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Game 93: Mets at Nats

Jul 22, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It’s the rubber game of this big division showdown, the Nationals and Mets having split the first two games by identical 7-2 scores. With a win today, the Nats would head out of town with a 3-game lead in the NL East. With a loss, that lead would be down to 1 game. So, kind of a big game, no?

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for this one, and while it’s been a bit of an inconsistent season for the right-hander he has been on a very good sustained roll for awhile now. Over his last 14 starts, Zimmermann is 6-3 with a 2.76 ERA.

Noah Syndergaard, aka Thor, starts for the Mets, and this is the first time the rookie right-hander will be facing the Nationals. Always interesting to see how those matchups turn out. No surprises with Matt Williams’ lineup; Yunel Escobar remains in the cleanup spot behind Bryce Harper.

It’s a gorgeous, blue-sky day here on South Capitol Street. If you can’t join us in person, please be sure to check back here throughout for plenty of updates…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees, Wind 6 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (50-42)
CF Michael Taylor
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
LF Matt den Dekker
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

METS (49-45)
RF Curtis Granderson
SS Ruben Tejada
3B Daniel Murphy
1B Lucas Duda
2B Wilmer Flores
LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
C Kevin Plawecki
RHP Noah Syndergaard
CF Juan Lagares

UMPIRES
HP Mark Wegner
1B Marty Foster
2B Mike Winters (cc)
3B Mike Muchlinski

12:36 p.m. — And we’re underway on a spectacular afternoon for baseball. Blue skies above, bright neon T-shirts throughout the ballpark on Camp Day as Curtis Granderson lines Jordan Zimmermann’s first pitch to right-center for a single.

12:46 p.m. — Zimmermann managed to escape that little mini-jam he was in there to start the game, though it probably helped that Terry Collins had his No. 2 hitter sac bunt to advance Granderson to second. The stats tell you that’s a bad idea: You’re more likely to score a run with a man on first and nobody out than with a man on second and one out. Speaking of outs, Noah Syndergaard retired the side in the bottom of the first. That included Bryce Harper, who despite reaching base three times is now 0-for-6 in the series. He has yet to go hitless in any 3-game series this season, so that’s on the line the rest of the afternoon.

1:09 p.m. — Oh, man, talk about the last thing the Nats need right now. Yunel Escobar took an awkward check-swing on an inside pitch to lead off the bottom of the second and went down in a heap, holding his left wrist. Trainer Lee Kuntz came out to look at him, and after a few practice swings, Escobar stayed in to complete his at-bat. Except after fouling off the next pitch, he immediately dropped his bat and walked toward the dugout and down the stairs, taking himself out of the game. We won’t know anything official til postgame, but if that turns out to be something series … oh, man, this lineup is in bad shape. Still 0-0 here after two, with Dan Uggla now at second base batting cleanup and Danny Espinosa shifting to third base.

1:29 p.m. — Zimmermann is cruising so far today, with only 33 pitches through three scoreless innings. Harper, meanwhile, got his hit at last, with a sharp liner eating up Wilmer Flores at second base. So Bryce still hasn’t gone three straight games all season without at least one hit. The Nats have put five men on base in three innings against Syndergaard. The problem is, all reached with two outs. So they haven’t given themselves many real opportunities to drive them in. Still 0-0 after three.

Chase here taking over for Mark while he writes his game story

2:04 p.m. — The Nationals finally got on the board in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single by Taylor. It all started with a one-out single up the middle by Desmond. Desmond then stole second and was joined on base by den Dekker, who walked. Zimmermann tried to bunt them over, but couldn’t. That pushed the inning to two outs as Taylor drove in Desmond on a groundball to left field. It could have been two runs with a successful bunt, but the Nats were still able to cut the Mets’ lead to 3-1. On to the fifth.

2:29 p.m. — No runs in the fifth, but there was plenty of action for both teams’ lineups. The Mets got Lagares all the way to third after he singled, but Duda grounded out to end the frame. The Nats saw Harper lead off with a single before Uggla grounded into a double play. Robinson also walked before Ramos grounded out to close the innings. It is still 3-1.

2:50 p.m. — The game remains at 3-1, though the Nats did get two runners into scoring position in the sixth. Desmond led off with a single and den Dekker followed with a walk, his third of the game. Zimmermann then moved both runners over on a sac bunt. But Taylor struck out and Espinosa grounded out to end the frame. Desmond, by the way, has reached base in six of his last nine at-bats.

