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Difficulty: MVP

Batting View: Pitch 6/Bat 4

All Pitching Aids: Off

Hitter's Eye: Off

Sliders: Based on Nasa and Dowie's MVP sliders at Operation Sports.

Rosters: EA's last big edit, my own transactions since with edits from GameFAQs, IGN MVP Mods and Operation Sports.

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I'm using the PS2, and I haven't got a Max Drive or Action Replay, so I'm stuck with these rosters. They're pretty good though I think. I've got at least all 40 players on the 40 man roster plus a few more, so I should be covered.

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[align=center]The Nationals Organization Info[/align]

Washington Nationals (MLB)

Pitching: 24th

Hitting: 14th

Fielding: 25th

Baserunning: 9th

Overall Rank: 21st

New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA)

Pitching: 7th

Hitting: 5th

Fielding: 1st

Baserunning: 2nd

Overall Rank: 2nd

Harrisburg Senators (AA)

Pitching: 1st

Hitting: 3rd

Fielding: 4th

Baserunning: 6th

Overall Rank: 1st

Potomac Cannons (A)

Pitching: 1st

Hitting: 2nd

Fielding: 29th

Baserunning: 16th

Overall Rank: 1st

Note: I didn't edit these, I just got lucky

Rival Teams

Baltimore Orioles

Florida Marlins (huh?!)

New York Mets

Team Goals

3 Year Contract Goals

Finish in Top 8 of MVP

Win 110 MLB Home Games

Maintain a .480 Win %

1 Year Stretch Goals

Lead AAA in SO's (Indiv.)

Slug .400 with AA Team

A 40/40 Season in MLB (Indiv.)

Lead MLB in HR's (Indiv.)

Have Least Runs Allowed (AL/NL)

Financial Situation

Budget: $97.0M

Payroll: 82.4M

Bank: 14.6M

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The 2005 Opening Day 25 Man Roster


Depth Chart

Player Name (B/T)


Brian Schneider (L/R)

Robert Fick (L/R)

1st Base

Nick Johnson (L/L)

Daryle Ward (L/L)

Matthew LeCroy (R/R)

2nd Base

Jose Vidro (S/R)

Marlon Anderson (L/R)

Damian Jackson (R/R)


Royce Clayton (R/R)

3rd Base

Ryan Zimmerman (R/R)

Left Field

Alfonso Soriano (R/R)

Marlon Byrd (R/R)

Center Field

Ryan Church (L/L)

Right Field

Jose Guillen (R/R)

Starting Rotation

Livan Hernandez ®

John Patterson ®

Tony Armas Jr. ®

Ramon Ortiz ®

Michael O'Connor (L)


Long Relief

Jon Rauch ®

Middle Relief

Luis Ayala ®

Joey Eischen (L)

Saul Rivera ®

Setup Man

Gary Majewski ®


Chad Cordero ®

Next: Lineups...

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vs. RHP

SS Royce Clayton

2B Jose Vidro

RF Jose Guillen

1B Nick Johnson

LF Alfonso Soriano

3B Ryan Zimmerman

CF Ryan Church

C Brian Schneider

vs. LHP

LF Alfonso Soriano

SS Royce Clayton

2B Jose Vidro

1B Nick Johnson

RF Jose Guillen

3B Ryan Zimmerman

C Brian Schneider

CF Marlon Byrd


Marlon Byrd/Ryan Church - 4th outfielder

Marlon Anderson - utility man, pinch runner

Damian Jackson - 2nd utility man, pinch runner

Matt LeCroy - LHP pinch hitter

Daryle Ward - Plays 1st when Johnson given the day off, RHP pinch hitter

Robert Fick - Backup catcher

Scouting Report

As a whole the Nationals are a pretty solid team if not spectacular. The rotation will give us long outings, especially from Livan Hernandez the workhorse staff ace. John Patterson is a rapidly improving player with a K/9 to match that of the Randy Johnsons of this world. Tony Armas and Ramon Ortiz will give the bats an opportunity to win games, and Michael O'Connor is somewhat of an unknown quantity, with an arsenal including an average fastball but high quality off-speed stuff. Pedro Astacio and Brian Lawrence are down in New Orleans if any starters encounter turbulence.

