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Game 114: Nats at Giants

Aug 13, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

AP

Stephen Strasburg’s return from the DL five nights ago in D.C. went as well as anyone could have possibly hoped: seven innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 12-strikeout ball to beat the Rockies. Boy, could the Nationals use another start like that tonight in San Francisco from Strasburg. The Mets already trounced Colorado this afternoon to sweep their 4-game series, improve to 11-2 over the last two weeks and open up a 4-game lead in the NL East. The Nats have to win tonight just to keep pace.

It would also help if a lineup that was shut out the last two nights by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles can, you know, actually score some runs tonight against Ryan Vogelsong. The Nats have enjoyed plenty of success against the veteran right-hander over the years: he owns a 5.71 ERA in 10 career appearances against them. (We’ll choose to ignore a certain start vs. Washington last October, OK?)

It’ll be another late night out West, and I’ll be staying up with the rest of you to watch. Then I’ll post some analysis for your morning commute. Enjoy…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/869
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (58-55)
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 Stephen Strasburg

GIANTS (60-53)
CF Gregor Blanco
3B Matt Duffy
1B Brandon Belt
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Justin Maxwell
2B Kelby Tomlinson
RHP Ryan Vogelsong

UMPIRES
HP Laz Diaz
1B Chris Guccione
2B Cory Blaser
3B Jeff Nelson (cc)

491 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. donkort - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Bryce has to get out of his rut.

    He has to get more selective at the plate again.

  2. sunshinebobby - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Same sad-sack lineup that got blanked last night. Thought Rendon might get benched for that awful throw. No accountability. No life.No spark. Matty W. must go.

    • nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Wow. When Sunshinebobby has clouds over his head like Joe Btfsplk things really have hit the lowest common denominator. It’s time to break out the Woodford reserve……

      • sunshinebobby - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        Absolutely, break out the Woodford, Mr. 106. I ran out of Maalox watching this team back in May. It’s pure bourbon from here out. As Davey used to say, “World Series or bust.”

        GYFNG!!

    • nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Bobby, I did and thank you, I’ll have another. Cheers!

  3. chaz11963 - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Bryce is not the problem. The boys need to hit the ball as a team.

    • nattygoats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Bryce, Where’s my ring? Ramos stands and watches ball off wall for a lousy single. Jason Werth, we are the team to beat. It’s easier to chase then lead. MW we don’t look at the last game we just move on. THEY ARE ALL THE PROBLEM. Cocky, arrogant and stupid. And now they are done. I love this team. But they are getting a lesson in humility and they deserve it.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:32 PM

        Yours is around your bathtub.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Just poured me a glass of Woodford myself! Doubt I stay up and watch the whole game as I have an early tee time tomorrow.

        GYFNG!

  4. nattygoats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Nats 4 back not 3.5. Loved marks take on Werth on 980 today. MW once again Nats him 5th. Please fire this guy now.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Anyone watching the Cardinals and Pirates game?

    Lance Lynn doesn’t even complete the 1st inning and all started by a throwing error by Carpenter then Yadier Molina drops a throw on a tag at the plate. 7-0 and still going.

    • nattygoats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      That’s acceptable once in a while when your 31 games over .500

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:41 PM

        Never acceptable. They win on fundamentals.

      • deftndumb - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        Please go ruin someone else’s blog, NattyGoats. You’re insufferable.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Tuned in late. I’m not a fan of either team but you have to appreciate how the Cardinals play the game. Pretty strong fundamentally, solid pitching (Lynn tonight bring an exception) and my gosh can they hit up and down their lineup. I won’t be surprised if they pull this game out tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Their broadcasting team was talking about how they would get back into the game when the score was 7-0 and they’re right as they’ve shutout the Pirates after the 1st inning.

  6. nattygoats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Bats

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    I have a good feeling about tonight. Let’s go Nats! Let’s do this!

    • deftndumb - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      +1

    • natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Tonight the turnaround begins!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      +2

    • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Stras gonna be good.

  8. nattygoats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    I may be insufferable but I’m right. Now go back and bury your head in the sand.

    • deftndumb - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      GYFNG!

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      My broken watch is right twice a day. You can’t touch that.

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        +2

      • zmunchkin - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        ROTFLOL!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Very true. We know this team isn’t perfect and neither is the Mets. 49 games to go and I’m thinking these are getting to the point where the Nats need to go on a long winning streak. Start now please.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:12 AM

        We are making fundelnentally mistakes and are not correcting them

        Rizzo banked on the injured playing up, and Werth has not, Rendon has a little, RZim has some. Span is the witness protection program.

        His lack of moves and Alderson moves has changed the whole landscape.

        Brian Kenney said which GM did the job correctly that team would win. So far Rizzo did nothing to improve the team.

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

        I agree with you. Werth has been bad most of the season.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:16 AM

        Look at it from Rizzo’s perspective in having to answer to ownership–the Nats already had the 6th highest payroll in the game with only about the 10th highest attendance AND the lousy TV deal that sends most of the MASN profits to our buddy Angelos up the road.

        The Nats were not going to significantly expand payroll to cover for RZ, Werth, Desmond and their collective $45 million or so in salary. It’s a s simple as that.

      • conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        On a roll now Stoatva ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Nice throw by McCutcheon… J Heyward with some interesting base running…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Yah, that bailed Liriano out. I turned to Redskins football.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        I’m not watching the Skins until preseason week 3…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        Can’t blame you. You won’t be seeing Niles Paul who had a leg injury.

        I grew up as a Redskins fan where at our home Sunday afternoons the world stopped except Redskins football.

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:50 PM

        I heard an amazing things on WTOP today while driving into work with Mrs Wonk. They said that both the Nats and the ‘Skins are in must win situations tonight. We both just cracked up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        Were they serious? That’s funny but I’m thinking pre-season is never must win.

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        It seems way too far fetched to be serious, and, as such, we thought it might be. But he seemed serious!

        Utterly ridiculous!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        If he seemed serious he most likely was.

