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Game 101: Nats at Mets

Jul 31, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — The Nationals roll into New York this weekend fresh off a series win against the Miami Marlins and with a three-game lead in first place in the NL East. The Mets will do their best to try and gain some ground in the division race against a Nats team that looks revitalized by the players they have recently activated off the disabled list.

Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.83) will start the Friday night opener opposite right-hander Matt Harvey (9-7, 3.16). Gio is in the middle of his best stretch of the 2015 season with a 1.45 ERA in his last five outings. He faced the Mets two starts ago and earned the win after allowing two earned runs in six innings of work.

Harvey has also been pitching well as of late with a 2.36 ERA in his last seven starts. He was opposite Gio in the July 20 matchup and took the loss after giving up five runs (4 ER) in seven innings.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. and N.Y. markets), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Clear, 85 degrees, wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (54-46)
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
CF Michael Taylor
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS (52-50)
RF Curtis Granderson
SS Ruben Tejada
1B Daniel Murphy
3B Juan Uribe
C Travis d’Arnaud
2B Wilmer Flores
CF Juan Lagares
LF Eric Campbell
RHP Matt Harvey

UMPIRES
HP Jerry Meals (cc)
1B Andy Fletcher
2B Jordan Baker
3B Paul Emmel

478 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Mark, sorry you won’t be there for the big showdown in the Big Apple. I guess we’ll soldier on with you.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      without you, of course.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        Maybe if we can’t have an edit button we can have one of those “are you sure you want to post, why don’t you take one last look at what you said and make sure you didn’t make a mistake?” buttons.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM

        That is what the Preview button does

        And there are a lot of WordPress plug-ins with good reviews that allow you to edit a comment for a specified time period.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        So is that something we can download and install ourselves, or does someone at CSN have to add it to this specific blog?

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        Plug-ins have to be installed by the site administrator. So that would be Mark or Chase or whoever manages the site for them.

        Most plug-ins are brain-dead simple to install.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      I’m a little confused–Mark’s twitter feed says Chase is in NY, but Chase’s post suggests there won’t be any updates til tomorrow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        It seems for weeks the updates come on Twitter unless it’s a home game.

  2. bc4314 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Go Nats!

  3. natsjackinfl - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    I’m confused about Chase’s last line that starts “Enjoy the early game”. What’s with that?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Gee, I thought it was just me that got confused with that line.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:25 PM

      A bad cut and paste I would guess.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        At least they have an edit button!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM

        LOL TRUTH!!!!!!

  4. npb99 - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Keep winning, and keep the blog free of trolls!

  5. annapmagistra - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    What confused me is how he knows that Gio is “in the middle” of his best stretch … maybe he’s at the end of it! Maybe he’s about to start a far better stretch!

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      So you’re questioning Chase’s clairvoyance?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Aug 1, 2015 at 1:44 PM

        More like telling the future — precognition — than clairvoyance.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    28 minutes left in the trade deadline.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    I’m watching the MLB Network and they have cameras on Kimbrel in Miami. Kimbrel is under a multi year contract so not trading him isn’t a big deal but how do you not trade Justin Upton unless Preller can say they feel they can get a better return in a Comp pick.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Sounds like Cespedes is going to be traded in the next few minutes.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      I’m hoping it’s not the Mets. Hoping Cespedes goes to a AL team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:59 PM

        They are saying Cespedes to the Mets for 2 Minor Leaguers. Didn’t have to give up Zach Wheeler

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        Darn. Hope he reports on Monday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Yah, he’s probably taking a cab now to the Acela Express in downtown B’more.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    All I can say as much heat as Dombrowski gets he got more value for David Price then he gave up a year ago to get him from Tampa.

    If he doesn’t trade Yoenis Cespedes he better figure on extending him.

  10. masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    No Espinosa in the lineup again. I get the reason why, but I wouldn’t mind seeing either Desmond or Escobar get a day off.

    • jfmii - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Yes, need to keep Danny fresh

  11. everendp - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Cespesdes to the Mets

  12. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    As we wait, here’s a fun collections of great moments from the mlb.com website:

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/05/01/121088000/the-10-best-moments-from-april-that-remind-us-that-baseball-is-great

    More to follow.

  13. NIWatcher - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Isn’t this two out of three games for the Lobatron? Do you think MW is finally learning that it is not a bad thing to match pitchers and catchers, as appropriate?

  14. Danny - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    So Mets spend resources on Cespedes who they won’t resign/get draft pick for a second place/no playoffs finish.

    Well done!

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      The Mets made a good deal and we should be worried.What has to be learned here is you must give to get and I do not like having to play the Mets now and there schedule going forward is very weak.We have our work cut out for us.

      • Danny - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        If you disapprove, I approve

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        You play 9 players at a time. No Cuddyer, no David Wright, no D’Arnaud, no Mejia and they have other issues. Whose place does Cespedes take? Conforto or Lagares? Someone will have to sit. I would have been more worried if they got Jay Bruce or Justin Upton.

        Play ball.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        Agreed Ghost.

        On MLB Network they described him as a good hitter with some pop. He makes them better, but not by much. And he is not a great defender. Especially if they have to play him in CF if Cuddyer comes back.

  15. ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Didn’t the Mets give up less for Cespedes than they would have given up had the Gomez trade gone through? It just seems to me that teams give up a lot to get Cespedes and are happy to take less to get rid of him. Will be fun to see how this plays out.

