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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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Nats lose Orioles series and move on to Colorado

The Washington Nationals losing a series is always disappointing, but double so when it is to the corrupt Baltimore Orioles for oft stated reasons like “evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.” The Baltimore fanboys in D.C. sports media are surely thrilled. Still, the Nats had a strong stretch through the seemingly most difficult part of the schedule (CSN Washington) and a solid 10-8 record in interleague play. They have a

Pitching continues to be a strong spot, perhaps historically strong (THOMAS BOSWELL, The Post), but a lot of that is coming from the #1 and #2 starters Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Strasburg shuts down in September, so that’s a problem. Jordan Zimmermann continues to not get run support and I think that is taking its toll. Maybe we’re just spoiled as Nats fans which seems odd because we suffered through a lot of bad starting pitching for years. Hey, John Lannan may be back for some doubleheaders too (The Nats Blog)!

Ryan Zimmerman got a cortisone shot because he’s got bone on bone in his shoulder
(Federal Baseball). Ouch. I’d have sent him to the DL, the long-term risk of injury/aging of the shoulder should be the guide here. He hasn’t been hitting at all, so putting somebody else in there isn’t going to hurt and may help in the short term. I understand why he’s still out there though and don’t envy having to make that decision.

The Nats get the top of the rotation for the Colorado Rockies series in Denver. That will be interesting, seeing how they pitch in the thin air, but perhaps more importantly, how do they hit. Will they try too hard?

The next three games are unusual 8:40 p.m. starts followed by a 3:10 p.m. start on Thursday. Then, they go from the highest elevation in the majors to the second highest elevation for a weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.

Boswell chatted for 2 hours (25 responses) today.

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Nats: 20-18 doesn’t seem so hot

To gauge just how unusual this season has been for the Washington Nationals and those who follow them, it took until mid-May to get a three game losing streak. In the past, it seemed like it never took more than three days to get there, even if only two games were scheduled. This unexpected fortune has the patient (to a fault?) front office making decisions like DFA’ing “prized” free agent Brian Bruney. The reliever was as reliable as BP’s safety record and he’s now paid the price. In his place comes the other first round draft pick from last year, Drew Storen (Nats Insider and Nationals Journal respectively). The bullpen is the team’s biggest weakness right now and outside of closer Matt Capps it has been quite unreliable. Tyler Cippard, so strong through the first month of the season is having trouble lately. He gave up Colorado’s winning run yesterday and has achieved 7 victories in part because he allowed inherited runners to score and got bailed out by the Nats taking the lead in the subsequent inning. Storen isn’t going to be facing too much pressure yet, but I think he’ll get the opportunity to pitch in tight ballgames sooner than later.

On April 5, a 20-18 start was beyond the dreams of all but the most delusional of fanboys. Now with two games in St. Louis against the Cardinals, the team is in danger of coming back to D.C. at .500. The expectations have been raised to the point where that is a major let down. The silver lining though is the schedule gets “easier” by the standards of preseason prognostication. It was said the Nats had the toughest first 40 games in baseball. They ought not count on that theory to figure out their hitting woes and bullpen strategy.

Good to be back, I’m eager to contribute after the stint on the DL.

Nyjer Morgan meme!

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Nats get win #8, comeback to beat Rockies

Ryan Zimmerman hurts hamstring as Washington Nationals rally past Colorado RockiesThe Post
Nats show grit, but no one’s watchingNats Insider
Lefty John Lannan got off to a shaky start last night, giving up 3 runs before through 3 innings. The Washington Nationals caught up quickly and took a 4-3 lead over the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the 3rd. The Rockies added another run off of Lannan in the 4th, but he settled down and the score remained tied eighth inning. Wil Nieves (who?) doubled Josh Willingham home for the game-winner. Ivan Rodriguez sacrificed Adam Kennedy home for the final run.

Matt Capps got his 7th save in 7 tries with even after putting the lead run on with 2 outs. Final score 6-4, Nats.

Tyler Clippard
got his third win of the season to lead the staff.

The Nats have won every game that a starter last through five innings. Those 8 games are the only ones they have won. They are above .500 again at 8-7 and have assured themselves at least a split series against the Colorado. They can take the series with a win today, first pitch 4:35 p.m. Yay, day-ish baseball!

3B Ryan Zimmerman doubled, but pulled up lame at second base in the 7th inning — he says it was a right hamstring cramp. We’ll see.

Another night, another attendance low (DC Sports Bog). Bad weather and the Capitals are not helping matters — it is what it is. I’m going to weeknight games either.