  10. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I used to enjoy football, but then I used to enjoy boxing too. Just can’t anymore, knowing the carnage it inflicts.

    • ArVAFan - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      I’m with you on that. The difference between how the teams handled RGIII vs. Strasberg told me everything I needed to know about which DC sports team I was comfortable spending my time and money on.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      It’s not the same game I grew up with and hopefully they are commited to making it safer. That show “Ballers” on HBO is a good glimpse into the behind the scenes. Like I said, not the same game I grew up with.

      Baseball is my 1st love and even though I don’t write much about it I will watch almost any sport with DC teams except for soccer.

      • nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        How about them Kastles. Best kept secret/stealth champions in DC sports history.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        Why not!

      • senators69 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Ghost, soccer is cool, but mainly the big-time leagues in Europe. I know many of the young guys under about 30 know the Euro teams and players VERY well — would shock you. They watch the games on cable and play FIFA. Baseball is losing the young people to NFL, NBA, Euro Soccer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        The World Cup is interesting and agree the Euro teams are where it’s at.

    • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      I used to enjoy football, but then I used to enjoy boxing too. Just canโ€™t anymore, knowing the carnage it inflicts.

      I’m with you on that. Even without blaming the NFL, the sport (just like boxing) is just inherently destructive of its players in the long run. I still watch some, but I don’t get the enjoyment I used to at all because of this. Players that are in the meat of things — middle linebackers, etc. — just get chewed up and spit out. I think the average length of career is something 3-4 years or something? Very sad.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Well, I’ve been away for almost a week with spotty wi-fi in the Canadian Rockies. Clearly not a good time for the Nats (or Nats fans). If the Mets continue to play .846 ball over the next six weeks, the Nats are obviously doomed (in a playoffs sense). But somehow I doubt that will happen. The Nats have a lot of work to do over their final 49 games, but stranger things have happened. I’m hopeful they will at least keep it competitive and make it a meaningful (and enjoyable) September of baseball.

    • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      Me too. A come from behind pennant win would be glorious.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        They would go in as a hot team like KC and San Fran did.

    • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      So it’s *your* fault!

      Well, glad you’re back. That will push the Nats just enough to get that winning streak started behind SS!

  12. philipd763 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Off topic: Can you imagine a player hitting .196 demanding a playing time guarantee before he agrees to waive his no trade clause? That’s what Chase Utley is doing in connection with a proposed trade to the SF Giants.

  13. senators69 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Look at this board…’Skins playing and seems like not as many pregame comments. Sigh…
    I used to be a big ‘Skins fan until Snyder trashed the team. Also the NFL is not as much fun because if your team does not have a good quarterback, you’re doomed. Just not as interesting anymore…to me, at least.

    As for the Nats, I want my boys of summer to put on their hitting shoes, not their $hitting shoes!
    Hope Stras deals tonight!

  14. philipd763 - Aug 13, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    If the Nationals can’t hit Vogelsong tonight, it is definitely over.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Man… 3 nights in a row working on 4 hours of sleep is catching up to me… sigh…

    Lets see how I long I last tonight. Hopefully the Nats can score 7 in the first inning and then go on and win…

    Good Luck tonight SS…. good luck Nats Bats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      I stopped sleeping a long time ago but I sleep much better when the Nats win!

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    19 scoreless innings no more.

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I will not complain… lol… at his first pitch swinging….

    Way to start the game, Yuni…

  18. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Let’s play all 9 innings

  19. natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Way to go Escobar

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    I wonder if that 3-2 pitch against Anthony would have been a K had he not swung…

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Those memories make me sad…. Bryce and Anthony and the old 2nd baseman whose name escapes me… thats all we had going for us…

    ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    # robbery

    Nats putting good wood on the ball…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Ryan is really barreling up these days. Bat speed up. I don’t know how he comes back from the DL with a foot injury and his bat speed picks up.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        Looks like it’s just you and me tonight…. this WC trip is brutal….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Good, no trolls!

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        I am no troll, but I am starting to get mad how our pitchers can’t stand the lead.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        Been a while since they’ve seen a real large lead.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Come on blue… dont start this mess…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      That pitch was closer than the other one.. come on Laz

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        That’s where he went on Rendon but he swung. Jayson set him straight (see below)

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Jayson was right of course

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Laz Diez is so terrible.

    How can we have so many umpires who are so bad behind the plate.

    As bad as we have hit, the umps have called balls and strikes worse.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Yah, I’m ready for robo-ump.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        I have been ready for five years

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        The technology is there and I think they have to remove bias from this game.

  26. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    When you know an umpire’s name, it’s almost never because he’s good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      +1

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        They can help you but we have to help ourself.Right there just a base hit and you take control.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    I was screaming don’t swing…. Vogel song needed to prove he could throw a strike or 2.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Twin, I just repeated you.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Hahaha. Should have just said See my Twin comment above/below…..

    • Brian - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      Man this team sucks.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        Ya know, there are a million other things you could be doing instead of using YOUR effort to slander the team… So maybe you should do them instead of coming up here to tell us ‘Man this team sucks.’

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Ramos needed to see a strike before he swung. I can’t believe they didn’t bury Vogelsong there. Good news he had to throw 29 pitches in the top of the 1st.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      All that and Nats only score 1.. It’s disappointing… And now they tie… Sigh

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Is Bryce knee still bothering him… Idk if that was a good angle…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      On the replay I think it was a gapper and it is what it is.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Not sure if Bryce screwed up there. That outfield is full of gaps that yield triples to slow runners.

    Strasburg couldn’t hold that lead for 5 minutes.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Harper’s route on the Blanco was as bad as CRob’s was for Puig

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Watching it live I thought that. On replay it looks like it just beat him to the point. Triples alley.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      He didn’t angle Bach at all went pretty straight.

  32. natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    There goes the lead just like that

    • Brian - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

      This game is O-V-E-R. Like the season

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        If it is over go to bed then.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Strasburg so far doesn’t look like he did against the Rockies at all.

