|ST LOUIS ( GARCIA )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|953||ST LOUIS||+140||Ov 7,+100||+145||Ov 7,-110|
|954||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 7,-120||-155||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-7||+1.4||9-7||5.4||0.252||0.302||4.3||0.261||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-4||2.7||0.208||0.273||3.6||0.271||0.314|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+0.6||2-0||5.3||0.284||0.330||4.3||0.255||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||3-4||2.6||0.194||0.259||4.1||0.235||0.294|
|4/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||10-6||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||12||10||2|
|4/17/2013||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||0-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||1||2||2||11||6||0|
|4/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||4-3||W||-115||7 ev||P||7||5||0||13||8||0|
|4/19/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||2-8||L||-120||7.5 un||O||2||2||1||10||4||0|
|4/20/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||5-0||W||130||7.5 un||U||8||6||1||3||5||0|
|4/21/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-7||L||100||8 un||O||10||11||0||14||8||1|
|4/22/2013||MILLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||7||1||5||6||0|
|4/23/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||2-0||W||-120||7 ov||U||8||5||0||5||6||0|
|4/24/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/10/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-2||W||-150||8 un||U||11||7||0||9||5||0|
|4/11/2013||HAREN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-4||W||-140||8 ov||O||10||8||0||13||11||1|
|4/15/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||10-3||W||-180||7 ov||O||16||6||0||6||4||0|
|4/16/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||2-8||L||-160||8 un||O||8||7||1||11||4||0|
|4/17/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-1||W||-145||7.5 un||U||11||7||1||7||7||1|
|4/19/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||1-7||L||-105||6.5 un||O||4||6||1||8||4||1|
|4/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-6||W||-140||7.5 un||O||7||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||0-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||6||3||4||7||0|
|4/22/2013||HAREN(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-3||L||+105||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||7||1|
|4/23/2013||DETWILER(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-2||L||+110||7 ov||U||5||6||0||8||5||0|
|4/24/2013||STRASBURG(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|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 (ST LOUIS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Nationals Preview* =============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (11-8) at Washington (10-9), 1:05 p.m. EDT
A controversial decision kept Stephen Strasburg from facing the St. Louis Cardinals in last year's playoffs.
The Washington Nationals' staff ace is now trying to avoid the longest slide of his career, but he's not entirely to blame.
Hindered by a lack of run support and sloppy defense, Strasburg tries to avoid a fourth straight loss and salvage a victory for the Nationals in Wednesday's series finale with the visiting Cardinals.
Washington (10-10) had an innings limit on Strasburg last year since it was his first full season returning from Tommy John surgery. That decision fueled national debate, with the Nationals unexpectedly leading the majors with 98 wins and claiming the NL East to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1981 as the Montreal Expos.
With the ace out, Washington exited the NL division series in five games at the hands of the Cardinals (12-8).
Strasburg (1-3, 2.96 ERA) got this year off to a strong start, allowing three hits in seven innings of a 2-0 win over Miami on April 1. Since then, however, the right-hander has matched a career high by losing three straight starts.
Over the last two games, Strasburg has done his part, with only two of the six runs allowed in 12 innings counting as earned. He's been backed by one run in each contest.
He pitched well enough to win his only meeting with St. Louis on Sept. 2, yielding two hits with nine strikeouts in six scoreless innings before the bullpen wasted his effort in a 4-3 home win.
The offense continues to be a problem for the Nationals, who try to avoid a six-game home losing streak for the first time since Sept. 7-20, 2010. They're batting .163 and have plated seven runs over that stretch, and rank toward the bottom of the NL with a .236 average on the season.
The Nationals were shut down by Adam Wainwright on Tuesday, managing five hits in a 2-0 loss to fall for the eighth time in 11 games.
"I'm usually pretty patient, but I'm getting at my rope's end," manager Davey Johnson said. "The effort's there, but we're just not getting it done. We've got the players to get it done. We're just not getting it done. It's time to get a little mad."
Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa - Washington's 2-4-5-6-7 hitters - are a combined 4 for 38 in this series.
Bryce Harper continues to be a bright spot, hitting .385 at home after getting two hits Tuesday. His only hit in three at-bats versus Jaime Garcia - the Cardinals' scheduled starter Wednesday - was a solo homer, but he fanned in both postseason matchups.
Garcia (1-1, 3.22) will try to help St. Louis complete the series sweep by rebounding from perhaps the worst start of his four-plus years in the majors.
The left-hander was tagged for a career-high eight runs - four earned - and nine hits in three innings of a rain-shortened 8-2 loss at Philadelphia on Friday. He had a 1.86 ERA over his first three starts.
"Next time, we expect to see the Jaime we have been seeing," manager Mike Matheny told the team's official website.
That certainly wasn't the case in Garcia's last start at Washington on Aug. 30, when he surrendered six runs and two homers in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-1 loss.
He faced the Nationals again in Game 2 of the NLDS, but a shoulder injury forced him to exit after two innings, allowing one run and three walks.
|Last Updated: 1/23/2018 3:48:00 AM EST|