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Game 97: Nats at Pirates

Jul 26, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates following their lopsided win the day before. They will send rookie Joe Ross (2-2, 2.70) to the mound opposite former No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.31), who is in the middle of a breakout season.

Ross has only made four career MLB starts, but this will be his second time facing the Pirates. He saw them in his last outing before going down to Triple-A on June 19. That day he allowed just one earned run across 7 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He also began what ended up a franchise record scoreless streak for the Nats’ rotation.

Cole did not pitch in that June series at Nationals Park. The last time he saw the Nats was on May 24 of 2014 when he gave up two runs across six innings and took the win.

Anthony Rendon is out of the lineup today, likely to just have a day off to rest. Danny Espinosa is in there playing second base with Yunel Escobar still at third.

Enjoy the conversation today and please check back in the morning for analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (52-44)
CF Michael Taylor
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
LF Matt den Dekker
RHP Joe Ross

PIRATES (56-41)
RF Gregory Polanco
LF Starling Marte
CF Andrew McCutchen
3B Aramis Ramirez
SS Jung Ho Kang
2B Neil Walker
1B Pedro Alvarez
C Chris Stewart
RHP Gerrit Cole

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

199 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    No Rendon.Everyone was concerned about MAT playing time when Denard and Jason came back.He will get plenty of time as they getting there games together.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Ken Rosenthal said Cueto to the Royals. Leaves Hamels and maybe David Price as the other Aces. Tigers could wait till August to move Price.

    • jfmii - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      Wow, Royals get Cueto. Can’t hurt their already fine season

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM

        Gives them the Ace they needed and could afford.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:46 PM

        How aren’t the Cubs not going hard after Cole Hamels. The Mets, Cubs, Giants will battle for the final Wild Card.

  3. unkyd59 - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    CRob…. Great story, but is anyone else wincing when they see his name beside “1B”…?

    • stoatva - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Yes. His defensive play is pretty much unacceptable, IMO.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      To be fair, it’s a great story *because* he is getting a chance to play, when, normally, he’d have no business being here, nevermind starting.

      Nobody ever went broke remaking Cinderella.

    • rmoore446 - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      I am OK with CRob at 1B as long as he’s hitting 260-270. I do wince when I see him in the outfield.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      Well, I do wince more when I see it beside LF.

  4. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Mets are going to be a big problem as I have said over and over.Just look at there schedule.They do not have a west coast trip as we do and the have 4 left with Cincy after the Reds will be dismantled.We need to get our guys back asap and then it will take weeks before they are ready to really play.I hope I am wrong but by the time we are at full strength and ready to perform at maximum level it maybe too late.

    • adcwonk - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      The Mets also have 9 games left against the Nationals — six of them coming after Labor Day.

  5. coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Someone has to explain the current love for MAT to me… I have high hopes for his future and the risp story is great but right now he isn’t even league average with a bat and his OPS+ is on par with Ian’s at 78 v 75. He does look to be improving but has a long way to go for a team that wants to win now…

    • adcwonk - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      Taylor has improved his fielding tremendously, and in June he hit .285 — a sign that perhaps he was a budding star.

      Unfortunately, in July he’s hitting .213

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

        Wonk, you are correct about MAT’s ba for July, though he raised his overall BA 11 points yesterday. He was in a pretty bad funk for a while. But also, Taylor has more RBI’s so far in July than anybody else on the team, including Harper.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      The current love isn’t so much for right now, tho I am enjoying that, but for those same high hopes. He’s not going to be Willie Mays, but if he keeps improving he’ll be playing and hitting next to Bryce for years.

      That’s my version, at least. I’m rooting for a player I have grown to like a lot.

      • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:24 PM

        That’s fair – I have high hopes too but also think there’s an equal chance he ends up a 4th OF in the mold of the Shark given his k rate…

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM

        That’s “the human drama of athletic competition, ” isn’t it? Somebody’s wrong predictions, or “unfufilled potential” if you prefer, fill the history books.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM

        6up and 6 down for both the Mets and Dodgers.Looks like 1 run might win this one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:02 PM

        They need to get deGrom’s pitch count up.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        Awful AB by Bryce

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:22 PM

        Yes unfortunately.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:55 PM

      3rd on the team in RBIs and first in RISP BA and 1st in OF defense. Baserunning and defense are improved.

