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Game 113: Nats at Dodgers

Aug 12, 2015, 6:49 PM EST

After getting shutout by the Dodgers on Tuesday night, the Nationals will aim for a series split on Wednesday with superstar Clayton Kershaw (9-6, 2.51) on the mound pitching for Los Angeles.

Beating Kershaw will certainly not be an easy task, but the Nats will have Bryce Harper to help their cause. The All-Star right fielder is back in the lineup one day after being a late scratch due to a sore left knee.

Jordan Zimmermann (8-7, 3.44) will get the start for the Nats in his 24th appearance of the season. He has quality starts in three out of his last four outings and helped lead the Nats to victory over the Dodgers on July 17. That was in four innings of work in the first installment of that game before the lighting outage caused a postponement.

Kershaw gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks his last time out against the Pirates. That snapped a streak of four consecutive starts where he gave up no runs and lasted at least eight innings. One of those games was against the Nats on July 18 when he threw eight shutout innings with just three hits allowed.

Enjoy the conversation as you watch and please check back in the morning (by 9 a.m.) for analysis of the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Sunny, 78 degrees, Wind 5 mph

NATIONALS (58-54)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

DODGERS (63-50)
LF Carl Crawford
SS Kiké Hernandez
1B Adrian Gonzalez
C Yasmani Grandal
RF Yasiel Puig
3B Alberto Callaspo
CF Joc Pederson
2B Jose Peraza
LHP Clayton Kershaw

UMPIRES
HP Dan Iassogna
1B Lance Barrett
2B Dale Scott (cc)
3B C.B. Bucknor

368 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. donkort - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    I’m happy Bryce is back in the lineup.

    I hope he hits his 30th today!

  2. zmunchkin - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Too bad we can’t bring back Adam Dunn for this one game.

    He was 8 for 13 against Kershaw, with 4 HRs. See: http://higermic.newmediadl.com/2014/06/02/13/

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      the author also does not appreciate MW inclination to put the replacement position players in the same spot in the order as the player he replaced (e.g.: MAT batting leadoff for 25 games and the Nats going 10-25 until MW realized he wasn’t Denard Span after all)

      • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:50 PM

        Prediction tonite.Nats 5 Dodgers 3.Rendon hero.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        can’t argue with that tin

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        10-25 in MAT”s 25 games at leadoff? Good math.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        watch out rlnd, people might start thinking you’re not a troll if you keep up comments like that.

  3. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    errr…10+15=25…
    but don’t shoot the messenger because he can’t add, shoot the argument of the columnist if you disagree

    • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      And I predict a Mets lose and we are 1 and half out.They do not call me nostredomus for nothing.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        let’s hope one half of your prediction comes through

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    How did Harp go from saying he hoped to be back this weekend to being back in the lineup tonight.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      He told Matt he want’s to play. It works for Max and Gio.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      Becuz the Nats can’t afford to have CROB and J Werth in the OF together….

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        Here’s a though, DFA Fister and bring up what is needed…a backup outfielder who is not a first base man or DH.

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        Do you have a suggestion other than the marginally talented denDekker, or is he your guy?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        I wouldn’t mind Bruce, granted I know it’s going to cost…. but I think he is worth it, especially considering the OF talent on the farm is kinda thin at 1 level below and Span is an unknown for this year or next year. Jayson looks like he is on the back end of his career and MAT should be transitioning with him.

        With that said, it’s not that I *want* denDecker, in the sense that I’m a fan or anything…. I just want competency out in the OF and with denDecker being an actual OF person, well.. I want him.

        If I could have it my way, Span and Nate McLouth would be almost ready and coming back.

      • unkyd59 - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Truth.

  5. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    ATMO, as Rizzo did not have confidence in Storen to pitch high pressure games in the playoff, I do not have confidence in Rizzo to manage the bullpen during the post-season.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      oh my….I am tired. Work after a west coast game is deadly.
      I meant MW but maybe subconsciously, I think the Lerners will do a Marlin

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Glad to see BHARP34 back out there…. just hope he is healthy but then again a semi-healthy Bharp is better than CRob in the OF….

    Hopefully the bats can come alive and FINALLY eek out a win against Kershaw. Maybe the Nats should wear Red, make Kershaw think he is pitching against the Cards…

    This late baseball is bad for my health…. 4 hours of sleep is not enough… oh well, go Nats… and uhm Rockies, can you please do us a solid and win tonight… sigh

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      Mets are going to miss Cole and Liriano when they face the Bucs, and Burnett is, of course, out of commission.

      They are fare’s darlings at the moment. It won’t be pretty when the spell breaks but there’s no guarantee it will happen soon enough to help the Nats.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        I’m hoping the sweep and this homestead don’t bite the Nats in the rear end…

        I wish this game would start already… sigh

  7. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    a more direct link to the controversial article…
    What do you think, NJ. Don’t shoot a snipe and hide.

    http://wtop.com/washington-nationals/2015/08/column-500-days-of-the-boys-of-summer-or-why-the-nats-need-to-fire-matt-williams/

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      I agree with a lot of it. But when he face plants when he writes:

      The very next day, as if karmically dictated by the baseball gods themselves, Gonzalez hit not one, but two more home runs against the man that may be the very best right-handed pitcher in baseball, Max Scherzer (for good measure, he hit another off Jon Niese in New York Monday night). It was a figurative, open-palmed slap from above to the side of Williams’ head to drive the point home: “Do you get it now?”

