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Game Thread: Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants- 2008 Game 102 of 162. "Don Sutton's Favorite Pitcher Against The Giants' Last Next Big Thing...or DC GM Jim Bowden Insults The Flat-Brimmed Closer Chad Cordero!!"

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On The Hill...

DC righty Tim Redding is (1-1) in his last two starts, which is significant only in light of the fact that the two decisions came after a 9-start stretch, which reached all the way back to the 19th of May, in which Redding received no decisions.

Redding's '08 record now stands at (7-4) with a 4.17 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and .261 BAA in 118.2 IP in 21 starts over which the 30-year old Rochester, NY native has allowed 121 hits, 55 ER, 13 HR's and 41 walks, while striking out 78. Redding's winless against San Francisco at (0-4) over his 7-year MLB career, with 7 appearances, 5 starts and 26.1 innings pitched against the various Giants' lineups, against whom he's allowed 30 hits, 19 walks, 19 ER's, 3 HR's and posted a 6.49 ERA with a 1.86 WHIP and .291 BAA. Redding did not start against San Francisco when the Giants visited the nation's capital earlier this season...

...San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain did face DC in that June series, winning the Monday finale of the Giants' extended-weekend four-game sweep at Nationals Park, with 6.1 innings on the mound in which he struck out 6 and allowed 8 hits, 1 ER and 1 walk. Cain, 23, has already faced the Nationals 5 times as a starter in his third year in the Majors, posting a (2-2) record and 3.00 ERA against Washington, with 30 K's, a 1.06 WHIP, .216 BAA, and 24 hits, 11 ER's, 2 HR's and 11 walks allowed over 33.0 innings pitched.

Cain's best start against the Nationals came late last year, however, when he threw 6.0 shutout innings on 8/8/07, with just 3 hits and 1 walk surrendered in a 5-0 win over Washington at home in AT&T Park. Cain's dropped 2 of his last 4 '08 starts, but he's shutout the opposition in the other two appearances, both against the Chicago Cubs; one an 8.0 inning, 2-hit, 10 K outing which the Giants held on to win 2-1, and the other a no-decison in a start again against Chicago, where he completed another 7.0 shutout innings and gave up just 3 hits in a game the Giants eventually lost 3-1 to the Cubbies...

Nationals' #'s Against Matt Cain...

Felipe Lopez - 4 for 10, .400 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB.

Johnny Estrada - 6 for 11, .545 AVG, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI's, 1.545 OPS.

Ryan Zimmerman - 2 for 9, .222 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI's.

Paul Lo Duca - 4 for 9, .444 AVG, 1 RBI.

Cristian Guzman - 3 for 6, .500 AVG.

Redding's #'s Against the Giants. (Classic and Current)...

Rich Aurilia - 1 for 4, .250 AVG, 2 BB.

The Old Giants' Left Fielder - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, .857 SLG, 1.357 OPS.

Aaron Rowand - 4 for 8, .500 AVG, 1 2B, 1 BB.

Yeah, But What Have You Done For Me Lately...

According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson's article entitled, "Nats GM says Cordero will hit market", DC GM Jim Bowden announced Wednesday that the Nationals will "non-tender" the injured closer...two months from now when the season ends?

Why did Mr. Bowden feel the need to announce this now?

Mr. Ladson writes that:

"While the Nationals would like to have Cordero back, Bowden said the team does not want to pay him a lot of money."

..and Mr. Bowden himself is quoted in Mr. Ladson's article stating:

"'We hope that Chad Cordero re-signs with us, but based on his surgery, our interest would be a low base salary with incentives,' Bowden said via e-mail."

If the Nationals do really want to bring Cordero back at a significantly lower salary, this was probably not a great first step in the process of convincing the Flat-Brimmed Closer to return...

There Might Be A Crowd In The Outfield...

Washington Post sports writer Chico Harlan reports, in a post at the "Nationals Journal" entitled, "Boone to have MRI", that Lastings Milledge, who is currently on a rehab stint with Triple-AAA Columbus as he recovers from an injured groin, could be back in the Majors as early as this weekend in Los Angeles, news that Mr. Harlan attributes to a source as high up as Nationals' Manager Manny Acta.

If Milledge is going to be back this weekend in Los Angeles?...Who does Manny Acta put in the outfield? Sounds like a poll question...Who starts in the outfield once Milledge returns?

Game Time In AT&T Park is a 3:45 pm EST. Redding vs Cain...It almost happened last night...But when will DC fans get a glimpse of new closer "Wild" Joel Hanrahan? Where will Paul Lo Duca play today? WWJD this time? Did you know that, "Willie Harris Wants To Play?" Who's watching the Nationals?

Poll

Who Starts In The Outfield Once Milledge Returns? (L to R)

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Harris, Milledge, Kearns?
    (21 votes)
  • 4%
    Langerhans, Milledge, Kearns?
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Lo Duca, Milledge, Kearns?
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Langerhans, Harris, Kearns?
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Casto, Milledge, Kearns?
    (1 vote)
25 votes total Vote Now