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Zimmermann, Ramos lead Nats to San Francisco sweep

Jul 5, 2015, 11:48 PM EST

Jordan Zimmermann’s last three starts have been special, and on Sunday, his excellent outing gave the Nationals a three-game sweep over the defending world champions.

Zimmerman pitched seven solid innings, and Wilson Ramos slammed a tie-breaking homer as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 before 33,157 at Nationals Park on Sunday night.

Zimmermann (7-5) won his third straight, and so did the Nationals (46-36).

He allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out eight, equaling his season high. In his last four starts, Zimmermann has struck out 25 and walked only two.

“The last three starts, he’s been amazing. All the pitches were good,” Ramos said.

Zimmermann gave up first-inning singles to Angel Pagan and Buster Posey, and other than a fourth-inning home run to Brandon Crawford on a 3-0 pitch, he gave the reeling Giants nothing.

“First couple of innings, I was up in the zone. The first inning, they had a couple of hits, and I had to settle down and make some pitches, and I was able to do that,” Zimmermann said.

“Tonight was one of those were I didn’t have very many first pitch strikes, and fell behind. I was battling for the most part. I was able to get some big outs when I needed to.”

Washington’s pitching has been outstanding. In the last 15 games, they’ve allowed just 29 runs.

“Our pitchers have done well, especially at home, and that’s where it starts,” manager Matt Williams said. “Starters go out there and give up one run, we have a really good chance of winning the ballgame.”

The Nationals were fortunate to catch San Francisco (42-41) going south. The Giants have lost six straight.

San Francisco’s highlight was challenged home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi ejecting both starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and manager Bruce Bochy in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

The Nationals, despite losing Stephen Strasburg to the disabled list, had lots to celebrate. Bryce Harper was named to the National League All-Star team for the second time as a starter and set a league record for most votes.

In the bottom of the second, Vogelsong walked Ramos and Danny Espinosa. Both advanced a base on Vogelsong’s wild pitch as Ian Desmond struck out. Michael A. Taylor’s single to left scored Ramos.

Crawford’s 12th home run of the season tied the score at 1 in the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Cuzzi, who had been hearing it from Bochy all night, decided he had enough. After a 1-2 pitch to Denard Span was called a ball, Vogelsong approached the plate and was ejected, and moments later, Bochy was, too.

Bochy and Cuzzi tangled in the first inning when the home plate umpire refused to allow the third base umpire, Will Little to rule on a check swing. In the third, Pagan was called out on strikes, and both he and Bochy argued with Cuzzi again.

It was the third ejection of the year for Bochy, and the first time in his career Vogelsong had been tossed.

Josh Osich relieved Vogelsong with the game tied at 1. Osich retired all four batters he faced.

George Kontos (2-1) came on, and on his second pitch, .Ramos hit a home run to right for a 2-1 lead, It was Ramos’ eighth of the season.

‘’I thought on my bat, ‘that ball is gone,’ but I see the replay, and it was just behind the wall. Next time I have to hit it harder,” Ramos said.

Desmond, stuck in an 0-for-19 slump, could have had two hits, but Pagan made a brilliant play on his drive to right-center in the fourth and second baseman Joe Panik a leaping stab of his line drive in the sixth.

David Carpenter recorded the first out of the eighth and gave up a single to Matt Duffy. Pagan was Matt Thornton first batter and he hit a line drive to left that Taylor dove for and snared.

The Nationals added a run in the eighth. Harper doubled against Javier Lopez. Tyler Moore flied to right against Hunter Strickland with Harper taking third, and Ramos’ single scored Harper.

Drew Storen saved all three games this weekend. His scoreless ninth gave him 25 for the season.

Since June 13, the Nationals have won 15 of 21.

“We’re fortunate enough to do the things we needed to do to get the win today and sweep that series,” Harper said. “We’ve been playing some good baseball the past month or so.”

For Ramos, there was satisfaction to beat the team that sent them home last October.

“We come into this series to try and beat those guys,” Ramos said. “We have to keep playing like that. A lot of the season left, and a lot of work to do.”

  1. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Have a nice flight back, Giants. Should be a lovely pity party.

    • virginiascopist - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      Well, I hope they recover quickly, as they start a series against the Mets tonight.

  2. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    It’s 46 wins right?

    Also you left the I out of it on a opening paragraph FYI

    • scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:08 AM

      Yes it’s 46-36 not 45-37

  3. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Might be the all around worst umpiring crew I’ve ever seen in a three game series. Incompetent yet somehow impartial.

