|WASHINGTON ( DUKE )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )
|961||WASHINGTON||+110||Ov 8,-105||+130||Ov 8,+100|
|962||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Un 8,-115||-140||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-16||-1.2||19-15||3.6||0.234||0.293||4.1||0.253||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||4-3||3.4||0.221||0.285||4.1||0.255||0.304|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-5||+2.4||7-5||5.0||0.280||0.313||3.5||0.239||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||5-2||4.7||0.290||0.343||7.6||0.315||0.376|
|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)||4-13||L||125||7 un||O||10||7||2||15||9||0|
|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||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|5/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-10||L||125||9 un||O||10||7||2||18||9||0|
|5/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)||3-11||L||-115||10 un||O||10||9||2||11||8||1|
|5/16/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-6||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||12||4||1||8||4||0|
|5/17/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-10||L||-115||9.5 un||O||15||9||4||11||7||1|
|5/18/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||2-10||L||-110||11 un||O||10||10||3||14||7||0|
|5/19/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||0-5||L||125||10.5 un||U||5||6||1||14||12||2|
|5/27/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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 FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Giants Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Washington (23-20) at San Francisco (24-19), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The San Francisco Giants' slump is largely due to the struggles of their starting pitchers, and Ryan Vogelsong may need to turn things around quickly before he loses his spot in the rotation.
He'll face a Washington Nationals team that has struggled offensively of late in the opener of a three-game series Monday night in San Francisco.
The Giants (24-20) lost five of six on their road trip with the starters posting a 9.82 ERA while allowing at least five runs in each contest. The club wasn't much better at the plate in a 5-0 loss to Colorado on Sunday.
Manager Bruce Bochy, though, isn't concerned about his currently ineffective rotation.
"It's a temporary thing. You don't have the success we've had and not be good, these pitchers," Bochy said. "It's a great starting rotation. They've done some remarkable things for us, but at the same time it's a new year and we've got to make some adjustments."
Vogelsong (1-4, 8.06 ERA) may not be getting more votes of confidence from Bochy if he can't bust out of his funk. He's winless in his last six starts and 0-3 with an 11.81 ERA over his last four.
The right-hander gave up a career worst-tying eight runs - though only three earned - in two innings of an 11-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Vogelsong has pitched fewer than five innings in each of his last three outings.
"Things have got to turn in my favor here eventually," Vogelsong said.
There had been speculation Bochy would bypass him in the rotation, but Vogelsong still is scheduled to go Monday.
"He's fighting, I'll say that," Bochy said. "I know he's taking it hard. He'll get on track."
Vogelsong's only start versus Washington didn't go very well, as he allowed eight runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 14-2 defeat Aug. 13.
He'll face a Nationals team that's lost six of nine after falling 13-4 to San Diego on Sunday. Washington has scored two or fewer runs five times and is batting .211 during that stretch.
"The lineup is not swinging the bats very good," manager Davey Johnson said. "I like the way the pitching has been. Sometimes, it just takes time to jell."
Johnson will hand the ball to Zach Duke on Monday to give him some extra work as he makes his first start since July 10, 2011, with Pittsburgh.
Duke (0-0, 8.40) has struggled in his last two appearances. He gave up three runs in three innings of an 8-1 loss to Atlanta on April 30 before allowing four runs in two-thirds of inning as Washington fell 8-2 to the Chicago Cubs on May 11.
"I haven't able to give him the kind of work to keep him sharp," Johnson told the team's official website. "This will help him get back to where he needs to be. It kills two birds with one stone."
The left-hander, 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three career starts in San Francisco, will be taking the place of Ross Detwiler, who suffered a lower back injury Wednesday.
Duke likely will be facing the hot-hitting duo of Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey after Bochy gave both players the day off Sunday. Scutaro is batting .486 during a 17-game hitting streak while Posey has batted .340 with 12 RBIs in his last 15.
"He's been on a great run here," Bochy said of Scutaro. "Sometimes, you've got to give him a break."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 6:26:17 AM EST|