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Game 102: Nats at Mets

Aug 1, 2015, 3:25 PM EST

Friday night’s game was a thriller, but the Nationals found themselves on the wrong end of it, as the Mets took the series opener 2-1 in 12 innings on a walk-off home run. Now rookie Joe Ross (3-4, 3.03) will get his shot at the New York Mets opposite of reigning NL Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.05).

Ross and deGrom squared off on July 21 when the Mets beat the Nationals 7-2 in Washington. Ross gave up three runs (2 ER) in 6 1/3 innings of work. That was good, but not enough to match deGrom, who gave up two runs in six innings. Tanner Roark relieved Ross that day and allowed four runs in 1/3 innings to put the game out of reach.

This will be deGrom’s fourth start of the season against the Nats. He has allowed seven runs in 17 1/3 total innings in his three outings so far.

The Mets have their newest acquisition, Yoenis Cespedes, in the lineup and batting third. We’ll see what he has in store for his Mets debut.

Enjoy the game and please check back for analysis…

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: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, wind 10 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (54-47)
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Joe Ross

METS (53-50)
RF Curtis Granderson
3B Daniel Murphy
LF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
2B Wilmer Flores
RF Kelly Johnson
C Travis d’Arnuad
RHP Jacob deGrom
SS Ruben Tejada

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

394 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. chaz11963 - Aug 1, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    That’s actually not a bad lineup the Mets have finally cobbled together. Combined with their pitching, August-September could end up to be a close finish.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Well, except there’s 2 right fielders and no centerfielder. Chase?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM

        2 1/2 hours later and still not corrected. Hello Chase.

      • unkyd59 - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        Chase doesn’t proof read, doesn’t read comments…apparently…

      • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        Maybe it’s a special alignment.

  2. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    They are taking defensive shifts to a whole new level.

  3. David Proctor - Aug 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    deGrom is due for a clunker. He’s not going to finish the season with an ERA of 2.05. He’s really good, but he’s not Clayton Kershaw. Let’s bring him back to Earth tonight.

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      yes

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      yes

    • senators69 - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:31 PM

      ok, deGrom may be due for clunker but same for our guy Joe — I mean a real clunker — let’s hope not!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        I always love your positive thinking senators69. I have this recurring feeling you’re mainly a fan of the Baltimore team.

      • senators69 - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        Re Ghost’s post below:
        Ghost, I admire your comments and contributions greatly, but please don’t insult me!
        I HATE the OOOOOs HATE Angelos!
        Only thing I like is their stadium!

        My moniker — Senators69 — is that for a reason — I followed the Senators as a kid in the 60’s.
        Broke my heart when the evil Bob Short slithered the team to TexASS.

        That said, I am SO pleased that DC has a great organization like the Nats with great ownership and management.

    • unkyd59 - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      I think we beat deGrom twice, earlier in the year, right? WE OWN DIS GUY!!!! GYFNGOGOGO!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      Hey David! I hope you’re right!

  4. phillygirl1807 - Aug 1, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Why can’t Espinosa play SS. He has a better bat!!! I was down on Danny, but he has really toughened up this year and deserves more of a chance. Why this love affair with Desmond?

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      I agree. Sit Desmond down for a day and let Danny get some ABs. Espinosa was doing well with regular playing time and I’d hate to see him “lose” whatever he had found just to keep playing Desi.

      • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Agree I think Danny has shown he needs to play some. He really has turned things around and I think Desi needs a day off once in a while…..would hate to see Danny get rusty and revert back by sitting on the bench

  5. 9rhrssy01 - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Be interested in hearing from some of you folks re why u think MW didn’t set his rotation so that Scherzer and Zimmerman would face the Mets each time in these two series as Collins did after the all star game..

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:47 PM

      So far the Mets, with lined-up starters, are 2-2 vs the Nats, while the Nats are 2-2 vs. the Mets without having set their rotation specifically to face New York. At this point, I’d be hard pressed to suggest an advantage one way or the other. Check back on Monday morning to see how it’s turned out.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      The Mets top three pitchers are all going to be innings limited this season, so they would have held them back a couple days after the ASB anyway. To do that and line them up perfectly for two series vs the team in front of them in the race was a no-brainer. No desperation involved.

  6. whatsanattau - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Perhaps he had the health and well being of his players in mind?

    • adcwonk - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      + 25

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        Bingo, bigger picture! Just like last night. Mets keep living for today with 60+ games to go and MW knows it’s not sprint time yet in the marathon.

        If Roark bunted and Bryce moved Werth up 90 feet the Nats win last night in 9 either 2-1 or 3-1.

  7. topnat - Aug 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Because the Nats have been in this position 3 of the last 4 years and the Mets have been wannabes until now. Has Collins sent a message that the other starters are not good enough? Maybe. So far our ”lesser” pitchers have gone toe to toe with their top guys. Win or lose I hope deGrom and the other big 3 throw 120 pitches every game til the end of the season. Then we’ll see how they feel when the real pressure is on.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      The Mets are still wannabes, and they will be until they finish the season in first place. There’s about two months left before that can happen. They ain’t won jack-[nothing] yet.

      They are hanging in tough, and good for them, they earned what they have, i.e., second place in a pennant race, on August 1.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Clayton Kershaw is pitching a gem against the Angels. I hope Mattingly brings him out for the 9th. He’s thrown 114 pitches and just hoping Mattingly burns him out. 3-0 game in the 8th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Darn, Mattingly sent him to the mound for the 9th and pulled him immediately before throwing a pitch so he could leave to a standing ovation.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      No surprise Mr. 12% Jerry Meals is the worst in the Majors.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        It would be interesting to see if that varies by team, home/away, batter, pitcher.