      …inasmuch as Niese is, yanno, a lefty.

      If you’re going to lay down the smack you should probably check your facts first, lest you look like a petulant child.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        He never said Niese is a right hander. He didn’t say he was a left hander either. All he said was that CarGo hit a homer off him. You’re assuming he got facts wrong that he never put forward. What does that make you look like?

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        Like someone with reading comprehension skills.

        His entire argument is that CarGo’s splits are awesome against RHP and suck against LHP therefore MW is a moron for not having pulled Storen which is further demonstrated by Gomez having hit two HRs the very next day against “the best RHP in the game.” He then mentions Niece as if it further supports his point, except it doesn’t because Niece is a lefty. In the law they call that an “admission against interests.”

        “For good measure” should more accurately read “on the other hand.”

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        I read it the same way stoatva. He didn’t realize that Niese is a lefty. If he did, he was undercutting his argument that MW should have brought in a lefty to face him.

  8. rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Slowly but surely I am getting more that understand getting denDeker now is better than nothing which we are doing now.

    • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      The Mets starters just keep throwing up zeros.What is there not to like in a playoff series with those 3 and Niese.Better than what we have.

      • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        7 shut out innings for Degrom and Clipp 123 in the 8th including Gonzalez.Rockies 2 hits.Amazing the problem we had was the 8th inning and Clipp was no good for us.Doing great for Mets.I was trying to be optimistic..

  9. rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Listening to Bryce that knee is not good.And we still do not bring up denDeker.I had said in the past that we were the dumbest team and we continue to prove it.If anything happens tonite and he comes out we are back to TYMO or Robinson.What are we thinking.

  10. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Tough crowd tonight…GYFNG! I’m bringing the imaginary keg. Let’s do this😎

  11. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Now three games out. Pressure is on.

  12. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Hate to say this, but we really need JZnn to step up tonight. Mets are about to close out their third straight win over the Rocks.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Need to score more than 0 runs too..

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        fortunately a guy with a 1.72 ERA is not pitching

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Kershaw’s ERA over his last four starts is 1.16

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        Darn facts always getting in the way of hope

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        No doubt about that. But we can’t expect an offensive explosion against Kershaw. Need better than a quality start from JZnn.

  13. rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Mets 3-0 over rockies.2 shut outs in a row.I am amazed that others here do not see what is happening.I said a week ago the Mets are the best in the NL and someone here said I was crazy.I am done for tonite as this is unfolding just like I thought.We are done.

    • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Did you also say Mets loose tonight? I think we all agree Mets have got better after the trade deadline. Great young pitching staff. Still gotta play the games though…

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Dude was trying to make nice earlier but let’s face it, his heart just wasn’t in it.

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      unfolding just like I thought.

      Do you have any stock tips for tomorrow?

      I am done for tonite

      Promise?

      • senators69 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        +1

    • senators69 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      “Mets are the best in the NL”
      [Coughing sound]…
      Cards
      Pirates

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      If you really think the Mets are the best in the NL, yes you are crazy.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Actually, less than 2 hours ago, you said: “And I predict a Mets lose and we are 1 and half out.They do not call me nostredomus for nothing.”

      Unfolding just like you thought? Even though you thought the Mets would lose and they didn’t? Do you even hear yourself?

      Enjoy most of the folks on this blog, but I’m outta here for good too. Will be reading articles to stay abreast of what’s going on, but I can’t stand asininity.

  14. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    I’m in the win now camp. It could be that this year is our best chance to go far in the playoffs.
    Werth will be another year older,Span will likely be gone along with JZ and the mets will probably just get better for the next few years.
    This is the Nats year. Put Fister on the DL, bring up or get a 4th outfielder. Let’s not blow this. Can’t afford any more DHs in the outfield
    GYFNG

  15. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Kershaw a bit wild at the moment

    • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Wild

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Runs will be at a premium, again tonight…. come on Jordan do your thang…

  17. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Larry King always looks like a poorly embalmed corpse

  18. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    I’m not expecting a win against Greinke/Kershaw or Degrom but it would be nice.
    I’d love to see a Nats roll after this game however.

  19. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Clint Robinson woulda had that.

    Okay, that was an attempt at gallows humor.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Great start to the bottom of the 1st. Another poor route to a ball and this one by Bryce. Somehow the statmeisters have to create a column to almost call these mis-plays like an error. CRob could have done that.

  21. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    jeez what a play RZ

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      That was and I thought Ryan came off the base early but I guess not since they didn’t challenge. That is the way to pick up Bryce Harper.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Thank you so much Crawford…. awesome job dude…

  23. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Are you kidding me!

  24. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Noice DP!

    Carl Crawford has never seemed like the sharpest tool in the shed.

  25. joemktg - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Didn’t realize Zim’s arm is that weak. Wow.

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      You didn’t? Yikes, what planet have you been living on for the last two years? But he got the job done there.

      • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        RZ may never throw a ball on a rope again, but he didn’t need to.

      • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        Thinking maybe the league knows a lot about RZ’s arm. Might see a lot of this kinda aggressiveness in the future.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        Harold Reynolds said you’re going to see that over and over again. Now that Zim is back and first, he might be right.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    So… who else held their breath when Zimm threw across the mound/field….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Luckily it happened too quick for me to hold my breath…….

      • Brian - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

        This team is over matched by pretty much any elite pitcher. Problem is if they make the playoffs that’s who you see most nights, elite starters.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        The formula is your pitchers have to go toe-to-toe with theirs. To do that, your defense has to make plays.