    • Danny - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      Gomez is signed through next year. Cespedes is a 2 month rental for a non playoff team with no qualifying offer compensation.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Yes, they would have given up Zack Wheeler. They gave up 2 middling prospects for Cespedes.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Mike Morse is now a Pittsburgh Pirate. The Dodgers barely knew him.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      I guess he’s now the platoon guy with Pedro Alvarez, for as long as he stays healthy. Jim Riggleman is smiling. He always thought Mikey was not cut out to be an every day player.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:32 PM

        Morse has to improve. He’s looked lost out there.

      • hantiaolang - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

        And the Bucs sent Jose “Oh, my elbow!” Tabata (recently of AAA Indianapolis) to the Dodgers to get him. Trying to deflect retribution from the baseball gods? Or get a positive friend request response from the Nats’ Facebook page by trading a villain (in some people’s eyes) in exchange for someone near and dear to our hearts?

        Shrewd move, Pirates. Shrewd move.

  17. mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    “Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets, step on up and BEAT the Mets!”

    #GoDC

  18. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Looks like the Mets got the bat they were looking for. They will make a serious run. Offensively our strategy is one of medical hope (as in hope they are all healed) … Interesting finish coming up. The NL East is far from locked up.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      D’Arnaud I believe came off the DL today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      Yesterday the NL East was far from locked up. Today the Mets got better but their depth is questionable. Looking at the Mets, I still wonder how long Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard can last this season. That’s a lot of mileage on young fragile arms. They could hit a wall very soon.

      • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        Better win the East as I do not see 2 teams coming from the Est.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        I agree. Its the NL East crown or go to the golf course.

        I just think the Mets have been sprinting all year and they are going to sputter before the finish line.

    • Bruxtun - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      Doesn’t every team count on medical hope as part of their strategy? What other kinds are there?

    • npb99 - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      A tight race till the end is fine with me. We saw what happened – twice – when we won the division by a mile. Better to have the guys in battle mode right till the end.

  19. TimDz - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    In his time in the bigs, Cespedes has gone from the A’s, to the Red Sox, to the Tigers and now the Mets….

    If this guy is that good, why is nobody holding on to him?

    • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      Or: so many different teams want him 🙂

      • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        Like I said before, they all seem to be as happy pay to get him as they are beg to trade him.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM

      He’s good.

      As traded him bc they needed pitching (and thought they could do without his bat).

      Red Sox traded him bc they needed pitching (and thought they had a clogged OF).

      Tigers traded him bc they are giving up.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      Know when to hold him, know when to fold him, no when to walk away, know when to run…….

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    “Papelbon is excited to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, but he was quick to caution that qualifying for the postseason isn’t a foregone conclusion. The Nationals lead the Mets by three games in the NL East standings. “This isn’t sewed up,” Papelbon said. “… We’ve got to stay on that grind and we’ll be fine.””

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      He has that right.Especially with the Mets schedule.We need to beat them head to head 5-3.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:54 PM

        This is playoff baseball if MW approaches it like that. I know he says it’s just 1 game but it’s really like 2 games when you can put a loss on the team nipping at your heals.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:29 PM

        The Mets DO have an easy schedule the rest of the season (collective winning percentage,weighted per game of the Mets’ remaining 60 games: .460). But what you’re missing is that the Nationals ALSO have an easy schedule (collective winning percentage, weighted per game, of the Nats’ opponents remaining 62 games: .470). That’s not much different. And you’re also missing another important difference: after this series, most of the Nationals’ games are at home (34 of 59 games). Most of the Mets games are on the road (32 of 57 games). The Nats have been a pretty good home team (28-19, .596 winning percentage, +18 run differential). The Mets have been an awful road team (17-32, .347 winning percentage, -46 run differential).

        Given that both teams’ schedules are easy, the fact that the Nats play mostly at home where they’ve played well and the Mets play mostly on the road where they’ve been dreadful, and the fact that the Nats have two games in hand that the Mets do not, I would argue that the pressure is on the Mets. If the Nats and Mets simply split their eight games 4-4, that’s a pretty big bonus for the Nats because that’s eight more games off the schedule with the Mets still behind the Nationals.

      • ArVAFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

        John C, I like your math. Thanks for doing the work.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        Yes thanks realjohn. Someone said this the other day and when I briefly looked at the schedule, I thought the Nats had a comparably easy schedule. Your detailed analysis puts this issue is a different light.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        realjohn comes through once again.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        realjohn comes through once again.

      • letswin3 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

        John, that’s some good stuff there. Ya still gotta play em, but it’s nice to know that the numbers are favorable.

  21. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Thats why I said before the first head to head series Collins was smart to line up his pitching also knowing he would have it set for the second series.We got out of the first one ok but it would have been nice to have Max pitch at least one game out of 6.

    • Danny - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      Right now the Mets are down 2-1 lining it up and who’s to say it won’t happen again…..

    • Bruxtun - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      You didn’t say Collins was smart, you said “everyone is smarter than us”

      • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        And he was smarter.I do not believe MW is smarter than others.Just the idea that Bryce does not bat third is all you need to know.Max not pitching in any of these six is dumb.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        Wait, the fact that Bryce doesn’t bat 3rd means MW is dumb? Really?

        I posted these stats yesterday —

        Bryce’s slashline when he bats 3rd in the lineup (38 games) is
        .295/.400/.583/.983. As a cleanup hitter (56 games), it’s .364/.504/.766/1.271

        I’m not sure what the explanation is, but if the reason you want him batting 3rd instead of 4th is to get him more ABs over the season, that might not be the best strategy.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Dan Haren was traded for Ivan Pineyro +1. For anyone who remembers him. Rizzo traded him +1 to the Cubs for Scott Hairston. Now Ivan Pineyro is a Miami Marlin.

  23. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Isn’t Harvey on an innings limit?

