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Game 100: Nats at Marlins

Jul 30, 2015, 10:13 AM EST

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After an eventful Wednesday night that saw Bryce Harper homer twice, Doug Fister pitch more like Doug Fister, Drew Storen pitch a dominant eighth inning and the New York Mets both lose a game and botch a potential blockbuster trade … the Nationals find themselves back up 2 games in the NL East entering today’s series finale in Miami.

And they’ve got Max Scherzer on the mound against the Marlins, trying to win this series and send the club up to New York on a high note in advance of a huge weekend series at Citi Field. July has not been especially kind to Scherzer; he’s 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA this month. But he’ll have a chance to finish it off in a more positive fashion.

Jayson Werth, meanwhile, gets a day off after playing the last two nights. That’s not unexpected at all, and is something I think we’ll see regularly as the veteran returns from his lengthy DL stint. It also gives Clint Robinson a chance to get back in the lineup.

Enjoy the early matinee and the conversation here…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park, Miami
Gametime: 12:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (53-46)
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
LF Clint Robinson
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

MARLINS (42-59)
2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
CF Christian Yelich
1B Casey McGehee
3B Martin Prado
LF Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Dan Haren

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

226 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Nautica Spinnaker II Mens Boat Shoe

  2. TimDz - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Hope they shade MAT towards left field…. CRob will need all the help he can get…

  3. paulfortier - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Tuesday meaning Wednesday.

  4. unterp - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    let’s go Nats…

  5. nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Speaking of LF, Clint Robinson is back there again. I like resting Werth a day game after a night game and without den Dekker the choices for backup outfielder is slim.

    • fstop1970 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Even though he’s barely played there, they can always move Espi there if need be.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:54 AM

        Watch out suggesting that as theres some here who dont think he could handle it. I agree with you. He would certainly be a upgrade.

      • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:56 AM

        I thought he was already declared too short?

      • therealjohnc - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        There have been plenty of short outfielders. Where Espinosa’s height hurts him (and the Nats) is at first base.

      • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

        I was making a joke because I’ve seen many comment on his stature with regards to playing outfield. I’m confident Espi could play any position (besides catcher and pitcher).

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

        For the record, I never said that Espinosa couldn’t play LF, nor did I ever say that he was too short to play LF. I have vehemently stated that I didn’t like the idea. On the height thing,I did say that there were a couple of catches that Taylor caught at the wall that Danny couldn’t have caught because Taylor is several inches taller than Danny, and he was fully extended and making a leaping catch. I have also stated that Espinosa is a bit height challenged to play an everyday 1B. As to why I was against moving Danny to LF back in May /early June, it was when Span was still in CF and there was a trained outfielder playing a pretty solid LF. And even though MAT had a poor slash line, and was a K machine, he was still driving in more runs than Espinosa, or Desi with considerably fewer AB’s. Through May, MAT had 18 RBI,s, in 104 AB’s, and Danny 14 in 130, Desi 15 in 200 AB’s. So what I did say was I didn’t like putting Danny in LF over Taylor because you weaken not just the IF, but also the OF, and Danny’s bat didn’t justify that move, because you would be benching the guy who was driving in more runs. I also said if you want to play Danny Espinosa in the OF, fine, but teach him in ST, not in the middle of the season when you already have a kid out there that has had hundreds of hours of training out there. I have also expressed my opinion that I think it is stupid to somehow think it’s okay to stick a lousy infielder in the OF, never incurring that Danny was a lousy infielder. I didn’t like Kobernus, Moore, Guzman, amongst a few, and now you can add Robinson to the list. All of that said, I agree with others in that Espinosa can probably play any position on the field, but I don’t think that he can play every one of them better than the guy already there. I do think that he has (surprisingly) beaten Ian Desmond out with his play this year, but that’s just my opinion.

    • coop202 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      How about espi?

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:54 AM

        +1

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    “From WaPo: Doug Fister found something in his most recent bullpen, and it showed Wednesday night: http://t.co/pb66bYSmev

    Interesting. His breaking pitch was biting yesterday. Best I’ve ever seen it but the sinker still wasn’t doing much and I think he had great defense and a combo of lucky BABIP or great positioning.

