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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nationals (56-39) @ Mets (47-49), Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7:10pm

WSN:Gio Gonzalez (26, LHP, 12-5, 3.32)
NYM:R.A. Dickey (37, RHP, 13-1, 2.84)

The Primer Chimp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 83 comment(s)
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   1. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4191259)
Egads, this has been quite a fall.
   2. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4191261)
R.A. Dickey against the Nationals? I predict PAIN.

Get ready for one hell of a frustrating night.
   3. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4191263)
I consider that rather brutal three-pitch strikeout of Lombardozzi to be perfectly emblematic of what the night will be like.

And before I can even finish posting, Dickey has struck out Harper on three pitches as well. Three pitches away from an Immaculate Inning!
   4. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4191268)
Well at least Ryan Zimmerman remains unstoppable.
   5. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4191296)
Jesus, Jason Bay.

Hairston, you suck.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4191303)
Bad baserunning.
   7. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4191304)
WTF ARE YOU DOING CEDENO ####### IDIOT.
   8. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4191308)
As we Mariners fans used to call him: :(edeno.
   9. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4191310)
I got a bad feeling that one run is all the Mets are going to need tonight. Nobody takes the wind out of our sails quite like R.A. Dickey.
   10. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM (#4191313)
Nobody takes the wind out of our sails quite like R.A. Dickey.


He does that to most teams.
   11. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4191317)
I guess with the season over there's not much point in adding a RHH catcher, but I still want Nickeas gone.
   12. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM (#4191318)
but I still want Nickeas gone.

It's the principle of the thing.
   13. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4191322)
He does that to most teams.
Indeed. You have to tip your cap to The Last Knuckleballer. I wish him well, but damn I hate facing him.
   14. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4191325)
I guess with the season over there's not much point in adding a RHH catcher, but I still want Nickeas gone.


I wanted him gone in March. What a waste of a roster spot. Some hitters don't look as bad as their numbers-- Nickeas is not n of those guys. Watching him hit, I think "yeah, he looks about like a guy with a .478 OPS should."

Hairston, you suck.


Dude just stole a base and scored a run. Series MVP for the Mets so far...
   15. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4191327)
I wanted him gone in March.


I felt like it would have been worth it to sign Pudge Rodriguez. I recall that he was willing to take a backup job.
   16. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4191329)
I don't know which is worse in July-- the fact that I have student papers to grade, or the fact that I'm watching an annually-imploding Met team while doing so...
   17. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4191330)
Danny Espinosa with the clutch RBI!
   18. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4191332)
I felt like it would have been worth it to sign Pudge Rodriguez. I recall that he was willing to take a backup job.


There were so many options. It's really not difficult to find someone better than Nickeas-- a career .237/.329/.342 line in the minors isn't tough to best. I don't know what was wrong with Johnson.
   19. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4191339)
This team shockingly is no fun to watch when they suck.
   20. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4191340)
Not that it was ever a possibility, but the D-backs said today that Upton isn't going anywhere this year.
   21. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4191344)
This team shockingly is no fun to watch when they suck.


Want me to send you some papers to grade? It enhances the experience.
   22. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4191352)
That's about 20 pitches in the last 3 innings.
   23. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4191359)
Bryce Harper's getting the golden sombrero from R.A. Dickey.
   24. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4191360)
Dickey sombrero-ing Harper would be a bright spot in my evening.
   25. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4191362)
Want me to send you some papers to grade? It enhances the experience.

I'm looking for work, so you're getting no sympathy from me. ;-)
   26. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4191367)
I quit.
   27. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4191368)
ADAM LAROCHE FINALLY SOLVES R.A. DICKEY!!
   28. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4191369)
Ugh.
   29. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4191370)
No, Eso, the Nats are terrible. You seem to be forgetting,
   30. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4191372)
Oh man, now the Mets are making goofy mistakes.
   31. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM (#4191374)
Do the Nats have the best record in baseball yet?
   32. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4191378)
No, Eso, the Nats are terrible. You seem to be forgetting,
Lassus: I have followed this team obsessively since 2005. I'm permanently scarred by the crushing of my naive youthful hopes in 2005, and then the subsequent years of punchline-worthy vomitrociousness. (Remember Paul LoDuca? Mike Bacsik? Elijah Dukes? The "Natinals?" I DO!) I will never stop believing the Nats are one game away from a sudden, irrevocable collapse until they actually clinch a postseason berth.

