September 2009

Fan Appreciation Day

Today, the Washington Nationals are hosting Fan Appreciation Day. Below, Nationals Fans rally ’round the red at today’s game.


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Apparently today is also “Dress Like Your Kids” Day at the Park.


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Only true Nationals fans even dress the baby up for the game.


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This gentleman really understands what it means to Get Your Red On.


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Nationals Park is a great place for Father-Son bonding.


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Making good use out of today’s giveaway item- fleece blankets.


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He rolled out of bed and put his swag on…or not.

Bring out the Broom

It’s the final home game of the 2009 season at 4:35 p.m. TODAY at Nationals Park. So leave work early and head down to the ballpark (buy tickets)! The Nats are looking to sweep the Mets for the first time at home since moving to the District in 2005. They have won the first two games by one run and they send the ground ball specialist Lannan to the mound today.

 

“We’ve played hard all year–well, the last few months–and I think we haven’t been rewarded too much,” interim Manager Jim Riggleman said. “We just couldn’t find a way to win ballgames. The fact that they have grinded it out, I think you have to be proud of. In September, it’s tough to do that.”

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind about Lannan:

·         In his last three starts, he has posted a 1.89 ERA (19 IP/ 4 ER) with 12 strikeouts and a .236 BAA but is 1-2.

·         Lannan has been lights out against the Mets this season at home. His two career complete games occurred in 2009 against the Mets at Nationals Park. A complete game today would give him the complete game home hat trick joining only Roy Halladay who has thrown three complete games against the Yankees at the Rogers Centre this season.

·         The pitching line against the Mets at home in 2009: 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 11 hits, three walks, three hits and a .186 BAA.

·         This will be his 33rd start of the season, two more than last year’s career high of 31. Lannan’s 33 starts this season is a team high and it ties last year’s team high set by Tim Redding who is pitching against Lannan today.

·         A win today would give Lannan 10 wins for the year… also a career high.

LINEUPS:

Mets:

Pagan – LF

Hernandez – 2B

Wright – 3B

Beltran – CF

Francoeur – RF

Tatis – 1B

Santos – C

Valdez – SS

Redding – P (3-6, 5.29 ERA)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Dukes – RF

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Bard – C

Desmond – SS

Gonzalez – 2B

Lannan – P (9-13, 3.93 ERA)

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Lineups 9/29

Mets:

Pagan – LF

Castillo – 2B

Wright – 3B

Beltran – CF

Murphy – 1B

Francoeur – RF

Schneider – C

Valdez – SS

Pelfrey – RHP (10-12, 5.08)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Dukes – RF

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Morse – LF

Orr – 2B

Desmond – SS

Nieves – C

Martin – RHP (5-4, 4.71)

Lineups 9/28

Mets:

Pagan – LF

Castillo – 2B

Wright – 3B

Beltran – CF

Francoeur – RF

Tatis – 1B

Santos – C

Hernandez – SS

Figueroa – P

 

Nationals:

Maxwell – CF

Desmond – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Morse – RF

Bard – C

Gonzalez – 2B

Detwiler – P

Lineups 9/27

Braves:

McLouth – CF

Prado – 2B

Jones – 3B

McCann – C

Anderson – LF

Escobar – SS

LaRoche – 1B

Diaz – RF

Lowe – RHP (15-9, 4.55)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Desmond – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Morse – 1B

Burke – C

Gonzalez – 2B

Hernandez – RHP (8-12, 5.33)

 

·         In yesterday’s game, Mike Morse hit a 3-run pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning. It was his first career pinch-hit home run and first home run since August 15, 2005 against Kansas City.

 

·         The Braves are still in the running for the NL Wild Card due to a hot streak late in the season. Atlanta has won 5 straight games, 6 of 7 and 13 of their last 15. They are now a season-high 14 games over .500 and have won 9 consecutive road contests.

 

·         Nationals starting pitchers have allowed just one homer in the last 12 games (65.2 innings). The only blemish in that span was Matt Kemp’s first-inning three-run blast off J.D. Martin on Thursday in DC.

 

Lineups 9/26

Braves:

McLouth – CF

Prado – 2B

Jones – 3B

McCann – C

Anderson – LF

Escobar – SS

LaRoche – 1B

Diaz – RF

Hanson – RHP (10-4, 2.85)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Orr – 3B

Willingham – LF

Dunn – 1B

Dukes – RF

Bard – C

Gonzalez – 2B

Desmond – SS

Mock – RHP (3-9, 5.83)

Lineups 9/25


john lannan c.JPGThe Yankees are the only team that has secured a playoff spot but there are only two playoff races going on: the AL Central and the NL Wild Card race. They aren’t exactly races either especially with only ten games remaining. The Tigers hold a 3.0 game lead over the Twins and the Rockies have a 3.5 game lead over the Braves–Atlanta has a 12.5 percent chance and Minnesota has an 18.6 percent chance of making the playoffs.

 

Which brings me to the main point… The Nationals can help kiss the Braves chances goodbye with a series win this weekend. It won’t completely knock the Braves out of the playoff picture but their chances become as impossible as identifying a Rorschach ink blot picture. The Braves have put themselves back in the playoff picture with an impressive past two weeks. They have won eight of the last 10 and 12 of the last 15. That being said, the Nats are 4-2 against the Braves this season at Nationals Park.

 

Lannan is making his fifth start against the Braves tonight. It is his 32nd start of the season–a career high–and a win tonight would give him a career high of 10 wins for the season.

 

Braves:

McLouth – CF

Prado – 2B

Jones – 3B

McCann – C

Escobar – SS

Anderson – LF

Diaz – RF

LaRoche – 1B

Vazquez – P (14-9, 2.91)

 

Nationals:

Harris – LF

Desmond – SS

Dunn – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Willingham – RF

Orr – 2B

Bard – C

Maxwell – CF

Lannan – P (9-12, 4.07)

 

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Nats look to take the rubber game

Dodgers:

Furcal – SS

Ethier – RF

Ramirez – LF

Kemp – CF

Loney – 1B

Belliard – 2B

DeWitt – 3B

Martin – C

Padilla – RHP (11-6, 4.52)

 

Nationals:

Harris – CF

Desmond – SS

Dunn – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Burke – C

Martin – RHP (5-4, 4.21)

 

*This is the fifth game this season that Adam Dunn is batting third. He is seeking his first home run in the three hole and is batting .286 (4-for-14) with two RBI and three walks.

 

*Nyjer Morgan fractured his left hand while swiping third base on August 27th at Chicago and it has left a hole in the lineup. In 51 games with Morgan, the Nationals scored 5.03 runs per game thanks to a .276 team batting average, a .347 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging mark. In 22 games since Morgan’s injury, the Nationals are averaging 3.3 runs per game and have put up .230/.305 /.363 numbers.

 

*Rookie Ian Desmond gets his fourth start at shortstop. He has started one game in right field and five games at second base.

 

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