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Caps & Nats opponents dealing with some pregame issues which are surely just a coincidence

Tuesday saw two instances of mishaps befalling the opponents of D.C. teams. First, the Winnipeg Jets:

The Washington Capitals host the Jets in a critical South(L)east Division game. Brian McNally has the Caps playoff math in The. Wash. Examiner. In short, if the Caps win in regulation or overtime (but not the shootout) they clinch the division. Other scenarios are also presented in the link in the preceding paragraph.

Hockey players often take naps in the afternoon before night games.

Down the Green Line the visiting St. Louis Cardinals ran into some problems during their warm-ups before tonight’s game with the Washington Nationals:

Yup, sprinklers going off, how unusual.

This is all amusing, at least before the games, but if I were on the the Jets or Cards, I might be slightly more motivated. Not that the Jets need it, after all there is a division title on the line. As for the Cards, it is an early regular season game, but given the recent history between the two clubs, they may have some heightened awareness.

I’m hoping it’ll all be a fun anecdote as fans joyfully head to the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Navy Yard Metro stations post-game. If either of the visitors prevail, I kind of expect to here post-game remarks about these little incidents.

EPILOGUE

Much like the current Nats, the shenanigans had a .500 record.

The Caps did their part, winning 5-3 to clinch their 7th and final Southeast Division title (Japers Rink). This is the same Caps team that started this lockout abbreviated season 2-8-1. Had ‘em all the way!

Mission accomplished, Steve.

Meanwhile, the Nats could not get across the plate again, wasting another quality start by Ross Detwiler. The Cards took the series behind 8 strong innings of Adam Wainwright pitching. Final score, 2-0. Davey Johnson is mad (Nats Enquirer). We’re all mad. There is no way this team should be 10-10. The Caps do provide a recent reminder that a bad start can be overcome, but then again the Nats aren’t in the SouthLeast division like the Caps.

The series concludes at 1:05 this afternoon.

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Lost weekend for Nats as Braves sweep them

Oh man, tough, tough weekend for the Washington Nationals. They got swept by the Atlanta Braves, who are off to a very strong start and already hold a 4 game lead in the division. It is a long season. Especially when you are reminded more of 2008 than 2012. It isn’t time to panic, but the team has some stuff to work through. Also, Danny Espinosa needs to shut up (Hardball Talk). So does Stephen Strasburg. If your team gets swept, you aren’t the better team. It has been proven. Now go, get better (The Post) and return the favor at the end of the month and be the better team again.

Also, can you imagine if Bryce Harper had said what Espinosa said?

The heartbreak of the series though – Wilson Ramos is on the DL with a bad hamstring. Kurt Suzuki will get the bulk of the catching responsibilities for at least 15 days with Jhonatan Solano who had to wait 20 minutes due to the “rule prohibiting teams from having more than 25 active players in the clubhouse at once.” Just what a guy who woke up at 4 a.m. and flew in from Syracuse needs. Hey, I work up at 4 a.m. today! I wasn’t in Syracuse though.

FRIDAY

Stopper Ross Detwiler was done in by the bullpen again. Detwiler left after 7 innings with a 4-1 lead. He’s been the best D.C. starter thus far out of the 5th spot in the rotation. Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Craig Stammen blew it, as did Ryan Zimmerman, who made a critical throwing error in the ninth while playing in his 1000th game.

SATURDAY

Another Zimmerman error proves to be the difference as the third baseman extends the inning for the Braves, who capitalized with a Evan Gattis homer. Strasburg was okay, striking out seven and giving up no earned runs.

SUNDAY

Gio Gonzalez, fresh off of his visit to see D.C. United (2-0 loss to Red Bull NY) stunk up the joint, giving up 7 earned runs.

Now, the Nats get a little of what they need — a series with the Marlins. They probably don’t need a trip to Miami though, I’d be happier if they were going some place less exciting.

140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES

The Nats bullpen nearly did in the Caps, who also had a big lead on Saturday night.

Also, the New York Yankees triple play on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles was sweet. More like OrioLOLes, amirite?

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Nats lose Reds series; 1-2 record against MLB teams so far, 4-2 overall

The Washington Nationals could only win one out of three against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. The overall record is 4-2, but only 1-2 against MLB teams.

FRIDAY

A 15-0 loss. Dan Haren’s Nats debut was simply Harendous! – (Nats Enquirer)

I’m glad I feel asleep on the couch as it was getting out of hand. Oof.