3:07 p.m. — The Nats are still down 3-1 as no runs were scored in the seventh. One thing of note happened, however, as Harper was seen clinching his right hand during and after his at-bat to lead off the inning. He is back out there playing right field, though.

3:28 p.m. — The Mets went down 1-2-3 against Thornton before the Nats scored three runs in the bottom half to take the lead. It all started with Desmond’s second walk of the day. den Dekker followed with a single and both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch from Bobby Parnell. Taylor singled to left field to score both runners. He then stole second and later scored on a double to left field by Espinosa. It’s now 4-3 as Storen will come in looking for his 29th save of the season.

3:38 p.m. — Nats beat Mets as Storen strikes out the side for his 29th save of the season. Nationals are now 51-42.

188 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    GYFNG!

    • senators5 - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      I have been “retired” for 21 years, but the reality is few really retire because of the “itch” and then the need to have you back as a consultant on near minimum wage. My advice, make no mistakes the last year and go out with a smile on you face as well as your boss(es).

  2. adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Happy -1 Year Anniversary to Me!

    My scheduled retirement date is 1 year from today. I happen to work just about 1.5 miles (by walking) to the Park. So, I just decided — hey, it’s my “anniversary”, it’s an unbelievably gorgous day, and so I’m treating myself. I got me a ticket (in sec 314), and I’ll start walking over in about an hour or so.

    Have I mentioned lately how much joy, and how happy I am, that we have a baseball team of our own here in Washington DC? 😉

    • alexva6 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      life is good!

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:40 AM

        You read my mind! I meant to finish my post with those three words and forgot.

        Great minds think alike?

        Baseball aficionados think alike? (Well, no, that’s certainly not true, but they/we all do appreciate having a home baseball team!)

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM

      You still have a year to go, so doesn’t than make it your ante-versary?

      (As opposed to “anti-versary,” i.e., the anniversary of a bad breakup)

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM

        Nice 😉

    • nats128 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      Congrats to you.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      Congrats! Or is that ante-congrats?

    • lowstrikes - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      You go, Wonk! have a gorgeous day. Congrats on the final chapter, and those to follow.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:32 AM

        Thanks (to you, and to others who sent good wishes).

        Alrighty, I’m about to go off line, as I look for my Nats hat and head out the door for a nice leisurely walk to the ballpark!

    • zmunchkin - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      Enjoy!

    • natsdial8 - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      And it’s a good team! Outstanding ownership and management. Exciting young players and prospects.

  3. alexva6 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    how nice would eight shutout innings from JZimm followed by a 1-2-3 from Drew to back up a homer from Bryce to win 1-0 sound.

    you heard it here first, GYFNG

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:38 AM

      I’ll take a first inning salami from Escobar, Robinson, or Ramos in place of the 1-0, but otherwise, GYFNG.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    “@masncj: Trea Turner went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two stolen bases and three runs scored last night. Now batting .308 after 22 games in AAA. #Nats”

    • nats128 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      Thats good news to read! He seems to start slow on his transition at each level and then gets it going. Im confident we will see Trea in September in a Nats uniform.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:50 AM

        I was just going to ask the following thought experiment question:

        Suppose Trea continues to rake.

        Do we see him in September? (Pro, we might want to use him in the playoffs if he’s that good / Con: service time)

        Do we see him starting on opening day next year?

        Or do we see him in May (or whenever that cut-off time is)?

        Discuss. 😉

      • nats128 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:53 AM

        His speed makes him a powerful took for September. Best case I think is you bring him up in September and then next year at the end of May or June just to keep the service time clock set where you get your 6 3/4 years of service like Bryce.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM

        I’m very rusty on “the service clock”. Once he comes up in Sept, doesn’t that start his clock?

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        Yes. But he doesn’t become a FA until he has a full 6.0 years of MLB service time at the END of a season. So if he earns a month via a Sept call up, that can be offset by keeping him in the minors for a while next year.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        Might depend on who else gets hurt, how soon they bring him up.

        But service time will be a consideration, if Rizzo’s planning on keeping him up here (like they did with Zimmerman).

