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Game 94: Nats at Pirates

Jul 23, 2015, 3:45 PM EST

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They made it through a homestand that included games against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and emerged with a 3-3 record. Now the Nationals embark on a tough, 10-game road trip that will feature plenty more tough opposition on the mound, beginning tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

It’s Francisco Liriano on the mound for the series opener. The lefty sports a 2.98 ERA, 1.029 WHIP and 125 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings this season, but the Nats did rough him up for five runs last month in D.C. Doug Fister starts this game for the Nationals, looking to find some consistency in his mechanics and location after some up-and-down outings over the last few weeks.

Yunel Escobar is not in the lineup tonight. That’s not surprising, given how he departed yesterday’s game with an injured left hand/wrist. But as of this moment, the Nationals haven’t many any DL moves, so Escobar remains on the active roster, which includes only three healthy bench players tonight: Emmanuel Burriss, Matt den Dekker and Jose Lobaton.

I’m not in Pittsburgh for this weekend’s series, but please keep the conversation going here as always…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/869
Weather: Clear, 79 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (51-42)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
2B Dan Uggla
1B Tyler Moore
RHP Doug Fister

PIRATES (54-40)
RF Gregory Polanco
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
LF Starling Marte
SS Jung Ho Kang
1B Pedro Alvarez
C Francisco Cervelli
3B Brent Morel
LHP Francisco Liriano

UMPIRES
HP Gabe Morales
1B Scott Barry
2B Ted Barrett
3B Chris Conroy

307 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    GYFNG!

  2. chaz11963 - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    pretty thin lineup

    • bowdenball - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Almost like they’re missing five of their six best hitters due to injury. But that’s crazy, there’s no way something like that could possibly happen. What are the odds?!?!?!

  3. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    The lineup is always thin. But why not? The boys are battling. FYI. Dem Os dropped to 2 below 500. Isn’t that just a shame? I’m devastated. Bwaa hahahahahaha

    • virginiascopist - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      I think they’re (Os) going to be sellers. I wonder if they have anything we might want.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        Dan Duquette firmly said yesterday they are buyers since they are still in the Wild Card hunt. They need help. Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 7 runs over 2 1/3 and Chen seems to be their only reliable pitcher. In order to upgrade you have to trade quality and they don’t have much even though rumors are Gausman and Bud Norris are available and have you seen them lately?

        They are in trouble!

      • virginiascopist - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        I don’t believe anything Dan Duquette says. Personally, I think he’s just biding his time until he can head to Toronto. Yes, they do need help, but I don’t think they have enough pieces to get anything significant in return. Bud Norris? Seriously? And isn’t their farm system ranked, like, really low? And with the losses they’re going to have to free agency, they would really be better off being sellers and restock, if not completely rebuild.

      • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Certainly not there fans. Or the band box stadium.

    • chaz11963 - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      And their fans seem to be giving up. WaPost today:

      The Nationals rank eighth in Major League Baseball in home attendance, both in average number of fans per game (33,967) and percent of capacity filled (81.8). San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston, Kansas City, the Cubs, the Dodgers and Detroit are the only bigger draws in baseball. Baltimore ranks 17th at 29,325 fans per game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        17th Bwah hah hah and that’s after 3 consecutive sellouts from the Nats series!

      • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:14 PM

        Remember Baltimore had one game with no (0) fans permitted in the game because of the riots. If they count the home date, that sort of thing will bring down the average attendance!

      • zmunchkin - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:47 PM

        At this point of the season it would not bring it down by much. Maybe an average of around 500 per game at most.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:57 PM

        If I’m an Os fan, I got to wonder where all the money from MASN is going ??
        Not much for the team and their minor leagues.
        How much does Angelos really need. His huge mansion in Howard county needs no more additions.

    • Bruxtun - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Didn’t you jump ship for the O’s on like April 14th?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        I think it was April 19th 😉 for better baseball up the road!

  4. masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Really don’t like Robinson in LF. Hurry back, Jason and Denard.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      +1

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      If after July 31st we still have Robinson playing every day we got a problem. If RZim can’t make it back Rizzo should really get a better option for 1st base. I think they can get Adam Lind without giving too much away.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

        Adam Lind would be a nice add and be a real scary lefty bat we need and could take the bulk of 1st base. He has real nice platoon splits vs RHPs and RZim could take the LHPs. He’s having a great year and would be an upgrade over what we have now. The only downside I see is the continuity and team chemistry and he’s league average in defense. It would mean Clint Robinson is gone.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:41 PM

        DANGER CLINT ROBINSON!

      • natsfan1a - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:31 PM

        That does not compute.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      well there is den Deckker
      why not /

  5. cangaceirofromhell - Jul 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    So who would hang up first, Nats or Padres in a trade involving Difo + Cole for Kimbrel.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      Probably too rich for Rizzo. Cole would make sense. Doubt he does both. I think Kazmir went cheap so lets see what Rizzo can do.

      The whole Padres team seems to be available.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      Probably too rich for Rizzo. Cole would make sense. Doubt he does both. I think Kazmir went cheap so lets see what Rizzo can do.

      The whole Padres team seems to be available.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Funny thing is their fans want Trea Turner back.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        Watch the Padres get lesser prospects than the ones they gave away to get the players they now want to trade. What a disaster !