  24. kiawah51 - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I have been reading this blog for quite a while but finally decided to post. This team needed a big bat behind Harper not a closer. That is evident from last year when the offense did nothing in the playoffs. This year it is worse because we are praying that the injured players produce. Problem is before Werth and Zimm when on Dl they were batting in the low 200’s. Add that to Desmonds terrible year, Ramos’s clunker and you have big problems scoring against quality pitchers. In fact we have proven we have problems scoring against average pitchers. Haren, Peavy, etc. etc.

    The division will come down to the last week or two and if we pull it out we might win one series depending on the match up and then the end of the road. Rizzo has not proven anything other than for a few years we can win in the worst division in baseball but thats as far as we go. Sought of reminds me of the CAPS.

    In any event as a season ticker holder it is very frustrating that our GM didn’t (IMHO) make the right move.

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

      I find I hold my ticket less now with Storen pitching the 8th! ;-).
      But you made good points. I just think last year was an aberration as far as hitting goes. And playoff pitching is kinda good.

      • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM

        *ticker

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Everybody has problems scoring against quality pitchers. That’s what makes them quality pitchers.

    • letswin3 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM

      I understand your desire to afford some protection for Harper with a big bat behind him, but how big would that bat have to be to protect possibly the best hitter in the league (majors?)? I was watching Trout the other night, and that lineup gives his the protection that you discuss here … it’s just that I don’t see many managers pitching Harper straight-up unless the bases are empty (and then only early in a game) or when the bases are loaded (and he could even be walked then if there were to be a 1 or 2 run differential). And in close games late, I expect that the intentional walk will be officially names “A Harper”. The Nat’s secret weapon this year might be to choose the right guy immediately in front of Harper ,,, that guy is going to get some very good stuff to hit. I’m still okay with the lineup we have, particularly with the growth of Taylor and the resurgence of Espinosa.

  25. 4thgendc - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    GO NATS!

    2/3 or a sweep this weekend would be reallllllly nice.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Nats need a win tonight. Go from there.

      • 4thgendc - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        I know. Thanks for the reality check. I think I’m just all jacked-up/slightly insane because I’ve been watching too much MetsTV…..I mean MLB TV.

  26. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Meh….Mets get Cespedes, and we just got back Werth, Zim, and Rendon…..Span coming soon. We win.

    • ArVAFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:31 PM

      And Stras. I think Stras before Span. Stras starts Monday in Syracuse, which if it goes well (from my fingers to the baseball gods’ ears), means he’s back next week. Span, on the other hand, isn’t swinging yet (although he’s in DC now seeing a physical therapist “to see what’s the next step.”)

  27. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    as FP would say: “GAME ON”

  28. NatsWorkerSection234 - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    New to the blog guys. Let’s go Nats

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      Welcome! And if you actually work at the park, then double welcome. And thanks for what you do.

  29. moozystar - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Play Espi!

    • NatsWorkerSection234 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

      I run one of the team stores hence the name 234

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        Right on. Welcome. Many knowledgeable fans here (way more than me at least). Solid mostly no b.s. blog.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        Welcome!

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      Get Bryce more ABS and late in a game as you count how many more guys to get him up will batter sooner 3than 4.I guess you answered your own question how smart a baseball man MW is.Json should be 5th behind Harp and Zim.What is the logic of a 260 hitter batting 3rd and a 340 hitter batting 4th.Harp,Zim,Jason.No brainer.

  30. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Rizzo on MLB network

  31. Drew - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Greetings from Rome, where I haven’t yet found statues of Giolito or Santangelo.

    GYFNG!

    To our new friends on the blog, that’s Go You Freaking Nats, Go!

    • Drew - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      Today our guide pointed out the words inscribed on an arch between the Forum and the Coliseum. Translated loosely, it said:

      “In Rizzo We Trust.”

  32. Mike - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Mayberry was released yesterday, so I doubt the lineup for the Mets is right.

  33. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    ho harper is 0-14 with 7 Ks vs Hopper

    • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      vs harvey

  34. TheBigDummy - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    The Mets are going to be a problem. I think this will definitely be more of a challenge than the Braves in ’12.

    And, unfortunately, that pitching staff is going to be there for years to come. Harvey, deGrom, Thor, Matz and Wheeler is going to be tough on anybody.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      no syndergaard ?

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        I believe that’s Thor.

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        That’s Thor.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:09 PM

        what a big dummy i am..

  35. adcwonk - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    I missed it. How did SS do on Wednesday?

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      No watching scoreboard tonite.SS did ok Wednesday and seems to need one more rehab start monday.

  36. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    first pitch swinging mrs b

    • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      There’s no crying in baseball

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      The lost we had to the Marlins 7 of the 11 hits by the Marlins were first pitch.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:25 PM

        yes…i just like the leadoff hitter to take a few pitches for the rest of the team but werth did that

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Is it my bias vision or do other team’s infielders make more great plays against us than we do against them?

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      I’m confident that’s not true.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Gio no nibbling tonight

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      A hanging curve ball is just as bad as nibbling.

  39. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    nicely played, hats

  40. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    gee…everytime harper hits a fly ball, carp goes crazy

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      he’s eager to call that next homer.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:39 PM

        i’m eager for him to hit the next homer.

  41. dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    E10 on the batboy

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      We have to deal with this pitching all weekend.Not going to be easy.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        they have to live with our pitching all weekend. the glass is really half full

  42. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Harvey looks sharp. We need Gio to make this close. 6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 ER.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Also, some smart ABs. Work the count. No easy 123s.

  43. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Is that a giant wad of chew, or does Uribe just have really fat cheeks?

  44. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    I know they have to deal with ours but not our number 1.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      MAT is becoming a star.

