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New look, new result

Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year.

Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in 19 games since coming off the disabled list), leading off? Yunel Escobar, owner of fewer home runs in 1,179 career games than Bryce Harper owns in 467 career games, hitting cleanup?

Hey, why not? What exactly did Williams have to lose at this point by trying something completely different?

And considering that new-look lineup wound up exploding for 15 runs in a rout of the Rockies, you better believe the Nats will return to Coors Field on Wednesday with a similar look.

Sometimes it just takes a different look to get a slumping ballclub going again. Maybe it lets everyone relax, loosen up at the notion of a lineup that felt like it had been picked out of a hat. If the Nationals’ biggest fault during their 2 1/2 weeks of misery was playing tight, this certainly was one way to lighten the mood.

Thing is, there was some actual logic behind the changes.

Werth may have been in a major funk at the plate since returning from his fractured wrist but he’s not about to lose his job, at least not on a regular basis. Given the Nationals’ other options at this point, not to mention the 36-year-old’s track record, he’s going to remain in the lineup. So why not put him in a position where he has succeeded before and doesn’t feel pressure to drive in runs?

It was three years ago, you’ll remember, when Werth also returned in August from a broken left wrist. That 2012 version of the Nationals sorely lacked a traditional leadoff hitter, so Davey Johnson decided to put Werth there, recognizing he wasn’t likely to hit for much power with a still-healing wrist but could still work the count as well as anybody.

The result over the 38-game experiment: Werth hit .309 with a .388 on-base percentage. He hit only two homers, but the Nats didn’t need him to do that. He merely needed to get on base in front of Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.

So what happened when Werth returned to the No. 1 spot in the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday night? He reached base three times, scored three runs, saw 23 total pitches and did a highly effective job setting the table for the rest of the guys.

And how did those other guys do? Really well. Danny Espinosa, batting second, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Harper, batting third, drew four walks and came around to score each time. And Escobar and Ian Desmond, batting fourth and fifth, each recorded three hits and four RBI. (They’re the first Nationals teammates to drive in four runs apiece in the same game since Werth and Espinosa on May 20, 2011 against the Orioles.)

Escobar certainly doesn’t fit the bill of the prototypical cleanup hitter, but neither is he a natural fit leading off. He has, however, been the Nats’ best contact hitter this season, a guy who can be counted on to put together a quality at-bat and deliver more than his share of hits. So why not give him as many opportunities as possible to deliver those hits with men on base?

Will this unconventional look hold up the rest of the season? We’ll see. Certainly if and when Denard Span returns from the DL, Werth’s days leading off will come to an abrupt end.

But for now, given the way things have been going, the Nationals have nothing to lose by giving it a shot. It worked Tuesday night. Might as well find out if it can work Wednesday night as well.

  1. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Oh, my. The game results email was a very happy one this a.m. Very happy… I like

  2. pburm9qp - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Gotta do something, right? With the hole that the Nats have dug and the quality play from the Mets, the Nats are realistically going to have to put together a long string of wins in order to claw their way back into contention. Anything can happen with the Nats weak schedule and the talent they have on board… but I’m not going to get too excited until I see 5 or more wins in a row.

    Time for the Nats to get hot or go home!

  3. chapjim - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    One in a row. Gotta start with one in a row.

  4. scnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    And my hopes rise up again… the rollercoaster that is being a fan

  5. ehay2k - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    The move to bat Werth first also lets him see more pitches and perhaps fine tune his timing a bit. I like.

    Another game tonite! GYFNG!

  6. Sam - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Werth really is the logical choice to bad leadoff right now. What do you look for in a leadoff hitter? Ability to get on base: check. Ability to work the count: check. Some pop to give you an occasional leadoff home urn: check.

    Speed in a leadoff hitter is an added bonus but certainly not a requirement by any stretch of the imagination. Just get on base and let the guys below you drive you in (and, really, everyone should be following this mantra…just get on base. That’s all that counts).

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      Ability to get on base? Where have you been. He’s been terrible.

      • jd - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:21 AM

        veejh,

        Cmon, by this criteria no one should bat leadoff. For his career Werth gets on base at a .366 clip. Given the fact that no one else is an obvious choice it’s a good idea to see if the one person who has done it throughout his career can do it again.

        This worked in 2012 so why not try it it now when all else is failing?

      • veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:31 AM

        jd….I don’t disagree with the move. However, I think it was based on something along the lines of nothing has been working so why don’t we do exactly what we shouldn’t do and bat a guy with the worst OBP right now at leadoff.

