In-Game JZim against Braves in Game 1 of 4

Jordan Zimmermann takes the ball for the Nats against the Braves and the rookie Wisler.

The Nats find themselves 6.5 back in the NL East and must go on a long winning streak to improve their chances for the postseason.  As they say, it all starts right now, and the Nats come back to DC from a big win in St. Louis.

Ryan Zimmerman leads the Nats offense but there is much uncertainty with the health of 2 outfielders with Bryce Harper’s glute and Michael A. Taylor’s knee.  Then you have the health of Stephen Strasburg as a question mark in the starting rotation.  Bryce Harper will start on Thursday and we will watch how he’s running.

With all the question marks on the health of the outfielders do you go to the farm system and bring up Brian Goodwin in case you need an extra outfield glove?  Goodwin is already on the 40 man roster.  Nats will get back Tyler Moore today as he is eligible to come off the 15 day DL.  We will also check on our rumor yesterday that AJ Cole would be called up as we had a long discussion yesterday pre-game as Cole last pitched on Sunday and would pitch tomorrow.

Also we had a discussion in-game about Ryan Zimmerman exploiting pitchers who try to pitch him outside as we believe on our eye test that he moved closer to the plate when he returned from his last DL stint.

This is the chart of RZim’s go-ahead double against Broxton.

Another chart from yesterday was the Moss HR vs Scherzer.  Ray Knight said the pitch was on the outside edge but James Wagner tweeted

Pitch F/X confirms outside edge and Moss must have caught it out front to pull it.

Bryce Harper is in fact penciled into the early lineup with Clint Robinson starting in LF:

  1. Werth RF
  2. Rendon 2B
  3. Harp CF
  4. RZ 1B
  5. CRob LF
  6. Esco 3B
  7. Desi SS
  8. Ramos C
  9. JZim P

There is also a new weekend starting rotation:

  1. Thurs: JZim  
  2. Friday: Roark  
  3. Saturday: Gio  
  4. Sunday:  Joe Ross

The current thinking is that if Stephen Strasburg’s back and neck are pain-free tomorrow he will get a start on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday against the Mets.  Strasburg threw a bullpen session today and got through it with no issues. The Nats right now align Scherzer on Monday on regular rest for the day game and JZim on regular rest for Tuesday.

Could Rizzo put Strasburg in on Monday to go up against Niese and allow an extra days rest for Scherzer to face Harvey and JZim against deGrom?

 

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  • I would like to point out that Matt wWilliams handled the bullpen perfectly tonight!

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      I still would have liked a 3 inning Save by Solis 😉

  • Andrew mentioned earlier down in the thread that TalkNats is “the talk of Natstown

    Molto bene!!

    What do you all say to a meet-and-greet, perhaps at Duffy’s, if Andy can get it open in time, or maybe at the makeup game against the Reds Sept. 28 (if they wind up playing it, and I’m guessing they will), which will be the last home game, and a 3:05 start on a Monday? A Wrap Party, as it were.

    Thoughts?

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo
    Bryce Harper: 4 BB, 4 runs in a game for 2nd time this yr (tonight, Aug. 18).
    Last w/ 4 BB, 4 R in a game 2x in a season: Dom DiMaggio, 1950

    Bryce Harper faced 20 pitches, didn’t swing at any of them; 2nd-most pitches w/o a swing in a game in last 10 seasons (Juan Uribe, 21, 2010)

    • Do we have a date for DiMaggio? I’m wondering if the same guy got the RBI in all four cases there.

    • ADCWONK

      MLB says first player in modern history to have at least 4 walks, 4 runs, and an RBI without an official at bat.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        Bam!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo
    Ryan Zimmerman: 22 RBI in last 10 games, most in a 10-game span of a single season in Nationals/Expos history

    @EliasSports

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Cool stats of the night was the cleanup spot in the line-up with RZim and Espi 5-5, 3R, 5 RBIs, HR, 2 Doubles, and 3 Two-out RBIs.

    Nats were 8-15 with RISP

    Bryce 1.000 OBP with 4 walks

    Nats pitching staff threw a 2-hitter

    Any other stats to add?

    • Gonats

      Harper had no official at-bats and scored 4 runs. Think about that stat! That could be a record.

      • ADCWONK

        Combine it with an RBI, too!

        So, 0-for-0, no swings, 1 RBI, 4 runs scored.

    • ADCWONK

      Any other stats to add?

      Yeah — Nats had 11 LOB. They stink! 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        LOL

  • Well done RZ JZ. Let’s go for 3 in a row!

  • 14 Ks in 6.1 innings. Is that good?