SATURDAY

A 7-6 extra inning win that didn’t need to be in extras. SS Ian Desmond (he’s got about 4 on the season — we’re a week into it) made two errors. Bryce Harper made one:

Mike Wise wrote about Harper too: Mike Wise: At 20, Bryce Harper has already earned the respect of baseball greatsThe Post

Ross Detwiler pitched well, but the bullpen coughed up his 5-1 lead. Drew Storen gave up two runs (one earned, the other on account of Desmond) and Rafael Soriano blew the save. The Nats were saved by homers – lots of them, including a solo shot in the 11th by Desmond (some redemption) the game-winner by Wilson Ramos (his second of the day, 3 RBI), Harper (two-run shot) and Jayson Werth (solo shot). Werth’s was caught barehanded by a guy holding his toddler in the other arm.


Oh and there was a little bit of an issue with the Channel 9 (WUSA) broadcast… (Sportsrantz)

SUNDAY

Aside from this amazing change up (Nationals Journal, The Post), Stephen Strasburg didn’t have it. He gave up 3 in the first and 3 in the sixth. He only went 5 1/3 innings. The bright spot – another homer from the 8th spot, C Kurt Suzuki hit a 3-run shot in the 2nd to tie it up. That was the only Nats scoring of the day off of Johhny Cueto or any other Reds pitcher. Final score 6-3.

I only listened on and off on the radio on account of fatherhood. Gravelly Point was awfully crowded yesterday.

THOMAS BOSWELL CHAT

Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports The Post

OFF DAY

No game on this Monday. That’s okay, sit outside and enjoy a refreshing beverage instead.

IN SCORES OF OTHER GAMES

Alex Ovechkin had 5 goals over two nights. The Caps are in first place in the SouthLeast division.

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ESPN says Gio Gonzalez is clean; Detwiler to World Baseball Classic

ESPN says Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez did not obtain banned performance enhancing drugs from the South Florida Biogensis Clinic Sources: Docs link 5 players to clinic:

According to two sources familiar with Bosch’s operation, however, the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, previously identified as being named in Biogenesis documents, did not receive banned substances from Bosch or the clinic.

Both sources, speaking independently, identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs. A document obtained by “Outside the Lines” bolsters their case: On a computer printout of clients, Gonzalez, identified by the code name “Gladiator,” is said to have received $1,000 worth of substances, but under “notes” are several substances not banned by Major League Baseball: “gluthetyn” (which a source said was a misspelling of glutathione), “IM [intramuscular] shots” and amino acids.

Glutathione is an anti-oxidant, and one source said the “IM shots” Gonzalez received were “MICs,” a medically dubious but legal combination of methionine, inositol and choline, often used for weight loss.

So, that’s good. I still wish he wasn’t pitching in the World Baseball Classic. I am not pleased that Ross Detwiler has joined him – 40% of the rotation is potentially pitching in it now. I’d rather they work up their intensity the traditional way. Throw in Danny Espinosa and his torn rotator cuff in his non-throwing shoulder and welp…

World Baseball Classic now a prime concern for Nationals The Wash. Times

Between the WBC and Bryce Harper on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the spring is nothing but doom for the Nats. Harper has bulked up in the offseason (The Post)

40 days until Opening Day…

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Nats: Jayson Werth hits walk-off homer to beat Cardinals in 2-1 thriller, push NLDS to Game 5

Last night goes down as one of the great nights in the Washington Nationals history. Following 9 innings of 1 run (unearned) pitching by Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the 9th inning. The outfielder, oft-maligned for his enormous contract, faced 12 Lance Lynn pitches – 10 after taking the first 2 for called strikes and worked a full
count. A fascinating stat:

Prior to the 13th pitch, Charlie Slowes hinted to his partner Dave Jageler that Werth had been in this sort of situation before.

Werth’s home run was the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The
Slowes call on the Washington Nationals Radio Network summoned the home run (DC Sports Bog, The Post. ) is required listening – Slowes saw it coming.

Werth’s homer created pandemonium at WWN headquarters. The four year old resident — the same one who wanted to “play baseball” before the game and wound up pitching a hollow plastic ball to his father (holding his son’s hollow plastic bat) for a little bit was bouncing around yelling “THEY WON!”

