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Old 06-21-2016, 12:07 PM
 
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Nats 1 @ Dodgers 4.


About 75 minutes before first pitch, it was announced Strasburg got scratched because of upper back tightness, so instead of getting the dream matchup of Strasburg vs. Clayton Kershaw, we got Yusmiero Petit vs. Kershaw. Not as exciting, huh?? Justin Turner homered in the first and singled in the 4th to put the Dodgers up 2-0, and Joc Pederson homered in the 5th to put the Dodgers up 3-0. Rendon singled in the 7th to get the Nats on the board, while the Dodgers finished the scoring in the 7th with a Chase Utley single. Petit (2-1) allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2 homers) in 6 innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in the spot start. Kershaw (11-1) allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Joe Blanton (8th hold) pitched a scoreless 8th with 1 hit allowed while Kenley Jansen (20th save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th with 2 strikeouts.


Game 2 of the series on Tuesday: Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.64) starts for the Dodgers while Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14) starts for the Nats. Game time scheduled for 10:10 PM.
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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[quote=7express;44494239]Nats 1 @ Dodgers 4.


About 75 minutes before first pitch, it was announced Strasburg got scratched because of upper back tightness, so instead of getting the dream matchup of Strasburg vs. Clayton Kershaw, we got Yusmiero Petit vs. Kershaw. Not as exciting, huh?? Justin Turner homered in the first and singled in the 4th to put the Dodgers up 2-0, and Joc Pederson homered in the 5th to put the Dodgers up 3-0. Rendon singled in the 7th to get the Nats on the board, while the Dodgers finished the scoring in the 7th with a Chase Utley single. Petit (2-1) allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2 homers) in 6 innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in the spot start. Kershaw (11-1) allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Joe Blanton (8th hold) pitched a scoreless 8th with 1 hit allowed while Kenley Jansen (20th save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th with 2 strikeouts.

My question is, was Strasburg ducking Kershaw to keep his undefeated record intact???
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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What happened to this team? Basically the same starters yet the team is playing 10 times better. Was Matt Williams that bad of a manager? I wonder what a good manager could do with this team, because Dusty Baker isn't a good manager by any means.
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Old 06-21-2016, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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What happened to this team? Basically the same starters yet the team is playing 10 times better. Was Matt Williams that bad of a manager? I wonder what a good manager could do with this team, because Dusty Baker isn't a good manager by any means.


Yes. Matt Williams really was that bad of a manager. Read my posts from like page 20 on in this thread.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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Nats 2 @ Dodgers 3.


That was frustrating. 2 runs on 11 hits, 1-10 in scoring position (with the only hit getting a runner thrown out at home). Roark pitching a great game but threw 1 bad pitch, and that 1 bad pitch ended with a .180 hitter taking the ball over the fence for the 3 run homer. Gah I HATE playing games out in California they almost can NEVER win a series out there in any of those 3 ballparks. All 5 runs came on homers: Harper (1st) & Espi (5th) got the Nats 2 runs on 2 homers, and Yasmani Grandal, the .180 hitter hit the 3 run homer in the 8th. Scott Kazmir pitched 6 innings allowing 8 hits and 2 runs (2 homers) with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Louis Coleman (1-1) pitched 1 inning allowing 2 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Kenley Jansen (21st save) pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning. Tanner Roark (6-5) pitched 7.1 allowing 6 hits and 3 runs (1 homer) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.


Finale of the 3 game series goes Wednesday. Julio Urias (0-2, 4.50), the 19 year old Dodgers phenom takes the ball for the home town squad, and he'll be opposed by Joe Ross (6-4, 3.14). Game time slated for 10:10


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My question is, was Strasburg ducking Kershaw to keep his undefeated record intact???
According to Dusty, he got hurt on Saturday night. If they are facing the Brewers or Reds, or some other crappy team is he still skipping the start, or is he starting, we may never know that question, so I'm not going to answer it.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:51 PM
 
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Nats 3 @ Dodgers 4.