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Except for all the times they aren’t. In July they beat Peavy, Bumgarner, AJ Burnett, Matt Harvey

        Some of those guys are elite, no?

      • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        You play 162 games of course you will beat some quality pitchers.We beat Kershaw twice thru the tears the only problem he beat us 8 times.

      • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:53 PM

        Instead of enjoying a great pitcher dual, you whine about your team.. Enjoy the game😎

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:55 PM

        When in trouble or in doubt
        Run in circles scream and shout

      • IsawTeddywin - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Elite pitchers dominate almost any team , that’s why they’re elite, duh.

      • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        Carp.3 consecutive quality right handed hitters.The three are averaging .220.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Everyone has their own definition of quality.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Since he throws it so little now it is probably much stronger than it was.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        +1

      • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        .

  27. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Did Zim stay on the bag?

    I will confess I was one of those who doubted he could make that throw.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I made the same comment above. I thought he left the base a split second early but Mattingly didn’t challenge.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    RZim nice pkay after Harper’s CRob imitation

  29. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Freeze Frame

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    AGon called out on a high strike? WOW, maybe this will be the Nats Night!!!

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      More like a high ball. Ramos had to jerk the ball down about 6 inches.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Holy cr@p that was 3 inches above the zone and not a peep from FP on framing. He must hate Ramos.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        Everyone knows that Lobi is the only catcher the Nats have who can frame a pitch. 🙂

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Was that a K?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        3.1 inches above the zone. Not even close. Wow, Nats never get a call like that.

  31. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Much of baseball (and life) is about recovery and taking advantage of the opportunities for redemption
    Vince Scully didn’t say it but he did say
    It’s a blink of an eye from the all star game to the old timers game

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I would love it if Werth raked tonight….

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Swing & miss by RZim. Spun him around like a ballerina.

  34. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    The work of the artist

  35. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    what a curve…a thing of beauty

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Kershaw has a pretty curve ball too…. I may be partial to Gio’s…

  37. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Yikes! Kershaw can deal…

  38. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Flipped over to MLB network in between innings. Russo going off on the Nats. Apparently, Keith Hernandez said recently that the last series between the Nats and the Mets won’t mean anything because the Mets will already have wrapped it up by then. Sounds like rintintin.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      He may be right… we will see. Definitely concerned about the last homestead and the sweep at the Mets…

      If things don’t go the Nats way, the play after ASB will be discussed at length…

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        All the MLB net guys were saying they couldn’t believe that the Nats played 6 games against the Mets coming out of the ASG, and Scherzer didn’t pitch once. They think the Nats have been overconfident, without good reason.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        Hindsight, although I know a few and I mean few, we’re talking about that but I personally didn’t have any issues with him not pitching as I was confident in the other pitchers (not Fister onviously).

        I do believe the Nats are/were overconfident… thought Rizzo missed the mark on getting another big bat. It was going to take guys some time to come back from injury anyway.

  39. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Oh my goodness Kershaw. That’s just not fair.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Mannassas, on your freeze frame, did RZim leave the bag early on the doubleplay?

  41. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    That’s n to nn in your scorecards, kids.

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    That was a bullet by Anthony….

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    FP blames Esco for the Ethier triple? No mention of the mis-play by MAT on coming in on the ball instead of back? At least FP acknowledges that it could have been a 1-0 game with good defense.

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      I don’t get his analysis at all. We lost 5-0. How would having Puig’s bomb score one run instead of 2 have mattered. Does he think the Nats would have scored a bunch of runs if they were behind 1-0 instead of 2-0? That C-Rob would have caught Puig’s bloop?

      Sometimes he just makes you want to throw up your hands. Or turn the sound down.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        He never finished the thought. Does he realize 1-0 is still a Loss? Now if he says 1-0 was a good start by Joe Ross, then yes.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        He may feel like Joe R pitches differently if no one is on base for Puig. But I admit I didnt hear his thoughts on that as I was doing something else.

        I mean clearly the mishap in RF was a bigger issue.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:45 PM

        Exactly right. C-Rob’s clumsy slide was a much bigger play, particularly because there were two outs.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        Well sure it is. But what about the 5th inning? Ross gave up three more. 4-0 is not a good start.

  44. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    GREAT play by Rendon. Wow.

  45. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Humira ad has me humming “the girl with colitis goes by.”

    Younger folks may need to ask your parents to explain that one.

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      +1967 😉

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    I hope the Nats can find a way to go 3-1 against the Giants…

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      Vogelsong, Cain, Peavy and TBD.

      TBD has the best stuff of the bunch.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      well, if we can do it against Colorado, then…
      oh, never mind

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Joc is having a good at bat..

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      Leadoff walk..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        Joc can work a count. Takes a lot of walks and is adept at spoiling pitches. Reminds me of Werth a few years back.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Didn’t take long, WORDPRESS IS OUT OF WHACK ONCE AGAIN. Put an Out Of Order sign on this!

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Shuffle play. It’s awesome.

  49. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    I do believe Magic is more famous than Vin Scully. But YMMV.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      That shot of Lasorda next him picking his nose was cute.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    What a play by Desi. That was unreal.

  51. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Desi flashing the, uh, flesh.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Real nice play Desi…

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Leadoff walks hurt…

  54. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Crawford can hit a baseball but dayum is he dumb.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Typical Nats luck. Leadoff walk and then a sawed off pitch gets Joc to 2nd base. 2 strike pitch on Crawford and somehow he gets it.