Throughout the day, few Nats fans made the effort to conceal their anxiety following yesterday’s 12-4 beat-down. Elation prevailed as the series would be extended to the full five games.

It would not have gotten that far without the performance of Detwiler’s career, to date. The Missouri native pitched 6 innings with no earned runs and more pitches than he had ever thrown as a major leaguer. Zimmermann made his first relief appearance since his days at A-Carolina League Potomac and struck out three, hitting 97 m.p.h. Clippard struck out three and walked one. Storen pitched in danger a little bit, but Ian Desmond, atoning for the earlier error that contributed to the Cardinals one run, made a running, back-handed overhead catch in left field to end the ninth inning.

The Nats prevailed on two solo home runs — a runner never reached scoring position. While unorthodox, that proved an effective way to deal with awful hitting with runners in scoring position during this series. Kyle Loshe pitched well for St. Louis and has nothing to show for it but some attaboys in the dugout.

The series concludes tomorrow with Gio Gonzalez facing Adam Wainwright for a trip to the NLCS to face the San Francisco Giants who came back from 2-0 to win 3 straight on the road to eliminate the Cincinnati Reds.

DOES THE CREDIT GO TO “THE MAN IN THE DUGOUT, NOT ON THE 25-MAN ROSTER?

Mark DeRosa, who is not on the 25 man roster, but still with the team, read aloud the famous “Man in the Arena” speech. He closed it by saying, “do you know how said that? Teddy expletive deleted Roosevelt.

Teddy Roosevelt speech spurs Nationals to Game 4 victoryLet Teddy Win
Mark DeRosa read Theodore Roosevelt speech to Nationals before Game 4The Post

ADAM KILGORE WITH A GREAT DEADLINE RECAP

NLDS Game 4: Jayson Werth homer wins it for the Nationals in the bottom of the ninthThe Post

MARK ZUCKERMAN WITH THE HISTORICAL ANGLE
Nats live to see another dayCSN Washington

And play again the Nationals will. They’ll be right back on South Capitol Street at 8:37 p.m. Friday for a winner-take-all Game 5 of what has become a remarkable series between one young ballclub that posted the sport’s best regular-season record and a veteran-laden squad trying to retain its World Series crown.

And they’ll do it in front of another sellout crowd that experienced more dizzying highs and terrifying lows over 2 hours and 55 minutes Thursday — not to mention over the last five days — than three generations of Washington baseball fans ever hoped to realize.

JOE POSNANSKI WRITES ABOUT FEARLESS LEADER

Davey – Joe Blogs

THE FIRST DRAFT

My wife asked to wear my Nats jersey to work today. She wants to go to tonight’s game, so if you have a pair of tickets, let me know.

I’m still nervous…

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Nats face elimination by Cardinals after 8-0 debacle in Game 3

So, all Washington Nationals are washing finding their lucky t-shirts, eating and drinking the same thing as they did on Sunday, right? In this 5-game series, a 2-1 deficit seems like one that cannot be conquered, right? Particularly after giving up 20 runs in two games to the defending world champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. DOOM had descended on Natstown. Bad Natitudes seem rampant on Twitter.

Ross Detwiler, a Missouri native, is the starter for D.C. He’s not been good lately. Against the Cardinals too. Jordan Zimmermann may be called in if Detwiler falters. Because he pitched so well in game 2?…..

On the bright side, this is a real elimination game instead of the ones that used to happen in September and August. Maybe July.

HATERADE

Apparently, Mike Rizzo shutting down Stephen Strasburg has made the Washington Nationals the most-hated team in MLB (USA Today). Interesting. Other GMs aren’t really happy that Rizzo put the player’s/agent’s future ahead of the game. In the short-term, they ought to be happy the Nats aren’t at all full strength. Of course, even a rank amateur fan is aware that if you don’t score, you can’t win and that was the the Nats problem yesterday too. About a dozen runners were left on base yesterday. Ouch.

LEAST MODE

Michael Morse left five runners on base in his first two at bats. That’s painful. Lots of questioning of his future on Twitter.

HONDO

Frank Howard is throwing out the first pitch today. Hopefully the Nats bring him aboard in some capacity moving forward.

WELL PLAYED CARDINAL BANK, WELL PLAYED

Cardinal Bank revises Metro ad – DC Sports Bog, The Post

DON’T WORRY, CHICKEN MAN IS ON IT



PLAY BY PLAY

I think I’m happy to have Dick Stockton’s 1-2 errors an inning over the strange Long Island/Midwest hokum of Bob Costas. Game time is 4:07 p.m.