  34. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Enough

  35. sunshinebobby - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Man, Stras may not even get out of this first inning…

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Come on SS… Don’t do a Vogelsong impression….

  37. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    The pressure is officially on with this season. This isn’t how I thought Stras would deal with it. I’m losing hope.

  38. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    I may not last long this evening.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Sheesh. BABIP’d like crazy. This is frustrating.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      This is how it goes. Some days the line drive is caught and both grounders are hit right at fielders. Tonight they all miss gloves.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Is there a reason why some teams BAPIP is much worse than others?

      Pure luck.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        Luck and positioning and great defense. RZim was robbed. Duffy’s single wasn’t far from RZim. Posey’s went through the 5.5 hole but Desi was shaded up the middle.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    So who is going to the moubd?

    I see no one.

    They are just going to let him drown.

    My number 1 beef McCatty goes to calm them down way after the fact.

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      You were saying?

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Stras can not pitch on the road.The same hype before the game.We have the better pitcher.Always on paper.The Giants come out and hit.

      • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        Stras needs to bring the DC mound with him.What a joke.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        FP loves to make excuses.

        I love players to just execute the way the baseball card says you should.

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Nats are going to win this game 5-3

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      I like your positivity.

    • natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Like that positive attitude…..think I am almost done as have to get up early for work

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Yeah, I have to be to work at 7 tomorrow. Going to try to see this one all the way thru… I go out of town this wknd, so this will probably be my last game until the Rockies series…

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    If Pence was thinking fastball he would have hit that 475. Dead red 4 seamer that Pence swings through.

  43. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Stras doesn’t like the mound. How convenient, FP.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Mr excuse maker.

      I don’t like our RISP more than I don’t like the mound.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      That’s not the first time he told us this. It may be true, but either way, still have to go out there and do your job…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      FP with excuse #171 He must have a book to flip through. His crap gets old.

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Great comeback.Hope he settles down.

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Nice sequence to get Crawford….

  45. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Couple of lucky K’s there.

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      Why Lucky.Can never please some people.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        You’re not fooling anybody.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      He had them thinking off-speed and he reached back for the big heat. That’s what Kershaw did yesterday a few times.

      • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:52 PM

        Not the greatest location on both K’s, imho

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        I would agree. I wrote that on the fastball to Pence was dead red and Pence had to be thinking off-speed.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I hate that Verizon FiOS commercials so much.

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      Worst. Commercial. Ever.

  47. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Both pitchers lucky to get out of their inning with as little damage as there was.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I expect the bats to be active tonight against Vogelsong…. But he hasn’t shown he can throw strikes, so it’s okay to take the walks…

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Oh MAT….

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Did he throw more than 1 in the zone to MAT?

  51. natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Helped bogle song out that innng

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Deja vu all over again.

      Strasburg’s ball is straight as arrow so far.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Come on SS… Where is the command…

  53. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Questions nobody ever asked: Why do they call that “Triples Alley?”

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      What is the over under number for number of Nats triple I day 1.5

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:02 PM

        Day = say

    • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Why do they call that โ€œTriples Alley?โ€

      The gaps are so big that there are lots of triples, I just assumed.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Tomlinson, a no power guy batting .250 and batting 8th. That can’t happen Strasburg.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      No movement on his fast ball.

      When will the injury people rear up?

  55. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    COME ON STRAS

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Gregor Blanco a former Nats AAA guy. How did the Giants develop him?

  57. nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Good grief. A triple to the Ricky Vaughn lookalike.

    • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      LOL. Wild thing!

  58. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    squeezed

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      Laz Diez doesn’t squeeze people he just calls what ever he feels like. No consistency

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Laz… Laz…. Laz….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Sucks sucks sucks

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    The ball seems to be carrying tonight. Might be a good idea for the Nats outfielders to play deeper.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Balls general die as the night goes there

      • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Brrrrrrrrrrrr

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Supposed to be on a cool night once the sun goes down.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        Heavy air on the bay.

      • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        It’s always cold in SF during the summer at night. Wear winter gear or freeze for night games.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Inside heater Stras.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Stras going into talk to Laz

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

        That’s the pitch that Stras needs to stick with.

  62. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Leadoff triple yields nothing. Well done, Stras.

    Hope restored.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Good job Stras coming back on that.

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Stras looks much more comfortable from the stitch.not falling off to the right,might be better off from the stretch.

  64. natslive - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Good job Stras!

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I give Stras credit for working around the lead off triple… but I wish he could be a little more efficient. We may see Dougie by the 6th inning..

  66. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I have some internet friends who are Giants fans. Guarantee you they sound just like us at the moment.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:30 AM

      Yup. When Ian K’s, it’s because he stinks, when SS strikes out Posey on one in the dirt, we say SS has nasty stuff.

      And vice versa for them, I presume.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Let’s score 2 runs here…

  68. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Rendon looks twitchy and unready at the plate to me. Not that I know anything whatever about hitting a baseball.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Vogelsong suckers Bryce like he did MAT.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Bryce the last 3 or 4 developed a habit was will Doom his season from being great to very good if he continues it.

      A majority of the pitches to him are on the outer half.

      Instead if driving the ball to left he is trying to pull it for some reason.

      That normally ends up with a k or avground out.

      Get back to what works pull inside ones only.

  70. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Letter high fastball to Bryce. Unfortunately the letter was the W on his helmet.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      That’s a great line!

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        Laughing through tears here.

    • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Where’s our defensive alignment genius

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        He’s been AWOL since the day Rizzo hired him. BABIP got worse since he arrived is all we need to know.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Please don’t tell me the Nats are packing the bats away…. ugh, needed to take advantage of the bases loaded earlier.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Vogelsong misses his spot with a 93 heater that was dead red and RZim swings & misses. Those have to go far.

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      This guy is 38 and stinks.Greinke and Kershaw the enablers here can try to con us but this bum.Come on this is a joke.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        He has nothing and our hitters are not prepared

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      We swing and miss on more hitable pitches than ever.