      Has no walks since the All Star break and 0-4 in bunts. That’s where he has to improve and concentrate on hitting when bases are empty.

      • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        Is he really first on the team in OF defense?? It definitely seems better but I’m shocked he ranks higher than Span unless it’s a total game count. He took some god-awful routes to start the year. Those are solid reasons to like him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:18 PM

        According to Fangraphs he is and that comes after a poor start. Familiarity with the stadiums and getting more aggressive has helped. His reads are much better.

        I was not a believer in MAT and he’s win me over. With that said he rides the pine when Span and Werth returns as Werth will get a chance to show he’s better. We will see

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        MAT is also tied for the team lead in stolen bases. Personally, I have doubts that he will ever be a great base runner, though at the same time I think that he will steal a lot of bases. Is there a stat kept for TOOTHBLANS?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        Yes there is but I don’t have the link handy.

    • donniebenth - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Gotta say I’m pretty satisfied. Playing great D, through the roof BA with RISP, getting better on the bases.

      Does he have his flaws? You bet. But he’s a super toolsey rookie with a great attitude and many years of team control.

  6. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    You are right that he needs improvement for a team that wants to win now.Thats why Denard will be back in CF for the balance of the year.Going forward I think MAT could be our CF next year.It would be better if Denard were here for a couple of more years and use MAT as a 4th outfielder.MAT has tremendous potential.He has a rare combo of speed and power that you do not see often.He eventually could be a 3 hitter with 30 home runs and 30 steals.That combination is off the charts.The only question is when.The real blessing in disguise this year was that he got all this valuable game experience.We have a future all-star here.Remember he is only 23.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      Don’t mean to split hairs, but MAT turned 24 in March.

      • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        When rlndtln makes a positive comment, it’s advisable not to split hairs. 🙂

  7. adcwonk - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    From the “Well, whaddya know?” Department:

    Michael Conforto, the top prospect the Mets brought up (and who went 4-for-4 last night, his second game in the majors) is the son of Tracy Ruiz, Olympic gold medalist in synch. swimming (http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/07/25/138627304/michael-confortos-mom-was-a-medal-winning-olympic-swimmer)

  8. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    No way.That kid is on another level to the shark.MAT should have played AAA this season but filled in well considering.Just look at the progress Bryce has made with big league experience.This kid has all the tools.

    • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      Shark isn’t a bad comparison – he hit between 260 and 290 with us, just wasn’t a difference maker in the end like werth and span.

      • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        Not sure what Shark you’re talking about, but here are his BA’s in the years he had more than 50 PAs for the Nats: .211, .246, .243., 291, .178. We knew the Shark. The Shark was a friend of ours. Michael Taylor, you’re going to be better, much better, than the Shark.

  9. scmargenau - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Why is Rendon sitting? He needs at bats

    • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I imagine MW wanted him to take his return slow with a day game after a night game. With a capable substitute ready to step in (Espi), that move makes a lot of sense to me.

      • scmargenau - Jul 27, 2015 at 12:54 AM

        Yea. Good point. # really

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    No pressure, kid, but howzabout we shoot for having another curly W in the books and splitting this one? And howazbout the rest of you guys giving him run support and good defense, okay? All righty then.

    In other news, hope that Gio is feeling better. He looked to be feeling like [Lucas Doody] out there last night. Way to gut it out, Gio.

  11. mrnat7 - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Can’t believe Rendon is tired after one game back! He needs to play and get his timing bat as a hitter.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      This was based on the schedule they preset for him. He could come off the bench. See my comment below.

    • adcwonk - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      Can’t believe Rendon is tired after one game back!

      It’s still July — and three games ahead — much better that the schedule be a little over-cautious than pressing a bit too hard resulting in a set back.

      • scmargenau - Jul 27, 2015 at 12:56 AM

        If I had a fail flag I’d throw it at you

  12. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    This era of baseball will tear your guts out as a fan.A player goes on the DL with a hang nail then needs weeks of rest and then start baseball activity and then some batting and the rehab assignments and then off the DL but only play a few games a week as he gets his strength back.How did Cal Ripken play 14 years never missing a game?

