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Ross Ohlendorf’s big win, Padres sweep of Braves has Nats 6 back


Princeton man Ross Ohlendorf‘s old school windup delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Washington Nationals last night. It was impressive enough to get the day-after embedded video from MLB. We may see more of him this season so we’ll see if that windup means that everybody runs on him.

Ian Desmond had 3 RBI. The Colorado Rockies could only plate one run and the Nats got a big win. The San Diego Padres helped out by sweeping the Atlanta Braves too, so the Nats are 6 games back. Thanks, Papas.

Nationals 5, Rockies 1: Ross Ohlendorf steps in to give Washington a liftThe Post

Rubber game of the series is this afternoon at 3:10 p.m. Ross Detwiler returns from the DL. Back-to-back Ross starts — a first?

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Nats have 100 games to close 7 game deficit

The Washington Nationals swept a doubleheader on Sunday to take the 3 game series with the Minnesota Twins (take that Calvin Griffith!) and get themselves back to .500. One hundred games remain in the 2013 regular season and the 31-31 Nats probably need to win more than 60 of them to reach the playoffs and perhaps more than 63 to catch the Atlanta Braves. They start tonight in Denver with three games with the Colorado Rockies, a team the Nats have struggled against historically. Last year they went 3-4. This year they have Dan Haren, a call-up and Gio Gonzalez as probables for the Denver trip which doesn’t bode well. Curve balls don’t curve as much in the Mile High air and that hurts Gio. Haren is Haren and a call-up is always unknown.

The Post has a good outline of what awaits: The Nationals’ road ahead

The winning percentage of the Braves’ remaining opponents is .454, easier than the .467 winning percentage of the Nationals’ remaining opponents.

Thomas Boswell writes “who knows” what will happen. Getting back Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler and Bryce Harper will go a long way, the question is when. The Nats have not said anything about Harper’s visit to Dr. James Andrews and yesterday evening, that had me concerned. Harper tweeted out though:

I felt better after that, but still no word from the Nats. So, ya, “I have a bad feeing about this.”

The Nats are significantly better with Harper in the lineup than without. MLB Injury News has a take on the situation:
Nationals’ Bryce Harper could return by the end of June . Also, perhaps there are shortcomings to an ironworker mentality for baseball players.

Other recent moves including ending the Henry Rodriguez experiment (remember he part of the Josh Willingham trade1 and speaking of, Willingham is Morse-ian in left2), getting rid of Zach Duke and getting Danny Espinosa out of the lineup via the DL with a trip to the minors likely. That’s a lot of dead wood gone. Anthony Rendon is learning second base on the job, but he can hit and could very quickly make Espinosa obsolete.

Two games are 8:40 p.m. DC time and the finale is a 3:10 p.m. start on Thursday. Friday, the Nats are in Cleveland and I should have a guest prognosticator Q&A on Thursday afternoon/evening.

So, is this the week that either George Will or Charles Krauthammer writes a Nats column? They do at least once a season.

1Willingham was traded for H-Rod and Corey Brown, currently at AAA Syracuse (who looks like a better option than most Nats 4th outfielders)

2Morse is hurting in Seattle

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Nats, Marlins, Rockies and the ’93 expansion curse

When you think about it, the Miami Marlins (previously Florida) and Colorado Rockies have been giving D.C. trouble for over 20 years now. Back in 1991, D.C. fell short to South Florida and Denver in the ’93 expansion derby. If I recall correctly, Denver had the promise of a new sales-tax funded ballpark and South Florida had Blockbuster Video/Waste Management chairman Wayne Huizenga (and his 50% ownership of Joe Robbie Stadium) behind them while D.C. had, um RFK Stadium. Baseball finally returned to Washington in 2005, but the results against the two expansion teams that won in ’93 haven’t been pretty.