This was complete $#!t and I'm still pissed about it. Cliff notes version since I want to get through this quickly:
-Dodgers scored on a passed ball in the first
- Espinosa double, and Ross's first career RBI put the Nats up 2-1 in the 2nd
- Corey Seager home run tied the game in the 3rd
- Ramos hit a homer to put them up 3-2 in the 8th
- Yasiel Puig had a single, and than ran around the bases for a 3 base error which scored him & Howie Kendrick to win the game after the ball went under Taylor's glove
- Speaking of Taylor, along with the 3 base error which lead to the walkoff, he also set a team record by striking out in all 5 at bat's
- Julio Urias pitched 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Chris Hatcher (5-3) came into the game with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th and retired Harper to pick up the win.
- Ross pitched 6.1 allowing 2 runs on 7 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Rivero (14th hold) pitched a scoreless 0.2 of an inning, while Kelley (1-1, 1st blown save) pitched 0.2 allowing 2 runs (0 earned via the error) on 2 hits with 0 walks and 2 strikeouts.
- Both teams off Thursday. Nats head to Milwaukee to try to improve on this dismal 2-5 road trip which has seen some of the worst ways to lose games possible. Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.29) takes the ball for the Nats while Kyle Davies (5-3, 3.62) takes the ball for the Brewers, game time scheduled for 8:10. Dodgers head east and start a 3 game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates which begins Friday as well.
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Old 06-25-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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Nats 3 @ Brewers 5.


-$215 million for your "ace" to give up 20 home runs before June ends (and he'll still have another start in June), including one to a .220 Mets castoff which ended up being the game winner, and a pinch hit blast to a guy batting a buck 40 which tied the game. This has been a GREAT investment so far Rizzo!!!!!!!! Can we send Scherzer to be the pitcher in the home run derby, about the only thing he is useful for. And who cares that he has 10 strikeouts?? Every other ball the opponent puts in play against him leaves the ball. Wish we would've saved the $215 million and used it to resign Zimmermann and a back end starter like Mike Leake.
-After loading the bases by not putting a ball in play (3 walks and 2 strikeouts) Aaron Hill, put the first ball in play and it went into CF for a 2 run single.
-Murphy 2 run double, and a Ramos RBI double gave Nats the lead in the 3rd.
- Keon Broxton, the .140 hitter pinch hitting for the pitcher Kyle Davies home run tied the game in the bottom of the 5th.
-Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the ex-Met castoff, batting a sizzling .220 on the year, got the game-winning 2 run homer in the 6th.
-Batters batting in the 6 through 9 hole in the lineup struck out 10 times, with the team having a pathetic 16 strikeouts overall.
-Scherzer (8-5) allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (2 homers) with 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. Davies pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. Carlos Torres (1-1) another ex-Met pitched a scoreless 6th and picked up the win. Will Smith (4th hold), and Tyler Thornburg (14th hold) combined to pitch 2 scoreless innings with 1 hit, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Jeremy Jeffers (20th save) allowed 1 hit and hit a batter, but struck out 2 in the 9th.
- Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. Matt Garza (0-0, 0.90) starts for the Brewers while Gio Gonzalez (3-6, 4.25) goes for the Nats. Game time slated for 4:10 PM.
- I don't know how this team could look like legitimate championship contenders against the Cubs 10 days ago, and now look like they could get mercy ruled by a little league team. Hopefully the last 2 losses in LA wasn't the cause of death on this team. I don't think they were as good as they were for the first 68 games, but I also don't think they are as bad as they have been for these last 6 games.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:22 PM
 
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. I don't think they were as good as they were for the first 68 games, but I also don't think they are as bad as they have been for these last 6 games.

agreed. You also need offensive balance; 2 .340 hitters and the rest sub .250 is not a winning formula when your ace (Strasburg) isn't pitching. First Murph will land b/w .290-.305 as usual, Ramos will be sub .300 as usual, so there are 6 other guys who need to do more.


You need more runs to win long-term than the Mets do, as I have no doubt NY will hold at minimum a .33 ERA edge (starters 1-5) vs Nats, over a full year.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:38 AM
 
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Saturday:


Nats 5 @ Brewers 6


-Chris Carter 3 run homer with 2 outs in the first put the Brewers on top and they ended up never trailing in the game.
-Murphy triple and Ramos single got the Nats on the board in the 2nd
-Jonathan Villar single in the bottom half got the Brewers the 3 run lead back
-Brewers added 2 more in the 3rd with a Hernan Perez double and a Scooter Gennett fielders choice ended Gio's day and the Brewers scoring for the day.
-Espinosa sacrifice, and a Robinson sac fly got the deficit back to 3 at 6-3 in the 4th.
-Espinosa added a sac fly in the 6th, and Zimmerman had a sac fly in the 7th for the games final 2 runs.
-After striking out a total of 16 times Friday night, the team combined to strike out once on Saturday, and the only strikeout was of the starting pitcher.
-Both starters were highly ineffective: Matt Garza (1-0) went 6 allowing 4 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks and 1 strikeout. Will Smith (5th hold), Carlos Torress (5th hold), and Tyler Blazak (9th hold) combined for 2 innings with 1 run on 2 hits with 2 walks and 0 strikeouts. Jeremy Jeffers (21st save) allowed 1 hit in the 9th. Gio (3-7) had another implosion as he only went 3 innings allowing 6 runs on 6 hits (with 1 homer), with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.