  4. conatsguy - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Miss not having the MASN post game or Mark’s in game commentary. Understand ESPN blackout rules, but having Mark’s insight -especially with the strike zone controversy- would have been great tonight. We miss you Mark! 😓

  5. kgwcoach - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Just a quick note about the fans tonight in section 308 I love the field view I have in section 308, but there is usually 10 to 25% of opposing team fans and a lot of the NATs fans have been more interested in food and beer runs than the game. Tonight they came to cheer, and did from the introduction on, with NO blocked views from fans returning laden with food and drink and few sightings of Giant fans. It appears 307 and 309 sections were also totally into the game. It almost has a play off atmosphere. I could really get use to that.

  6. Drew - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Matt Williams is now 40 games over .500 at 142-102.

    At Auburn Andrew Stevenson had three hits and stole his fourth base. Through nine games he’s hitting .343.

    At Syracuse Turner hit a triple. He’s up to exit .154 on the interstate.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      I’m wondering how soon they assign Stevenson to Potomac.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      The one thing Stevenson needs is work on reconstructing that batting stance. I wonder how that’s going.

  7. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    I like the folks in 223, but I have the aisle seat in the weak bladder row, it seems.

    • adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM

      (that’s pretty funny — sorry!)

  8. Steady Eddie - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Chase, Drew didn’t save all three games this weekend, just the first (2-1) and third (3-1) in the series. No save in a 9-3 win and Drew didn’t appear in it.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:53 AM

      Chase and facts have a relationship that, in Facebook terms, would be “complicated.”

    • Dave - Jul 6, 2015 at 4:15 AM

      Actually, it looks like Rich posting within Chase’s account.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:42 AM

        Posted by Chase, written by Rich. Ain’t that rich. 😉

  9. npb99 - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    JZimm’s potential payoff this winter keeps going up, just as Desi’s keeps going down. One may be too expensive for us to re-sign, the other we don’t want to re-sign.

    • 3on2out - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      +27 -20

    • tcostant - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:33 AM

      +1

  10. Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Michael Taylor has some weak stats but among NL rookies he is 1st in SB’s, 7th in RBI’s, 8th in RS, 9th in hits,tied for 7th in HR’s, tied for 7th in BB’s, but 4th in K’s.
    With RISP he has a .364 BA/.431 OBP

    For a rookie hitting 8th in the order he has done OK. At this point I would say that he has done quite well as a guy who was going to be a bench player.

    Baring an injury, I doubt Danny Espinosa is going to get much of a chance to use that new outfielder’s glove.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Outfielders glove packed away for now for Espi.

    • virginiascopist - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Actually, if Werth and Span hadn’t been on the DL, I am not sure Taylor would even be a bench player.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM

        I’m just glad MAT caught that low liner in the 8th because if he plays it into a single its 2nd and 1st with 1 out and Panik batting in a much different situation and Belt on-deck and Posey looming in a 2-1 game.

        I don’t know how MAT does it with the bat in RISP spots and in non-RISP looks pretty bad.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:07 AM

        Maybe not, but with McLouth going down again in ST the 4th OF spot was between Taylor, Moore, Robinson and den Dekker. Of the first three mentioned only Taylor is a bonafide outfielder. den Dekker has so far established himself as a AAAA player.I think that the Nats would have preferred for Taylor to have gotten the best part of a year’s more seasoning in AAA, but he is showing the ability to learn, adjust, and to improve while contributing to the big club.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM

        Here’s another stat i saw this a.m. regarding MAT: when he gets ahead in the count he has a .400 BA, but when he falls behind he has a .167 BA.

        Ghost, you mentioned last night that no one else the club has makes that catch in LF and I agree, but Taylor has also made a few leaping catches at the wall that no one else is likely to catch either because Taylor was leaping high, fully extended, and it took all of his speed. tracking, and height to get to the ball on them. Werth could catch them if he got back there, but neither Moore, or Robinson would likely come close to getting back!

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    “George Kontos (2-1) came on, and on his second pitch, Ramos hit a home run to right for a 2-1 lead, It was Ramos’ eighth of the season.”

    As Kontos came in to face Ramos, the ESPN crew couldn’t say enough nice things about Kontos and then mid sentence Ramos jacked that ball over the scoreboard and they shutup.

    The Ramos RBI single in the bottom of the 8th was huge to give Storen some margin of error to work with in the 9th.

    One of the biggest Ramos plays of the night was behind the dish when he signaled 3 fingers in the 2 strike count to K on Belt. The ESPN crew thought Storen threw a splitter but it was a filthy changeup that struck him out and allowed Drew to pitch to Posey with nobody on base. A big point in the game.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      In fairness to ESPN, which is a hard thing — because their technical commentary (about batting stances, swings, etc.) last night was most incomprehensible — the second replay through someone in the box identified the pitch as a circle change. It was a great pitch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

        Yes, 5 finger grip correction but they should’ve been better prepared with Drew’s repertoire like they were for Kontos and Strickland.

