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GameThread: Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins - Game 1 of 162. Opening Day.

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Washington Nationals
@ Florida Marlins

Monday, Apr 6, 2009, 4:10 PM EDT
Dolphin Stadium

Washington Nationals' Opening Day 2009: Washington at Florida.

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Game 1 of 162 - Washington at Florida. DC lefty John Lannan on the mound for the Nationals against the Marlins' right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

The Marlins vs John Lannan...?

(ed. note - "John Lannan faces the Florida Marlins for the first time today.")

The Nationals vs Ricky Nolasco...

Josh Bard - 1 for 3, .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Ronnie Belliard - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 2B.

Adam Dunn - 0 for 8, .000 AVG, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K's.

Nick Johnson - 3 for 12, .250 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Lastings Milledge - 2 for 3, .667 AVG.

Ryan Zimmerman - 2 for 14, .143 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 5 K's.

Lannan Away From DC...

Lannan - Away - 21 GS, (6-7), 3.24 ERA, 127.2 IP, 124 H, 48 R, 46 ER, 12 HR, 50 BB, 80 K's, 1.36 WHIP, .258 BAA.

Nolasco In Miami...

Nolasco - Home - 35 G, 24 GS, (11-10), 4.51 ERA, 161.2 IP, 175 H, 88 R, 81 ER, 23 HR, 35 BB, 135 K's, 1.30 WHIP, .278 BAA.

Nolasco vs DC -

Nolasco - Career - 8 G, 6 GS, (5-1), 3.53 ERA, 35.2 IP, 27 H, 16 R, 14 ER, 5 HR, 6 BB, 25 K's, 0.93 WHIP, .211 BAA.

Washington Nationals - Overall Record...

2005 - 81-81

2006 - 71-91

2007 - 73-89

2008 - 59-102

2009 - ??-??

Doghouse's Last-Minute Mini-W.A.R. Update...

Doghouse: Let's Go Nats Go!!!

"Was that a 300-comment game thread I saw a few posts down? With that much FanPower behind the team, my 75-win prediction has to come true! Sorry I haven’t been around much, all—a combination of computer trouble and work have been minimizing my posting time (anyone know any Nationals bars in CT where I can catch the game today? :/ ). For game-thread followers, here’s a last-minute mini-W.A.R. update to whet your whistle for the season.

No changes to the position players—I know AK is hot, and we might pencil in a few more PA for him over SooperDooks. However, SD’s projected batting line is a bit better, so if streaking AK = normal SD, then we can treat ‘em as interchangeable. I already had Bard penciled in at backup backstop. We might see a shift of the PA I gave Anderson Hernandez at 2B to the Alberto "General" Gonzalez and Ronnie Belliard, but I’m still figuring AndyHands plays most of the season there (based on projected performance, that shift would actually bump the win total up slightly).

As for as the pitchers go, I think it’s reasonable to leave Ballystar in there—we’ll probably see him at some point this season (Doghouse whistles a happy tune and pointedly tries not to look towards Daniel Cabrera…). I think we’re going to see some serious musical chairs in the bullpen, too, although Hanny/Bemiel/Sa-oooool will get the majority of the important IP, as in the calculations.

Plus, Kasto cleared waivers, so he can keep his spot representing Scrub Nation there in the PH category.

Here’s the link if you want to review the lineup, rotation, and bullpen in all its gory detail (click the "WAS" tab on the bottom), or you can check out the last W.A.R. post.

The Math sez 76.9 wins, on average—80% chance of 71 or more wins. A run at 0.500 is unlikely (about one time in four), but not unimaginable.

Bombs from Dunn and groundouts from Lannan!"

(ed. note - "Thanks, Doghouse!!")

It's Almost Time...Let's Go Nats Go!! Game 1 of 162...

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