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Barry Svrluga and Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 14, 2008; 2:00 PM

Washington Post writers Barry Svrluga and Chico Harlan were online Wednesday, May 14 at 2 p.m. ET to take your questions and comments about the Washington Nationals.

A transcript follows.

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Barry Svrluga: Hey folks. Welcome to a co-hosted Nationals chat. You're familiar with me. (Hold the jeers.) And you're becoming familiar with my man Chico Harlan. This'll serve as a transitional chat as Chico takes over the beat. This will be his space every Wednesday afternoon for the rest of the season. But for now, pepper us both with questions.

Thanks for stopping by. Let's start.

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Chico Harlan: Greetings guys. Glad to be here. This has been Barry's chat for a while now, and next week, I suppose it'll be all mine. But we're sharing it this time. Please, let's keep questions about the Indian Premier League to a minimum.

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U Street: Bush league? A Nat said that?

Chico Harlan: Yes, U Street. One said it verbatim. Several others at least nodded their heads with that sentiment. If about four or five Nationals were engaged with Dukes in the cheering squad -- that's the impression TV cameras gave, at least -- I think it's fair to say many of the others in the dugout where embarrassed by the stunt.

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Section 138: John Lannan. Actually a mortal being?

Barry Svrluga: It would appear that way, wouldn't it? Last night, he was more erratic than usual, particularly in the strike zone, giving up all those hits. But think of it this way, too: If Austin Kearns can somehow snare Ryan Church's absolutely scorched line drive, Lannan gets out of a six-inning outing having allowed just two runs. I think in the big picture Lannan is doing quite well. He's not afraid of situations, he'll pitch inside, and he's learning on the fly with really respectable results.

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D.C.: Hi Barry & Chico,

I think Manny needs to find a way to get Boone into the line-up more often. He's hitting and could provide Nick some protection in the 5 spot (so NJ doesn't walk 200 times). It's painfully obvious by now that Milledge and Kearns need to be further down (if in the line-up at all). Can Boone shag a fly ball?

Barry Svrluga: Hey DC. A good point. Not only is Boone hitting .319, but he's slugging .596 -- and having a good at-bat nearly every time he comes up, whether it's as a starter or a pinch hitter.

That said, it'll be a tough task to get him in regularly because Zimmerman and Johnson just aren't going to sit that often. I don't think at this point in his career Boone is going to transition into the outfield. He's embracing a reserve role, and I think he'll be excellent at it.

Chico Harlan: Just thought I'd mention -- the only two Bowden offseason acquisitions hitting above .300? Boone and Odalis Perez.

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Charles Town WV: Can Maxwell hit in big leagues?

Barry Svrluga: This is an interesting question. He's hitting just .238 or so at Class AA Harrisburg right now, but he showed during a brief stint last September that he could handle some big league stuff, including hitting a homer off Tom Glavine. His swing seems a little long to me, but I'm no hitting coach. His attitude is ridiculously good.

Jim Bowden dropped his name into conversation last week, along with that of Mike Daniel, as players who could be called up if others continue to under-perform. Keep in mind that Lastings Milledge has options remaining.

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Anchorage, Alaska: Chico, welcome to the beat... 'Sup, Barry?

Chico, I have a question for you...

You've been on the beat about a week now... what are your impressions of the team... on the field... the organization... the fans...

Let me guess... like a bad blind date?

Barry Svrluga: Actually, I'm interested to hear him answer this one as well.

Chico Harlan: Thankfully, I'm the kind of guy who finds even bad blind dates interesting. (Think Roger Lodge, but not nearly as smarmy.) I don't yet know enough about the dynamics of the front office and management to have too firm a grasp on the goings-on upstairs. But I've watched four days of baseball so far, and it hasn't been pretty. Rocky relief pitching. Weak hitting. Sometimes, it just feels like the entire locker room is in a malaise. Only time will provide a greater frame of reference, but I suppose it's never a peppy locker room when the guys inside it are hitting a combined .235.

One other thing I want to get across, though: I believe that struggling teams are just as compelling as the great ones. Difficult times often double as gift-wrapped drama. Just because a team is in last place doesn't mean it's unimportant. The Nats are worthwhile to watch, and scrutinize, because this season is vital to establishing a long-term plan. Which players are worth keeping and building upon? Which can be traded? Etc., etc. Point is, even unsightly baseball can be fun.