      As usual I blame poor coaching as it continues to happen. But I decided the hitting coach for the Nats us just s job title no one actually coaches it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        Vogelsong has a good changeup and in 2 strike counts you better guess right. Some guys sit fastball and hope they got it right.

      • adcwonk - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        But I decided the hitting coach for the Nats us just s job title no one actually coaches it.

        That would be the same hitting coach as the one that was with a team that was 3rd in runs scored and 6th in BA last year, right?

  73. nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Man, this offense is like the 1927 Yankees-the Murderer’s row because THEY’RE KILLING ME

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Good one, Shecky! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • nats106 - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        I’ll be here all week. I was trying to one up your swinging strike at the letters (on the helmet) , but the bar was too high.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      It is possible we could hit one to triples alley?

      They have three already.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Outfielders definitely playing deeper now.

  75. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    You be out, sucka

  76. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    TOOTBLAN Buster.

    Good catch Wilson.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      +1

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    What was Posey doing? He held up. Perfect throw and Ramos tag. Thank goodness because I didn’t want to hear the BS about Ramos.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      Read my comment why he was sent

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Kelly had as much business sending Posey there as Sendley did Rendon on Sunday against the Rockies and CarGo’s arm.

      Not really a TOOTBLAN so much as a brain dead or at least veryfoolish send.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    FP is wrong. He was sent because Ramos drops that throw more often than not.

    • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      True dat

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      2 points that Bryce has been airmailing throws and Ramos doesn’t handle short hops but still a dumb send.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    That was an ABSOLUTELY terrible send…. Thanks Giants!

  80. naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    I love this commercial

    • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      Psychopath!

  81. mdmcommish - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Honestly, I watched the Redspears tonight w/a sense of dread and largely they didn’t matched my fears, they looked lousy. Mostly for years, it hasn’t been fun. Now, watching this game, I have the same sense, it’s just not fun, I could name ten damn lousy things my team has already done tonight. Ramos w/bases loaded, Bryce lousy angle, jason can’t pick up a grounder, Anthony looks lost, MAT suckered high, Bryce suckered high, Stras doing his “mound bothers me thing”. I’m just worn down and weary at so much poor play. They are better than this. Nice play at home though by Bryce.

    • rlndtln - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Kelly looked like sendly that time.they are keeping us in the game.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Gotta give golf claps to SS who is battling…. Doing his best Gio impersonation… Hee hee…

    Come on Nats bats.. CRUSH VOGELSONG

  83. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Strasburg’s command not good tonight, but let’s hear no more “head case” nonsense. Boy’s been battling tonight and keeping his team in the game.

    • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      +1

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Hey, do you sit in 223?

      • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        Yes I sit in 223

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      He been tough after the first 4 batters

    • veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      that he has. maybe we should just park MAT in triples alley

    • conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      +1

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Laz called that one outside on Desi.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      Laz guessed so often.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        It was outside but the inconsistency is bad for a veteran ump like him.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Draft kings having a good night.playing 3 Nats and they are my weakest players. Only 1 Giant and he is done well.

    32nd of 180 now. Looks like unless Strasburg implodes I probably will win tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      6 of my my 8 position players in double figures. Only Rendon and Zim have a 0

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    ramos, the batter before you just walked… Please, make him throw you strikes….

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Time for a hit and run or a straight steal. With that 2 seamer that Vogelsong throws

  88. conatsguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    OK Nats, let’s keep the line moving!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      +2

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Hey MAT…. ELEVATE… PLEASE ELEVATE…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      He did but no distance. In that case a slow roller.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    I will even take a wild pitch…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      Damn you MAT either hit a fly or slower grounder. Not a pop up. Voglesong is not good so why can’t they be prepared to hit him.

  91. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    That is a fail of an at bat… Arghhhhhhhh…..

  92. veejh - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    enough of this choking b.s. we need to win. come on guys.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      Focus 100% of the time.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Nats get something going and MAT was swinging like the old Desi.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      He made contact.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 PM

        He suckered him up high. Either anticipate or let it go.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:39 PM

        2nd time he suckered him with high heat… and 2 time he frickin fell for it

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      I’m so effin disgusted right now… What the hell is MaT doing… Damn… Runners on the corners with 1 out and he get a lazy soft pop up…

      Ugh

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:39 PM

        He needed to anticipate that Vogelsong was going to pitch top of the zone or lay off of it. Vogelsong knew he had Stras on deck and was hoping MAT would swing through those or pop it up.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Also MAT fouled off at least one outer half fastball he should have driven for at least a decent fly. Wouldn’t have taken much of a sac fly to get Desi home.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        I am telling you the hitting coach isn’t there reminding then each play like a good basketball coach will. I understand it is a different sport, but I want a coach engaged, none of ours are.

  94. stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Some days if it weren’t for exercises in futility I might not get any exercise at all.

    • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Yes I’m in 223

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        I’m just a few rows behind you (recognized your handle from your shirt). We generally say hi. Grey bearded guy in Row H.

        /waves

      • naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        I love our section

  95. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Ball 1 clearly a strike.

  96. pchuck69 - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Mark, if you’re reading this could you ask Matt Williams why his batters miss so many mistake pitches? The reason this team has so much trouble scoring is that they miss pitches that should be hits, lots of them in the seats.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      Absolutely.

      MW says they never look back. I believe a good film session to see how many pitches that gitterable are missed would help.

      NW ‘S theory and most of ours is not the same.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      Could we hit one in triples alley please

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Watch Ramos hit one to the wall for a single.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    3rd time’s (thru the line up) the charm….. Right….

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Nats need to get putting good swings on balls and eventually they will find some gaps here.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Vogelsong’s velo is dropping.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM

      What does Rendon want? fast ball bekt high and you swing late on a 93 mph pitch.

