The Washington Times - August 31, 2013, 03:24PM

Late Friday night, after discussing the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Mets and offering some sharp criticism of Bryce Harper, bench coach Randy Knorr was asked how the Nationals move on after just their second loss in the last 10 games. 

Their position is so precarious that every loss is killer, but because of a Reds loss to the Rockies, they remained 6.5 games behind the Reds in the wild card race. 


“We’ll think about it tonight and say, ‘If we got this back or that back…’ but I still think we’re in a great spot,” Knorr said. “We’ve been playing really good baseball lately and these games are going to show up. It’s all how you bounce back and play the next day. Can’t expect to go out and win the last 30 games. Somebody’s going to stop us one day and we’ve just got to pick it up and go after it again.”

The good news for the Nationals is that they’ve got their most consistent pitcher of the second half on the mound on Saturday night in Dan Haren, who has a 2.74 ERA since the All-Star break and has only twice allowed more than two earned runs in any start since July 8. 

Here are the full lineups:


Denard Span CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Bryce Harper LF
Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Dan Haren P