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Game 99: Nats at Marlins

Jul 29, 2015, 3:59 PM EST

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Jonathan Papelbon has officially joined the Nationals in Miami. Sammy Solis has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to clear a spot on the roster for the new closer. And Doug Fister has changed uniform numbers to accommodate Papelbon, going from 58 to 33.

Fister will be showing off the new threads right away, taking the mound tonight to face the Marlins and attempt to get the Nationals back on track after a 4-7 start to the second half of the season that leaves them a mere 1 game ahead of the Mets in the NL East. He’ll also try to reverse his own personal course after a ragged stretch that has seen the veteran right-hander post a 6.19 ERA over his last seven starts.

The almost-healthy Nats lineup looks the same as last night, except for Jose Lobaton catching instead of Wilson Ramos. That group will go up against right-hander Tom Koehler, who shut out the Nationals in Miami in April but then was roughed up for five runs (including three home runs clubbed by Bryce Harper) a couple weeks later in D.C.

Enjoy the game and the conversation here…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park, Miami
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (52-46)
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
CF Michael Taylor
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister

MARLINS (42-58)
2B Dee Gordon
3B Martin Prado
CF Christian Yelich
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
LF Derek Dietrich
RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Tom Koehler

UMPIRES
HP Ben May
1B Alan Porter
2B Mark Repperger
3B Jeff Kellogg (cc)

373 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats_UrbanPlanner - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    This is it boys; time to get back on track and run away with the NL east. Almost everyone is back and almost 100% healthy; we should have the best 8/9th inning combo in the MLB. Maybe a new number gives a mental boost to Fister.

    Need to see bats come alive tonight and tomorrow in advance of the weekend series at the NYM. Pivotal NL east showdown, surely for the final lead heading into the stretch. Do or die!

    Let’s go Nats!

    • bowdenball - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      As much as I love the idea of running away with the NL East, people should take a look at the Mets’ remaining schedule before putting too much stock in the possibility. It is Charmin soft. They still have 10 games left against the Phillies. They only play nine more games against teams with winning records other than the Nats- three game series against the Yankees, Pirates and Rays, and the first two of those are in Queens.

      If the Nats want to shake the Mets they’re going to have to do it themselves. And with six of the remaining head to head nine games in Queens, including this weekend’s series with the Mets top three lined up to face Gio, Ross and Zim, that is hardly a given.

      I hate to say it but I think this one is going down to the wire: namely three games in NY October 2-4. Buckle up.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        If the Nats want to shake the Mets they’re going to have to do it themselves. And with six of the remaining head to head nine games in Queens, including this weekend’s series with the Mets top three lined up to face Gio, Ross and Zim, that is hardly a given.

        I hate to say it but I think this one is going down to the wire: namely three games in NY October 2-4. Buckle up.

        Yee ha!

        I love baseball!

        And meaningful games in Sept.

        Even better: meaningful games in October!

    • mauimo22 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

      Tonight We Ride!
      #FreshHorsesForTheMen

  2. natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Does the Barelyknower guy now have to change his number to Harper’s 34?

    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/5/31/5767594/someone-got-a-barelyknower-jersey-to-compliment-a-doug-fister-jersey

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Harper likes this pitcher.

    • virginiascopist - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      No kidding. I won’t be greedy. Two HRs will be fine tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        Nats need this win and Joe Cool’s brother is pitching against the NYM.

      • jd - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Ghost,

        I don’t hold much hope for the Padres in NY. Just a mess of a team.

      • ArVAFan - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        +2

  4. pchuck69 - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Harper should be batting third.

    • mauimo22 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

      Agreed. I’d rather see MAT at 4 and Werth at 6 until he heats up. Put the Buffalo at 8, Mr. Hit into DoublePlay guy.

  5. carlospaula - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    I have a bad feeling about this 2015 team

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      I have a great feeling about comments like this!

  6. langleyclub - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    I think that Escobar’s days at the top of the lineup are numbered (or should be numbered). Even though he has performed above expectation, he is not a top of the order hitter. He is little power, no speed, doesn’t walk much, and grounds into a lot of double plays. He is not a run producer. When Span gets back, the top 3 in the lineup should be Span, Rendon and Harper. After that it will depend on who is healthy and hitting well.

  7. langleyclub - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    I think that Escobar’s days at the top of the lineup are numbered (or should be numbered). Even though he has performed above expectation, he is not a top of the order hitter. He is little power, no speed, doesn’t walk much, and grounds into a lot of double plays. He is not a run producer. When Span gets back, the top 3 in the lineup should be Span, Rendon and Harper. After that it will depend on who is healthy and hitting well.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I think that Escobar’s days at the top of the lineup are numbered (or should be numbered). Even though he has performed above expectation, he is not a top of the order hitter. He is little power, no speed, doesn’t walk much, and grounds into a lot of double plays. He is not a run producer.

      I don’t follow. To me Little Power + Lots of Hits = near the top of the order

      After Harper’s .300 and Escobar’s .319 — you don’t have anybody else (healthy) who really hits for average at this point. Escobar is top 10 in NL in BA, singles, and OBA. That’s who you want at or near the top of the order, no?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        His speed is sufficient but in a good Nats lineup he’s 7 with Ramos 8 and Desi 6.