    Of note is that HBP where the batter clearly leaned into it turned into a run and the real faux pas was the leadoff walk of Bour that turned into a run.

    If it was me, I’d trade him now where his value might be highest and only if you get some prospects that are better than what a QO would return.

    • fstop1970 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      They might have (at least considered it), if (big if) Stras was 100% and he was pitching like he can. But with Stras out and the 1st place lead being as close as it is, they won’t.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:58 AM

        I dont think they trade him unless they were blown a way by a trade. If they did they keep Joe Ross in the rotation with Taylor Jordan as depth or Roark. It would free up space to get a better bullpen arm if they moved Roark back to the rotation. Some think Roark needs to be a starter. I dont necesarily buy that.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      I don’t want to throw shade or anything, but I do wonder how ‘good’ Fister was last night. A lot of balls/outs were in the air and pretty far back – maybe a little benefit of the park he was playing in… Again, not throwing shade and glad he only gave up 2 runs in 6 innings but just thinking out loud.

      With that said, heck yeah, if he gets prospects, trade him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:15 AM

        Sinker wasn’t working but the breaking ball was. Was he lucky, good, or both? Boxscores never lie. ;). He was great! LOL

      • texnat1 - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM

        Agree, I didn’t think he was that good last night.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      We have to hope that sinker comes back into form. He can’t flourish as a fly ball pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:48 AM

        Not on hot days in Nats Park as we’ve seen as they end up in the bullpens as HRs

  7. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    If no one has posted this already, I like this article from this morning’s WaPo online; http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/07/29/robot-umpire-makes-professional-baseball-debut-in-minor-league-game/.

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      Have to be sure Stras is ready to go before trading him.I have said before now is the time to trade him with the contenders buyers of a good starter.

    • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      Thanks for posting this Theo. MNF is in heaven.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:04 AM

        That Byrnes guy who is a former player talks about robo ump all the time.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:50 AM

        I know! He’s a serious SABR guy too, and very excitable. I love watching him on MLB Network.

      • nats128 - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

        Hes a ball of energy.

    • letswin3 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      Bring it on. Calling balls and strikes should be a black and white issue, without human emotional intervention or eyesight anomalies. What inning is it, what’s the reputation of the pitcher (or the hitter), what’s the run spread at the moment, where do these two teams rank in the standings, what’s the current efficiency rating for the umpire, are dinner reservations in place, etc. etc. etc. There would be no more yelling from the dugout (well, maybe a little less anyway), fewer player and manager ejections, clear evidence of HBP, less TV commentator analysis of the “plain” or “framing” talent and best of all accurate calls. Test it further in Spring Training in 2016, implement it in all of minor league play in 2016 and roll it out in the majors in 2017. It’s a no-brainer.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    From WaPo: “Williams said Denard Span is still strengthening his core, hasn’t started swinging yet. Doesn’t know how long it’ll be until things progress”

    Finally an update and the good news is Denard feels no pain but general muscle soreness.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      That is how I feel every morning

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:48 AM

        LOL!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        I know, I hear you!

    • senators5 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      With the way the youngster is hitting and catching the ball, I am not too concerned about Span’s return. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Span and what brings when healthy BUT When he is healthy. I truly believe MAT has the opportunity and talent to become a fixture in the Nats lineup for years to come.

      • nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        Growing day to day and at a faster pace then he would in AAA. It worked out well but Span is a better tablesetter but you have to like the idea of MAT coming in to pinch hit late in the game and staying in for a double switch defensive replacement for Werth and get him off his feet.

  9. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    (got newposted)

    Harper leads NL in runs scored and HR
    Harper leads MLB in SLG, OPS, OPS+

    Since May 6 — 65 games — Harper’s been slashing .374/.489/.788/1.277

    • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      Why start at May 6? Just a random date? It was the Nats 29th game. Hmmmmm.

      OH, I get it. That was the day that Harper crushed three homers of Koehler. Before that, he was hitting a pedestrian .245/.405/.457/.862. His OPS jumped 135 points after that game.

