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Gameday Thread, #29: 5/8 vs. Nationals

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Shairon Martis
RHP, 3-0, 4.60











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Yusmeiro Petit
RHP, 0-2, 7.84




First things first: spot recapper wanted. Got some last minute tix to tonight's game, so Mrs. SnakePit and I will be attending it, to meet and greet our new manager. [albeit from Section 114... We'll just wave...] By the time we get home, I certainly won't feel like another midnight run on the keyboard - last night was quite enough! - so if any of the usual suspects feel up to it, I'd appreciate it. Fight it out yourselves in the comments, otherwise the recap won't be going up until some point Saturday and will likely be three sentences, since I'm working. :-)


Definitely a battle of pitchers with unusual names tonight, as Shairon takes on Yusmeiro: just a shame we won't be seeing Jon Coutlangus coming out of the bullpen. Last game out, Martis pitched the full nine innings - the first time a Nationals' starter had done that since August 2006. We pretty much know what we're going to get out of Petit: five innings, three runs. That's exactly what he's given us in three out of the four starts he's made, anyway. If he can keep the ball in the park, that'll be an improvement.


Lineup


  1. Lopez 2B

  2. Young CF

  3. Upton RF

  4. Reynolds 3B

  5. Whitesell 1B

  6. Jackson LF

  7. Montero C

  8. Wilson SS

  9. Petit P


The first card filled out by AJ Hinch and... Well, it looks pretty much the same as any of the 28 previous cards, filled out by Bob Melvin, to be honest. Probably a little early to be expecting wholesale change, however. Good: no Eric Byrnes. Bad: Chris Young in the two-spot? Mind you, when I look at the rest of the lineup, I can't really see anyone else who deserves to be at the top of the order. Interesting to note Josh Wilson getting another start - his fifth since coming up on April 26th. He seems to have quite supplanted Ryan Roberts who, in the eleven games since that date, has made only one start and had 11 plate-appearances.


Our record this year at games is impeccable, albeit because this is only the second time we've gone to Chase. Let's hope this time is as much fun as the JenFair turned out to be, and the result is equally satisfactory. Please check out the view from the visitors' sugout at Federal Baseball.