        Span
        Rendon
        Harper
        RZim
        Werth
        Desi
        Esco
        Ramos

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        I guess it depends on how everybody else is doing. Putting the guy with the second highest BA in the 7-hole doesn’t seem like the ideal lineup.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        Like I said, with a “good” Nats lineup. Need Span and Rendon producing and Span isn’t ready yet.

      • jd - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        Esco has an OBP of .368 this year and .342 lifetime so he absolutely should stay at or near the top of the order. Rendon is at .370 this year and .345 lifetime. so he too should be right there. Harper should stay right where he is IMO:

        Span,
        Rendon
        Esco
        Harper
        Zim
        Werth
        Desi
        Ramos

        Also, most right handed hitters who hit the ball hard ground into a lot of double plays, just part of the game and people should relax about that. The other teams do it as well.

      • mauimo22 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:38 PM

        That’s a really balanced lineup Ghost.
        Hopefully you can hit MW up on his celly for a last minute switch-a-roo!

  8. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Werth should be 7 th. guy is doing zero

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      Doing zero? You’re basing that on one game back? Talk about a small sample size!

      But if you insist on the SSS, I might point out that Werth got as many hits as Rendon, Harper and MAT did, and more hits than Esco, Ian, and Ramos did.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:51 PM

        It’s comments like that that keeps a bunch of us limited in our participation in this blog. You read some of these things and just shake your head. I’m almost sorry you took the effort to point out the shear idiocy of the comment.

        But I am also glad you did.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        You read some of these things and just shake your head

        Yeah — but some are so off the wall that I shake my head and chuckle. So when they are digging themselves a hole, in the spirit of joviality, I often offer them a better shovel 😉

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        You can tell the football fans, every time.

      • jd - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        natsjack,

        I keep advising Wonk to avoid engaging with the idiot fringe but he won’t listen. You can take a horse to the water hole but you cant make him drink.

        Also stay away from in game comments normally for the same reason plus I hate making dumb statements based on spur of the moment frustration without giving it some thought. There’s a lot of that in the in game comments.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        I keep advising Wonk to avoid engaging with the idiot fringe but he won’t listen.

        I know, I know. But when someone puts up a neon sign that says: “hit this for target practice”, sometimes I follow the directions 😉

      • zmunchkin - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        Lots of research has been done on how to deal with folks who make comments on blogs that are disconnected from reality. Many of these folks make such comments because they want/need/like the attention they get when folks respond. And the nature of the response does not matter. They like that folks are paying attention.

        One of the best ways to deal with this is to never, ever, ever respond to them no matter what. It takes time, but one of two things typically happen:

        – they give up and are never heard from again
        – they still want the attention, and they slowly start to become more reasonable in their comments.

        So permit me to suggest that we just stop responding to comments by such folks.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM

        One of the best ways to deal with this is to never, ever, ever respond to them no matter what.

        I don’t yet have the plate discipline of Bryce Harper 😉

      • zmunchkin - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        Well then you can be the enforcer. What do I mean by that? Sometimes folks slip up and respond. You can tell them to stop. Or you can pre-emptively tell folks not to comment. No value judgments. Just say something like:

        Reminder: Please don’t respond.

  9. Doc - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    i’d rather have a guy that grounds into lots of DPs at the top, than somewhere else in the lineup. RZim also DPs a lot.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      RZim was rolling over everything in the first half but when Ryan is on and speed is good he will cut down on the GIDPs which by the way is part of the game. They happen as we saw last night.

  10. stoatva - Jul 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Tell me when Pap’s second blown save will be and I’ll tell you how successful he’s been. I figure that’s when the poop storm will hit, especially if he’s had a few shaky successes along the way.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      Thank you for the link. I especially like the Metrorail comment in the comments section (sorry, you have to go read it yourself!)

    • npb99 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      “He’s no fond of the Phillies”

      Neither am I. We should welcome him with open arms.

    • chaz11963 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      That’s really good. I remember what a fun guy he was in Boston. He may get back that way with the help of Gio and Max

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      Thanks for the link. That was a good read.

  11. coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    dogdaysofsummerbedarned. Let’s get rolling!

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      + 64

      (who’s the first one to figure that one out? 😉 )

      • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM

        Um, number of games left in season?

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:20 PM

        ding ding ding — we have a winner!

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM

        as in: lets get rolling on these last 64 games!

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        +64….number of games left in the regular season?

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        Guess I opened my pre-game reading of NI too late this evening. 😠

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    From Chelsea Jane’s: Papelbon said he spoke to Storen: “I said listen, I don’t wanna come here unless you talk to Mike and everyone’s okay with it.”

    What? First I’m hearing of this tidbit.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Well, now, that’s pretty interesting? (And perhaps changes some first impressions based on double hearsay — this is only single hearsay 😉 )

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM

        Papelbon said he never would have come if Storen took issue to it. It was a concern as he knew the Nats had Storen.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM

        Not really. There are still dopes who think Yunel is a low life. Papelbon has a worse false reputation.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      You had posted in the other thread about the CSN Philly guy on MLB radio. Sullivan? I caught the interview here with Loverro. That writer loved Pap. Said he was a great team mate. When some kid came up to the big team in Chicago Pap stopped the stretch and made everyone gather around and welcome this kid to the Bigs.

      His big comment was that Pap came to a 102-win team that promptly stopped winning. “I didn’t come here for this.” So he made himself a pain in the adze to management to get out. He’s not the first athlete to go there.

