Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Which is more surprising?

That we're three games above for the first time since 10/05, of the freakin' 1-hit shutout!?

Redding wasn't dominant, but he looks like a different pitcher. he's throwing harder, which allows him to live up in the zone, making his curve/slider combo all the more effective low. He threw an especially nasty change, diving down and away from Ryan Howard for strike three earlier in the game.

Hey, how 'bout that Zimmerman? I loved Carpenter's "analysis" there. First inning, after Milledge walks on 4 pitches, Zimmerman jumps all over the first pitch, and pops it high to the wall in left. Later, in the AB he homered in, he fell behind 0-2, before going with a pitch and letting it float into the stands in right. Carpenter said something like "I'm not sure if he's a veteran enough to be doing this, but he might have set Hamels up by going to left earlier in the game." Yeah, he's such a professional hitter, he even let Hamels get 0-2 in the later AB just to lull him into a false sense of security. Bob needs to leave the analysis to Don.

MASN NEEDS TO CHANGE THEIR GRAPHICS. The base markers make it look like the opposite. They're lit up when nobody is on, and darker when there's a runner on the base. It looks like there are runners on all over the place.

Zimmerman made a few nifty defensive plays, including one terrific snag, where he again went for the lead runner on a close play. I've never seen a 3B go for the tough play as consistently as him, and those really have to add up over the course of a season. He turns runners on 2nd with one out situations into a runner at first with one out in a way that no other 3B does. I'm not sure the defensive metrics account for the 5-3 as opposed to the 5-4 putouts and the run effect that'd have.

Nick Johnson made a few nice picks and plays at first. We're at about 5-6 plays (if not more) that I'm confident Dmitri would not have made at first. They shouldn't be adding up that rapidly, but they are.

I'm still stunned at Redding's outing. Rauch was effective in his outing, too. I'm not worried about him as closer, even if time's likely to show that he'll have about the same effectiveness as Cordero. I'm just glad it didn't end with Howard up there as the winning run. I'm not sure my pyloric valve could've taken it.

It might not last for the year, but dammit, this feels good. So much better than the start to last year, which really soured me on the whole experience. StanK has to be feeling happy today. Winning breeds ticket sales, and I hear they're going fast. (I hear that at least 5 times a day, though, so I'm not sure whether to believe it or not!)

  • Thanks to everyone who popped into the game chat from the link below. It was a ton of fun talking about the game and sharing misery and joy!


    • Last time the Nats/Expos were 4-0?


      Tomorrow's game is vs. Jamie Moyer, who had a 2.13 ERA against us last year in 3 games.

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 4/02/2008 9:57 PM  

    • I'm not going to worry about 4-0 unless and until it's within reach in the 9th inning tomorrow night.

      For now, got to just celebrate this victory as a Nats fan, be happy for Redding, and thrilled for the team. The 9-25 start last year had a devastating impact on ticket sales. This start will keep them in the headlines and give the team a huge boost heading into the first homestand.

      By Anonymous Let Teddy Win the Presidents Race, at 4/02/2008 10:06 PM  

    • I couldn't agree more about the graphics... the white bases have been confusing the beejeesus out of me the past two games. I also noticed during Monday's run explosion that the scorers, regardless of base color, couldn't keep track of who was on which base. Very annoying. Finally and to conclude my pointless whining, would a pitch speed indicator kill them? OK, done.

      By Blogger Collin, at 4/02/2008 10:07 PM  

    • I ate hot dogs to celebrate Opening Night. I ate hot dogs to celebrate Opening Day. It looks like I'd better keep eating hot dogs to keep the Nats winning. I have no other rational explanation for the improbable success of our starting rotation.

      About the new chat...I see that Campfire charges real money for more than 4 chatters. What is the arrangement there?

      By Blogger Bote Man, at 4/02/2008 10:45 PM  

    • Right on the money about MASN's graphics. THE BASERUNNER DIAGRAM SUCKS! They had this problem the first year but I thought they fixed it last year, and now it is back. For Christ's sake, is it that difficult to designate runners in red? What a half-ass network. Apparently they still have the same idiot in charge of graphics (I think Svurluga defended him a couple years back).

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/03/2008 12:09 AM  

    • haha. yeah. i kept thinking that there were runners on second and third instead of one runner on first.

      By Blogger facet.squared, at 4/03/2008 4:03 AM  

    • I did see a pitch speed indicator on there, but it alternated with the pitch count, so that if you blinked, you'd miss it.

      Agreed on the base graphics: they blow.

      By Anonymous hb, at 4/03/2008 6:25 AM  

    • I agree with all about MASN's idiotic on-base graphics. Obviously this was a direct decision from Angelos.