    Ridiculous that Crawford stood at home and cost himself a double.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Typical Nats luck. Leadoff walk and then a sawed off pitch gets Joc to 2nd base. 2 strike pitch on Crawford and somehow he gets it.

    Ridiculous that Crawford stood at home and cost himself a double.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      RZim needs to k people in situation lime that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        RZim or JZim? Yes, JZim thought he threw the K pitch and Crawford got it.

  57. rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Team after team can send 4-5 lefties against our righties and we only have 1.

  58. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Here’s hoping we get more hits than the Orioles today. *shudder*

  59. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Lead off walks so often the kiss of death.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    We haven’t had a hitting coach for over 5 years who actually coaches.

    Our hitting has gotten weaker and weaker because if that.

    Would love to see Ray Knight who emphasizes it and would in the dugout. The last two hitting coaches might as well not be in the dugout as they surely don’t do any coaching.

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      We haven’t had a hitting coach for over 5 years who actually coaches.

      Nats were 3rd in runs/game last year — and despite some bad slumps and a slew of injuries, 6th this year.

      Just sayin’

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Haven’t heard you propose Knight for hitting coach in several weeks. You’re slipping MNF.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:53 PM

        I still believe it.

        I have never seen Schu ever talk to any batter.
        I watch a lot of Dodger games an McGwire engages with players more. Does it make him a better coach I don’t know. What I do know I see little discipline with our hitters, and I am ready for a change.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    1-0 lead for them and Kershaw is pitching…. sigh…. dont have the fuzzy feelings I would on a normal night…

  62. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Keith Olbermann is watching the MASN feed of this game.

  63. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    I’ll just say it right now, a perfect game is a distinct possibility at this rate. We are anemic beyond words. He’s probably the best pitcher on the planet but seemingly other teams find a way to get something off him. We’ve got nothin’

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      He’s probably the best pitcher on the planet but seemingly other teams find a way to get something off him.

      In his last five games, he’s allowed zero runs four times. In his last seven games he has an ERA of 1.00

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        Oh sure. Go and get all factual and stuff, why doncha?

  64. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Harper’s knee must be bad if he couldn’t beat that out he doesn’t have his legs working.

  65. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Will MASN show how hard Harp ran on that grounder?

  66. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Test

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Did Harper jog or actually leg it out?

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      We’ll never know.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      Who would know. Great MASN camera work. LOL

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    FP: Jordan Zimmermann has been good

    Me: Not good enough. Let’s get real. JZim needed to match zeros. Leadoff work doesn’t work.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      JZ is no CK..not many are

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      I never get exercised about the first run. If we can’t score a run, we weren’t going to win anyway.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        I hear ya but hope he’d go toe to toe. Nice 4th inning by JZim.

      • nattygoats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        The heck with a run. How about a hit?

  69. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Since WordPress is in crisis, I’ll just post random tweets or links that might be of interest. This is pretty funny:

    http://www.natsenquirer.com/2015/08/masns-askmatt-campaign-is-going-about-as-well-as-you-could-expect.html

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      Good comic relief!

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        I like the comment: “As a Met fan, I am very jealous that Nats fans are this funny. Way funnier than what I see on Mets twitter.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:22 PM

        So good. I don’t think that Brian Oliver is a fan of MWs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      NatsEnquirer is a good read. He stopped publishing for a while and glad he’s back.

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:37 PM

        Another good read was Capitol Punishment by Chris Needham. That guy was funny, and very analytic. NatsEnquirer has him on its blog roll and I went back and read his last few posts from 2012. Very entertaining:
        http://dcbb.blogspot.com/

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM

        I never got Chris. I couldn’t tell what was humor or sarcasm or analysis. If I have to think that hard it doesn’t work for me.

      • Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        His snark finally overcame his analysis, especially when he began to focus on Twitter. But in the early days, he was one of the best. I remember a long post in 2006 or 2007 about Zim’s defensive prowess, complete with links to videos. And he could be devastating in taking on Stan Kasten’s doubletalk.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM

        I remember some of that. Back in 2007 and 2008 as pathetic as the baseball was………

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Come on NATS BATS…. MAKE CONTACT FOR HITS… PLEASE…

  71. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Very nice Jorden..

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Kershaw has a perfect game going and a shutout. Imagine the 2 happening simultaneously. I wonder if I jinxed him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Is Tabata available for pinch-hitting? If not Danny can go in there with his elbow armour.

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      You’re really out of practice, Ghost. The jinx is specifically when you utter the words “no hitter”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:26 PM

        No hitter no hitter no hitter. 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        OMG, it worked!!!!!!!!!!!

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        Way to go!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:32 PM

        Thanks to you! That was the coolest thing. I typed it and I’m talking instantly the double happened!

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        That happened to me in reverse over the summer. I was on the road and I called my wife and said, “quick, turn on the TV, Scherzer has a no hitter going” — so she turns on the tv and the first guy gets that blooper.

        Yours was cooler 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:54 PM

        It was your comment that inspired that when you said I didn’t use the proper wording: NO HITTER

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:36 AM

        It was your comment that inspired that when you said I didn’t use the proper wording: NO HITTER

        Glad to be of help! 😉

  73. hummel26 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Hey, this site is not updating! Fix the comments!!

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      New here, are you?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      it’s -2015, do you expect an IT company like Comcast to provide a workable blog!