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        Preller made some crucial mistakes and he’s getting roasted for it. I still can’t understand what happened to their pitching.

        They are at +3 wins vs this time last year and look at all the long-term pieces they gave up.

        Rizzo isn’t giving back Joe Cool and Trea Turner but maybe would trade them Wilmer Difo or AJ Cole.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        I would think Cole is “expendable” but I’m not sure who we would have to package him with to get certain players and if it would be worth it.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Actually, the catcher the A’s got is a real prospect, probably top ten in the Astros’ system now. I think that’s a decent haul for a rental pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        He’s a decent prospect and Beane didn’t want to wait around for July 31st and still be stuck so I understand the move.

      • chaz11963 - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        The catcher is a decent second tier prospect, but neither of these guys were in the Astros Top 30.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        Exactly but some scouts say he’s near MLB ready, but they aren’t saying he’s a star.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        Beane typically strikes early. There are a bunch of pitchers on the market (Hamels, Cueto, Leake, maybe Price). He wants to make sure he doesn’t get shut out, that’s his style.I expect several trades before next Friday.

        BTW, Jim Bowden is convinced the Mets will get one of Gomez, Zobrist or Upton and he thinks Niese will be the major piece going back. It doesn’t make sense to me because teams trading veterans want prospects back. Niese is expensive himself.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        There are suggestions that the Angels should trade CJ Wilson as thick as the Angels are in pitching.

        Price is the best on the list and Hamels if you believe that he’s unmotivated in Philly. There’s injury concerns with Cueto. Leake and Samardjia are also available.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        I meant Bruce not Zobrist. This also doesn’t make sense to me because I think a big part of the Mets problem is infield defense. I would think they would be more motivated to get a 3rd baseman or a SS.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

        Aramis Ramirez

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

        Wasn’t in the Astros top 30 last winter, but he’s had a great year in the minors, and is considered to be a real talent.

  6. jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    This doesn’t make sense based on the fact that Kimbrel has a big back loaded contract. I think Chapman makes more sense economically and the fact that he’s a left hander but I don’t believe the package you suggest gets it done.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Well, it’s backloaded, sure. But even going forward the AAV is rather less than the Nats paid Soriano, and Kimbrel is much younger and much better than Soriano. I’m agnostic on the proposed trade, but mostly because I worry about the health track record of Atlanta pitchers. They burn their pitchers out.

      • cangaceirofromhell - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        With Kimbrel we could let Drew go in FA and earn the QO pick. Until that, we would basically have 7 innings game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        Drew has one more year before FA so you don’t have to do anything.

  7. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Why we would not bring up a player and send down Solis until we know about Yunel.MW will not use Solis unless the game is over.

  8. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    It would take Ross and Difo for Chapman and maybe more.I would do it tomorrow.

    • cangaceirofromhell - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      No way. With ross u can have Max/giolito/ross as leverage while negotiating with strass and zinn. Cole on the other hand is pretty much expandable

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Not me. If you haven’t been paying attention Ross is major league ready, looks like a potential top of the rotation starter is 22 years old and we have him under team control for 6 years. You trade players like that and you become an ex GM real quick. AJ Prellar used your method of team management last off season and where are they now?

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        +1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        +41

    • adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      Ross is the replacement for JZ or Fister next year. He’s very much needed, lest we get a hole in the rotation.

  9. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    What do we know about Yunel?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      Nada so far. He’s not on the DL and currently listed on the bench. Something is going on in that wrist that wasn’t healed over the All Star break.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        catscan and MRIs looked good….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:04 PM

        Yah, the person last night who said it was the hamate for sure was wrong?

      • dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:37 PM

        thank goodness yes

    • tcostant - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Who knew Escobar was the straw that stirs the drink?

  10. jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Werth didn’t play in this afternoon’s game. He played the full game yesterday but was only the DH and MW says they want him to get to 50 AB’s so I don’t understand the disconnect.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Rest day?

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        Rest from DHing or maybe he didn’t feel like playing in an early game?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        That wrist needs rest in a day game after a night game 😉

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        How are you gonna get to 50 at bats?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        More games played and it will take time and I don’t think they want to rush it like they did in April.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:46 PM

        By the way, wouldn’t surprise me if he took Mr. Lerner’s jet to Pittsburgh. I still can’t believe they are going with a 3 man bench.

        Roark needs to go to AAA to be with Treinen and give MW another bench bat.

      • pdowdy83 - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        His target date for returning has been 8/1 from the start. Just because he is rehabbing didn’t mean he was going to rush back. They need him for the long haul.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        You’re correct. I don’t want to rush him. No reason to.

  11. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    MaybeCincy would take Uggla and Treinen.Give me a break to get Chapman I would trade Ross even up tomorrow.You will not win the WS with this bullpen.Look at KC and you have to get near that level.We have one guy at that level.Chapman gives you a real chance.Ross in the rotation next year gives you what we have now and have had.A 90 plus win season and good bye in the playoffs.Remember Barrett in the playoffs was scared to death.Thats what the guys you have now will produce.I hope Drew with 2 failures will hold up let alone those AAA guys.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      Cincy doesn’t want Uggla. They are looking for young controllable players. Treinen would be a player they woule want.