      I’m optimistic this will work. What Rizzo did was turn a weakness into a strength, and kept a strength a strength. Smoothing down some feathers is a small price to pay for pulling of a manager’s dream like that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        Salisbury was who I quoted earlier. Good stuff Rayvil

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      Why do you think he had the Nationals on his no-trade list? He knew the Nats had an established closer, so likely it was to prevent the Phillies from trading him here and undermining that without his approval. I bet that most if not all the teams on his no-trade list have an established closer already. If he was traded, he wanted it to be somewhere with a closer opening he could slide right into.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

        A winning team that needed a closer. Tough combination.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM

      Niice.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        For the record, that wayward “nice” was supposed to go with the quote attributed by Papelbon, about having spoken to Storen before the trade.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        Attributed “to” Papelbon. Is it dinner time yet, ’cause my blood sugar must be tanking.

  13. natsjackinfl - Jul 29, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    So now they are saying that the Latos/Morse trade to the Dodgers is on hold due to the medicals.

    You hearing anything Ghost?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Is there a 3rd team in that deal? I’m trying to figure out what the Dodgers can possibly want and do with Morse…

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM

        They don’t want him. Miami is making LA take him and his salary.

      • stoatva - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Mikey and Melvin Upton can go an a six month all expenses paid cruise to nowhere together.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        Exactly. Working backwards and just said the same.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      I’m blown away. This was a deal the Dodgers proposed as it was a salary dump and they get Latos. The Dodgers don’t want Morse but that was like the deal the Barves work with the Padres that you get Kimbrel but you have to take BJ Upton.

  14. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Okay, Dougie. We could use a win. I’m just saying.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      Yep. And we’ll even let him give up some deep fly balls . . . that will be caught in that Marlins cavern. (As, presumably, Haren does?)

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Thanks, Dougie!

  15. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    I heard some of Clippard’s quote about the Nats. The part that I heard was pretty reasonable. What he meant by “they’re beatable” (which was not in the sound byte I heard) he meant: they’re not the 1927 Yankees. He also added that: before the season everybody said the Nats had the best rotation in baseball, and I think we (i.e., Mets) have a better one.

    One could make a controversy over that, bulletin board material, etc., but it’s nothing that everybody else isn’t saying, either.

    In my mind, until I hear something more damaging, I’m thinking: nothing to see here, move along.

    • veejh - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Agree. Everything is true.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      I’d probably run my mouth because that’s me but he gave the Nats some bulletin board stuff and it’s usually better just to zip it and save it for the games when you face each other.

  16. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    I was working all day and not able to contribute to the Storen conversation. But I had a couple of thoughts.

    (1) The only good thing I ever heard about Papelbon was how good a teammate he was, how he helped the younger pitchers, especially Giles, who HE KNEW was the Phillies’ closer-in-waiting.

    I haven’t heard the like about Storen. Now, maybe he DOES help younger pitchers–there has certainly been no lack of them coming through the bullpen, that’s for sure. Or maybe he’s discouraged from doing so by the coaching staff who may not want someone messing with the kids’ mechanics. But if the problem with the bullpen was the chancy middle relievers and endless minor-league auditions, did he help out or did he just wait for the ninth inning? I’m not being negative, I’m just saying we, as fans, don’t know what kind of teammate Storen is unless his teammates tell us, and, other than Clippard, they haven’t.

    The only thing I know about Storen in relation to the team is that for a while he was the union rep. I don’t know if he still is.

    (2) Clip is in EXACTLY the same situation, except it came via him being traded to another team. Here he was, merrily closing games out there in Oakland, and doing a fair job at it, not perfect, but adequate, and boom, he gets traded to the Mets where Familia is the “established closer.” So Clip makes a long statement about how the Mets have great pitching and he’s looking forward to playing against the Nats, and the Nats are beatable, etc. Nowhere does he hint that maybe HE should be the closer since Familia’s blown a bunch of saves.

    The only time you get to have a say on your role is when you are a free agent, and you can build no-trade clauses and incentive clauses, and options, into the contract. Even then it doesn’t always work.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      “The only time you get to have a say on your role is when you are a free agent, and you can build no-trade clauses and incentive clauses, and options, into the contract.”

      And that’s exactly what Papelbon did when he negotiated his FA deal with the Phillies, which is the deal the Nats just assumed via the trade. I’m sure Storen and Clippard will attempt to do the same when they hit free agency.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      Yep, I got the Giles story out there earlier which I thought was impressive. Also some Jim Salisbury quotes from his interview on MLB Radio.

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        I had heard that about Giles a long time ago, way before any trades.

        Also, I think Rizzo might have gotten Clip back, he seemed to be in the final three teams negotiating, but suddenly he was outbid by the Mets–why? Because they were suddenly desparate. Alderson said they did get a heads-up about the Mejia suspension before it happened. He said the Clip trade was “already in the works” when they heard about Mejiia. Well, “in the works,” doesn’t mean finalized. I would bet Alderson upped his bid beyond what Rizzo was willing to pay, and that tipped the scale to his other plan, which was a top-line closer and Storen for the 8th inning.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        NatsLady, I heard it was Beane and the Mets all along as Rizzo was shooting higher from the start and Clip was a fallback. Something happened in the Reds scouting of Fedde. I don’t know what Svrluga was talking about with the Reds demands. They asked and were told here’s who we are offering and it looked to be Difo + 2.