Jon Rauch is the long man to hoover up any mess made by the starters. Luis Ayala is the 7th inning man, with Joey Eischen as the lefty specialist. Saul Rivera will pitch primary in blowouts to eat innings and where the situation calls for him. Gary Majewski comes off a fine season as the 8th inning man to take up that position again, and he hopes to hand the ball over to Chad Cordero in the 9th to nail down the save. Cordero is coming off a tremendous season where he picked up 47 saves in 54 opportunities with a 1.82 ERA.

As for the lineup Royce Clayton is installed as the leadoff man, a questionable move by management but one Frank Robinson hopes will come good. Jose Vidro, an elite bunter is in the 2 spot to move Clayton over. The big hitter is Jose Guillen and he's protected by the patient yet dangerous Nick Johnson at 4. Alfonso Soriano is a major piece to the Nationals puzzle. If he starts off well and those ahead of him struggle, he could well be promoted higher up the order. The talented 3B Ryan Zimmerman makes his Major League debut. His fielding is already Gold Glove standard, but is he out of his depth against MLB pitchers? Ryan Church keeps his job in center, but question marks over whether he is good enough to be a full time player have risen after his removal from the lineup versus lefties. There are several candidates in the farm system that may take over later in the season, and it is an open secret that the Nationals are searching for a CF who can leadoff. Brian Schneider is a fantasic fielding catcher with a dependable bat, and he appears a lock to start 130+ games.

Versus lefties Marlon Byrd takes over from Ryan Church in center field, and Alfonso Soriano moves up to the leadoff spot.

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[align=center]Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies[/align]

[align=center]Livan Hernandez vs. Jon Lieber[/align]

Scoring Plays


WAS Ryan Church singles on a fly ball to center fielder Aaron Rowand. Nick Johnson scores. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd. (1-0 WAS)

WAS Brian Schneider singles on a fly ball to left fielder Pat Burrell. Ryan Zimmerman scores. Ryan Church to 3rd. Brian Schneider to 2nd on the throw. WAS 2-0

WAS Livan Hernandez singles on a line drive to center fielder Aaron Rowand. Ryan Church scores. Brian Schneider scores. WAS 4-0

PHI Ryan Howard doubles (1) on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Church. Pat Burrell scores. WAS 4-1


WAS Ryan Church homers (1) on a line drive to right field. WAS 5-1


PHI Mike Lieberthal singles on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Church. Pat Burrell scores. Mike Lieberthal to 2nd on fielding error (1) by 1B Nick Johnson. WAS 5-2

PHI David Dellucci singles on a ground ball to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Mike Lieberthal scores. WAS 5-3


PHI Pat Burrell homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. WAS 5-4

End of Game WAS wins 5-4



R. Clayton SS 1-4, BB, SO

b-M. Anderson PR-RF 0-0, SB

J. Vidro 2B 1-5, 2B, 2 SO

J. Guillen RF 1-5, SO

c-D. Jackson PR-SS 0-0

N. Johnson 1B 1-4, 2B, R, BB

A. Soriano LF 0-4

R. Zimmerman 3B 1-3, R, BB

R. Church CF 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SO

B. Schneider C 1-4, RBI, R, 2 SO

P L. Hernandez 2-3, 2 RBI

P L. Ayala 0-0

a- M. LeCroy 0-1, SO

P G. Majewski 0-0

P C. Cordero 0-0

a-Struck out for Ayala in the 8th

b-Ran for Clayton in the 9th

c-Ran for Guillen in the 9th

SB: Anderson (1, 2nd base off Rhodes/Lieberthal)

E: N. Johnson (1, fielding)

