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Game 115: Nats at Giants

Aug 14, 2015, 6:44 PM EDT

AP

At this point, there’s not much else to say except for the obvious: The Nationals need to start playing better baseball, and as a result start winning more games, before their deficit to the surging Mets becomes too steep to overcome. They’ll try again tonight in San Francisco, hoping both that Max Scherzer can put forth a dominant start while their lineup shows signs of life against Giants right-hander Matt Cain.

Speaking of that lineup, there are some changes. Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos all get the night off. Michael Taylor gets bumped up to the leadoff spot. We’ll see how this works out.

Here’s hoping tonight offers an enjoyable viewing experience for everyone. In either case, please do check back in the morning for some analysis from afar…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184/869
Weather: Clear, 69 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (58-56)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Max Scherzer

GIANTS (61-53)
CF Gregor Blanco
3B Matt Duffy
1B Brandon Belt
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Justin Maxwell
2B Ehire Adrianza
RHP Matt Cain

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

451 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Pretty much the lineup that everybody figured it would be, if not the batting order.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      MW is a step slow but put the lefties in the line up that I have said was and is our main weakness.unfortunately these lefties are 2nd stringers.

  2. scnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Wonder who shows for the Nats tonight

  3. ogremj - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Michael Taylor leading off. I thought we tried that already.

    • natsdial8 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Not a lot of choices . Matt is trying something.

  4. hersheyman - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Couldn’t do much worse than the lineup of the past two weeks. Werth and Rendon are just going to need many more ABs to get where they want to be, and this shouldn’t be done at the ML level during a pennant race.

    I still think that they are really missing a lead-off hitter, someone who can spark things up. Folks on this site kind of slammed my suggestion about bringing up Trea Turner about a week ago. Yes he has 9 errors. But this team desperately needs a real shot in the arm/leg/butt, and we certainly don’t have the horses to turn things around as is. Mark my words, this team unfortunately goes nowhere unless something more drastic is done.

    I like Rizzo a lot in terms of talent evaluation, but he really has miscalculated on several fronts this year. The team dynamics have in my estimation been particularly disrupted with the demotion of Storen, for whatever reason. The team, and Storen, have gone completely south since the trade. Another is to count so much on 4x UFAs, and on several players with significant off-season injuries for the teams’ success. I will admit that probably many of us could not see all of this non-productivity coming from so many sources, but certainly a GM as savvy as Rizzo should have been a bit more aware. A lesson learned in my estimation.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      I still think that they are really missing a lead-off hitter,

      No kidding. His name is Denard Span.

      The team, and Storen, have gone completely south since the trade.

      Correlation doesn’t equal causation.

      • hersheyman - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        If you could do the stats, I am sure that p< 0.05. Probably near 0.001. lol

      • zmunchkin - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Nonsense. The issue of stats and p-values has absolutely, positively no relevance to this debate. Wonk is spot-on!

      • adcwonk - Aug 16, 2015 at 12:25 AM

        Thanks, Z. The fact is, it seems to happen with great frequency. A 4 game lead with 48 left to play is nowhere near a sure thing. Mets fans know that quite well!

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    I suggested shaking up the batting order and giving Werth a rest but didn’t picture this. Now I have to hope CRob can play better.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      We need left handed bats.these 3 can do no worse/Matter of fact the three when playing produced more wins.

    • natsdial8 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      Ghost he should even out with Werth on D and offers a LH bat that is right now better .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        That’s how bad it’s gotten as that makes perfect sense.

    • natsdial8 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      🙂

  6. JayB - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    There is good reason for this team to tank like it has. It is not just baseball luck or slumps….some thing is very wrong with the group…..they have talent and no baseball IQ?

  7. Another_Sam - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    I propose: 1. Harper. 2. Escobar. 3. Zimmerman followed dealers choice.

  8. senators69 - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Interesting discussion on one of the sports talk stations today.
    They suggested that if the Nats play Werth, should bat him in the lead-off position since he often uses so many pitches and may walk. Problem with that, of course is that even if he does get on base, he’s not a speed threat to throw off the opposing starter.
    That may be why Taylor is leading off — if he gets on base he pressures the pitcher.

    • Another_Sam - Aug 14, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      With those guidelines – hits a bit, sees plenty of pitches and often walks, can run – there’s a clear lead off hitter.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:13 PM

        And Jayson has historically been a good base stealer. He does not have the speed of Taylor. But he is smart/opportunistic when he steals. So he is a threat.

        I think batting him right before Harper might be a good idea if Jayson can have an extended AB with lots of pitches that Bryce can see close up.

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        When we played the Mets 6 games and the Mets set up there pitching so there top 3 could pitch all the games I said we were dumb as Max was not pitching in any.No support for that logical thinking but instead vicious criticism.We saw how that worked out.Now the Blue Jays get Price and set up there pitching for him to pitch 3 times against the Yankees and watch how that is going.MW is a step slow and will never do anything outside the box.

    • natsdial8 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      The guy is hitting about a buck and a half . Get real.

  9. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    … and a couple of players are saying, “Man, I wish I had _last_ night off instead, and tonight I was batting against Matt Cain!”

  10. scnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Hey there is a 33 percent chance we win tonight

  11. natsdial8 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Matt is trying to do something to shake em up . Give the guy a break !

  12. senators69 - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Humorous comparison (Source = Baseball-Reference) —

    Team Batting Average of the 2015 Nats position players (so far) = .253 [2014 Nats = .261, full-year]
    Team Batting Average of the 1969 Senators position players (full year) = .260

    Team ERA of the 2015 Nats (so far) = 3.65 [2014 Nats = 3.03, full year]
    Team ERA of the 1969 Senators (full year) = 3.49

    Team Fielding % of the 2015 Nats (so far) = .984 [exactly the same as the full-year 2014 Nats]
    Team Fielding % of the 1969 Senators (full year) = .978

    Team SB of the 2015 Nats (so far) = 45 [2014 Nats = .101, full-year]
    Team SB of the 1969 Senators (full year) = 52

    If the Nats can pick-up their hitting, lower their ERA, and steal some more bases, continue their fielding, they’ll approach or exceed the 1969 Senators. The 1969 Senators won 86 games.
    Why do I reference the ’69 Senators? Because of my moniker!