Let Teddy Win
and We Love DC were helping attendance though.

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Colorado rocks Olsen; Nats back at .500 after blowout

Washington Nationals struggle from the start again in 10-4 loss to Colorado RockiesThe Post
The consistently inconsistent NatsThe Wash. Times
A heavy-hearted win for Rockies over Washington – – Denver Post
The Washington Nationals starting pitching has been going to extremes lately. Saturday was a feast with Liván Hernández going the distance with a shutout. On Sunday, Jason Marquis couldn’t even get an out and gave up 7 runs. Monday, Craig Stammen gave the Nats 8 innings of 2-run ball. Last night against the Colorado Rockies Scott Olsen came up in the rotation and got a mere 6 outs and gave up 6 runs. Tyler Walker relieved him and promptly gave up four runs, but settled down and went a total of 3 innings. From the 6th inning on, the bullpen only gave up 2 hits and no runs.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run and Ian Desmond and Cristian Guzman both drove in runs to make the final score 10-4, Rockies.

Both teams are now 7-7. John Lannan is scheduled for D.C. tonight.

The Rockies were playing with heavy hearts yesterday, their president diedDenver Post.
– – Denver Post

Contract extension talks with Adam Dunn
are seemingly not occuring. He isn’t make much of a case with the bat either with a mere .279 slugging percentage. He OBP is a healthy .379 though.

Attendance last night was announced at over 15,000, about 4,000 more than the previous night. Let’s see what happens with the Capitals on tonight.

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Stammen, Nats beat Rockies to climb over .500

Craig Stammen pitches Washington Nationals to 5-2 victory over Colorado RockiesThe Post
After his worst-ever outing, Craig Stammen bounced back and gave the Washington Nationals 8 innings of 2 run, 5 hit pitching to defeat the Colorado Rockies before the smallest crowd in team history. Stammen pitched against his own personal grain — to throw harder. After being counseled by Liván Hernández on Sunday, the day after ¡LIVAN! pitched a shutout with a fastball velocity in the mid-80s, Stammen eased up. The two had played golf in spring training and ¡LIVAN! explained that when he “swung easy” he could always hit the ball straight. The attitude ¡LIVAN! has on the golf course is the same he has on the mound. It worked for Stammen last night.

¡LIVAN! is awesome. I hope he and not his twin ¡Navil! are around for a long time.

Willie Harris had 4 RBI.

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Jason Marquis gives up 7 runs; Brewers crush Nats 11-7

Jason Marquis, Nationals fall to Brewers, 11-7The Post
After expressing concern that some pitchers in the bullpen were not getting enough work, Jim Riggleman had to use it to get all 27 outs. He won’t make that mistake again. After the 1st inning though, only one run was scored.

Something is wrong with starter Jason Marquis, one of two major free agent signings this offseason. Yesterday, he gave up 7 earned runs without recording an out, raising his ERA to 20.52 and lowering his record to 0-3, worst among MLB starting pitchers. Marquis claims not to be hurt and went to the batting cage to practice pitching following his removal from the game.

For the 8th non-consecutive season in a row, situational hitting continues to be a problem for Washington*. The Nats had 16 hits off of Brewers pitching (including the nearly unwatchable starter Doug Davis; each pitch looks like a balk due to a slow and tedious wind-up) but stranded eight runners.

Ivan Rodriguez, your National League batting leaderThe Post
Three weeks into the season, the Nats other big offseason signing, Ivan Rodriguez, is leading in the National League in hitting. This probably isn’t sustainable, but watching him doubles seemingly daily has been a lot of fun.

Other notes:

Sunday’s lost sent the Nats back to .500 (6-6). They had already taken the Brewers series behind ¡LIVAN! on Saturday. Getting back over could be tough with the Colorado Rockies coming to town today.

The Nats wore their red curly W jerseys again. Don’t be surprised if they have new home whites next year, I’m half expecting the block NATIONALS to be replaced with script. The Natstown logo is another hint.

I guess 2011 will be the earliest that I “clinch” the National League. I think I’ve seen every team other than the Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds play the Nats since baseball returned to Washington. I’m pretty sure the Diamondbacks snuck in there at some point.

Why don’t the Brewers have “Milwaukee” on their road uniforms? That’s a jersey foul.

I like their caps though.

The Brewers numerals are terrible though, they look like Times New Roman in bold.

*I’m assuming the ’69 Senators hit okay — they were the last D.C. team with a winning record.

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