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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: James Andrews/Lewis Yoccum appointments and cortisone futures trading well at mid-day; first Boswell column of spring

Day 3 of Washington Nationals spring training…

PLAYING HURT, BUT FOR HOW LONG?

Playing through a torn rotator cuff (The Post)? Color me skeptical Danny Espinosa. How many cortisone shots will he take this season? Good news if you are Steve Lombardozzi I guess.

Henry Rodriguez thinks his elbow pain is normal, he did have a bone spur removed last summer. I’m just wondering if he does tear his UCL, who does the Tommy John surgery? If it is either Lewis Yoccum or James Andrews, the team considers him really important. If it is the team doctor, well…

THEN THERE IS THOMAS BOSWELL…

Boswell’s column is restrained, by his standards. He writes better when he has a real reason to get excited.

Nats Enquirer on Harper’s view of the state of D.C. sports.

NEWLY ACQUIRED SORIANO LATE FOR SPRING TRAINING, WELL I NEVER…

New closer Rafael Soriano is expected this weekend after dealing with visa issues Hardball Talk, NBC Sports. My theory is visa issues are modern version of holding out to just avoid spring training (Frank Howard did that annually) – American players are jealous.

D-SPAN LEAPS FROM THE FISHES

Denard Span isn’t a fan of osprey’s bombing fish into centerfieldDC Sports Bog, The Post.

FLORIDA TODAY VIDEO COVERAGE

Don’t forget, Florida Today has Nats Spring Training coverage, including this cluster of videos.

45 days until Opening Day…

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Gio Gonzalez is the ace, but could still improve; Nats survive H-Rod, beat Phillies

The Washington Nationals extended their winning streak to 2 and took a 3-1 season series/Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge lead over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. A few thoughts…

Everybody over the latest (last as a closer?) meltdown by Henry Rodriguez yet? Other stuff happened in last night’s game, like Gio Gonzalez striking out nine over 6 innings. In the sixth though, he needed some stellar defense and poor Phillies baserunning. Rick Ankiel made a great catch off a Hunter Pence liner that nobody tried to run on and Adam LaRoche throw out Placido Polanco at home. I wish MLB would let me embed those videos I just linked to!

Speaking of Gonzalez, his enthusiasm was on display on Saturday as MissChatter notes. She’s got video, part of which I shot so she could ask a question. BLOGGERS ASSEMBLE.

Gonzalez leads MLB in strikeouts (Nationals Journal, The Post), but I’d like to see him start pitching seven innings and giving the bullpen some rest. They need it with the closer situation being what it is right now with Drew Storen and Brad Lidge out and H-Rod ineffective in tight games in any role.

In stuff leftover from the weekend, Teddy did a Dexter Manley impression on the Oriole bird:

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Bryce Harper homers, Nats beat Padres 8-5 but lose another catcher

Somehow, after a day of rain, the Washington Nationals got in their game against the San Diego Padres last night. It was an eventful one:

Bryce Harper hit his first major league home run:

Sandy Leon made his major league debut at catcher. It lasted 4 innings — Chase Headley took him out at home plate (MLB video). A high ankle sprain is the official diagnosis (CSN Washington), he’s headed to the DL.

Ross Detwiler wasn’t sharp and had his worst outing of the season. He gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, in 5 innings.

Ian Desmond went 3 for 5.

Ryan Zimmerman
walked 3 times.

Craig Stammen had two big innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. Maybe he should close for a while?

Homers off the bench — Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady. Chaditude and Nadyitude!

Henry Rodriguez loaded the bases and had to be bailed out by Sean Burnett, who earned the save. Manager Davey Johnson says H-Rod is still the closer…

Did you know the Padres almost moved to D.C. in 1973?

A good, but costly, bounce-back win. Let’s try to focus on Harper’s homer and not all the Spinal Tap drummers that died the tendency for terrible injuries to Nats catchers.

FURTHER READING

Nationals vs. Padres: Bryce Harper’s first home run helps Washington overcome Sandy Leon’s injuryThe Post

Nats win an emotional ballgameCSN Washington

Nats’ Bryce Harper hits homer, Sandy Leon injured during Padres gameThe Wash. Times


Bullpen shaky in Padres’ loss to Nationals
San Diego Union-Tribune


Facing Strasburg not just another game for Padres
San Diego Union-Tribune

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