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1st baseman for the Washington Nationals in 2011 before an injury ended his season.

Nats still a lock to miss even play-in game

That .700 streak was fun, but season died in July

The Washington Nationals, losers of 3 out of 4, are not making the playoffs or even the play-in game (officially the Wild Card, but let’s be realistic here, it’s a play-in game and should occur in Dayton, Ohio, just like college basketball) despite that recent 14-5 run. They stand 7 ½ back of the Cincinnati Reds for the second spot. There just isn’t time. Nor, it seems, is there enough hitting or health.

Bryce Harper’s playing on a bad hip. Davey Johnson doesn’t know what’s going on (Federal Baseball). Adam LaRoche is terrible. Dan Haren is Dan Haren again. Thomas Boswell is moving on.

Last week, implausible scenarios were abound in the Natmosphere and the MSM. The “easy” schedule ahead isn’t that easy with so little hitting.

The season was over a month ago. There is no way to climb out.

Like I said a few weeks ago, enjoy what you can out of this lost season. Jayson Werth is playing better than ever in D.C. (The Post). It isn’t in vain, but it isn’t in pursuit of something bigger and that’s unfortunate.

Ten home games remain — four on weekends, two on Fridays. Go out and take one in. You’ll miss them when they are gone for the winter.

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Nats split D.C. portion of the Battle of the Beltway, RIP Lewis Yocum

The D.C. portion of the Battle of the Beltways has concluded with a split. The Washington Nationals lost game 1, badly, and then rocked the Baltimore Orioles last night 9-3. In other words, the Nats are playing about the same as they always do this season.

GAME 1

Bad Gio. Bad hitting. VIDEO RECAP

GAME 2

Nate Karns debuts, can’t go 5 for a win, but shows promise. 4 home runs, 2 from Adam LaRoche and back-to-back by Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina. Is Moore finally hitting? Seems like it. VIDEO RECAP

I did not bother with my annual “why rooting for the Orioles is like rooting for Iran” or something along those lines post. How many times can I write the same thing? If not for the ridiculous “compensation for Peter Angelos” the Nats being kept off most D.C. area cable systems for most of 2 seasons and the awful coverage we’re forced to endure on MASN, I’d be pretty ambivalent about Baltimore’s baseball team. Their fans on the other hand, will not be missed. Enrico Pallazzo pays the national anthem more respect than they do.

There have been annoyances during the series, like the combination of both team’s broadcasters (does anybody like it?) and MASN incompetence (Nats Enquirer). You get the feeling for a lot of D.C. sports media the previous two games were their favorite of the year, because they get to see their team visit D.C.?

Oh and Bryce Harper is probably still out, so don’t count on him hitting the warehouse at Oriole Park tonight or tomorrow. One columnist, whose paper cuts sports in about 2 days, was hyping that up.
Reluctant superstar Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound tonight.

I’ll pay Bob Carpenter’s remarks about Nats fans as much attention as I pay him in the booth. Nice guy, mediocre play-by-play man at best, completely replaceable. It certainly does feel “fashionable” to get down on the Nats this week.

Lastly, RIP Lewis Yocum, who performed Tommy John surgery on Stephen Strasburg, Zimmermann and prospects Lucas Giolito and Sammy Solis. The Hall of Fame really needs to start a “doctor wing” to honor Yocum, Frank Jobe, James Andrews, etc.

Lastly, taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies over the weekend was nice.

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LaRoche finally realizes he’s not getting better than a 2 year deal, signs with Nats; Morse now tradebait

I go out to get my wife a birthday present and find out that Adam LaRoche has signed a 2 year deal to remain with the Washington Nationals. The first baseman had a strong 2012 after an injury-filled, shortened 2011 season.

Hey, a local Nats beat writer even broke the news!

Here’s Adam Kilgore’s first take for The Post: Adam LaRoche, Nationals agree to terms

The final contract details are not yet known. The original offer LaRoche was weighing was believed to be roughly $25 million.

LaRoche wanted a 3-year deal, but there wasn’t one out there. His consolation is playing on the reigning NL East champions and not having to relocated. Oh and $25 million.

Good signing by the Nats.

The LaRoche signing likely ends the tenure of OF/1B Michael Morse whose best defensive position is DH. Morse still has a year left on his contract and should bring something valuable back in a trade. However, the Nats would be unwise to unload him any time soon since they don’t run out of a place to play him until April 1. The outfield is set with Bryce Harper, newly acquired Denard Span and Jayson Werth, but I think GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson will keep Morse around through a good chunk of spring training. Any injury to LaRoche or the three outfielders makes Morse pretty valuable. Morse will probably find a new home around March 25 or so.