UPDATE: My oh my, the Jason Bay/Mike Nickeas combination is a sight to behold, isn't it?
   33. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4191381)
Remember Paul LoDuca? Mike Bacsik?


Both Mets at one point.
   34. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4191382)
Hairston would have nailed that throw, just sayin'.

I'm looking for work, so you're getting no sympathy from me. ;-)


With Utica in the midst of an economic resurgence, you can't find any? Look harder, hippie!
   35. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4191385)
UPDATE: My oh my, the Jason Bay/Mike Nickeas combination is a sight to behold, isn't it?


They can hurt us with the bat and with the glove!
   36. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4191387)
As if on cue...Nickeas with the strikeout!
   37. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4191388)
Both Mets at one point.
I almost mentioned Lastings Milledge, but that felt like piling on.
   38. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4191399)
I'm still holding out hope that Lastings succeeds. Maybe he's the next Alex Cabrera.
   39. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM (#4191405)
Lassus: I have followed this team obsessively since 2005. I'm permanently scarred by the crushing of my naive youthful hopes in 2005, and then the subsequent years of punchline-worthy vomitrociousness. (Remember Paul LoDuca? Mike Bacsik? Elijah Dukes? The "Natinals?" I DO!) I will never stop believing the Nats are one game away from a sudden, irrevocable collapse until they actually clinch a postseason berth.

I can understand, but giving these lines to a Mets fans can't really seem like a winning strategy for empathy.


With Utica in the midst of an economic resurgence, you can't find any? Look harder, hippie!

I'm on the verge of writing Colgate University a long hate letter on their bizarre, inhuman, convoluted, buggy online application system. I had an initial phone interview for Project Manager with the Oneida Nation. The city of Utica currently has no openings. It's definitely a slog.

   40. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM (#4191416)
I'm still holding out hope that Lastings succeeds. Maybe he's the next Alex Cabrera.

Let's see if this works - the 2012 Yakult Swallows (Central League) player stats:

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Milledge, Lastings 78 345 307 43 88 14 0 12 138 39 6 5 2 2 32 2 2 47 6 .287 .450 .356
   41. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM (#4191421)
Well, no, but with some squinting you can get an idea.
   42. JJ1986 Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM (#4191433)
That prompted me to see how that compared to the rest of the Central League. Wladimir Balentien is absolutely destroying pitchers.
   43. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4191436)
It's a real feat when you're able to look less competent than Lucas Duda in the outfield.
   44. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4191449)
A run! Holy crap.
   45. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM (#4191451)
He's beyond hope, Valdespin. Don't talk to him, or you'll become infected.
   46. Guapo Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:28 PM (#4191456)
I'm permanently scarred by the crushing of my naive youthful hopes in 2005, and then the subsequent years of punchline-worthy vomitrociousness. (Remember Paul LoDuca? Mike Bacsik? Elijah Dukes? The "Natinals?" I DO!)


Three words:

Matt LeCroy, catcher.

I think that was the low point.
   47. MNB Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4191464)
Frank Robinson having to come out of the dugout just to tell his players to quit whining and explain the infield fly rule to them was pretty low, too.
   48. formerly dp Posted: July 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4191471)
I like watching Valdespin hit. No idea if he can become anything useful, and don't kill me for suggesting this, but his bat speed and the way the ball jumps when he connects reminds me of a young and promising...Lastings Milledge. I was way wrong about that guy.

I'm on the verge of writing Colgate University a long hate letter on their bizarre, inhuman, convoluted, buggy online application system. I had an initial phone interview for Project Manager with the Oneida Nation. The city of Utica currently has no openings. It's definitely a slog.