      I would not trade them Ross even up and I want Chapman urgently.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        That was tongue in check.Chapman for a guy that has 5 big league starts is a no brainer.The real question is can we win this year with this bullpen and our guys coming back.Or can we win if we get Chapman.I think we only can win if we get him or someone equal to him.We need to win this year.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        rindtin,

        Your logic is getting better and better. Now you are saying that because Preller made an awful trade then logically the player he gave us must not be as good as we think. Never mind that he excelled at every level in the minors at the age off 22 and that he pitched like a cold blooded assassin in high lev games against top notch competition at the big leagues.

        The comparison to Roark is apples to oranges. Roark had a very pedestrian minor league career for several years before finally making a leap forward and achieving success in the big leagues, he also only has 3 years of team control left vs. 6 for Ross. Also as a frame of reference when the Rays traded Price last year they didn’t get back a prospect the level of Joe Ross.

        I’m fairly certain that the Nats have at minimum 3 absolute untouchable prospects: (Turner, Ross and Giolito) and it would take a lot to pry: Difo or Severino. On the other hand you have very good prospects like Voth, Pivetta, Lopez who you can afford to move if you get a lot in return.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        jd, well put.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      You’re confusing recent success with a “magic WS blueprint.” It doesn’t exist. I’ll note that KC didn’t win the WS – the Giants did, and their bullpen certainly had its adventures. The Giants won because Bumgarner went on a postseason run for the ages, and became the bullpen in Game 7. The 2001 Diamondbacks won the WS arguably despite their bullpen – they blew consecutive two-out, two-run 9th inning leads and still won because they had two dominant pitchers in Johnson and Schilling. While the late 1990’s Yankees certainly had an excellent bullpen (with Stanton and Nelson forming the bridge to Rivera) the 2009 World Champion Yankees had a 39yo Rivera and a bunch of guys (Robertson would become excellent, but wasn’t yet). They won because A-Rod finally had the postseason he was supposed to have, and then Hideki Matsui went nuts in the WS (.615/.643/1.385/2.027 splits!).

      Teams with worse bullpens than the Nationals can, have, and will win WS titles. Of course I’m not averse to the Nats improving any aspect of their team – for the right price.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        You can not win with this bullpen.

      • chrisrw109nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM

        rlndtln – Repeating an incorrect fact does not make it true.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:38 PM

        Great analysis, RealJohn. It’s very easy to look at the Royals last year and conclude that they had a phenomenal bullpen; therefore, such a bullpen equals success in the post-season, Q.E.D.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        You can not win with this bullpen.

        Well, you’re right, I can’t. But despite my rec league adventures I’m not very good at baseball.

    • chrisrw109nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      Fun fact ‘this bullpen’ which we can’t possiblty win with, it why we’ve won something like 40 of the 46 games we’ve led after the 6th inning? I don’t remember the exact stat, but it’s a pretty strong number. They had one bad game against the Mets, the other two were fine.

      The inability of some fans to see past the end of their nose is ridiculous, and makes us all look like complete idiots.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:46 PM

        This is not the post season.We could hit in the regular season but only Rendon and Harp showed up against a rather mediocre SF staff.Barrett showed exactly what I am talking about.On MLB last night they were discussing the issue of a great starting staff in the post season and a great BP.They agreed the BP wins out.If you guys think this BP will win a playoff series you are not paying attention. They have failed all season.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        That’s a little harsh. Ten, maybe fifteen percent idiots, tops. Fifty percent reasonable people who still sometimes don’t think things through. Ten percent smart folks with persistent blind spots about one thing or another. Twenty five to thirty percent just along for the ride.

        That’s my opinion, and if you don’t like it, I have plenty more.

      • chrisrw109nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

        They agreed the BP wins out.If you guys think this BP will win a playoff series you are not paying attention. They have failed all season.

        The Nats have won 51 games, so clearly the bullpen hasn’t failed all season. They have also had success in many high leverage spots, and the fact that the Nats have held the vast majority of their leads past the 6th inning makes it clear that your statement is patently false.

        Now then, regarding ‘The BP winning out’ in the playoffs and postseason? Well the guys at MLB tonight can be wrong. Postseason history is FILLED with teams with iffy bullpens that have won championships. In part because in the postseason you have the luxury of bringing in starters for crucial situations. Sid Fernandez vs Houston, Pedro vs Cleveland, Bumgartner vs KC, Randy Johnson as the best reliever ever. (BTW: Mediocre SF staff? Realllllly?).

        I will not argue that the Nats lineup struggled against SF in the playoffs, but bringing in a reliever wouldn’t change that situation. We didn’t get blown out by SF, we didn’t give up a ton of runs… we simply didn’t put up runs of our own. Mortgaging the future of the franchise for some bullpen help now is a horrible idea. If you want the team to succeed this year, and in future, that should be the last thing you call for.

        That’s my opinion, and if you don’t like it, I have plenty more.

        I don’t have an issue with people having opinions I disagree with. I’m fine with that. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong. I have a problem with people making stupid, ridiculous, contra-factual arguments that are barely above the level of trolls (I am not referring to you).

        And as far as blind spots go… I’m a long view kind of guy. I think this season is our best chance to win it all, but I think we have a great team and a great farm system, and there will be other chances. I’m also not one of those people who sees getting to the post-season as failure.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” – Groucho Marx

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:37 PM

        Although, seriously for a minute, I do agree with you about the postseason.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    2 of the best suggestions I’ve heard for deadline trade deals are Adam Lind and Benoit if they don’t cost much.