      By Anonymous 1st Base Coach, at 4/03/2008 6:43 AM  

    • is reporting that FLop is gonna start in LF today. I had to change my drawers after hearing that.
      I know that Soriano made the switch, but he's a better natural athlete, and he's still is a minus defensively in the OF.
      Yeah, it's early, but we're looking good so far. Why are they F'ing with this kind of stuff right now?

      By Blogger Rob B, at 4/03/2008 8:13 AM  

    • Great game and a pitchers duel to boot in the most unlikely of ball parks. Redding pitched seven crafty innings and beat the usually unbeatable Cole Hammels. The defense was outstanding. I have to admit, I am a lot more comfortable with Raush as the closer than Jorge Julio Cordero.

      By Anonymous phil dunn, at 4/03/2008 8:16 AM  

    • When I turned on the TV, it was on whatever MASN had the BAAAltimore game on. Before I found the right MASN with the Nats game, I noticed that the Orioles graphic is shown when they jump between camera angles. On the Nats broadcast, it is the MASN graphic.

      By Blogger WFY, at 4/03/2008 8:23 AM  

    • I was comparing team salaries (as the info is all over the place now)...what do you think Zimmerman would be really worth without the artifical cap on young players?

      Surely on par, the Nats would vault a few positions showing they're much more competitive than they appear.

      Oh, and on MASN...GET HD! Was flipping between our game and the Braves (inlaws in town) was embarassing.

      By Blogger Ray, at 4/03/2008 9:14 AM  

    • Full agreement on the base graphics. ESPN does it right: an unoccupied base is an empty square, a runner on base is a colored square. How am I supposed to know what color MASN decided means unoccupied and which color means occupied?

      I heard Carpenter's "analysis" too. Sutton shot him down quickly, saying something to the effect that even Albert Einstein wouldn't be smart enough to "set-up" a pitcher like Hamels.

      By Blogger John, at 4/03/2008 9:27 AM  

    • Yeah, I don't think Z-man "set up" Hamels by going to left. But it did occur to me that, after crushing a ball to left into that wind, he might have been looking for a pitch to take to right instead.

      By Anonymous Bob L. Head, at 4/03/2008 10:06 AM  

    • I'm hoping that Bob was being a bit tongue in cheek there, hoping.

      I've had trouble with a lot of teams' on base graphics this year for some reason.

      A couple of lucky/great plays last night really bailed us out. 1-5-3 and 5-6-3. But Redding was outstanding.

      Willie Harris has no chance against Moyer. We only scored one run yesterday and that's not going to win many games. Since we don't have any Silver Sluggers in the lineup we can't afford to have any black holes.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/03/2008 10:18 AM  

    • Aren't I the 3B Silver Slugger for this week?

      By Anonymous ntr Mr. Walkoff, at 4/03/2008 10:20 AM  

    • So, how about that 5-run first inning in today's game?

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 4/03/2008 1:23 PM  

    • how about bergmann striking out the side swinging in the 4th?

      yeah, how about that?

      By Blogger andrew, at 4/03/2008 2:22 PM  

    • Up is down, right is left, this team is awesome.

      /unbridled and probably premature enthusiasm

      By Blogger MDT, at 4/03/2008 2:35 PM  

    • Ouch.
      They gave it to us and we gave it right back.
      Not a bad offensive showing minus Wily Mo and NJ, though.

      By Blogger Rob B, at 4/03/2008 5:02 PM  

    • Excepting the walk-off walk that Colome just issued. I'm still scratching my head about that one.

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 4/03/2008 5:03 PM  

    • I kinda thought they should have pitched to Howard. He strikes out a lot, and with one out and a man on 3rd, giving up a homer is a non-issue.

      By Blogger Rob B, at 4/03/2008 5:12 PM  

    • I'm not really so much worried about the loss as I was about the way things played out with the pitching and strategy.

      The two intentional walks were pretty crazy. I mean, yeah, they finally got to Werth, but only by stacking the bases. It's one thing if you're going to put one guy on, but it's another by completely filling the bases. At some point you just have to bite the bullet and take your chances. With the bases loaded like that, they would have had to get through not just Werth, but the batter behind him to get out of the inning, avoiding a hit, sac fly or squeeze play the entire time. Then add to it that Colome was either unable or unwilling to pitch in the zone to Werth even though he had no choice, and things could have gone much better.

      Meh. At least this way all anxieties about a winning streak are pretty much extinguished. Our guys can stop worrying about how long they'll be able to keep it up and will just settle down to play the game.

      By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 4/03/2008 7:05 PM  

    • Chris, I left a comment for masn regarding a broadcast signal problem where the signal flashed to black and the sound cut out for about a second. It happened twice, not too annoying. but my main concern was that the base indicator sucked. I got a quick response, i think because i made a signal error complaint. They said the base indicator should be fixed as of last evening, couldn't catch the game on tv yesterday so not sure if its done yet.

      By Anonymous Dave-O, at 4/04/2008 9:55 AM  

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