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      That’s excellent!

      • Sr Martin clearly needs work in some other areas, but goodness. Talk about swing and miss stuff.

  • Taking care of business! Nice game!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Redskins just scored. They go ahead of the Nats.
    16-15

    https://twitter.com/Redskins/status/639619695893680128

    • senators69

      Ok…fine..but the Nats gave ’em a run!

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        Nats will also only bat 8 innings technically for the “home field” mercy rule.

    • Nats ahead in the only place that counts. They won.

  • Sure hope this carries over. They needed a laugher.

    By the way – it’s also a 2 hitter.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Good point!

    • I’m hoping they saved some for the rest of the week. Often (sorry, no data), it seems, after a big score, they come up tired, maybe from running the bases, and get shut down the next day.

      • ADCWONK

        Nah — they’re going to feel refreshed tomorrow night, compared to tonight, which was after a late flight in from St. Louis, right?

        (And a bunch of them only played 6 innings — although, granted, it was a lot of at bats and baserunning)

  • natslive

    Danny!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    15 runs scored and that was the Nats 1st HR of the night!

    • natslive

      They went for 2 and got it

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        LOL, with the new rules the 2 point conversion after the TD is smart!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Scott, did I win the Over/Under contest?

  • Solis going for his first career Save!

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Nope. Rafael Martin takes over in the 9th. No save for anyone.

  • Cool, I just signed in on my Twitter! Joining the fun!

  • senators69

    Nats still beating the Skins – score and hits vs passes. Nice

  • nats128

    I feel a Trea Turner hit coming in this at-bat!

    • nats128

      Call me the summoner! I bet they wont have him steal a base.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        That was fun to watch! He now has a BA

      • I’m glad for hiim, but that was an E-3. Throw beat him.

  • natslive

    Think I would put in Lobaton

    • nats128

      I think you have to start Lobaton tomorrow as he OWNS the Barves pitcher Teheran.

      • ADCWONK

        I hear you, but, man, Ramos was scorching the ball tonight.

  • Fairly effective inning for Solis, to judge by MLB Gameday.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Solis pitching free & easy. Amazing when you’re in Super Low Lev how well some pitchers can pitch.

    • senators69

      Yea, and he’s got a lot of speed variability from the bit I saw. If he can continue to work on his craft, could be a difference maker in the future.

  • senators69

    I felt a little bad for Det He was very good for the Nats for a while, but then fell out of favor and off the ledge so to speak. I hope he gets right but just so he doesn’t hurt the Nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      I had a rocky relationship with Det. Never liked him until July 2012 thru the postseason and after that not so much.

    • Sort of wore out his welcome with me with his poutiness. He seems to be the head case Stras was accused of being. YMMV.

  • Already 10-1 when I got home so I’ve spent the last hour hooking up and listening to my new speakers (they sound great). Saving my mojo for in person tomorrow.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    TREA TURNER AT SHORTSTOP!

    • I wondered why he didn’t hit for Escobar or Desmond.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        No clue.

      • He was going to hit for Desi, but was not ready. Desi took the AB. (According to Carp)

        • nats128

          Really, how would Carp know. If he slurped any more off of the glory of the teet of the Cardinals the last 3 games.

  • Over under now 16

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      You moved it up! You’re tougher than Vegas!

  • natslive

    Let’s make it 2 TDs this game

  • Ghost takes full blame for season. Had he started this earlier we would have 100 wins.

  • Here comes the subs..

  • senators69

    Not sure if anyone else has said this, but right now, the Nats have scored more points than the Redskins! (games on the sane night). Go Nats!!

    And Nats have more hits than the Redskins have pass completions!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Tyler Moore crushes that one and it didn’t go out.

  • Over under 15. Who wants under? (No papa johns u can’t double down)

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      I have the over. Nats 12 Redskins 10.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Nats have scored 12 runs and none on HRs

  • nats128

    That was a slow groundball and Pierczynski just jogged down the line. Thanks AJ.

  • Mnf – report in. I’m enjoying a batting ipa – may have another

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      An IPA beer?

      • Ghost fail / ipa = India pale ale. Trending beer of the decade

  • Ps: zim doubters = fail

  • Umm. Talknats released. And nats crush. Coincidence? I think not. Just say’en

  • Harper putting up another golden shower tonight. LOL

    • Gonats

      Booooooooooooooooo

  • Okay I hope this is enough runs to rest some people….

  • nats128

    If Ramos can elevate one here, he could get a quick 5 RBI night.

  • Wow Ryan….. wow…

  • Bryce gets on, Zim bats him in, Bryce gets on, Zim bats him in, Bryce gets on, Zim bats him in…..I like this pattern.

