Sunday, Jul 26, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.
?'s For The DC Faithful...
• Are We Sure Clippard Can't Pitch Again?
• Will "Cool Hand" Handle It?
• Will Nick Johnson Still Be A National At This Time Next Week?
• Can Zimmerman Hit Homers In 3-Straight?
• Do You Think Riggleman Yelled At Everyone After The Game Just Cause It Worked Friday Night?
DC Starting Lineup...(Courtesy of Washington Post writer Chico Harlan).
- TAWH - CF
- Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
- The Big Slam - LF
- The Hammer - RF
- The Bard - C
- Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
- Anderson "Oh Now He Plays" Hernandez - 2B
- John "Cool Hand" Lannan - Eating 40 Eggs.
Today's Starting Pitchers Are Going To Stare At You Now...(And We'll Hand Out The Award For Worst Goatee Ever...)
#31 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals
Sep 27, 1984
'09 Stats - (7-7, 3.38 ERA), 20 GS, 127.2 IP, 131 H, 55 R, 48 ER, 13 HR, 40 BB, 53 K's, , 1.34 WHIP, ERA+ = 127, 2.8 BB/9, 4.7 K/9, 1.33 K/BB, .271 BAA.
vs SD - (0-1, 2.08 ERA), 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 10 K's, 1.15 WHIP, .191 BAA.
Origin Story - Washington Nationals' 11th Round pick, 324th overall in 2005.
#49 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres
Mar 24, 1983
'09 Stats - (4-9, 4.82 ERA), 17 G, 16 GS, 93.1 IP, 85 H, 55 R, 50 ER, 6 HR, 50 BB, 96 K's, 1.45 WHIP, ERA+ = 78, 4.8 BB/9, 9.3 K/9, 1.92 K/BB, .242 BAA.
vs DC - (0-0, 27.00 ERA), 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's, 4.00 WHIP, .500 BAA.
Origin Story - Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 34th Round pick, 1,009th overall in 2001 Draft. 12/12/04 - Traded by Tampa To Toronto For C Kevin Cash. 12/2/05 - Traded by the Blue Jays to the Oakland A's for OF Dustin Majewski - 7/8/08 -Traded by the Athletics to the Chicago Cubs with RHP Rick Harden for RHP Josh Donaldson, RHP Sean Gallagher, OF Matt Murton, IF/OF Eric Patterson.
More On The Matchup...
Chad Gaudin's (0-4) in July after winning his last two starts in June. The 26-year-old right-hander out of New Orleans, Louisiana has allowed 23 hits and 14 runs, 11 earned, in his last 22.2 IP. John "Cool Hand" Lannan's (2-2) in 4 July outings, but he's coming off his first career complete game shutout, having held the New York's (B-)Mets to just 7 hits in a 4-0 Nationals' win earlier in this homestand. A win will put Lannan back up a game over .500, and make him (6-2) since June.
If you guessed 3 or possibly 4 out of 11 for the Nationals' record on the homestand, depending upon today's outcome you were right. The Nationals are 3 and 7 so far with one game left at home before they head out on a 6-game road trip to Milwaukee and Pittsburgh that will keep them away from Nationals Park until August 4th when they welcome the Florida Marlins to DC. Make sure you let all the Nationals know they're appreciated, this may be your last chance to do so in some cases...How about a standing "O" for Nick Johnson just in case. A round of applause for Josh Willingham for the work he's done? TAWH? Will he be amazing someone else soon? And what about Dunn? Can DC dare to trade the big bopper after a little over a half-a-season in DC?
Add this to the list of articles that are beginning to focus in on what could be a franchise breaking or making struggle to get the Washington Nationals' #1 overall picked locked up by the August 17th deadline. Boston.com writer Nick Carfado writes this morning, in an article entitled, "Different varieties in Apple":
"The Nationals continue on their journey to nowhere, which has been chronicled well. What they are now being scrutinized for is whether they can sign San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg. While there’s some uneasiness that the sides haven’t held substantive talks, these deals can come together quickly."
It's only going to get worse as the deadline approaches, so prepare yourselves...
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