Speaking of Harper, I had to unfollow him on Twitter. Following a pro athlete is kind of silly since half the tweets end with “ha ha ha” or “LOL” but especially so when he’s asking everybody to pump up his chance to be on a video game cover.

83 days until Opening Day

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After game 2 loss, Nats need to move on

Isn’t it something how a blogger isn’t motivated to jump out of bed and write after a loss?

The Washington Nationals lost game 2 of the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-4. That and the fact that tomorrow’s game 3, the first playoff game in D.C. since the 1933 World Series is at 1 p.m. and on MLB Network which is not as widely available as other channels has certainly made the Natmosphere cranky.

As for yesterday’s game, the Nats started off well with 2 walks in the top of the first. They didn’t convert those runners into runs though. Jordan Zimmermann then went 1-2-3 in the bottom frame. Things were looking good. In the top of the second, the Nats got more baserunners and Zimermmann pulled up from a bunt and went the other way to knock in a run. Things looked really good, but getting only one run out of those innings seemed like the same scenario that went the other way the day before.

Zimmermann then came undone in the bottom of the inning and the Cardinals had 4 runs. He gave up another in the third and was pulled. The bullpen threw gasoline on the fire with Craig Stammen, Michael Gonzalez and Sean Burnett gave up 7 runs to eliminate the chance of the comeback.

Back to back home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche were nice though. They only got the Nats within four though and St. Louis expanded their lead. Just a tough ugly game.

The challenge ahead is getting the Nats to put it aside, but more so for strong starting pitching. Edwin Jackson starts tomorrow and needs to pitch a strong outing. His last outing against the Redbirds was brutal. The top of the order needs to step up too, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper need to get going.

OR MAYBE THE BERGEN RECORD JINXED THEM

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Another 6 homer game for the Nats clinches Cubs series

Remember on Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals hit six home runs off the Chicago Cubs?

It took over 110 years and almost 80 seasons to reach that mark and the Nats did it again less than 24 hours later. Wow.

Bryce Harper hit two of those homers, earning the coveted “Must C” embeddable video on MLB.com:

You know what would be funny? Finding a Cubs pitcher in the offseason and playing the “rapid ascent” submarine horn for him. He’d probably collapse into the fetal position.

Sorry, I probably just jinxed the Nats to being shutout tonight.

Roger Bernadina hit a homer before Harper’s first, then Adam LaRoche hit one two batters later in the 3rd. Three out of four batters homered in one inning! Then in the 7th, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa went back to back. Harper’s second homer came in the sixth.

Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 shutout innings for his 18th win.

The Nats clinched another series last night. There isn’t a better story in baseball than this Nats team.

Hard Times Cafe is going to go broke on giving out wings.

More fun:

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Nats set D.C. record for homers in 11-5 rout over Cubs

History, it seems, is being made daily by the 2012 Washington Nationals.

It got better as Adam LaRoche hit his second homer in the eighth for the Nats sixth of the night. Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore and Ryan Zimmerman also contributed with the long ball. In nearly 80 seasons of D.C. baseball, this has never happened. The story just keeps getting better. This is the best story in baseball.

The Nats had 11 extra base hits out of 19 overall, so scoring 11 runs is actually kind of a disappointment; nine runners were left on base.

Edwin Jackson struck out 7 over 5 2/3, but faltered late and gave up four Chicago Cubs runs. He did have two hits though.

The crowd was low — under 18,000 on the first day of school for Northern Virginia. Low crowds were common across the league though:

School started, Bos, school started.

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If you give the Nats two intentional walks in the 10th inning, you deserve to lose on wild pitch, Mets

After Tyler Clippard blew his first save of the year (wiping out Ross Detwiler’s excellent scoreless outing) the Washington Nationals had to come back against the New York Mets in the bottom of the 9th. They did, tying it at 3 (Danny Espinosa with the RBI single) but couldn’t get more.

In the 10th, the Mets got the lead runner on. He scored and the Nats needed two runs.

In the bottom of the inning, Jhonatan Solano singled and advanced to second on a Steve Lombardozzi bunt. Bryce Harper then tripled to knock in Solano and may have scored if he was not covered by David Wright after sliding. Then, the Mets walked Ryan Zimmerman (because who wouldn’t walk Mr. Walk-Off with the winning run on third?) and then walked pinch hitter Ian Desmond. I was thinking, really, two IBBs? That’s just setting yourself up for a wild pitch Mets; you karma. It took an extra batter though, since Adam LaRoche grounded to first, erasing Harper. That also meant Zimmerman was on third and on a 1-2 count to Tyler Moore (who homered earlier) that the pitch went wild and Zimmerman scored on it. Again.

Here’s the rally video (should be embeddable, grrr)

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