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

        Ghost, could be. I expect he was multi-tasking with several irons in various fires/

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:18 PM

        You know what Beane told Rizzo. I can’t wait for you Mike.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      NatsLady, By the way, I like your comments and about Clip.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Ray Knight speaks the truth. When Fister overthrows the ball it takes off the movement. Haren had the same problem. Livo was effective because he understood movement and location were more important than velo. If you’re not throwing 95+ it’s not a big advantage.

  18. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Vegas odds:

    Mets-Padres about even (Mets -101)
    Nats favored over Fish (Nats -123)

  19. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Hope Fister can bounce back tonight. Hopefully he’s “due”.

    Go Nats!!

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Whelp…. hope Dougie Fresh sinker ball is sinking tonight and he gets a bunch of ground ball outs tonight….

    And the Nats Bats give him enough cushion to be dominant tonight…

  21. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Just flashed on TV:

    Last 10 opposing starters against the Nats have a combined ERA of 2.59 — ridiculous.

    Also: Paps, in his career, has allowed only one earned run at Marlins park.

  22. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    FP just said: “there’s rumors that the Mets are looking for a big bat as we speak”

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Thank you Kohler for botching a tailor-made doubleplay.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Threw Bryce 1 strike in the zone. Sheesh. K’s on an inside fastball not in the zone.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Anyone notice anything new about Ryan Zimmerman’s batting stance? Much closer to the plate.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      He should get internetz — we’ve been telling him to do that since 2012! 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        LOL, gives him sufficient outside players coverage where he doesn’t have to dive.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Damn you Dee Gordon…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Check my note at 7:22. I thought for sure you were going to comment. RZim is centered in the batters box instead of to the extreme outside. Will help in outside plate coverage. I like it. Bat speed looks solid.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM

        Crazy. Dad is over for dinner (comes twice a week) and he said Ryan looks like he isn’t as far away…. so he noticed it. Cooking, so I’m not as attentive…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM

        I like your Dad!

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    RZim smoked that. Robbery.

    Only good news is that they made Kohler work.

  28. natslive - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Too bad we didn’t capitalize there.

  29. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Would’ve been nice to scratch a run or two across the plate there. Leadoff walk and an error…You gotta make them pay there.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    I was hoping Prado had gotten traded today…. no lie, haha

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      I had the same comments I think yesterday.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      Speaking of trades, Bryce is thrilled that Papelbon is on the same team as him considering Paps has held Bryce to a 1-10 for a .100 BA

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        I can imagine. So is Chapman going anywhere?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM

        With their asking price? Not sure they can trade Chapman or Kimbrel. They want a package like the Phils want for Hamels. That’s nuts.

  31. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Dad’s up 2-0 on the Mets early. Good sign.

  32. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    A free Bob Carpenter t-shirt? Really?

    Also, three fly balls, two pretty well struck…would like to see more grounders from Fister but I’ll take 1-2-3 any time, any way.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Where was that 2-2 pitch? FP doesn’t comment when the umpire doesn’t give the call. Bad framing?

  34. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    the mets are definitely not done….they will be a worthy foe

    from mlbtrade rumors
    6:10pm: The Mets are “very close to pulling off a big trade,” Marc Carig of Newsday reports on Twitter. There is momentum towards a deal for a “big bat,” Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first connected New York to the chase for a “big bat” earlier today. Adam Rubin of ESPN.com tweeted that the team was working on a fan-pleasing trade.

    It seems as if a significant acquisition could be in the works, though it’s entirely unclear who that might be. As we covered in an earlier post, New York has shown interest in the past in Justin Upton of the Padres and Jay Bruce of the Reds, both of whom would certainly qualify as sluggers, though Rubin tweets that Cincinnati seems to be focused on moving pitching. The team is specifically said not to be pursuing the new-to-the-market Yoenis Cespedes, and prior reports indicated the same with regard to Carlos Gonzalez.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    That’s ridiculous. Dietrich really did extend his elbow. That’s crap.

  36. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    that’s fine..they can score on fister…we can score on kohler

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    That BS HBP leads to a run. Unreal.

  38. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Well that’s a bummer. Not the end of the world but I sure do like it when we are able to score first.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    You knew 1 of those air balls was going to drop at some point…. idk what FP was talking about.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      Still no ground ball outs from Fister. Not exactly a good thing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      If they are hitting flies than Fister’s release point is off again. McCatty needs to to help Fister to fix this.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Come on guys…. that was almost 2 damn pitches and 2 outs… just not good.

  41. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Do you guys realize you are playing a sad team,2 errors in 3 innings and nothing.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      You told people to go F themselves yesterday and that you were done… so why are you back?

    • stoatva - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      No! Please tell us more, O wise one!

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    6-1 Pads over Mets

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Back to back HRs

      • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM

        Yeah, Bartolo is throwing batting practice. He also looks like he put on even more weight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        They pulled him.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Score. More. Runs.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Ignore him/her, just do not bother replying.

      • nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

        Why? because he is correct.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

        “rlndtln – Jul 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM
        Do you guys realize you are playing a sad team,2 errors in 3 innings and nothing.”

        Rintintin shows his/her true colors. Has to be an Oreos fan with that type of talk.

  43. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Need to take advantage tonite and tomorrow.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    FP just seems to make stuff up. THERE IS NO MORE COMING OFF THE BAG WITH REPLAY!