        If he gets a month in the majors this season, that’s a month+ they need him in the minors, sometime during the next 5 years, or they lose a year of control. That’s going to be hard to do if he’s the starting shortstop, and hitting .300 in the leadoff spot.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        First, they make sure that they don’t call a player up too early in their first season so that they do not accumulate 172 service days in year one. That’s why teams call up top prospects after two or three weeks at the beginning of the season. If you want until mid April, you have bought yourself an entire seventh year of service at the cost of two or three weeks of play in year one.

        Second, teams do their best to call up players after the “Super Two” date, which is usually about 60 days into a season. This means if you wait to call up a player until June of their first year, you’ve earned an extra year of team control and have minimized what a player can make in arbitration. It may not be the most labor friendly practice, but it’s the incentive structure the CBA supports.

        Third, the whole idea of service time and players earning free agency through major league service limits the salaries of young players. This makes young players a more cost-effective way to build a roster. If you have $140 million to spend on players, you’d love to spend as little as possible on free agents because free agents make the most money. One way to do that is to have as many players as possible on your roster whose salaries are determined by things other than the market.

        No matter what you think about the merits of the current system, understanding it is paramount to understanding the modern game.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:11 AM

        Thanks for the info on service time!

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        The team was in a much different situation with Zimmerman. There was a gaping hole in 2006 for him to step right into. But even with Desmond gone there will be no hole in the infield for Turner in 2016. Barring trade or injury of course. And if Turnet gets a.Sept call up this year, don’t expect him to get much playing time. Zim was called up in Sept 2005 but didn’t start playing until they were eliminated from the race.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 22, 2015 at 10:40 AM
      “@masncj: Trea Turner went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two stolen bases and three runs scored last night. Now batting .308 after 22 games in AAA. #Nats”

      What, again? That guy’s nickname is going to be Groundhog Day.

      And sorry about the lousy aim. I INADVERTENTLY REPORTED that post.

      PMTDB

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:06 AM

        Wondering why it said awaiting moderation.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        Wondering why it said awaiting moderation.

        That would be me. I think I must have the click sensitivity too high on this new laptop. It seems like I’m clicking on it inadvertently if I merely mouse over the dang thing on the way to REPLY.

        Sorry.

  5. adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    I didn’t read the game thread . . . but it occurred to me:

    In game #1, MW was criticized for using Drew in a non-save situation in the 9th (thinking that would take him out of game #2)

    In game #2 last night, Collins did the same thing: used Familia (with a 5 run lead!). He, like Drew, gave up two baserunners. He threw 20 pitches (Drew threw 18). It wasn’t that he needed the work — he was only on one day of rest (Drew was on two days of rest).

    I gotta think that this takes Familia out of today’s game.

    (I’m thinking that Collins must be of the school that: once you warm a guy up you use him. I see that Familia leads all of MLB in “games finished” with 37 (and is 4th in saves with 27))

  6. nats128 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Just read that Matt Williams was asked if he expected Rendon, Werth or Zimmerman to be called up this weekend and Matt said “not likely”.

    I expected Rendon for sure where you could move Danny to 1st base.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      He may be being creative with the truth here.

  7. philipd763 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Michael Taylor is a bad choice for the lead off spot but I look at the Nats lineup and there’s nobody else. With Span gone next year, a huge void is created.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      That’s why Span may not be gone next year.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        Maybe. But it probably takes a multi-year deal, and he’s not exactly showing up to work every day right now.

      • natsdial8 - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        Core muscles and back issues at Denard’s point in his career make a 3 year high $ deal risky . Add in that we are somewhat “stuck ” with Werth and Z for 2 and 5 years at huge $. Odds are if someone gives D 3 years he is gone.

    • jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      Some would say young Mr. Turner fills that void

      • alexva6 - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:29 AM

        +1

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:37 AM

        Fills the void in CF – yes. Fills the void at lead off – probably not.

      • jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

        Hiram Hover, Turner, not Taylor

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        My bad.

        +2!

      • zmunchkin - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        Which may be a reason we don’t see him in Sept. if the expectation is that he is lead off guy next year, not calling him up means the Nats only need an alternative for a couple weeks. They can probably cobble that together between Werth, Harper, Escobar, Taylor. Not ideal, but perhaps workable.

  8. micksback1 - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I hope we can win this one, aloss means nats would have lost 4 of the last 5 at home. Being up 3 as opposed to only 1. Weird game last night.

  9. adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    And sorry about the lousy aim. I INADVERTENTLY REPORTED that post.