  74. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    wow, wouldn’t it be something if all MASN teams were no hit on the same day.
    Hey Angelos, Karma is a bit##

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Supposedly Buck Showalter skipped doing the postgame press conference.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:22 PM

        Matt should do the same regardless of the outcome

  75. rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    years

  76. exposremains - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Kershaw is throwing a perfect game. I don’t believe in jinx but just saying it for those who believe in them.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Did Carp say 46 pitches for JZim? If so, that’s wrong. He’s at 60+ but had thrown 46 for strikes.

  78. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    I’m pretty sure I saw Danny Espinosa’s picture on a milk carton today.

  79. nattygoats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    1 0 is insurmountable. 3.5 back. What a terrible team magnified by a terrible manager.

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      Someone needs a diaper change.

    • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      Ha ha, you jinxed Kershaw!

      Thanks Goat boy!

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        “Goat Boy” — you a Bill Hicks fan by any chance? If so, I love the reference. 🙂

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        “I got Lincoln Logs in me sock drawer!”

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        Grrr–that was for the Lincoln Logs quote. Friggin’ crappy blog software.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

        Yah.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:17 AM

        Just what the article said.Robotic managing.They bring in Either we keep Drew.Forget the 8th inning guy and manage.Rivero to face Either.No communication as Pederson had stopped running and Rendon needed to hold the ball but no one yelled to him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:19 AM

        And you know that nobody yelled to him because you’re on the field? Come on. Give it a rest.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 AM

        They yelled and he threw it anyway.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:23 AM

        Over and over the excuse makers.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:39 AM

        What do you do the rest of us don’t except squawk and make a spectacle of yourself. Grow up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:24 AM

        Dodger Stadium isn’t quiet for the visitors no matter what you may think. That was Zimmerman’s call to make and as a veteran I hope he yelled at the top of his lungs.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:34 AM

        How about raising his arms.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:39 AM

        This BS about 7th inning guy,8th inning is a joke.Try to win a game.The idea was to keep it 1-0.If drew is going to hit a batter and they bring up a lefty match up.one out at a time.MW does not think that way and will rarely play small ball.He has to go.Maybe Drew is not all in on not closing.Mets made a simple move leaving there closer to close and getting Clipp.Working last time I looked.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:57 AM

        I saw on the replay that for some reason Ryan was near 1st base. The runner was already on 2nd and Ryan needs to be the double cutoff I believe. Not sure what he was doing.

      • JT - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

        We are terrible! What an embarassment.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:21 AM

        Now this genius brings in thornton.MW is a joke.And FP says Drew being taken out will not make him happy.FP is at the level of the team.

      • conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:42 AM

        Got the 3rd out..right?

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 1:08 AM

        section222.because MLB guys say Max did not pitch in any of the 6 Mets game it is a revelation.When I said it and said the Mets were smart to line there 3 guys up for the 6 games I did not know anything.Learn something about the game and yes idiots the Mets are the team to beat in the NL playoffs with three lights out pitchers and a good offense now.better than ours.We will be playing golf.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM

        veejh.This is amazing.All my points that I have harped on all season come out when we are losing.We traded for Esco to play 2nd and now he has to play 3rd.What a joke.Rendon is 3 times the 3rd baseman he is and Rendon is average at best at 2nd and Esco I am sure would be better as he was a SS.This is about the inmates running the asylum.Esco wants to play 3rd,Fister will not go on the Dl so we can get a decent OF.But MW managing is the worst.Up 4-1 against Colorado and Drew gets the bags full with CARGO who is below average against lefties and all world right now against righties.The rest is history.The season is history.

      • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:21 AM

        I will remain an optimist. There’s still plenty of time left to turn this around. Remember the 2011 Braves collapse in September? Up 8 1/2 games in September and failed to make the playoffs. Stranger things can happen, this is baseball.

      • NatsLady - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:40 AM

        It took less than two weeks for Toronto to erase a seven-game deficit against the Yankees.

        From our point of view, let’s say we take 3/4 from the Giants, who are struggling mucho, who also got shut out last night (and NOT by Clayton Kershaw), and who are putting up Vogelsong, Cain and Peavy before it’s Mad-Bum’s turn.

        Let’s say the Mets win today, because Butler is a terrible pitcher and how interested will the Rox be on getaway day? But then they face the Pirates who are both good and desperate, having just gotten swept by the Cards. So let’s say they lose 2/3 to the Buccos.

        Right there we pick up a game (-2.5) and I haven’t proposed anything terribly unlikely. Our boys get a day off to get acclimatized to the altitude, and then we just have to make sure that when 15 runs are scored in a game, at least 8 of them are ours. Let’s take 2/3 from the Rox.

        The Mets proceed to Camden Yards. Much as it pains me, I’ll have to root for the O’s, who as good at home (32-20) as the Mets are bad on the road (21-34). Let’s give the O’s 2/3.

        I don’t think it’s wildly optimistic to hope that by the time the Nats get home they will be 1.5 games back. And going against the mighty Brewers…

        There is one note of caution I wish to sound to those who are projecting the Mets’ three studs will but up against innings in September: Stephen Matz.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

        This is why going 3-4 on the latest homestead against 2 sub 500 teams hurts. Nats needed to dominate at home and didn’t meet the expectation.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        +1

        I tuned out before Da Bums scored. Couldn’t handled staying up until 1:30 a.m. again. From the box score, obviously Zimmermann was every bit as good as Kershaw. Storen notwithstanding, any game where they get three hits and don’t score is on the offense. Kershaw gives up 6.6 hits per game, on average. A good hitting team gets at least 6.6 hits against him. The Nats have good-enough hitters who crapped out; just three more hits at the right time and who knows how the game turns out? Didn’t happen, of course.

