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2010 Opening Day Lineup

2010 Opening Day Lineup

Phillies:

  1. Jimmy Rollins – SS
  2. Placido Polanco – 3B
  3. Chase Utley – 2B
  4. Ryan Howard – 1B
  5. Jayson Werth – RF
  6. Raul Ibanez – LF
  7. Shane Victorino – CF
  8. Carlos Ruis – C
  9. Roy Halladay – SP

 

Nationals:

  1. Nyjer Morgan – CF
  2. Willie Harris – RF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  4. Adam Dunn – 1B
  5. Josh Willingham – LF
  6. Adam Kennedy – 2B
  7. Ivan Rodriguez – C
  8. Ian Desmond – SS
  9. John Lannan – SP

 

Below is the list of Opening Day lineups since the Nationals returned to the Nation’s Capital in 2005. Cristian Guzman has been a mainstay and Livan Hernandez is back but the better question is… where were you when Terrmel Sledge started in left field?

2009 Opening Day Lineup–a 12-6 loss on April 6 against the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium.

  1. Lastings Milledge – CF
  2. Cristian Guzman – SS
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  4. Adam Dunn – LF
  5. Nick Johnson- 1B
  6. Austin Kearns- RF
  7. Ronnie Belliard- 2B
  8. Jesus Flores- C
  9. John Lannan- SP

 

2008 Opening Day Lineup–a 3-2 victory over the Braves to open up Nationals Park. Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie.

  1. Cristian Guzman – SS
  2. Lastings Milledge – CF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  4. Nick Johnson – 1B
  5. Austin Kearns – RF
  6. Paul Lo Duca – C
  7. Elijah Dukes – LF
  8. Ronnie Belliard – 2B
  9. Odalis Perez – SP

 

2007 Opening Day Lineup–a 9-2 loss to the Marlins at RFK Stadium.

  1. Felipe Lopez – 2B
  2. Cristian Guzman – SS
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  4. Austin Kearns – RF
  5. Dmitri Young – 1B
  6. Brian Schneider – C
  7. Ryan Church – LF
  8. Nook Logan – CF
  9. John Patterson – SP

 

2006 Opening Day Lineup–a 3-2 loss to the Mets on April 3 at Shea Stadium.

  1. Brandon Watson – CF
  2. Jose Vidro – 2B
  3. Jose Guillen – RF
  4. Nick Johnson – 1B
  5. Alfonso Soriano – LF
  6. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  7. Royce Clayton – SS
  8. Brian Schneider – C
  9. Livan Hernandez – SP

 

2005 Opening Day Lineup–a 8-4 loss to the Phillies on April 4 at Citizens Bank Park.

  1. Brad Wilkerson – CF
  2. Cristian Guzman – SS
  3. Jose Vidro – 2B
  4. Jose Guillen – RF
  5. Nick Johnson – 1B
  6. Vinny Castilla – 3B
  7. Terrmel Sledge–LF
  8. Brian Schneider – C
  9. Livan Hernandez – SP

Adam Kennedy provides stability at second base


Adam Kennedy 1.jpgThe Nationals came up short in the Orlando Hudson sweepstakes but the second place prize could be more productive–time will tell. The Nats signed second baseman Adam Kennedy once the snow settled on Friday. The signing also settled speculation that Cristian Guzman would play second and Ian Desmond would play shortstop. Kennedy will be the everyday second baseman and Guzman will stay at short. Desmond will likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse so he can improve his defense.

The left-handed hitting Kennedy, 34, is a pro’s pro that will be great in the clubhouse, provide a positive attitude and will be a quality mentor for the young players.

After disappointing 2007 and ’08 seasons, Oakland gave Kennedy a chance to player everyday and he flourished. He batted .289 with 29 doubles, 11 home runs, 63 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 129 games with Oakland despite playing home games at pitcher-friendly Oakland-Alameda County Stadium. (There might be more foul territory than fair territory there and that isn’t a hyperbole.)

Kennedy is familiar with Manager Jim Riggleman and Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein from their time together with the Cardinals organization in 2007.

“I really like Adam a lot as a player,” Riggleman said. “He isn’t spectacular in any particular area of the game. He is just a solid pro to add to a nice list of pros that we have with Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Willingham and Nyjer Morgan.”

Kennedy is known as a strong defender and his 4.92 total chances per 9.0 innings ranked second among all AL second basemen (minimum 750 games) in the just-completed decade (2000-09).

Kennedy is perhaps best known as the MVP of the 2002 ALCS, during which he homered three times in Game Five to register just the sixth three-homer game in postseason history. Kennedy has twice reached the postseason, and is a .308 career hitter in 25 playoff games. He earned a World Series ring with Anaheim in 2002.

The signing of Kennedy all but solidifies the 2010 lineup with very few position battles taking place this spring. Right field is for Elijah Dukes to lose and Ivan Rodriguez will likely begin the season behind the dish as Jesus Flores recovers from right shoulder surgery. Of course, a lot can change between now and then… but not accounting for unforeseen injuries and assuming Guzman starts at shortstop, here is the projected Opening Day lineup two days before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training:

2010 Opening Day Lineup Projection :

  1. Nyjer Morgan – L
  2. Cristian Guzman – S
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – R
  4. Adam Dunn – L
  5. Josh Willingham – R
  6. Elijah Dukes – R
  7. Adam Kennedy – L
  8. Pudge Rodriguez – R
  9. Jason Marquis

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)

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)

 

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.

 

Game two vs. the Dodgers

Dodgers:

Furcal – SS

Belliard – 3B

Ethier – RF

Ramirez – LF

Kemp – CF

Loney – 1B

Martin – C

Hudson – 2B

Billingsley – P (12-10, 4.05)

 

Nationals:

Harris – LF

Guzman – SS

Dunn – 1B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dukes – RF

Bard – C

Maxwell – CF

Gonzalez – 2B

Detwiler – P (0-6, 5.80)

 

With last night’s homer, Adam Dunn is now just two long balls shy of reaching the 40-homer plateau for the sixth straight season. If Dunn gets to 40, he will become just the fourth Big Leaguer in MLB history to hit 40 or more long balls in six straight seasons. The other three? Babe Ruth (seven straight years, 1926-32), Alex Rodriguez (six, 1998-2003) and Sammy Sosa (six, 1998-2003).

 

By virtue of a 9th inning walk last night, Elijah Dukes extended his string of consecutive games reaching base safely to 22. In those 22 contests beginning August 25th, Dukes is batting .348 (24-for-69) with four doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI, two HBP and 17 walks. Those stellar numbers render a superb .489 and .507 on-base and slugging percentages, respectively.

 

The voice of the Dodgers, Hall-of-Famer Vin Scully, began his broadcasting career at WTOP radio in Washington, DC shortly after graduating from Fordham University. WTOP’s sister station, WFED 1500 AM, is the Nationals’ flagship radio station.

 

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