  45. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Don’t the Royals need Prado? Like, right now?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      +1

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      The way he hits? Don’t we?

  46. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    It’s a shame that either the Mets or Nats will make the playoffs and get a 5 game series. While good teams with better records will get 1 game or none. As a Nats fan I am embarrassed to claim first place with a 52 and 47 record.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      That’s sports. 9-7 teams win divisions in football.

    • garyfromcville - Jul 29, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Give it time. We have been beaten up. You’d be a lot more embarrassed if the bench hadn’t come thru as much as it has.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Threads about to get messed up….. frickin great.

    • nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      I’ll go. Have fun pretending this is a good team. The record doesn’t lie. 0. 5 at Marlins park. Lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        Ok SecretWasianMan. We know.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        The record doesn’t lie.

        And the record says first place. You can’t finish higher than that.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Surprised Bryce wasn’t on 2nd right there…

    • joemktg - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Agree. That’s a situation where he needs to use his speed as a weapon and get to 2nd with no outs.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Geez, FP, great jump? Replay shows it wasn’t. FP says he would have stolen it anyway.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Where is Ozuna? I just realized he wasn’t playing.. *facepalm*

  51. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    3-0 and 3-1, right down the chute and he just looks at them. Come on man.

    Now he misses a meatball. And we get an unproductive out.

  52. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    talking cats on MLB network

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Really ragging on them…no sense of urgency, no killer instinct, too many about to become free agents, starting pitching is playing below expectations….you’d think the Nats are the Phillies

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        They are talking about the Nats?

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        yes…they are worse than our LOD

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        and now the papblebon move does not help their chemistry

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        and the trade puts mw in a tough spot…
        are they all mets fans…
        or are they stoking the big ny market

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        It’s probably becuz expectations were so high and the starting rotation was so heralded.. peeps kind of feel a let down…

        They don’t take into account that injuries decimated the Nats all across the field etc.

        So I kinda get it but seeing as how expectations haven’t been met…. but its becuz of extenuating factors. I think they are in pretty good shape, all things considered.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        yes…they are finally getting healthy…a weird exchange with Plesac, Roberts and some talking head

  53. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Oh ghost your so clever. Not only a baseball expert and the smartest one here but a part time detective as well. I’m not worthy. Nice hit Desi

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      I’m not worthy.

      First common sense I’ve head in a while.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    There you go Desi. Beautiful swing.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Great job Desi….

    Uhm, was I the only one who knew that Bryce was going to score???

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Elevate MAT…. elevate…

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Great at bat MAT…

  58. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    My guy MAT.Did not look like the shark there.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    For the 5th game in a row we have a lead. Let’s hold it.

  60. Purchased Experiences - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Can someone answer me why the METS gave up more to get Clippard than we did to get Pap? Would they actually rather have Clippard or is the answer as simple as Rizzo is better at his job?

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      I don’t think the Mets wanted to take Papelbon’s salary on.

    • NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Well, Rizzo is better at his job.

      But also, the Mets were desperate to have Clip, and immediately (Mejia suspension). It’s also possible that the Mets didn’t want Papelbon for 2016. Rizzo has flexibility now, he will keep Paps and deal Storen in the off-season.

      Philly and Papelbon were desperate to be rid of each other, and so accepted a lower price. And Rizzo knew that. (Well, pretty much everyone knew that.)

    • SkinCapWizNat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Rizzo is a wizard.

      • SkinCapWizNat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        Sorry idk why that posted 4 times..

    • Purchased Experiences - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      I guess he also had his “no trade unless I close” and the METS have a closer, oh wait…

    • SkinCapWizNat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Rizzo is a wizard

    • SkinCapWizNat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Rizzo is better at his job. The man is a wizard

  61. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    You know, some times I miss Davey and those big rabbit teeth of his.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      And this isn’t a slight or an anti MW comment. I just liked Davey J.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        I loved his press conferences…totally incomprehensible and bizarre

  62. natsjackinfl - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Even if Fister gets out of this inning unscathed, the fact that he starts 3-0 to the first 2 hitters disgusts me.

    • nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Agree 2 runs isn’t much but the starters have to do better.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Good to see you posting in game tonight.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      #LoW leads to a run. Not good.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Fister got a gift there…

  64. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Why Taylor should hit high and Werth low.

  65. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    No more ground ball DP by Fister

  66. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    The great Ichiro

  67. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Cmon Fister. Damn

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Wasn’t I chiropractic included in that trade with Prado….

    JEEZ Louise…..

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      Ichiro*

      Man the Samsung auto correct keeps the struggle real…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        That’s one of the best auto-corrects. I’ve had some crazy ones.

  69. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Mlb trade rumors about Latos/Morse trade

    7:23pm: The Braves are indeed involved, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who hears that “significant players” are involved in the three-team

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      That thing took a wild turn. Something went down.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        nobody wants mikey ?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        They think he’s damaged goods and that’s a lot of cash. The package the Dodgers demanded got them Latos plus a good Draft pick.

        Seemed like a good deal for the Dodgers if they don’t care about the money.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        update

        7:30pm: If the deal gets done, a young starter will go from the Braves right into the Dodgers rotation, Sherman tweets.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM

        Wisler?