      Bryce doesn’t need selective sample sizes to burnish his brilliance. As you say, he leads the league in OPS and OPS plus, even when you conclude his early season “slump.”

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        He seemed to have turned the corner on that day. And he has been consistently great since that day.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        Oh I don’t know. He walked twice on May 4. He had two doubles and 3 RBIs on April 30. He was swinging it pretty well, and showing good plate discipline for most of the year before then. He had 26 walks and an OBP of over .400 before that fateful day. But yeah, May 6 was a banner game for sure.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Charlie and Dave day for me… so for those watching, if I ask – that is why!

    Lets get this series win fellas… Go Nats!

  11. nats128 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Im headed to a sports bar now and taking a 1/2 day. Since I dont post really during games GYFNG

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      Do not understand keeping Uggla over denDekker.We now do not have a late inning replacement for Robinson when Jason sits.Uggls serves no purpose as TYMO and Danny are the righties off the bench.denDekker can pinch run.Uggla is a wasted roster spot.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        Werth isn’t hurt, he’s just getting a day off. He’s available as PH or late inning replacement if needed.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

        You don’t understand? Or you just disagree? Surely you understand that den Dekker has options and Uggla would have to be DFA’d. What happens if Esco gets hit in the wrist again, or Rendon’s quad or oblique adds up? Do you want to rely on Manny Burris as our utility guy? Uggla has value, and I wouldn’t cut ties with him unless we absolutely have to.

  12. momhw - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Just saw this on MLB Rumors –
    The Cardinals have agreed to a new, 15-year contract that will continue to give FOX Sports Midwest exclusive rights to broadcast their games. The rights alone will guarantee the Cardinals more than $1 billion,

    WOW and WOW!

    • letswin3 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:52 AM

      A billion dollar (or likely more) Nat’s TV deal would be the collateral for lenders to queue up to loan the Nat’s enough to buy out Angelos from the horrid MASN deal and avoid the lengthy court nightmare that is only just beginning. Angelos is one of the most litigious people in America, but he understands that money talks. I’m even convinced that the existing lines of credit available to the Lerners are adequate in size to finance an Angelos buyout, and the repayment or amortization of those loans (bonds possibly) would be easily accomplished through negotiating a new exclusive broadcast agreement between the Nats and several likely network suitors.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        Financially, that makes sense. But if it were as easy as that, it probably would have already happened, no?

        Given how slow MLB has been to act, and how litigious Angelos is, I think any lender would be wary of when that future deal would kick in, and what the terms of the Nats escape from MASN will be.

      • texnat1 - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:49 PM

        I’m not sure what Angelos’s motivation to let the Nats out of the MASN deal is. It’s a great and unique deal for the Orioles and adds significant value to his franchise.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        He would let the Nats out because he would be paid off, and because MASN is probably not financially viable over the long term.

      • letswin3 - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        I agree HH. The present annuity value of a big, all cash, buyout would be attractive to Angelos, as opposed to several years of an income stream associated with the existing (although legally contested) Nat’s/MASN deal. The Nat’s would be overpaying (in present day monetary terms) in a move to secure their freedom to cut whatever future deals that might otherwise be missed.

  13. unkyd59 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Here’s a question, for someone who knows…: A couple of times a week, the notion of Joe Cool taking a rotation spot, for the remainder of the year is tossed out there… This can’t happen, can it? I think he tossed about 120 innings, last year, no? So he wouldn’t go much more than 160, this year, right? If either of these assumptions is incorrect, please lemmeknow… I like Ghost’s idea of having him in the ‘pen, if they work the innings count right, but I don’t see him pitching deep into September… Thanks.

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      I think you are spot on. Innings limit.

    • unkyd59 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      Should have read “starting deep into September”….

    • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      Absolutely right unky. When Joe went back to AAA, they limited his starts to 5 innings to keep him stretched out in case he had to come back, but not burn the innings limit too quickly. I assume they are doing the same thing now.

      One thing we know about Rizzo is he’s serious about protecting young arms.