Sunday:


Nats 3 @ Brewers 2


-After Strasburg got placed on the DL Saturday night with the back issue, Tanner Roark moved up a day to conclude the 3 game series, and unlike last Tuesday night we held onto this win to end the 7 game losing streak.
-Scoreless until the 7th when Jose Lobaton got the games first run with a homer, and Robinson added a 2 run shot in the 8th to make it a 3-0 game.
-Jonathan Lucroy got the Brewers on the board with an RBI groundout in the 8th
-After retiring the first 3 batters he faced looking to close out the win, Martin Maldonado homered off of Kelley to get the Brewers within 1 with a 2 out homer, and the next batter Villar tripled to left when Werth lost the ball in the sun so you are thinking "here we go again, a new way to lose" but Gennett flied out harmlessly to left to at least have a happy flight back to DC.
Nelson pitched 5 innings and only allowed 1 hit, but was undone by his 5 base on balls, while he struck out 1, Jacob Barnes (0-1) ended up taking the loss allowing 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer) but 4 of the 6 outs he recorded were via the strikeout. Roark (7-5) pitched 7 scoreless with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts while scattering 7 hits (7's are wild!) Perez (8th hold) & Treinen (8th hold) combined to pith 2/3 of an inning with 1 run on 2 hits with 1 strikeout and 0 walks, while Kelley (3rd save) pitched the last 1 1/3 allowing 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer), 0 walks, and 3 of the 4 outs he recorded were also via the strikeout.
-Nats head home to DC where they'll get a bunch of home cooking coming up both before and after the All Star Break. 19 of their next 23 games (6 of their next 7 series) are at home in the friendly confines of Nationals park. They'll play the next 3 series at home (3 vs. the Mets, 4 vs. the Reds & 3 vs. the Brewers) before the only road series in that stretch (4 at New York) which directly precedes the All Star Week. Coming out of the break they'll open up with 3 straight series (9 straight games) at home against the Pirates, Dodgers & Padres. Time to make up the games we lost & than some in the next month here! Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11) starts for the Nats while the Mets will hand the ball to Thor Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08). Game time slated for 7:05.
-Brewers have Monday off, and they'll welcome the Dodgers into Miller Park for a 3 game series which begins on Tuesday.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:49 PM
 
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Mets 4 @ Nats 11.


Can we threaten everyone on the team with Trea Turner replacing them in the field?? The same day the Nationals played SS Trea Turner in CF (presumably to sub a flailing Michael Taylor & Ben Revere), Revere might have had his best day as a Nat; finished 4-5 with 1 RBI, 3 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Maybe if we play Turner at first tonight and threaten Zimmerman's playing time Zimmerman will respond with a 3-4 night with 3 homers and 8 RBI's?? Nats also made more prospect news as they'll be calling up #1 prospect Lucas Giolito to start Tuesday night's game. Probably not as exciting as Strasburg's debut in 2010 was, in part before we kinda new when Stras' debut was going to come (which was around June 10-15 when the Super 2 deadline was in 2010 [actual debut was June 8 which was actually the same day Giancarlo then known as Michael Stanton debuted for the Marlins] while Giolito's debut is coming via an injury, coincidently to Strasburg, but should still be pretty exciting nonetheless at Nats Park this evening. I'll be down there this weekend, so hopefully Giolito sticks around and starts again on Sunday when I'll be there. Now onto the game:
Mets got the first 4 runs of the game: Neil Walker had a sac fly in the first, Curtis Granderson single in the 2nd made it 2-0 in the 2nd, and a Wilmer Flores single brought home 2 runs in the 3rd to go up 4-0. However, later in the inning Flores got thrown out at home on a bad bunt by Noah Syndergaard and that seemed to jump start the Nationals as the Nats would score 11 straight unanswered runs from that point on to drop a KO on the Mets. They got 5 in the 3rd to take the lead for good: Harper, Rendon & Espinosa singles scored 4 of the 5 runs while a Murphy fielders choice brought the 5th run home. Murphy single in the 4th made it 6-4, and Espinosa & Revere doubles sandwiched around a Revere fielders choice made it 10-4, and Rendon had a sac fly in the 6th to finish the scoring at 11-4. Joe Ross (7-4) allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. Syndergaard (8-3) allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in only 3 innings of work.


Game 2 on Tuesday. Giolito (0-0, 0.00) makes his MLB debut and he'll be up against Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64). Game time slated for 7:05.
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