|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
CINCINNATI ( CUETO )
|903||WASHINGTON||-115||Ov 7,+105||+100||Ov 7,+105|
|904||CINCINNATI||+105||Un 7,-125||-110||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+2.2||2-2||3.0||0.205||0.284||5.2||0.271||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-1||+3.2||2-2||3.6||0.222||0.297||4.4||0.266||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+0.9||2-1||7.0||0.254||0.298||2.3||0.196||0.274|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.6||4-1||6.4||0.253||0.307||3.6||0.218||0.290|
|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)||7-6||W||120||8.5 un||O||10||6||3||13||11||0|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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||GARCIA(L)|| |
|4/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Washington (3-1) at Cincinnati (3-1), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Washington Nationals youngsters Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg opened the season in impressive fashion. Harper has kept it going, and now Strasburg looks to do the same in Cincinnati.
Potentially primed for the longest outing of his career, Strasburg takes on fellow ace Johnny Cueto and the Reds in Sunday's finale of a wild series between reigning division champions.
The innings and pitch limits are supposedly off the 24-year-old Strasburg (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who was shut down in early September and had to watch as Washington lost its NL division series to St. Louis in five games. Cueto also had a bad playoff experience, sitting out the division series except for eight pitches in Game 1 before injuring a side muscle, and the Reds would blow a two-game lead to San Francisco.
While Cueto came back to throw seven strong innings on opening day, Strasburg did the same but was removed after 80 pitches. Cueto threw 105 - a total Strasburg has been allowed to reach just five times in 46 major-league starts.
"If it wasn't opening day and the first start of the year, it would have been a different story," Strasburg said when asked if he could have pitched longer, reiterating the reason manager Davey Johnson gave for pulling him.
The right-hander, who has never gone past seven innings, limited Miami to three hits and did not walk a batter in the 2-0 victory. Strasburg is known as a strikeout pitcher but had only three Monday and may purposely be quieting that reputation, pitching more to contact to go deeper into games.
"If he wants to be the workhorse that he is, he's going to have to pitch more games like this," shortstop Ian Desmond said.
Desmond helped even this series at one game apiece Saturday with a homer in the 11th inning that gave Washington a 7-6 victory. It was the first RBI of the season for Desmond, who made two errors earlier in the game which led to Cincinnati runs.
Harper also had a homer, catcher Wilson Ramos hit two and the Nationals (4-1) totaled five. The Reds (3-2) went deep six times in a 15-0 win Friday.
"It's been two crazy games," said Washington outfielder Jayson Werth, who was 3 for 5 with a home run Saturday.
Harper, who homered twice during Strasburg's outing, has four multihit efforts in five games. The 20-year-old center fielder's five RBIs lead the team, as does his .381 average among players with at least 10 at-bats.
He's never faced Cueto (0-0, 1.29), a 19-game winner last season. The right-hander allowed a run and three hits with nine strikeouts in a 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Angels on Monday.
Cueto did not face the Nationals in 2012 but has been solid in his last three starts against them, going 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA.
Strasburg won his only outing versus Cincinnati during his 2010 rookie season.
"He's a good one," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website. "There are other guys you'd pick before him to face."
Jay Bruce singled twice in that matchup with Strasburg and has four hits in this series, but he remains homerless after hitting 34 last season.
"I feel fine. It's early," Bruce said.
Shin-Soo Choo homered for the third straight game Saturday and was hit by a pitch for the fourth time. Choo shares the team lead for home runs with Todd Frazier, who is 9 for 13 with three homers and seven RBIs over the last three games.
Five of these teams' last 10 meetings have gone to extra innings.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 4:56:07 PM EST|