        I sent an email to Daren (the guy behind the web site) earlier this afternoon asking him how to get the detail data.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        That’s a great idea.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Sup everyone.

    Aight fellas, lets win this one. Cool, calm and collected Joe… Do your thang… and Nats Bats, hope ya came to play today…

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Great opening speech from FP.

  11. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    de Grom looks hittable. Get him now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:22 PM

      Hitting him fine through the first 4 batters

  12. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Mrs B did you listen to the pre game interview with Dave Jagler and MW?

    Thought of you immediately.

    He said the team was way to passive on first pitches. Harvey throes first pitch fastballs. The most hittable pitch of the at bat. Between waste and knee fastball over the plate plaster.

    Said same tonight.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    They hitting DeGrom. Some of these will fall….

  14. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Terrible base running by Escobar. Come on what you doing. You could score if it was a hit and you were standing at third.

    • scmargenau - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      I agree. Third base coach should be reminding him

  15. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    another failure in the 1st inning. it’s these little things that really count come playoff time. get it together.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    That was ball 4

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I hope Desi does something positive here…

  18. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Dez comes through. Yessssssssssssss

  19. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Dez comes through. Yessssssssssssss

  20. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Desi bails out Escobar.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    And he did. Loving these at bats… Working DeGrom, getting his pitch count up… and getting hits.

    Way to go Nats bats and Desi…

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Desi picks up Escobar!!!!

  23. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    So much for my comment to play Danny instead of Desi

  24. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Werth thought he struck out. Thankfully he didn’t.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Werth doesn’t get the walk last night and would have been inning over.

  26. conatsguy - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    OK. Good start

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    I can’t believe DeGrom threw off speed to Ramos on 3-2

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      I can’t believe Ramos didn’t clobber it. Hangers on 3-2 are suppose to die in the bleacher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        He was swinging fastball all the way. He’s so afraid of striking out that he didn’t stay back on it

  28. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Let’s go Joe Cool

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Come on Ramos you need to start hitting, this is getting old fast.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Aight Joe… you got a 2 run lead… do your thang…

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Call hurts #Nationals
    Ball 1 should be strike 3
    Bot 1 Ross vs Granderson
    18% call same
    2.1in from edge http://t.co/HAbwxe4ECc

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      That was a no brained if this ump misses one this early this could a long night.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    This ump is pissing me off already. Pitch looked like the top of the zone.

    The crouch makes no difference. The rule book says base on how a normal stance not a bent stance.

  33. knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Okay so it’s August 1st and I don’t see Trea Turner playing shortstop for the Nationals. Has Jim Bowden issued any statements on this subject?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      He said a matter of time.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        I thought Bowden proclaimed that Turner would be the Nats SS by August 1st? Pretty certain I heard/read that in several venues.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        You heard him correctly.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    I don’t think Joe’s slider was working last time out… I may be wrong…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:41 PM

      It worked OK, but better tonight so far.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Aight guys… lets score some more here…

  36. conatsguy - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Ross is dealing!

  37. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Just FYI, if anyone is getting excited about those $1 hot dogs, don’t. They are about as big as my pinkie. One of the worst promotions the Nats offer at the park.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Last year I got regular Nat Dogs for a buck. What they get new shrunk dogs.

      • Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        The tiny dogs started a few years ago mnf. perhaps you had a few too many before you bought them and didn’t notice.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        No don’t drink was with my nephew and his two sons. We all got krgit hotdogs.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      HAHAHA… You are exactly right. I remember last time I went and got 1, I was like… where is the rest of the hot dog? I had the people laughing like hell…

      • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        They should have Harper doing the promo vice Stras

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Rendon didn’t listen to MW on the pregame show. Swing at the fastball strike not slider balls.

    But because he allowed it to get to 2 strikes became vulnible to the slider. I wish Rich Schu would emphasize this more.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Arggg the dreaded lead off walk. Come on Joe Cool that us very uncool.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      But got away with it.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Wow… that had the heart beat a little faster….

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Good thing Werth is in LF tonight

  42. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Again a hanging slider and we don’t crush it.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I would have died if I was playing baseball… and saw a rat somewhere… I don’t do vermin….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Shea stadium lots of rats

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        Im like the girly-est tomboy, ever. LOL, and me and most animals don’t get along…

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    The are hitting DGrom. I frickin love it.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Come on Werh keep the line moving.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Werth line drive that not flies

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I would have K’d right there too Desi… I was thinking slider.

  48. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Not sure how Desi lets a fastball over the plate go with 2 strikes.

    But good job getting his pitch count up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      His at bat was great until then. Totally clueless why with 2 strikes 2 outs runner on third he would take a fastball. Completely against his DNA

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Unfriggin believable. Desmond constantly blows my mind.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        Went completely against everything he does

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Fast Baal in the zone please hit. Did MW lie to Dave Jagler. He said there would be no taking on fast balls as that is what sets up DeGrom’s slider.

    Then Desi takes a fast ball strike 3 after fouling off the sliders. What is the point if a taking a fast ball. When you are fastball hitter.

    • Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      Sometimes you get fooled mnf. It happens. Surely as a student of the game, you understand that.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Why throwing balls to DeGrom

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      He’s pitching him like a good hitter which he is.

  51. unkyd59 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    69 pitches in 3 innings…. Gonna have some tired Mets pitchers tonight, and Thor’s gonna hafta throw a CG tomorrow….😀

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      Over 80 in 4 innings for deGrom. Need to keep the pressure on them.

  52. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Taylor looks like he needs a day off.

    Look at Ross with the bat speed to foul off that 96 MPH heater!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Thinking the same but who do you play in CF and do you really want TyMo or CRob in LF?

      • texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        Yeah, this is where the Uggla thing comes back to bite you.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

        Ryan LF, BHarp34 C, JW LF
        Espi at 1st

        Thinking out loud…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:28 PM

        You know what. I can live with that if Ryan thinks his arm is good enough or put Espi out there if he thinks he can be good.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:27 PM

        JW RF*

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    MAT you can tell needs seasoning still. Sometimes look fine, sometimes clueless where to swing as I believe he must be among the league leaders at swinging and missing.

    • texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Mets announcers just stated he has 100 Ks in 290 ABs.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Span needs to get back to give MAT a day off.

    I don’t know about this back spasm stuff. My chiropractor helps my back, maybe he needs to go see Span

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Nice play Ryan… CRob nor TyMo makes that play, imo.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Nice play by RZim. That’s a single if the other guy is playing there.

  57. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Nice play by Esco as well.

    And there goes the no hitter as FP would say.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Duda takes that mistake pitch and sends it to no-doubter land.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      It was low and in the middle. DeGrom has pit a lot there too
      . we have singled a couple, but to many we stared at. MW said we need to attack the fastballs, giving away a lot of free strikes

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Right down the middle… Saw that one as soon as it left Joe hand…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Right down the middle and low. Right down the middle and high would be little problem.

  60. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    If not for the nice plays by Zim and Esco, its 3-2 Mets right now. Fielding matters.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    That is the pitch a number of Nats are staring at on strike 1. Attack it just like Duda did instead of playing passive.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Aight guys… lets get that run back and some more. Make this DeGrom last inning…

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    That’s only the 2nd HR that Joe Ross has given up this year. Duda and Cespedes are the 2 guys on that team you can’t make a mistake to.

  64. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    every once in a while, every pitcher tosses a meatball

  65. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    FP just blamed Meals bad calls on d’Arnaud’s framing.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    MW did lie to Dave Jagler

  67. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    What Carp complain about all 3 pitches were in the zone to Escobar. Complain when valid

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    When Harper hits to left he is hitting correctly.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      Is that right? You want him hitting to left on an inside pitch?

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Got deGrom to pitch #100 and the 5th inning isn’t over.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Need that GIDP here Joe Cool. Channel that.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Would love a DP right here…

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    4 batters that inning only one did what MW said the game plan was.

    The game plan swing at the first fastball strike. Escobar take, Rendon take Harper swing and foul, RZim take. Then RZim did what the game plan said not to do. Swinging at a slider low and outside. The strike 3 slider was in the zone he simply miss that.

    MW said we will take away the slider by not falling behind by taking fast ball strikes.

    When I heard the game plan I was excited. Inning one we basicalky did it, but quit after that.

    That Rick Schu should remind them every time they come to the dugout.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      You’re complaining about getting deGrom out of the game this quickly? He’s not going to last much longer.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Why pinch-hit for deGrom FP? He’s better than most of the Mets hitters on the bench and he has pinch hit this season for others.

  74. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Sit MAT? Yes he has looked lost yesterday and today, but in his last 9 games, including yesterday, he has 12 hits and 9 RBI’s. You really want to sit him? With the available alternatives? Not me.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      This is a lot of baseball for him, but then again he’s facing some amazing pitching. He has to lay off those pitches at his eyeballs.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Of course he does, and I believe that he will learn to. I also think when Denard comes back Taylor will sit, but give Werth and Span a day off now and then. But between now and Span’s return? He stays in CF. All alternatives are not very viable, imho.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        I don’t expect him to sit either even if he has scuffled the past 2 days, and I say that because it moves players around that hurts the defense.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        We’re on the same page, Steve.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        Hate to say it but TyMo has to have a hang nail and go on the DL so den Dekker can be brought back.

        I don’t want to see CRob playing the field any more.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:49 PM

      The kid has tough time against the likes of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom

  75. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Joe Cool is really cool. Impressive demeanor and command tonight.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    DeGrom back out there…. yeah Im surprised.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      I’m not, he finished at 101. This is his last inning.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    That hurts. Should be Werth on 1st base.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Werth followed the game plan. Swung and fouled fast ball.

    Pitch 5 appeared low was it Ghost?

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Desi taking a fast ball strike again.

  80. everendp - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Yes, his framing commentary is getting old.

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Please don’t challenge that…

  82. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    FP likes the differences between umpires, but bemoans the fact that you have twice as many umpire crews to learn the tendencies of. smh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      He fills airtime with stupidity like he’s run out of things to say.

  83. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Too bad Espi can’t play catcher

  84. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    180 degree disagree with FP. I hate that the strike zone is different for every umpired.

    I hate that the strike zone isnt even consistent during an at bat.

    10 years I would never want auto call, but the umping has gotten so inconsistent, I can’t wait for auto call.

  85. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    why are the Mets riding this young stud? 117 pitches? Crazy handling of deGrom, imho.

  86. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Defending Umpires has officially placed me in the “F.P. Santangelo must go” group.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Loved FP and defended him his first few seasons. Now he fabricates, BS’s and doesn’t correct his mistake although he just did on the changeup call which was a slider he took a little velo off.

      Yes, time for him to go.

  87. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Is Casey Janssen hurt?

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      let’s hope not. it’s a bit weird Janssen didn’t pitch last night.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        Very strange but they didn’t replace him and I was certain that someone would bite the bullet and get sent down for a fresh arm.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      MW said something like a neck problem but glad he pitched tonight

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Carp, I think that 1st pitch was a slower version of the slider.

  89. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    And Joe Ross is a keeper in spite of whatever rintintin or whatever he calls himself thinks.

