|WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )|
ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )
|907||WASHINGTON||+100||Ov 7,-115||+105||Ov 7,+100|
|908||ATLANTA||-110||Un 7,-105||-115||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-3||-2||2-1||4.0||0.244||0.298||4.4||0.267||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||3-3||3.1||0.235||0.285||3.4||0.226||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-6||+3.5||9-7||4.3||0.248||0.313||3.2||0.260||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-0.1||6-2||4.6||0.258||0.328||4.9||0.291||0.340|
|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)||2-3||L||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||1-8||L||105||7 ov||O||3||4||1||12||10||0|
|5/1/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/17/2013||MINOR(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||0-1||L||-165||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||5||1|
|4/18/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||6-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||7||7||1|
|4/19/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||0-6||L||-115||7 ov||U||2||0||0||9||8||0|
|4/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||1-3||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||7||6||0|
|4/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||SANCHEZ(L)||2-4||L||-160||7 ov||U||8||10||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2013||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-3||W||-120||9.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||4||0|
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||10-2||W||110||9.5 un||O||14||7||1||12||9||0|
|4/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-6||L||-125||9.5 un||O||10||6||0||15||12||2|
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-10||L||130||7.5 ov||O||5||5||2||15||10||0|
|4/27/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-7||L||-105||8 un||O||7||4||0||13||9||0|
|4/28/2013||MINOR(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-8||L||135||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||9||4||0|
|5/3/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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).
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Braves Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Washington (13-13) at Atlanta (16-9), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The struggles and injury concerns surrounding Stephen Strasburg are making the most headlines, but in the meantime, Jordan Zimmermann quietly has been the most consistent starter in the Washington Nationals' rotation.
A lack of consistency on offense has caused the club some headaches, though.
Zimmermann takes the hill as Washington looks to avoid a 10th straight loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field.
Strasburg has gotten off to a disappointing 1-4 start and may have an irritated nerve in his right arm after throwing six innings of Monday's 3-2 loss to Atlanta in the opener of this four-game set.
While it's uncertain if Strasburg will miss any time, he remains in the news much more than teammates like Zimmermann (4-1, 2.00 ERA), who has gotten off to a fantastic start.
Zimmermann allowed one hit and tossed his first career shutout in Friday's 1-0 victory over Cincinnati. It marked his second complete game in three starts after throwing one through the first 83 of his career.
Manager Davey Johnson said Zimmermann's latest outing was the best pitching performance he's seen since taking over the Nationals in 2011.
"He knows how (opponents) react to his stuff," Johnson told the team's official website.
The right-hander, who has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts, is giving up an average 0.86 walks and hits per innings pitched.
"He pitches his butt off every time he goes out there," Bryce Harper said. "He is a competitor. You are going to get a great performance out of him every night."
Zimmermann, 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five starts against Atlanta, may be hoping his team's offense can put together a solid performance as well.
Washington (13-14) mustered only three hits in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Braves and has scored two runs or fewer in eight of its last 10 contests - seven resulting in losses.
"We're off to a slow start," said Gio Gonzalez, Monday's losing pitcher. "Once we turn it around it's going to be a big change."
Atlanta (17-9) has won the first five meetings of the season with the Nationals after Andrelton Simmons homered and Freddie Freeman went 3 for 5 with three RBIs on Tuesday.
The Braves, who were coming off a 3-7 road trip prior to this series, will send Paul Maholm to the mound Wednesday as he looks to get back on track.
Maholm (3-2, 3.30) won his first three outings while pitching 20 1-3 scoreless innings. However, he's lost two straight since allowing four hits and striking out seven in 7 2-3 innings of a 9-0 win over Washington on April 14.
The left-hander gave up three runs in six innings in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on April 20, then allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings of Friday's 10-0 defeat at Detroit.
"Baseball is a humbling game," Maholm told the team's official website. "Obviously, I was pitching really well and then in the last whatever, I've given up some runs. You kind of forget about it and move on."
Jayson Werth, who hopes to be back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday with a sore ankle, is 10 for 30 with four doubles and a homer off Maholm.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 10:27:58 AM EST|