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Washington, D.C.: Since today is the 79th anniversary of Wilfred Rhoades taking his 4000 wicket during a performance of 9 for 39 at Leyton, how do you plan on celebrating?

Chico Harlan: My loyalties rest with the great Sir Donald Bradman. I've taken a personal trip to his museum in Bowral, NSW.

99.94, baby.

The Australian citizenship test actually requires a Bradman question.

Barry, any thoughts?

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400 N. Capitol Street: Realistically--who is a tradeable commodity?

Barry Svrluga: I never thought I would type the following words, but here goes: Right now, Cristian Guzman might be the Nationals' most tradable commodity.

Sit down. Deep breaths.

Think about it. He's in the final year of his four-year, $16.8-million deal. He's hitting the ball with authority. If a contender's shortstop went down, he could serve as a fill-in for the remainder of the season, and the club would only have to pay whatever remained of his $4.2-million deal for this year.

That said, there are other tradable commodities: Rauch, Ayala, Belliard, maybe even Felipe Lopez in a pinch. But keep an eye out for teams that want to win the division but have a shaky situation at shortstop.

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Woodbridge, Va.: Do we have any leaders on this team? Which players hold the others accountable? Which lead by example?

Thanks

Barry Svrluga: This is a really good question, and something which it's hard to get a handle on. The leaders by example are guys like Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns and Ryan Zimmerman -- not guys who are necessarily performing well, but who get to the park early, who get all their work in, who run out all their groundballs, etc.

There is a difference from that, however, and someone who gets in the faces of teammates. It's possible that Paul Lo Duca would do things like that, but he's on the DL again and wasn't playing particularly well when he was healthy, so it's hard to see that happening right now. There really are not a lot of strong personalities that are openly going to hold other guys accountable.

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Washington, D.C.: St. Barry -- Snyder's Worse Than Kasten.

Seriously, Barry, we will miss you -- Chico has big shoes to fill.

Chico -- 10 days in -- are you already sick of the complaints about The Post's coverage of the Nats? I'm also curious how much "studying up" on the Nats you did before you started your beat.

Chico Harlan: Here's the background. I found out some time in March that I'd be taking over the beat. Of course, at that point, I was still Down Under on a work visa, so preparation for my next job felt, at once, distant but important. I read message boards, newspaper accounts, MLB sites, etc. Lots of stats. Tons of Svrluga copy. I read his book, and even talked to him a few times by phone.

Slowly, I started to pick up on the major storylines with this franchise.

But that's not to suggest I've totally swallowed everything, either.

Give me a few more days, weeks, years. Then we can consult with Coverage Is Lacking for some feedback.

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Burke, Va: Did Manny give the team specific marching orders yesterday about not responding to being HPB or brushed back, in the wake of Monday's "cheer leading" episode?

Barry Svrluga: Don't think so. We asked afterward if he thought anything was amiss with the first-pitch HBP, and Acta said, quite clearly, "No." But it did seem curious that John Maine, a good control guy, hit Lopez in the exact appropriate spot for a message pitch a night after the "softball girls" incident.

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CapHil & Section 112: In last Saturday night's tromping by the Marlins, Dan Uggla hit a home run (one of two on the night) and a fan dutifully tossed the ball back onto the field. The stadium cheered its approval.

Shortly after that the fan was escorted from his seat and presumably from the ball park. This week the Nats sent out a Nationals Park Guide Book A-Z and in it (page 7) they list their policy of ejecting fans (and possibly arresting them) for throwing any foul balls or home runs back onto the field.

Is it just me or does this seem to be an affront to standard fan behavior? The fan base is trying to build itself and it would seem to me that this would be a good tradition to establish. Even during an ugly (Uggla) 11-0 blow-out a fan still wanted to show support. The Lerner's policy stunts this.

A person at Fenway would have to endure a slew of heckles and boos if he kept a Yankee home run ball. Isn't that appropriate?

(Incidentally, the guide book also says ushers would enforce the no moving around during an at bat -- Ha!)

Barry Svrluga: An interesting take, and I didn't realize that the fan had been ejected. This happens in lots of ballparks -- particularly at Wrigley, where fans often keep the ball they catch and throw back ones they brought in.

I can see both sides -- potentially dangerous for the players, but taking some fun out of it for the fans.