DP: Vidro-Clayton-Johnson


J. Rollins SS 0-5, SO

C. Utley 2B 1-5

B. Abreu RF 0-5, 2 SO

P. Burrell LF 4-4, HR, RBI, 3 R

R. Howard 1B 1-4, 2B, RBI, 3 SO

A. Rowand CF 2-4

M. Lieberthal C 1-2, 2B, BB, S

A. Gonzalez 3B 2-4, 2 SO

J. Lieber P 0-2

a-D. Dellucci PH 1-1, RBI

b-S. Victorino PH 0-1

a-Singled for Lieber in the 6th

b-Grounded out for Fultz in the 8th

GIDP: Lieberthal



L. Hernandez (W, 1-0) 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.50 ERA

L. Ayala (H, 1) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR, 9.00 ERA

G. Majewski (H, 1) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

C. Cordero (S, 1) 1.0 IP, 2 K, 0.00 ERA


J. Lieber (L, 0-1) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 7.50 ERA

A. Fultz 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K

A. Rhodes 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K

IBB: N. Johnson

Players of the Game


Ryan Church proved the doubters wrong, going 3-for-4 with a solo jack and driving in another to lead the Nats to their first victory.


Ryan Church goes deep off Phillies starter Jon Lieber in the 4th inning.


Pat Burrell went 4-for-4 with homer, an RBI and reached home plate 3 times in the Phillies narrow loss in Philadelphia.


Pat Burrell swings at a pitch during tonights game.

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I reverted back to the first layout, much better.

[align=center]April 6th, 2006

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Washington at Philadelphia

Tony Armas Jr. vs. Cory Lidle[/align]



Scoring Plays


Recap: Nats Can't Overcome Early Deficit.

-Philadelphia -- The Phillies touched starter Tony Armas for 5 runs, 4 coming in the 1st inning to send the Nats to a second consecutive loss and a series defeat. Pat Burrell continued his strong start to the season, hitting 2 doubles and collecting an RBI.

-Armas (L, 0-1, 9.00) started off badly, allowing a Jimmy Rollins double to lead off the game, but it seemed he would escape the inning unscathed, getting Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu to ground out, and reaching a 1-2 count on Pat Burrell. Burrell scorched the next offering to the warning track in center field for a double, over Ryan Church's outstretched glove. The Phillies made it 2-0 on the very next pitch. Ryan Howard turned on an inside pitch and beat Alfonso Soriano's throw to second by half a step. After walking Aaron Rowand, Armas gave up a triple to David Bell, scoring both Howard and Rowand. Armas said, 'I left 3 splitters up in the zone, and each time I see the ball going over my head. The pitch to Burrell was a bad one. A 1-2 splitter shouldn't even be close to the zone.

-The Phillies tacked on a fifth run in the third, Bell hitting a sacrifice fly to score Abreu who had tripled.

-Philadelphia starter Cory Lidle (W, 1-0, 1.35) breezed through the Washington lineup, giving up just 2 hits through 5 innings. He yielded a Jose Guillen solo homer in the sixth, but he quelled the rally by getting the next 2 Nats to ground out. He then scored Philadelphia's sixth run on an Abreu sacrifice fly. After pitching 6.2 innings Lidle handed the ball to Aaron Fultz to finish the 7th.

-Washington rallied in the 9th, down 6-1 facing Arthur Rhodes, who loaded the bases with 1 out. Tom Gordon entered the game and gave up a 2 run single to Brian Schneider. The rally was spectacularly ended the next AB, as Marlon Byrd hit a fly ball to Pat Burrell, who gunned down Ryan Church at the plate for the game ending double play. 'It was deep enough, I thought I could make it home, but Pat made a real good throw, straight into Mike's (Lieberthal) glove', commented Church after the game.

-The Nats turn south tomorrow for a 3 game set in Florida versus the Marlins. Fans will be hoping Washington can take 2 of 3 from the young Fish after a summer clearout of almost all their big names. Ramon Ortiz gets the start, facing rookie Jason Vargas appearing in his first Major League game.

Players of the Game

Brian Schneider, WAS

3 AB, 1 H, 2 RBI, 1 BB


Brian Schneider sprints to 1st after hitting a single that scored 2 runs in the 9th off Phillies closer Tom Gordon.

Cory Lidle, PHI

6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K


Cory Lidle throws strike 3 to Washington left fielder Alfonso Soriano in the 5th inning of today's game.

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