      • Sam - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:36 AM

        I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that years of history outweigh 3 weeks of under-performance.

      • veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:38 AM

        It was a total gamble/crapshoot to put Werth at leadoff given the current situation. It worked.

    • Eric - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:56 AM

      Home urn? Bad leadoff?

      LOL!

  7. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Now become consistent.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Can’t bank being walked 11 times.

    Will CarGo’s new keep him out of the next 2 games but let him play against the Mets this weekend

    • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      Maybe when Span comes back Werth should bat 8th, or even 9th with the pitchers batting 8th. That’s a good way to keep him in walk mode while also letting Span lead off.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      Hope so. (It’s not personal, Carlos. It’s business. ;-))

      “Will CarGo’s new keep him out of the next 2 games but let him play against the Mets this weekend”

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Just hope the good feelings and mojo will carry on to and thru tonight.

  10. stoatva - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    I can’t say Storen’s appearance made me any more optimistic about his status. Yeah, he battled, but he had to, and he was fortunate.

    Oh well. That which does not kill you makes you stronger, right.

  11. voteforno6 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I actually love the idea of batting Werth leadoff, for the reasons above. It’s been very apparent how much they miss Denard Span. He’s the type of person who will work a count, and even if he doesn’t get on base, that still helps the rest of the lineup. Werth will do the same thing.

    Maybe Matt Williams is willing to go outside the box.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:35 AM

      I was impressed last night as MW actually played the LOOGY/ROOGY match up. I was blown away.

      But the good news is that DSpan has played a few games this week and said he felt good. So my fingers are crossed, we will see him up nest week.

      • Sam - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM

        Haha. The actual words out of my mouth when Williams took Rivero out were, “Woah. When did we hire Tony La Russa?”

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        HAHA — My words… let me find the post…

        ‘Mrsb loves the Nats says:
        August 18, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        Oh my lord…. MW playing match ups tonight.

        *trying not to faint*’

      • jd - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM

        well I was thinking this: ‘what are you gonna do about Paulsen who is another lefty after Arenado? use Thornton?’

        I thought it was strange to take out Rivero after only 1 out with another lefty coming behind Arenado and then Arenado got a hit. Fortunately, Jansen retired the next 2 guys. I am not sure it was brilliant thinking there, more luck than anything else.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:24 AM

        It may have been luck. But glad it worked out for the Nats as lately, they have been a combination of bad and unlucky. For me, it was the willingness to even try something new and not have the peeps own innings – always been a stickler for me.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:25 AM

        Hope so, the sequel.

        “But the good news is that DSpan has played a few games this week and said he felt good. So my fingers are crossed, we will see him up nest week.”

  12. scnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Hey anyone who posts a negative comment today should be tarred and feathered. We all deserve a well earned day away from the gloom!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:22 AM

      To hades with that… What the hades happened to Ramos backing up that throw from Bryce… What the hades was Desi doing on that error… comment, comment, comment _______ (insert name here) is an idiot… comment, comment, comment Nats are lazy… 😉

  13. stoatva - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I was in Italy in the fall of 2011 when I saw the news that Wilson Ramos had been kidnapped in Venezuela. All I could think was: “He’s a dead man.” I was thrilled when he was rescued and cheered by lungs out for him when he was introduced on opening day. Then he suffered a devastating knee injury requiring two surgeries to repair. Let me just say that anyone who rehabilitates himself from that kind of injury and returns to major league play does not deserve to be called “fat and lazy and non-caring” by some cheeto-encrusted slob on the Internet. And I might just get a little impolite with someone like that. Apologies to those caught in the crossfire.

    • Serious Jammage - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      Amen. Life > baseball.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      Hey I’m happy he got his life together and is playing baseball but I wish Rizzo traded for Lucroy at the deadline, if for no other reason then having a new player to complain about

  14. natsdial8 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Well I was not in favor of batting Werth leadoff but i did applaud MW for shaking it up. It worked last night beautifully and i will have a crow sandwich today 😜

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      It is not the order it is the opposing pitcher that makes the difference.We were facing a pathetic starter and a terrible BP when a inept defense.

  15. micksback1 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    a good start last night. Concerned at why Zim gives up 6 runs. Hope the starting pitching is not on the decline.