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Glen Echo: Barry/Chico

What does a hitting coach do to improve a hitter's performance? Presumably, there is an expectation that, after being coached by your hitting coach, you are a better hitter than before. Since the Nationals' hitters aren't hitting, does that mean they are not listening to Lenny Harris or is it possible that Lenny Harris is really not an effective hitting coach?

Barry Svrluga: Either is possible. This is a very difficult job. I was talking to a player about it the other day, and it's tough because the guy has to figure out what works for 12 or 13 different personalities, swings, etc. He might really connect with one guy but not at all with others.

Your requirements for the job, though, are about right. They should be a base line for the guys, someone who they can turn to. Harris, as I've written before, is transitioning into the job; he's just now been in it a year. There are people in the organization (again, written this before) who don't think he's effective, who don't believe he grasps the enormity of the responsibility.

All that said, can you blame the entire early-season slump on Harris? I don't think that's fair at all.

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Arlington, Va.: I don't expect that you'll want to tackle this, but is there any racial divisiveness on the Nats -- the guys that were doing the cheerleading were the black guys and some of the Latin guys, and I'd bet a lot of money that the guy that said it was bush was in that area of the locker room with Zim, Johnson, Boone and Kearns (the old school, white guys). I'd think this would be a problem...

Barry Svrluga: This is a delicate subject, no doubt. But I'll also point out that during most of the cheering, Zimmerman was on base, Johnson and Kearns at the plate, etc. So they weren't in position to cheer even if they wanted to.

That being said, it's natural that the players in the clubhouse are drawn to those with similar backgrounds. It's no different than anyplace else. But that doesn't mean different groups don't respect each other as teammates. Take Austin Kearns, who told me in spring training that Ronnie Belliard was one of his favorite teammates of all-time. That kind of stuff happens a lot, even if those two aren't hanging out all the time off the field.

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A six word question for Chico: Do you drive like Chico Lind?

Chico Harlan: All time driving record:

One speeding ticket.

Numerous unpaid parking violations during college.

One fender-bender in a parking lot.

Never been caught with the pants down.

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Arlington, Va.: Chico - Are you suggesting we will see Odalis as the DH during inter-league play?

Chico Harlan: Odalis should hit, Dmitri should pitch.

(Six-word answer.)

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Alexandria, VA: What is wrong with Luis Ayala?

Chico Harlan: Too many pitches right over the heart of the plate. Right now, it's ugly. Manny tried him last night when the game was still in doubt, and he coughed up two runs. First couple of batters he looked capable, but again, the problems with location surfaced. Ayala has above-average stuff, but his last two weeks show none of that matters without location.

Especially with Cordero out, the Nats need Ayala to regain form. Their bullpen has too many unreliable components right now, but at least one of them (Ayala) has a career suggesting he should be capable of more. A few more outings like this, though, and the concerns deepen.

Barry Svrluga: True, true. Maybe 10 days ago, I turned to someone in the press box after Ayala struck out a hitter on a sinker, and said something like, "Man, he might not be back to 2005 form, but he's close." Since then, he's imploded.

This is the kind of thing Randy St. Claire fixes, and it's also not atypical for a reliever to have a stretch like Ayala has had recently. But Chico's right: Given Cordero's injury, the club is spread thinner in the bullpen, and Ayala -- even if he's slumping -- has to pitch in more important spots. That makes it harder to hide a struggling part.

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Guzman as trade bait: That's not so funny. What's funny is I started to think about All Star Game choices for the Nats the other day and realized Guzman was the most deserving guy. He won't make it because of Rollins and Ramirez and (maybe) Reyes, though, will he?

Barry Svrluga: He could make it. Remember, you've got to have one representative from each team. We still have about six or eight weeks before All-Star stuff should seriously be considered (last year at this point in time, I would've nominated Jesus Colome to be the rep), but Guzman's definitely the leader right now.

Chico Harlan: Absolutely agreed. He's the one guy on this team, at least among position players, who has performed beyond expectations. I think most nights, the Nats' lineup has seven other guys (not counting the No. 9 spot) who have numbers far below what they, and others, expected. Picking an All-Star from the current crop will be a tough job. Maybe Ryan Church can posthumously represent the Curly W.

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Following the Plan: It's about time we traded that grizzled veteran Svrluga for that hot prospect Harlan kid.

Barry Svrluga: I wish you could say that was a huge salary dump that would save money for the organization. Alas ...