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      +1

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      He practically fell in our laps. Sure does help the starting rotation for years to come if he can keep this up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      Pissed me off to hear him saying he needed to be traded and if I didn’t hear it with my own ears JimBo said to trade Joe Ross in a package for a closer.

  90. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Way to go Joe! Love the kid’s poise and throwing strikes

  91. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Let’s hit Parnell boys

  92. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Foot about 1/8 inch off bag. Easy call.

    Bet it us not over turn, as the NY people are blind

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    think he is out. not worth the challenge.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      +1 not smart. If he was off it was by a hair

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        I would not challenge it either because NY will not over turn things unless 200% sure. The ball hit the back of the glove 3 frames after the foot left the bag.

        They must have the worst TVs in New York. I freeze and see the plate clearly.

        Wish they would hire me. The replay system would be more review friendly.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Awful challenge. Why?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      He was out on my TV.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        They don’t challenge Daniel Murphy enough.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Well knowing they would not change it though clearly his foot was off the bag by the time the ball hit the back of the glove.

      Of course as it hit the glove foot was on the bag, but the catch is suppose to not official til it hits the back of the glove.

  95. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    By theme the ball hit the back of the glove he was clearly off.

    The NY umps are so reluctant to actually check this out.

  96. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Gotta love Joe Ross.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Aight Joe…. 1 more. Then the BP can take over and shut this down. Do your thang…

  98. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    a little faith this time in Ross. Hope this pays off vs Duda.

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      blah. had a feeling this was gonna happen

  99. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    MW got greedy. What a shame.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      MW as always way Kate again Duda did exactly what should do swing at a first pitch fast ball. That was our plan tonight and we quit doing after the first inning excel for Harper.

      The best pitch is the first fast ball strike. I don’t understand after MW said we would hit those.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Kate =late

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      I do wonder why no Thornton… I aint even going to play the game last night. I mean Jansen nor Thornton was used last night, and should have been available…

      But I aint going there..

  100. everendp - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Why?

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    I don’t know how you ask for stuff in the dirt or outside the SZ…

    Disappointing…

  102. stoatva - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    I love Joe Ross but I do not understand letting him pitch to Duda again.

    • raleighnat - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      It didn’t even occur to me that leaving Ross in was an option. I wonder if it’s just natural to second guess your manager or if Williams really gives me more cause than normal.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      Normally he wouldn’t. It’s a tired bullpen.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        How is the BP tired? Jansen, Thornton, Storen and Paps were/are available…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        Yes and MW didn’t want Thornton in there.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        And what is the point of having Thornton in the BP if you aren’t going to use him.

        What’s done is done and I aint going to play the blame game tonight but its these questionable decisions all the time with MW…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        Nats haven’t scored a run since the 1st. Get on it!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Sure… but no excuse on not using the weapons in your BP, if they are there for that reason….

      • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

        But Thornton was available for the lefty and Ross has only been going 5 in the minors so not sure why you leave him in after 6 good innings to face a guy who homered off him and is pretty locked in

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        Duda is hitting everyone if you looked at his recent scouting report .292 and 5 HRs vs Lefties

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Tired Thornton was not tired.pitched once this week.

      • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        True about Duda but he’d had several ABs to really be locked in so a different pitcher, different side who knows….

  103. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    MW is an idiot!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      That was a nice pitch. Credit to Duda there.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        His 1st HR was on a nice pitch too

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

        First one had too much plate. This one was dropped Low and outside on the corner.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Good pitch by Joe and Duda is just in the zone. In the old configs of CitiField that’s caught by Werth at the wall.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Then don’t pitch it in the zone. Get him to chase junk.

  105. ogremj - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Truly pathetic managing.

  106. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Crap….why not Thornton there…..

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Nats 2…. Duda 2… Just unreal.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    That was dumb as dog doo to let Ross hit for himself, even though he got a hit.And to not bring in Thornton is really weird.

  109. Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Oh, NOW Thornton is up.

  110. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Jesus H Christ do we have a BP?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      I thought for sure that Thornton and Janssen would be up and throwing to begin the seventh with MT in to face Duda. The more I watch Williams the more I question his capability to properly manage a pitching staff. Did Rizzo already give him an extension on his contract?

  111. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Last outing, Ross was up 2-1 at the end of 6 and was pulled. Nats lose 7-2.

    This time, Ross is kept in for the 7th and he gives up the tying run. MW just can’t win sometimes.

  112. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Last outing, Ross was up 2-1 at the end of 6 and was pulled. Nats lose 7-2.

    This time, Ross is kept in for the 7th and he gives up the tying run. MW just can’t win sometimes.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Look at all the Legion of Doom. Aren’t here the whole game and now they are. Truly amazing. Joe Ross had pitched an efficient game to that point.

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    I know that Duda has pretty remarkable stats against LH pitchers. I just wouldn’t have thrown him any strikes…

  115. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    One thing I agree with the neganons on is Mat Williams and his inability to see how his pitcher is wearing down.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Joe Ross pitched great, got you to the 7th in a one run game. Thornton /Jansenn, Drew, Pap is how I thought it would play out.

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Ugh blue… don’t start this mess…. that was a strike…

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      he must be blind, or biased

  117. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Why is Thornton on the team? If not to pitch to the lefties in the 7th, I see no reason for him to be on the team.

    MW must absolutely hate Thornton .

    What about strike 3 on d’arnaud

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Pitch around Uribe. Don’t fool with it. 1st base is open

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      Smart. You just neutralized Collins move.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        +1

  119. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Since Riggleman departed I have rarely blamed a manager for out team losing, but if the Nats lose tonight it is on Matt Williams.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      At the end of the season, MW made a few comments on how he would learn some things and all this other talk.