    Agree with Ray Knight, Nats must win 8 of next 12 to be in this

    • jfmii - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM

      I don’t know if starting pitching is in decline, or it is just not as good as purported to be (admittedly by me as well as many many others). With Max’s recent woes, all 6 (including Roark here) have performed substantially below expectations — except maybe Gio because most had lower expectations for him given his 13 and 14 seasons.

  16. natsdial8 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    I happened to switch to the other Masn channel and caught the 9th inning almost come back by the Os . They almost pulled off a miracle comeback against the Mets – they had the tying run on second , winning on 1st with Manny at bat. Would have been nice!

    • alexva6 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      there was a lot of blue in the stands last night. I hope Nats nation has secured their seats for the Mets series.

  17. raleighnat - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Sorely need win! Whew. Need to win a lot of the next 5!

    Early last night when Zimmermann was coughing up runs, it crystallized for me that Rizzo has largely done his job. The GM’s job is to assemble talent and build a pipeline for future talent. It is his job to strike the right balance between the future and the present. When the season started, any reasonable person would have concluded that Rizzo had done that. Great starting rotation with depth and a deep line up of hitters with a proven track record. The bench and bullpen were question marks but no team is perfect. He had also managed to reload the farm to a respectable level that is set to keep us competitive when our batch of free agents depart and we transition to a new window.

    And then I thought, we have to win this game and we have a very good pitcher on the mound – probably the best career Nats pitcher since they moved to DC in 2005. And then he promptly have up 6 runs. And I thought what more can a GM do to set a team up for success and yet here is Zimmermann imploding in a critical game. Then I thought, baseball is a fickle game and there are just no guarantees no matter how well you plan. And then we scored 15 runs, won, and I got confused again but went to bed happy.

    • Guapo - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      Great post and well summed up at the end.

      Just goes to show how much of a Manager’s job is motivation vs. strategy. The lineup last night made very little sense in traditional baseball thinking, but for one night at least, it worked.

      Rizzo put a very good team together that has struggled with injuries, under performance and its share of bad luck. The offense done pretty well all things considered (5th in NL scoring) but the pitching staff as been very average and that wasn’t expected. McCaty, seems like a great guy, but needs a serious evaluation at the end of the season, along with MW. This is a talented team and needs someone who can inspire, keep them loose and let the talent win over the long haul. I’m not sure MW’s style fits this club.

      • raleighnat - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:45 AM

        I agree that in retrospect the one big decision that Rizzo made that might not have been a good one is Williams. But as Rizzo said, this really is a players league. But I do have problems with Williams for sure.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      Well said. And that balance between the present and the future is everything. I use the term ‘time horizon’ in courses I teach, but the key point for baseball is that a GM has to be concerned with multiple time horizons — the next month or so (from any point in the season), the rest of the season (however long that might be), next season, and the out years. The field manager, on the other hand, should be focused on immediate results — next game, next series, next month. Where folks complain that a manager is working a player too hard and will damage his future, it’s the GM’s job to step in and instruct the manager on what he can/can’t do (e.g., pitch counts, innings limits).

      • raleighnat - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        Re: Time Horizon….There is a school of thought that says you should go all in to win a championship – even if that means sacrificing the future. I can accept that in limited doses but what I really care about is that every season matters. That every season has potential and you do everything you can to eliminate being terrible. This is more important to me because following the Nats is a big part of my life. Life is limited. A bad year where we’re out of it in May or June is almost like losing an entire year of your baseball life – God forbid a multiple year hiatus required by a complete rebuild!. Make sure we’re in it every year at the All-Star break and playing games that mean something in August and September and I’m satisfied. Seems to me if you do that regularly enough you’ll stumble into some unexpected luck.

  18. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Turned the game off at 6-5, with an uneasy feeling that did not lead quickly to sleep. Nice to wake up to a win for a change.

    The most significant move Williams made was to move Escobar — who FP keeps describing as “Professional Hitter” — behind Harper. Harper’s biggest issue has been the absence of a consistent hitter behind him in the batting order. Notwithstanding that Escobar is not a power hitter — outside of Coors Field, anyway — he plugged that gap. Colorado’s pitchers and brain trust did not get the message, walking Harper four times and being scalded by Escobar three times. If Harper is on base, Escobar (low K) is as likely as not to get a base hit or at least advance the runner.

    Let’s leave it that way for a while.