        Giants bottom of the rotation plus Rockies in the ether could be exactly what they need. The Nats aren’t hitting with HR power right now so the size of AT&T Park should work in favor of their gap hitters more than it affects their home run hitters (if they have any). Who knows, Ramos might even be able to reach 2B on a ball that makes it to the right-CF wall.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        +1 is for Nats Lady.

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        The season is history.

        You have me really, really, confused. See, history indicates the past, and yet, when I look at my calendar, I see close to 50 games still to play in the future.

        Very confusing.

        In any event, since the season is “in the past” for you, and “it’s over”, I guess we’ll see you in March?

        Have a good fall and winter!

      • rlndtln - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:50 PM

        Being a Nats fan also means being realistic.That last inning was pathetic.I do not think we have had a run in 4 games that Kershaw and Greinke pitched.If we won our division how would we beat them in a series if we can not score.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:53 PM

        Realistic is what happens during the game. The last inning was pathetic because MW refuses to play some small ball to get this game tied. Leadoff single and Bryce strikes out. That can’t happen.

  80. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    So you said it? You not a Nats fan.. But your right, don’t want to hear from you😎

  81. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Thank goodness that’s over.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    I’m disappointed, I would have had Taylor attempt to steal 3rd base. GET SOME IMAGINATION MW!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      That’s funny…

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      +1…sometimes the biggest risk is doing nothing

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        I think you have to manufacture runs on Kershaw. I would even bunt Bryce.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Dratz….

  84. adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    not ony has the season been over for you for four months already, but nearly two hours ago you said “I am done for tonite”

    why are you still here?

    • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      “why are you still here?”

      To torment you wonk. You didn’t seriously believe him, did you?

      Here’s a tip. No one, and I mean no one, who says they are done with the Nats, or are selling their season tickets, or have given up and never watching another game because the season is over, ever, and I mean ever, follows through with that “threat.”

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:50 PM

        To torment you wonk. You didn’t seriously believe him, did you?

        Hope springs eternal 😉

        Hey, I was a Met fan in the ’60s, and a Nats fan during those 100+ loss seasons! A guy can dream, right? 😉

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Unreal. No way Jimmy Rollins gets to that ball and makes that play. $*&*#

  86. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Gotta run through the bag. Gotta.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      That has been true for 100 years

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Why do major leaguers ever slide into first. It slows you down.

    Do they not havrpe running coaches either?

  88. Section 222 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    When will they ever learn? It’s not faster to dive into first base! It just isn’t.

    • natslive - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      And increases chances of injury…..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:39 PM

      Where are the coaches ever coaching.

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Time for the Nats to put up some Runs.

  90. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    I’m thinkin this is our inning.

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      Good start.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

        poor follow through

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        Yep. It’s like it got Kershaw’s attention and made him mad.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Rendon was “on” Kershaw the last time. Let’s see if he can hit one into the gap. I have a good feeling!!!!

  92. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Gotta put the ball in play boys…

  93. Big Red W - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Will the Nats make the postseason in 2015?

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      Hell, they’re going all the way to the Super Bowl!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:46 PM

      I think if the Nats win this game it goes a long way in the rest of this road trip.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Harper swung and missed 3 fastballs. 95 mph fast ball but in your wheelhouse needs to be hit.

    I could understand a lefty having a k on 3 curves, but not 3 fastballs.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Bryce has been held to 3 HRs in the past month. Two of which were in the same game. Just another reason why the offense is struggling so badly–like it needed one.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Kershaw challenges Harp and blows him away with 2 heaters up in the zone. Those are the ball I want to see Bryce destroy again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      Anyone of them should have been clobbered.

      Then RZim swings at crap. The righties should see his stuff to at least layoff the breaking ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        The both missed the target slightly where Grandal was set up. I thought that was cocky of Kershaw. I guess he feels he’s playing with house money.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        Then swings at 3-2 that is low .

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Leadoff single wasted. Kind of surprised Bryce wasn’t bunting for a hit. Worse case you get Rendon over to 2nd and put pressure on Kershaw. It takes away that slider in the dirt.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Leadoff single wasted. Kind of surprised Bryce wasn’t bunting for a hit. Worse case you get Rendon over to 2nd and put pressure on Kershaw. It takes away that slider in the dirt.

  98. stoatva - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    The walk’s the difference. That burns.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Paint by JZim!!!

  100. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Think WordPress just burped again, what a jigsaw puzzle of a thread😎

  101. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Desi quit swing at balls in the dirt. Rghties should see these pitches. What are they looking yet?

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      They’re looking at a multi Cy Young Award winner at the top of his form. What the hell are you looking at?

  102. veejh - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    I’ve only seen the last inning and a half, but JZimm looks dialed in…..so does Kershaw.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    2 hours ago, that’s a HR by Ramos. I thought he got that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      He missed the sweet part of the bat by 3 inches and still got it there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM

        You know that it missed by 3 inches? No way.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Danny Espinosa has been found!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      Let him play left field. His average is about 35 points higher than Werth.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:01 AM

        You’re speaking my language.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:03 AM

        Try 57 points higher–as of their last at bats.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        I’ll drink to that!