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    MW said that Rendon was getting today off if he played in the Minors so they are keeping with that schedule even though the Nats have a day off tomorrow.

    • scmargenau - Jul 27, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      Umm bull doody

  14. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    DeGrom is really tough especially home.The dodgers even with Greinke will be lucky to beat him today.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Unlucky bounce…

  16. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    streak over 1-0 Mets end 3 .

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    DenDekjer here is a suggestion. If you can’t reach it one of two things need to happen. Stand closer to the plate so you can reach it or don’t swing.

    No way you could reach the one you swung at for strike 3.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Wow MAT… I thought that was a can of corn… seemed to hit that with no effort.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    MAT does it again.

  20. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    MAT.Future all star.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Career homers in Pittsburgh

    Taylor 2

    Harper 0

    Get on the stick Bryce need to catch up.

    Plus Cole tried to walk you but you swung that just about hit. What has happened to the patience pre All Star game?

    • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Bryce’s numbers since the ASG: .250/.447/.429. Not on the pace of before, but a .447 OBP (9 walks in 9 games) indicates he’s plenty patient. Oh, and Gerrit Cole is an all star pitcher with a nasty slider.

      Do you ever look things up before throwing out generalizations based on one AB?

  22. Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    You all know those two ol’ boys that always sit right behind home plate at Nats Park? This a great piece on them:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2015/07/24/those-two-guys-sitting-behind-the-plate-every-nationals-game-meet-the-itkin-brothers/

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    I think MAT hit that outside pitch for the HR. Didn’t seem to miss the spot where Cole intended.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Ramos seems to never get those… and then stands there… while the runner goes to 3rd…

    Smdh

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      Ross was back there. Ramos biggest problem he doesn’t concentrate on the catch. He concentrated on the tag . screw the rag until you catch the ball.

      I don’t get it.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:31 PM

        Huh. I thought Ross was standing by the mound.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:34 PM

        Robinson was at the mound

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        I went back and looked. You are right, Ross was back there, but neither he,or Wilson went after the ball right away.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        I agree with you that he doesn’t catch the ball first.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      I like bounce throws in that situation, but it bounced too close for Ramos to handle it. He should’ve been able to keep it in front of him, at least. I don’t get why nobody went to get the ball. Ross should’ve been backing up the throw.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        Ross was there. The camera from another angle showed him. The first angle you couldn’t see him.

  25. Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    There goes Taylor’s errorless streak. Good attempt, bad throw.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Ramos must be the worse fielding catcher ever. He not only let’s the run score but then puts a guy on third.

    Is no one working with his catching?

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Bad throw, bad block, bad play.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      The throw 5 feet to the left from center and Ramos doesn’t move. Why?

      Not a perfect throw but very catchable if just move to catch it.

      First things first. Move and catch the ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        Yes, I don’t get it. More of the same.

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t think I agree with the warning. I don’t think either team meant to do it on purpose….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      Since both were so inside the ump felt it is necessary. Hurts Pirates more than us as Cole loves inside pitches

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        Ramos is not athletic enough.You guys got all excited with Ross after a few starts.He may turn out to be a good pitcher but to say you would not give him up for Chapman is a joke.As I have said before the Reds would not take him even up.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Joe allowed open hit last inning which led to trouble.

    This inning he starts with trouble immediately.

  30. texnat1 - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Ross lost his trademark cool after that no call on the pick off. Hasn’t been the same since.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Last 3 batters seemed OK to me . Did I miss something.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Nats need to start hittin g now. Dilly dallied enough.

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    If I am a third base coach against the Nats? I’m sending the runner on anything close until Wilson shows that he can make the plays at the plate consistently.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      That is what I am sure advance scouts would say.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    An area Nats pitchers need to work on is pitching high in the zone on potential bunt playsto the opposing pitchers. You hope for a strike out as a good outcome.

  34. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Ramos awful.both ways.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Cal Ripken Jr start talking to all the Nats, I see Schu rarely talks to them in the dugout.

    Probably the biggest difference between baseball coaches and all other sports coaches. Is the actual coaching during the game.

  36. natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    I know if I can see it, so can Rizzo. Nats need to upgrade at the catcher position.

    • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      Where are you going to get that upgrade.Remember to get someone better than Ramos will cost you equal value.Nobody on here wants to give equal value.Mets 2-0.We better got going or we will be looking up at Mets by next Sunday evening.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:07 PM

        Only making an observation. I wouldn’t expect anything until the season is over but I don’t see Ramos as a long term fixture anymore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      MAT is pretty good.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      It has become a glaring problem.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        Glaring problem was in reply to NatsJack.. BTW, rumor has it that Stephen Vogt is available from the A’s.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Nice play MAT…. definitely getting comfy in CF…

  38. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    What am i missing with MAT.He is the real deal in everyday.

    • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      BA and OBP, Ks too high. I like him today for sure

  39. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    One thing for sure when Stras comes back Ross has to take Fisters spot.But that is not how the Nats think.Fister should be traded asap for prospects if you can get anything.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    OK Cal talk to Ramos.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      OK MW send Desi. Do not allow a grounded double play

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM

        I see MW didn’t listen. I blame him more than Ramos.

    • donniebenth - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      Not loving Ramos right now

  41. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    perfect for Ramos DP.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Please Wilson… do something positive, not hit a slow dribbler to SS or the 2nd base… please.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      Not a dribbler. Even Desi running might be trouble. But his butt was anchored to first.

      How often does Ramos have to ground into s double play with a man on third before MW start actually coaching.

      This happens way to often with Ramos, RZim, and Escobar. All avoidable by sending the runner on first.

  43. natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Now is a time for Wilson to shock me.

    • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      What did I tell you.That do not call me nostradomus for nothing.

  44. texnat1 - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Predictable by Ramos. He is having a garbage season.

  45. natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Thanks Wilson. Just what I expected.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      I blame MW see note above. Anticipate the grounder and send the runner. Not rocket science.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    And there it is…. I really don’t want to hear anymore about Wilson being 2nd on the team in rbis… I really dont.

  47. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    What I predicted

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

    And then after Desi works an at bat… he comes in swinging at the first damn pitch…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Cole has a BA against on 1st pitches of .317. Strategy was to swing at 1st strikes.

      Should MW think outside the box and insert TyMo there who hits more flyballs?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM

        Ugh…. I don’t see this first pitch swing strategy. I’ve seen a few st bats with peeps taking pitches…

        And look at that.. Anthony took some pitches and got a hit.

        Ramos knew he needed to elevate at least… wrong pitch to do it on. And, Desi the st bat before was patient and got a hit…. why the rush Wilson.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        It looked like a fat pitch that dropped. Fister used to throw those all the time.

  49. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    We are not a good team.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Let me check the standings that is how I decide.

      • NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        5th starter, who is a rookie, just put in a Quality Start. Have to like that.

      • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        LOL. Hahahahaha. We aren’t winning this division. The Mets are losing it. Hahahaha

    • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      Your damn right we are not. And this weekend proved it. B@&/:h slapped and embarrassed this weekend

  50. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Mets taking no chances today.Familia in for a 4 out save.

  51. NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Terry Collins, who fell on his sword for not having Familia ready when the Nats had their big inning, has called for Familia in the eighth.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      He got Pederson.

      • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        But he blew up in the 9th.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        He sure did. Could have been worse. 2-2 into the bottom of the 9th. Multiple inning saves are tough

  52. nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Complete crap I nailed it 3 days ago. Fat slow can’t catch throw or ever deliver the big hit. But MW continues to play him, garbage.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Where were you last night?

      • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        Dinner with your wife

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        Sorry I ask a simple question and give a smartass answer. Why?

      • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:40 PM

        Sorry for,that answer. That was lousy thing to say. I am frustrated. I was away at my folks. I didn’t see the game

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        I’m out. Can’t stand the stench.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        Dodgers tied it 2-2 still batting 9th

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        Seems you miss all the wins. A suggestion let’s see if it works. Watch no games next week if we win all 6 we might have solved a problem.

        I get mad but never frustrated at this.

      • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        Agree. Sounds good I’ll do it. Mets blow it in the ninth.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Can not win when Ramos never produces in the clutch.2 of his HRS and 4 rbis were against no pitchers.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        Mets win 3-2 with Uribe game winner What killed us this weekend was the Scherzer game.We needed that one and would have had a split which would have been really good with the opponent we were playing and the team we are fielding.I am really concerned with the schedule we have thru mid August including the west coast trip.The next 22 games are critical as 16 are on the road.If we are still in first then we will be ok but I doubt it.

      • nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 5:10 PM

        Can’t lose to the Marlins or D backs

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        I had criticism and doubt about MAT here even comparison to the shark.today here.Try these for comparison.Bryant of the cubs 323ABS,.254,13 hrs,55RBIS.Pederson of the Dodgers 338ABS,.229 BA,21 HRS,43 RBIS.Now MAT with 20 percent fewer ABS..240,8HRS,39RBIS.Now Pederson and Bryant are elite Rookies.MATS stats are not that far behind not to mention the base running and fielding that he is at least the equal to these hyped up rookies.

      • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        Probably the offensive stat you should focus on to compare is OPS+, which I’m not sure if you follow but normalizes OPS to a park-adjusted moving average of 100. Joc is 131, kris is 125, Bryce has an insane 212. MAT is 78. For reference, Bernadina’s first full season in 2010 with the nats featured an 86 OPS. Offensively MAT has actually been worse than the Shark and isn’t in the same league as those others.

      • texnat1 - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        This reflects his ongoing problems getting on base at a high rate. Once he adds some patience and walks to his game, he will have the complete package. Hopefully he can do that.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        How long did it take Bryce in the bigs to learn that.

      • texnat1 - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:13 PM

        The lowest OBP Bryce has posted in his career is .340 for his rookie season.

        Even with MAT’s recent hot streak, his sits at .283. He has a looong way to go to be good offensive player in the league because of that fact. But he is young and it will hopefully come with experience.

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        MAT is far from our problems.Matter of fact we are lucky we got him.

      • senators5 - Jul 26, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        You are absolutely correct ands when Span returns, Werth, if he is kickin’ should be moved to first as he can not be any worse than Robinson and I really don’t expect RZ back any time soon. He is still experiencing big time bat speed issues

      • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        In fact for fun I looked at our roster OPS+ numbers. After Bryce, yunel and span are tied at 121 driven by monster OBP bases. The only other 100+ players sadly are Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson…. I still want to add cespedes and his 121 ops+ badly to boost our poor production and keep him away from the mets if Detroit is actually shopping him

      • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        Read my comments above

      • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        Fine if you don’t see the shark,but the kid isn’t in the other rookies’ universe yet. There are a wide range of outcomes possible but right now I’m just thankful for his risp success

  53. NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Boy the game thread is unreadable. Later, folks.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      Huh?

    • dcwx61 - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      +1

  54. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    We do not have enough tough left handed bats against tough righties.As can be seen Robinson a mediocre bat does ok against right handed pitching.We miss Denard badly leading off.Then MAT could bat lower in lineup and eliminate the left field problem.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      What is on the word on Denard?

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Hit liners not grounders guys.

  56. Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Even if Ramos doesn’t catch the throw, if he at least blocked it and kept it front of him there would not have been an error charged to Michael Taylor. I have stuck up for Wilson with my friends for a long time.It’s getting to be a tough position to defend.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      You can still back him and defend him and talk about his limitations.

      For some reason on this board, it’s all or nothing meaning you (not you specificly of course) either are fully for them or fully against them (whatever the topic).

      I love the Nats but I have no issues with pointing out or discussing any of the players/managers limitations.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

        Ramos can fix his fielding problem easily, move and catch the ball. He doesn’t want to move as thectag is harder, but not catching the ball makes the tags miit.

  57. nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    The Nats come in and lose 3 of 4 to a good team. There best pitcher got lit up big time. This team is exactly what the record indicates. Sorry for getting upset folks but the reality of this team is disappointing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      You give up way to easily. Look at the Giants the last 5 years, this team is similar to those teams that won the series, not real great in the regular season.

      • mauimo22 - Jul 26, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Their / there
        To / too
        Your / you’re

        Why don’t people make an effort to learn these English basics?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Thank you for those pearls cast in a lost cause.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Get on base Espi…. lets see what happens since Bryce is next…

  59. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    We need to stick Danny in left field until Werth or Span gets back.DenDekker stinks.

