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Old 05-31-2015, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Very interesting post, 7express, while I'm a Met fan, I loved your creativity. To be fair, Beane does all of those deals Monday before lunch. LOL!
I was doing those at 3:30 AM in the morning.....the same day I had just gotten back from Europe! I don't even think Beane is THAT crazy to do something like that.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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Tonight's game rained out. Split admission double header Tuesday (since Toronto won't be back in Washington for another 6 years after they leave town Wednesday night, and even though Jays have Thursday off, Nats play the Cubbies).

Game 1 starts at 1:05 and will be the same pitching matchup scheduled for Monday: R.A. Dickey for the Jays vs. Jordan Zimmermann for the Nats.
Game 2 will start at 7:05 and be the regularly scheduled matchup: Marco Estrada for Toronto, Max Scherzer for the home town nine.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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Jays 0 @ Nats 2 (game 1).

Well pitched game from both Dickey & Zimmermann with Dickey only giving up 2 runs, while Zimmermann got the upper hand pitching 8, allowing 0 runs, and him & Storen combined to shut out the Blue Jays for the first time this year. They had been the last time in baseball that had not been shut out this year.

Game 2 starts @ 7:05 with Scherzer taking on Marco Estrada.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:10 PM
 
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7express"Marco Estrada"

didn't he say "The plane, boss, the plane" On Fantasy Island?

LOL. MLB names have sure changed over the years.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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Jays 7 @ Nats 3 (game 2).

Each team got 1 win on the day as the Nats took the first game 2-0. Rare to see Scherzer get roughed up like that, but the Jays are a very good offensive team, could be the best offensive team Scherzer has faced all season and it's entirely possible he doesn't face another one as good as the Jays this year. The Cubs & Rockies are the only 2 teams in the NL (and the rest of the opponents on the schedule) I'd even put on the same level as the Jays.

Rubber game tonight with Mark Buehrle going for the Jays vs. Taylor Jordan filling in for an injured Stras taking the hill for the Nats. Game time slated for 7:05 PM. Nats hitters who aside from Denard Span from his Twins days haven't seen much of Buehrle in their career's, so the hitters better be on their toes as Buehrle works incredibly fast and doesn't like to wait around. As soon as he gets the ball back from the catcher, he's ready to deliver the next pitch, hitter's gotta be aware of that.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:15 AM
 
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Rare to see Scherzer get roughed up like that...
Not his best game by any means, but the "roughing up" amounted to two poorly placed sliders to Kevin Pillar. The game was lost in my view by Tyler Moore swinging at a clear ball four in the fifth. Fortunately, he actually hit it and produced a sac fly to put the Nats up 3-1, but had he merely taken a full-count pitch that was plainly high and away, the score would still have been 3-1, Scherzer would have been back in the dugout resting, and with the bases still loaded and still only one out, Estrada would have been on the ropes and perhaps on the verge of being knocked from the game with the Nats lead having been further extended. As it was, runners were left at the corners with two down, and a couple of pitches to Clint Robinson brought a quick end to the inning. The whole course of the ballgame was altered in that one foolish swing.

As for Wednesday's game, it was like a trip to Syracuse without the trip to Syracuse. This is suddenly late-inning Spring Training baseball for the Nats, but not so much for their opponents. Back at the Cubs tonight with some more cold, rainy weather.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:23 AM
 
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Jays 8 @ Nats 0.

Jays got 4 hits & a walk sending 8 runners to the plate in the first inning scoring 4 runs and that was that. Buehrle worked his quick magic, throwing a complete game shutout and doing it in under 95 pitches to boot!

Nats back in action tonight against the Cubbies opening a 4 game series. Jake Arrietta taking the ball for the Cubs who will be opposed by Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the home team. Game time slated for 7:05.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:28 AM
 
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Cubs 2 @ Nats 1.

Cubs did all their damage in the first. Loaded the bases with 0 outs, Gio walked in a run, and got Castro to ground into a double play for the second run, but after that were pretty much held in check as they only finished with 6 hits on the night 2 of which I believe came in that first inning. Anthony Rendon made his long awaited season debut finishing 2-4 though was caught stealing in the first. The game ended in one of the most frusterating ways possible: in the 9th with 2 outs down 1 & Rendon up, Clint Robinson got picked off first base by David Ross , inexcusable. And really, there's no reason for Robinson to be that far off base to get a throw back to first to begin with. First of all there's 2 outs, so the break on contact more than makes up for the smaller lead off the base. Second of all, Michael Taylor was on 2nd anyways, so with 2 outs even a ball hit right to one of the Cubs OF's likely scores him, so what are the Cubs OF's doing?? That's right playing as far back as possible to prevent Robinson from winning the game. And Robinson isn't very fleet of foot either, so even with 2 outs I doubt he scores on a ball to the wall anyways. IF the runners were reversed and Robinson was on second, Taylor on first I still wouldn't be happy with Taylor ending the game, but at least I could live with it (Cubs OF defense probably plays less deep because they can actually throw out Robinson at the plate) and the head start Taylor would get with an extra lead would score him on a ball hit to the wall, but for a slow guy to get picked off there is just completely dumb. And third of all why that was completely dumb is you have Anthony freaking Rendon at the plate! All the guy did last year was win a silver slugger and he drove in runners with 2 outs last year like it was nobodies business, and you take the bat out of his hands?!?!?!?!?!?!? This will end up being one of the dumbest game-ending plays this year, not just for the Nats, but for all of baseball.

Series continues tomorrow with Tsyochi Wada for the Cubs taking on Tanner Roark for the Nats. I'm not sure entirely since I was out of the country, but I'm pretty sure these were the 2 pitchers back in Wrigley Field last Monday. Game time slated for 7:05.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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The rain delay on Thursday was more entertaining than the ballgame. There were meanwhile multiple blown calls by the umpires (including the ones in New York) that damaged the Nats cause, but the dagger to the heart was Bob Henley giving the stop sign to Span and Rendon on what turned out to be the latter's one-out double in the sixth. Both runners were under a full head of steam and eager to advance when Henley got the yips and held them as the Cubs outfielders struggled to get a grip on the ball at the base of the scoreboard. Had they been sent, Span would have scored easily and there would have been only the most speculative sort of chance that Rendon could have been caught at 3B. Worse yet perhaps -- though getting just the one run out of all that was pretty bad considering the final 2-1 score -- the call evinced a milquetoast, no-swagger, non-aggressive, we-don't-need-no-stinking-runs sort of attitude that an already tentative Nats offense simply cannot afford.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:19 PM
 
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Cubs 5 @ Nats 7.

Espinosa got the scoring started with a 3 run homer in the second, and after Rizzo got 1 back with a homer in the 4th, Nats got 2 back in the 4th to go up 5-1 and knock Wada from the game. Cubs got 3 back in the 6th to make it competitive, but the Nats got 1 each in the 7th & 8th to give Storen an easy save and the series a 1-1 tie.

Saturday's matchup is Jason Hammel a Nats career killer for the Cubs vs. Joe Ross for the Nats. Jason Hammel is 7-0 in his career vs. the Nats while his team has won all 8 times he's started against them. Joe Ross meanwhile is making his major league debut, so this seems like an unfair fight. Joe Ross, who is the brother of Padres pitcher Tyson, came over from the Pads via that 3 team trade between the Pads, Rays & Nats which saw Wil Myers head over to San Diego, Steven Souza head over to Tampa Bay meanwhile the Nats received Joe Ross & SS Trea Turner who should be making his major league debut sometime in 2016 or 2017. Saturday's game starts at high noon, while the Sunday game starts at 4:05 because Nats park is hosting some dream GALA event Saturday night.
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