  45. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Harvey got away with a hangar there

  46. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Harvey got away with a hangar there

  47. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Make your strengths stronger, not your weaknesses stronger. The deep philosophy of F.P. Santangelo.

    Sigh.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      He’s definitely not the brightest bulb in the box. And he’s certainly no philosopher.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        He’s apparently an expert in minor league prospects though since he said the Phillies did the best of anyone at the deadline. Or maybe he just counted up the players the teams got and saw that Phillies got the most, so they win.

  48. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    This trade deadline stuff is just too complicated for FP to follow. He ought to shut up about it. He’s making no sense whatsoever.

  49. TheBigDummy - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Harvey K’s 5 of the first 9. Not encouraging.

  50. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    He’s got a no-hitter and perfect game going. Just sayin’.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      Uh oh, that’s usually a jinx 😉

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        heh heh heh

      • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        Ok. We need a stronger jinx

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        As FP says, change seats.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Gio’s curve is taking some big right turns that it’s going out of the zone. I don’t get 4 balls way outside to Uribe. He’s not biting. I don’t get that.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Back to back walks. What are you doing Gio? Long counts against batters you have to get.

  53. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    The inconsistency of Gio is maddening.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    I wish Gio threw a reach-back fastball.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Unbelievable. Walks and walks leads to runs.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Clearly the curveball isn’t working but where the heck is the changeup????? Hanging curveball and he’s lucky it wasn’t elevated.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      You work a changeup off of all those fastballs.

  57. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I guess he does have a reachback fastball. Whew. That could have been a lot worse.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      94 mph it said on the last one which was some adrenaline behind it.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    You hope Harvey sat too long and is rusty.

  59. senators69 - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Great that Gio got out of it with only 1 run, but right now, my four playoff pitchers are:
    Scherzer, Zimm, Stras, Ross.

  60. Drew - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    89 pitches in four innings.

    Madon!

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Mr Nibble nibbles two walks than a hit after 2 outs.

    Why nibble?

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Gio has thrown 3 changeups all game. He can’t locate the curveball for a strike so he’s depending on the fastball and trying to paint.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I’m surprised Gio is out there but you know Matt, wants to get him 5 innings to qualify for a W.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    FP that was 2 straight changeups to Tejada. Why didn’t he throw that last inning?

  65. TheBigDummy - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    At least they’re driving up his pitch count with all those strikeouts…oh. Well then..

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    I get that the curveball wasn’t working but where was the reluctance to call the changeup in the 4th inning. Was Lobaton calling it and get shook off?

    4 2/3 innings.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Need more than 4 2/3 from Gio…..not acceptable.

  67. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Roark on in relief, hope this is 2014 Roark and not 2015 Roark.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      I’d be elated with the 2013 Roark.

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    I really did change seats. Way to go Lobaton.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Kept my same seat but changed from a beer to drinking bourbon. Does that count?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Yes, anything different! A shame Uribe was guarding the line on Esco.

  69. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    All right!

  70. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Mets were given opportunities with 2 outs in 2 different innings to break this thing open. They did not. May come back to haunt them.. Just saying..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      The way baseball works its supposed to.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Butcher boy on them Tanner!

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Roark bunts at a ball at his eyes. What? Come on guys. You’re smarter than that.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Rendon needs HR #1 of the year right here.

  74. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Should be tie game. Roark WAS a pretty good bunter previously.

  75. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Dayum, Roark looks like he’s on a mission. Nice stuff tonight.

  76. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Dayum, Roark looks like he’s on a mission. Nice stuff tonight.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      So good you said it twice you said it twice 😉

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    If Roark got down the bunt, Lobaton scores on that single. The lack of execution on bunts lately has been poor.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Fister and Roark were giving bunting lessons last season. What has happened?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        We were discussing it last night and someone said the last bunt by a pitcher was Gio.

      • natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        Seems like all the pitchers have lost that bunting execution – JZim has struggled the past few games with this too and so has Max

  78. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    There we go! Ruin this start for Harvey. LOL

  79. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Come on Zim – pick up Bryce

  80. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    What is Bryce doing

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I just changed seats again.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Why didn’t Jayson tag up?

    Yes it is important FP. It takes away the lower breaking pitch.

    • scmargenau - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Roark pitching silly good

    • natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      +1 just said the same thing here….in the end didn’t matter but if on 3rd a wild pitch or an error could score the run……does FP really believe 1/2 the stuff he says

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Infield single…hard single to an outfielder….etc.

  83. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Bryce had to move the run by waiting to get a pitch to pull.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Yes he did. Cost a run there. Leadoff double stranded is not the way you draw it up.

  84. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Why is Werth not n third?

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Fails from Zim and Harper?

  85. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    We are snake bit tonite

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Nice wood on that Desi. Great play by Lagares.

  87. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Hard hit but another out…..

  88. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    That’s baloney FP. If that ball falls, Werth scores easily from 2B. It’s always easier to score from 3rd than from 2nd, even with two outs. Werth should have gotten back and tagged.

    Didn’t matter though. This just isn’t our night so far.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      FP is just so full of himself but he’s afraid of actually being an analyst and sound a bit negative. Not a good running play by Werth but it was Bryce who didn’t do his job which was to pull the ball hard to move Jayson to 3rd worse case.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Werth should have been on 3rd after the Harper AB. Not good by Bryce.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Werth should have been on 3rd after the Harper AB. Not good by Bryce.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        Agree and as much as we praise Bryce, he’s smarter than that.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        Very true. If Bryce does his job, Werth scores on Zim’s fly ball.

        Still, to say that it doesn’t matter whether he gets to 3rd is such B.S. And to suggest that he had to be halfway in order to score was also B.S. It’s just really bad to misinform casual fans like that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        FP loses credibility to the knowledgeable fans. A shame.