      He isn’t seeing the ball then.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:50 PM

        Again, I think these guys are thinking changeup.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM

      Strikes out Rendon on another mistake pitch at 92. He reached back for an extra MPH.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    How about we hit 1 in triples alley…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      That’s exactly what RZim has to do here.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    PLEASE RYAN… GIVE US SOME 2 OUT MAGIC…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      There was the pitch and he could it back.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        Fouled.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    FP Mr. excuse maker

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      Always. He has to go. I liked him the first 2 years when he worked hard and had good insight. Then he turned to mailing it in with stories he’s told 100 times, excuses, and poor analysis.

      • stoatva - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:55 PM

        Careful. You’ll get Johnny Holliday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

        I would turn down the sound like I do now. I listen to FP for the entertainment value of calling BULL on him.

        Angelos would love to hire an entry level guy to replace FP to save himself some money.

        FP is such a chameleon that he will go to another city and suck on that t**. When he does national broadcasts he changes his stripes quickly.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        +1

  103. mdmcommish - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    We dead suck, I’m gone.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Cone on Schu ride their butt if they swing at anything but a fastball. Off speed pitches are not over the plate.

    • exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      It was the same thing with Eckstein..problem is not the coach its the players. Too many free swingers..too many ks

  105. pchuck69 - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Every night, the offense gets worse.

  106. naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    8 strikeouts to vogelsong?
    That just ain’t right.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    WTF was THAT… DID RYAN REALLY JUST SWING AT THAT BALL…

    WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE.. SERIOUSLY.. WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING… VOGEL SONG HAS THROWN SO MANY MISTAKES AND WE JUST SWING RIGHT THRU THEM..

    ARGHHHH

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      He had Ryan thinking fastball and there you go. I want to know what MAT was thinking in the 4th inning with 1 out and men on the corners.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

        I want to know why the hell Ramos was swinging after the batterS in front of him walked…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:02 AM

        With the bases loaded, no clue but he did at least hit it solid and of course he found a fielder. He needs a larger bat that would drop that bat head and get under more pitches. The bats he uses look like toothpicks.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Schu should in the corner of the dugout by the ondeck circle saying and over and over. Swing only at fast balls swing only at fastballs swing only atvfsdtballs.

      Instead he is no where near engaged with no one.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Angels score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to win by 1 against the vaunted Royals bullpen. 2 games in a row.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Trade them

  109. naterialguy - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Nice play MAT

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    VOGELSONG hasn’t had more than 6 Ks in an outing… But he gets 7 and maybe more here…

    Frickin frustrating…

  111. exposremains - Aug 13, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    8ks..that says it all. Its amazing how they play the same way they started the year. They are consistent. Even with everybody healthy no change. Not sure who is responsible for this mess but 3 games over .500 for these players is pretty awful. Where’s the drive?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      Denard Span is the engine that makes this work.
      I would love know the record of games Span has played.

      • exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:02 AM

        It’s better but you gotta to be able to win without all of your players

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Next time I hear someone say “keep grinding” I shoot my television.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:03 AM

        Keep grinding is a negative term to me. Means we are playing below our ability

      • exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        Keep grinding, we’re not worried, who’s panicking, all that nonsense its just a way to get journalist off your back. What ,they’re gonna say :we’re so worried..the mets are so good…what are we gonna do.. Doesn’t mean they re not thinking it. I bet The Lerners are panicking. Its their money.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Did SS get squeezed….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Last one was a ball but 2 was a k

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        That is not even close. The Ump’s union need to address their people about some integrity to the game.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:06 AM

        I’m tired of complaining about the blues…. Give me an automated SZ… Ridiculous…

  113. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Pitch 2 called a ball was a strike.

  114. naterialguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Nice job Strasburg

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM

      He’s overcoming some awful umpiring a

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    4.6 inches inside the zone missed by eagle-eye Laz Diaz and leads to a walk.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      Damn MASN Dan. He said the G word

      • exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:09 AM

        Heard it..one shot tv

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    SS deserves a lot of credit… Getting out some self created jams… Come. On. Nats. Bats. COME. ON.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:05 AM

      Defense wasn’t well positioned for the carry tonight. Now that the sun set it’s playing larger.

  117. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    The lack of left handed hitters is killing us.4th inning 1st and 3rd.MAT lays down a bunt surprise.we never think outside the box.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:11 AM

      imagine when you face Google pitching.Wait it does not matter.They all look like CyYoung.10 SO in 6 innings.The critics here take a beating but have been right on.this team sucks.

  118. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Man, I’m gonna miss that TV.
    /puts gun back in holster

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      ๐Ÿ˜‰

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Strickland going for an immaculate inning. Spoil it Wilson.

  120. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    No discipline on this team whatsoever.

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    1 run on VOGELSONG…. 1. Dang. Run.

  122. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Let’s swing at pitches 10 inches outside.

    Desi ubciachable. 2 walks but still swings at junk.

  123. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    I’ll say it again: Guarantee you that if you look at a comparable Giants blog you’d have a hard time guessing which was which. Their team has not exactly been putting the runs across, either.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      But they have the lead on Strasburg and Vogelsong is not a good pitcher. Nats have had their chances and didn’t capitalize.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    An above average LF makes that play on Crawford.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      +28

  125. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Werth has done none nothing but kegalvtheft. Has not earned any of his money this year.

    I wonder if players actually feel guilty for getting paid so much and doing nothing to have earned it . or is that just common people like us who would feel that way.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM

      Werth has done none nothing but kegalvtheft.

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM

      Because of MLB rules early in his career he was underpaid for years in comparison to his production, so why would he?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:19 AM

      What is kegalvtheft

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM

        The poop emoji… hahahahah

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:23 AM

        The correct spelling of kegal is kegel so maybe it’s that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM

        I google’d the word and it thinks you’re either speaking German or meant “legal theft”

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Clean slide by Crawford…

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Rendon wasn’t on 2nd base with the ball I thought as his timing was thrown off.

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    What is Delmon Young status?

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM

      Arrested again for yelling anti-Semitic remarks at passing Hassidic Rabbis.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:34 AM

        But can he hit?