Chico Harlan: Be careful. Todd Van Poppel was a prospect, too.

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Bethesda, Md.: Hi Barry-

A few nights ago, while watching the Nats on TV, I noticed Alan Greenspan (and, I think, his wife) sitting in the Bermuda Triangle seats(I just named them that) behind home plate. Two questions:

1. What recession?

2. Do you think they took the Metro to the game?

Barry Svrluga: Yes, Mr. Greenspan was definitely there. But I believe he was with CNN's Judy Woodruff, not his wife, NBC's Andrea Mitchell. A scandal in the Presidents Club?

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Section 420: What is the probable long-term lineup in the outfield? Milledge is out of position in center (and I suspect in left and right). Pena ("it's not just a job, it's an adventure") plays routine outs into extra-base hits. Kearns' defense has been spotty (couple of crucial drops on makeable plays this year). Harris and Mackowiak can play defense but can't hit. Dukes is finally back but started 0 for 12. Meanwhile Church is batting .310 for the Mets. Sigh.

Chico Harlan: Are we talking about the duration of this season? Or are we speculating about, say, 2010? Either way, I think the outfield equation should give preference to the young guys, no matter their struggles and defensive liabilities. Dukes, WMP and Milledge should each get between 250-350 at bats during the rest of the season. My guess for now: Maybe one of them can be a big part of the team two or three years from now.

Barry Svrluga: I was saying to someone the other day that if Milledge is an above-average center fielder in four years, then I don't know anything about baseball. (A strong possibility, I realize, but still ...)

He considers it his "natural position." But his routes to balls are tenuous at best, and his arm is not strong. I'd say he's a left fielder. Dukes, people in the organization believe, is actually a better center fielder than Milledge -- both now and in the long-term.

The striking thing about the outfield defense: Kearns. I thought he was, with Jeff Francouer, among the best right fielders in the league last year, both on the spectacular and the routine plays. But including that ball last night hit by Church, he's had some plays that he believes he should have made go awry. That's surprising.

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Metro Center: RE: Saturday

I was sitting one section over. From what our group could see, the fan threw back the ball and then dumped his beer onto the warning track, which then prompted his removal.

Barry Svrluga: That would add some context to the ejection, perhaps.

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Alexandria & Section 130: So, Barry, what's the first thing you plan to do now after being liberated?

Thanks for all you've done and welcome, Chico.

Barry Svrluga: Thanks for reading.

Right now, working on a piece for Friday's $.35/$.50-edition to preview the Nationals-Orioles weekend series. And then ... oh, let's see. Head to the range. Work on the swing. Grab a brew.

That all seems about right.

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Washington, DC: Do you think Zimmerman has improved at the plate since the beginning of the 2006 season? He seems to me to be the exact same hitter, with the same problems with pitch recognition, pitch selection, and knowing when to pull the ball and when to go the other way. The lack of progress makes me question whether he's worth a long-term contract more than his poor early season numbers.

Chico Harlan: Agreed. The next months will be critical in judging the contract that he deserves. Most players, at least position players, will show the greatest improvement between their first and third season. And by the time they hit seasons four and five, you pretty much know what you have. Right now, we still don't know with Zimmerman. Remember, he was right there with Hanley Ramirez in the 06 ROY talk. At this point, nobody's asking questions about Hanley's improvement.

Barry Svrluga: This is, of course, central to the development of the organization, too. The one piece we've all said was already here and didn't have to be tinkered with was Zimmerman. But what if he's just an everyday player and not a star? Does that set the organization's development back.

For now, talks are off. But I'd point out that Zimmerman, after 40 games last year, had just 17 RBI. He now has 20. I would expect him to go through at least a couple of torrid stretches in the next couple months.

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Yes, Mr. Greenspan was definitely there...:

But I believe he was with CNN's Judy Woodruff, not his wife, NBC's Andrea Mitchell. A scandal in the Presidents Club?

He was with both of them. Clearly broke into the Treasury to buy three tickets.

Barry Svrluga: Ah, didn't see Ms. Mitchell. Thanks for clarifying.

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From section 116 at Nats Park: When can we expect Dmitri's return?

Barry Svrluga: Nats pat answer is "no timetable." But if he's healthy, he'll be up here. It's a card Manny Acta can play in the late innings, a very professional at-bat -- from either side of the plate -- with runners in scoring position.