    Look, dude. I think you’re just going to have to owe everybody in this thread a beer.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      Look, dude. I think you’re just going to have to owe everybody in this thread a beer.

      OOOPS I reported that one too! How clumsy of me!

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        Look, dude. I think you’re just going to have to owe everybody in this thread a beer.

        OOOPS I reported that one too! How clumsy of me!

        OK, you owe us all two beers 😉

  10. tcostant - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Once the game starts I will turn the page from yesterday, But before then need to point out a major gaff by Williams last night. You never play the infield in in the situation, he was trying to cut the tieing run down at the plate, I get that. But the winning run was in scoring position, you just can’t play the infield in that situation. Major mistake, playing the infield in turns a .300 hitter to a .400 hitter. Just bad, overshaded by the pen, he blew it

    • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:12 AM

      Hmm, that’s a good point. Now, I didn’t get a good look at that hit — was it potentially playable if the infield had been back?

      • jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:14 AM

        No, it turned out to be a non-factor

      • tcostant - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        It was right where the second baseman would have been; he either would have caught it on a fly or one bonce. It was NOT a non-factor. Sorry for the double negative.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:34 AM

        Yeah, I thought it might have been — but I was on the other side of the room and didn’t get a good view. (The only replay I saw was the location of the pitch — looked pretty decent. I wasn’t up for looking for any other replays 😉 )

      • jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        tcostant, I thought it would have cleared either way, but I would not insist

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:51 PM

        from the Mets’ site. The ball hit on the grass, but not by much. Playing a normal 2nd base position, it’s probably an easy catch.

        http://m.mets.mlb.com/nym/video/v278148583/nymwsh-campbell-singles-in-two-for-the-lead-in-7th/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

    • jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      Yes Gary Cohen and Ron Darling were going nuts blasting that decision last night on the Mets’ tv broadcast. But it should be noted that this was the same Gary Cohen who said Monday night that Taylor got a late start on his wonderful catch in deep right-center…

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      Filed for later reference under **”MATT WILLIAMS GOES BY THE BOOK TOO MUCH”**

      He was gambling, going for the lower percentage play. Could’ve worked, majority of the time it doesn’t.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

        Can you imagine Kirk and Spock running a baseball team? Scotty would be the pitching coach.
        That would be funny.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

        Also to file for future reference: folks that thought he took out Ross too soon.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM

        Right now the bullpen is a bucket of bolts. Hope Rizzo can find more dilithium crystals before September.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:43 AM

        [Dang it], Jim. I’m a pitching coach, not a doctor!

        ===

        Soul Possession, My Sofa – Jul 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

        Can you imagine Kirk and Spock running a baseball team? Scotty would be the pitching coach.
        That would be funny.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:38 PM

        Bones gotta be the hitting coach.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        Oh, dang. I was thinking of the wrong crew member.

        Bones gotta be the hitting coach.

  11. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Big game today – go Nats!

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Did I miss reading it or has it not been announced.

    Who is the Nationals Heart and Hussle award nominee?

  13. natsfan1a - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    All right, Jordan. No pressure here, but a curly W would be really, really nice. I’m looking at you, too, lineup. Oh, and defense. kthxbai!

    • natsfan1a - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Oh, I forgot the ‘pen. Yeah. I’m looking at you guys, too. Okay that should do it. Let’s go, NATS!!

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    As for bullpen people out there check out Brad Zieglar of AZ. Not to costly I think.

  15. rlndtln - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Denard Span should be resigned even for 3 years.We would then have MAT as a 4th outfielder who will get plenty of playing time.We better get our guys back sooner rather than later or as I have posted the Mets will go right by us.The Mets again and again are not going away with that pitching including a better bullpen than us.If we do not resign Denard Esco would have to lead off with Rendon,Harp,Zim,Werth,Danny ,Ramos,Mat.Still not a bad lineup but really need Denard to set the table and steal some bases.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      So the solution is to re-sign for 3 years an aging player who has missed a 1/3 of this season, which is what created the holes in CF and at lead-off in the first place?

      Hmm…..

      • senators5 - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        Great point. I would be very leery of resigning ANY of these injury prone players. They just continue to recycle injuries, collect huge dollars and throw the entire organization into a state of constant turmoil. With the exception of maybe Rendon for now, the others should be cut loose so the team can move on and not be kept on hold as is the case now.