    • pdowdy83 - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      Those are solid. Two others I would keep an eye on are Brad Ziegler and John Jaso to fill similar roles.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        Brad Ziegler was my guy last year. He can be filthy at times and other times look like he’s throwing BP.

        Honestly, I don’t like the Nats bullpen at all in Hi Lev spots. Storen has been great this year but I’m sorry, I don’t trust him in the playoffs as it’s in his head.

        I don’t have a solution except get a real closer just in case.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        Ghost,

        I read that many in the Nats org feel exactly the same way about Storen.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

        Is anyone ready to give Aaron Barrett a Hi Lev spot in the postseason?

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      I think you can get these type of players for pieces like Cole or maybe Pivetta or Voth.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        That hurts. That’s some good talent but Lind has another year and the Nats I think are playing with fire here. RZim is an issue and CRob is a butcher with the glove and just can’t get the HR swing going. That’s too much for just Benoit to give up that type of talent but maybe you overpay due to ripping off Preller on the Turner/Ross deal. 😉

      • pdowdy83 - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        What about Benoit and Yonder Alonso for prospects. Yonder has no power but has always hit pretty well and rates about average at first base. He has a high OBP would would be nice to have. Almost a lefty version of Escobar with the bat.

      • pdowdy83 - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        Ghost,

        mlbtraderumors has Lind as a free agent next year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        pdowdy83, Lind is under a team option at $8 million.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:11 PM

        pdowdy83

        team option for $8mil.

  13. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Roark was the guy I wanted to trade for a reliever and was told he was indispensable.Remember how he pitched last year whenBefore you declare Ross as a top of the rotation starter that you will not trade for Chapman.Cincy GM has to be accountable too.I do not think you will get Chapman for Ross.If you did you would have gotten Chapman and Turner for Sousza.

    • veejh - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Obviously, the Padres under-rated Ross.

  14. bowdenball - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Zack Greinke will probably not make his scheduled start tomorrow vs the Mets due to the birth of his child.

    Alanna Rizzo ‏@alannarizzo 21m21 minutes ago
    RHP Zack Greinke is not with team. He is with his wife, @Wilsysmommy, as they are expecting their 1st baby. It is unlikely he pitches tmrw.

    Normally I’d assume he’ll make a start before the team leaves Queens on Sunday, but if he flew back to Los Angeles for the birth, perhaps not. Bit of a bad break for the Nats, but good luck to Zack and his wife!

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      Bit of a break?

      • bowdenball - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        “Bit of a bad break,” it says.

        You’re on my list, jd!

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      He’ll probably still face the Mets later in the series.

  15. Bruxtun - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Difo is in the clubhouse. Sorry if already mentioned.

    • NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      Does that mean Escobar is going on the DL? I don’t think Difo’s ten days were up, were they?

      • Bruxtun - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        From Wagner, but he says no move official yet. The only way around the 10 days rule, if it’s made of course, is because of an injury right?

        I do remember this happened before with Esco. Difo came to the clubhouse but never got activated, with Yunel coming back in a couple days. Seems a bit more serious this time though.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        Correct on the injury exception to the 10-day rule.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        Well here’s some interesting food for thought. Rendon played 6 innings at 3rd base yesterday and then came out which surprised me since MW said they want him to play 9 innings, it kinda makes me think that he’s a few days away. Ideally he would step right in for Esco and I think we all thought that yesterday but I guess not.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:13 PM

        Bruxtun, it was actually Burriss who came to DC when Esco hurt his hamstring and then Esco said he was OK and only needed a few days so they didn’t DL him.

        It would have to be Difo for Esco if it was a DL move because of the 10 day rule.

    • Bruxtun - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      thanks Ghost, hard to keep track of all that!

  16. NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    You had probably the best scout on the team (next to Rizzo) looking at Trea Turner every day in Syracuse. I would love to be a fly on the wall when Jayson gives his report.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      Great point. And I hope that Jayson is sitting next to him on the bench!

  17. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Greinke will not pitch in New York.The Dodgers are coming home Sunday after the game.He will never fly back.These are not the players of the 1950’5.I am sure his union would find that too stressful.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM

      You don’t get out much, do you?

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      I’m pretty sure you only get 3 days parental leave.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        Yes but are they going to fly him back to new york saturday to pitch sunday then fly home again.These guys are fragile and they will tell you his back would hurt sitting in a plane.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        Ah, for the good old days of the Reserve Clause, when teams could and did screw players over as much as they wanted, and players had no alternatives!

        These players today should just get off my lawn, dammit!

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:24 PM

        It’s the Dodgers. They can put him on a very comfortable, very fast plane. He wouldn’t be flying economy.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        A plane?? Why, we used to have to bike, row, and run from NY to Cleveland. And pitch a double-header next day! And when we got done, the trainer would beat us with a bat just to loosen the muscles.

        And you tell that to the kids today, they won’t believe you!

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM

        Sofa,

        You had bats? you were lucky. In our town we used broken broom sticks and we would stab the players to death with the jugged edges twice a day if they were lucky.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:06 PM

        Wooden broomsticks? You were lucky! We had to make our own broomsticks from discarded toilet paper.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:08 PM

        sofa,

        You used toilet paper?

        Never mind !