        They also looked silly on saying the Giants would pitch around Taylor in the 8 hole.

        All in all they did a decent job but could have prepped better IMHO

  12. alexva6 - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    first time I’ve watched the Sunday night game on ESPN, is that the regular crew in the booth?

    if so I would say their night was only slightly better than the umpiring.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      Love it, alex. I was thinking that they actually make me appreciate Bob and FP a little more.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      They often sounded less like an announcing crew than a talk radio show that happened to be simulcasting.

  13. adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Towards the end of the last thread was a comment by Eugene that was fun. It’d be piling on too much to repeat it — I’ll just pile on a little bit:

    Giants now have the same record as the Mets, 4.5 games behind the Nats, and leave town with a 6 game losing streak. The Nats have won 12 of their last 15, I believe.

    Just sayin’

    =======
    I had a nice father-daughter outing at the game last night, just me and the Wonkling. A good time was had by all!

    (There seemed to be a lot of Giants fans there last night!)

    I would have loved to hear some of the things that ESPN was saying about the team, JZ, Harper, etc. Anyone?

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

      They kept raving about Harper’s selective approach now.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      They seemed to be highlighting Bryce the whole game to a point of absurdity, imho. Very little mention of JZ, but they had to tell us that shutting down Strasburg in 2012 was a bad thing and probably cost the Nats the chance to go to maybe their only World Series.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:45 AM

        Ramos drove in the runs but received almost no attention at all.

        In truth, it’s hard to be poetic about Ramos’s accomplishments this season. OBP and slugging nos. are poor to mediocre yet you look at the stats sheet and he’s on base to drive in 72 runs — and you say, “Did he do that when I wasn’t looking?” Then WaPo runs a script about his poor/declining pitch-framing nos. (which I mostly think have little statistical value because the pitcher has to put the ball on the fringe of the strike zone before there’s anything to frame, and — at least at the beginning of the year — they weren’t doing a very good job of that).

        But if Ramos wasn’t there in the middle of the order Harper would have no help at all.

      • adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        Very little mention of JZ

        Ucchh. Stupid. He was really terrific last night. (See my post below. Or, just replay the game in your head 😉 )

        He’s a big story, too. He might be the biggest free agent next year. And he’s clearly the second biggest story of the Nats (other than Harper) of the Nats players who played last night.

        It’s funny — I never realized just how bad the ESPN guys are (although often the color guy is knowledgeable) until I saw them cover Nats games. Now I realize how weak they are. Obviously little preparation, imho.

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        Well, maybe third biggest story, after Harper AND Scherzer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        “Theophilus T.S. – Jul 6, 2015 at 8:45 AM
        Ramos drove in the runs but received almost no attention at all.”

        The walk coming back from a 2 strike count in his first at-bat was a clue of how well he was seeing the ball last night.

        Nice to see CRob being the offensive hero on Friday and Ramos on Sunday. Has to be more than just Harp, Esco and Span.

    • Doc - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM

      The ESPN guys showed a hitting photo comparison of The Babe and Harper which was neat. Both the Babe and Harps both use their legs very similarly.

      The ESPN camera work does not come up to the standards of the MASN and MLB.TV crews. Their ‘pitch-track’ video is a pathetic replica of what I’m used to. Also, poor instant replays of HRs and fielding plays.

      Schilling and Kruk made fun of Desi, not too different from the way NI’s talk about him. On the whole, I thought that their commentary was pretty good. They did a good job of analyzing strategies.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:39 AM

        Did not see the game on ESPN as I was there. So I am not sure what picture they showed.

        Both Boswell and Svrluga of the Post have written about that. Either earlier this year or last year. And I think they showed pictures.

        So maybe they did a little research.

  14. adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    BTW, JZ looked great. After the hits in the first inning, he faced 21 batters, allowing only one hit and one walk. (The hit, HR, was a 3-0 fastball that missed where Ramos set up). And even in the first inning, where there were two hits, one of them was a blooper.

  15. Doc - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Who screwed up the W-L stats, Hughes or Dubroff. Or, are they the same person?? Does one write the beginning of the sentence, and the other write the ending???

  16. adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Anyone notice how awesome Desi was when he shortened his swing? (The shortening was *really* obvious from watching at the stadium).

    He did it exactly twice — both times with two strikes. One time the CF robbed him with a diving catch, the other time the second baseman robbed him with a full-extension lay-out diving catch.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:09 AM

      Yeah, I was hoping the BABIP gods would have been kinder to him, given that he actually got good wood on the ball. But maybe tonight . . . ?

