field stretches and exercises in unison, led by (I assume) a trainer. Because there is no “i” in team. Or something.

    Oh, and here’s a gamer if you’re interested:

    http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=5004505

  21. natsfan1a - Jul 5, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Production Staff: Please delete “last night.” The words, not the event. It’s after “those.” And get me some more coffee. Hurry up. I’m waiting.

    ===

    Never been at one of those last night.

  22. stoatva - Jul 5, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Capitol Weather Gang Nats Cast:

    Nationals vs. Giants
    8:08 p.m., Sunday, July 5, Nationals Park

    With temperatures falling into the 70s and winds fairly light, this should be a mostly pleasant night at the Park. Showers try to hold off until after the game, but we can’t rule out something sneaking in during the middle to late innings.

    First pitch: Mostly cloudy. 79-82.

    9th inning: Cloudy, 30% chance of showers. 75-78.

    Chance of rain: 30 percent

    Chance of delay: 20 percent

    Chance of postponement: 10 percent

    Nice evening for a sweep, assuming they’ve retrieved the infield dirt from the places it flowed to.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:37 AM

      “assuming they’ve retrieved the infield dirt from the places it flowed to.”

      Why wasn’t the tarp on the field? How bizarre is that. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pic like that.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 5, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        When I heard no tarp with the forecast we had, I was quite surprised.

  23. mdmcommish - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Scherzer pitched last on Thursday this week. Four days off schedules him to pitch Tuesday in Cincinnati. Four days off would put him on Sunday in Baltimore. Now I realize that the off day o Thursday in theory would move everyone back a day in the rotation but with Strasburg clearly needing to miss a turn, you simply continue on the four day rotation and that gives you Scherzer on the last day before the break, No All-Star game (which we all know for the Nats is a good thing, even if he loses the “honor” of playing) and then he pitches game one in Los Angeles on Friday. Am I missing something?

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      Yes. Game 1 against the Dodgers is in DC.

      • rlndtln - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        And you do not need a 5th starter until July21.That may give Stras enough time.You can put him on the DL and bring up another bat for 15 days.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:52 AM

        Besides that correction, you have it right. Even before the Strasburg injury, smart commentors here at NatsInsider laid out the rotation last week to speculate where Gio re-entered the rotation after he missed his last start (19 pitches) from the rain-out debacle and if Scherzer did pitch Thursday in Atlanta and would set up a choice for MW for the 1st half finale in B-more between Fister or Scherzer.

        Next you have to consider how poorly Scherzer has pitched in B-more and it’s not pretty including last year in Game 1 of the playoffs but it’s only a 4 game sample size.

        CJ Nitkowski and the group on MLB were discussing the Scherzer workload and it’s valid to also consider how many innings Scherzer has been logging. What seems prudent on July 2nd could affect October 2nd. The bigger picture to me is always keeping an eye on the prize which is October.

    • Dave - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      Both the Reds and the Dodgers series are in DC. I have tickets for both.

      • stoatva - Jul 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM

        As of today, Scherzer vs Cueto on Tuesday!

        Homina homina homina.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Ian Desmond got Top Play #7 on ESPN for his deke play tagout of the runner at 3rd base.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      Thanks for mentioning that–I was there yesterday, and I still want to see the video on that again.

  25. rabbit433 - Jul 5, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Well, let’s bring back Ross.

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