    • jfmii - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM

      They walked him four times, it doesn’t look like they were very afraid of Yunel. Also, not understanding this take in general–Escobar has batted cleanup behind Harper numerous time.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM

        The point being that the Rockies got burned for walking Harper. Maybe tonight they’ll pay more attention to keeping Harper off the bases, give him something to hit. If not, their loss. Escobar has been in cleanup slot ten times this season, has .822 OPS. Something opponents should not ignore

      • ehay2k - Aug 19, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        And Harper scored 4 times. I bet they don’t walk Bryce every time tonight!

  19. JayB - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    I think it has to be 11 wins of the next 12…..more than one loss to these teams means they are still just stumbling through the season. So who knew changing things up could have a good effect….who knew playing Danny and sitting player that is under performing could work…..just even a little change shows that you are willing to reflect on past outcomes….something MW has doggedly said he will not do.

    Fire MW and what what happens…..I think last night gives you just a 5% peak into what is possible without him doing the same old same old.

    • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Yeah, gotta be at least 11 wins. Everyone knows that a baseball team can just stumble its way to 10 wins in 12 games.

      L. O. L.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM

        If one loves to complain, the quickest way to happiness is to set expectations ridiculously high and then complain when they are not met. It means the world will give you one of two results: (1) the very unlikely result that your expectations are met – which by definition means amazing results; or (2) the (far more likely) result that your expectations are not met … but then you get to indulge in your favorite activity, complaining.

        It’s a win/win!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      Absolute numbers are meaningless at this point. Relative performance (as compared with the Mets) is all that matters.

  20. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Last year, my family took a vacation in OBX, and the Nats had that great winning streak, with MAT’s debut, and lots of walk-off wins, etc.

    This week, we’re here (and I’m posting) from OBX.

    Here’s hoping that part of history repeats itself! 😉

    • natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Hey, Wonk. Thanks for taking one for the team. 😉

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

        Hey, Wonk. Thanks for taking one for the team. 😉

        I’m glad *somebody* appreciates the sacrifice.

        In fact, I’m so dedicated to the Nats, that I’m going to try to take two weeks in OBX next summer!

  21. edgs3rd1978 - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    G’day Nats fans! Nice W for you guys last night. I think you guys are about to go on a nice run to close out the regular season. Unfortunately for you guys, I think my boys (Mets) are too. However, with a break or two here and there, should be no reason not to be optimistic for you guys reaching the post-season. Regardless, should make for some great baseball down the stretch. May the best team win!

    • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks edgs. I think, and I hope, you are right. With six head-to-head games, there’s lots of time for one team to get some (or make up some) ground.

      If both teams play well, then all either team needs is to be within three games of the other going into the last weekend.

      And, indeed, that last weekend of the season 3-game series in NY has the potential to be a baseball fan’s dream!

    • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      Wow, what a classy post from a visiting Mets fan! Welcome. If the rest of your posts are like this one, I think we would welcome your perspective.

      I think most Nats fans are resigned to the fact that if we’re going to catch the Mets we’re going to have to win the remaining head to head games 4-2 or maybe even 5-1. Even with the Mets’ road-heavy schedule and the need to limit Harvey and Syndergaard’s innings going forward, the Mets are simply too good- and the other NL East teams too weak- for us to hope for much help from other teams.

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:39 PM

        What _is_ the latest scoop on innings limits for Harvey and Thor?

      • edgs3rd1978 - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM

        Thanks for the welcome. I tried to respond to abc’s comment but didn’t see the reply button under his/her post, so I’ll post here. We’ve brought up a guy named Verrett to spell Harvey in the Colorado series. He’s really a bullpen guy, so he’ll probably get about 5 innings. We just need to make sure that our bullpen is well rested because that game will tax the hell out of them. You’ve probably heard about Matz by now and he will get about two more rehab starts then we’ll bring him up Sept 1 with the rest of callups. We’ll go to a 6-man during the month of September in order to reduce innings on Sydergaard and Harvey. I don’t think they’re too worried about D’grom.

      • natsdial8 - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        I caught a Mets reporter on MASN nightly show he indicated no shutdowns looming at all the plan is to skip starts to cut innings and extend their Aces into post season if they make it. Harvey around 175 mark i believe .

      • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

        That was my impression too. DeGrom threw 178 innings last season between AAA and the majors, so he should be fine going to 200 this season, maybe more. Plus he’s already 27, another reason to get the max out of him now. I assume they’ll use him without limitations.