      • natsdial8 - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:12 PM

        Core muscles and back issues at Denard’s point in his career make a 3 year high $ deal risky . Add in that we are somewhat “stuck ” with Werth and Z for 2 and 5 years at huge $. Odds are if someone gives D 3 years he is gone.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:04 PM

        It may be like Laroche a couple of years ago: with a QO, nobody will give Span a three-year deal, so he settles for a reasonably priced two-year deal with the Nats.

  16. jfmii - Jul 22, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    tcostant, just looked at the highlight. You are correct, it would very likely have been an out, had Espinosa been playing back.

    • natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      If the infield is playing back there is very little chance the exact same hit would have occurred. You never know what could have happened.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Definitely.

  17. natsdial8 - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    To Soul Possession – thanks for service time info maybe someone can help with this question. Knowing the strength of the MLB union, it seems like the 7 yr control window ( counting the call up ploys) is very generous to owners . What did the Union get the players to enable them to agree to that in the last CBA?

  18. adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    There’s a couple of hundred kids , looks like a single group, in sections 416-419. They’re loud and noisy in a very positive way. Cheering every little thing.

    Very cool.

    (Got to my seat 5 minutes before 1st pitch. I ran into “KGW coach” a fellow NI’er)

    Life is good!

    • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      Must be at least 300 or 400 of them. At least.

      It’s awesome

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        It is camp day. My nephew is there… somewhere…

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        Yep. I see other groups of Camp kids (matching day glow shirts). Easily 1000 noticeable campers here today.

        And here I thought it was “businessman’s special ” 😉

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Oh lord… Nats cant take another injury… But C&D just said it didn’t look like he got hit but an awkward swing…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      Right, didn’t get hit. Looks like something in the wrist I’m speculating.

  20. masterfishkeeper - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Can’t believe Escobar is hurt, too. Man, MW needs to do that Babe Ruth imitation before it’s too late.

    On the positive side, maybe this makes it easier to put Rendon at 3B.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    CRob pulls that pitch awkwardly and weakly. Couldn’t see where that pitch was but looked like it was over the outer half of the plate.

  22. coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Turned on the TV to watch a fly ball fall for a double and a broken bat single account for 3 runs… 😦

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Mets getting contact with RISP. Nats have had their chances.

  24. scmargenau - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Oh boy Jordan!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:51 PM

      That’s BABIP. If Neuwenhuis hits it a split second sooner or later it doesn’t find the gap. Good job by him going oppo.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Syndergaard will walk you of you let him.

  26. scnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Putting this team on the field right now we should be no better then a .500 team and lose series to all decent teams. There aren’t enough bats in this lineup to beat good teams.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM

      Sadly I agree and it puts the pressure on the pitchers to be perfect.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      Putting this team on the field right now we should be no better [than] a .500 team

      I think being in first place without Werth, Rendon, and Zimmerman for a lot of that, and Span and Strasburg for a fair bit, not to mention Desmond having a reverse-career year, is quite an accomplishment. Heck, just staying close would have been an accomplishment. Most of those guys have to come back at some point, and they won’t all be zero improvement over the bench. So it gets better.

  27. coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    MAT has zero confidence right now…

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:58 PM

      Well.. I spoke too soon, but that first pitch was a meatball

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Ummm, you were saying…?

      • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        Yep. posted after the first pitch, which you knew would be a fastball and was right down the middle. It’s like he was hoping control was still lost rather than swing the bat

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM

        Well, you can try to read minds, or you can just admit you were WRRR… WRrRR..RRR… WROOOO..

      • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:05 PM

        About the kid who’s been struggling immensely at the plate? He didn’t flinch on the first pitch – clear fishing for a walk. Happy for the liner contact though for sure. nice trolling though

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:08 PM

        He singled in the run on an 0-1 count. You have no idea what he was planning there. None. There is no rule about what the count has to be when the run scores, they all count the same.

        Hey, speaking of being in a hole, you can quit digging now.

      • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Classy bud. you keep it that way

      • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:27 PM

        Also getting a kick out of the irony of you asking for an i’m wrong and then clicking on your wordpress link.

        Btw I was probably wrong, but most of my the people I played with would expect a get me over pitch.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        That’s a fair point. Perhaps we were both a bit hasty.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Good contact by MAT. His RISP BA is good but his overall BA is not.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    There’s another play that CRob doesn’t make on Murphy.

