|WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )|
LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )
|909||WASHINGTON||-120||Ov 6.5,-125||-125||Ov 7,+100|
|910||LA DODGERS||+110||Un 6.5,+105||+115||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-14||-2.2||15-14||3.4||0.232||0.291||4.0||0.249||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.4||5-2||4.1||0.239||0.295||3.4||0.252||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-14||-8||16-6||3.8||0.254||0.328||4.8||0.272||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||4-1||3.7||0.288||0.346||4.3||0.255||0.311|
|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)||6-2||W||-110||7 un||O||11||7||1||6||7||0|
|5/10/2013||DETWILER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-3||W||-130||7.5 un||O||9||3||0||10||7||1|
|5/11/2013||STRASBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||2-8||L||-205||7 un||O||6||6||2||12||6||0|
|5/12/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||1-2||L||-170||7.5 un||U||5||8||1||7||6||1|
|5/13/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HAREN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/30/2013||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-2||W||-145||7 un||O||13||9||0||5||5||0|
|5/3/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||-140||6.5 un||U||11||13||1||4||5||1|
|5/4/2013||MAGILL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||9-10||L||135||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||15||13||0|
|5/5/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||8||9||0||9||6||0|
|5/17/2013||RYU(L)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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).
|LA DODGERS: HITTING: The Dodgers were ravaged with injuries in 2010 and finished in the bottom third in the majors in runs (4.00 per game), homers (117) and OPS (.697). None of these poor numbers were the fault of OF MATT KEMP, who finished second in MVP voting with a .324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI and 40 steals. He says he wants a 50-50 season in 2012. 1B JAMES LONEY had the second-most homers (12) of any returning player, and batted .357 with a .608 SLG after August 1. If speedy SS DEE GORDON learns to be more patient at the plate (7 BB in 224 AB), he could score 90 runs from the top of the order. OF ANDRE ETHIER made headlines with a 30-game hit streak, but was once again dominated by lefties (.563 OPS). The team is counting on two veterans to drive in runs. 3B JUAN URIBE has been a walking infirmary lately, but still has 15-HR power, and OF JUAN RIVERA had 46 RBI in 219 AB after coming to the Dodgers. Two guys named Ellis, 2B MARK ELLIS and C A.J. ELLIS, will bat at the bottom of the order. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Dodgers remain one of the better rotations in baseball, placing third in the majors in ERA (3.41) and fourth in opponents' BA (.242). The biggest reason for the success was the NL Cy Young and Triple Crown-winning performance of CLAYTON KERSHAW, who tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and topped all NL pitchers in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248). Fellow southpaw TED LILLY had a down year overall (12-14, 3.97 ERA), but had a fantastic final two months of the season (2.09 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). CHAD BILLINGSLEY notched his fifth straight season of double-digit wins, despite sporting a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. AARON HARANG signed a two-year, $12M deal to join the Dodgers rotation. He won 14 games for the lowly Padres last year and finished with a career-best 3.64 ERA. CHRIS CAPUANO left the Mets for richer pastures (2-yr, $10M) of Los Angeles. Although he pitched well at spacious Citi Field (3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), he was terrible on the road (5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP).
RELIEF PITCHING: Jonathan Broxton is gone, ending any kind of closer controversy the Dodgers may have been trying to avoid. JAVY GUERRA is the closer, and for good reason. He converted 21-of-23 save chances while posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and allowing just two homers in 46.2 innings. If Guerra falters, manager Don Mattingly can afford to have a short leash with KENLEY JANSEN as his set-up man. Jansen led the majors with an insane 16.1 K-per-9 ratio and limited opponents to a .159 BA and .228 slugging percentage. At age 24, his upside is extremely high. MATT GUERRIER is a usually reliable reliever, but he is coming off a subpar 2011 campaign (4.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Dodgers Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (20-16) at Los Angeles (14-21), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals ended their homestand with a defeat in strange fashion. But they'll have the luxury of turning to the dominant Jordan Zimmermann as they try to start off their West Coast swing on the right foot.
Washington begins a 10-game road trip against NL West foes Monday night with the first of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals' five-game winning streak came to a halt Saturday with an 8-2 loss to the Cubs, then has their 2-1 defeat to Chicago Sunday decided bizarrely.
Kurt Suzuki's throw struck the bat of Welington Castillo during Chicago's ninth-inning double-steal attempt, buying enough time for Alfonso Soriano to come around and score the go-ahead run.
"That's the first time I have ever done something like that, let alone saw it," Suzuki said. "It's one of those things where, a freak thing happens like that."
Washington (20-17) was 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position in the back-to-back losses, a 1-for-9 effort Sunday spoiling Gio Gonzalez's seven shutout innings. Bryce Harper returned to the lineup Sunday after missing two straight following surgery on an ingrown toenail, though he was 0 for 2 with two walks. Harper is 4 for 35 (.114) over his last 11 games with one homer and one double during that slump.
Zimmermann (6-1, 1.59 ERA) gets the ball looking to become the majors' first seven-game winner. He's given up just one run, 10 hits and three walks in 24 innings in winning his last three starts.
The right-hander is walking a career-low 1.59 batters per nine innings, though his strikeouts are also at a career-low 6.0 per nine. Zimmermann seems to be sacrificing strikeouts in favor of efficiency - he's getting through innings with an average of just 13.3 pitches.
He didn't win his seventh game last year until July 18, his 19th start.
"This year, more than any other year, he is throwing a lot more breaking balls for strikes," teammate Tyler Clippard told the team's official website. "He is throwing their timing off. On top of that, he is locating."
The Dodgers (15-21) come in on a better note, following an eight-game skid with two home wins in a row over the Marlins.
"Once you've lost eight in a row, it doesn't sound like much to win a series," manager Don Mattingly said. "But it's a start. That's the way it feels."
Matt Kemp had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he's 15 for 46 (.326), and Scott Van Slyke tagged his third career home run two days after being recalled from Triple-A.
Los Angeles will start Josh Beckett (0-4, 5.13 ERA), who is without a victory in his first seven starts of a season for the first time in his 13-year career.
He's 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 16 starts against the Nationals/Expos franchise but only one of those outings has come since 2005. He gave up four runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 7-6 victory on Sept. 19, 2012.
Zimmermann limited the Dodgers to one run over six innings in a 3-1 Washington win in the first half of a doubleheader earlier that day.
The Nationals were 8-8 on the road against the NL West last season but were swept in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have won 17 of 20 in the series at Chavez Ravine since 2006.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:23:54 AM EST|