      • unkyd59 - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        If I read the charts right, Joe has about 50 innings remaining, to reach 160.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        MW said about 160 on the radio last week.

  14. nattygoats - Jul 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Espi in left. Not Clint

  15. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    that was a HR in pretty much every other park in the MLB

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Rendon crushed that. Ichiro still has wheels. That’s off the out of town scoreboard in Nats Park

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Why are he and Prado just not gone…

      And I HATE that the game is free on MLB.com and I cant watch it…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

        You need a IP Address scrambler that says you’re in Hawaii. Then you get everything 😉

  17. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Hoppah! nice start to the game.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Nice Bryce. If he upper cut on that it’s a HR

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

      Hard to upper cut that for a homer to slow a pitch.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Cone on CRob if you have to reach for a pitch, then it is not a strike.

    But if you insist on swinging at balls outside at least go to left. It is automatically weak grounder if you try to pull it.

  20. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    I don’t like the way Clint just fielded that popup. He wasn’t even under it. He almost blew that.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Mets right fielder doubles, and Mets get him in.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Come on Max turn around. Easy pickoff. Oh well, it’s a zero but 20 pitches.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Scherzer way to many pitches in the first inning 21 pitches. After getting Gordon on the first pitch.

    This is more like how he pitched as a Tiger.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      Correct number 20. Should never be more than 14.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      Nice HR RZim!!!!

  24. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Welcome back Zim!!!!

    Woooooooooooooo

    • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      ZIm can’t hit anymore! He’s done!

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM

        It’s true! He was, what, 1-17 in his rehab?

        😉

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM

        Would be nice if those hand-wringers over the 1-15 (or whatever) would step up and acknowledge that–just maybe–their announcements of his death were premature.

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:59 PM

        Would be nice if those hand-wringers over the 1-15 (or whatever) would step up and acknowledge that–just maybe–their announcements of his death were premature.

        Indeed. Two points on that:

        1. Predicting that a 30-year old is over-the-hill is always a shaky proposition (unless you’re talking about a pitcher that’s blown out his arm from overuse)

        2. We had numerous postings reminding us all that stats in rehab are irrelevant, because they don’t measure the quality of the at bats. Those posting were, by and large, not believed. Here is good proof.

        So — since his return he’s 3-for-8 with a double & HR

  25. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    YOWSA ZIMMERMAN Style!

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Gotta love Dan Haren…

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    RZim able to pull it to get it out which was an inside pitch that helps when you’re closer to the plate.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Nice poke by RZim.

    Desi needs to consult Cal again.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      You get more than 1 AB. Desi struck out plenty last year too when he won the Silver Slugger

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    6 games in a row Nats have led. 2 wins so far. Make it 3 now.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Best bunt of the year for him but let’s hit one far with 2 outs

  31. TheBigDummy - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Would’ve liked to have seen Espinosa give Desmond a day off today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      Espinosa couldn’t even get innings last night when it was 7-2

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM

        I know. Just seems like he’s played well enough to at least give guys a break every couple of days. I thought he could give either Desmond or Escobar a day off, really. Oh well.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        Or at least a few innings. He’s a defensive upgrade if nothing else

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Haren with huge location misses.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    CRob misses a mistake hanger

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      Those are the mistake pitches that must be sent over the wall.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:08 PM

        With Haren he hangs pitches all the time. You just need to time them.

        The strike 2 before Harper’s walk was a fast ball hung right down the middle and he took.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Get some add-on runs Nats!

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    We are hitting the balls to right just to high giving Ishiro time to get to it.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    In Miami, that’s just a F9 for Wilson Ramos. In Nats Park, a HR.

  37. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Those are the mistake pitches that must be sent over the wall.

    But harder to do in Miami.

    We are hitting the balls to right just to high giving Ishiro time to get to it.

    Part of that is because of the indoor air.

    Now I more fully understand why Haren’s been doing well with them.

    If it hasn’t already been mentioned:

    Haren’s ERA in 10 games in Miami is 2.83, allowing 6 HRs (well, 7 if you add RZ 😉 )
    Haren’s ERA in 10 games on the road is 4.60, allowing 14 HRs.

