Lineups 8/19


Gonzalez – LF

Fowler – CF

Helton – 1B

Tulowitzki – SS

Hawpe – RF

Stewart – 3B

Barmes – 2B

Iannetta – C

Marquis – P (RHP, 13-8, 3.55)



Morgan –  CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Belliard – 2B

Bard – C

Balester – P (RHP, 1-2, 6.00)


morgan 1.jpgMove over for Morgan:

 Nyjer Morgan stole his 21st base for the Nationals in the first inning last night. Since July 1st, Morgan leads the Majors with 21 stolen bases. Jacoby Ellsbury is right behind him with 20. When Morgan was acquired at the end of June, the Nationals collectively had just 26 stolen bases as a team. In addition to the Gold Glove-caliber defense and explosive speed, Morgan is batting .365 (61-for-167) with seven doubles, a triple, a homer, 10 RBI and 30 runs scored in 42 games with the Nationals.


The Nats big bats:

What a difference a year with Hitting Coach Rich Eckstein makes. Through the first 119 games, the Nationals are batting .267 with 57 stolen bases, 113 home runs, 521 RBI and a .346 on-base percentage. It is quite the improvement from last year’s numbers. Through the first 119 games in 2008, the Nationals batted .243 with 53 stolen bases, 85 home runs, 417 RBI and a .315 on-base percentage.


Closing the door:

After a rough first “half” (5.71 ERA), the Nationals bullpen has righted its ship, posting a stingy 3.46 ERA (43 ER/112.0 IP) in 32 games since the All-Star break. In that span, the Nats bullpen is 9-3 with 13 holds, 10 saves and a .226 (92-for-407) batting average against.


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