|PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )|
WASHINGTON ( JACKSON )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+110||Ov 7.5,-105||+110||Ov 7.5,+110|
|954||WASHINGTON||-120||Un 7.5,-115||-120||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-50||-2.9||58-44||4.6||0.263||0.319||4.3||0.252||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||3.6||0.255||0.307||3.9||0.237||0.303|
|vs Left-handed Starters||28-19||+5.7||26-20||4.6||0.258||0.316||3.9||0.234||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||5-2||4.4||0.242||0.305||5.3||0.270||0.342|
|9/19/2012||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-2||W||-135||7 ev||U||3||2||0||9||10||0|
|9/20/2012||CLOYD(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||16-1||W||-115||8 ov||O||21||7||0||3||2||0|
|9/28/2012||LEE(L)||@ MIAMI||BUEHRLE(L)||1-2||L||-135||7 ev||U||7||6||0||6||5||0|
|9/29/2012||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||9-5||W||-115||8 un||O||15||9||1||10||10||1|
|9/30/2012||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||4-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||9||7||2||7||6||0|
|10/1/2012||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||LANNAN(L)||2-0||W||140||8.5 un||U||6||4||1||5||7||0|
|10/2/2012||ROSENBERG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GORZELANNY(L)||2-4||L||135||8 un||U||9||10||0||9||10||1|
|10/3/2012||LEE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/19/2012||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||HARANG(R)||3-1||W||-140||8 un||U||10||9||0||9||11||0|
|9/19/2012||LANNAN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||6-7||L||-105||8 un||O||9||4||0||13||9||1|
|9/20/2012||DETWILER(L)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-1||W||-120||8 ev||U||7||5||1||4||4||1|
|9/25/2012||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-6||L||130||7.5 ev||O||8||6||0||7||6||0|
|9/26/2012||LANNAN(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||8-4||W||110||8.5 un||O||9||4||1||8||7||1|
|9/27/2012||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||7-3||W||-135||7.5 ev||O||9||6||0||7||7||0|
|9/28/2012||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-12||L||125||7.5 un||O||6||8||1||11||5||0|
|9/29/2012||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LOHSE(R)||6-4||W||105||7.5 un||O||13||10||0||11||7||0|
|9/30/2012||DETWILER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-10||L||135||8 un||O||7||5||1||12||8||0|
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Corrects Nationals franchise won division title in 1981)
*Phillies-Nationals Preview* ============================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Philadelphia (81-79) at Washington (96-64), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Earning the NL's best record doesn't matter much to Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, so the regular-season finale might include few of his regulars.
There will be one on the mound, however, for a game that may be rather insignificant to his manager but fairly meaningful for Edwin Jackson.
Though his spot in the playoff rotation appears to be safe, Jackson has been very inconsistent of late. He's looking to rebound from a dreadful outing as he faces the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, whose season comes to a fitting end Wednesday - against the team that ended their NL East reign and with Cliff Lee taking the hill.
Washington (97-64) has recorded the winningest season in franchise history and is tied with Cincinnati for the league's top record. Owning that season series tiebreaker means the Nationals can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Wednesday or a loss by the Reds.
"I don't know how it's that important," Johnson said. "You've got to beat the teams you play."
The franchise notched its first division title since 1981 on Monday, then Washington came back to win 4-2 on Tuesday despite Johnson sitting all but two of his everyday players.
"I'm rewarding the guys that have been grinding through a tough schedule," Johnson said. "... Set back, gather your thoughts, we'll get back up tomorrow, and go from there."
The only regulars in Washington's lineup were September NL rookie of the month Bryce Harper and slugger Adam LaRoche, who set a career high with his 33rd homer and tied another with his 100th RBI.
Johnson also skipped 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez's scheduled start but won't do the same for Jackson (9-11, 4.13 ERA).
Twice in his last six outings, the veteran right-hander allowed one run over eight innings, but he has an 11.12 ERA in the other four. On Friday, he recorded as many walks as outs - four - and surrendered a season-high nine runs in a 12-2 defeat at St. Louis.
"We can't afford to have anything linger," Jackson said. "You take away what you could have done differently and continue to move on."
Jackson is still expected to start Game 3 or 4 of the division series.
"Just one bad outing," Johnson told the team's official website. "He doesn't get in my doghouse for that."
He's lost all four career starts against the Phillies, including three this season, while posting a 5.32 ERA.
Lee has won his two starts this year against Washington, yielding one run in 14 innings, but that's accounted for one-third of his victories.
If he has a 10th straight quality start and doesn't win, Lee (6-8, 3.12) will become the third pitcher in big-league history to finish with six victories or fewer despite having an ERA under 3.20 through at least 30 starts. Only five have recorded no more than seven wins.
Lee will have a losing record for the first time since 2007, mainly because his 3.25 run support average is fourth-lowest in the majors. Every other pitcher among the NL's top 25 in ERA has at least 10 victories.
The left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA in his past seven outings, but Philadelphia will miss the postseason after winning the last five East titles.
"It's disappointing. I think everyone here could agree with that," Lee said after allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 defeat at Miami on Friday. "We expected to win this division, make the postseason, and win the World Series ultimately."
The Phillies (81-80) are trying to avoid not finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2002.
September call-up Darin Ruf had two solo homers Tuesday and has driven in all seven of Philadelphia's runs in its last three games against Washington.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:18:55 AM EST|