  89. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Harvey seems to be running out of gas a bit. Still 2 innings of ball left. Need a shutdown 7 here.

  90. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Bryce had to try to pull the ball.What was he thinking trying to hit the first pitch away.

  91. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    On a positive, Roark has been excellent.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    With Bryce’s baseball IQ he has to pull that ball to the right side for either a hit or the productive out. Between that play and the missed bunt, the Nats have pissed away chances to score.

  93. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Those kind of plays the Giants and Cardinals make.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Nats have to make the Mets pay for the decision to bring in Harvey for the 8th. #Greedy

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Aaron Barrett warming in the pen

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      this game is still winnable. nooooooooooooooo

  96. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    FP should shut up.I am getting tired of him.Harvey is losing it my a…

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      FP is losing it.He can not even realize a challenge.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Aight…. I changed seats and stopped drinking tequila…. Come on boys, let’s do this.

  98. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Perfect time for Rendons first HR.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Now I guess you can see the difference of Bryce batting 3or 4.Werth hitting 200 Harp 335.

  99. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Harper hits next inning no matter what now. Nice.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      not no matter what, but much better chance

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      not no matter what, but much better chance

  100. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Espi is fast, but when was the last time he stole a base? He’s not running.

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    That’s where the speed from Espi gets you a hit.

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Esco’s biggest at-bat of the season.

  103. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Need a hit here from Escobar.

  104. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Esco baby!

  105. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    I can’t believe they didn’t pull Harvey. Wow.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Collins isn’t the brightest manager in baseball.

  106. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Way to go Escobar

  107. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Esco!

  108. AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Holy Mother of God. THAT was impressive on Esco’s part. After fouling it off his foot! And I was just telling my wife that I would love to see sweetheart hit against Clip here.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Gah! That’s supposed to say Werth not sweetheart. Dang auto correct. Lol.

  109. mauimo22 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    And so it begins…
    Clippard vs Werth

  110. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    This game couldn’t be much more entertaining. Clipp vs Werth next? Wowowowow

  111. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Now Clip vs. Werth. Pretty funny that this is the first matchup after Clip’s comments about having struck him out in the simulated game before the playoffs last year.

  112. ballgrindM - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Nananana…nananana hey hey hey goooooooodbye! HUGE HIT

  113. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Clutch hit Yunel!
    Clippard to halt the damage.

    Must watch TV!!

  114. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Come on Jayson

  115. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Espis speed.Also thats why denDeker should have been kept instead of Uggla who serves no purpose.

  116. Drew - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    It’s 3:38 a.m. in Rome and we were looking for Mr. Good Escobar!

    Arrevederci, Batman.

    Hello, Clip.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Impressive Natitude Drew!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Nice!!!!

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Make a mistake Clippard. Karma should bite you for running your mouth.

  118. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    This AB reminds me of Werth vs Lance Lynn I think it was in game 4 NLDS, 2012.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      Yup. Werth has a real talent for fouling off pitches.

  119. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    TERRIBLE CALL!!

  120. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    No fing way!

  121. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Didn’t look like a strike there

  122. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Dang!

    That was close.

  123. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Think that pitch was not a K. Bummage.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Too close to take.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    As tall as Werth is, I think that was Ball 4.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Hmmmm…. blue, that was pretty Terrible..
    Like for real.

  126. scnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Better give us that same call

  127. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Closer than I thought on pitchtrack. I’m sure Ghost will find Brooks on that. I was so ready to see Bryce hit a slam off Clip.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Remember, the MASN pitch-track as Bob said knows inside out but they use one pitch track regardless of batter so it is not adjusted for taller and shorter batters. Look above. Ball 4

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Right. Jayson is a very tall guy. That ball was low.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:54 PM

        Nats get screwed again on a ball 4 called strike 3.

  128. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Oh no not Barrett

  129. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Could have seen a batter earlier.I do not care what anyone says HARP MUST BAT THIRD.

  130. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Why not Janssen here?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      This why I wanted to trade for Ziegler so I would not have to watch Barrett

  131. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Border line liw on 13th pitch, but he swung and fouled others pitches that weren’t as good so that was one to foul off

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      seriously mnf? you’re going to criticize Werth after that AB? I’m speechless.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        I didn’t criticize it all. Just said it would have been nice to flick it, he didn’t.

        If you think was criticizing you misinterpreted my thoughts completely.

        The worse part about reading not talking. You would know I thought it was great at bat

  132. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Aaron Barrett in the 8th. Lead off hit. Remember when I complained about using Storen the other night with a 5 run lead?

    I rest my case.

  133. raleighnat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    I’m on record…Barrett is a mistake

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Barrett buckled up after first batter

    • raleighnat - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Eating crow!

  134. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Barrett quickly gives up a single. What is wrong with this guy. A slider that does nothing.

  135. senators69 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Yup. Natty Matty just lost the game by inserting Barrett!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Well that’s cool. Play the game. I think most of us would like to see Barrett in a different situation.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Why did Rendon throw that ball to 1st?

  137. everendp - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    That ump had the guts to make that call that they wouldn’t in game 5 2012 with Drew on the mound in the 9th. Questionable at best.

  138. scmargenau - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Why not storen!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Maybe because he pitched 2 nights in a row.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      He pitched the last two days. Unfortunately.

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    OMG, Barrett hangs a slider and Uribe swings under it. Talk about lucky. Struck him out.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      CEMENT MIXER

  140. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    That was a hanger to Uribe. Got away with it.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Barrett scares me no matter the results.

      • BatBoy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        And Drew doesn’t ? Thank Baseball Gods for Paps! Bratty boy Drew Storen would loose us another playoff game, given the chance! Drew Storen???? Trade him now!