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        that would be a nice Dodger town deal

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        Could be Latos to Braves.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        oh right

  70. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Fister is garbage. The Nats get the lead and the starters seem to give it right back.

  71. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Fister will lose this game in the next inning. He is garbage.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Great baserunning by Escobar. Will help Bryce not see some breakers in the dirt with a runner on 3rd

  73. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Sit down Bryce. Don’t believe the hype. Pissed again

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Moon shot by Harp! WOW!!!!

  75. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    YOWSA!!!

  76. knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Wow!

  77. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    holy moly….a stentorian blast!!

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      Stantonian blast!!

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Oh my gosh…. I cant believe that was a home run.

    That looked like a high pop up….

    Yessss…. way to go Nats….way to go Bryce!!!

  79. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Hahahaha. Wait wait. I didn’t mean to hit send. Oh man I am an arsehole. Enjoy folks

  80. NatsLady - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    It is so nice having men on base when Harper hits one.

  81. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    There’s a Bryce Bomb! Good work boys!

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Please Dougie… please…. shut down inning here.. please…

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      just 5 more outs until the revamped bullpen gets the stage

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    That HR is with an assist to Escobar. Kohler had to throw him all fastballs and no breaking pitches as he was worried about bouncing one with Esco on 3rd.

    The small things……….

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      The big thing was RZIM batting behind Bryce having had 2 good ABS. forcing Koehler to go after Harp.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        You think? There was 2 on base so they didn’t want to walk Bryce and I think Kohler got cocky and missed location. That thing was crushed.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      With regards to being afraid of a breaking ball getting past the catcher…has he seen Escobar run? That ball would have to be in the next county over!

  84. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    DirecTV replaced Rob freakin Lowe with…Eli Manning? Poor move there guys. Just stick with Hannah (and her horse).

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      thinking the same thing….can’t afford an actor

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      I got the commercial with Tony Romo…. ugh… 😑😑😑

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        At least Romo is charismatic. Eli has the personality of driftwood. At least when he’s not partnered up with his much funnier brother.

    • dhamm6500 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Uhhh…they are promoting NFL Sunday Ticket, using NFL guys. Sorta, kinda makes sense.

  85. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    dumb mets….can’t give us Bartolo…they still gonna lose tonight

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    2 pitches… 2 outs….

    Prado and Ichiro services are needed elsewhere..

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    What the hell with all this thievery….. my goodness… I think the Nats are snake bitten…

  88. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    they are hitting Kohler hard

  89. carlospaula - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I know it’s only 2 games in but who is looking more comfortable at the plate…Zim or Werth? I can’t wait to see myself this weekend.

    • kgwcoach - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Zim

  90. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I have seen too much of Martin Prado. Get traded to the AL or something man. If I’m the Mets and want to get past the Nats, this year or next, that’s the man I’m trading for. It’s like he drinks Mike’s Magic Stuff from Space Jam before every game against us.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    As we discussed this morning, the Dodgers had no use for Michael Morse. He could play OF for Barves.

  92. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    7:46pm: Alex Wood is the Braves pitcher who would go to the Dodgers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Reliever Jim Johnson is also part of the deal, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com tweets.

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      This is the danger zone for Fister.Hope to get thru 6th and bat for him.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        Time for the 7 inning guy.

  93. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    jeez..that is a nice looking BP

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Why would Danny not be the pinch hitter there?I can not understand Mw.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Another hit by pitch. A real bad habit.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Bob Carpenter talking about how Papelbon called Storen to discuss coming to the Nats and if he is ok with it. Funny how that was never mentioned previously and that doesn’t seem fair to only tell parts of the story.

    Rizzo and Papelbon have been bashed for 24 hours.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      That is why I pay little attention.

      Is Drew 100% please obviously not, but he wants to make the team better.

      Would love to see us get Ziegler.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        Not getting Ziegler from what I hear as the asking price is high. Sounds like Benoit could work.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      I mentioned this AM that maybe Mr. Rizzo had talked to Drew before the trade. None of know what went down behind the scenes.

      • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        The WaPo reported this morning that Storen had said Rizzo had talked to him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        According to Rizzo on MLB Radio he had a face to face with Storen before this went down.

        Mike lacks good PR skills which allowed himself and Papelbon to be made out like thugs.

        I think Drew decided to sulk for sympathy the way I’m reading it now. He could have said to Paps that I won’t allow it and won’t stand for it and Paps wouldn’t have come.

  96. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Prophetic post of the night (thus far):

    dcwx61 – Jul 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    that’s fine..they can score on fister…we can score on kohler

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      thanks wonk….
      mets looking good…gotta drive home to get a slice of pizza and get a seat at the citi field

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Carlos Gomez…. mother lover… wow…

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Finally can say Tony 2-Bags!!

  99. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    You know — considering Fister *still* doesn’t have his sinker — 2 run in 6 IP is gritting it out. Nice battling up there, Dougie.

    And, yeah, it sure seems like we might see the debut of Storen/Paps tonight . . .

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Picking up Gomez a big deal. Let’s solidify our bull pen we need Zeigler.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      I kinda want another bat too…. another LH…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        How Will Vinerable

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      benoit…but the bp is pretty solid

    • dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      gotta love this time of year though….almost as crazy as march madness…july jugglers in action

  101. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    will be happy to get out of death valley….more people on this blog than at the Marlins park

  102. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Really appreciate how great Stanton is as it is impossible to hit a HR to dead center here and tough in the gaps.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    This will be nice to see the new bullpen set-up here but would have liked to see Thornton vs Ichiro

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    What a play by Desi and RZim

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Nice that RZ is 6’4″ 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        Espi doesn’t get that ball.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        No he doesn’t . . .