    Miami’s pitching as a team:
    Home: 3.26, 30 HRs
    Away: 4.18, 52 HRs

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      Like Fister, using the friendly confines.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Web Gem by Rendon if he was out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      He got to to it fine but transitioning to throw was to tardy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        It was by a split second. Credit to the runner sprinting down the line.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Price is a blue jay…

    • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:08 PM

      Sweet. Another ace not coming to the Dodgers or Cubs.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Rendon was a little tossing the ball to first. I thought it was an easy out, but the delay from fielding to throwing was just not real quick.

    In close games your fielding needs to be on top of its game.

  41. TheBigDummy - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Christian Yelich looks like he should be sitting in the upper deck with the campers. Camp Counselor Christian.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      Dude, you just made me spit my water out laughing…

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        Thanks, I’ll be here all week!

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Let’s tack some on. Line drives only please grounders and flies not needed.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Nice #LoW MAT

  44. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    pitchers bunting has been horrendous. ugh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:21 PM

      Bunting is not if coached correctly.

      You catch the ball with the bat. Angle the bat correctly so the ball goes down.

      As the ball hits the bat ease it back for a little spin to make it harder to field.

      It is not rocket science. Though with a 98 mph ball it might be hard, but nothing Haren pitches would be difficult.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        It may not be rocket science, but it’s not easy. Just ask all the lefties who could easily have single after single against the shift if they could confidently bunt down the 3B line.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Come on Max that was a pathetic bunt.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      It was but look where MAT was at contact.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Leadoff Walks normally hurt… make them pay!

  47. TheBigDummy - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Tony with the one handed bat slam. You don’t see that very often from him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      He is missing hanging pitches from Haren

  48. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Come on guys, Dan Haren is pitching. DAN HAREN!

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Idk if that was a K. (last pitch to Yuni).. Yo TWIN, can you give me the call helps/hurts ?

    Thanks,

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      We need the computer umpire.The computer is not influenced by the Marlins bench.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Wait, is rlndtin really MNF? My head just exploded.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 3 should be ball 4
    Top 5 Haren vs Escobar
    0% call same
    6.1in from edge http://t.co/SyboGc4rNL

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      That hurts with Harper on-deck. Should be 2nd and 1st and 2 outs.

      • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM

        I wonder what % of Harper’s ABs come as the leadoff hitter? Sure seems like a lot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:29 PM

        Yep.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:21 PM

        You can look that up on baseball-reference.com:

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=harpebr03&year=&t=b

        He’s led off an inning 86 times- 21.9% of his plate appearances. His slashline in those appearances is: .351/.442/.905/1.347. I suppose it makes sense that his OBP is lower and his SLG is higher as a leadoff hitter because he’s not being walked nearly as much when he leads off — only 12 times all year.

        Incidentally, he’s an interesting factoid from the splits page. Bryce’s slashline when he bats 3rd in the lineup is
        .295/.400/.583/.983. As a cleanup hitter, it’s .364/.504/.766/1.271!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:22 PM

        Good stuff 2’s!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Just as I thought… smdh

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM

        That hurts and would be a situation if you could challenge a K call you would do it there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      I all for auto calls

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    If calling balls and strikes is as hard as the umps make it seems it is time for auto calls.

    How hard can it be your 4 feet away and you can’t get 100% right. We are talking 4 feet not 20 not 50 feet. 4 feet.

    The umping at the plate is worse now than ever.

    The ball players are getting better why can’t the umpires?

    • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Will the computer randomly have wide zones, or high ones? The occasional bad call? LOL

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Ball 4 there was a ball, just like Strikeb3 to Escobar was ball 4

  53. rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    This game is going to get dicey.We seem to hit 100 mile an hour pitchers much better than 85.

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

    Scherzer needs Ks

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Let’s get some on tack runs.

    Ghost my draft kings afternoon team is doing well. I have 4 Nats.