  • nats128

    Ross Detwiler coming in to pitch to Bryce and probaly the rest of the 5th inning.

  • nats128

    I stepped away. Any Nats player substitutions?

    • Does MW believe in defensive subs…..

      • Gonats

        These wouldn’t even be defensive subs, they would be “rest” innings.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Rendon hit that well. Ball not carrying.

  • Idk why Anthony is still playing…. ice the hand and get it ready for tomorrow.

    Now watch he hit a HR after I post this.

  • nats128

    MW must be waiting for the Nats to score 10 more runs to put in some reserves.

  • natslive

    Think now is the time to put Espinosa in…I know would weaken OF defense but give Bryce a rest

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Not if he took CRob’s place although that was a good catch on Freeman.

    • Bryce was looking at a lot of pitches. Plate discipline or Barking Glute?

  • Gonats

    Time to get Trea Turner into this game and rest Anthony Rendon and get RZim off his feet and Harper and Werth.

    • I was just going to post something similar.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Do you think MW would think of doing that? Perfect time to rest Werth and RZim who have been playing every day. Get MdD in there in RF and TyMo at 1st and TT at 2nd base for Rendon.

      • natslive

        Yes it is time to rest a few folks….MW does not think like that apparently

    • Agree. Bryce too. Rest the glut!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    RZim es muy muy muy en fuego mi amigos y amigas!!!!

  • OK RZ!!! Stay healthy Ryan. Your going to be rode hard in September

  • manassasnatsfan

    The lefty righty game already?

  • This team needed a laugher.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      That is true.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    JZim is a ballplayer. Look at that takeout slide.

  • manassasnatsfan

    Another round boys

  • nats128

    The strikezone widened.

  • natslive

    Nice play Desi

    • nats128

      Robbed Maybin twice in 2 at-bats.

  • Nice cushion for JZ. Now just throw strikes

  • natslive

    Keeping the line moving

  • This Braves team is awful. I expect nothing less than a sweep.

  • I feel bad for Wisler…

  • natslive

    Let’s keep the line moving RZ

  • nats128

    Look at that. The Barves have the bullpen already working.

  • nats128

    I want to see them Barry Bonds for Harper and walk him with bases loaded intentionally.

    • Problem is the guy behind is hot as fire…

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        The pitch chart will look like 1 strike and 4 balls way out of the zone and you will wonder if it was an intentional/unintentional walk as Wisler looks like he was trying to throw strikes to RZim.

  • manassasnatsfan

    Injury delay? Rendon hit in hand?

    • nats128

      left hand knuckles. OUCH

  • manassasnatsfan

    WasvJZ bunt to hard?

    • nats128

      Hard and right back to the pitcher.

  • “Clint Robinson will have teams in the AL salivating to get his lefty bat as a DH. Never know if Rizzo would trade him.

    I like how he inside outed that pitch and just served it over the SS.”

    DH in the AL? He doesn’t have enough pop, I would think.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      His HR/9 has picked up. He just doesn’t play a lot.

  • manassasnatsfan

    Great 2 doubles since I last check.

    JZim shut down inning next time please.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Ball not carrying. I thought RZim, Desi and Ramos all had HRs.

  • Why did he give up!?!?!?

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      He has no skill as a baserunner but he was a dead duck.

      • I think about when Andrelton run the bases, ran hard and ended up being safe…..

        • natslive

          Yeah looked like not the best throw and if it had gotten away he still would have been out

  • excellent fielding by Markakis

  • nats128

    Who runs the cameras for MASN. They totally missed that Wild Pitch.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Every time I hear the fielding stats of Andrelton Simmons I chuckle because we’ve seen as Nats fans balls that Desi would have ruled an error called a hit in Atlanta. Yes, he has very good range and a good arm but the error stat is distorted IMO.

  • manassasnatsfan

    I am still at work glanced in see acwalk, balk and wild pitch. We scorev2 and JZim gives one back single handed

    • natslive

      Yeah not a lot of command let’s hope he focuses and gets better

  • Give blue credit for that run..

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Yep, either 2-2 count on Swisher or a K depending on how you see it.

      • manassasnatsfan

        Even if called wrong, the balk and WP not on blue.

  • This SZ is bothersome.

  • Come on JZ.. Get in the zone

  • nats128

    JZ not on his game. Walk, balk, WP. Come on JZ.

    • natslive

      Thought Ramos could have done a better job blocking the WP

  • Come on blue…. with this SZ.. McCatty may need to go out and talk to him for a minute..

