|WASHINGTON ( HAREN )|
ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )
|955||WASHINGTON||+145||Ov 7,-105||+155||Ov 7,-115|
|956||ATLANTA||-155||Un 7,-115||-165||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-11||-2||12-10||3.5||0.233||0.295||4.2||0.247||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-3||3.1||0.220||0.272||2.9||0.199||0.270|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+2.2||9-8||4.1||0.238||0.302||3.2||0.251||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||5-2||3.3||0.214||0.280||5.1||0.276||0.333|
|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)||2-0||W||125||7 un||U||3||3||0||2||2||0|
|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)|| |
|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||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/9/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (13-14) at Atlanta (17-9), 7:10 p.m. EDT
An outstanding pitching performance helped them finally beat the Atlanta Braves, but the Washington Nationals still have injury concerns and an offensive slump holding them back.
After ending a nine-game losing streak to the NL East leaders, the Nationals will try to earn a split of this four-game series Thursday night at Turner Field.
Jordan Zimmerman gave up two hits over eight superb innings and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a rare 2-0 victory over the Braves (17-10) on Wednesday as Washington (14-14) snapped a three-game skid overall.
"We needed that one bad and he went out and pitched a blueprint game," manager Davey Johnson said.
Johnson received some good news on Wednesday with ace Stephen Strasburg expected to make his next scheduled start after experiencing no pain during a bullpen session.
Jayson Werth, however, missed his second game in a row with a strained right hamstring and a bruised left ankle and Bryce Harper had to leave in the middle of the sixth after tweaking his left side on a check swing.
The Nationals don't want to lose Werth or Harper for a significant amount of time with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) likely returning this weekend.
"If I can play," Harper said, "I'm going to play. I can tolerate pain. Hopefully nothing will keep me out of the lineup."
Washington's depleted lineup has managed just seven runs and a dismal .165 batting average over its last four games.
It won't get any easier for the Nationals considering their recent track record against Atlanta's Kris Medlen (1-3, 3.26 ERA).
Medlen was dominant in two starts against Washington last season, allowing one run and striking out 20 over 14 innings in a pair of Atlanta victories.
After limiting opponents to three earned runs and 15 hits over 19 innings in his first three starts this season, the right-hander has taken a step back lately with eight runs and 17 hits allowed in consecutive losses.
He'll try to recover from one of the worst outings of his career after he surrendered five runs and 10 hits - including a pair of homers - over 5 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Detroit on Saturday.
Adam LaRoche, a career .177 hitter in 57 games against Atlanta, will try to break out of his 1 for 35 slide overall.
Washington right-hander Dan Haren (2-3, 6.29 ERA) hopes to build off his promising performance in a 6-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. He allowed two runs and six hits over a season-high six innings.
"I finally feel like part of the team," said Haren, who was signed as a free agent this offseason. "I've got to be like this or better the rest of the year. There's no excuse for me not to be."
Haren has won two of three career starts at Turner Field despite a 7.31 ERA, though those victories came back in 2004 and 2005.
B.J. Upton, who went 0 for 3 on Wednesday and is hitting .138 on the season, has struck out 11 times but has five homers and 10 hits in 31 career at-bats against Haren.
Atlanta, which ranks near the top of the majors in home runs and strikeouts, has whiffed 80 times but only has three home runs over the last seven games.
"That's what we're billed as," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Teams that aren't striking out are probably complaining they don't have any power."
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 9:01:45 AM EST|