|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
ATLANTA ( DICKEY )
|955||WASHINGTON||-140||Ov 9,+100||-160||Ov 9,-120|
|956||ATLANTA||+130||Un 9,-120||+150||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-14||+2.9||21-14||6.1||0.279||0.352||0.466||0.818||4.8||0.252||0.316||0.413||0.729|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||5-2||5.0||0.266||0.336||0.464||0.800||5.6||0.280||0.356||0.449||0.805|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||0||0-2||2.5||0.270||0.352||0.381||0.733||2.5||0.213||0.273||0.410||0.683|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||5-2||5.6||0.275||0.346||0.379||0.725||4.6||0.242||0.306||0.453||0.760|
|5/5/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||4-2||W||-165||8 ov||U||12||11||0||8||11||0|
|5/6/2017||COLE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||6-2||W||110||9 un||U||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|5/7/2017||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||7||8||1||11||8||1|
|5/8/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||4-6||L||100||9 un||O||8||5||1||10||7||0|
|5/9/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||4-5||L||-145||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||12||11||0|
|5/16/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||8-4||W||-160||8 ov||O||14||6||1||8||7||0|
|5/17/2017||TURNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-6||L||120||8.5 ov||U||3||4||2||7||7||0|
|5/18/2017||ROARK(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)||4-10||L||-130||9.5 ov||O||6||6||2||13||7||1|
|5/19/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/20/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||COLON(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/5/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-10||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||10||2||16||11||0|
|5/6/2017||TEHERAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||3-5||L||-120||8.5 ev||U||4||3||1||12||9||1|
|5/7/2017||DICKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-6||L||-105||9 ov||O||11||11||1||10||8||2|
|5/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||3-8||L||170||8.5 ov||O||6||7||1||9||3||1|
|5/10/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ HOUSTON||MUSGROVE(R)||2-4||L||187||9 ev||U||6||5||1||7||7||0|
|5/12/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||8-4||W||115||9 ev||O||10||8||1||11||8||1|
|5/13/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-1||W||115||9 ov||U||7||7||0||5||6||1|
|5/14/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NICOLINO(L)||1-3||L||120||9 ov||U||8||12||0||5||5||0|
|5/15/2017||COLON(R)||@ TORONTO||BOLSINGER(R)||10-6||W||115||9 ev||O||13||9||2||10||10||1|
|5/16/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||9-5||W||130||8.5 un||O||15||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/26/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
Manager: Dusty Baker (second season)
Who's new? CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, 1B Adam Lind, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Joe Blanton
Who's gone? CF Ben Revere, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Projected lineup: CF Adam Eaton (.284, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB with White Sox), SS Trea Turner (.342, 13, 40, 33), 2B Daniel Murphy (.347, 25, 104), RF Bryce Harper (.243, 24, 86, 21 SB), 3B Anthony Rendon (.270, 20, 85), LF Jayson Werth (.244, 21, 69), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.218, 15, 46) or Adam Lind (.239, 20, 58 with Mariners), C Matt Wieters (.243, 17, 66 with Orioles)
Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), RH Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), LH Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60), RH Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43)
Key relievers: RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64), RH Joe Blanton (7-2, 2.48), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.41), RH Trevor Gott (0-0, 1.50), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95), LH Enny Romero (2-0, 5.91 with Rays)
Hot spots: First base and closer. Zimmerman posted a career-low .642 OPS last season and was often spelled by left-handed hitter Clint Robinson. Now 32, Zimmerman must prove he's worthy of regular playing time. Robinson and free-agent pickup Lind are next in line. The ninth inning could be a committee job too, though it's never been the Nationals' preferred method. After Kenley Jansen spurned D.C. for less money in L.A., their choices were limited. Kelley and Blanton have never closed in a combined 20 seasons in the majors, but both were stalwart set-up men last season. Joe Nathan and his 377 career saves are also in camp on a minor-league deal.
Outlook: Trading former top prospect Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Eaton signaled the Nationals' championship ambitions. Their five-game loss to the Dodgers last October marked the third time in five years they've fallen just short of the NLCS. Washington begins the season with some familiar weapons ' a dangerous heart of the lineup, an experienced bench and exceptional starting pitching. Eaton is a huge upgrade over Revere at the plate, but Wieters will be pressed to replace Ramos' 3.5 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs). Failing to sign a marquee closer could prove fatal if Kelley, Nathan or someone else can't hold down the ninth inning.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|Minus Freeman, Braves to face nemesis Nationals|
ATLANTA -- The Washington Nationals hope to continue their domination of the Atlanta Braves as the National League East teams open a three-game series on Friday night.
The Nationals, who swept a three-game series at SunTrust Park in April, have won 18 of the last 22 meetings and are 39-13 against the Braves since the middle of the 2014 season.
Facing the Nationals now is even more of a challenge for Atlanta with first baseman Freddie Freeman on the disabled list.
Freeman, batting .341 and leading the National League with 14 homers, will be sidelined for approximately 10 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist when hit by a pitch from Toronto reliever Aaron Loup in the fifth inning Wednesday.
"It's devastating news for the ball club," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Thursday after an MRI exam confirmed the break.
Freeman said he knows Loup had "no intent" to hit him with the pitch.
"He was just trying to get me out," the slugger said. "He just threw one that got away."
Freeman's hand will be in a cast for four weeks. No surgery will be required.
"Obviously, it's a tough blow," Freeman said. "I'm going to do everything I can to get back as soon as I can."
To take Freeman's roster spot, the Braves promoted third baseman Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, with utilityman Jace Peterson moving over to first.
The Braves (16-22) acted quickly to bring in potential help by signing veteran first baseman James Loney to a minor league contract. He was a free agent after playing with the New York Mets last season and hitting nine homers.
The Braves were left without a true backup for Freeman when Sean Rodriguez was lost for the season because of a serious shoulder injury suffered in an auto crash over the winter.
The Braves signed former Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard to a minor league contract in April, but he was released after struggling at Gwinnett.
The Nationals (25-15) lost the final two games of a three-game series in Pittsburgh, but still lead second-place Atlanta by eight games in the NL East.
Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 2.47 ERA) will face Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-3, 4.22 ERA) on Friday.
Dickey lost 3-2 to the Nationals in Atlanta during April despite giving up just three hits over seven innings. One, though, was a two-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman, who joined Bryce Harper in having a monster series against the Braves.
Zimmerman and Harper each had seven hits and two homers in the three games.
Dickey is 4-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 17 career outings (15 starts) against the Nationals, which is actually better than Gonzalez has fared against the Braves in his career.
Gonzalez is 4-9 with a 5.06 ERA in 17 starts and lost to the Braves last season while posting a 7.11 ERA.
The Nationals have dropped five of their past six games on the road.
"It was a bad couple of days," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said in Pittsburgh. "We didn't play very well. We made a lot of mistakes. Seems like we weren't there sometimes. We just have to up the intensity and up our concentration."
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 12:47:51 PM EST|