    But compared with the 96 win 2014 Nats, you see the combination impact of weaker hitting, pitching, SB; No Rendon, No Span, etc.

    Will these 2015 Nats rally? If so how far? if not, well….better jump onto the Redskins board, I guess.

  13. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Well, Mrs. Seamhead put RZim, Desi, and Harper’s bobbleheads outside and has them all holding burning sage sticks. Last time she did that the team went on a winning streak. She’s a terrific wife, but a little weird. But tread carefully, you don’t want to get on her bad side!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      +1

  14. zmunchkin - Aug 14, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Permit me to repeat a comment from the prior thread regarding the projection that the Mets would win 90 games. The premise was that 90 wins was reasonable as it projects the Mets win at the same rate for their remaining 47 games as their last 47 games. My point was that baseball is a game of runs and expecting the same level of performance for the next X games as the last X was speculative at best.

    So here is my comment:

    If you look at the winning rate for 18 game chunks (something suggested by sofa, 222 or candide – my apologies as I can recall which of them does this), the issue of runs really stands out:

    Mets  Nats
    .778  .389
    .333  .667
    .500  .556
    .389  .556
    .667  .611
    .556  .389
    .714  .333 - this row represents 6 games for the Mets and 7 for the Nats.
    

    This makes the issue runs pretty clear. To think that any future sequence of X games will result in the same percentage as the last sequence is possible, but not likely.

    This clearly shows ups and downs for both teams. There is no reason to believe that ups/down will continue. It is simply a matter of the Nats getting on an up swing. And this is the reason they have to play the games

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      +1

    • IsawTeddywin - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Actually, my 90 game prediction was based on match ups , and a little bad luck on our part, I added 2 to my original 88. I hadn’t calculated the win %. I was responding to your comment that it was unlikely they could win at the .575 rate, since few teams had done it over a season. I’d say your argument here supports my position.
      Just because they’ve been hot for a while, doesn’t mean they’re due a slump.
      I’d love to see one, though.
      And by the way, if the Met’s merely match there .543 ytd record Nats will have to play .645 ball to catch them.

    • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      +18 🙂

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    It is time to start winning only.

  16. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Another shut out inning for Clipp.This was our best reliever over the years and we let the Mets get him for next to nothing.Rizzo was so cocky that we had the best team and the Mets were the JV Team sounded like somebody else I know.8 innings with the Mets worst starter and they have held the Pirates to 1 run.Cespedis another big hit a HR.Yes we are dumb.We have the best prospects to wheel and deal and we let the Mets build a championship.

  17. alexva6 - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Lucas Giolito tonight vs Bowie 7IP, 1H, 1BB, 11K in a 2-0 win.

    not too shabby

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      How does that help us tonite.I am tired of we have a great farm system then do something with it.Before all you guys jump on me I do not want to trade Giolito or Turner but anybody else.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Yep, dominant win. He had been shakey but he seems to be with every step up.

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        Cespides 3-4.Mets ready to walk off in 9th.held Buccos to 1 run 5 hits with Colon there worst..Collins not afraid to use Clipp and Familia in a tie game.might use Familia if it goes to the 10th.And Familia will be ready again tomorrow.He must have a different arm.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        “Mets ready to walk off in 9th.”

        Really? Didn’t happen. You have to be a closet Mets fan. Sheesh.

        By the way, that’s textbook in a tie game at home for the 8th and 9th. You don’t remember Storen coming in for the 8th in the 4-4 tie on Sunday?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        How do you like that. Mets lose on some poor decisions by Collins. He didn’t pull Parnell until after he gave up the lead.

  18. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    But they get results.Why do not you see the difference.There worst pitcher 7 innings 1 run.I said they were ready to walk off.You guys never give credit where it is due just keep making excuses for pitiful play and poor management.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      We gave the Mets Blevins for a guy you all think is not a major leaguer.Blevins is better than any lefty we have when healthy of course.Why that idiotic trade.And you do not want denDeker when we have nobody.Some deal.

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM

        Finally Bucs 2-1 over Mets top 10 still batting 2 on no outs

      • IsawTeddywin - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        And their wonderful additions strike out and ground out to end the game.
        Sorry, I know it breaks your heart. You’ll be inconsolable if the Nats can pull off a win.

  19. tcostant - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Leas is more.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Give credit to MW .MAT leading off and getting aggressive.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Taylor making MW look good with the lead off walk, stealing 2B, gets to 3B on Yunel’s bunt, scores on a sac fly.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    There you are Scherzer. You have a lead.

  22. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    What is happening to Mad Max

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      He missing the target to often and when he misses the batter doesn’t.

      Our batters on the other hand don’t take advantage of bad pitches.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Scherzer missed the target by at least a foot.

    First half the year he didn’t do that . lately he has missed big time way too often.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      final Bucs 3 Mets 2.now we need to win

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        Still want Esco at 3rd.this is a joke.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Uribe grounds out to end the game.

    Nats need to start their cone back now.

    The hitters and pitchers need to look in the mirror and straighten their game up this moment.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Contact with Robinson.What the hell are we doing.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Contact with Robinson.What the hell are we doing.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Max seems to have not been the same since pre ASB… gotta wonder if all those CGS and long games are taking their effect.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      Yunel didn’t learn how to freakin play tag

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      He may be worried that if he gets a big lead Mattie won’t take him out

  26. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    jeez….yunel, you need to put the freakin tag on…..who the heck misses a tag two times in one week

  27. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Clint Robinson….a great 1 tool player

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      An AL player

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        No, not even an AL guy. His bat isn’t even DH level.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Finally one in triples alley and like Posey last night only a double

  29. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Don’t hit too well tonight, Danny….Mattie will bench you for another 2 weeks

  30. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Lead-foot Clint.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Don’t insult lead like that.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        He wears cast iron cleats, apparently.

    • JT - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Even Bryce would have trouble scoring there. Great throw to home, you have to tip your cap.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Contact play or not if you are out by 5 steps the game plan stunk.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Sigh…. Clint… sigh…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      Did you see the lead Clint had. 1 1/2 steps? If he takes a good lead he makes it home on that. It’s like Adam LaRouche redux.