        Matz is a great luxury for the Mets to have, but Nats fans can take a little solace in the fact that he was more lucky than good during his brief pre-injury callup. He had a 100% strand rate- I suspect that won’t continue! His xFIP of 4.05 is probably a better reflection of who he is. Of course none of it will matter if the Nats don’t stay within 4-5 games at the most over the next two weeks and then take at least 2 of 3 from the Mets in the Labor Day series at Nats Park.

      • jd - Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        Bowdenball,

        From what I read the biggest issue is Syndergaard. He is previous high is 133 innings last year and he’s only 22. I think they goal was to stop at 170 and he’s at 135 now.

        Matt Harvey’s previous high in 2013 was 178 innings but coming off TJ the goal was 200 innings and he’s at 154 now.

        DeGrom’s previous high was also 178 and he’s also at 154 now but given he’s 27 and further removed from TJ his goal was 215.

        I guess the Mets can finesse the innings somehow through the regular season although it’s tough to see how with the 1st 2 but in any event if they make the play offs they will certainly have to increase the projected innings or go with lesser pitchers. If they pull this off without hurting their pitchers it’ll be quite an accomplishment.

  22. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    My “from the beach” diagnosis of (mostly) what ails the Nats:

    (I’ve missed a gazillion posts, so I don’t know if this idea has already been posted — apologies if redundant):

    1. Lots of starters missing – luckily we had a great bench, and as of a few weeks ago, still had a small lead in the NL East

    2. Lots of starters coming back – but Werth & Rendon seem to be, alas, still in spring training mode. Last three weeks we have a major lack of hitting.

    Now, the problem facing MW/Rizzo (I’m sure they’re deciding this together) is that — if it’s true as many say that you need 100 AB’s to get all the rust off — do you keep playing Rendon & Werth in order to get their 100 AB’s in? l

    (I haven’t checked, but I suspect that neither Rendon nor Werth has 100 AB’s yet)

    In any event, hopefully Rendon & Werth will get it in gear soon.

    Admittedly, the above (in my mind) explains the hitting problem. We also have a pitching problem as of late (Scherzer, JZ, Drew, etc.) — I haven’t figure that one out. But perhaps I will with enough beach time!

    Greetings, all, from OBX!

    • ArVAFan - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      Ok, I am at the Beach at the Building Museum. Does that count?

      Anyway, I saw that Werth had 69 at-bats since his return. Here’s hoping he’s an overachiever and that 65 turns out to be “enough.”

  23. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    I am as delighted as anyone — okay, maybe Matt Williams is more delighted, but who could tell? — with the Nats win last night, but I’m not going to read too much into a 15-run outburst in Denver. Nor am I going to suggest any arbitrary numbers of games the Nats ‘have to’ win, because it’s all relative to the Mets’ performance. Let’s just hope for some good, clean baseball from the Nats.

    • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      numbers of games the Nats ‘have to’ win, because it’s all relative to the Mets’ performance.

      All the more so given that there are six head-to-head games

  24. langleyclub - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    So, does Rendon sit for awhile? Hard to fathom as he was the best offensive player on the team last year (and finished 5th in the MVP voting). With that said, hard to the see the Nats sitting Desi, Escobar or Danny right now.

    Before the season started, who called that in August a healthy Rendon would sit because the Nats want Danny Espinosa’s bat in the lineup?

    Insane.

    • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      I don’t think so. I think he sat yesterday because the Rockies were starting their only RHP of the series but he’ll be back in there today to try to jump start his bat against the lefties in the hitters’ park of all hitters’ parks.

      Williams is in a tough spot here thanks to Desmond’s resurgence. You have to find a way to get Espinosa in the lineup at least 4-5 times a week, but the only logical spot is a guy who was a fringe MVP candidate last year who you’ll pretty much need to start hitting like that again if you want to run down the Mets. Maybe Espi can catch? 😉

    • natsdial8 - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      I say go with the hot hand and work the other guys in as you can . Espi has to play for now .

  25. rabbit433 - Aug 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    It will take a lot more than this one game to convince me. And what, three errors!! Sorry, this looks like the Met’s year.

  26. richardp6 - Aug 19, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Uh, its the Rockies in Denver. Don’t get excited. The nationals can hit mediocre pitching. They’re terrible against good pitchers, worse than a team that has to win 90 games can afford to be. They better pile up the wins now cause they’re gonna lose three in St. Louis coming up and against the Mets big 3.

  27. fpa4356 - Aug 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    According to ESPN, the Dodgers just got Chase Utley.

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