The Washington Times - June 11, 2011, 05:09PM

SAN DIEGO — The Nationals are two games away from the end of a long west coast road trip and with a chance at a .500 record or better on the 11-game swing, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman — to put it bluntly — is getting crazy with his lineup.

The Nationals have the worst team batting average in the major leagues so it makes sense that Riggleman would attempt to shake things up even a little. So, without further ado, here’s today’s lineup:



Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Michael Morse 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
Rick Ankiel CF
John Lannan P
Roger Bernadina LF

Obviously we’ll be getting an explanation for this when the clubhouse opens to reporters shortly but here’s one stab at it quickly: Jayson Werth has the second highest on-base percentage on the team (second only to Michael Morse) and the Nationals production out of the leadoff spot has been paltry all season. Bernadina has been the closest thing the Nationals have had to a true leadoff hitter but putting him at nine really just gives you another leadoff guy. It’s unorthodox to bat the pitcher higher than ninth, yes, but it’s not a terrible strategy when you have a speedy guy coming up behind him and could get on base in front of Werth.

We’ll see how it works.  


Chris Denorfia CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Chase Headley 3B
Ryan Ludwick LF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Nick Hundley C
Brade Hawpe RF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Clayton Richard P