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Good point.

      In his last AB, tho, he shortened up his swing a little too much with 2 strikes–bat didn’t leave his shoulder!

  17. Guapo - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Ian Desmond weights 215. Currently hitting .212.

    That is all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      He smoked 2 balls last night and got robbed both times.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:57 AM

        And struck out twice.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

        That goes without saying.

      • Doc - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

        Now all he has to do is have the patience to keep the same approach. It’ll happen if he keeps with it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:02 AM

        That’s what it’s all about is keeping a sound approach.

        Even Kruk was talking about him trying to hit the 700 ft HR and a Grand Slam with the bases empty. Sounds familiar to what we say all the time.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        No matter how many balls you “smoke” you can’t strike out twice every night. People with short memories should consider Adam Dunn, who “smoked” a bunch of balls but was, essentially, a rally killer. As the ESPN people correctly pointed out, before the Taylor single, Desmond was trying to end the game with a three-run HR instead of advance/score the runner. He’s got the trifecta going — wild swings, can’t tell a strike from a ball, lousy undiscriminating situational approach. Beyond tweaking his swing, position of his hands, etc., etc., there’s much more to do before he can be a contributor on offense. He needs a fundamental Eureka moment where he finds a new understanding of the game and his role in it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM

        I had no problem with Adam Dunn’s offense, I had problems with his defense. A .398 OBP with a .928 OPS is All Star quality. His K’s were just unproductive outs.

        When Ian Desmond had a ,845 OPS and was giving great defense he was one of the reasons for the great 2012 season.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        Theo – nobody thinks he can or should strike out 50% of the time.

        Folks are trying to find whatever encouraging signs they can–and no, it’s not that easy. We already know all the discouraging signs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

        Exactly, it’s easy to beat up a good man. Desi screwed himself when he turned down Mr. Lerner’s $100 million and he will regret that the rest of his life. Whatever his reasons were it seems fortunate Desi turned down that money.

        My hopes are that he can have a great 2nd half for the sake of these Washington Nationals.

      • jd - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Absolutely ghost,

        This idea that Desi will suddenly change his approach is wishful thinking. Remember that Desi has had success (as in 2 silver sluggers) using his aggressive approach and if you pay attention to him you’l see that he’s not looking to remake his game but rather find a way to get back to where he was before this year.

        The fly in the ointment is the fact that even before this year Desi’s stats have been in a steady decline for at least 3 years until he fell of a cliff this year. I really wish Desi all the best in his career and I hope he make a lot of money but I think that for both parties it would be better if Desi went elsewhere. The Nats have his heir apparent in AAA, they have decent stop gappers in Espi and Escobar under contract for next year so the dye in DC is cast. I just think it would be better for Desi’s career to find a place where he can hit the reset button and start fresh.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        3rd straight year of decline and what made him so good last year was his big RISP numbers and achieving 20/20. I’m surprised to see him this bad but I expected him at a .680-.700 OPS based on his regression line but that would be fine for a shortstop. Chances are that we won’t reach that OPS but I’d never bet against Desi as he could go en fuego at any time.

      • natsdial8 - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:13 AM

        I continue to question whether the Nats actually made a “real” 100 mill offer couple years back. Maybe Ian was never given a legit offer and in effect didn’t turn anything down. Could have been posturing by the Club.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

        He was actually offered more but it included the current season in the package.

        He thought he would negatively affect the shortstop valuations for those after him and made himself look noble. Now he looks like 4 years and $50 million is his market.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jul 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        The Ghost of Wee Willie Keeler says “suck it up, he went 0-4 with 2 k’s”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        LMAO, I’m so superstitious that all I can think of is that Desi pissed off the Baseball Gods that I hear people are making him soups and potions. His turning down that $100 mill has messed him up. I just hope the Baseball Gods let him off the hook soon.

  18. alexva6 - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    short of going through the in-game thread, was there any discussion of the conversation between the umpire and Bryce? my guess is he was telling Bryce to get to the plate a little quicker.

    while it died down quickly enough I would prefer to see MW get out there to be sure it doesn’t escalate

    • rayvil01 - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      I’ve looked all over and haven’t seen a word in print about it. Not sure what that was. But, Bochy and the SF dugout had lit the ump up in the top of the inning over the check swing call. Perhaps he was throwing them a bone.

      • rayvil01 - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

        BTW, the Giants were still carrying an axe to grind with that ump for a home plate safe/out call in 2010. I guess they’ll have to carry another one around now.

