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Game 140: Nats at Marlins

Sep 11, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT

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The raw emotions of this week’s sweep at the hands of the Mets have had some time to wear off, the Nationals have had a chance to take a day off and tonight they get back to work, the stakes perhaps not nearly as high as they were the last time they took the field but a ballgame to play nonetheless.

Ryan Zimmerman, still bothered by a strained oblique, remains out of the lineup tonight in Miami. And with Clint Robinson leaving the club for a couple of days with his wife about to give birth, it’s Tyler Moore at first base in the series opener. Michael Taylor, however, is back playing after missing Wednesday’s game with lingering pain in his knee.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start in his hometown, where he struggled earlier this year. The lefty gave up six runs on 10 hits in only five innings at Marlins Park back on April 26, though he did pitch well in two previous starts there. Right-hander Jarred Cosart, who allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings to the Mets last week in his return from a lengthy DL stint, gets the ball for Miami.

I’m not at this series, but I will be meeting up with the Nats in Philadelphia on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the game and the conversation…

Where: Marlins Park, Miami
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/869
Weather: Indoors

LF Jayson Werth
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
1B Tyler Moore
LHP Gio Gonzalez

MARLINS (59-81)
2B Dee Gordon
LF Christian Yelich
3B Martin Prado
1B Justin Bour
CF Marcell Ozuna
C J.T. Realmuto
RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Miguel Rojas
RHP Jarred Cosart

HP Ron Kulpa
1B Larry Vanover
2B Brian Knight
3B Tom Woodring

  1. erocks33 - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Just out of curiosity, Mark, but just how many road trips have you made (i.e. that CSN has sent you on) this season? It sure as heck seems that you haven’t made many, especially since around June. Kind of stinks not having you on the road with the Nats.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    It will be interesting to see how the Nats play out the rest of the season. In 2013 — even this late in the season — the team was playing well and still seemed to have momentum on its side, even if the numbers weren’t. In 2011, they finished strong (as I recall), despite no hope of reaching the post-season, giving many of us hope (well placed, as it turned out). But this year seems a lot different, with both the standings and ‘feel’ (if you will) of the team suggesting…what?…that it could be a rough couple of weeks. We’ll see.

    • nats106 - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      Yes, 2011 was an exciting year. It was awesome knocking the no account Braves out of the playoffs (Cardinal fans still owe us for that one)

      I was hoping to watch meaningful games in Mid September. Oh well. I guess a couple of teams that wasted their opportunities this year will have to do for the weekend. And yes, before anyone tells me otherwise, I understand that these are still meaningful games (sort of) but not as meaningful as I was hoping for.

  3. natsfan1a - Sep 11, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Will be interesting to see how they play it out.

    As for tonight, I’ll be watching, at least I will for as long as I can stay awake. Barely made it to 9:00 last night. Okay, maybe it was 8:45 and some change. Okay, it was 8:35. (Danged red-eye flight. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

  4. lphboston - Sep 11, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    The rest of the season will be played in order to comply with major league rules.

  5. natsjackinfl - Sep 11, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t fret folks. I’m sitting in the cool air conditioning of Marlins Park and ready to observe the, what will become, the most unbelievable come back in baseball history.

    Or maybe not.

    But I am here and ready to watch my favorite team compete. GYFNG!

    • stoatva - Sep 11, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      I hope they play well, with pride, the rest of the way. But I do not want to see this team in the postseason, no matter how much they might beat up on the Braves, Phillies and Marlins.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 11, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Well….. go Nats..

  7. Joe Seamhead - Sep 11, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I think the Hagerstown Suns played in front of bigger crowds than there are in the Marlins park tonight.

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 11, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    We should hear Natsjack tonight…..

  9. philipd763 - Sep 11, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Where is Mike Rizzo hiding these days.

  10. nats106 - Sep 11, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Wow I tried to watch 3 innings of this game. Just depressing-I think I saw a happier script in that movie “Falling Down” I want to wish everyone a happy off season (not “post season” – off season). Watching these two teams is a sequence of shoulda woulda coulda, with the Nationals winning the shoulda segment.

  11. philipd763 - Sep 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    This team has no life; they have given up.

  12. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Seems to be going around.

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    More or less what I expected but not what I had hoped for.

  14. Karl Kolchak - Sep 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Sadly, about the best we can hope for at this point is that they lose enough games to move into the Top 10 for next year’s draft. That way they can sign a big time free agent without losing their top draft pick.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Not worth it. Plenty of good talent later.

      • Karl Kolchak - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:21 AM

        The awful performance of all their minor league teams this year indicates that they need as much talent as they can get.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:56 AM

        Don’t we all?

        Although, in fairness, Cliff Robinson, Michael A Taylor, Joe Ross, and probably a few others were supposed to be there this season.

        But yes, yes they do.

  15. kirbs3256 - Sep 11, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Well, I think this blog is dying like this team….under 20 comments on the game thread.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:58 AM

      The bottom half of the in-game got unreadable quite some time ago. The top half misses Mark on the road, which is half the games.

  16. raleighnat - Sep 12, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Same old same old





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