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Well, I’m sure players don’t sit around talking about how fans today are so much more resilient, patient, understanding, etc. than back in the day.

  18. tcostant - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    C squad tonight

    • alexva6 - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      last time I checked they were all Major Leaguers. GYFNG!

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        Well, they’re playing the Pirates, they’re going to need C-legs.

      • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:05 PM

        Sofa,

        You are sizzling tonight.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM

        Oh, so you’re the one who’s not scrolling past! Thanks!

      • natsfan1a - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        Activate fog-horn sound effect.

        “Well, they’re playing the Pirates, they’re going to need C-legs.”

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        Also enjoying it!

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        I left off the “Arrr Arrr Arrr!”

        A guy has to have some standards.

    • tcostant - Jul 24, 2015 at 7:23 AM

      One run – Essobar out was the last straw…

  19. virginiascopist - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Looks like the Pirates have acquired 3B Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers. Don’t think we’ll see him tonight, but maybe later in the series.

    So much for not trading within your division; both deals today were intradivisional (there’s a word for you).

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Not a great player but still someone not going to the Mets.

  20. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    How did Cal Ripken play over 2100 straight games.He never had an oblique,had children,headache,tone nail,upset stomach,slight hammy,tired arm,sore back.amazing.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      That’s easy. It’s because they put him and his personal records before the good off the team. You can’t win a World Series with players like that.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        *of the team

        but you knew that.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        Well, you can, actually. So that just goes to show, you never know who can win, after all.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

        You should learn your baseball history.Cal Ripken is a hall of famerand one of the greatest human beings steroid free to play the game.He is a credit to his team and a great team player.If he had stopped at 1 full season without missing a game it would be more than 99 percent of todays players.He was the ultimate team player who by the way won a WS in 1983.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        I was just teasing, there, but now that I think about it, that Phillies WS was 1983, which was only Cal’s 2nd or 3rd season, no? The streak wasn’t a factor then. A guy like that, who could have brought back some major prospects, but you can’t trade him because — The Streak. Got to pay him and play him, and watch a succession of managers come and go because the clubhouse apparently had no leadership. At least that’s the way I remember the reporters covering it. YMMV.

    • Bruxtun - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      plenty of people have said, and said back then during the streak, that Cal should have sat for the benefit of his team but didn’t to preserve his own streak. You are approaching the event horizon of being the worst. You think he never got tired or sore and by all accounts should have sat for a more productive player so he could rest?

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        Now you are going to criticize not only a great player but a better human being.He was better than anyone they could have played ahead of him for all those years.I guess you prefer the steroid take me out of the game players of today with every little ache and pain getting paid millions.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        Don’t change the subject.

        Plenty of people then and now thought the Streak cost the Orioles games, but made them money.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Is this some kind of Andy Kauffman thing you’re doing?

      That’s what I’d like to think, anyway.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM

        Hey, you have to give the guy credit — nearly everyone in here has handed him his [head] at every turn, and he keeps coming back. No wonder he like Ripkin and the O’s so much. Any worse and he’d be a Cubs fan. (OH NO I DIDN’T!)

  21. everendp - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Bryce taking BP on the field today with MW pitching to him no less.

    • jd - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      ah,

      So Ghost was right. Private plane to Pittsburgh.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      Hmm.

      1. How’s the weather in Pittsburgh? He’d been doing cage work only to avoid getting overtired/overheated before the game.

      2. Has he hit one into the river yet?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM

        1. At the moment, 80 degrees, partly cloudy, 37 percent humidity, light breeze.

  22. coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    I floated this idea earlier but it got panned – I have zero faith that we get our full core back for the playoffs (it hasn’t happened yet, not sure why I expect it to change). I assume we’ll need a power bat with average to make it in the playoffs and I’ve always enjoyed Cespedes. What do you think we’d need to get him? I was alright with sending Difo and Lopez but couldn’t tell if I was more all in this year or people were higher on the two of them than I am.

    • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:31 PM

      question was who do you think blinks first on that trade and what makes it fair?

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      The reason you should have greater than zero faith is that Werth, Rendon, and Zim are all on rehab assignments right now and seem to be doing well.

      Rizzo still has 8 days to see how they’re doing. In the meantime, I am sure he is working the phones, but he’s unlikely to pull the trigger yet.

      • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        Yeah I get that, but Span hasn’t emerged yet and neither Werth or Zim will be at 100% when they come back from what I’m reading. I don’t yet have faith they’ll all play in October. Who knows with Anthony but he’s kind of an after thought to this unless we want to move Zim back across the diamond.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      I’m strongly inclined to agree they won’t have everyone healthy for the playoffs, because after 162 games, who the heck does? I’m not at all sanguine about the rest of Rendon’s season, for my part, and the odds on nobody else getting seriously hurt, after the Nats spending most of the season at half-strength, seem long.

      As for Cespedes, this from MLBTR

      In another twist regarding the free agent deal he signed out of Cuba, Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes would be effectively precluded from signing with the team as a free agent after this year unless he is traded away in the interim, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. It was already a matter of common knowledge that the club could not make him a qualifying offer after the year, since his deal requires that he be released five days after its conclusion. But Rosenthal now cites a CBA provision providing that a released player also cannot be re-signed by his club until May 15 of the ensuing year. While Detroit could hold Cespedes and attempt to work out an extension at any point up to five days after the World Series, it would otherwise be unable to bring him back unless he sat out a good portion of the 2016 campaign — a highly unlikely scenario. Of course, moving him now would prevent the team from working out a deal until the power-hitting outfielder becomes a free agent. As Rosenthal notes, Cespedes has told friends that he hopes to remain with the Tigers, and Detroit has given every indication that it intends to compete next year even if it moves some pieces this summer.