      By the way, great job by Desi to move the runner over to 3rd with no outs. I was preaching this earlier as it’s been non-existent for a while.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Was that Clint’s decision or the coaches’? Either was it was moronic, not in any way accounting for his being in a close competition with Wilson for slowest runner.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        Coaches decision generally. I don’t get it. Waste of a leadoff double and Desi going right-side on a grounder.

  33. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    nice throw Mr. T

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      What is wrong with Max?This is the last thing we need.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Scherzer wanted to pitch deeper into games as that had been the one knock on him earlier in his career. MW indulged him, several times leaving him in the game an inning too long when he was clearly tiring. Now he’s not nearly as effective as he was in the first half. Sigh.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Notice he stayed back from the wall and let the ball come to him? Much better form than the one he had earlier this week.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        Well played

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Once again before the sun goes down our outfielders aren’t deep enough. Didn’t we learn from last night?

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Are you kid din.The ball hit the wall.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        Yah, so what. If you are squared up on the warning track you catch it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Post ASB Max hasn’t been money….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Not even pitching smart. I don’t get that sequence to Maxwell. You have 2 strikes on him and he will swing at anything that looks like a fastball and you already saw that on the slider. Throw the slider even further off the plate.

  35. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    We could probably get Justin Maxwell for not very much.

    Or Roger Bernadina.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      This guy was 8-50.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        That’s hot for him.

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        FP looks for things that are not there.Max is lucky to last 5 innings tonite.pitch count looks like 50 after 2 innings.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Bernadina is on the Isotopes in ABQ for the Rockies. Not even 40 man. Guess you they could get him cheap at that. He would save the day, I am sure of it.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Why would Scherzer throw Maxwell a 4 seamer when the guy can’t hit a good slider from a righty? What is wrong with these guys?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Their game plan is making no sense.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        Stolen base. Wild pitch. Poor pitch selection to all batters except Pence. How do you allow that to happen against a batter that we all know.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      JMax looked good in the first 6 weeks. And I am glad he has found a home this season on the Giants, a good guy, decentish 4th outfielder. But he has been helpless at the plate recently, so that hit says a lot about the Nats at the moment.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        He can hit lefties, that’s for sure.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Max is not hitting the spots at least early.

    He throws more bad pitches in a few inning if a game since the all Star game then would do a whole game before the All Star game.

    Cone on Max you were pitching great what on Earth has happened. Where is the intensity of early in the season

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Max is not hitting the spots at least early.

    He throws more bad pitches in a few inning if a game since the all Star game then would do a whole game before the All Star game.

    Cone on Max you were pitching great what on Earth has happened. Where is the intensity of early in the season. Get back on track.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Tired arm. He leads the NL in IP.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    FP making excuses again.

    What is his deal. Don’t be a softy FP.

  40. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    There is no excuse for F’in with a 200 million investment, Tin Man MW

  41. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Solid contact on that bunt by Cain.

  42. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    This is starting to get ugly.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      This is our 300 million dollar pitcher.We are finished.We finally get the Mets to lose and Max on the mound.MW will die with him tonite.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        It’s cute when you say “we.”

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Good Lord Max… I don’t give a damn if he likes it or not McCatty, go out there and talk to Him AND Lobo…

    We need our ace to be an ace…

  44. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    I’m guessing they cash in both of those runners. What say you?

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      Easy money.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Now Scherzer lays in a cookie to Cain to bunt on the 2nd pitch. What is he doing? Your job is to K him or pop him up!

    Get your head in the game!

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Well this offense hasn’t shown it can score more than 2 runs….

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    This can’t be happening. I laughed after his last start that Scherzer said he found out what was wrong that he got his changeup going.

    It’s pitch location and movement and pitch selection.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    How does McCatty NOT go out there….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      McCatty has always been slower than hell to react.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        What’s he supposed to say?

        “”Get this guy out.”

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Scherzer are you serious. You need k these guys because they are hitting them where the players aren’t

    You had your damn lead and you had no ability to keep it tonight. Missing the targets terribly.

  50. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Get him out of there before it is 6-1 and over

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      maybe 8-1.

  51. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    In a rare case of identity theft, Max Scherzer and Matt Cain switched their pitching acumen

  52. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Enough, enough, enough of this awful playing. Get your act today, team. Everybody trying to top each others underperforming. Sick of this crap.

  53. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Scherzer’s ERA since 7/7 = 4.15. Sure to go up some more after tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      He has has fallen apart for some unknow n reason.

      I said last game so time to mention again, since the ASG despite the DL stint Strasburg has easily outpitched Max as have Gio, RZim and Ross.

      If Strasburg pitched like this we all say he is injured.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Once again…tired arm. He leads the league in IP. Not hard to figure out.

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Are people still complaining Scherzer didn’t go twice against the Mets?

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Yes…because it was a bad decision based upon the know facts and circumstances at the time.

  54. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Say good night, Max

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Now you have to pull Scherzer. He has nothing. This is sad.

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Pull him. This isn’t Babip or nothing. If you want a chance, pull him NOW.

    He doesn’t have it tonight. Ridiculous…

  57. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Well, at least the Mets lost.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Which means nothing, as you know, if the Nats don’t win, which they haven’t been…

      • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Well no, actually, it means something because we won’t fall any further behind by losing this game, which seems pretty likely at the moment.

        But yes, we do have to start winning games. Soon.

  58. natsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Game over. They can’t score more than 2 runs. 3 would be a miracle.

  59. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    not even a visit.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      you guys can get your wish and use Fister tonite.Glad we kept him for games that are over or could we use TYMO.

  60. IsawTeddywin - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    I am no longer a Max Scherzer fan.
    His post all star ERA is over 4.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Geez–THAT was fast.

      Personally, I will always cherish being there for his near perfect game no matter what happens from here on out.

  61. natsguy - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    It’s almost like they want to lose.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      They might not want to lose, but they are not doing what is needed to win.

      We keep getting a lead and giving it away.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Giants SUPPOSEDLY can’t hit the target on the barn side.. and then all of a sudden, we see this….

    Comical. Again, all those long games in the beginning of the season and CGS…
    Are they having an impact now..