  60. nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    I get frustrated because I see some guys on this team doing all they can to win. Then I see people like Ramos who appear to do NOTHING to improve.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Dang, now comments are lost and the board is all messed up. It never fails.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I thought that ball was going to sneak thru…. dratz

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Why on Earth would Harper dive into first. Nothing positive was possible with that dive.

    Hustle is one thing, but diving that hard into a base that you can’t possibly be safe at is not good hustle.

    Stay safe.

    • NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      Also, sliding is not faster than running. Gotta overcome the instinct to dive.

  64. NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Familia blew the save, they are tied in NY. All is not lost for the 2015 season.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Never has been.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Terry C says he just can’t get it right…. bring him early for 1 and still the blow lead… bring him in late and still lose…

      Life as a manager

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Whelp… maybe, just maybe, Nats can get on base and Desi can do it again….

  66. natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    So much that 2-0 lead those Mighty Mets had.

    They can still pull it out in the bottom of the 9th.

  67. texnat1 - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Escobar has seen about 3 pitches total this game.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Anyone have a clue what happened to Andrew Stevenson. Haven’t seen him in the lineup for a while.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Andrew Stevenson is playing for the short season A team in Viera. They moved him there once they signed the kid from Vanderbilt because they play similar positions.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    CRob why not take the walk.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Disappointing loss. Was hoping for the split but Nats still won the season series….

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Schu teach consistency please. Swing at strikes only, never swing at balls is a good place to start.

    Going with the pitch the second thing to cover.

    Just saying I bet if both those things happen the hitting would be more consistent.

  72. dcwx61 - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    and zimmerman gets a day off too in Harrisburg…1-15 could use a day off

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      Some serious rust… he should take all the time he needs to get back and get right.

  73. joemktg - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Just keep treading water until there’s a healthy squad on the field and in the rotation. That’s the only thing that’s important. And with that, get to September, starting revving up, and compete in October.

  74. nattygoats - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Going to NY next weekend for Mets series. Any hotel suggestions?

  75. dcwx61 - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Reds paid for Cueto trading Baseballs #18 and #55 prospects and another relief pitcher

  76. dcwx61 - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    this is a random post to protest the randomness of where posts go on the blog

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Practicing random posts of randomness…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      It only really happens when a certain poster comes on….

  77. dcwx61 - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    it’s 2015 and comcast is one of the most profitable companies in the world….how can you have any confidence in their service when they can’t even set up a simple blog

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Replay review rule suggestion.

    One rule I would change is that the the manager must ask for the replay within a second of the completion of the play.

    If we expect the ump to call it on the spot the decision for a replay should also be on the spot not after slowed down reviews.

    Just a random though.

    It would speed up the game since that is one of the goals.

    • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      You’ve made this suggestion a number of times, and it’s still a bad idea. The goal of replay is not to speed up the game, it’s to get the calls right. How is a manager supposed to make a decision in a split second on whether to challenge? He has a lousy view from the dugout. Even the player involved in the play doesn’t always have a great view — especially on a play at first. If you’re going to limit challenges (which I’m not sure you should by the way), then enforcing a time deadline for making the challenge is stupid and counterproductive.

      There are issues with replay certainly, but managers taking the time they need to decide whether to challenge isn’t one of them.

  79. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Dodgers strand runner on 3rd with one out in 9th.Pederson 0-5.

  80. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Here comes the Mets!

  81. NatsLady - Jul 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Mets win. So we are exactly the same as at the All-Star Break. Except our injured guys are closer. Should see Werth in Miami. I like den Dekker’s defense but he can’t hit.

  82. hummel26 - Jul 26, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    I feel like this was a good test for the Nats against a pretty good team. Nats did not pass. It’s getting a little late to be saying, “Wait till we have our guys back.” Although it could happen that way, there’s no guarantee RZim and Werth will perform as in the past. I think Stras probably WILL perform, if healthy, but if is the question. Rendon and Span both seem questionable to me this season, but IF healthy will perform. The 8th inning is a big question mark, too.

    Escobar’s been great, but seems a bit fragile long-term.

