GameThread: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - Game 20 of 162.

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Washington Nationals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Scott Olsen vs Brett Myers

Cloudy. Game time temperature around 55.

 

At Least The Caps Won!!! Washington Nationals Drop 7-1 Game To Homer Happy Philadelphia Phillies.
BLAME!!!

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DC Starting Lineup...

  1. The Guzzzzzz - SS
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
  4. Adam Dunn - RF
  5. Elijah "Super" Dukes - CF
  6. The Hammer - LF
  7. WWJD? - C
  8. Elvis - 2B
  9. Scott Olsen - SP

Federal Baseball.Com Wants To Work In The Front Office...

At 11:50 pm EST Monday night, after "Wild" Joel Hanrahan had given up a game-winning eighth inning Grand Slam to Raul Ibanez, I wrote in the Comments of the Monday GameThread that Hanrahan's time was over:

"Hanrahan was given the closer's role when Rauch leftnow make him earn it…give Mock a shot, with Hanny setting up or back in the 7th. If Mock blows it, bring up whoever’s getting the job done…"

In Washington Post writer Chico Harlan's Nationals Journal post Tuesday afternoon entitled, "1,727 Words On The Bullpen Shakeup", which was published at 6:57 pm EST Tuesday night, Mr. Harlan quotes the Nationals' "Acting" GM Mike Rizzo, who says, in response to a question about Hanrahan's new role in the bullpen:

"Well, the only thing it changes about his role down the line is that he will have to earn his way back to the later innings. It doesn't change the stuff that he's got or the person he is. He's a great guy with great stuff, and probably was thrown into a position that maybe he wasn't prepared for mentally..."

Scott Olsen vs Brett Myers...

In 3 starts in Philadelphia's Miniature Ballpark, Scott Olsen is (1-2) with 20 hits, 5 HR's and 15 runs allowed, (though only 7 are earned), 3 walks and 6 K's with a 5.73 ERA, a 2.09 WHIP and a .400 BAA Philadelphia in Philly. Overall, Olsen's (4-5) before his 12th start against the Phillies tonight, which will be his first against Philly as DC's lefty. In his years with the Marlins, Olsen allowed 64 hits in 54.0 innings pitched against Philadelphia, posting a 5.33 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a .290 BAA...

Olsen vs The Phillies...

Chris Coste - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Pedro Feliz - 4 for 12, .333 AVG, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI's. 

Ryan Howard - 11 for 24, .458 AVG, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI's. (ed. note - "Just don't look at those #'s, forget them...")

Jimmy Rollins - 6 for 28, .214 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI's. 

Chase Utley - 4 for 24, .167 AVG, 1 2B, 2 HR's, 5 RBI's

Jayson Werth - 6 for 13, .462 AVG, 2 2B, 2 HR's, 5 RBI's. 

Brett Myers has given up 14 hits and 7 ER in 12.2 IP over 2 starts at home in Citizens Bank this season. In his 8-year MLB career, Myers is (9-8) with 4 saves in 20 starts and 10 relief appearances against the Expos/Nationals, in which he's been hit 138 times in 132.0 IP and allowed 67 runs, 63 earned, 15 HR's and 38 walks, while collecting 108 K's, a 4.30 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a .268 BAA the DC Franchise. 

The Nationals vs Myers...

Ronnie Belliard - 4 for 18, .222 AVG. 

Alex "Survivor" Cintron - 4 for 10, .400 AVG, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's.

Adam Dunn - 3 for 15, .200 AVG, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI's, 6 BB, 5 K's, .429 OBP.

Jesus Flores - 2 for 12, .167 AVG, 1 2B. 

Anderson Hernandez - 3 for 4, .750 AVG. 

Nick Johnson - 4 for 21, .190 AVG, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 4 BB, 8 K's, 2 SB. 

Austin Kearns - 7 for 25, .280 AVG, 2 2B, 4 RBI's. 

Josh Willingham - 5 for 13, .385 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's. 

Ryan Zimmerman - 11 for 30, .367 AVG, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI's, .429 OBP.

Morning Reading:

• Former DC GM Jim Bowden rewrites history in Washington Times' writer Thom Loverro's article entitled, "Bowden discovers his calling in La-La-Land", in which Mr. Bowden claims, among other things, that, "...the decision to sign highly touted pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg already has been made," and also, the Nationals didn't sign last year's pick, Aaron Crow, because, "...we weren't given the dollars to finish that." 

• The Guzzzzzzz is back, according to Washington Post writer Chico Harlan's Nationals Journal post entitled, "Guzman returning, Gonzalez departing."

To Get A Philly Fan's Perspective On The Upcoming Series, Check Out The SBN's Phillies Blog:

The Good Phight

Who's Watching The Nationals? Avoid The Sweep! Avoid The Sweep!!

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