|WASHINGTON ( DETWILER )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|951||WASHINGTON||-105||Ov 8.5,+100||+120||Ov 8.5,+105|
|952||CINCINNATI||-105||Un 8.5,-120||-130||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+1||1-2||1.7||0.188||0.274||5.0||0.263||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2||1-2||2.7||0.216||0.295||4.0||0.258||0.300|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||1-0||5.0||0.194||0.324||4.0||0.265||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+1.9||3-1||6.5||0.241||0.304||2.7||0.212||0.286|
|4/5/2013||HAREN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-15||L||115||8 un||O||5||8||2||19||6||0|
|4/6/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/1/2013||CUETO(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||3||10||1||6||12||3|
|4/3/2013||LATOS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-4||W||-120||7.5 un||O||6||9||1||9||6||2|
|4/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-4||W||+105||8 un||O||7||3||0||11||9||1|
|4/8/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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).
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Reds Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (3-0) at Cincinnati (2-1), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds unleashed an impressive offense attack in their series-opening win against the Washington Nationals.
Cincinnati hopes its bats can stay hot Saturday in its second game against Washington at Great American Ballpark.
Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each connected on a pair of home runs Friday night as the Reds (3-1) totaled six homers in a 15-0 victory. One series earlier, Cincinnati totaled 11 runs on 16 hits while taking two of three from the Angels to start the season.
"A lot of people were questioning our hitting after the last series, even though we won two out of three," said Cozart, who was 0 for 11 in three games before Friday. "Tonight, we showed that we can hit. Hopefully, we'll keep it going this weekend."
The Reds' offense could be even scarier considering two of its best hitters - Joey Votto and Jay Bruce - have yet to homer this season. The team is also without Ryan Ludwick, who hit 26 home runs last year but is likely out until after the All-Star break following shoulder surgery Wednesday.
Votto started 1 for 10 in his first three games, but got it going Friday with a 3-for-4 performance. He is hitting .444 over his last eight games against the Nationals.
Bruce is mired in a 3-for-18 slump, although two of those hits came against Washington. The right-fielder led the team with 34 home runs last year, but has developed a reputation as a streaky hitter. He hit .290 or better last April and August, but also hit .229 or worse in three separate months.
"We need him, especially in the middle part of the order," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "He comes up almost every at-bat with somebody on base."
Bruce is 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"That's why when he's hot, he can get a bunch of RBIs in a short period of time. When you're cold, it compounds the pressure," Baker added.
The Nationals (3-1) became baseball's last team to suffer a loss, and it was their most lopsided defeat since returning to Washington in 2005. They were fresh off allowing just one run on 15 hits in a season-opening sweep of the Marlins, though as Friday starter Dan Haren quickly found out, the Reds' batting order is much more difficult to navigate.
"I've had my share of bad games along with good games," said Haren, who surrendered four home runs in his Washington debut. "They're tough to deal with, but the sooner you forget about it, the better."
Left-hander Ross Detwiler will look for better luck as he gets the nod Saturday. He owns a 3.13 ERA in four career starts against the Reds, though he went 0-3 in those games.
Cincinnati's starters struck out a club-record 43 batters over the first four games, including six by Homer Bailey in as many innings Friday. But that pace is likely to cool Saturday when Mike Leake takes the hill.
Leake hasn't been much of a strikeout pitcher during his career, averaging 6.0 per nine innings. But the Reds - who chose not to skip his start despite Tuesday's off day - hope he can still be effective following a spring in which he posted a 5.12 ERA over five outings.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:42:30 AM EST|