|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|905||CINCINNATI||+135||Ov 7,-125||+125||Ov 7.5,+115|
|906||WASHINGTON||-145||Un 7,+105||-135||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-2||+3.4||5-3||6.0||0.279||0.366||3.5||0.204||0.248|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+0.8||3-4||4.7||0.255||0.351||2.7||0.221||0.266|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||-2.7||9-8||3.4||0.227||0.294||4.6||0.260||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.9||2-5||2.6||0.189||0.252||3.6||0.227||0.290|
|4/12/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||12||8||0|
|4/13/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||1-3||L||-140||7 ov||U||7||12||0||7||5||0|
|4/14/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||IRWIN(R)||7-10||L||-155||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||15||8||1|
|4/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-160||8.5 un||O||9||9||3||11||12||0|
|4/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||2-4||L||-170||7.5 ov||U||6||7||2||9||5||1|
|4/24/2013||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-165||7 ev||U||8||7||0||5||5||0|
|4/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/1/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|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)||2-4||L||-155||7 ev||U||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|4/29/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|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 (CINCINNATI-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Nationals Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cincinnati (12-9) at Washington (10-10), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While the Cincinnati Reds hope their recent success at Great American Ballpark will carry over and end their struggles on the road, the Washington Nationals continue to search for a way to stop their current home slide.
The Reds can avoid a sixth straight road loss by handing the Nationals a seventh consecutive home defeat Thursday night.
Mat Latos allowed four hits over seven innings and Todd Frazier belted his team-leading sixth home run Wednesday as Cincinnati (13-9) concluded an 8-2 homestand Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds allowed an average 2.3 runs during the stay, and hope to get the same effort from their pitching staff when they begin a 10-game trip to Washington (10-11), St. Louis and Chicago.
Cincinnati beat St. Louis 13-4 in its first road game but has yielded 34 runs while dropping the next five away from home.
"We have to (improve) our road record," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website. "It's a very, very tough road trip we're about to go on."
A stop in Washington might provide a good opportunity for the Reds to avoid their first six-game road skid since Sept. 5-17, 2010. Cincinnati outscored the Nationals 27-10 while taking two of three at home April 5-7.
Washington also has scored four runs during its four-game overall skid, all against the visiting Cardinals this week. The Nationals outscored Miami and the Chicago White Sox 31-14 to win their first six home games but have been outscored 27-9 by Atlanta and St. Louis while losing the last six there.
"Somebody said (Tuesday night) it feels like we're 0-20. But it's not that bad. We're only one game under .500, and it's April. We'll be all right," said Jayson Werth, who homered in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to St. Louis. "What we're going through: It's the first time this team has dealt with expectations, and there's something to be said about that. But we'll adjust."
The Nationals, who dropped seven straight at home May 15-20, 2010, could see some changes in Thursday's lineup. Manager Davey Johnson expects to start reserve infielder Steve Lombardozzi, who his batting .345 (10 for 29).
"We're just not doing the things we're capable of doing right now," Johnson said. "It'll change, but I'm going to have to jumble things up a little bit. Try to light a fire."
The Nationals hope to get back on track against scheduled Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.54 ERA), who has an 0-1 record in his last three starts at Washington but a 2.11 ERA. The right-hander allowed two runs in eight innings in each of his last two starts, most recently a 3-2, 13-inning win over Miami on Saturday.
Washington counters with Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 5.85), who has yielded 12 runs, 12 hits and walked seven in nine innings while going 0-1 in his last two starts. All five runs he allowed Saturday at Citi Field came in the fourth inning of a 7-6 victory over the Mets.
The left-hander has given up two earned runs, struck out 25 and walked five in 19 innings while going 1-0 in three starts versus Cincinnati.
Batting .392 this season, Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo is 5 for 15 (.333) with three doubles against Gonzalez. He went 5 for 12 with two homers and two RBIs against the Nationals this month.
Werth is batting .362 with six homers and 15 RBIs in his last 24 games versus Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:23:30 AM EST|