  30. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Poor fielding by CRob – Laroche or zim would have had that one

  31. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    I swear to the Ghost of Shoeless Joe, we’re going to get complaints about the parade route.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Was it worth to challenge anything?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      Apparently not.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:29 PM

        C and D were trying to figure out what was going on, then I got a call.. so I missed most of it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:31 PM

        There was nothing definitive to show that Espi kept the glove on Lagares apparently.

        Shouldn’t have come down to that as the ball to CRob should have been fielded.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

        CRob and his porous D again… sigh… Just gotta push thru until MW goes back to TyMo or Ryan gets healthy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:44 PM

        Yes

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Like I said before, Syndergaard will give up walks today.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Ross Detwiler just K’d Adrian Gonzalez.

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      If Escobar is seriously hurt (Which i’m nervous about), hope to see Rendon back asap…otherwise I assume we get to see Turner sooner than we thought?

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    This team really makes me sad… Opportunities are there and they just seem to keep coming up short…

    Span and Rendon and Jayson and Ryan and SS cant get back soon enough…

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      To be fair they’ve played against five pretty fantastic pitchers with half of the minors roster and been in most of these games til the end.

      Looking forward to the Mets pen, I have faith.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM

        It amazes me that the ‘proposed’ OD lineup has yet to play together this year… 90 games in… and not 1 game together yet…

    • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      This team really makes me sad…

      Have you seen the standings?

      (Tied for fourth best record in NL)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        Get real.

        In this weak division.

        Cut it out.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Cut it out?

        Weak division? So what. You play what you’re dealt with.

        I lived through to many years of no baseball in DC, and enough 100 loss seasons to be sad about a team in first place with some awesome players, awesome prospects, and a couple of great players hopefully coming off the DL list somewhat soon.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        Yes… cut it out… And please with all this ‘be glad a team is here.’ They have been here 10 years… Let it go.

        THIS team, on the field, makes me sad… and that is okay for me… it shouldn’t bother you. Nats wouldn’t be in first place if they played in any other division in the NL… SO yeah, they are benefitting with this line up in this weak division.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

        Sorry. I’m here at the park on a beautiful day. Our boys are trying, with a couple hands tied behind their backs against some outstanding pitchers.

        (Somebody put quinine in your water? 😉 )

        To each his/her own.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

        “And please with all this ‘be glad a team is here.’ They have been here 10 years… Let it go.”

        I hope I never fail to appreciate that we have a team here.

        And a pretty darn good one, with a great GM

      • zmunchkin - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

        Well said wonk. Losing your team and having to wait 34 years, I suspect, gives you a different perspective.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Well said wonk. Losing your team and having to wait 34 years, I suspect, gives you a different perspective.

        Thanks, Z. Yep, it does. And I never like the Orioles, so I felt kinda out in the wilderness for a long time.

      • chrisrw109nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:52 PM

        Hey Mrsb?

        The division may be weak, but the Mets have once of the best rotations in baseball.
        We’ve also played more interleague games then anyone in the division.
        And we’re doing it with about 75% of last year’s offense on the bench.

        Maybe, just maybe instead of the team making you sad, the team should make you proud given that they’re banged up but still finding a way to get it done.

        Or, y’know, you can just join the rest of the LoD.

      • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        Good points, Chris, but Mrs B is definitely not LoD. Perhaps she meant to say that she’s sad that the team is missing so many players. Or, whatever, it got to her.

        But she was the one, later in the thread, saying that the Nats could still win it, and she was pulling for them!

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Desi has had a really good day today… I hope this is the beginning of the turn-around…

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    MAT has to make contact there…

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    “From Mark: Not a good AB from Taylor there — chased 2-2 fastball at his chin. Up to Espinosa now with 2 outs”.

    And I agree. Needed good contact. Ks kill there.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Have to score at least 1 there. No excuse for that.

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      Not sure there’s a better option on the bench but do you think they should’ve pinch hit there?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        No, they can’t. Who plays CF? MAT has to be in contact mode especially in 2 strikes.

      • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Meant for Zimm. WIthout high OBP guys it seems like giving away the out is dangerous.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

        Its a short bench. And with the iffy BP, Im sure that MW felt it would be better to have JZimm go out. I mean he did his job. MAT didn’t.

        Just my 2 cent…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      1-7 in RISP… with 10 LOB… Hurts..

