Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
Mostly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 55.
?'s For The DC Faithful...
• Anything Worse Than Livan Hernandez In A Mets' Uniform?
• Do You Think Sheffield's Blast Was A HR?
• How's Stammen Going To React To Citi Field?
• Is The Daniel Cabrera Experiment Over?
• Where'd The "O" Go Last Night?
You Remember Livan Hernandez Right? The Former Mr. National Himself? He Wants To Show You His Fastball...
#61 / Pitcher / New York Mets
Feb 20, 1975
• '09 Stats - (3-1), 4.93 ERA, 45.2 IP, 54 H, 25 ER, 6 HR, 13 BB, 25 K's, 1.47 WHIP, .307 BAA.
• vs DC - (8-5), 14 GS, 94.2 IP, 95 H, 45 ER, 8 HR, 23 BB, 58 K's, .4.28 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .268 BAA.
The Nationals vs Livan Hernandez...
Livan Hernandez, the one-time Nationals' ace, is (5-1) in six starts against Washington since he was traded from DC to Arizona in exchange for pitchers Matt Chico and Garrett Mock back on August 7, 2006. In his last start for NY, on the road in LA, the 34-year-old soft-tossin' right-hander held the Dodgers to just 1 run on 7 hits in 7.0 IP, though he received no support and a no-decision when the Mets lost 2-1 on a tie-breaking RBI single off J.J. Putz in the eighth. The Mets are 5-3 in Hernandez's 8 '09 starts, 3-1 in May.
DC vs Livan...
Josh Bard - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Ronnie Belliard - 12 for 41, .293 AVG, 2 2B, 4 RBI's.
Adam Dunn - 2 for 17, .118 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 6 K's.
Cristian Guzman - 3 for 7, .429 AVG, 1 RBI.
Nick Johnson - 2 for 9, .222 AVG, 1 2B.
Austin Kearns - 12 for 27, .444 AVG, 1 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI's, 3 BB's, 6 K's.
Josh Willingham - 6 for 15, .400 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.
Ryan Zimmerman - 5 for 16, .313 AVG, 2 2B, 2 HR's, 4 RBI's.
Craig Stammen's 2nd Start...
One of DC's four rookie starters, Craig Stammen, a 12th Round '05 pick out of the University of Dayton (OH), made his first major league start on May 21st against Pittsburgh in a 5-4 Nationals' win over the Pirates. Following his debut, Stammen told MLB.com's Bill Ladson, as quoted in an article entitled, "Galvanized Nats rally for comeback win", that having his former Syracuse Chiefs' teammate Josh Bard behind the plate really made a difference to the 25-year-old right hander, or as Mr. Stammen put it:
"'It was big. He did an awesome job,' Stammen said about Bard. 'It was like we were pitching in Syracuse because we had some success down there. We did the same thing tonight. He is a great catcher and I love throwing to him. It was very comforting.'"
Will Bard be back behind the plate for Stammen again tonight? I'll let you know when it's announced...
DC Starting Lineup...
- The Guzzzz - SS
- NIck "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
- The Big Slumpy - RF
- THE HAMMER - LF
- TAWH - CF
- The Bard - C
- Anderson "Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
- Stammen - Pitching.
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