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        Werth’s wrist just seems to not be all with us.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Taylor has Kershaw figures AUT, and generally swings and misses the most.

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Can Espi do what LaRoche did last year in a pinch hit?

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Can Espi do what LaRoche did last year in a pinch hit?

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    JZim pitched a gem. One mistake. Hope the Nats can pull some 9th inning magic.

  109. conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Ba bye!

  110. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Storen missing location again.

  111. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Drew!!! 😡

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Mattingly is stacking the lefties against Drew.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Settle down Drew and get outs.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Drew Storen cr@ps the bed again. Even without the error its men on 3rd and 2nd and 1 out.

  115. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Remember I said most check swings really are swings. The one Ethier just did was not a swing.

    Where Rendon throwing? He just had to hold the ball.

    So far the runs unearned.

  116. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    I just don’t know anymore.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

      It is hard to believe professional baseball players can do things like this.

      • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:24 AM

        Rendon is not a 2nd baseman. I’ve kept quiet about Rendon not playing in his natural position all season, but I feel like all of this crap is now bubbling to the surface. This is very frustrating. I am in no way making any excuses for Rendon for what just happened, but what’s the real reason why they’ve kept him at 2nd all season besides the b.s. excuse about Escobar having to learn to play 2nd base?

  117. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Just terrible. Drew blows up again…and we can’t help but implode. I’m speechless.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      We will see if it is a complete implotion. The HBP was all him, the double all him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:17 AM

      One run earned as that would be an SF

  118. Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    And once again, good night Irene.

  119. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    I can’t wait to hear Matt say how okay things are after the game.

    Crap pitch by Storen and then a full blown goat rodeo breaks out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:42 AM

      MW if he serious needs to kick some ass. Too many are not playing to their skill level.

  120. everendp - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Laughable

  121. natsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    What an abortion.

    • everendp - Aug 13, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      Ew

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Drew goes HBP and a long double and that’s on him. The error is on Rendon and not sure where he was throwing that if it was intended for home or 3rd.

    What happened to Phil Woods proclamation that “Drew is the 8th inning closer”? The only thing he is closing is the door on the Nats season.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:19 AM

      Pederson’s run now earned. Storen needs to get his head back in the game.

      His backer will blame Oaoelvon being here. I blame him.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:21 AM

        Now both runs are earned as Ethier would score there.

        Zim pitches great but MW goes to his bullpen again and they let him down.

    • scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

      Exactly. Halfway between 3rd and home,

  123. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    When a team has these kinds of complete breakdowns in discipline, professionalism and basic baseball sense, responsibility belongs at the top. Matt Williams must go.

    • scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      Starting to despise him and his lackadaisical attitude. Teams emulate the top, as do companies. We have no leaders, not in management, not on the team. This team is what their record says…

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:25 AM

        As Gilbert & Sullivan might say, He is the very model of a modern corporate manager.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:29 AM

        The problem you have is the factions on the team and the starters have to be pissed because Drew is losing them games and the veterans will start losing faith in Drew.

        I think this is a Rizzo decision that either you start hurting feelings and start winning games or you go down this road a few more times and find yourself more games off the 1st place pace. This is 3 in a row for Drew.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      FP making excuses for Storen. Bullsh*t. This is embarrassing. Have to keep it a 1 run game. Now Thornton can’t get Crawford or Hernandez.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:28 AM

        The 8th inning has been the second worse all season and suddenly getting even poorer.

        Storen said call the right stuff, but his actions no longer reflect what he said.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    At what point do you do what’s best for the team and stop worrying about Drew’s feelings. I have to agree wtih Rlndtln that the move should have been to pull Storen when Ethier came in for Rivero.

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      He was not making pitches from the get go tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      I go back to CarGo. Rivero was needed right then. MW screwed us royally that night.

      Far as I am concerned any creditability he had started to go right then.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

        Yes if it was a playoff game or Rizzo makes the personnel decision to go matchup in the 8th and further disrespect Storen but I think you have to earn respect and Storen has singlehandedly cr#ped on the Nats season losing a 3 run lead on Friday and a tie game on Sunday and a 1 run deficit tonight. #Pathetic All the whining for poor Drew, how’s about poor us!

  125. exposremains - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    So Papelbon was suppose to be the one that was not a team player..thinking about himself…well I think we found out who’s not the team player. Is it really a coincidence that Storen is suddenly bad.

  126. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Anyone up in the pen?

  127. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Storen 8 runs in the last 3 games ERA went from 1.58 to 3.07

    Rizzo get to work.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      And do what, exactly?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:30 AM

        Get us a hitting coach. We need more runs.

  128. Karl Kolchak - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    I have tonight’s question for Ask Matt Williams: “If Papelbon pitches a scoreless ninth and the Nats are LOSING by 3 runs or less, is that a Reverse Save?”

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      Personally I’m not expecting the Dodgers to be batting in the ninth.

    • scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:28 AM

      Lol – he’d grow hair

  129. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    So, it appears the Drew meltdown based on his demotion was a bit delayed. It finally sank in.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:31 AM

      He pretended not to care but the act is over.

  130. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Time for a meaningless 900 foot SportsCenter home run, Bryce.

  131. conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    What was a very good ballgame turns into a 3-0 deficit. The thing about this team is not that they are competitive, but in close games they eventually blink badly. You just don’t know which nat is going to blink.