  105. dcwx61 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Desmond a long way from april

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Meta are going all in… gonna be a fun race to and thru October…

  107. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    If a pitcher can give us 6 IP — then we have:

    Janssen *or* Rivera *or* Thornton for the 7th
    Storen for the 8th
    Paps for the 9th

    That’s looking pretty good

  108. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Last time Janssen walked anybody was in *May* (and that last walk was intentional!)

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Talk about a smooth operator, look at MAT in CF. This guy is winning me over. He’s far from perfect but the transformation is working. It’s great to sandwich him in the bottom of the order.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      He’s coming along pretty good. He’s going to make for some tough decisions if everybody stays healthy. First world problems, baseball wise.

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Casey Janssen would have loved pitching in RFK stadium with MAT in CF. That’s a place where balls went to die in CF.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Jansen is a magician… how he isn’t roughed up, idk… great pitcher…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        Works to his fielders and maybe that was Fister’s strategy also.

        What an enjoyable game. Just crisp. 1 mistake was the leadoff walk to Bour. That BS hit-by-pitch that Dietrich got was bush.

  111. TheBigDummy - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Bryce does it again!!

  112. knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Another Wow!

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Woooow…. did it again…. I see you Bryce….

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    That was CRUSHED!!!! Way to go Bryce!

  115. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    YOWSA TAKE 2!!!

  116. texnat1 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Who was it who asked for 2 homers from Bryce tonight?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      I wanted 3 😉

    • virginiascopist - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      That was me. You’re welcome.

  117. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I can’t resist, Mrs B. Ian hit that triple on a first pitch — and that Harper bomb was also first pitch.

    Holy moley — how many balls are hit half-way up the upper deck in Miami!

    Just. Wow.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      And Rendon hit a first pitch ground out… and Esco did too.

      We can play this game if you want.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        Emphasis on the “play” part! 😉

  118. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    nattygoats – Jul 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Sit down Bryce. Don’t believe the hype.

    A great night to write that . . . .

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      +34

    • ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      Please do not feed the trolls, they are stupid and lazy and come back to eat here if you feed them. Ignore them so their food runs out and the go away. Thank you.

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        I’m guessing, since the Nats have a nice lead, he won’t be back here tonight.

      • ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        Do not speak of him

      • npb99 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        Exactly right. Ignore them.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Wow just wow.

  119. TimDz - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Somewhere, Crash Davis just asked, “Where’s the Stewardess for that one?”

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      Now that’s a line I had forgotten. Good one.

  120. knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    “Holy moley — how many balls are hit half-way up the upper deck in Miami!”

    Uh, not too many I’d say.

  121. ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Wow! That was a moon shot! In a covered stadium no less!

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      Where is the guy that was comparing MAT to the shark.Never saw the shark hit one the opposite way that way.

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Save some for tomorrow and Scherzer…. nice swing MAT…

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Nice shot MAT to the oppo. I really like that! (See notes at 9:11 EST PM)

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      Getting experience playing every day…. but, I am not ready to quiet hand the reigns over to him juuuuustttt yet…. still want him in RF with Co duties with Jayson….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        LF you mean. I have JDub going to 1st but RZim looks really good so far.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        Yes, meant RF…

        I remember saying Jayson may go to 1st… and some poster who will remain nameless called me atupid..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        You’re far from stupid.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Big Cat says to say MAT far superior to the Shark.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        No doubt.

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        I’ll reserve judgement for a while. MAT probably has more power (though Bernie shifted for avg. to hit 291 in 2012) and remember this guy?
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4yD975oIq8A

        People said a lot of the same things in lesser quantities in 2010. I’m hopeful, but I’ve seen too much enthusiasm on this board turn unnecessarily dower quickly when reality or just a bad streak hits

      • coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Or this one https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ChukwNaYKxs

      • dcwx61 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:18 AM

        +1….when did shark have a near .400 BA with RISP

  124. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Harper and Taylor nice shots

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Yo Drew…. just know… that sometimes the save comes in the 8…

    Nats solved their 8th inning issue…

  126. philipd763 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Mets acquire Carlos Gomez from Brewers. Your move Mr. Rizzo!

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      CG’s production is off this year — he’s hitting .266 with 8 HR’s.

      The move for the Nats?

      Picking up Span and Strasburg? 😉

      • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        I should add: CG does add value to the Mets — but he’s not having the solid season that he had in 2013 and 2014.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      If JWerth and RZim are perfectly healthy, do you want Rizzo to make moves for the sake of making a move?

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    How’s about giving Espi some 3rd base and sitting Esco for 2 innings?

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Good idea.

  128. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    I like our new 8th inning guy.

  129. IsawTeddywin - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Well, Drew is holding up his end

  130. rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Same Drew different inning

  131. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Wow. Drew certainly took care of _that_ 8th inning.

  132. nattygoats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Great job Drew. Luv ya. Your still my closer

  133. ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    9 pitches.

  134. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Probably not. If we then end up needing Drew and Paps tomorrow, then we’re not in a great position the following day for the Mets opener.

