|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
WASHINGTON ( HAREN )
|903||CINCINNATI||+105||Ov 8,-110||-105||Ov 8,-105|
|904||WASHINGTON||-115||Un 8,-110||-105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-8||-4.1||8-7||4.4||0.233||0.310||3.7||0.250||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||3.1||0.201||0.291||3.6||0.240||0.279|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||-0.7||10-9||3.5||0.233||0.295||4.2||0.240||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-5||2.9||0.208||0.265||2.6||0.178||0.255|
|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)||1-8||L||125||7.5 un||O||1||2||2||12||6||0|
|4/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-1||L||115||7 ev||U||1||3||0||6||3||1|
|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)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Cincinnati (13-10) at Washington (11-11), 1:05 p.m. EDT
As unimpressive as the Washington Nationals' starting pitchers had been lately, their performances against the Cincinnati Reds this week couldn't have been much better.
Dan Haren, looking to turn around his own struggles, gets the next shot at Cincinnati's recently anemic offense Saturday in the nation's capital.
Washington's rotation was 2-7 with a 4.78 ERA in its previous 10 outings entering this four-game set.
The Nationals (12-11) ended a four-game skid with a series-opening 8-1 win Thursday as Gio Gonzalez gave up one hit through eight innings. Their offense didn't break out in similar fashion Friday, but it didn't need to as Jordan Zimmermann limited the Reds to one hit in a 1-0 victory.
Zimmermann needed only 91 pitches to record his first career shutout, as the Reds (13-11) were held to one hit in back-to-back games for the first time since July 5-6, 1900, against Brooklyn.
"My guys, if they attack hitters like the last two days, it's going to be a problem," manager Davey Johnson said of his pitchers. "I don't care, good hitting team, bad hitting team."
Johnson would like to see Haren (1-3, 7.36 ERA) take the same approach, as he walked as many batters in his last start - three - as Gonzalez and Zimmermann in the last two days combined.
Haren did yield a season-low six hits Monday in a loss to St. Louis, but he still hasn't gone longer than five-plus innings this year and is averaging a career-worst 20.2 pitches per inning.
"I have to just stay positive," Haren told the team's official website. "It's been eating at me, it really has. This week, I tried to make a conscious effort to have more fun out there and not to put so much stress on myself. I want to do well more than anybody."
Haren was already blasted by Cincinnati for six runs and nine hits, including a career worst-tying four homers, in four innings of a 15-0 loss in his season debut April 5.
But the Reds, 1-7 on the road, don't currently appear capable of producing anything close to that. They've lost three of four while totaling four runs and 16 hits. Cincinnati averaged 5.6 runs in 20 games prior to that stretch.
Brandon Phillips, the team leader with 21 RBIs, was hitless for the fourth straight game Friday. Shin-Soo Choo, leading the majors in on-base percentage at .505, didn't reach base for the first time this season.
"Things go in streaks and sometimes there's no explaining why," manager Dusty Baker said. "We went through this last year. There was a streak when you couldn't buy a run and another streak when you get all the runs you need or want, or even more than you want. Right now we're in that can't buy a run phase."
Cincinnati hopes to pick up its offense in support of Mike Leake (1-0, 3.81), who posted two subpar starts to begin the season but has since had two good ones as he allowed two runs over 14 innings.
Leake will need to turn around his recent struggles against the Nationals, who scored 11 runs in 9 1-3 innings against him last season. He wasn't much better against Washington on April 6, giving up four runs - all on two homers - and walking four over six innings in a 7-6, 11-inning loss.
Bryce Harper homered off Leake in that game and is 3 for 6 with three extra-base hits in this series.
Jayson Werth is 6 for 15 off Leake, including 2 for 3 earlier this month.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:02:24 AM EST|