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Your cleanup hitters tonight: Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos

May 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

The patented Wilson Ramos home run trot Getty Images

The Pirates and Nationals have released their lineups for Monday’s much-anticipated matchup in Washington, and those fortunate enough to be there will have the pleasure of seeing Matt Diaz and Wilson Ramos cleaning up for their teams.

It should be an epic showdown.  One-quarter of the way through the season, Diaz is hitting .239/.260/.310 with no homers and five RBI in 71 at-bats.  Like a true No. 4 hitter, though, he always makes an effort to bring in those baserunners: he’s walked just one time all year.

In the grand tradition of Mike Piazza and Buster Posey, Ramos is one of the very few rookie catchers to serve as a cleanup man.  He’s outslugged Diaz with a .267/.333/.419 line, and he has two homers and seven RBI in his 86 at-bats this season.  Of course, he is off to a 4-for-33 start this month, but that probably just means he’s due.

So forget about the Yankees-Rays and Phillies-Cardinals.  Watch the titans face off in D.C. tonight.  You won’t regret it.

  1. yuckygeo - May 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    I don’t get the point of this post. Just to make fun of Diaz & Ramos in particular or the Pirates and Nats in general?

  2. shawndc04 - May 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    You want a comment? How about you’re a jackass?

    • b7p19 - May 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Yeah, that was kind of a “jackass” post. Funny though.

  3. trevorb06 - May 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    THIS JUST IN! The Pirates and Nationals aren’t very good baseball teams and lack big bats in their line ups! Also just in! Cheese is tastey on lasagna!

    What was the point of this post?

  4. natstowngreg - May 16, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    At least it’s better than when Adam Kennedy batted cleanup for the Mariners.

    Let’s see, Ryan Zimmerman is out, Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa are hitting south of Mendoza, Jayson Werth isn’t a cleanup hitter (according to Jim Riggleman), Laynce Nix bats lefty (with a lefty pitching), and Mike Morse is still dinged. Though they’re facing Paul Maholm, not Cliff Lee.

  5. marinersnate - May 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    It seems to me that both the Bucs and the Nats are playing fairly respectable baseball right now- with what they have to work with. Both are just a bit below .500. I guess you are suggesting that no one should watch any game involving any team below the .500 mark?

    I was going to watch one of the other games you also listed at 4:00 (that’s 7:00 for the east coasters’), but NOW it’s Bucs-Nat’s for certain. Oh, I also watched the Nat’s beat the Marlin’s yesterday (It was a good baseball game). How stupid of me.

    I agree with one of the comments above. You are a jackass.

  6. spudchukar - May 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Year of the Pitcher?

  7. akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - May 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Why bother posting something like this? Does this make you feel better, to poke fun at rebuilding franchises?

    I count 7-8 other teams with worse records than either team. Where’s your immature sarcastic post about them?

  8. marinersnate - May 16, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Nat’s 4 – Buc’s 2. A fairly decent game between two pretty evenly matched teams. The Pirate’s even had a mini rally going in the top of the 9th to make things interesting. First and second, no outs, off Storen, the Nat’s closer (yes Matthew, even these teams have a “closer”) and two sharply hit balls to the OF for the 2nd and 3rd outs. All in all, I was not disappointed.

    Now I am going to go watch my Mariners’, one of the worst teams in the league. The Twins’ are in town, another team with one of the worst records in the league (though historicly, one of the better teams in the AL over the past decade). Jack Cust (.222/.377/.291) is hitting cleanup for the M’s tonight. The Mariners’ team BA is .228 (29th in MLB) while the Twins’ are at .231 (28th). Why would I want to watch such a game? How stupid of me.

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