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    MW looks like a genius in the boxscore. LOL

  142. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Bob…..some of the best slide pieces from Barrett the entire season. LMAO. There were at least 2 cement mixers. He got lucky.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      3 that I counted

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      Uribe had several to hit. Last k not hangers.

  143. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Way to go Barrett – I doubted you but you came thru

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Needed clip not Ziegler.He would have been perfect for the 7th.

  144. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    I’ve seen that Miller commercial a thousand times, which is too many for any ad, but it’s actually kind of charming.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      I liked the Father’s Day ad version of that one where his dad just walks in, grabs a six pack and walks right back out. 🙂

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:23 PM

        Missed that. Thanks.

  145. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Did not agree with putting Barrett in to face the middle of the lineup this late in the game.

    Guess I’m wrong!

  146. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Wait what? Familila would have come in if the Mets had taken the lead but not now? I seriously doubt that’s what Collins was thinking. Hello Bob, you can send your closer out in the 9th at home.

    I assume they left Clip in because he’s good against lefties.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      And because he only faced one batter in the 8th.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        18 pitches vs Werth or something like that

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      Collins got greedy leaving Harvey in and they got burned. Now he has Clippard approaching 30 pitches. I don’t think Collins knows him well.

  147. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Ruh roh, Clipp.

  148. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    It’s a miracle. Dez walks. Holy moly.

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    What an ID by Clip on that changeup on 3-2.

  150. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Needed you here Ian. Nice take.

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    We’ve seen that Clippard before. Multiple walks and long at-bats.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      Desi great AB.

  152. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Collins blew that game for the Mets. Over pitched Harvey and Clipp.

  153. senators69 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Bye Clip. Loved you as a Nat, but now…(to borrow phrase)…you’re dead to me!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      He ran his yap after the trade so he’s dead to me too.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      Never been a fan of his … was hoping they would light him up. Blue helped him out.

  154. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Daniel Murphy the error machine playing 3rd base.

  155. AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Who woulda thought MAT would be among MLB leaders with RISP? Nice!

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Michael A. Taylor’s biggest at-bat as a Nat.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      not good

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        That looked like MAT at the beginning of the season. Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3 and none of the balls in the strike zone.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      Everything from Familia was a ball… I don’t think he thru 1 strike… just ugh

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:18 PM

        Made him look like a Rook. I loved the slider buried in the dirt on 0-2. That’s the pitch that Barrett needs to do if he has faith in his catcher.

  157. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Mr RISP needs to get this done

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      No patience

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    MAT no patience at all. All 3 were balls. Why swing?

  159. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    What terrible at bats by MAT and Lobo…. I mean just horrible ….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Lobo hit it on the nose with that. Had MAT walked a sac Fly.

      Had MAT hit on the nose I don’t have problem swinging at balls.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Rookie exuberance.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Hasn’t he been up long enough for that not to happen. Familia didn’t throw 1 strike…. Mat was in swing mode the entire time, pitch be damned.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Pre-mature swingulation perhaps? Rookies are known to suffer from that ailment for months at a time.

  160. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    MW a gambler a second inning for Barrett

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Clippard and Familia out of the way.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        Familia still in

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    A 2nd inning for Barrett? Has he ever done that before?

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      what is going on? this is crazy. MW is playing with fire.

    • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      MW thinking extra innings BP advantage?

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Looks like Barrett got five outs against the Cubs on June 4. That was the only time this season that he’s gone more than an inning. Last year, though, in 50 appearances, he pitched more than an inning 5 times, and a full 2 innings twice.

      Interesting.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        You are the stat master! How did he come out of those? Thank you sir!

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        Baseball-reference is my friend. In two of the three (found another) games where he pitched 2 innings in 2014 he gave up runs. We dodged a bullet here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        Thought so. There used to be a pitcher Davey would do that to where he’d bring him out for a 2nd inning and he’d give it up in the 2nd inning of work.

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        Collin Balester? 🙂

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I cant believe Barrett is back out there.

  163. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    That looked like MAT at the beginning of the season. Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3 and none of the balls in the strike zone.

    Too much pressure. He’s still a rook.

  164. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    MW looks like a genius again to get that 2nd inning out of Barrett. If it works you’re a genius, if it doesn’t you’re a #*$I($(@_

    • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Will love to hear MW post game presser on that move😎

  165. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Tyler just missed that one… swung right thru it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Not sure how he missed it.

  166. AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Is Clipp available for tomorrow with all the pitches he threw tonight?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Probably not til Sunday.

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        Well that’s good for us too.

  167. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Tyler Moore does his Uribe imitation. Whiffing on a hanging slider.

  168. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Collins has pitched Familia a lot this week. He is bound to make a mistake pitch for the Nats to capitalize on.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Threw 1 to TyMo… juuuuustttt missed it…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        Yep. I thought TyMo was going to tee-off on one. He was due.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      He has hung 2 slide Moore and Rendon each could clobber but didn’t just whiffed

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Here’s an advantage for the Nats, the Mets have no challenges!

  170. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Rendon should have crushed that!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      + 400 feet

  171. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Does Anthony have a HR this year?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      No

      • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        Mw should bring Storen for the 10th as we have our hitters in the 11th.Even though the game is tied the Mets have used there best relievers and we would get a 2nd liner in the 11th.

  172. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Phillip Rivers on an up and in fastball.

  173. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Rivero’s first high leverage attempt.

  174. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Crucial division game and MW brings in the B BP squad. Seems strange.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Is it working?

  175. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Ball 1 clearly strike 2 to Granderson.

    Crap missed by that much that auto call will eventually come. Maybe not soon but will come.