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      Well, Mattie couldn’t trust the Bullpen when he was up 8-0, but now he has paps to use when we are down 11-4.
      1 CG for all his career before 2015…3 this year

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      That FP crap.

      If that is effecting him then he is poor physical shape

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

      It appears we are a AAA team playing the best team in baseball.We have 1 hit again against a mediocre pitcher.I do not know how much more anyone can take.We will be below .500 soon.

  63. Drew - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Once, in Little League, our team played a big game and our ace got lit up.

    I stood in the outfield and thought: “Well, that’s the best we’ve got.”

  64. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I’m trying to feel good about all the money I’ll be saving on playoff tickets.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      Excellent post and point…and can use the money to not watch them play for 6 hours in 40 degree weather

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        I was at the 18 inning fiasco…

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        I was there with a light sweater and am still recovering

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        Me too. 😦

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    You can read my displeasure early in the season when Nats had a big lead that Scherzer talked himself into staying in games that the season is a marathon and there was “the better part of valor was discretion”. The manager’s job was to take the ball. He hasn’t looked the same since early July.

    He hasn’t executed pitches and has made some poor decisions. Fastball to Maxwell? Dumb.

  66. philipd763 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    This is a historic unraveling!

  67. Brian - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Season over

  68. abqnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    This is really getting sad. They just aren’t competitive recently. They just can’t get it right. Poor pitching, poor hitting and two dead at the plate sends in just the lat few games. Going to take quiet a shift for them to start winning more games than they lose again.

    But it better happen very soon or all the talk of “there is still time” will be just whistling past the graveyard.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    C and D said maybe Max is tipping his pitches… swings are coming like they know what to expect…

    And Doug is warming in the BP… here we go… sigh

    • raleighnat - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Oh I’m sure Fister will put the fire out.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      That’s a crappy excuse. Remember when the team claimed they had discovered that E Jackson was tipping his pitches and that they had supposedly “fixed” the problem? How’d THAT turn out?

      They are trying to cover for MW overtaxing Scherzer’s arm.

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

        Don’t shoot the messanger…. this is what C and D said…

      • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        FP’s explanation was simpler: Max can’t get strikes with his off-speed and breaking stuff, so they are ignoring it and sitting fastball.

  70. raleighnat - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    This is unbelievable. All the good from the first half has collapsed and the bad has stayed bad. “Where’s my ring”…what bulls$&@

  71. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    play the rest of the season out…then bring in some accountability Semper Fi style

    • ballgrindM - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      That was supposed to be Matt Williams… Not sure what they should do but this is sad

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

    10 pitch inning for Matt Cain…

  73. senators69 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    This hurts too much. I’m going to bed!
    I hope our guys get it together…someday, somehow.

  74. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    First time i hear Carp say he’s sick of it by saying he could use a beer hat.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      FP makes be sick.That is good stuff.What good stuff.Iam just tired of this fool.Tell it like it is.We suck.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        Yeah, we all tell our bosses they suck.

        In our dreams.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        +1, stoatva

  75. bleacherbumerik - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    This season ended 2 weeks ago in New York. They got punched in the face and cowered like they always do when they are challenged. I doubt this team sniffs first place for years to come.

  76. raleighnat - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Hey nice pitch to pence

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

    Another missed location. It’s getting ridiculous. This is BP.

  78. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    I guess Max told Mattie he’s fine

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      He lied

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Of course he did. You need to save Max from himself. When he was at ONE HUNDRED THIRTY TWO innings before the All Star break that was frightening to me.

      Live and learn, it’s a marathon not a sprint. Max had that rep of never pitching a complete game and wanted to show he could go deep. I’m fine with 7 inning starts.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:22 PM

        I remember during the off season a friend Said he only goes 6… I said that’s fine. We can stretch him to 7 a few times, bp and bats will take care of the rest…

        And then he came in all Iron man. You weren’t the only 1 to discuss displeasure with him STILL out there on occasions… he hasn’t been the same since the ASb, imo

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        He didn’t look right to me since his 1st start in July. I saw his velo drop slightly and that 4 seamer flattened out. His reachback fastball that was so dominant in the 1st half had lost it’s luster.

        Talk about hitting a wall.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

        Everyone was fine with that except two Nats…you don’t f around with a $200 million dollar arm

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:26 PM

        Exactly. You save Max from himself. I remember FP saying you leave him in to earn a W.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        FP..such a Homer….give me a little more of the Dark Knight

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        FP has to go.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Max has quit this game. I hate that more than anything that a player can do.

  80. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Great choice keeping him in the game. He looked nasty

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      We are carrying 8 relievers so he might as well use Fister.What is the point if you do not use him here.This is why denDeker is in Syracuse for this special occasion that happens once a month.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        It’s pretty clear the psychology of this team is messed up. Was it bringing in PapelBoom….Tight upper lip Matt….Not sitting Desmond
        The boys don’t believe in themselves and don’t trust management.
        Wait that is my life

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Looks great or poor to each batter.

      His ERA 6th best of the starter on the team since ASG

  81. bleacherbumerik - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    At least they will have plenty of Hershey’s syrup for their year end banquet.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Awesome. 😀

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      -31

    • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      Excellent gallows humor. Well played.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    C and D – They are swinging like it’s batting practice.

    Me – Why is Max still in there?

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Can not take Max out you might hurt his feelings.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        Because he hasn’t yet managed to throw his shoulder out yet trying to salvage this disaster of a season, obviously.

  83. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Warm up Tyler Moore
    shake off that rust

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Can not use TYMO this is the reason we are playing one regular short.We want Doug.We want Doug.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        looks like Mattie agrees…good move…Max needs some rest and Doug needs some work

      • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

        Now FP is blaming the offense on Maxs poor outing.He is a joke.

  84. raleighnat - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    i swear, all I can think of is “where’s my ring”. How stupid does that sound now?? Embarrassing.

    • bleacherbumerik - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      How about Jason Werth on the MLB promo saying “Everybody knows we are the team to beat in the National League.” That is my favorite. Hey… no need to panic though, we know what kind of team we have. The problem so do us fans.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        We were indeed the team to beat. They did it, too.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      I for one am glad that there aren’t videos out there of me shooting off my mouth when I was 22.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        Also, if everyone was playing like Bryce we’d all be talking about rings.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:26 PM

        +1. That quote was also badly misinterpreted by jacka$$ ESPN loudmouths just looking for controversy.