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Nats clinch play-in game with 4-1 win over the Dodgers


Last night’s Washington Nationals 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched an appearance in the NL Wild Card at minimum, but it is really a play-in-game in the new format. I can’t get excited yet. The Cincinnati Reds clinched the play-in appearance earlier in the day too. If neither team wins again, they’ll meet for the right to advance as the Wild Card. Since that’s played in Dayton, the Nats better keep winning, right?

Charlie Slowes
even got his fireworks!

When the Nats win the division title, I’ll get excited. The are 13 games to go and the Nats magic number over the Atlanta Braves is 8.

I didn’t think there should be much celebrating of this, but Jayson Werth disagreed:



POST-GAME TEAM REACTIONS

RECAPS
Washington Nationals clinch MLB playoff spot with 4-1 win over Los Angeles Dodgers _ The Post
The playoffs are the payoff for the NationalsCSN Washington
Nationals don’t go wild after clinching playoff berthThe Wash. Examiner
Nationals beat Dodgers to clinch D.C.’s first playoff berth since 1933The Wash. Times
Playoff spot is only first step for Nationalsnationals.com

MORE TWITTER REACTIONS


Really Phil?!

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Nats can’t sweep Braves, still up 6 in NL East

Nationals vs. Braves: Kris Medlen shuts down Washington, which misses a chance to sweepThe Post
No sweep, but no worries for NatsCSN Washington
Stop me if you’ve heard this before — the Washington Nationals win the first two games of the series but can’t finish off the sweep. That happened again last night as the Atlanta Braves won 5-1. Kris Medlen outpitched Ross Detwiler and the Nats gave up three extra runs late. Can’t win them all. A sweep would have been really sweet though, because it might have all but buried the Braves. However, the Braves staying within striking distance might be good for the Nats.

Overall, things are looking pretty good in Natstown, particularly when you consider that a year ago, they were still getting “invaded” by Phillies fans. Oh how times have changed, Thomas Boswell notes.

I could have done without a Chipper Jones tribute (The Wash. Times) last night, though from what I was seeing on Twitter, they trolled him a little bit. Good.

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Nats drop 2 of 3 to Baltimore

Sincen 2004, the bad behavior of the Baltimore Orioles and Peter Angelos has been rewarded constantly by MLB, bad Washingtonians and a significant chunk of the D.C. sports media. As a Washington Nationals fan and native Washingtonian, it is pretty frustrating. That adds the significance to the interleague series the two teams play in annually. The deck is stacked against the Nats in so many ways — the field is the only place they get a fair shot.

FRIDAY

Edwin Jackson gave up a run in the 1st inning and then keep the ledger clear. On the other side, Jake Arrieta was doing the same. A late home run by Ian Desmond tied it, but in the 11th, Nick Markakis homered off of Ryan Mattheus (firework, indeed) to put the bad guys ahead. The Nat responded in the bottom of the inning, but rather than taking advantage of Desmond hot bat, he bunted on pitches outside the strike zone. The Nats did not help themselves that night or throughout most of the series.

SATURDAY

Blogger Night! I’ll have a few posts about Blogger Night, but for now, here’s what you need to know about the game. Ross Detwiler was terrible. Detwiler got to two strikes on most of the early batters, but he couldn’t get them out. He gave up 6 runs in 5 innings, including two homers. It was ugly. The Nats fought back though. Several times late in the game, they had the tying run at the plate. Ryan Zimmerman homered with the Nats down to their last strike to get within one, but that was all they could muster. The near comeback helped take away some of the bitterness.

SUNDAY

Stephen Strasburg went down in a 3-0 hole after a Bryce Harper error allowed two earned runs. The Nats fought back though and took the lead on an opposite field homer by Jesus Flores. Strasburg then came up, swinging for the fences with 2 outs and no runners on. He put the third pitch he saw into the visiting bullpen for his first career home run. Having seen him in batting practice on Saturday, I knew it was a matter of when, not if he would homer this year. He was hitting well in BP. He also singled in his first at bat and scored on Harper’s triple off of Markakis’ glove. Then Strasburg settled down and started blowing Baltimore hitters away, but left after 5 innings with biceps tightness which sounds scary. The Nats kept their spikes on the O’s throats and run away with a 9-3 win.

More to come.

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