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Washington, D.C.: Barry, last chance to predict the w/l?

Chico, first chance to predict?

Barry Svrluga: Hey, I'm not straying from what I said Opening Night: 76-86. That means playing two games under .500 the rest of the way.

Chico, you've seen 'em a week or so. Thoughts?

Chico Harlan:70-92.

Forever hold it against me when the team gets hot.

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Los Angeles: Uhhhh, it was tucked away at the bottom of the Notebook, but Nick Johnson is dinged up. Day-to-day, huh? Isn't that 4-to-6 weeks on the Nick Johnson Recovery Scale?

Chico Harlan: I'll talk to him today and get a sense for the extent of his injury. Odalis Perez can play 1B in the meantime.

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Sec 114, Row E: The only problem with the bullpen is overwork.

It seems like Randy and Manny use 4 guys every night - they are on pace to break the record (their own) for relief appearances by a team for the season. Does Manny know that relievers are allowed to throw more than 1 inning and the appropriate use of a double switch can reduce the need to pinch hit for the pitcher?

Through the 1st 33 games, the Nats averaged 3.3 relief appearances per night.

Last Season:

Rauch - 88 appearances

Saul - 86

Chad - 76

Colome - 61

Chico Harlan: Those are some intriguing numbers, Sec. 114. This might warrant a little digging on my end later on... Any great overwork this season -- especially compared to numbers in '07 -- would make little sense, because finally, the Nats have at least four starters contributing with reasonable regularity. Any rotation with four guys whose ERAs are between 3.00 and 4.00 shouldn't have too many overworked arms in the pen. What gives? The equation appears imbalanced. I promise some answers.

Barry Svrluga: Some of it has to do with the starters' efficiency, which has not always been top-notch. Nationals' starters throw an average of 16.9 pitches per inning, which ranks 14th in the 16-team NL. That means, on average, after six innings they've thrown 101 pitches. That's taxing.

As of this morning, Nationals' relievers have thrown 135-2/3 innings in 40 games, tied for fourth-most in the NL. They do have several arms -- Rivera, Hanrahan, Colome, Chico (for now) -- who can throw multiple innings. But wear and tear is definitely something to watch.

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Washington, DC: Bergman up, O'Connor down, any good?

Barry Svrluga: Ah, a six-word question. Chico, you may have tapped into something on the Journal.

I think this is good purely on a "stuff" basis. That is: Bergmann has major league stuff, and O'Connor's is questionable. Bergmann's problem early in the season was basically staying out of his own way. The reason he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Braves last year is because his repertoire can be very, very difficult to hit.

I'm anxious to see his return tomorrow. If he's fixed himself, then the Nationals suddenly have five -- count 'em, five -- pretty reliable starters.

Chico Harlan: The Bergmann-for-O'Connor swap is a no-brainer upgrade. One can potentially develop into a middle-of-the-line starter. The other must battle and overcome his own shortcomings -- especially a sub-par fastball -- every time he's on the mound. Bergmann's been tremendous in his last three starts for Columbus, so maybe that signifies a new chapter for him. Then again, maybe it just signifies that he's gotten to face Indianapolis Indians instead of Philadelphia Philles.

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Alexandria, VA: Chico/Barry,

I have two issues with the Nationals right now. The first concerns the discontinuance of the businessmen special for Thursday's game. Teams coming here must hate the late departure time on Thursday night since they play at 7:10 pm knowing they will play again on Friday. I work downtown and it would be nice to hop on the Metro for an afternoon game. By night time I am back home and will not come back for these 7:10 start games. The excuse I heard Stan give was they were concerned about parking. This is just another example of a bonehead move on part of the Nats front office along with the crazy pricing of the seats behind home plate.

Secondly, the Nationals must have the most underperforming out field in baseball. Poor defense and no hitting from any position. Austin has worn out his welcome after last night. Guilty as charged. The Marlins so totally out played the Nationals and they have a bad ballpark, no fans, no payroll. What gives Stan, how much longer do we need to wait with these bonehead trades. Too late to reverse the trade with the Mets for Church, bad trade. I say bring up the farm team and rid of all these underperforming ballplayers.

Barry Svrluga: On the first issue: Yes, it was a traffic/parking/logistics issue. Given the good attendance during day games -- and the generally favorable reviews of logistics around the ballpark -- the club will reconsider schedules in the offseason.

