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WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|901||MIAMI||+230||Ov 7,-115||+215||Ov 7,-110|
|902||WASHINGTON||-260||Un 7,-105||-235||Un 7,-110|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||0.103||0.133||2.0||0.192||0.250|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||2.0||0.192||0.250||0.0||0.103||0.133|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||2.0||0.192||0.250||0.0||0.103||0.133|
|4/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||0-2||L||225||7 ov||U||3||3||0||5||4||0|
|4/3/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
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|4/8/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
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|4/9/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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 (MIAMI-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Miami (0-1) at Washington (1-0), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals hope their opening day performance was merely a sign of what's to come in a potentially special season.
Gio Gonzalez looks to help Washington to a repeat result Wednesday night as it faces a visiting Miami Marlins team hoping to generate more offense after a lackluster opener.
Harper and Stephen Strasburg got the Nationals off to a great start in an expectation-heavy season Monday. Harper hit a pair of home runs and Strasburg pitched seven innings in a 2-0 win over Miami.
"You just shake your head in amazement. You don't see that too often from anybody, period," center fielder Denard Span said of Harper. "But to see him as a 20-year-old? He's just writing a book right now. And he does it so calm, too."
Harper tried to take his stellar performance in stride.
"Pretty special moment," said Harper, the NL rookie of the year in 2012. "If I was 0 for 4, or 4 for 4, it wouldn't have mattered to me. Just going out there having some fun on opening day for the first time."
While those two players played a big part in the team's rise last year, Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89 ERA) also had a major role after being acquired from Oakland prior to last season. He finished third in the NL Cy Young voting after leading the major leagues in wins and posting a career-best ERA.
Gonzalez allowed one hit and struck out seven in four innings of his final spring training start Thursday.
"Obviously, the last game, you don't want to slack," Gonzalez told the team's official website about his final tuneup.
It remains to be seen whether a tumultuous offseason will affect his performance in 2013. Gonzalez's name was reportedly listed in the notebook of the founder of a now-closed Miami clinic that has supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez has repeatedly denied any connection to the clinic and says he has never taken PEDs.
Though he's struck out at least nine in each of his three career starts versus Miami, Gonzalez lost both of his outings against the Marlins last year.
Miami will try again to get on track offensively Wednesday after mustering three hits in the opener. Leadoff hitter Juan Pierre began his second stint with the Marlins with a single before the next 19 batters were retired.
Kevin Slowey will make his first start since Sept. 26, 2011, as he seeks his first victory since Oct. 2, 2010. The right-hander went 0-8 with a 6.67 ERA in 14 appearances - eight starts - with Minnesota in 2011 before a series of injuries had him pitching exclusively in the minors last year.
The catcher for Slowey's major league debut with the Twins in 2007 was Miami first-year manager Mike Redmond.
"The biggest thing for us, from a leadership standpoint, is Red," Slowey told the team's official website. "He understands one game is only worth one game. There will be days where we come out and play great, and there will be days we come out and we fall flat. His ability to stay even keel is going to help us in our progression."
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:00:44 AM EST|