      So I’m not sure if that means he’s more likely, or less likely, to be available.

  23. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    My point Chrisrw is that the playoffs are very different than the regular season and it takes special guys to perform.To get a guy like Chapman who at 27 is special throwing 100 miles an hour will take giving up something.To give up Joe Ross would be a steal however I guarantee you the Reds would never make that deal straight up and you think you are giving up too much.There will be many teams making offers.All I know is I would not go into the playoff with this bullpenGhost is iffy on Storen imagine the others.You can keep Ross and hope to win next year with him without JZIM,Desi,Fister and Span.I want to win now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      The Reds would jump at Joe Cool for Chapman. That’s a 6 more full years of control for 1 year of Chapman. That’s 200 innings a year vs 60.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        Lets do it.A guy we got as a throw in for the Sousza for Turner trade.This would be the steal of the year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        He was not a throw-in. Rizzo just worked a good deal. Rizzo won’t do that deal. I think Difo would be a player that could get something done. Scouts love him and he gets Altuve comparisons but better speed.

      • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        Would be curious if we’d bite. my inclination would be no Ross but we’re probably also at a sell high moment and could probably drag something on top. Don’t know if I’d want to do it though unless we’re looking to pay up for a pitcher in two years

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        With Roarks problems and JZim and Fister leaving there’s 2 holes to fill and one has Joe Ross name on it.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:51 PM

      Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

      Just saying.

  24. natsfan1a - Jul 23, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Is it time for baseball yet? Go, NATS!

  25. veejh - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    I think Ross is being over valued by a few. I know he’s been kick a** so far from what we’ve seen, but his body of work is quite short in the MLB. Chapman is a proven MLB blue chip closer.

    • veejh - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      In short, I don’t think Ross is enough for Chapman, and I’m sure some other team is willing to offer up more than that for his services for the next year and a half. I can see the Yankees over spending for him.

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        finally a bright man

      • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:50 PM

        Think on both ends its a bad deal, but if he’s a top 50 starter in the near future it’s worth it to Cincinnati (this year and probably next being throw away). It’s more can they do better than Ross

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Will someone please teach MAT how to bunt further from the pitcher please.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    That’s was a juicy meaty pitch… thought it was gone for sure. Just glad it only scored 1.

  28. dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    i’m amazed that was not an inside the park hr with the ball in Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood

  29. Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Fister has no put away pitch anymore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      It seems like he can’t keep the ball down either. Used to be a ground ball specialist.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Nice jog to the ball by CRob but I think that’s his top speed.

    • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Not like werth will be much faster..

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Game 7 since all star game. We have given up first run in 6. Not is not a good sign if you are suppose to have the better starters.

  32. dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    from MLB trade rumors

    The Pirates announced that they’ve designated infielder Steve Lombardozzi for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was acquired from the Brewers this afternoon.

    The 26-year-old Lombardozzi received just 12 plate appearances with the Bucs at the big league level in 2015, and he saw very little time in the Majors in 2014 with the Orioles as well. Most of the second-generation player’s experience (his father, Steve Lombardozzi, Sr., played six years with the Twins and Astros in the late 1980s) has come with the Nationals, where he served as a utility piece from 2011-13.

  33. natsjackinfl - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Fister is wearing my patience extremely thin these days. First, he’s really having a difficult time getting his pitches down and second, he’s not getting that downward movement on his “sinker”.

  34. dcphanatic - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    I am afraid Fisterbis toast. Last year his fastball was hovering around 88/89 mph. Now he can barely got 86, working more around 84. I am sorry but that is not a major league fastball. His controls also been erratic. Me thinks that he is in the same boat as Desi when it comes to free agency. They are not impressing anybody. Nats will be well served when they go some place else.

    • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      I’m afraid you might be overreacting buddy

  35. dcwx61 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    was Jason werth in the chiefs lineup today ??

  36. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Since most of you do not want Chapman for Ross I think you then would agree when Stras comes back Ross should replace Fister.No brainer with how highly you guys think of Ross.

    • NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      The way Fister is pitching, I think it’s possible. Hopefully Fister will make that unnecessary.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Hmmm… ok

  38. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Fister is batting practice.

  39. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Fister is batting practice.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Just throwing stinkers.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      When was his Last good game?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        Can’t remember. He’s not even performing well enough to trade. Ugh.

  41. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Root for the Mets tonite.only hope.

    • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      With fans like these…

      • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:40 PM

        Reality

      • coop202 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:41 PM

        He’s a number five pitcher who carried us last year and has amazing carrier numbers. You’ll be calling to replace Stras with him when he gets back with reactionary words rather than actually thinking

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Give this game to the long man before it gets out of hand

  43. philipd763 - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Fister, Desmond and, to a lesser extent, Zimmermann are doing everything just right to destroy their free agent value.

    • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      JZIM is doing great.