The records:

 YEAR:     W-L     Win %  
 2011:     7-11    .389     
 2010:     5-13    .278     
 2009:     6-12    .333      
 2008:     3-14    .176     
 2007:     10-8    .556     
 2006:     7-11    .389
 2005:      9-9    .500

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The Marlins played in a stadium (that changed names seemingly bi-annually) that was perhaps the least pleasant weather wise in the NL. I don’t know that the South Florida humidity made much difference though, there were some terrible Nats teams over the years and that doesn’t account for home losses.

The Marlins expansion partner, the Rockies have also had a strong record against the Nats:

 YEAR:     W-L     Win %  
 2011:     3-4      .429     
 2010:     3-5      .375     
 2009:     0-6      .000      
 2008:     3-4      .429     
 2007:     3-4      .429     
 2006:     0-8      .000
 2005:     4-2      .667

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The Rockies play in the mile high setting of Denver, though that doesn’t account for home losses either. Two really bad seasons against the Rockies brings the Nats overall record down, but they only took the season-series against the Rockies once, in 2005.

I wasn’t thrilled when I learned the Nats would have the All-Star break bookended by this troublesome teams. They managed only one win against the Rockies (who are in last place in the NL West) in the series before the break after splitting a four game series at Coors Field earlier. The Nats finished the season series 3-4. Against the Marlins, the Nats just split a series which is an improvement against the Fish. Washington is just a game behind in the season series with Miami, so things may be getting better. Perhaps the change of venue and “name” have helped the Nats. But a 4-5 record doesn’t inspire confidence just yet, even if seven of those games were in Miami.

The Nats are now 2½ up on the Atlanta Braves, who picked up two games this week in the NL East. Those historical worries weren’t unfounded.

Tonight, Ross Detwiler faces Jon Niese of the New York Mets in Nationals Park. The Mets are starting to fall off a bit and this series is a chance to start putting them away.

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Bryce Harper is too good to be true; Nats split with Rockies; people are watching/listening

Bryce Harper loves Washington, and says he wants to play his entire career in the cityThe Post
Bryce Harper has decided as a 19 year old that he wants to stay in the D.C. area forever as a member of the Washington Nationals. He’s living in Pentagon City and I never wanted to move out of Pentagon City either, so I see his point. Still, a really feel-good article that you should invest absolutely zero in because a 19 year old’s worldview is very different than a 25 year old on the cusp of a $200-300 million contract. He is saying all the right things rigth now though as evidenced by him suggesting the Colorado brewery selling Clown Question Bro beer donate some profits in honor of a fallen police officer.

He’s too good to be true.

Also, get that man some more Pop Tarts. Maybe an endorsement deal with them too. Is that balcony grill usage legal?

The Nats series in Denver was strange (Stephen Strasburg losing?!, three games of 10 or more runs, rally napkin and coming back from being down 7-0 to lose by one in extras). Given the history with the Colorado Rockies, a split is okay with me. Oh and Tyler Clippard feeding baby ducks in the bullpen.

Peter Angelos is probably really upset because Washingtonians are watching the Nats in record numbers and at a greater rate the Capitals or Wizards. Hopefully, this news has reached the committee that is going to give Bud Selig a recommendation on how much MASN has to pay the Nats for TV rights over the next five years. Angelos, who should not have had the Nats TV rights to begin with, has to be scared that the panel reviewing the Nats request for TV rights compensation will see this new information. It is a mortal lock that the dream of Angelos/Orioles no longer having the Nats TV rights will come true though.

The Nats radio ratings are also solid with 5% of area radios tuned in to hear Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler call the action. All the more impressive — high ratings without pancake banter. Also, more merchandise is being sold at Nationals Park. Note: The previous four links all go to DC Sports Bog which is mostly Nats these days.

1924 Senators throwbacks and more for the July 5 game against the San Francisco Giants.

Ryan Zimmerman is hitting again, thanks to a cortisone shot. Hopefully, he isn’t doing permanent damage though.

A big series with the second place Braves in Atlanta tonight. The Nats have a 3.5 game lead on them and the Mets, along with the best winning percentage in the NL.

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