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:36 AM

        Not any more or he wouldn’t have been released. But I wouldn’t want a headcase like him on the team even if he could.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      My all time favorite tweet was the guy who wrote: “There are actual butchers who play RF better than Delmon Young.”๐Ÿ˜…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM

      Released on July 1 .

  129. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    If I could change the replay one way, it would be the manager would have to announce a challenge immediately. The umps call it immediately so the challenge should be the same.

    Don’t wait to see it on TV. Call with the naked eye just like the ump.

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Nice play Desi…

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    What a play by Desi. That was slick.

  132. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Whoa! Srsly? What a play!

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Maybe that is the play that jump starts the offense…. sigh…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      Try again.

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Needed that fly ball last time MAT…

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    It’s been a long time since Clint Robinson has made an impact hit when the team is behind or tied.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:27 AM

      Well… not true…. he made an impact 2 games ago…

      ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM

        What did he do? Nats were shutout by Greinke.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:29 AM

        Remember the play in RF… yeah the one where he slid.. and…. yeah that one… that was an impact…

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:29 AM

        He fell down lumbering after a pop fly, remember?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:30 AM

        Keep in mind, you didn’t say positive or negative..
        You said impact… hahahaha I think that qualifies! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:33 AM

        Forgot about that —–NEGATIVE IMPACT

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:29 AM

      It’s been a long time since ANY Nats hitter made an impact hit when the team is behind or tied.

  136. TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    FP just said that Lexus is donating $250 for every strikeout by a Nats player.

    They must be shelling out a ton of dough.

  137. hummel26 - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Rizzo miscalculated on this team’s trade deadline needs Clearly need a serious bat. Also, coming into the season Rizzo miscalculated on the bullpen (Papelbon was a reasonable solution to that problem, even if it winds up having rattled Storen) and the bench. Bench is weak–Moore has missed his window and is fading, Robinson is a DH, MAT is playing every day, so basically the only solid bench guy now is Espinosa. You need a glove that come off the bench.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM

      IMO, Nats have needed a serious at bat for a while…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM

        At any is supposed to be big bat…

      • TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:33 AM

        Cespedes behind Harper would’ve been sweet. Would’ve let Jayson sit down and rehab a little more as opposed to hurting his ballclub on a nightly basis with his sub .200 average.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:32 AM

      For the last time, the Nats’ payroll was already 6th highest in baseball despite being about 10th highest in attendance and having a lousy TV deal. They were not going to add players when Desmond, Werth and RZ, the vets who are supposed to be carrying the club, were already making around $45 million this year.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:35 AM

        They found money to get Max. They could have found money for a bat.

        I admit, I wasn’t thrilled with the Max signing becuz I specifically wanted a big bat. But thank goodness for Max becuz who knows where this team (starting pitchers especially) would be without him.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM

        The money the paid to get Max WAS their big contract signing for this year. They had no plans to significantly expand payroll beyond that. Businiess decision, pure and simple.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        The Mariners were willing to take Ian before the season

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:47 AM

        Nats figured Ian would have a BIG walk year. They made a bad call on that one, but it is easy to criticize after the fact.

  138. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Homer or nothing offense does not play well most places but utterly futile in night games on the West Coast.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:31 AM

      Doesn’t seem to fair well in October either…

  139. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    This is really sad.Stras pitches his ass off and nothing.Now we all know what is coming.4-1. After7or8 and the game is over.Bryce hid a lot of this ineptitude earlier when he was hot.

  140. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Into our bullpen in the 7th.. Please get a hold here…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      Werth is worthless in left. Just dive for it at least try.

      Rivero walks the guy and lets him score might as well pitch Storen

  141. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Zero please, Felipe.

  142. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Is it to early in the game for my fire Schu and hire Ray Knight Rant .

    Worse average in baseball since All Star game.

    Of course may MW can just go for the jugglar and hire Knight to be manager.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      Exactly what I predicted 3-1 or 4 -1 after 7or 8

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Rivero has to get the lefty. Can’t walk him.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM

      Thought he got squeezed on the 2nd to last pitch…

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    The walk scores.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM

      Shouldn’t even had made it on base. Thanks Laz.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    We need a LF….

  147. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Enough.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:40 AM

      I said we would win 5-3… did NOT see them scoring ONLY 1 run against vogelsong.

  148. TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Uh oh. Down 2, six outs left. Insurmountable? No.

    But it certainly feels that way.

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Werth plays Belt so deep due to Werth’s poor range and can’t get to that bloop. 3-1 lead now. Just can’t catch a break.

  150. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Anyone think this team has two runs in them? Hard to imagine.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      2 runs in the next 2 games maybe.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:43 AM

      They have a way of making a two run deficit seem like 20.

  151. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Rivero seems like he has hit a wall. Kid was hurt most of last season and didn’t pitch that much.

  152. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Home run on the first pitch and then…. another shutout.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:47 AM

      It’s like they feel whatever they score in the 1st inning will be sufficient enough…

      It’s a tired act.

  153. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    I hope Anthony gets on soon… he hasn’t been all that well lately….

  154. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Zim and Werth one of you need to homer.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:48 AM

      I am seriously worried about Jayson power…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 AM

      A single or double will do just fine.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 AM

      Homer not going to happen in this park at this hour.

  155. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    At least Bryce is thinking single.

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Romo’s 1st slider to Rendon did nothing. RZim needs to get hold of a hanger.

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:48 AM

      Nah he’ll just swing at a pitch at the shins.

  157. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    The slider is not going to be over. He won’t throw a fast ball after strike 1.

    Come on Schu coach these guys and get off your thumbs

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:53 AM

      Talk about players in coachable or coaches that are not interested in coaching. We have a lot of that going.

      One slider to Werth and RZim was in the strike zone. It was not swing at. But 4 that were no where near the zone were.

      My theory is just swing at fast balls. Especially with Ronis the only teams he has trouble with are one discipline hitters.