  85. Drew - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Well, at least Lexus is pursuing perfection.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      LOL

  86. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    It was very useful for Scherzer to get an at bat and throw one more inning of batting practicing. Thanks Coach

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      Scherzer has a higher BA than Werth and Lobaton, so there’s that.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      We make every pitcher we face look like Harvey,Syndegard and Degrom.

    • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      +1.

  87. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Bob is little edgy

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Matt Cain has an ERA of 5+… so Nats will score 5…. right…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Only if he pitches 9

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      Bob is a dreamer.Atleast we get to use Fister quite valuable our number 8 reliever.MW saved him for just this spot.

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Right!!!!!!

  89. abqnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Ouch. The SF announcers just introduced CRob’s at bat with “Here is Clint Robinson, he doubled into the triples alley”. Even our good isn’t really (well, and getting nailed at the plate by a mile).

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      So far Nats 1 in triples alley for a double. Giants 3 2 triples 1 double.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Cain’s mechanics are bad yet we can’t hit him. Max pitches bad they clobber him.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Desi swings at Ball 4 and then on 3-2 grounds out. Way to help the pitcher. You do your job and then the guy after you has to do his job.

    Play smart.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      As long Sxhu is coach we play very little smart ball. He doesn’t ibsist smart play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        If Desi isn’t smart enough to lay off that……

      • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        Guys, guys. Laying off bad pitches is not a matter of intelligence. Come on.

    • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      This team has never played or batted smart. It starts with the top. Zombies everywhere.

  92. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    The horror! The horror!

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      Desi must have heard Bob that it might be a 2 run homer.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      Apocalypse Now…Reflux

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        Heh.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Fister is in. Good night Max.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      Get Doug back in the rotation.he got a SO.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      So far better than Max

  94. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Meanwhile Syracuse, which was on pace to have an historically awful season, has won 11 out of 12 including tonight.

  95. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    I need some group Nats therapy…
    Acceptance is the key
    Gio Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change
    yadda, yadda, yadda

  96. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    FP is so bad now. If they just read this board they may actually say something worthwhile

  97. bleacherbumerik - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    This team has been a 2-man show all year long. You are seeing what happens now when those two aren’t producing at MVP and CY Award levels…bottom half of the league team.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      100 loss team is more like it. I wish I was kidding.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Well, guys, sorry I just don’t see the Nats coming back to win against Cy Cain… I mean Cy Vogelsong held them to 1 run… and although we saw a line up change, to me, it was like rearranging chairs on the Titantic.

    So imma bow out. Sincerely hope that tomorrow I see the Nats won but I will not hold my breath.

    Yall enjoy the game.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      G’night Mrs. B, told you never to break up with the Shark

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman has to make that play but let’s make excuses for him FP.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      It had spin?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:35 PM

        I don’t give a hoot if it was on fire. Hit right to you.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    They called Belt’s grounder a hit?

  101. nats106 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Wow came home from a night out at Nats Park, so this is off topic-sort of. Went to the Zac Brown concert. Not so much a country music fan, but thought I’d give it a try.

    To lighten the dreary mood here, I thought I’d give a couple of observations since the music wasn’t so much what I was in to.

    1) Country music fans drink A LOT of beer. Good lord, I thought it was a reincarnation of a Phillies game way back when in Sec 106.
    2) Cowboy boots and shorts only work on women. I know it sounds discriminatory, but I saw two guys in cowboy hats, boots and shorts and sorry, but it just doesn’t work.
    3) More serious observation, Zac Brown is talented, but he could still learn a thing or two from Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Acoustics for both those concerts were excellent, which I attribute to their showmanship and perfectionist skills. Tonight, not so much so.

    But still a good time. Sometimes you need a break from baseball, even on a baseball thread. Then again, sometimes not.

    I say this with peace and love to you all.

    Nats106-over and out

  102. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Hey Duck Soup is on TCM

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      Greetings, fellow Marxist.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:58 PM

        Julius, Adolph and Chico

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      His Excellency Rupert P. Firefly
      Hail, Hail Fredonia

      You know full me, there is no sanity clause

  103. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    First pitch to Espi no where near zone so he swings. Second a strike and he watches it.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Here starts the come back.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:46 PM

      They’re going to war….to war,to war, the Nats are going to war
      Heidy, Heidy, Heidy, Hgiii

  105. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    i was just about to go to bed….hmmm

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Here we go boys

  106. bleacherbumerik - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    At least the good news is that by the time they get back home, they will be running buy 1 game and get 4 free promos. Don’t forget $ hot dog night either.

  107. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Just for that, Espinosa, you’re sitting tomorrow.

  108. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    There is a big advantage to having left handed hitters against any right.We are playing 3 lefty bench players and they have 3 hits already.I have been saying we are too right handed.Imagine if we had goodlefty hitters.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Maybe we can get some breaks.Lets go Nats.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      Jay Bruce was available Rizzo was not looking.

  109. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Stupid Danny…now we won’t see you for another month

  110. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Wow. Game on

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      MAT swings at two pitches up. How is that helping the team

  111. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    If this is golf, Doug is putting for a birdie.

  112. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Don’t swing, he’s throwing balls

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      This is what I say good hitting coach is about .

      Harper’s pitch was a fast ball

  113. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Not one pitch to MAT was anywhere near a spot to swing.

    Why would he swing at balls when we need rubber.

    Escobar follows up swinging at a ball. Why?

  114. rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    The guy can not throw a strike and MAT and Esco swing from there heels

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      OK HARP

  115. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Omg!!!!!!

  116. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Hooplah.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      I thought we were dumb.Open base and they pitch to him.I thought for a minute Mw was managing them.

  117. abqnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Finally! Harper doing his best to carry the team!

  118. scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Get mrs b up!!!

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Someone should wake up MrsB

  120. rmoore446 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Oh ye of little faith. Bang zoom!

  121. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Too bad mrsb isn’t here to say Bryce shouldn’t swing at the first pitch.

    • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      Ha! Ahh man… Don’t poke the sleeping bear

  122. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    How quickly the tide turns…..Atlanta redux

  123. exposremains - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Wow..return from the dead

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      Lefty hitters lefty hitters.