    So, too many questions at this point. I read someone suggesting the Nats pick up Chapman and Bruce together from Cincy. That would really, really help. 8th inning/closer depth and another bat.

    This team thought they were so deep, but they weren’t as deep as they thought, although a small division lead with so many injuries IS a sign of some strengths. But the Nats are supposed to be deep enough for WS competition and there’s no way they are ready for that. If all the ifs work out, they could be loaded, but I think that’s highly unlikely to happen. Hate to sacrifice Difo or Ross, but might have to in order to get better for a WS run.

    • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      Now I finally has someone who is facing reality.You are right we are not that good and I have been waiting for 2 years for us to be healthy.I would give up Ross for Chapman and having been saying that for days.The only problem is the Reds will want more.We are in deep trouble and the next 22 games will have us behind the Mets when we get back from
      the west coast.We must act now and get our players back on the field now,Where is Span?He played with that back on and off and was to be treated and resting for almost a month now.Zim and Werth need to be back.It will take them until September to really be in top shape if they get here now.Enough of the excuses and lets get going and make a run before it is too late.

    • Section 222 - Jul 27, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Why is it too late? Too many questions for what? If we make the playoffs and we’re at full strength then, what does it matter that we weren’t at full strength in July?

      The issue, of course, is how good will the guys who are coming back be. No one can predict that now. I actually have more faith in Zim coming back strong than Werth. When Zim came back from his thumb injury last year, he was lousy for a month, and then on fire for the next month until he got hurt again. If he’s really recovered from the plantar faciitis, he could be very valuable in October. Werth was slow to get in shape after his too short spring training and I expect the same from him this coming month.

      Let’s face it, this year is not like 2012 or 2014. We’re not going to run away with the division or have home field advantage. We just need to sneak in and then hope that the regulars are back and playing to their potential come the playoffs.

  83. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    The eye test tells me all I need to know.MAT should be in AAA this season if Denard was healthy so we are looking at a player a year away from what should have been his rookie year.I would not trade MAT even up for Pederson of the dodgers.This kid has everything a super star needs .I am now convinced Span will not be signed and MAT will be our CF for years to come.He will not be a lead off hitter as that role will be Turner.Eventually he will hit before or after Bryce.The proof that your stats mean nothing to me is that Shark had better ones in his first year.If you believe that you are looking at a Shark you better get an eye exam.

    • Andrew Wallace - Jul 27, 2015 at 1:09 AM

      Taylor is an elite defender in CF. Eye test and metrics both confirm that. Thing is, he’s an extraordinary offensive liability and it’s very difficult to see him ever putting up more than a .265/.320 slash line. With excellent D in center that’s more than acceptable from a starter, and he COULD be an all star if he has 20-25 HR pop. But just as likely he struggles to ever get on base at a quality clip and tops out at about 18 homers. With his D that’s an average starter. I don’t think any scout in the universe thinks he has the hit tool or plate discipline to be a superstar. Pitch recognition is too abysmal.

  84. rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Also when you think about the biggest offensive problem we have is RISP.With 271 ABS MAT has 38 RBIS batting a lot in the lead off.Bryce had double that 533 ABS in his rookie year and had 59 RBIS and had 22 HRS to help the cause.Bryce also had real good hitters batting ahead of him.

    • coop202 - Jul 26, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      That’s awesome! Though it’s the same stat that has ranked span -4 and -6 the last two years… Not much of a fan for the eye test but it wins out on the latter.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    I feel like I see the Red Sox every Sunday for Sunday night baseball…

    Jeez..

    • rlndtln - Jul 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      I like that he leads in UZR however after watching baseball 60 years the eye test for me is the best indicator in a young player.MAT passes all eye tests.He has a combination of speed, power and as you show with your stats great defense ability.But again you just have to watch him out run the ball in CF all weekend to realize he is gifted.Does he need more experience of course.One example how it takes time to develop players look at Todd Frazier.4 years at Rutgers U.several up and downs from the minors and a slow improvement in a few seasons in the majors is now at 29 an all star.You can not teach what MAT has.Just watch his short quick swing.

    • Section 222 - Jul 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      Boooooring!

  86. scmargenau - Jul 27, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    How hard is it to cover the game!? Sheesh

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