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Makeup game scheduled for Sept. 28

Aug 3, 2015, 12:02 PM EST

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The Nationals’ July 8 postponed game against the Reds has been rescheduled for Sept. 28, now the club’s regular-season home finale for 2015.

The makeup game will be played at 3:05 p.m. EDT, with the Nats immediately departing afterward for their season-ending road trip to Atlanta and New York. The Reds will be forced to fly to Washington for one day in the middle of a homestand.

The two clubs had only one other common off-day, August 17, but that date presented significant problems. The Nationals are in the middle of a West Coast trip then and thus would have to fly all the way to D.C. and back for the makeup game. That also would have resulted in a stretch of more than 20 consecutive days with scheduled games, which would have required approval by the players’ association.

Fans who held tickets for the postponed July 8 game may use them for the rescheduled Sept. 28 game or exchange them for any available comparable ticket to another game this season.

  1. nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Might be a game changer against one of the two NL Central teams that will be playing for pride at that point. Hopefully we won’t be scuffling for curly W’s in 7 weeks.

    • therealjohnc - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      Well, they’re a major league team and will be playing for pride. But the Reds have been pretty lousy this year, and then moved Cueto and Leake at the trade deadline. If the Nats are in desperate need of wins, I’d much rather have them play a team that is “playing for pride” than a team that is “playing for a playoff spot.”

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Look at that. skincapwiznat just changed to Mets Flamethrower. Isn’t he clever. Now confesses and deleted his account along with all the inflammatory posts.

    It’s bad when the site “Insider’s” who run the site don’t moderate and check in once in a while. The experience was like salt in the wounds.

    I see Mark and Chase racking up the Tweets and banter between the other beat writers so they were around last night.

    When Mark’s employment ended at the Washington Times it was this community who stepped in and up and while I know Mark appreciates it he is now in post and run mode. Very little back and forth or answering questions and moderating those who are here just to be a Troll and ruin the experience for others.

    I’m disappointed as I know many of you have been lately.

    • janebeard - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      I’ve learned to ignore certain posters, and now am glad to know this (jerk) has a new name. Just ignore the trolls and they will eventually go elsewhere.

      Things evolve with success, as this site has. I’m still grateful for the community and the insights that Mark, Chase and many posters (you among them!) share here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:05 PM

        Last night was like the asylum opened up.

      • jd - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM


        I have absolutely no problem ignoring these guys. They feed on people engaging them in debate and I for the life of me don’t understand why any one would bother especially during games.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:35 PM

        Funnily enough, I read *mostly* everyone’s stuff becuz even if I don’t agree, one still has a point. But that guy was the ultimate trash if I have ever seen it. Came in claiming the season was basically over on 8/1 then started with the personal attacks. Kept claiming that (s)he was a Nats fan and then couldn’t even make points.

        Yesterday, it got to be real bad. I mean you couldn’t even have a functioning conversation without stupidity thrown all in the mix.

        It was terrible.

        I never had an issue with other fan’s coming into other team’s fan boards (I personally would never do that) as they can offer different view points but this person could contribute nothing…

      • jd - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Mrs. B.

        They are making you talk about them the day after so they have basically accomplished their objective.

    • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:37 PM

      Ahhh, let him have his fun. Even if by chance they continue to win and move ahead they won’t get past the NLDS. Terry Collins is Matt Williams Lite. Neither can stand up to Bochy and/or Matheny’s brainpower. Add in Maddon, NL East becomes an afterthought like it’s been for the last 4 years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        Bochy showed chinks in his armour. It happens but the end result is he still won because he doesn’t play favorites. He plays to win and if that means Lincicum is in the bullpen, so be it.

        Most impressive is their defensive positioning and also their use of role players and XFactor players like Ishikawa, Morse, and Panik.

    • zmunchkin - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      And don’t forget about all the requests for a simple edit function. Something that WordPress can easily support simply by having someone with permissions to manage the blog site install an editing plug-in.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:11 PM

        Is that right, didn’t know that. Makes me more frustrated.

