|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
PITTSBURGH ( RODRIGUEZ )
|901||WASHINGTON||+100||Ov 7,-110||-110||Ov 7,+100|
|902||PITTSBURGH||-110||Un 7,-110||+100||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-3||+0.2||3-2||3.9||0.218||0.284||3.7||0.238||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-4||2.3||0.187||0.256||3.4||0.240||0.300|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||+0.9||3-5||2.5||0.203||0.266||3.2||0.217||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||6-1||5.6||0.276||0.321||5.0||0.253||0.333|
|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)||3-1||W||140||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||5||5||1|
|5/3/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||1-3||L||120||7 ov||U||7||6||0||9||8||1|
|5/4/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-4||W||-140||7 ov||O||6||11||1||7||3||2|
|5/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||DETWILER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||STRASBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/22/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||0||8||8||0|
|4/23/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-0||W||145||7 un||U||7||8||1||4||7||2|
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|4/25/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||6-4||W||170||7 un||O||14||13||1||7||5||1|
|4/26/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-9||L||187||8 un||O||5||10||1||13||7||0|
|4/27/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-3||W||-105||7 ov||O||11||10||0||8||9||0|
|4/28/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||9-0||W||185||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||3||6||0|
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-10||L||120||8 un||O||5||4||1||13||6||2|
|4/30/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-12||L||135||8 ov||O||14||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/1/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||4||1||7||7||1|
|5/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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).
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Pirates Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Washington (15-15) at Pittsburgh (17-12), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Much like the rest of the Washington Nationals, Gio Gonzalez is ready to move on from a tough April.
The left-hander looks to bounce back from another rough outing while trying to help the Nationals complete a winning road trip with a second straight victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
A 21-game winner with a 2.89 ERA in 2012, Gonzalez (2-2, 5.34 ERA) allowed a run, six hits and walked four in 11 innings to go 1-0 in his first two starts this season. However, he's yielded 18 runs, 20 hits and 14 walks in 21 innings while going 1-2 in the last four.
Gonzalez's early struggles have coincided with the mediocre start by Washington (16-15), the reigning NL East champion with lofty expectations for 2013.
"It's a long season, man. I'm not going to stress it," Gonzalez said.
After he gave up a run in eight innings of an 8-1 win over Cincinnati on April 25, Gonzalez struck out a season-high nine but allowed five runs and walked five in four innings of an 8-1 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday.
Though Washington has won three of four in May after Saturday's 5-4 victory, manager Davey Johnson knows if Gonzalez is to follow suit, he must be more efficient than he was Tuesday.
"When you pitch, you've got to hit your spots, you've got to make good pitches," Johnson told the Nationals' official website. "He just didn't do it. He punched out a lot of guys, but a lot of them were full counts. You waste a lot of pitches on a lot of hitters."
Gonzalez is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts versus Pittsburgh (17-13), but has never pitched at PNC Park.
The Nationals are in position to finish 4-3 on a trip that began with two straight losses to the Braves. Wilson Ramos delivered a game-tying single in the sixth and Tyler Moore had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth to help Washington rally from a 4-2 deficit Saturday.
Hours after Johnson called a team meeting with the hope of igniting a lethargic offense, the Nationals scored more than three runs for the first time in seven games.
"Well, we got a few more guys on base," Johnson said after his team managed six hits and stranded 11 runners. "We didn't get many in - but it's a start."
Johnson's team is batting .174 (8 for 46) with runners in scoring position during that seven-game span.
First baseman Adam LaRoche went 1 for 1 with an RBI and three walks. The ex-Pirate is 4 for 7 with five walks in three games after going 1 for 32 with 13 strikeouts and one walk in his previous 10.
He's batting .348 (8 for 23) against scheduled Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez (2-1, 3.91).
The left-hander hopes to rebound after he gave up seven runs, three homers and four walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-4 loss at Milwaukee on Monday.
"I had bad location. A lot of hitters I started behind in the count," he said. "For the hitter, it's easy when they know what's coming. When you're behind you throw a fastball for a strike and they know a fastball is coming and they hit it."
Despite a 4.50 ERA, Rodriguez is 5-2 in 10 starts against the Nationals.
Starling Marte and Clint Barmes each hit two-run homers but the Pirates' four-game home winning streak ended Saturday.
Batting .328, Marte has hit three of his four home runs in the last four games.
|Last Updated: 5/23/2018 9:57:39 AM EST|