      • scmargenau - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        U so called this last night. Props.

        U r still an ass. But your our ass -:/

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      the grateful dead
      truckin

  124. IsawTeddywin - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    About time, Harp!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  125. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Everyone who stuck with this game got to see an absolute bomb from Harper. My goodness.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:49 PM

      Cain pitching like his old self again.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      That was crushed in the area where Bonds hits them. I’ve seen some going there in warm day games but during the night with temps dropping that was a bomb!!!!

  126. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Okay, two positive stories.

    Jeff Howell, a 32-year old career minor league catcher who caught 566 games in 10 seasons, has converted to pitcher this year. Tonight, he won his first game as a starter for Hagerstown, giving up just 1 run in 6 innings.

    Also, Giolito got the win at Harrisburg tonight, allowing just one hit and fanning 11 in 7 IP. Bryce’s older brother helped nail down the 2-0 one hitter, striking out two in the 8th inning.

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Bochy not the genius some of you make him out to be. 1st base open and he pitches to Harper.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      Opposing teams have challenged Bryce a lot lately. A few more shots like that and they’ll stop again.

  128. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    I am not a Clint Robinson fan but he does have a sweet swing.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Clint is a perfect bench player to use in spot starts with a good team.Here he should play LF against righties and Jason against lefties.They are about the same in the field.I know Jasons feelings that I do not care about .

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      He has a compact one

  129. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Wake up the Mets too

  130. Drew - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    15 to reach 100 at age 22.
    670 from Henry Aaron.

  131. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    I was on the phone with Big Cat.

    Told him we would win 8-6. Said that before Espi’s homer.

    • rlndtln - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Sounds good.

  132. stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    If Affeldt is the answer, what was the question?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Who can get Desi the rally killer to ground to second?

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        I guess you’re right.

  133. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    and the first cycle in padres history

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      I am winning both my draft kings games didn’t use Jemp on either team.

      Did use Harper on both. Used Pence on one of them

      • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        wow…Got any tips at the track

      • NatsLady - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        I played Price and Robbie Ray so I’m not gonna win at Draft Kings. But once a week I play Fan Duel, have a very good shot there.

  134. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    You should see Giants fans on Twitter. They are letting Cain, Posey and Bochy have it.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      Anyone who things a World Series title will fulfill them for life should get a load of the miserable wretches in SF, Boston and Philly, to name only a few.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:58 PM

        I was a lifelong White Sox fan before the Nats moved to town. The glory of their 2005 WS title is only now starting to fade for me.

        I just want ONE for the Nats and I will be happy for a good long time.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      That’s why they call us cranks

  135. Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Desmond has been hot lately…except for when getting a hit might actually help the team win.

  136. mdmcommish - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Is it worth the year we would lose to bring up Trea Turner now and install him at SS?

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      No. Turner has 11 errors in 41 games at Syracuse and as a young rookie would likely be overmatched by MLB pitching.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        I was writing as you were.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Great minds think alike. 🙂

      • stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:01 AM

        Errors on minor league fields with minor league lighting aren’t always predictive of MLB problems. But I haven’t actually seen him play.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:03 AM

        Not saying they are…but the kid IS inexperienced and the scouting book on him is that he will not be a plus defender even when he is fully ready.

      • scmargenau - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:05 AM

        Desmond had that many at 34 games and is batting low 200s

        Can’t regress much from that

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:09 AM

        So we call up Turner before he’s ready…he bats .240, commits a bunch of errors and loses confidence. The Nats miss the playoffs anyway and cost themselves a full year of team control when he’s in his prime.

        Not a brilliant strategy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      Worth it for sure.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        No offense, but I am glad you are not the GM.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      Absolutely not. He’s close to ready but needs more seasoning and has shown that it takes him a while to adjust to a higher level. If the season was mathematically over, yes I would bring him up.

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    If Desi could have elevated there……….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      Elevate what the ball hit straight into the ground.

      But because I only 3000 left come SS time on my one team I played Desi

  138. mdmcommish - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    By the way, they look like meatballs from fister. Hold your breath.

    • mdmcommish - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      thanks boys, for talking me off that “Turner” ledge, I just so desperately want to see a spark.

  139. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 14, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    They say home runs come in bunches … Let’s hope

  140. scmargenau - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    MW slowness to realize max was off cost us perhaps 2 crucial runs min.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      As someone said, Max talked him into another inning. I’d say that cost him the extra run.

      • scmargenau - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:06 AM

        That’s crap. MW is the manager. My employees don’t talk me into raises.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:09 AM

        I said that above. Scherzer has been directing MW all season. Part of the problem. You sit him and tell him team before player.

  141. mdmcommish - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Ok, here’s the deal, we need to flood,Verizon with complaints, the ADVERTISEMENT has been become FAN ABUSE. Just freakin horrible.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:03 AM

      carry on, my wayward son

      • stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:05 AM

        That Lite commercial is a little gem. I’ve seen it approximately 15,000 times and it still makes me smile.

        The Rashida thing, on the other hand….

      • dcwx61 - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        Yes…That guy can sing.

      • scmargenau - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        Cary on!

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Note to Rintintin on the Espinosa HR. Did you see where Blanco was when it hit the top of the wall? Right there. If the Nats were more conservative last night and this night they get a few of those XBH

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Nats better score here before the Giants can get their good relievers in the game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Just move the line. At this point who is pitching, we can not dilly dally any longer.

  144. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Come on guys.let’s start hitting only fast ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      Good job by Fister. Max at this point just needed to pitch half decent.

      I guess that is to much to ask for.

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Giants have the book on MAT. Only thing he’s hit is pitches that aren’t executed.

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

      He should swing at 0% if sliders. Not a fast ball let it go.

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

      MAT is far better off taking pitches as they will never throw him a strike anyway when he swings at balls.Besides he will never hit them to begin with.

  146. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Does Rick Schu even talk to Desi and MAT about how to identify a slider and to layoff. My biggest gripe with his the same mistakes happen game after game. Most if it is correctable.

    Both swing at them more often than they may off them

    Their eye sight must need checking.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:17 AM

      The general rule is that if a hitter hasn’t learned plate discipline before reaching the Majors, they never will.

      • stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

        Yup.

    • scmargenau - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      They are big leaguers, they should know

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        Well, they don’t. And they are hardly alone. Guys with good plate discipline are the minority around the league.

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

    The Hunter Pence homer off Nax when all called Max to be out right now is the difference.

  148. Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Another note on Desmond: his brWAR is now 1.2 despite his crappy season–which just shows how lousy most MLB shortstops are these days.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:17 AM

      What is Brandon Crawford’s

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

        Crawford’s the gold standard sitting at a cool 5.6, but there ain’t too many of him to go around.

  149. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Matt Thorton why is a lefty crushing you?

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:17 AM

      Because he’s old.

  150. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Thorton could have cared less about Blabco on second.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

      His non caring attitude allowed an added run.

      It is these little pitchers and hitters don’t do that cause us to lose.

      Had Blanco been on second, that would have been a double play ball, but because Thornton was totally not interested in holding Blanco he stole 3rd

  151. stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Hella slide.

    But damn.

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Come on Ryan Zimmerman. You’re a veteran. Hold the runner and take the sure out. What are you doing.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

      All he had to do was touch the bag and fire home.When he looked to 2nd he lost the play at home.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM

        Right, one or the other. Key run given up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM

      Go 3-6-3 and its a double play too

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:22 AM

        That’s a tough play with a RH thrower to get that 3-6-3. I would check the runner at 3rd and step on 1st and take the sure out and that’s 2 outs. Bad play by RZim as either you do what I say or go 3-6-3

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:29 AM

        Or just thrown it home Blanco would been out by 3 steps.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:32 AM

        Rzim was he on base

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        Someone mentioned last night and it would explain why we can’t play good small ball

        Our baseball IQ is substandard.

        We swing at bad pitches more than average. We don’t advance runner less effectively than other teams. We depend on homers way more than most teams.

        Our relievers throw gasoline on the fire to much. Our starters are given leads and give up the lead immediately too often.

    • stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:24 AM

      Not a veteran first baseman, Ghost.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:40 AM

        He’s a veteran baseball player and as the replay showed the runner was going on contact. Step on 1st and throw home and you got him.

  153. Danny - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Can’t go a game without out relievers pouring gasoline.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:21 AM

      They only throw gasoline if its closr like this.

      Waiver time and Rizzo has done nothing again.

  154. bleacherbumerik - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Nationals Baseball!!!

  155. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    For those that want to rush Trea Turner up? Trea has hit well, and has shown that he can steal bases. But, he has 10 errors with Syracuse, but also keep in mind he had 10 more errors between San Antonio and Harrisburg. 20 errors tells me he needs a little more grooming in the minors. The kid is going to be a stud, but don’t rush him.

    • stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      I’d be willing to rush him if he were going to play regularly, but that won’t happen.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:27 AM

        Even then it still isn’t worth losing a year of control when he is in his prime, especially if he becomes an All Star.

        Incidentally, the Nats would have had another year of control with Desmond for 2016 had they just waited a few more weeks to bring him up back in 2010–but then Desmond was not as much of a slam dunk prospect as Turner appears to be.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:30 AM

        It should also be noted that they COULD bring Turner up in September without affecting his free agency status–just so long as he stays at AAA for the first few weeks of 2016, which he likely will do anyway to set that clock back a year.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:24 AM

      Plus, Turner has had just a little over one year of professional baseball experience and SS is perhaps the hardest position to learn to play. It took Desmond two full years before he started playing at a high level, and he was a year older to start than Turner is now.

  156. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Let’s score some runs here and take a lead.

    Quick screwing around. Time to get serious.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:28 AM

      This is how you manage with an 8 man BP.The giants are matching up.Thornton is a match up guy.We had to hold them there.Jansen is a much better choice and save thornton and Rivero for match ups.Treinen for the 7th with the lefties again if needed and Drew for the 8th.

      • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:29 AM

        It is not looking good.

  157. stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Thinking that gets overturned.

  158. Joe Seamhead - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Pence looked safe to me.

  159. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Safe easily ump was a sleeo

  160. Danny - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Replay very rarely goes our way.

  161. stoatva - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Janssen vs Pence was weird to watch, with both of them twitching away.

  162. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Zim has gone cold again. Strikeouts are piling up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      When he hit the wall last week they gave him a day off and he came back hot. Not a good time to start missing mistake fastballs.

      • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:45 AM

        It is hard to understand why MW did not pitch Jansen for the 6th and Treinen for the 7th.Thornton would be to match up if either were in trouble.We got one batter out of Treinen.The weakest pitcher we have gives up the run.It makes zero sense.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:47 AM

        The relievers would have had a collective ZERO if RZim had made the play at the plate.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:48 AM

        MW is clueless about bullpen management that is his biggest problem.

        Why did Fister come in the 4th not third. Poor management.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:51 AM

        Maybe he pulls Scherzer sooner but the relievers did their jobs tonight.

        My issue is solely on Scherzer and some of those horrific pitches and that pitch selection.

        People want to place blame and this is easy as it is square on the $210 Million Dollar Man.

  163. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    If Romo comes in here is what you must watch. His first might be a fastball. If it is a strike swing. If Romo gets ahead he will only pitch sliders, and almost none will be a strike just don’t think swing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      My goodness he hung a slider over the plate which was an error on his part, but Rendon just swings through the mistake. That kind of hitting is killing us.
      .we hang a slider they bang it. We must do the same.

  164. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Talk about lucky swing there. Desi gets an oppo single on a defensive swing. Those even out for all the plays you get robbed on.

  165. rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    We are lucky there but why would we not bat for Lobaton 1-12 batting righty.Rendon for Labaton and Ramos for the pitcher.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      They want to give us the game and we will not take it.

  166. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Rendon was 1-2 against Romo leading into last night which made him 1-3. Nats need Rendon to go 2-4.

  167. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Rendon gets an inside hanger mistake pitch and swings through it.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      Her must still be hurting–no way he’s regressed this badly from last year unless it is injury related.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:58 AM

        “He” not “Her.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:59 AM

        Just not seeing the ball well. That was there to crush.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:58 AM

      We just do not have it.As soon as they brought the pen in we did nothing.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM

        It is like they don’t study the scouting reports.