    This team is Wound too tight..😪

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM

      It is easy to unwind. Go out and hit the ball and quit swinging at crap.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:43 AM

        Your ideas intrigue me. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

  132. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Everyone on this team looks like they’d just like to get this over with. And finally it is.

    • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:32 AM

      I kind of has a “Dream Team” feel now.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:32 AM

      The game, or the season?

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM

        There’s no rational reason to expect a turnaround. This being baseball sometimes that happens anyway. But nothing is working for this team right now. Nothing.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:38 AM

        Yep–fans like to cite this or that amazing comeback to give themselves hope. Problem being the teams that make those comebacks are often young and hungry. This team with a few exceptions looks old and tired.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:38 AM

        Unless you plan to win every game you go into why bother to show up

  133. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    We haven’t scored in 19 innings.

    Time to eat some face. (TM jay dub )

  134. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    I have to say: None of this would be happening if Matt Williams were alive today.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      Reminding you of Davey 2013?

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:45 AM

        Yes. Running the same guys out night after night, not getting at bats for the bench guys, the whole business.

  135. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    We need displine at the plate we need a big lead because the bullpen is not doing their job at all.

    We need someone who rides these batters some.

  136. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Will MW be a pain or give a good pressed. I say pain. Will just say “That’s baseball.”

    Rizzo needs to go ride MW’s ass, then MW needs ride their ass.

  137. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Didn’t notice Loller pop throw till ray pointed it out

    • everendp - Aug 13, 2015 at 5:55 AM

      It seemed as though Ray went out of his way to go after Harp on that point.

  138. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    I don’t know why I’m staying up to watch Williams except as the final act of masochism of the night.

    • scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:46 AM

      Lol me too. It’s like a shot of jaeger. I hate it but still do it

      And now the subway kershaw commercial – ugh

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:48 AM

        [ insert inappropriate Jared joke here ]

    • conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      “Every day is different” MW is always the optimist.

  139. scmargenau - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Wow this blog is a mess. I’m so glad I have fios. Comcast can’t even fix a simple blog

  140. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    The content, or the order?

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:49 AM

      You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken sh–, I mean feathers.

  141. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Come on MASN I am waiting for the MW presser.

    What is the delay?

  142. exposedindc - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    The reason the Nats lose to the Dodgers and Mets is because the Nats simply are not as good as them, the quicker that is realized the less frustrated everyone will be, face it……there are 6 teams in the NL that are just better teams…..that’s not even debatable anymore.

  143. conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Don’t know who/what was worse tonight- Storen’s, Rendon, or….Wordpress

    Come on Mark, Fix this thing😕

    • Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      WordPress definitely the worst.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    MASN what is the stall? Trying to clean it up?

  145. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Start tomorrow his favorite words.

    Haven’t talked to Anthony. How do you avoid talking to your pkayers?

    Guarantee football and basketball coaches surely have talked to the players

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:58 AM

      a) Why is the press conference taking so long to get started?
      b) Why haven’t you debriefed all your players already?

  146. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    How are they to improve when they don’t look back?

  147. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    MW is kind of becoming Slingbladey

  148. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Positive spin as I got to sleep. Nats can still split with the Giants, and win the series against the Rox, and still go 5-5 on this road trip, which wouldn’t be half bad all things considered. NIghty night Nats fans.

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      U2.

  149. JayB - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    I have to agree with the observations that these guys just do not care……Rizzo has to look really hard at the clubhouse culture he created. Yes all good people….yes all nice to each other….but really they would just as happy playing golf in October as baseball….that is very clear.

    When Harper starts dogging it with lollypop, Jason side arm throws to mid RF from Wall…you know they are done…..and glad many of you finally see that MW is in just way way over his head as Manager and he is NOT a leader of a baseball team…..Rizzo fail there too.

  150. natsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    The series vs. the Giants is crucial. Get swept and the nails are in the coffin. Sweep and there is some hope.

    Their =’s ownership
    There =’s a place
    They’re =’s a condition

    Just some minimum grammar we all should have learned by 6th grade.

  151. natsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    We acquired Papelbon why?

  152. scnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Things have fallen so far we don’t even get a new thread. Not blaming you Mark, not at all.

  153. Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Excellent point on Matz. Last night on MLB Network, Verducci predicted that the Mets would go back to a six man rotation when he returns from the DL, which will limit the innings of the big 3. At some point, they’ll have to shut Syndegaard down I would think. But they seem ready to ride Harvey and DeGrom. That may work for them this year. What happens in the future is the $64,000 (or is it now $64 million) question.

    On your rosy scenario, I’d say it may not be wildly optimistic, but it sure is optimistic. The lynchpin is taking 3/4 from the Giants and 2/3 from the Rockies. I’m afraid that doesn’t seem very likely given how we’ve played for the past two weeks. I’m going to hope for 4/7 overall. And the Mets are on a roll. I’ll be very happy if they lose 2/3 to the O’s, Would I bet on it? No.

    • Section 222 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      This comment was a reply to NL’s 9:40 am comment. WordPress, thy name is mud.

  154. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Turned the game off after the 8th inning… I was real angry. Idk what is going on with Drew. Seems that now that the 7th inning is fixed, issues arrive with 8th. Idk what it is but this team isn’t playing well. Thought MW should have played small ball last night. Yeah I knew it was a bunch of righties in the line up but still, its Kershaw.

    I hope that the Giants don’t find their resurgence against us. I hope the Nats find someway to win 3/4 games… Their play right now doesn’t inspire that they will but my fingers are crossed.

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