  44. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Fister is Dan Haren. He is getting to be an automatic loss. Dump him and let joe cool pitch. Who’s the fool who said root for,the Mets? Lol

  45. veejh - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    2-0. Not as bad as it has seemed. We can easily come back. Fister needs to get it together, however.

  46. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    For the mets to lose .1-0 dodgers.

    • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      Knew what you meant. Just busting your balls

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Glad Dougie got out of that one… with minimal damage… come on Nats bats, pick Dougie Fresh up!

  48. veejh - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Fister must be scrambled, because he usually gets those down easy.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Nats pitchers need bunting practice again.

  50. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    You look at this lineup and just can’t really get that upset. I mean we have nobody

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      Hitting is contagious and someone has to get it going.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    TyMo with a nice snag followed by a nice play by Fister.

    TyMo plays way off the bag.

  52. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Clint Robinson with the piano on the back going for that one

  53. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Ross has to be better than this.If you do not get Chapman for him he has to replace Fister.Maybe a good idea would be to trade Fister for prospects now.Many teams can use him.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    A triple homer and double.

    I am at work so just reading game cast.

    Don’t tell me is fast ball up again. If so McCatty needs to work on release point, it is too early.

  55. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    I would trade fister tomorrow. This guy is done. John Lannan

  56. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    12 in a row for Kershaw.

  57. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I like Fister. He’s a good guy and a good teammate. But I think he is finished

  58. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Bryce is looking like Desi tonite.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      I was wondering pitch track I am watching says everything liw out and outside.

      What happen to Harper’s patience.

      Swing only at strikes. Ball a foot outside never was a strike.

  59. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Cmon Bryce your guessing. Terrible AB

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Bryce Ks on 3 balls outside the zone.

  61. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Pirates could get revenge. I’m thinking no hitter

  62. Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Bryce is all out of sorts. His stance appears way more open and he’s stepping into the bucket on every swing.

  63. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    We have to be much more patient.Kershaw may have to throw a shut out.1-0 bottom 5.Hope that baby comes tonite and get Greinke back for Sunday.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Regardless of what Dougie Fresh does tonight… we can’t win with 0 runs….

    COME on Nats bats!

  65. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    15 in a row for Kershaw.

  66. natsjackinfl - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Nats working on matching Saturdays 17 whiffs.

  67. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Uggla sucks

  68. Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Uggla has looked like doo-doo.

  69. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    what is robinson doing

  70. Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    WTF? You have to score on that!!!

    So then we Gary a weird instant replay. Still should be 2-2

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Not sure where Gary came from! Lol! “We get” became “Gary.” Go figure.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Score should be tied… sigh

    • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      Bunt the f’in ball Fister! WTF.

  72. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    18 in a row Kershaw.Should have let Fister take a shot.

  73. Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Henley is a buffoon. He really is.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    I’m really trying to wrap my mind on why the score isn’t tied right now….

    • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Because the team since day 1’has guys that lack basic fundamentals. Fister can’t bunt. Ugla should be out of the league.

      • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        Saw clips in MASN pregame talk show of Biggio hitting. Such a smooth and controlled swing. We have no one like that.

    • conatsguy - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Just happy we got 2 WPs.

  75. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Doug fister shouldn’t even take a paycheck tonight.

    • conatsguy - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      ??
      Come on NG. He’s pitching well.

      • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:44 PM

        He is just mad at the poor bunt attempts

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        Pitching well is kinda stretching it… lol… serviceable, sure… his line will look better than what he is doing, imo.

    • Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      He is really not

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Thought Tyler should have had that…

    • conatsguy - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Yep..

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Crappy throw, but I agree that Moore has to catch that. Was Desi charged with an error? He should be.

      • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        Miss A. Laroche on those. He bailed out Desmond and Zim for yrs.

  77. NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Fedde for Chapman?

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      I suspect it would take more than that for the Nats to acquire Chapman.

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Clint Robinson is just frustrating…. just… I want to say so many bad words….

    Cant play LF.. not paying attention to what is going on… porous d at first….

    Just frickin frustrating.

    • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:46 PM

      I love the guy and his story but the fact he’s playing LF is just sad.

  79. Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Probably would have been a 1-2-3 inning had Desmond/Moore finished that play.

  80. Section 222 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Just awful looking attempts. Like he was afraid to bunt it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      I meant to come on here a few days ago to see if the trip was planned for this series…

      • Section 222 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        It’s a gorgeous night for baseball at PNC Mrs B. Unfortunately, the Nats didn’t show up.

  81. Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Ramos keep swinging at balls out of the zone..

  82. Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Ramos = 6-4-3 every time.

  83. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Ramos swing at ball 4 that bounced.I do not think he fouled it off

  84. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    1-0 top of 8 in new york.Mets got 2 hits in 7th

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Both of our sinker ball pitchers are struggling this year… seriously, I hope they get it together as will need them on our way to October..

  86. Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Official scorer has been very nice to the Nats defenders. No errors charged?

    What does Williams think Tanner is? This is bordering on baseball player abuse.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      I really miss C Stammen….

      • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        Yep…and Clip

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Lol… I wasn’t a Clippard fan… I was EXTREMELY HAPPY with the trade for Yuni….

      • Nats105 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Ya Yuni is awesome but I think we just miss having a stable 8th inning guy.

    • adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Tanner gets the first 1-2-3 inning of the game (for Nats)

  87. Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    At least Victor Robles at 18 looks like an absolute stud

  88. adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Kershaw gave up a hit to Duda . . . and then picked him off!

    Where was Duda going . . . ? 😉

  89. NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    I am so over Uggla. I know he’s cheap, but.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Nats Lady, that whole Uggla eye therapy thing with “Doctor” Donatelli was the biggest flim-flam since Robert Redford and Paul Newman in The Sting.

  90. Allnats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    I’m all for DFAing uggla when everyone gets healthy. Sheesh

    • adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      wI’m all for DFAing uggla when everyone gets healthy.

      I’d even just settle for “everyone gets healthy” !!

    • npb99 - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      It was a nice story for a while, but he´s gotta go now.

  91. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Another HR given up by Tanner…

    Sigh

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Roark is in the right roll now as once down at this point.

    He seems to be good for a blast a game recently

  93. Allnats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Well….. Everyone has those days. Go get em tomorrow boys

    • adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Nats did have a seven game winning streak against the Pirates. Couldn’t last forever . . .

  94. NatsLady - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    “Role” is an excuse. Roark is not pitching well this season.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      I don’t think FP really believed himself right there…

  95. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Better get the boys back soon.1-0 Dodgers top 9 bases loaded no outs.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Torres just walked a runner in.. 2-0 dodgers

    • adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      Wow. The ancient one Bartolo Colon pitched the first 8 innings allowing only 1 run.

      Relief pitcher Gilmartin (?) gives up three singles to start off the 9th but no run scored.

      Then Mets bring in Torres, and throws four balls to bring in a run. 2-0 Dodgers — still bases loaded nobody out.

  96. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    2-0

  97. adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Torres strikes out the next guy, then a sac fly: 3-0 Dodgers.

  98. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    final 3-0 Kershaw still the best

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Well…. I hope the Pirates scored all the runs they will score this game. This is tragic….

    Get them tomorrow.

  100. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    thats what a prospect looks like.he will be back to AAA with Treinen,Roark,Solis.

  101. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    I would love to wake up Friday and see Ramos playing somewhere else. 244 avg. slower than cold syrup. Very average arm and very average behind the plate. And no power. He just stinks.

  102. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Ramos plays baseball like he could give a crud less. He seems to have no problem with striking out. It’s like he wants to get his fat arse back to the dugout so he can sit back down. I am really down on this guy. Play Lobaton. At least he acts like he cares.

    • philipd763 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Agree. He plays the same way in the field.

      • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        I miss suzuki

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        You can get Suzuki. The Twins want to get rid of him and get Lucroy if you’ve been following along. Have you seen what Suzuki has done this year?

  103. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Bring back Lombo! Pirates just DFA’ed him.

    Maybe I’m just nostalgic ….

    • nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Better than ugla

    • philipd763 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      He’s only 26.

    • senators69 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      + 1

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      Yes, you are being nostalgic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

  104. senators69 - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    I’m afraid the clock may have struck midnight for my boy Roark. He was so good last two years, but this year…
    Bums me out. And with Fister sucking wind, Joe Ross better get that third pitch rocking, cause when he does, he’s got a guaranteed slot in the rotation next year: Scherzer-Stras-Gio-Ross-???

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      I share the disappointment with how Roark has done this year, but that’s giving up way too quick.

  105. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Ramos is how old? 26 ? That guy looks like he could get the senior discount at Dennys

    • rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Ramos does look old.He can not catch a thrown ball and he runs terrible.

  106. nattygoats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    I thought Ramos age was on his jersey

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Congrats Ian Desmond…

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 23, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Why in the hell, Uggla, do you first pitch swinging at a guy who isn’t throwing strikes…

  109. Allnats - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    I know this isn’t related, and I am not sure if someone mentioned this, but the reds had people watching fedde today. And since i need to get my mind off of the loss, anyone think this amounts to something?

    • Danny - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Nats have been connected to Chapman since Spring Training. Rizzo finished 2nd when the Reds originally signed him.

      Rizzo wants him

    • DaveB - Jul 24, 2015 at 6:05 AM

      Do we know that they were there to watch Fedde? Victor Robles also played in that game and was 4 for 5 with a homer and a triple. I’ve been starting to get excited about him, but Chapman is a stud.

  110. rlndtln - Jul 23, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Rizzo will make a big deal soon.We need major help in the BP.I think we will soon here that Desi is our SS.Danny has been killed here,praised here and the reality is somewhere in the middle.He is the perfect 4th infielder that we may start next season with Rendon and Esco until they bring up Turner.I hope they start the season with Danny at SS,Rendon at 3rd and Esco at 2nd so when Turner comes up he can go right to SS and Esco will have had time to learn 2nd as many of you think is necessary.Danny will be a valuable 4th infielder which should be his role on a championship team.Of course he could be a starter on many.

  111. adcwonk - Jul 23, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Boo birds out in force tonight, eh?

    Ramos, fwiw, is second on the team in RBI’s; 3rd on the team in HR’s.

    Ramos’ slash line: .249/.277/.388. He’s grounded into 8 DP’s. bWAR 1.4
    Suzuki: .225/ .283/.300, He’s grounded into 10 DP’s. bWAR -0.6

    I am really down on this guy. Play Lobaton.

    Lobaton: .197 /.299/.329, bWAR -0.1

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