  40. rlndtln - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Like I have been saying,We miss Span and Rendon the most.MAT is not a lead off guy now.We need to resign Denard.This is as I predicted 4out of 5 to the top pitchers we faced at home.We are in serious trouble and will be out of first when we return from trip.Our guys will be back in October ready to play golf.It is a joke.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      I mean this game isn’t over… so anything can happen…

      With that said, Mets go on to play Dodgers while we play the Pirates, so its just as easy for us to keep the 1 game lead or be up by more…

      We just need peeps to get healthy and yeah I agree with you on Span. But Ive felt like this for about 2 years now…

  41. rlndtln - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    We need some help now.Not when Rendon feels like coming back.You guys laughed whe I suggested Utley who we could get for a dozen balls.Who would you rather have Uggla or Utley?Uggla stinks.We can not wait anymore for these guys or the season will be over.

    • adcwonk - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Panic mode much?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Uggla over Utley. Last year the opposite

  42. rlndtln - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Need to get healthy.thats a joke.I have been waiting 2 years for us to get healthy.This is your team.It may only get worse with Esco out.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    2 more innings to score some more runs… *fingers crossed that they can do it*

  44. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Snark remark coming. Maybe Uggla should get some more of the eye exercises that supposedly solved his problems at the plate.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      Im hoping like heck… that Esco doesn’t miss significant time…

  45. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Lets get something going here!

  46. coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    whoof… don’t even know if that scores a run if desi’s on third but man I thought that was 2 for a second.

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      aaaannddd there it is

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    come on MAT… come on…

  48. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    BIG HIT MAT

    • coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      Huge… he’s something like 3-26 with 11Ks and 1 walk but 2 of those today have been huge.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    MAT 3 RBIs

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    FINALLY CASHING IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES MAT… YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. mauimo22 - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    MAT comin’ through again! Nice job rook.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Desi, denDekker, and MAT the heroes.Who’d a thunk it?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      And topped off with an Espy Cherry!

  53. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Season back on!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      Huh? This isn’t the A team.

      • natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        Just poking fun at those who give up on the team and go to extremes too early.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      Aw , gotcha. This team has character like 2012.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Give MAT credit there and den Dekker for great baserunnimg!!!!

    Espi RISP!!!!

  55. TheBigDummy - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Beautifully done by Michael A! What a great AB! Props to den Dekker too!

    Danny coming through in the clutch!! God I love it when Bobby Parnell comes in to pitch!

    So hyped right now!!

  56. coop202 - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    There’s the Mets Pen… I missed you

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Would have beat them last night if it stayed 3-2

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Big dap to Coop… he called this… said Keep the Faith.. Mets BP is coming…

  58. TheBigDummy - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Might be a what have you done for me lately take, but how do you send den Dekker down? Dude is a player, straight up.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      Well he isn’t even hitting .200 so lets not get carried away here

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Man… the wild pitch was huge…

  60. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Flores did a nice Ian Desmond impression on that swinging K

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Did you see the way Storen went lower and lower with the slider. If Aaron Barrett can learn that the best slider doesn’t need to be in the zone. Just needs to look like a strike for 50 feet.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      It really is interesting to me how closers have different mentalities in save vs non-save… Closers are so weird… lol

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Ghost, ron Guidry learned the whole slider thing from Sparky Lyle. He quit depending on his great fastball and lived by that 50 foot strike for one of the best seasons in history.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        Great flasback Joe!

        Why can’t Barrett learn that. He left that 2 strike slider over the plate last night and has done that before .

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        A great slider from a guy with a a great fastball looks much the same until it’s too late. Not one hitter will tell you that they were swinging at anything but a FB from the Cajun.

  62. natskincapwiz - Jul 22, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Nats win 2 out of 3 against the Mets’ top 3 pitchers, with the Nats’ 4,5,6 pitchers. All with half our starting order injured. Now we have a 3 game lead and the Mets go on to face Greinke and Kershaw. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Didn’t realize the Dodgers head to NYM. WHOA!

      • rayvil01 - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM

        ANNNNNDDD, the Dodgers have the 1-2 punch coming with Kershaw and Greinke right out of the chute.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 22, 2015 at 4:32 PM

        Holy Sheetz!

    • DaveB - Jul 22, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      I’d call it 4, 6, 2 for the Nats pitchers, but I agree with your sentiment

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