    • knoxvillenat

      I don’t think it’s blue as much as it is JZ there MrsB. Zimmerman has been all over the place and doesn’t appear to be focused at all tonight.

    • nats128

      Its a stupid strike zone he is calling on JZ.

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Way to go CRob!!!! Harp walk, RZim double, and CRob 2 RBI single!

    • knoxvillenat

      And all with two outs.

    • His bat has been good. Too bad his defense sucks.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        Clint Robinson will have teams in the AL salivating to get his lefty bat as a DH. Never know if Rizzo would trade him.

        I like how he inside outed that pitch and just served it over the SS.

  • Awesome job Nats Park…. and RZ

    *tip the cap and round of applause*

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      That was great and also a H/T to Bob Carpenter for asking the fans last night to celebrate RZim today.

  • Zim be white hot.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      He dented the outfield wall.

  • knoxvillenat

    Greetings everyone, I haven’t been here in awhile but hope to visit more often. GYFNG!

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Good to see you Knox!

  • nats128

    That had me fooled to by Pierzyinski. Nice alert doubleplay by the Nats.

  • natslive

    Markkais helps Nats out

  • natslive

    JZ uncharacterically no command yet

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      Not the worst thing walking Freddie Freeman with 1st base open.

      • natslive

        True but walks to 2 of first 3 batters with most pitches not close doesn’t bode well. Let’s hope it is an aberration

  • natslive

    Need JZ to go at least 7 strong tonight

    • natslive

      And throw strikes

  • It just down poured something serious… yall enjoy the nesting dolls…. I purposely never went today. Didnt want 1 as those things scare me…

  • Gonats

    The Barves called up Hector Olivera who was the outfielder they got in the Alex Wood trade from the Dodgers.

    • rayvil01

      Of all the baseball moves all year, that one leaves me the most baffled. Wood is a young lefthander with upside. Olivera is a 30-year old mystery. That move was the frosting on the Braves’ Nation Upchuck Cake.

  • masterfishkeeper

    Can I just say that I think this team would be better off with Espinosa at 2B, Rendon at 3B, and Escobar on the bench? Far better defense and no appreciable falloff in offense. Really don’t understand why MW doesn’t see this.

    • Ghost of Steve M.

      I agree with you and so do many others here but let’s see if MW takes advantage of the expanded roster and inserts Espi in the 7th inning for defense.

      • Yeah, right. 2 perfect times to do so in the 1st 2 games of the Cards series and he’s asleep at the wheel. I’m not holding my breath.

      • I’m with veejh…. I expect him to continue to forsake defense for offense.

        I’m so over him.

        • rayvil01

          “I’m so over him.”

          …but is Rizzo?

    • sjm308

      Agree 100%. And. If you do start Escobar, bring Danny in after 3 ab’s for defense.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        The other thing is Danny has the best stats vs Wisler.

      • natslive

        Let’s hope MW is learning or at least reading this

        • Ghost of Steve M.

          Brian Kenney ripped MW for managing the bullpen poorly on MLB Network.

          • He absolutely should have… dont get me started….

            • Ghost of Steve M.

              Kenney started the conversation and the 3 other guys on the panel then chimed in.

    • adcwonk

      That wasn’t an easy call earlier. When Werth and Rendon were in 20-game slumps at the same time (in the first half of August), we needed all the hitting we could get.

  • nats128

    Dan Kolko on the MLB Network.

  • adcwonk

    I’ll be in Sec 312 – row E – along with the lovely Mrs Wonk wearing her cute Pink Nats Hat.

    We’ll be there early (in order to get some dolls!) — anybody want to meet at picnic benches at, say, 6:45-ish?

    • nats128

      Nice day for baseball! I’m sure many of the people here will be at the game!

    • I’ll wander over there. Leaving for the Park now.

      • adcwonk

        Hope to see you there!

        • Gonats

          I’m running late. Sect 124 tonight. Go JZ!!!

  • Ghost of Steve M.

    Breaking: AJ Cole added to active roster and Tyler Moore activated from the DL.

    We reported yesterday from our sources that AJ Cole would be added yesterday. It’s official today.

    • Meh….I project him as AAAA. He’s too hittable with that delivery. Not a big fan.

      • Ghost of Steve M.

        They have tweaked his mechanics. Clearly in his 1st start it was like hitting an Iron Mike and they have not only closed him up some but also they changed his release point.

        It takes a while to repeat those mechanics and Cole had quite a few good outings recently.

        • I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, meh.

  • Time to go on a run if we want to even have a chance. It’s sweep these bums or bust. Let’s go!