On the outfield stuff and demotions/promotions. Believe me, it's on the table. Jim Bowden won't sit with a team in June that's underperforming. (Hence, mentioning Maxwell and Daniel, as I mentioned before.) But again, I don't think Kearns would be the victim of a shakeup. The organization believes he will be a consistent contributor, even as he's struggling mightily now.

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Silver Spring, MD: Somehow I missed the memo. Barry - are you just leaving the beat or are you leaving the Post? Do you have a new gig lined up? Welcome aboard, Chico!

Barry Svrluga: Hello Silver Spring. Yes, indeeed, I am leaving the beat. Not leaving the Post. No way.

I'll be joining our Olympic team as it travels to Beijing in late July-August, and upon return (and decompression) will transition into a new job covering the Redskins with Team Jason: La Canfora and Reid, our Skins team.

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Washington DC: Hi guys. What an embarrassment of riches today. My question is how much longer does the team stick with Colome and Hanrahan in the "we're losing" relievers spots? Both have been entirely unreliable this year.

Barry Svrluga: That's another good question. Both of them have what those in the biz call "power arms." And both of them have shown that when they can harness that stuff, they can be lights out.

However, it's hard to bring them into meaningful situations right now. Last night, Hanrahan came into a tight game -- and it got away a bit. But if they try to demote either of these guys, they'll lose them. It's a tough spot.

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Nick Johnson: Hi there,

So we have focused on Nick's socks being up or down...but I had to do a double take last night....is it me or has he really slimmed down?

Barry Svrluga: Slimmed down since 2006? Oh my goodness yes. Slimmed down since the beginning of the season? Don't think so.

A small thing from last night's game: Johnson suffered a tendon strain in his right wrist. Those calling for Aaron Boone to play more might get their wish, though X-rays were negative. He's listed as day-to-day right now.

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Washington by way of Northern Virginia: Is Chico Harlan Our Best Prospect?

Barry Svrluga: The way I have our organizational rankings right now is:

1. Chris Marrero

2. Chico Harlan

3. Collin Balester

4. Ross Detwiler

For the Post's sake, I hope Harlan is better than Marrero. For the Nationals' sake, you might want to hope Balester and Detwiler are better than Harlan.

Chico Harlan: I'll respond with my own list of 37-year-olds who are retiring from their current posts.

1. Svrluga

2. Sorenstam

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Sec 114, Row E: Barry/Chico,

The last home game that I went to (01-May), I parked at RFK and used the Nats Express. The line was wrapped around the block -- folks online were saying that Opening Night had shorter lines.

My question -- now that the Nats have identified enough parking to tell people to drive to the games and pay for parking day-of-game, have the Nats reduced service on the FREE Nats Express?

Barry Svrluga: I am not aware that they have curtailed any of that service. I do think that the positive reviews of that option may have driven more people to park at RFK, creating that situation.

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Vancouver, Canada: Just past the quarter mark of the season, how would you rate the trade between the Nats and the Mets this past winter? I don't think Ryan Church has ever got a complete season to prove himself while he was with the Nats.

Barry Svrluga: Keep in mind that Church was the everyday left fielder last year with the Nationals before the August acquisition of Wily Mo Pena. Church played in 144 games with the Nationals last year, hitting .272 with 43 doubles. That's pretty regular duty.

That said, he's never hit in a lineup like he's hitting in now. He essentially has no pressure on him to produce because others are supposed to carry the offense (Wright, Reyes, Beltran, etc.).

The trade, to this point, has worked out better for the Mets. But I think 40 games is way too early to judge it.

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Chico Harlan: Guys, thanks again for the many welcomes. We're still 4 hours from game time at Shea, but already, some of the Nats are out taking BP. Beautiful day. Now let me get out of here and write about it.

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Washington, D.C.: Chico -

From today's NJ - "it involved a hit batsman ...."

Nothing like a baseball blog with cricket terms. Now can you please explain Australian Rules Football to me? Whenever I surf past it (usually very late at night) it looks entertaining but I have absolutely no idea of what is going on.

Barry Svrluga: Chico, perhaps something for another discussion.

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Barry Svrluga: Folks, this is my last chat. Thanks for all the great questions over the past three-plus years. You're in good hands with Chico, as I'm sure you can tell already.

Have a great summer, and I'll see you out at Nationals Park -- from the stands.

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