    • senators69 - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Ghost: All they need to do is put an “ignore” app on the site that would allow any reader to block the post of anyone added to their block list. Lets the reader customize who they don’t view. Lots of websites have that sort of functionality.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        Please please please. So many of you have made this into a community where you help others and people get along so well that there’s friendships now outside of NI but between rintintin and nattygoat and the ease of trolls like skincapwiznat to join and disrupt kills it for me.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:18 PM

        Yes. That is another simple add-in.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      If you don’t like what Mark is doing, then why don’t you just start your own blog and spout off there to your heart’s content? I’m sure all your many “friends” here would find you at your new home and follow you over there. And if anyone posted anything there that you didn’t like, you could just delete it. WordPress and Blogger and the lot are all free, so there’s no reason whatsoever you can’t do it. Unless you’re afraid that no one would read it, which is certainly a possibility.

      Look, this may have been a “community” when Mark started it, but it’s now just a piece of the vast CSN empire. It’s a news site, just like the Washington Post or the Washington Times. You’re kidding yourself if you think because you comment here that you are an “Insider” or in any way special. You’re just like the people who comment on the WaPo website. Do Chelsea Janes or James Wagner or any of them ever interact with commenters there? Hell no they don’t. They probably don’t even read the comments, just as Mark and Chase don’t read the comments here. You really need to quit deluding yourself and face reality.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        In reality you’re right in much of your thoughts here and I get sappy to think this is Main St. USA instead of corporate America.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        Blog sites are not news sites. While many news sites have discussion forums associated with articles and many news sites have blog sites (e.g., Nationals Journal on the WaPo sites), they are not the same.

        Blogs are supposed to be discussion sites and those discussions are supposed to include the folks who write the post. Of course there is nothing that can force someone to treat their blog that way.

        And there is a big difference between the ability for users to select which posters they want to ignore (my ignore list on the WaPo site has about a dozen folks on it) and the moderator deleting the post.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:06 PM

        I don’t even go on the WaPo website too much anymore. For whatever reason, it was better when it was free. Now that you have to pay for it, it turned bad.


      • snopes1 - Aug 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM

        Chelsea Janes does interact with commenters on occasion.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      Chin up, Ghost. It’s just a sign of the times. Compared to the moronic comments in the Washington Post this looks more like Grad School level discussion. Trolls and haters have to fill their voids somehow. Anyone who ascribes moral failings to athletic endeavors is probably looking in the mirror while typing. All the venom at Rizzo and MW is ridiculous. I don’t think either one of them threw any of those three gopher balls last night.

      We lost our baseball team when I was still in High School. I waited a long time for one. I’m not letting nitwits ruin it for me. We have a Division to go win…yet again! Cupcakes on the schedule for a while. It’s time to get busy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        WaPo is awful for discussion. I’d go to MASN but the Angelos thing is hard to forget that he owns 86% of it

        2 were gopher balls for sure ;). Poorly umpired, poor hitting, and 1 bad inning.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:04 PM

        Count me among those who lost his team in high school (or, more specifically a few month after graduating.

        Going 34 years without a team gives me a different perspective as a fan. I just love watching the game and having another one in a day or two.

        And before anyone says I could have rooted for that team 40 miles north, I refused to give in to MLBs subterfuge. The issue was never poor attendance in DC. It was MLB’s concern that the DC/Balt area could not support 2 teams – primarily because of poor attendance in Baltimore. So they looked south, saw a fan base for that team up north, and allowed Short to move the team to Texas.

  3. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    I had forgotten about this game.

    • therealjohnc - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      I’m actually a bit surprised that they rescheduled it; I thought it was going to be one of those games that they just let go unplayed (like the Nats-Dodgers game that wasn’t played in 2011).

    • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      I hadn’t. I decided not to trade in those tickets because I thought it might end up being a season ending game with playoff implications. I might be right.

      That was the game that got called even though it was sunny skies (after a deluge of biblical proportions). It could have been played but the Nats were so beat up at that point any rescheduling would have been a positive. We were about to be swept that series if not for the rainout.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:20 PM

        It wasn’t quite that bad; there was a lot of rain in the area that night. The difference was that the line of rain shifted just south of Nats Park (Alexandria got drenched for hours).

        I also had tickets for that game, which is why I remember. At the time they pulled the plug I was at the park and it was still raining, although there were patches of blue sky to the North. The Nats certainly weren’t going out of their way to play the game, but they had solid grounds for postponing.

      • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        I just compare it to the Mets game that was delayed until an 8:55 start time. I waited around forever for that one to start, the Reds game was postponed right as I bellied up to the bar.

      • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Also, RealJohn, the 2011 game was late (September) and both the Dodgers and Nationals were out of contention at that point. Now that there are potential post season implications, they really had to get this one scheduled.