  56. mauimo22 - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    OK time to tag Haren’s a$$!
    1-0 isn’t going to cut the mustard.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      It’s cut the mustard before, we just prefer 5-0

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Harper listed to someone. He upper cutted which is not what I want. Line drives please.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    At least CTob lined one this time. A tad elevated would be nice.

  59. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    that was outside

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      This why it is only 1-0.If Haren does not get those calls he would have to come to our hitters.Like I said the computer has to come to MLB.RZIM looks 5 years younger.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Does Desi want a big contract next year or not?

    He can’t hit a hanging 86 mph fast ball.

    I realize the k was terrible but the hanging fast ball was all on him.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 3 should be ball 4
    Top 6 Haren vs Desmond
    18% call same
    1.9in from edge http://t.co/jl70YB5bOp

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      Alan Porter is screwing the Nats. That’s 2 walks that become 2 Ks.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM

        +Y2K

  62. knoxvillenat - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    This blue behind the plate is terrible. Anything within 8 inches of the corner is called a strike,

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    So glad Ryan got that foot pad. He looks much better at the plate, just more comfy…

    Glad he is healthy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Looking good so far.

    • unkyd59 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      I doubt he’s “healthy”, bot I’ll settle for “reasonably comfy”, if he can put da bat on da ball…

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    If the CBA between NLB and the umps is not allowing the MLB from canning umps who cannot call balls and strikes, then itvacworthless piece of paper.

    How can anyone who watches the umpiring not be for auto call.

    The umping is awful

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:46 PM

      The pitches bt Scherzer are much better than Harens. Most a tad high but over the plate. Harens are not near the plate.

    • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Miami fans right now are elated with the calls. They’d be against it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        Umps behind the plate in general would get an F from me. I watch 20 games a week and most are terribly called.

      • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM

        20 games a week, huh? Lordie.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        Generally yes. 4 on Sat and Sun 3 on 4 on Wednesday 3 on Thursday 2 on Mondays Tuesday and Friday unless Cubs are home.

        I figure that is about 20. Home pjate through league are terrible.

        Believe it or not Bob Davidson is one of the best home plate umps. But a balk machine if at first or third.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        My wife says baseball is her other woman. She knows where I am.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        Joe West is a very good home plate umpire too.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Scherzer creating his own issues with walks.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      His pitches are better than Gaten’s strike.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I hope to live long enough to see MLB to bring auto call.

    The umpires are ruining the game morecand more.

    I have concluded they don’t care either.

  67. scnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    It seems every 5th game Desi will bring us hope he is snapping out of things then we spend 4 games watching him flail away at the plate.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Ball 4 to Isharo was a ball was much closer to a strike than strike 3 to Desi.

    This guy is so inconsistent.

    Screwing one team only sucks.

    Screwing bit teams sucks.

    It calling it 100% is what I ask for.

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:54 PM

      Ramos stinks.That was a ball that was going to the backstop because he will not drop down and block it.He is always reaching.

      • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM

        Big assist from the ump on that one!!

  69. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    big out for Scherzer there. nice.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      Outs plural.

      • veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

        well, the big out was the grounder. the extra out was a bonus. 🙂

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

        Yes it was!!!

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Max has 4 GIDP all season now. None bigger than that!!!

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:01 PM

      Mat not to confused as the Shark.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    That was a short half swing on Gordon that handcuffed him. Single?

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Up to second in the Day game for draft kings. That is with my catcher 1b 2b and SS with 0 points.

    Put the others are scoring well.

    Have 4 Nats, 4 Mets and 2 Marlins. My 2 Marlins are 2 of the zippies Gordon Hecheveria. My other zeroes Ramos and Duda.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Max hasn’t watched Porter’s zobe is the outer corner he is given the inner side not.

    FP just told him not to throw a slider and he did.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Max to eighties he is not calling insides pitches only outside. So don’t bother inside.

  75. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Seems like a great game for Janssen, Storen, Papelbon. Max appears to be hitting the wall.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:12 PM

      This is last hurrah this inning

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Is the pen ready?

  77. kirbs3256 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Norris just hit a grand slam in NY.