      Im not seeing the changes he said he would make… but it is what it is..

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Nice job Jansen. Meat of the order coming. Lets avenge Joe, who pitched a really good game tonight…

    • natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      +1

  121. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Ok still tied now need the bats to come alive

  122. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    This game was set up exactly as Rizzo wanted.

    2-1 lead after 6. Lefties up in the 7th. Thornton ready in the bullpen

    Then MW forgot the whole plan.

    Janssen or Thornton 7th Storen 8th Pap 9th.

    Is MW just that stubborn he can’t follow the plan Rizzo set for him?

    I hope Chase asks the question just like I did.

    • everendp - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Good points.

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    As we thought

  124. natsjackinfl - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    The other disturbing element is the continual inability of adding on runs once the Nats score early.

    Not indicative of Championship baseball.

    But better to display that on August 1st than October 1st.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Agreed, and it’s been a problem for the Nats for quite some time now.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Better now than later. Unfortunately it has been a problem for this group for a long time. Hopefully they will get healthy and hot. I would rather they weren’t terminally streaky but they are what they are until they aren’t.

      • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        as long as we get hot in Oct. (and of course win the division), I don’t care.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Need base runners… get on base…

  126. abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Ok. Let’s get more and win this one! Far from over.

    But calling those who clearly saw Joe Ross had pitched great but should never have come out for the 7th the “Legion of Doom” is just uncalled for. Disagreeing is not a crime.

    • everendp - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Ageed

    • Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      +1

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      ++++1

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    A walk wouldn’t be the worst thing here for Bryce.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      That 3rd pitch was above the zone and instead of 3-0 he made the swing and miss 2-1 and then Robles went after him to chase.

  128. jfmii - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I don’t ever come here in-game, but I have to say, I am astounded that Ross stayed in. He was due up in the top 7th, Duda was coming up, and with the acquisition of Papelbon, you had Thornton/Janssen, Storen and Papelbon. Shortening the game is why you got Papelbon.

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Me thinks it’s because Ross was cruising his previous outing thru 6 and was pulled only for can’t remember to give up 5 runs. Eventually, the Nats lost 7-2. I think leaving in Ross was a show of trust by MW this time. It didn’t work out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Nobody would be complaining if Duda rolled that over to S.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        to SS

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Complaining, no. Expressing that they didn’t understand and disagreed, but were glad it would have worked? Yes.

  129. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Harper didn’t learn from Duda, outside pitches don’t swing like you are going to pull it. Drive it left.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      Give it a rest. Bryce expanded the zone. Bryce should have been 3-0 and looking at a walk. He helped Robles and gift wrapped a K.

  130. dcphanatic - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Folks the Nats scored two runs in the first and then took the night off. Surely you didn’t thing two runs will win you the game? Outside of Harper these Nats are a horrible hitting team. They take too many called strike threes, can’t move a runner even if their life depends on it. Ramos is a double play waiting to happen. Desi, well, I be happy when he is a Yankee. They deserve him. Age has caught up with Jason Werth and MAT is a fourth outfielder. A nice player but still a work in progress. And the thins is, this is not a new problem. These are the same guys that sleepwalk thru the 2013 season and most of last season too. So they are what they are. And this Mets can surprise them. Oh well.

  131. TheBigDummy - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    If you get six innings out of your starter, then it seems to me that our path to victory is pretty clear (given that the three relievers are available).

    I was at work but it seemed like another solid outing for young Mr. Ross. Guy is definitely a keeper.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      But the manager refused to follow the script.

  132. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Sigh… need runs Nats…

  133. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Look at Thornton there. Not good. Leadoff double.

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Damn you Thornton you fall behind you pay the damn price?

  135. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Damn, I forgot… barrett was available too…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Hard to believe.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      I bet he comes in for Cespides.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Need to walk Cespedes here.

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      I wouldn’t pitch to him. He can make it 4-2 very quickly.

  137. faridrushdi - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Until just recently, a typical rookie major league manager was in his late 40’s or early 50’s, had a decade managing in the minors and another few years as a major league coach (Joe Schultz who managed the ’69 Pilots comes to mind — a rookie manager in his early 60’s). These types of mistakes just never happened at this level. But things suddenly changed, and you have guys with no experience making important decisions with so much on the line.

    I don’t get how guys like Matt Williams (who I’m sure is a great guy) get plum jobs like this out of the blue.

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    You all get your wish here. It will be Thornton against Duda.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      However we wanted it no outs none on 2-1 lead. Not two on.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        What you want is Rivero but he wasn’t available.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      See, didn’t matter but why wasn’t Werth deeper in a no doubles.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        We will never know what could have or would have happened last time… MnF is right. With that said, first thing I screamed is where are you Jayson…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        I thought that was going to be right to Jayson. Why wasn’t he at no doubles?

      • Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        Not sure it was being in no doubles or not. Rather, it’s his limited range (or lack of experience in LF). Two doubles today got over his head and landed before hitting the wall. That’s not good.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        Agreed. With his diminished range you have to move him back against Duda. Can’t let anything over your head.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      Ha! At least he kept it in the park!

      Lol. Not over yet.

  139. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Wow Duda is hutting everyone so let’s IBB Cespides to pitch to Duda.

  140. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Why is Storen not pitching to Cespedes?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Curious minds wonder

    • Section 222 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Because MW will use Storen only when we’re ahead apparently. And sometimes when we’re ahead by 5 runs.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        LOL

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    The match up we wanted before… happens now… Thornton vs Duda…

  142. stoatva - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    This too makes little sense to me.

  143. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Duda is 2 for 5 in his career against Thorton according to the Mets announcers.

    • texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      3 for 6

  144. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    In the dirt….

  145. conatsguy - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Ouch..

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Why not bury a slider in the dirt right there…. EVERYTHING WAS FRICKIN UP….

  147. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    So much for Thornton against Duda….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      Who knows what would have happened last time. He may have gotten him out. Will never know.

  148. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I think it’s safe to say MAT would have gotten to some of these balls over Werth’s head.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Maybe. Maybe not. But I agree they weren’t bright spots for Werth. Can’t say he doesn’t try at least.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Im trying to understand why he wasn’t in no doubles…

  149. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Reminds me of the playoffs last year. Lose an important game with your best two relief pitchers watching.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      If you have your full bullpen this is a different game.

      • texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Are Storen and Paplebon not available tonight?

  150. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Thornton pitch the ball exactly where Ramos ask. At least afoot high. What are you doing.

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    All started with the leadoff double by Granderson.

  152. WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    So does Williams get fired when we miss the playoffs?

    • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      yes

      • veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        yes, IF we don’t make the playoffs

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      No. And I would guess if it does go that pear shaped, MW is smart enough to learn and grow. Cold comfort that would be thus fall though.

      • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        I can envision a scenario where Mr. Lerner demands it. 2015 was the all in year, and it’s going up in smoke.

  153. texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    If Storen comes in to face Cespedes, you hope for out 2 there. Then you walk Duda and Drew goes after the righty Flores to get out of the inning.

    What was the point of acquiring Papelbon if Drew isn’t going to be used in high leverage situations?

    Is MW just going to refuse to go to the 1-2 punch in the 8th and 9th unless the Nats are winning?

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      This is worth thinking about. My thoughts last night were that by the 11th we had the bullpen edge, but only if we started using our most experienced arms. At least three, Jansen, Storen, and Papelbon were available for a deep game.

  154. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    BP Management hasn’t been a strength of MW…. but Nats Bats needed to be more active. They had their chances. 2 runs in the 1st and then nothing after… just not good.

    • texnat1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      For sure they should have gotten more than 2 runs off deGrom. He was struggling out there.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        Even with only 2 runs, Nats should be ahead, imo. I wonder if the Nats circled Duda and said he would be the guy to not beat you…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Ramos looked totally confused in the first.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Agreed that the streaky bats cause problems. Hopefully with leads though, you can hold them more than we have recently. So need improvement in all areas if we want to play deep into October. The ability is there, can they pull it together in time?

  155. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Well twitter on Thursday had us in on Cespedes as we need a real left fielder.

    We let the damn Mets get him.

    Noticed the 2 doubles the last 2 innings werth was terribly hesustent about catching it. Telling me probably was way Kate starting it.

    We need a real left fielder who will hit, and Rizzo had a shot and didn’t bother.

    Bad move for now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Where would Cespedes play for the Nats? Bench?

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Look at all the new handles on here now.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Been reading this blog since its inception. Just never disgusted enough to comment until now. Matt Williams is not major league manager material.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        That’s right. His Manager of the Year award was because he can’t manage.

        He didn’t do a great job in the playoffs which requires a different type of tactician. Hope he learns from that.

        This loss wasn’t on him it was on an offense that didn’t score a run after the 1st inning. It was on Thornton not executing his pitches. It was on Jayson Werth’s positioning with Duda up.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      If you think Williams deserved that award, I can’t help you.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:06 PM

        He did. It’s based on regular season and he was excellent for most of the season.

      • scmargenau - Aug 1, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        No ghost – he was not.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      Lucas Duda vs LHPs in 2015: .298/.353/.543 line in 102 PAs. Yoenis Cespedes vs LHPs in 2015: .183/.236/.329 in 92 PAs.

      That’s not on Williams? Please.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        Not sure your point. Rivero wasn’t available. He didn’t trust Thornton. His hope in the 8th was Thornton would get Granderson-Murphy and have Cespedes with the bases empty.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      “New handles” is just code for “ignore those who disagree with me” . Not that it matters but the first DC baseball game I attended I was able to see Frank Howard hit one into the stands. Been reading here a long time but just recently decided to post now and then as I have more free time with my move to ABQ.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 PM

        Wow, what a coincidence that you and WB and 1 other are 1st time posters during the last hour.

        Mark Zuckerman will be thrilled to have all this new traffic.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        Ghost, you have always had great insight and info. You paranoia and bullying diminish you.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        By the way., I am not a first time poster. I am a sporadic and rare poster who was energetic enough to post my thoughts more tonight.

        But don’t worry, I can take it.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        thanks for posting and welcome. We tolerate all

      • Section 222 - Aug 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        Welcome abq, or welcome back as the case may be. Your thoughts are most welcome as far as I’m concerned.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      My point is a manager with a handle on anything more than “lefties against lefties, righties against righties” might, oh, I don’t know, read a scouting report. The Big Marine deserves a Court Martial for that one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        But you’re playing another game to zero error management and 2nd guessing.

        No runs scored the final 8 innings of the game.

        Thornton didn’t do his job. Leadoff double to Granderson was the ultimate difference in the game.

  157. philipd763 - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Williams will never get fired because he’s Rizzo’s buddy!

  158. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Good job Barrett

  159. dcphanatic - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Yes lets fire the manager. Is obvious you geniuses have the game all figured out, specially after the fact. LMAO!

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      no, the lack of run scoring is hurting for sure but we have 3 players who are just back and are in spring training.
      Give em another couple of weeks to get their legs and eyes back

  160. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    All we need is one run to tie …. Better luck tomorrow

  161. everendp - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Lucas Duda vs LHPs in 2015: .298/.353/.543 line in 102 PAs. Yoenis Cespedes vs LHPs in 2015: .183/.236/.329 in 92 PAs.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Shhhh. Numbers don’t belong in decisions.