  176. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Rivero is the real deal

  177. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Rivero was excellent. that last pitch was 98. killer

  178. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    I really like Rivero. Time for us to crush the Mets BP. I stopped drinking tequila… and moved seats.

    End this so I can go back to my tequila. please.

    • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      I’ll go get a bit of scotch. Guaranteed winner.

    • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Pinot Noir here in the mile high state😎

  179. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Cwcid…. nice play…

  180. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Falling on his ass and Werth can’t beat that out. Nothing on the throw. No way when saw him go down did I not see a hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Harper swings under the fast ball down the middle.

      Takes the second fast ball over the middle.

      Then takes the third and gets kicked out. What a stupid move

  181. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    One heckuva play. That guy is flexible.

  182. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Bryce is due is all I am saying.

  183. ballgrindM - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Was werth dogging it? How else is he out there?

  184. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Oh Bryce. What is wrong with you?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      My TV feed is behind yours. Oh Bryce. Way to not control your emotions. Suck it up. Such an important game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      The pitch was 4 to 5 inches outside.

      Tell me how the hell you can call that a strike.

      No excuse for Harper getting rejected, but absolutely no excuse to be that poor of a judge.

      I am 100% for auto call as always.

  185. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Oh Bryce….. cant get kicked out… that was wrong. Just bad..

  186. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Bryce, come on. You have to be smarter than that. You can’t do that.

  187. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Come on, Harp. Stay professional. We might need you in the 14th….lol

  188. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Harp.. Gotta stay cool. At least stay in the game.

  189. ballgrindM - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Crap call can’t blame him

  190. everendp - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    That can’t happen

  191. raleighnat - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    So all I saw was mlb pitch track and knew Harper would get tossed. Wasn’t close on my phone but Bryce can’t do that!

  192. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    That was Terrible. But no excuse Bryce. None at all.

    Yes this blue has been terrible, but come on Bryce.
    Damn

  193. scmargenau - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    That’s absurd!!! Was 6 inches off!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      You think that far off?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        Nah. It was a ball, but not 6 inches. This blue has been Terrible, but Bryce can’t do that to the team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        That Nats K Zone app didn’t even call that a bad call. I don’t get that. It must have been close.

  194. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Zim to LF, Esco to 1B, Uggla to 2B, Rendon to 3B?

    • natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Desi to LF, Esco to SS, Rendon to 3B and Uggla 2B?

      • natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 PM

        Oops meant RF

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      Good thinking.

  195. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    W.t.f. ughhhhhhhh

  196. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Harper needs to grow up – you can’t get tossed there

  197. rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Bryce has killed us tonite.Although that was a ball.Again no denDeker.Somebody please tell me why Uggla over denDeker.We need the computer to call balls and strikes.This really sucks.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      Need Uggla to play 1B in case Bryce gets tossed. :-;

  198. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    So who plays RF now? Robinson, Moore, Espinosa all have been used. Bad call but Harper has to stay in the game and not let his emotions get the best of him.

  199. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Meals was giving him a little latitude. Could have walked away after one outburst and got away with it, but he just kept going. Horrible.

    The call was awful. Terrible. But Bryce needs to grow the F up.

  200. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Think this is going to be a nats classic! Heck- this is exciting!

  201. Drew - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    However bad the call was Harper cannot get himself ejected in the 11th inning of a 1-1 game against the Nats’ top rival.

    With Span out and Robinson, Moore and Espinosa used, now what?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      Werth didn’t blow up on a bad 3-2 pitch. It wasn’t like that took a walk away from Bryce.

  202. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Bryce has done a lot of dumb things but this tops all. I’m pissed. That can’t happen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      Where is your little blue box?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        Didn’t register on there. It must have touched the black. Strange.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Bryce had legit beef…. but no excuse. He has to let it go… and come in and do better next time…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        Just like Jayson vs Clip. Give the evil eye and say nothing.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        He still acts 22 instead of a 4 year vet.

    • everendp - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      Can the team fine him substantially? Benching him is out of the question but Harper needs to be held accountable for his actions. These ejections are seriously hurting the team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        In the old days, they had a team kangaroo court. These days the MLBPA doesn’t let you do a thing for being stupid.

  203. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Desi is going to hit a HR next inning…

    Calling it now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      Good call. I like it.

  204. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Rivero has just a touch of H-Rod to him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      A touch which is great. No one digs in

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      That’s not a compliment…. take that back, right now….

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        Haha. Those almost HBP’s that scared the bejesus out of the hitters reminded me of our old friend Henry.

        Are you back to tequila?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM

        If we lose, I’m bringing out the vodka…. and we don’t want that

        Lol

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      He’s never done that before but they weren’t 10 feet out of the box.

  205. conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Rivero for 2 innings.. Wow MW is thinking 18 innings!

  206. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Ok Nats let’s get a run here

  207. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Bartender… just bring me the rest of the tequila…. ugh… these 1 run games are messing up my liver…. 😂😂😂

  208. knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Fourth year in the league, Harper at some point has to show some maturity I don’t care how young he is.

  209. senators69 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Matt and some vet teammates need to have a chat with Harp.
    Harp has blossomed into one of the best hitters in baseball.
    He has one of the best eyes in baseball, yes better than most umps.
    Unfortunately, he knows all this, and knows when he has been “wronged”
    BUT he has to stay cool…a strike is what the ump calls — not the batter.
    He should also realize that sometimes, the calls go HIS way — a strike (as he sees it) being called a ball.

  210. Serious Jammage - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Rivero is reminding me of Nuke.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      Well played!