  78. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    watching Max toss to 1st base and Zim toss back the same way is so funny.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Pitch it 6 inches outside for strike 3

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      That play has to stop holding the tag and almost pushing the runner off.Ramos does not know how to move his feet and block a wild pitch.he is just no athletic enough.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    With the freeze frame he about 1/16th of inch off the bag, umps ignore that all the time.

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      –The 2 walks we should have had and the hard hit balls equal 1-0 versus 3or 4-0.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    He didn’t stay on but 1/16th ofan ibch unclear to them

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Good job Max, but you taken advantage of Porter’s call 6-8 inches outside fast ball was a strike .

  83. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    How nice is it that Scherzer in on our team!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      +1

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    What Harper want a fast ball in the middle to upper half of the strike zone. Perfect to drive to left.

    Fastballs Seems what batter should want.

  85. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    BABIPd today

  86. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    filthy stuff from Drew. awesome.

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    That’s the first time Storen has got Dee Gordon out, ever. #SSS

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      I thought that Drew struck Gordon out in the 8th last night?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM

        My notes could be behind a day. 😉 Don’t remember.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        He did get him last night, but my memory ain’t always so good anymore either.

  88. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Best 8th inning guy we’ve had all year!

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      Best 8th inning guy in the NL, imho.

      • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        Very well could be. Davis and Betances in the AL are equally good or better, but it’s close. Who are the good ones in the NL? Siegrist for the Cards, Wil Smith for the Brewers, Tony Watson for the Pirates, Carter Capps for the Marlins, JP Howell for the Dodgers, and now Clip for the Mets. I’ll take Drew over any of them, including Clip.

        All hail Mike Rizzo!

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      Now Chapman for the 9th no it is Papelbon.

      • Danny - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        Lol

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      That’s for sure!!!

  89. ballgrindM - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Storen rapidly turning from one of my favorite Nats to my favorite Nat

  90. rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Ramos is pathetc

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I’m sure he thinks you are also. Do you ever let up?

      • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        Drew has better stuff than he does.

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Papelbon still looks like a jerk to me.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    The Jonathan Papelbon era as a Nat begins.

  92. natsguy1 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Gotta say, it’s funny that Dan Jennings — the he’s-never-managed-anything before punching bag — brought in his closer in the top of the 9th in a 1-0 game to keep it close, which worked. MW has consistently gone with mop-up guy in that situation with terrible results.

    • rlndtln - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      That says it all

    • adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      A few other factors:

      1. Until yesterday, we only had one top-notch guy in the BP

      2. The Nats will have many more save opportunities than the Marlins (i.e., more leads in the 9th to save)

      3. (and most importantly) Unlike the Marlins, the Nats are going to need their closer(s) for crucial games in Sept and probably October and the playoffs.

    • Section 222 - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      I’m with natsguy on this one wonk. Drew had appeared in 39 games this year before today, most on the Nats, but 10 less than the leaders in appearances in the NL. (Melancon has 48.) He could certainly have handled an occasional appearance in a one run game without damage to his ability to pitch well in the postseason. If MW can put him in last night in a 7-2 game because he needed the work, he can put him (or now Papelbon) in when we’re down 1-0.

      Generally, the league leaders in appearances are not closers — they are setup guys like Siegrist, Avilan, and Hughes. That paint by numbers approach doesn’t maximize the value of your best pitchers. Of course, you have to be careful not to make a closer unavailable for a subsequent save situation. That’s the real catch that prevents them from being used in close games when their team is behind.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Aight Paps…. lets see what ya got….

  94. veejh - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Excellent debut from Papelbon. That was good stuff.

    Nice win Nats!

  95. Joe Seamhead - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    I love exciting baseball!

  96. TimDz - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    How is Mikey Morse batting when he was traded to the Dodgers?

  97. kirbs3256 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    YES! Now that’s a 8th-9th combo.

  98. adcwonk - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Just like Rizzo had in mind:

    Scherzer for 7, Drew for the 8th, Paps for the 9th — shutout. Win.

    Awesome!

    • Serious Jammage - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      I love it when a plan comes together!

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Alright Paps…. Alright..

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