  158. ogremj - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    3 hits against Vogelsong.

  159. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Oh lord. Werth 0 for 6 with 4ks against Romo.

  160. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Small ball… Finally?

  161. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    I don’t expect Jayson to do anything here.

    • conatsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:53 AM

      Was thinking the same thing. Black hole in the lineup, and right now this lineup is bad.

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:53 AM

      Only thing he did was swing at the same pitch Zim did and lower his batting average even further.

      Bench this guy and his stupid beard and let’s see what Upper Dekker’s been up to. At least he contributes defensively.

  162. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    We are pathetic.Who still thinks we are better than the Mets.We will be lucky to finish ahead of the Braves.12 k and we are not done.now 13

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      Right now we certainly aren’t.

      We we were better all season until the Mets made trades to get better and we just threw our hands in the air. Rizzo was useless and NW was worse.

      Pitchers in general have been good, but Storen has blown up, and with our hitters not doing diddly the few runs we give up is to much.

      Someone needs to go in the locker room and kick some ass, and take names later.

      However no one on the team us hungry enough to do that. Hunter Pence did that for the Giants last year.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:58 AM

        It doesn’t matter what the Mets do… Nats need to win game. Time is running out.

  163. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Lucky #13. Whoop tee do.

  164. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Really? Back to back K’s from the $100 million veterans.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:54 AM

      Sadly, I remember a quote from a national baseball writer back when the Nats gave RZ his long extension. Referring to his contract and Werth’s, the writer said: “The Nationals now have two hundred million dollar contracts and no hundred million dollar players.” ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:58 AM

        I’m ok with Werth’s given his great production for 3 years and his leadership but his and Ryan’s won’t be worth any where near their production over the life of those contracts and that’s how it generally goes with long-term deals.

        Werth is a Negative WAR and Ryan luckily has been solid defensively but both players are not playing like superstars.

        Werth has to ride the pine.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:03 AM

        Werth: two more years for $42 million…that is a LOT to overpay for a guy who has not even been an All Star as a Nat and may be finished as an effective player.

  165. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Mesh.Jason did not legit you down

  166. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    As I said last night, none of this would be happening if Matt Williams were alive today.

    • conatsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      Hey, he’s gotta nice sunflower seed thing going there in the dugout…

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    I’m going to say it again… this off season, I really hope the Nats get another bat or 2 for the line up. It is SEVERELY needed.. has been for a while now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      +1

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:01 AM

      Who are they going to replace? The OF is set for next year (Werth and his $21 million per year aren’t going anywhere). RZ and his $14 million per year are set at 1B. Infield is set with Rendon, Escobar and the arrival of the rookie Turner (who is a leadoff hitter type, NOT a HR hitter), and few MLB catchers hit better than Ramos even though Ramos isn’t that good a hitter.

      When they gave those big contracts to Werth and RZ they tied themselves to those to guys like anchors through 2017 and 2019 respectively.

  168. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    As the guy in the #AskMatt Twitter thing said: “If Jayson Werth has twenty apples and sells each of them for fifty cents, does he still bat high in the order?”

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:59 AM

      Where’s the bench option? This guy stinks.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:02 AM

        He is playing CF becuz our regular CF is hurt… and then I won’t even talk about Nate McLouth…

  169. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    1-3 trip.only win against dodgers B team.

  170. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Pitching was good for the Nats tonight. Bats scored 1 run… 1… against a pitcher with a 4+ ERA…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      Who is better the word grind will said by Ray Knight and Matt Williams in post game. 95% sure both will say it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:01 AM

        Better = betting.

  171. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    If we get a base runner in the ninth inning I will call it a moral victory.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:15 AM

      We got a double

  172. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Ok – we are just bad. I’m out of excuses

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:02 AM

      We need a good kick in the ass. MW refuses to do it.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:04 AM

        This.

        It makes me blind with rage to hear him say “We’re just gonna have to go out again tomorrow and get it done” a dozen times in a row.

  173. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    No lefty bats are killing us.

    • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:03 AM

      No bats period

  174. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Can Casilla do what Storen did over the weekend?

  175. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    No

  176. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    BABIP

  177. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    MW after the game.We have to get them tommorow.What an inept fool.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:05 AM

      What’s he supposed to say: “we suck?” If he did he be dog piled by every idiot sports commentator in the country.

      • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:07 AM

        He should say something. He should get pissed.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:08 AM

        What he says matters less than what he does. Sending the same exact lineup out when it isn’t producing sends the wrong message.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM

        Maybe he does get pissed and unloads on the team in the clubhouse every day. Praise in public, criticize in private–that’s what good managers are supposed to do.

        Is he doing it? We’ll never know for sure.

  178. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:05 AM

    Need hits. Long ball not going to happen.

  179. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    14

  180. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Nats scored 1 run against Vogelsong… let that process…

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:09 AM

      And that on a first pitch ambush. Other than that it would have been a third consecutive shutout.

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    4 games back…. and 2 games over 500….

    • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:11 AM

      Fire MW hire ray – he gets it

  182. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    That’s it. Again the starter pitches well and takes the loss. This is what the Mets were doing to their starters when they were losing.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:10 AM

      Then they got some help.. while we, did nothing…

      Oh wait we got a closer.. who no one seems to be able to hold anything for him to actually close…

  183. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    I expect MW to say nothing in his press conference…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:10 AM

      I expect the word grind. Expect they will come out tomorrow.

      He will say Voglesong is tough.

  184. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    I think what ticks most of us off. We appear to care about the losses more than we do. I won’t sleep until about, and they sleep like babies much faster as they toss and turn lime we do. Or do they?

    It might not be true, but coming out and doing the same thing wrong every game, without fixing the problems doesn’t show theyvnind losing.

    Oh that is right MW says they don’t ever look back. If you are losing, how do you plan to win if you don’t figure out what is wrong?

    That has to be one of stupidest statement I ever heard a manager say.

  185. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Well, that’s it. Magic number to say the season is effectively over: 4.