  162. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    My alternative and I wish I had said it had Barrett cone in pitch to Cespedes, then IBB Duda, but no guarantee it would have worked, but pitching meatballs to Duda was stupid

    • scmargenau - Aug 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      If u Chik pitch track both pitches for hr to Duda where outside lower corner. Very good pitches. I bet he loves it low and outside. Blame the catcher.

  163. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    I will be honest -Desi, Ramos and Taylor don’t give me fuzzy feelings of confidence. Hope Im wrong but we will see….

  164. knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    With Taylor struggling at the plate these last couple of games would you Pinch hit for him here?

  165. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Ok need the bats here……2 runs and then nothing will not do it most games

  166. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    But again my fault we are losing anyway. I am crushing g at draft kings between Duda and Nachado.

    But I knew Duda was on a roll and I certainly didn’t trust Ross with him.

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Idk Twin – Ramos has been like this all season… This isn’t a slump.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      5 for his last 55 is a real slump

  168. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    FP’s memory gone.

    We had a lead going into the 7th. Ross than Thornton couldn’t do 5he job.

  169. knoxvillenat - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Good night Gracie.

  170. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Disheartening Loss…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      If the season ended today – Nats would still be in first place.

      You really are dumb as a door knob.

    • skincapwiznat - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Does the season end today? Stop playing hypotheticals you pathetic idiot.
      #tryagain

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Season ends the end of September. Today, in this moment, Nats are leading the division by 1 game. Which means they are in first place in their division ( I know reading comprehension is a fail for you, so Imma break this down to 2nd grade levels for you to comprehend – that word means understand)

      We don’t know how this is going to end. In this series, right here, the Nats have lost 2 games. They may win tomorrow, we don’t know anything yet.

      But by making dumb statements (I knew the mets were going to win the division in AUGUST) that takes all credibility – and that is me being nice becuz you never had any from the beginning – and shows just how stupid you really are.

      Now Imma go ahead bow out becuz 1, you aren’t worth it anymore. 2. you are supposedly coming for me when the season ends.

      So do us all a favor, cut your computer off, and don’t come back until then. Deal?

  171. ogremj - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Mets are better.

    • senators69 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Dude, Mets are not better if the Nats play to past form.
      If they do, Nats win the div.
      THEN comes the question of will they play to past form in the playoffs.

  172. veejh - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    hmmmm…scratching my head on that one.

  173. abqnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Lost opportunity. Still a long season to go. Learn and grow.

  174. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Could see that coming….I think Taylor needs to sit for a game…these tough pitchers are taking a toll on him as he’s looked really bad these past couple of games

  175. manassasnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    MAT absolutely needs to learn to make contact much more. Swinging and missing that much is inexcusable. As I said earlier he must be among the leaders in swings and misses

    Dies he need new contacts

  176. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    I already know MW wont say anything in the post game conference… so all my questions, I will just keep to myself.

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Has anyone EVER asked him a tough question in one of these?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      He never will but lets face it the offense didn’t score for the remaining 8 innings and Thornton didn’t get the job done when he finally was brought in.

      My most critical question is why wasn’t Jayson Werth back on the warning track when Duda stepped in? He has great power to all fields and Thornton was pitching him outside. He should have been 3 steps back and caught it with no problem.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Sure we would have wanted the Nats to score more when they had their opportunities. However, with the addition of Paps, that should shorten the time for all the starting pitchers to be out there. Joe hadn’t really gone past the 5th lately so pushing him to the 7th was playing with fire.

        With that said, we don’t know what would have happened if Thornton came in (yeah I know the splits on Duda) or if Barrett comes in or if Jansen comes in…

        MW has to be strategic when the offense isn’t up to par.

        I do agree with you on Jayson and I also agree with Deuces on Jayson’s limitations in LF.

      • Section 222 - Aug 2, 2015 at 2:29 PM

        Ghost, there a fast runner on 2nd when Duda came up. You can’t put the outfielders on the warning track with a runner in scoring position. The problem was not Werth’s positioning, it was his range.

  177. natslive - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Need to regroup for tomorrow. How do you have 2 close games you lose and never use your 2 best BP guys…

    • WB - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      #MattyBall

  178. NatsLady - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    In the previous series, the Nats were the better team. The Mets made some improvements and Duda got hot. Now the Mets are looking good. That’s baseball.

    Even if we leave the series tied for the NL East, the season is NOT over. This is what a pennant race looks like.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Im so confused… I read last night that the season ended yesterday…

      • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        LOL. You didn’t hear that from me. Fight until the last man, the last day!!!!

        All these “The season is over, the Mets have it, the Nats are losers”===> you want those people in a trench with you?

    • coolhandbane - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Wait. Hold the phones. You mean to tell me the season is not over? That there is actually more baseball to be played?

      I could have sworn that some posters here said that; that the nats season is done.

      Any who, we need to play smart baseball. We need to get hits (hits overall and timely hits), advance runners, not swing at crap pitches and play smart defensively.

      This race will be fun. Go get them nats. I will see you in the park Monday.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      Two days ago Tom Boswell would have disagreed with you. Not sure how he’s feeling now, he’s gone silent.

      Mets: RIP. That's in 1K tie for Worst "L" Ever. -3 games. Fun team. Ain't gonna happen. Don't trade away good future. There's no 'present.'— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) July 30, 2015

  179. NatsLady - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    You may not like Matt Williams (I’m neutral) but remember, the Mets have Terry Collins.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      There have been some nights that I have pounded MW for mistakes but he only had 1 lefty and Duda has hit Thornton well in his career.