    • SkinCapWizNat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Yeah good point man. Got a little too excited.

  135. coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I need a good “THIS TEAM IS DOOMED” right now

    • ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      These Fish are DOOMED!!!
      (Best I can do)

  136. Section 222 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Poor Tanner. Looks like his role is garbage man.
    Not sure why MW used Drew in the 8th with a 5 man lead. But nice to see him lock that inning down.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      I thought it was a great move to get him in on a Low Lev outing.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      I was referring to Drew 😉

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      I think because Drew had been the only guy warming up in the 8th (which was 5-2 when that inning started)

      • Section 222 - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM

        Once Harper hit his homer, he could have gotten someone else up — like maybe Tanner and have him pitch both innings. Why would Drew need a low lev outing. He’s our (former) closer for goodness sakes. In the postgame, MW said that Drew and Janssen hadn’t pitched for awhile so he wanted to get them in. Just hope that we don’t have two close games in a row after this one.

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Leadoff walk? Are you kidding me Tanner?

  138. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    5 run lead Tanner…. 5 run lead

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      This is he is in a mop role.

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    What the heck is wrong with Tanner Roark?

  140. knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Tanner doesn’t look like he is fooling anyone tonight.

    • rlndtln - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Bryce has gotten a lot smarter

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Has Tanner just lost the good stuff be had last year.

  142. knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    So why not Rivero or Thornton here?

  143. natslive - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Come on Roark do not make this a save situation

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    It was not a great frame by Lobaton FP. That was a strike. You’re like the boy who cries wolf. Save the “great frame” when it really is one. That’s just called “CATCHING”

  145. ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Agreed. Was thinking the same. But it wasn’t a bad frame, so there’s that, I guess.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Nice game from everyone tonight….. props to Fister who gave 6 good innings and only allowed 2 runs…

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Enjoyed that win. Fister pitched better than the boxscore.

  148. ehay2k - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Wooohooooooo!!! (TM) MicheleS

  149. npb99 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Thanks, guys. I would have been really bummed with a loss tonight. On to a series win tomorrow!

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Nattygoats and Rintintin both disappeared when the Nats took the big lead. What sad people they are.

    • Doc - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Neganons have their own personal problems that have little to do with baseball in general, and Nats in particular.

      Go Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      I know they’ve both been ducking all challenges, including mine. RikkiTikkiTavvi owes me about $50 in bets he never had the nerve to make.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:24 AM

        Although, honestly, if he is in fact the pathetic creature we take him for, should we not just pity him? Ignore his tragic cry for help, and just let him fade into the obscurity from which he comes?

        I mean, what kind of person posts like that? He must be really, really lonely.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 7:08 AM

        RinTinTin’s dissing of the team where he is calling them “You” tells me he’s here as a fan of another team and is just here to cause issues.

  151. conatsguy - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Well done Nats!

    This lineup has to be reckoned with.

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Matt Holiday with another serious leg injury. Ruh-roh

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      So is CarGo not going to the Mets? I need to learn to use twitter… lol

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Ghost,

      Check your email if you would please.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Disregard.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        I think I responded back.

  153. coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Oh hey good news!
    Fister turned it around for one game and looked great!
    Werth worked counts and Zimm looked solid behind bryce!
    Storen owned the 8th!
    We can still take a series after a well pitched match with our ace up next!

    Doom legion disappeared!!!

    Some people…

  154. natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Thanks, Dougie. We needed that! (And Bryce, twice, and Michael A., oh, and the Padres. I hope.)

    So the Marlins catcher was 0 for 4? Realmuto on ice. Nice. (My husband says nobody’s old enough to get that. But I digress.)

  155. coop202 - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Gomez to Mets for Wheeler…

    • natsfan1a - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      Wheeler and Wilmer Flores, if memory serves.

    • adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      For Wheeler?!?!

      Sacrificing the future for a guy hitting .260-something?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        He sure adds a lot to the quality of their outfield defensively.

  156. TimDz - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TBUS3vQtDCA

    • donniebenth - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Storen was dealing tonight. That was about as good as I’ve ever seen him. He looks p/ssed. He should pitch angry every day.

  157. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Rangers got Hamels…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      🙂 I’ve had the Rangers or Cubs the whole time. Need 2 hot teams to drive the price up

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Houston was the team that really needed him.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        Houston didn’t do half bad getting hometown boy Scott Kazmir. He’s no Hamel’s, but he should do well with the Astos.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        Houston will now turn attention to closer and move Gregerson back to 8th inning. Sounds familiar.

  158. Joe Seamhead - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Duda hit 3 HR’s for the Mutts tonight.

  159. adcwonk - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Duda with his 3rd HR for the Mets tonight.

    Mets lost 7-3.

    +2

  160. BatBoy - Jul 29, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    HARPER! FACE OF MLB! GYFNG!!

  161. manassasnatsfan - Jul 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Sandy Alderson just announced the Gomez will not happen as is.

  162. Section 222 - Jul 29, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Very happy that Hamels is going to the AL. Much better than if the trade had been with the Dodgers or Cubs. Whew!

  163. Drew - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    16 to reach 100 at age 22.

    671 from Henry Aaron.

  164. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Drew is now on a mission. I have a feeling this is gonna work out well.

    I hope this game is just a taste of the next 2 months of baseball. For all who doubted getting the starters back would make a difference, doubt no more.

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