|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )
|959||WASHINGTON||-145||Ov 6.5,-120||-140||Ov 7,+110|
|960||SAN DIEGO||+135||Un 6.5,+100||+130||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-15||-2.2||16-15||3.4||0.234||0.294||3.9||0.251||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||4-3||3.1||0.227||0.283||3.4||0.266||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-15||-0.9||12-14||3.9||0.247||0.314||4.4||0.262||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||3-4||4.1||0.246||0.306||3.6||0.239||0.313|
|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)||6-2||W||-120||7 ov||O||10||11||1||9||6||2|
|5/14/2013||HAREN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-2||L||180||6.5 ev||U||5||6||0||4||3||0|
|5/15/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-3||L||130||7 un||U||9||9||0||9||8||0|
|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||HAREN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||STULTS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||9||0|
|5/10/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-6||L||165||8 ev||O||5||7||2||8||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SMITH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||130||8 un||O||6||4||1||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||STULTS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||7||0|
|5/14/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-2||W||135||8 ov||U||8||7||1||5||4||0|
|5/15/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||8-4||W||145||9 ov||O||17||11||0||11||10||1|
|5/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/22/2013|| ||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|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).
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Padres Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (21-19) at San Diego (18-21), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Stephen Strasburg hasn't gotten off to the start he'd hoped, though the Washington Nationals haven't exactly been lighting things up for him offensively.
The slumping Nationals will try to provide Strasburg with some rare support Thursday night when he looks to end the longest winless drought of his career against a San Diego Padres team that has been tough to beat at Petco Park.
While its starters have done very well with a 1.82 ERA, Washington (21-19) has lost four of five thanks mainly to an offense that has averaged 2.0 runs and hit .207 with 46 strikeouts in those games.
The Nationals are also 6 for 45 (.133) with runners in scoring position over that span after going hitless in nine chances during a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Adam LaRoche provided their only run over the past 22 innings with a solo homer in the fourth.
"I don't know if they were trying to do too much instead of just hitting the ball and putting it in play," manager Davey Johnson said. "But we'll figure it out. We've got the guys to do it."
It certainly hasn't helped that Bryce Harper has missed two starts since hurting his chin and shoulder slamming into the right-field wall trying to make a catch in Monday's win. Harper, who leads the team in batting average (.300), homers (10) and RBIs (21), appeared as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Wednesday and hopes to return to the lineup for the opener of this four-game series.
The Nationals are searching for any kind of offensive spark to back Strasburg (1-5, 3.10 ERA), having totaled 13 runs of support over his career-worst streak of seven consecutive starts without a win.
Washington's 2.74 run-support-average during the right-hander's starts ranks among the lowest in baseball.
Strasburg has also lost five straight decisions over his last seven outings despite posting a 3.61 ERA with 48 strikeouts over 42 1-3 innings.
The San Diego native yielded four runs and seven hits over four innings in a 6-1 loss to the Padres on May 15, 2012, though he'll make his first career start at Petco Park in front of friends and family.
"It's always good to be in your hometown. Everybody likes to do that," Johnson told the league's official website. "He is doing well, we just haven't scored him many runs. If we score him some runs, then he will be fine."
The Padres (18-21) have been more than fine at Petco Park, winning nine of their last 10 there. They've also won 13 of 19 overall after taking two in a row in Baltimore to wrap up their five-game road trip.
San Diego ranks near the bottom of the majors with a .246 batting average, but was 6 for 17 with runners in scoring position against the Orioles and has hit .286 in those situations over its last 19 games.
"We've been playing well the last three weeks," said manager Bud Black, whose club bounced back after losing three straight at Tampa Bay. "Things have turned in a good way."
Black should feel good about sending scheduled starter Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.15) to the mound. Since dropping three straight starts to open the season, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA over his last five.
Volquez has made three starts against Washington, with his most recent being his best. He struck out seven and allowed one run over seven innings before leaving without a decision in a 2-1 win April 26, 2012.
The Padres have dropped five of six to the Nationals at Petco Park.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:47:43 PM EST|