  19. rayvil01 - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    I’ve spent way too much time this morning going through SF papers, blogs, and comment boards. It was definitely a “Guilty Pleasure.” But, reveling in the agony of Giants Nation was too delicious to pass up.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      So can you provide a couple of highlights for the rest of us?

  20. jd - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    ravi01,

    I’d like a piece of that agony after we’ve won 3 world series.

    • adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      +3

  21. therealjohnc - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Excellent weekend series! Dominant pitching, timely hitting with a complete smack down of one of the better pitchers in all of baseball on Saturday. Even the defense was generally good, with Ramos (on the pickoff), MAT and others doing fine glove work to aid and abet the pitchers. Harper being on base basically the entire series, going 5 for 8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles and a HR while also being walked 5 times!

    A lovely time at the ballpark with the Nats winning 12 of their last 15 to go ten games over .500 to go from trailing the Mets by 1.5 games to having a 4.5 game lead (5 in the loss column). The 12 of 15 run includes sweeps of two quality opponents on the road (Pirates) and at home (Giants). And while the Giants came in scuffling a bit, the Pirates had been red hot before the Nats swept them.

    Keep on keepin’ on, Nats!

    • jd - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      therealjohn,

      All true. It’s been really helpful that Robinson and MAT have been productive while Werth and Zim have been injured. It would be nice if some of the walking wounded start coming back before others go down. It’s been a real challenge to field a healthy team this year.

      BTW there are now only 4 teams in the game with better records than the Nats: Cards, Pirates, Royals and Astros and everyone except St.Louis is within striking distance.

      Where are all the posters who said that we better win the division because the wild card is out of the question?

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      I recall that Pirates sweep as being at home. I vaguely remember being there when some guy named Max pitched an okay game in the middle of it.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM

        Again, my kingdom for an edit function!

  22. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    CWG:

    Nationals vs. Reds
    7:05 p.m., Monday, July 6, Nationals Park

    Showers and storms may be around, although there’s some chance rain is decreasing some by game time or a bit after, maybe opening a window to get the game in.

    First pitch: Showers, near 80.

    9th inning: Mostly cloudy, 76-78.

    Chance of rain: 60 percent

    Chance of delay: 50 percent

    Chance of postponement: 40 percent

    Just don’t screw up Scherzer vs Cueto Tuesday night kthxbai.

  23. jd - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    The Mets are an interesting team. IMO they need at least one big bat in their lineup and probably 2 to get over the hump. The problem is that they don’t want to trade any of their young studs( DeGrom, Harvey, Matz or Syndergard) and no one will give them something good for Niese (He’s owed $9.5 mil for 2016) + they don’t want to spend the big bucks.

    The Dodgers are also suspect because they only have 2 dependable startes. Look for them to go hard after Hammells or Cueto, likely dangling Puig. I consider the Dodgers a so so team but one that can be very dangerous in the playoffs because of their 2 aces.

    • adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      Nats are 6th in ERA — Mets are 5th.

      The problem, obviously, for the Mets is this:

      Nats are 6th in BA and 3rd in Runs/game; Mets are last in BA and second to last (Phils) in Runs/game.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jul 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Perhaps the Mets can trade Blevins back to Oakland for Billy Burns …

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        Burns isn’t going anywhere, but rumors are that the Mets are seriously after Zobrist.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        It’s ok, Zee. I got it.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        Thanks for noticing Sofa!

  24. micksback1 - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    had a blast last night at the park!!!

    Amazing considering where the Nats were about 3 weeks ago. As of today they sit in a great place, 10 over 500, over 4 games up on a Mets team that appears to be struggling. BTW: i am not impressed with the Dodgers, Nats are now the 2nd best in NL behind Cards

    The key is the starting pitching has been lights out and Storen, Carpenter and Thornton have been in good spots.
    Clint Robinson is simply a feel good story. Rizzo looks like genius with what the bench has done and the Escobar trade. Michael A Taylor does not get enough credit and I think this young man could be All Star within 2 seasons!
    Desi could learn from him.

    The team really needs one more BP arm, maybe even another closer to take pressure off Drew, but One middle relief at best.

    Even if R Zim produces nothing when he comes back, the team can win without him, but, Rendon has to come back and Werth as well. More so Rendon than Werth

    The only really bad spot is Desi and his swinging at a ball over his head yesterday says it all. He is a liability to this team and I am, so disspointed in how he has dealt with this. How anyone can defend him is a mystery to me.

  25. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Like to see MW use DenDeker pitch hitting against righties and TMO against lefties until the the big 3 return and we will have Robinson against righties.Uggla is only to be used until Rendon comes back to spell one of our 3 infielders period.After they come back he will be gone.

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