    If they fall further than 6 games behind they cannot even catch the Mets by beating them head-to-head.

  186. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    KK He could show some Fing emotion.Put some fire in his players ass.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:11 AM

      No one is kicking ass like Vince Lombardi would

      • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:14 AM

        I had too many Nats in my lineup to win. Had a bunch of Reds too, but not the ones who racked up points.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:15 AM

        I think it’s hard to motivate players who are making many multiples of times more money than the managers.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM

        C’mon–Lombardi coached in a different era when the players did not make much money and if they were cut they got nothing.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM

        I am winning easily on draft kings. I did use Strasburg. Rendon and Zim got me nothing but Parakta at shirt, Frazier at third Calhoun McCutcheon, and Cain all double figures as was Posey. Latos didn’t kill me as most runs came late.

        I will win my 50/50

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:14 AM

      How exactly? The veterans all have guaranteed contracts. They can safely ignore him if they wish.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:16 AM

        Ding ding ding. No more calls please, we have a winner.

  187. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    As far as the post game pressers are concerned, none of the so called reporters want to make Matt uncomfortable with the kind of questions we ask each other here. They seem to think their job is to be his pal.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:15 AM

      He wouldn’t tell the truth even if they asked him a hard question. The movie Bull Durham had it exactly right regarding baseball interviews.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:18 AM

        No, but it would get under his thin skin. Guy is tremendously insecure. That’s why he won’t do the Babe Ruth thing. Afraid to look silly.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:21 AM

        True. Dude does seem a little thin skinned.

  188. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Beat the Mets 6 in a row.We can not hit a pathetic Volgelsong and we are going to hit there 3.you continue to dream.The season is over.

  189. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Glad to see SS pitch well. Had me concerned in the beginning but he competed all evening and limited the damage.

    How you only score 1 run against Vogelsong… wow…

  190. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    They are all well off win or lose.

  191. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Wait until the guys get back.that was all we heard.we were better off with the reserves.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:21 AM

      Having three (or four) guys returning from months’ long absences at the same time was a recipe for disaster. Not sure what the solution was, since there’s no outfield or left handed hitting talent ready on the farm.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:24 AM

        Rizzo fixed (or TRIED to fix) the one thing he easily could. The Nats are not the Dodgers. They obviously not willing to throw hundreds of millions of dollars away buying every player in sight.

  192. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    The main three culprits to blame and RZ, Werth and Desmond. Those guys are veterans and getting paid big buck to back up Bryce and make this offense click. The first two at least had injuries as an excuse, though the time for those excuses has since passed.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM

      Hell, put Harper at lead off… give him as many at bats as you can.

      I am livid.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:21 AM

        I’ll go along with that.

  193. exposedindc - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    No heart, no spark, no win no SACK

  194. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Ray Knight does not get it either.I do not know what he is watching.They should eliminate the Presser as we never get a hard question.They kiss MW ass.

  195. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    I would love to have the stats on swing and misses as a team.

  196. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    MW needs to close the doors and ask the simple question. “If all the 24 players played line you would we win?”

    If you can’t answer yes, then get off you butt and start carrying your weight.”

    Simple and direct and you don’t have to name names.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:24 AM

      Very few can answer yes.

  197. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    A Lombardi or a Stengel could fine a guy fifty bucks and it HURT.

    When I was a kid in the fifties and sixties players worked in the offseason. There were a couple of Redskins players who lived in our S.Arlington apartment complex because that was what they could afford for in-season housing. Used to throw the football in the back yard sometimes with DE Andy Stynchula.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:27 AM

      These guys have no financial incentive for sure.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:36 AM

      Well damn. Google tells me that Andy died at 46, back in 1985, in a car accident in the Bahamas. That makes me sad. He was pretty nice to a little kid, back in the day.

  198. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Gloss over Ramos’s swing

    My God he read my note swing at the fastball even if first pitch.

    Need to be aggressive.

    Trained did fine.

    Changes coming? Turner?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:29 AM

      Change. New hitting coach?

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:33 AM

        You and your coaches. Most of those guys couldn’t stick in the major leagues. They might occasionally be able to offer some insight into something a player’s unconsciously doing, but by the time a guy has worked his way to the big leagues, some career minor leaguer isn’t going to “teach him how to hit.”

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:32 AM

      Where would Turner play? We need outfielders. Plus, Turner will come up and need 3-4 weeks to adjust to the pace of the major-league game. Those are 2-3 weeks we can’t spare.

      Williams MUST move Werth down in the order. Zim is not getting anything to hit (which doesn’t excuse his strikeouts).

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:41 AM

        Turner is playing SS, of course. We HAVE outfielders: Werth, Taylor and Harper.

  199. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    What a jack ass we have as a manager

  200. simalex - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    I have to wonder whether this team will finish below .500. I am thinking probably not, Stras and Max and JZ will run into enough wins, probably, to keep us above break-even, but it’s gonna be close.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      After this series, they have the 2nd weakest schedule in the NL the rest of the season. Problem being: the Mets have the worst.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      We got the division until we are eliminated.

      I always assume we will win till we dont

    • simalex - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:30 AM

      we struggled against the D’Backs and Rockies.

  201. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:28 AM

    Tommorow Danny in Rendon out.Robinson in Jason out.

  202. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    Must get 2or3 more lefties in lineup..Danny,Lobaton and Robinson.

  203. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    The only positive from tonite is we can all finally agree this team sucks.good night.

  204. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    Harper must be ready to bust an artery.

    • simalex - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:40 AM

      how could he not be?he’s doing his job. who else, really, is?

  205. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    Yah, “since the All Starvbreak” is no longer such a small sample size. We have to assume this is who they are until they demonstrate otherwise.

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:46 AM

      It was in my plan to win this game. OK, we’ll have to win the next two and get at least the split. If the O’s win a couple we could be back to -2 and who knows, maybe Joe Cool can beat Mad-Bum.

      • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 1:47 AM

        Sorry, meant the Pirates. But the O’s too, next week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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