|ATLANTA ( FOLTYNEWICZ )|
WASHINGTON ( ROARK )
|955||ATLANTA||+180||Ov 9,-115||+160||Ov 8.5,-120|
|956||WASHINGTON||-190||Un 9,-105||-170||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-65||-5.5||61-51||4.5||0.260||0.318||0.396||0.713||5.2||0.264||0.332||0.423||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||6-2||+6||5-2||6.5||0.302||0.380||0.468||0.847||5.4||0.277||0.343||0.439||0.782|
|vs Right-handed Starters||68-45||+4.6||53-54||5.3||0.270||0.336||0.439||0.776||4.3||0.245||0.306||0.404||0.710|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.2||3-3||4.6||0.284||0.327||0.445||0.772||5.3||0.266||0.323||0.435||0.759|
|8/31/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-6||L||195||7 ov||O||6||7||1||11||11||1|
|9/1/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||0-2||L||195||8 ov||U||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|9/2/2017||SIMS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||12-14||L||225||8.5 un||O||17||9||1||12||6||0|
|9/3/2017||FRIED(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-1||W||220||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|9/12/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||8-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||14||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/13/2017||GOHARA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||8-2||W||245||8 ev||O||10||9||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||FRIED(L)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||DICKEY(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/31/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||3-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||7||4||0||13||8||0|
|9/1/2017||ROARK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||0-1||L||140||9 un||U||3||7||0||6||6||1|
|9/2/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||3-2||W||-160||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||5||6||1|
|9/3/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||2-7||L||120||9.5 ev||U||3||3||0||7||4||0|
|9/4/2017||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||7-2||W||105||9 ov||P||8||5||3||6||7||0|
|9/5/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||DESPAIGNE(R)||2-1||W||-165||8.5 un||U||8||7||1||7||6||0|
|9/6/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)||8-1||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||6||1||6||9||0|
|9/9/2017||JACKSON(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||4-5||L||-165||9 ov||P||7||5||0||9||8||1|
|9/15/2017||JACKSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
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.
|Nats' Roark looks to keep momentum against Braves|
WASHINGTON -- The National League East title was clinched on Sunday, but Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark said that is no reason to change his approach.
The right-hander will make his 28th start and 29th appearance of the year on Thursday when he faces right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who will also make his 28th start in his 29th game of the year. Both pitchers are natives of Illinois.
Roark (12-9, 4.48 ERA), who had a 2.83 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) last year, has gotten better each of the past three months.
He had an 8.31 ERA in June but then posted a mark of 3.52 in July and 3.48 in August. Roark has a 2.77 ERA in two September starts. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings with one walk and six strikeouts against the Philadelphia Phillies at home in his previous outing Sept. 7.
"You can't take days off. You have to come prepared to go out there and win for the team and help the team out," Roark said. "Yes, we clinched already, but every start counts. You have to be prepared for the playoffs. You try to maintain your health, your body and stay fresh and stay mentally sharp."
Roark is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 17 career games, including 11 starts, against the Braves. He has not beaten them in two games (one start) this year but was 2-0 against them in 2016.
"It is a tough lineup. You can't take anyone lightly," Roark said. "You have to keep attack mode on."
Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is 6-for-19 (.316) with three homers against Roark, and outfielder Matt Kemp is 5-for-15 (.333) with two homers. First baseman Freddie Freeman is 11-for-33 (.333) against Roark but has not gone deep. Kemp hit a grand slam Wednesday, the seventh of his career.
The Braves (67-78) beat the Marlins on a walk-off homer Sunday by Lane Adams and that gave Washington (88-57) the title. The Nationals, who have won four division titles since 2012, then had Monday off before losing to Atlanta 8-0 on Tuesday and 8-2 on Wednesday.
Foltynewicz (10-12, 4.74 ERA) also believes there is no reason to change his approach now that the Nationals have clinched.
"We will take it like any other start, especially with this young group," he said. "Spots are going to be fought for next year. You want to finish on a strong note. I want to have a strong end of the year like I did last year a little bit. We want to finish strong (as a team) like we did last year."
Foltynewicz is 2-0 this year against Washington. In his career, he is 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five games vs. the Nationals, all starts.
He broke into the majors with 16 games out of the bullpen with the Braves in 2014. Foltynewicz pitched in 18 games (15 starts) in 2015 and then made 22 starts last year for Atlanta.
"Get that first really full year under my belt with 30 starts," he said. "In past years, I was in the bullpen and haven't really got to experience a full season of starting 30 games. I want to keep the team in the game when I don't have my best stuff."
With two more wins, Washington manager Dusty Baker would post a 10th 90-victory season. Only 11 managers have done that, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 11:03:01 PM EST|