  211. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Can Rizzo say to Bryce, if you get yourself tossed from another game this year, I’m fining you $1 million?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      No. CBA won’t allow

      • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

        Um, I wasn’t serious…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Just in case. Though I think needs to have him call down on reactions to bad calls.

  212. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Dez thinking end the game mode. Not good. Just get on here.

  213. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Dez thinking end the game mode. Not good. Just get on here.

  214. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Ghost have they not posted strike 3 on Harper yet? Want to see how far outside.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Strike 3 to Desi was clearly a strike. Be swinging at the fast ball

  215. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I remember when Desi hit one so far down the LF line that it his the windows of the Audi Club.

  216. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Nats are going to have to call up a long-man for tomorrow I would think.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      The Nets are pitching hittable pitches we just whiff or barely foul them a lot.

    • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Can Joe R fit the bill?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        He’s pitching tomorrow.

      • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        Whoops. No more wine (or comments) for me… Unless the LoD show up😎

  217. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Carp: He’s trying to bunt down the left field 3rd base line.

    HUH? It’s getting late Bob.

  218. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    That was a good pitch to Desi on the K…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Not sure how it was not going to be a strike.

  219. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Put 1 in the stands MAT….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Some games he clueless of the strike zone.

  220. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Bryce should be pissed at himself for not crushing pitch #3 which was a mistake pitch center cut.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      What good would it do as all of Nats nation is pissed at him for getting himself thrown out of the game. Dumb, selfish play on Harper’s part.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        Disappointed – yes…

        Pissed, no… Learning experience. Passionate… Just HAS to do better next time.

  221. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    What the hell… That wasn’t even a damn strike….

  222. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Oh MAT. That was Ball 4. Needed you on base.

  223. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Citi has been playing big tonight. Just get some hits. Forget the HR.

  224. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Why would you waste Ramos unless Lobaton is on 2nd base?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      You wouldn’t now 16 k. We take good pitches (some times bad called good) and swing at crap to k.

      I don’t mind a k where you swing a strike. I hate ones where you swing at balls.

  225. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Imma be beyond livid if we lose….. Especially in the bottom of the 12th…

  226. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    What a way to lose…

    And I just said to the hubby.. MW is playing with fire by having a Rivero go out there a 3rd time.

    Now I’m livid.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      Said the same 2 was Why 3?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        Something was going on with some of the relievers. It is what it is.

  227. veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    blah. that was painful. get em tormorrow

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Thank you Jerry Meals. You F’d the Nats tonight! Bryce, I’m disappointed. Your at-bats were poor. You had Jayson Werth on 2nd with no outs and you rolled the ball to the 3rd baseman. Gio laid an egg.

      Relievers stepped up.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        spot on. MW rolled the dice and came up big w the BP, besides that rolling out of Rivero again. Whatever.

      • veejh - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        problem wasn’t the pitching tonight. even Gio.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        When you only go 4 2/3 as a starter, that’s a problem. It means in a regulation game you have the relievers pitching 4 1/3 and you’re in trouble if it’s extras like tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      It was winnable but didn’t do what was needed

    • conatsguy - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      Harp ejection was a sad moment. We will get them tomorrow.

      Veejh-

      The wife and I have tickets for the Nats games on August 18th & 20th and the Mets game August 21 at Coors Field. Wife is a big Nats fan. If you want to join us for any of those games, post me on one of the treads tomorrow, and I can reply. I know Nats insiders have ways of communicating outside this blog, but I am a newbie at this. We have season tickets at Coors and can get upgrades or seat combos to view the Nats Mets games. Take care.

      Joe

      • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM

        Cool. Havent bought tix yet. Have a friend, hes a Yanks fan, but hes a big baseball guy who prolly wants to go. Ill figure it out soon.

      • conatsguy - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        OK

        Wife can’t make the Aug 20 game, so I have an extra ticket if you want it. Section 135 row 32.

  228. manassasnatsfan - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Third inning to much for Rivera. Hung a fast ball just like we had tons of but swung and didn’t hit.

    Losing play occurred long ago.

    Liboton singles and Tanner can’t bunt him over. Followed by hit by Rendon. But no run as Tanner like so many lately have lost the ability to bunt.

  229. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      I would say 3 to 4 inches off the edge. We saw Greinke getting 6 inches off the edge.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 12:16 AM

        but he called the previous 2 pitches balls….just be f’in consistent

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 2:46 AM

        That’s the problem with umps. He calls the one before it a ball. Go figure.

    • Section 222 - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      That says it all. Disgraceful call, particularly because he had correctly called the fourth pitch a ball.

  230. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Gio only going 4 and whatever is terrible. BP did it’s job for the lost part. Nats had chances time and time and just didn’t do it. Terrible loss. Bad at bats…. just ugh.

    Bryce had legit beef but its no excuse to get kicked. None At all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Exactly. Great Gio only gave up 1 run. Going 4 2/3 stinks. Nats offense only scoring 1 run stinks.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        I’m not as mad at Bryce as some Becuz we lost on a walk off HR… where as if it was due to Terrible OF, then yeah. But I don’t and will not understand why Rivero went 3…

  231. natslive - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    FP is a joke – talking about Gio pitching well because he only gave up a run – really he didn’t even last 5 innings

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Right, there’s a big difference between Gio gutting it out and have a great start. He kept his team in the game but exposed his bullpen.

      Now Roark, Rivero and Barrett are spent for at least the weekend.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:47 PM

        Roark, Rivero and Barrett are spent? Some might view that as a positive. Just saying.

      • conatsguy - Aug 1, 2015 at 1:23 AM

        Rivero not available is a positive?

        Thanks funny talk😎

  232. bigtrainno1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    This loss is on the manager. Putting Rivero out on the mound for a third inning was stupid.

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