        “Even the schedulers at MLB may have figured the Nationals were going to run away with a weak division” he said wistfully

  4. jfmii - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    So many folks need to draw conclusions, but baseball, in August and even in September, just keeps on rolling. 59 more games. That is a lot. The doomsayers who simply must state their cases in such a strident, forceful way, might be right. They might be wrong. In today’s culture, they certainly will not admit if they are wrong– or I guess they will just use the playoffs to “prove” their correctness. Only ONE team wins the world series so the doomsayers will probably have their day to say “I told you so, LOSERS”. And use words like “pathetic”.

    Me?, I am just enjoying the process; enjoying the fourth straight season of being in contention as late as August.

    • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      yessir, you are correct. On one hand I’m happy to be in contention. On the other hand, if we’re going to get there, let’s win at least one series in October, damn it.

      • bowdenball - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:37 PM

        Only four of 30 teams are lucky enough to win a series in October. At some point the Nats will be one of those teams, but to expect it in a particular year makes no sense. Every team that does it has beaten the odds.

      • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:41 PM

        I don’t care which year. I’ll take any year. I didn’t specify-I just want to leave Nats park in October in a happy place.

      • bowdenball - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        I promise it’ll happen in the next 20 years, nats106. Is that good enough? 😉

      • nats106 - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM

        I dunno. I hope I’m still around. Otherwise it might be the real Ghost of Doug W who is cheering on the Nats. 🙂

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        Some of us have AARP cards and Ted Lerner is 90 so 20 years is too long.

        What many forget is the Nats didn’t stack Scherzer and JZim and Stras for this series and MW didn’t seem ready to go for it.

        Friday and Saturday were both win-able games and yesterday changed on 1 pitch to the leadoff batter. A clear K called Ball 4.

        I’m ready for robo ump. Calls went both ways but at the most crucial times the Nats were screwed in 3-2 counts and 2 strike counts.

    • jd - Aug 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM


      Exactly right. This phenomenon exists on all teams fan sites. It’s absolutely the same. I adhere to the following:

      ‘never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it’.

  5. Whack-A-Mule - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Hear ! Hear !

    In re:
    Teams in Contention in the NL:
    Realistically, 7 (2 in East + 3 in Central + 2 in West)

    We Nats are one of the 7.
    (NOT one of the 8 whose season has ended 2 or more months too early).

    Hope & Gratitude (also “Natitude”)

  6. ArVAFan - Aug 3, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    If I recall correctly, although the sky was clearing, the field was, shall we say, soggy. Given that Harper had just slipped a night or two earlier, I’m glad they called the game, even if the surface was “playable.” Yes, the field drains, but the surface can only dry so fast.

    Here’s hoping for a good game–and thank goodness for that “semi-retired” thing so I can be there!

  7. zmunchkin - Aug 3, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    For those of you who commented on my plans to download the PitchFx data and do some analysis on it – a very preliminary set of results. Note that I have not double checked the data or the code yet, so for now take this with a grain of salt. I downloaded just the data for the Sunday night game. There is a lot more work I have to do to make this a repeatable process and have a cumulative set of data.

    Regardless, here goes.

    – the data has a field that describes what happened (called strike, ball, foul, in play out, in play runs, etc;.). For this preliminary analysis I subset the data to just called strikes and balls (the ones where the umpires judgment is used)

    – there is also a zone field that describes where the pitch crossed the front of the plate. Zones 1-9 are supposedly the strike zone. This is the field I used to categorize the pitch based on the PitchFx data. There are lots of data values about the position, angle, etc. of the ball. But from my research so far, most folks use the zone field.

    – There were a total of 113 pitches that were called strikes or balls. Of those, the umpire called 75 of them balls, and of those, pitchfx had 3 of them as strikes. The remaining 43 were called strikes and pitchfx had 18 of them as balls. So clearly the umpire had a big strike zone.

    – When the Mets were at bat (i.e., Nats pitching), there were 56 called strikes/balls. Of those, 38 were called balls by the umpire and of the remaining 18 that were called strikes, 6 were balls according to pitchfx.

    – When the Nats were at bat, there were 62 called strikes/balls. Of those, 37 were called balls by the umpire and 1 was a strike and of the remaining 25 that were call strikes, 12 (yes, 12) were balls according to pitchfx.

    Again, preliminary, not yet validated results. But at least for this one game (and yes, limited sample size), the calling of balls and strikes showed a bias (whether intentional or not) in favor of the Mets.





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