      I agree with MW that Ross was at 84 pitches to start the 7th. Didn’t mind it. He was pitching well. Credit to Duda.

    • Section 222 - Aug 2, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      Hey, I love Terry Collins. May not be a good manager, but he’s honest and emotional and tells it like it is. Love his postgame pressers!

  180. senators69 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Jeez, Nats hitting is so blotchy…just not together.
    Matt W will need to be more thoughtful and helpful.
    Do the Nats have a minor league catcher cooking that could make the bigs soon??
    Need a W tomorrow big time!

  181. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I love exciting baseball and the last three games have been exciting. I’m looking forward to a great race.
    Meanwhile, get’em tomorrow.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Given how the playoffs happened in 2012 and 2014 – I hope the Mets give the Nats a run for the money until the end. Maybe that will keep the Nats on their toes and have them have that killer instinct to and thru September and October…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2015 at 6:28 AM

        Becuz my right as a fan allows me think that.

        Son, you were dismissed a long time ago.

  182. Whack-A-Mule - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    The Mets have seriously upgraded with deadline trades. They are not going away, as they go for the sweep
    (and a share of 1st place) tomorrow.

    Mets v. Nats will be the dominant (and recurring) theme of the remaining 2 months of the 2015 season.

    On any given day, it will be a coin-flip as to which team is 6th-best or 7th-best in the N.L. as a whole.
    So . . .
    No Wild Card opportunity for the N.L. East.
    The 2nd-place finisher goes home.

    It remains to be seen which is the better team;
    for the nonce it is the Mets, with an edge in starting pitching, bullpen.
    and situational hitting.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Yep, it’s game on but I don’t think the Mets pitching will last with all the innings and pitch counts they are racking up.

    • sec112 - Aug 1, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Why are we so sure there’s no wild card opportunity in the NL East. The Mets are 3 games back on August 1st. Nats 2 games back. As currently constituted, with returned injured players and deadline acquisitions, I’d say the Nats and Mets are both better than the Cubs and Giants. And it’s close with the Pirates. So – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the second wild card team is from the NL East. Keep in mind that both the Nats and Mets get to play a lot of games against the Phillies, Braves and Marlins.

  183. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    I just watched MW’s pressed. I guess I’m just a dummy, but I really thought with Joe Ross getting through six that the plan in a one run game was to go to Janssen/Thornton for the 7th, Storen for the 8th, Pap for the 9th. If it was Max on the mound, or JZimm I would totally understand leaving them in. But Ross was terrific, but I thought he was starting to struggle in the 6th. Oh, well, everybody thinks they can manage a restaurant and a baseball team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      With Gio just going 4 last night and the bullpen going 7 that he wanted to save the pen from the 7th.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      We need Gordon Ramsay to pay a visit to Matt Williams, the sooner the better.

  184. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Can I say again how great it is to have Joe Cool. He worked his slider into 2 speeds that worked well for him.

  185. scnatsfan - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    You can rail Williams, I have – but anyone think with the talent he has been handed that McCatty goes before Williams if the ship keeps drifting?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      I don’t think any changes will happen to the staff as the Nats will (and can) say how decimated they were by injuries…Nats still haven’t had their full line up… yet.

      Same can be said with the pitching. Losing Stammen was probably bigger than most of us really realized.

      • natslive - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:20 AM

        I miss Craig!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Nobody is going anywhere until the season is over then you see where you are.

    • NatsLady - Aug 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Not by me. I’m constantly amazed at how McCatty (or Spin or whoever) can make gold from dross.

  186. Joe Seamhead - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    I agree Werth could’ve been positioned better on Duda, but I also seem to remember him making a nice home run robbing catch on a shot by Wilmer Flores early in the game. He was too far towards the line, in addition to not being deep enough, on Duda’s double.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      Duda smoked that double. I doubt Werth or any other left fielder could have gotten to it wherever they were positioned. At some point a hit is just a hit.

  187. dcwx61 - Aug 1, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    The Nats come in with a bit of a handicap…three guys returning from the DL at the same time. all need another couple of weeks to get their timing and legs back. I think they will start to roll offensively..just stay close in the mean time.

    • rlndtln - Aug 1, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Missed game tonite.Catching up.The Mets are playing these games like the WS and us a game in May.I said right from the beginning the Mets set there pitching for both series and we playing 6 games that are like 12 without Max pitching any.I bet you MW sets his pitching now for the last 2 series of the year if we are still in it.I predicted this demise before the road trip and was criticized as a doom and gloom guy.Just harsh reality we can not hit no matter who is there against good pitching.We played a 12 inning game and a one run game tonite and never saw our top 2 relievers.Drew had to pitch the 8th tonite.It is funny how Familia can pitch 1 plus innings against the Padres thursday,2 innings lastnight and again tonite and all are guys are unavaiable with one third of that action.What is going on .We had to go all out tonite.The division is slipping away with a much tougher schedule ahead then the Mets.Abrutual 10 game road trip while they play 10 with the Phillies.We are in big trouble.

  188. Drew - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Turner goes 4 for 5 with 3 runs, his 3rd homer, 2 RBIs and his 8th SB. He’s hitting .311.

    See you in September – as a stolen base threat in the pennant race?

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:19 AM

      Williams has now gone four straight games without the team’s 4th best hitter by OPS rotting on the bench without an AB, so I don’t see how Turner even manages to get any playing time.

      • natslive - Aug 2, 2015 at 12:22 AM

        Maybe Danny in LF, Harp in CF and Werth in RF for a game

    • mauimo22 - Aug 2, 2015 at 7:25 AM

      I’m so ready for young Trea!

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