|WASHINGTON ( HAREN )|
SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )
|911||WASHINGTON||+100||Ov 7,-125||+115||Ov 7,+110|
|912||SAN DIEGO||-110||Un 7,+105||-125||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-15||-0.1||18-15||3.5||0.232||0.293||3.8||0.248||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-4||3.0||0.204||0.277||2.6||0.226||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-16||-0.7||13-15||3.8||0.243||0.309||4.3||0.258||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||4-3||4.1||0.245||0.300||4.4||0.230||0.313|
|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)||6-2||W||-145||7 un||O||7||4||1||4||6||0|
|5/17/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||6-5||W||-135||7 ev||O||7||3||3||11||12||0|
|5/18/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||-130||6.5 ov||U||4||4||1||7||4||1|
|5/19/2013||HAREN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||DUKE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)|| |
|5/24/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Washington (23-19) at San Diego (18-23), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Bryce Harper is still feeling the effects of running into an outfield wall earlier this week.
The Washington Nationals are hoping he's healthy enough to return to the lineup Sunday, when they attempt to re-establish their success against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Harper ran full-speed into the outfield wall while chasing a fly ball in Monday's 6-2 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A number of injuries forced the 20-year-old superstar to sit out one game while being used a pinch-hitter for the next.
He seemed to be just fine homering on one of his two hits while Washington (23-20) won the first two of this four-game series in San Diego (19-23).
The collision with the wall, however, is still being felt. Knee soreness put Harper back on the bench Saturday, and the Nationals managed just four singles in a 2-1 loss to the Padres.
"Everything else feels pretty good," Harper told the team's official website. "The knee was barking. It's pretty swollen. I'm not going to take a chance on it. I'll get some treatment on it and see if I can go (Sunday)."
Harper leads the Nationals with 11 homers and 22 RBIs, so it may not be surprising they're 1-5 without him.
Getting him back Sunday could provide a spark since he's three of his four hits in four career meetings with the Padres are homers.
Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76) may not mind seeing Harper back after he sat out the right-hander's most recent start after slamming into the wall. Haren could've used some offensive help as he allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 2-0 defeat at Los Angeles.
He had won each of his three previous starts behind a 3.15 ERA.
Haren hasn't benefited much over his last two games at pitcher-friendly Petco Park, losing both as a member of the Los Angeles Angels while surrendering nine runs despite 13 strikeouts in 11 2-3 innings.
Despite Friday's loss, the Nationals have won eight of the past 11 meetings with the Padres, including seven of nine at Petco.
Adam LaRoche also thrives there, hitting .328 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 35 visits. He's 4 for 10 with three homers and six RBIs in this series, while extending his overall hitting streak to 15 games, during which he's batting .392.
San Diego is looking for back-to-back wins over Washington for the first time since a three-game winning streak from May 28-June 9, 2011.
Giving the ball to Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84) could help.
The right-hander tossed a gem May 6, yielding four hits in a career-high 7 1-3 innings of a 5-0 win over Miami. He followed that up by going 7 1-3 innings again Tuesday, giving up two runs - one earned - while not getting a decision in a 3-2 win at Baltimore.
Cashner is becoming a reliable starter after being used almost exclusively out of the bullpen for three-plus seasons. He thinks taking a little off his fastball is helping him with the adjustment and leading to longer outings.
"I think a big thing for me this year is not trying to air it out," he told the team's official website. "I'm not trying to throw 100 mph."
Cashner is 1-0 while yielding two hits with six strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings over five relief appearances versus Washington. He also fanned Harper in their only matchup, while LaRoche is 1 for 2 and the only current National to get a hit off him.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:24:21 AM EST|