        Be prepared for any pitcher.

      • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:02 AM

        I do not see what you guys see in Pap.His stuff is fair at best.We would have been better off with Clipp and Drew and no disrespect.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:58 AM

      Yes. Our opponent’s rarely mis mistakes. We miss them on a regular basis.

      That is where we need better execution.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM

        They make an error and you have to make them pay.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:01 AM

        What bad team DOESN’T need better execution?

  168. abqnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    They just don’t look good. They close up the gap and then go back to sleep. One more inning, play hard.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:01 AM

      Papelbon than Lobaton neither were paying attention to the runner.

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Giants now stolen 3 and 2 of them Lobaton didn’t even get to throw the ball. Not a good night for him.

  170. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Papelbon doesn’t run to cover 1st on the bunt. This inning now looking ugly.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:04 AM

      This is why they are World Champs.They understand how you play to win .They will hang in there and find a way to add on.Look how they added on.We are nowhere.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:05 AM

        They get aggressive to add-on runs playing with house money. They put the pressure on the other team.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:07 AM

        Boche is a great manager and understand how to win in many ways. NW wins basically if he hit homers.

        That is poor msnagement

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:05 AM

      I never ever understand bring a closer in at a non save time.

      It almost always results in runs.

      Again a baseball IQ situation.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:07 AM

        Better he not pitch for 10 days and then be totally rusty when the do need him?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:07 AM

        Come on guy. He needs the work. Why not. You have Roark, Rivero and Storen left.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:09 AM

        Better to get the lead in the 9th and pitch him in the bottom of the 9th.

  171. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Giants understand small ball. We are clueless.

    That is why they are tough in October.

    Until we have that mentality we will have trouble. Rendon bunts and is safe we score. Be wasn’t think small ball at all.

  172. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Bullpen crappy again except for Treinen and Janssen. But this one is on Max. You go up against an inferrior pitcher and a struggling offense. You are NOT supposed to give up six runs. Period.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:09 AM

      I disagree. Papelbon victimized by a swinging bunt and the fact he didn’t cover 1st on the bunt and Thornton victimized by a poor decision by RZim.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:10 AM

        +1

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:13 AM

      Doesn’t help when the other team commits 3 errors that result in NO unearned runs

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:13 AM

      Agree, 100% on Max and the biggest mistake was the 2 strike fastball to Maxwell. While his outing wasn’t good he didn’t follow the scouting report.

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

        He didn’t come close to target often.

        Just poor pitching.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:19 AM

        Yes, he missed often with the fastball and it was BP quality. It could have been worse.

        When Cain was up and looking to sacrifice. Scherzer threw him a cookie he could handle.

        Just several mistakes. Pitch selection was a big part of it.

        Where was his improved changeup he had been bragging about?

        Just poor.

  173. NatsLady - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    Gotta go to work. Need a big ninth inning, boys.

  174. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    MAT should be bunting for a hit here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:11 AM

      He should lay off the slidets

  175. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Why reach for a sluder. If you have to reach it is a ball.

    Carpenter is crazy.

    This is a save situation 8-5 is 3 runs.

  176. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    Please Rizzo do us a favor find some one who has fire their belly and get them here immediately.

    I don’t care if it a coach manager or player.

    To many these guys are not playing with fire in their belly.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:20 AM

      “Immediately?” Really?

      You do realize that it’s after the trading deadline and every coach and manager worth a hoot already has a job elsewhere.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:21 AM

      Thats a master managing a BP with a 1 run lead.He manages as FP says from his gut not a he’s my 6th inning and so on.MW is light years away.I tip my cap to the Giants who know how to win with less talent then we have.You can not compare the 2 teams starting pitching.We need a new manager for starters,a strong left handed hitting out fielder.

  177. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Last two Scherzer starts we scored 4 then 5 and we lose.
    Has his wallet gotten so heavy he can’t pitch?

    The two tack on runs created by a stolen base each time.

    • rlndtln - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:22 AM

      The Giants know how to play.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:28 AM

        But the Scherzer is more alarming. We score 4 and 5 and he can’t win? Is this same guy people wanted to start the all star game?

  178. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Can you make it any easier to bunt with the pitch location?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:26 AM

      Schu doesn’t coach his hitters.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:27 AM

        And you know that how?

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:28 AM

        He doesn’t.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:32 AM

        Purely by results. Have you seen our bunting? If he is coaching it, they aren’t learning, so you have the wrong teacher.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:33 AM

        So again, how do you know it’s Schu’s fault? He isn’t the one bunting.

        He gets paid to coach, so I doubt he isn’t coaching.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:37 AM

        Simple crap starts at the top if the players are bunting the hitting coach takes the rao.

        Just like in any other business.

        If employees are not performing lower management takes the blame.

        No different in baseball

  179. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    I bet MW uses the word grind in some form at the Presser

    My definition of grind It’s a word losing teams use to me get off your ass and work.

  180. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Taylor, Escobar, Ryan Zimmerman all went hitless tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:27 AM

      Even Fister legged out a hit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:28 AM

        Zimmerman K’d 3 times. Pathetic.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:30 AM

        He k’s swinging at sliders.

        I hate to garp on it, but most sliders are not strikes.

        When hang a slider and we whiff.

  181. Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    This is what $150 million in salary has bought the Nats this season. I’d hate to be Rizzo explaining to the Lerners how he managed to squander their money so badly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:35 AM

      I think the manager and coaches are not riding the players enough. Though I could be wrong, but if my boss was riding me I would correct my problem.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:37 AM

        I’ll also bet you don’t have a guaranteed contract, which all the veteran Nats’ players do.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:40 AM

        The guarantee contract is the problem. They know win or lose they get paid.

  182. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    The old let’s see how he feels after his bullpen? That is Strasburg talk usually.

  183. janebeard - Aug 15, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    I have NO IDEA what is going wrong. Baseball is freaking hard. I feel awful for them.

  184. robertrobert104 - Aug 15, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    wherés my ring? that’s a clown question, bro…..

  185. everendp - Aug 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Haha +1.

    I cringed when I heard it but was hoping they would back it up. File that in the “World Series or bust” catagory.

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