Good luck. It's good that you're finding openings-- got to be a little encouraging. Going to cast my vote against the long hate letter to Colgate, at least until you find out if you're getting the job!
   49. TerpNats Posted: July 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4191488)
Lassus: I have followed this team obsessively since 2005. I'm permanently scarred by the crushing of my naive youthful hopes in 2005, and then the subsequent years of punchline-worthy vomitrociousness. (Remember Paul LoDuca? Mike Bacsik? Elijah Dukes? The "Natinals?" I DO!) I will never stop believing the Nats are one game away from a sudden, irrevocable collapse until they actually clinch a postseason berth.
Inherent pessimism is part of the Washington baseball fan's DNA. Nearly eight decades of no postseason play, contending seasons in that span that can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and close to half of that period without even having a team to root for during all those lonely summers will do that to you. D.C.'s baseball karma may well have changed, but until a postseason berth is clinched...
   50. Lassus Posted: July 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM (#4191521)
Well, that was craptacular.
   51. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4191869)
This should be an ass-whipping on paper, but it's the dreaded sweep game, so we'll see...
   52. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4191872)
I guess this is today's chatter?
   53. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4191886)
dp - Do your peeps have a landscaping business out here? I passed a sign today.
   54. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4191889)
That's only Morse's 7th HR of the year?
   55. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4191891)
dp - Do your peeps have a landscaping business out here? I passed a sign today.


It's weird, there's a ton of them in Utica and Schenectady, but we're not related to any of them. If I don't spawn, the family name comes to a screeching halt...

That was not nice. This is one of those games you wish you could just forfeit and call it a day.
   56. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4191892)
Also not nice.
   57. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4191899)
POW
   58. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM (#4191900)
Well, that's one back.
   59. Dan Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4191901)
That's only Morse's 7th HR of the year?


He was injured for almost 3 months.
   60. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4191905)
He was injured for almost 3 months.

Ah, had forgotten.
   61. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4191907)
Oh Murphy. Boo.
   62. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4191909)
He was injured for almost 3 months.


So? I heard Bryce Harper can hit home runs from the disabled list.

Ouch, Murphy.
   63. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4191936)
WTF, Thole.
   64. PreservedFish Posted: July 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4191978)
This is really a tremendous slump that the Mets are in.
   65. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4191988)
This is really a tremendous slump that the Mets are in.


You know it's a shitty game when Keith and Ron are gushing about oreo donuts instead of paying attention to the game...
   66. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4191998)
That was a gorgeous strikeout of David Wright by Strasburg there.
   67. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4192007)
I was really hoping starting Strasberg on my fantasy team would be good luck for the Mets. Not really happening.
   68. PreservedFish Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4192014)
I'm not exactly thrilled when Kevin Burkhardt's mug appears on my screen, but I like that he actually talks about baseball. His equivalents on other teams mostly concentrate on interviewing the kids from the day camp, contest winners, the guy that caught the fly ball, etc.
   69. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4192018)
Hey guess what? Bydak sucks!
   70. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4192019)
Adam LaRoche seems like he should be mediocre, but he just keeps hitting monster shots out of the park.
   71. PreservedFish Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4192020)
Well, that figures.
   72. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4192026)
I'm not exactly thrilled when Kevin Burkhardt's mug appears on my screen, but I like that he actually talks about baseball. His equivalents on other teams mostly concentrate on interviewing the kids from the day camp, contest winners, the guy that caught the fly ball, etc.

I have wanted to like Burkhardt for a long time. However, he is as dynamic as a box of rocks.
   73. formerly dp Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4192052)
I don't really understand why I'm still watching this game...
   74. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4192062)
Because their bullpen sucks?
   75. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4192070)
I just don't see any way this ends well.
   76. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4192071)
Underwhelming.
   77. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4192075)
Davey is making a big mistake here bringing in Storen.
   78. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4192078)
Come on, Wright.
   79. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4192079)
David Wright is going to punish us brutally now.
   80. Lassus Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4192082)
Wright's slump is the Mets' slump.
   81. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4192083)
We didn't deserve to get out of that inning.

DFA Henry Rodriguez NOW.
   82. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4192098)
Finally! A sweep!
   83. TerpNats Posted: July 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4192160)
58-39 -- 19 more wins than losses for the first time since July 5, 2005.

We know the franchise last reached the 20+ mark when it was in Montreal, but what was the last time a Washington MLB team was at that level? The '69 Senators finished 86-76, but never reached such rarified heights. I'm guessing it was the 1945 team that finished second to Detroit, or if not them, the '33 pennant winners.

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