|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|913||WASHINGTON||+110||Ov 6.5,-120||+105||Ov 6.5,-105|
|914||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Un 6.5,+100||-115||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-17||-2.2||19-15||3.5||0.230||0.290||4.2||0.259||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||3-3||2.6||0.200||0.259||5.0||0.285||0.339|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-15||-1.5||19-12||4.4||0.265||0.331||5.2||0.266||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||5-1||5.1||0.312||0.356||7.4||0.315||0.372|
|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)||0-8||L||130||8 un||P||3||4||0||17||11||1|
|5/21/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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||CAIN(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (23-22) at San Francisco (25-20), 10:15 p.m. EDT
While their numbers aren't what they've been in the past, Stephen Strasburg and Matt Cain have put their lengthy win droughts behind them.
Strasburg looks to win consecutive starts for the first time and help the Washington Nationals avoid matching a season-high losing streak Tuesday night against a San Francisco Giants team that has won four straight with Cain on the mound.
Despite a rough outing by Zach Duke in an 8-0 loss in the series opener Monday, Washington starters have one of the lowest ERAs in the majors in May at 2.99.
It's been a much different story offensively for the Nationals (23-22), who are averaging 2.7 runs and hitting .201 while losing seven of 10.
They totaled just 13 runs for Strasburg (2-5, 2.83 ERA) during his career-worst streak of seven consecutive starts without a win that finally ended Thursday.
Washington came through with six runs and Strasburg allowed one run and three hits over a career-high eight-plus innings in a 6-2 win at San Diego. The All-Star right-hander had never thrown a pitch in the eighth inning of a big league start until Thursday.
According to Strasburg, he'd been looking forward to "just getting deep in the ballgame, getting used to that, getting into the routine of how you're body's going to feel the next day and learning how to recover and getting ready to doing it again."
It was his first victory since the season opener despite a 2.83 ERA that ranks among the best in the NL. He's yielded just one earned run and eight hits over 13 innings in his last two starts.
Strasburg has given up three runs and seven hits while striking out 15 over 12 innings in winning both his career starts against San Francisco (25-20).
Plagued by his own lack of run support, Cain (3-2, 5.43) failed to win through six starts for the first time in his nine-year career before going 3-0 with a 3.74 ERA over his last three.
The Giants, who had a season-high 17 hits Monday, have totaled 24 runs of support over Cain's last four starts after managing only three in his first five.
The All-Star right-hander has been dominant at home against the Nationals, going 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA and two complete games in five career starts. He also allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-5 loss at Washington on July 5.
Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 against Cain in that contest and may be able to play after going hitless Monday in his return from a two-game absence because of a bruised left knee.
"We'll see how I feel after the game and go from there," said Harper, who leads the Nationals with a .288 batting average and 11 home runs.
Although the Giants snapped a three-game skid Monday, their rotation took a hit when right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a broken throwing hand during an at-bat in the fifth inning. He's scheduled for surgery Tuesday and expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
"We're not talking about Tommy John or anything here," Vogelsong said. "Basically as fast as we can get it to heal so I can start throwing again."
Marco Scutaro is batting .480 during an 18-game hitting streak, though he's hitless in five lifetime at-bats against Strasburg.
Brandon Belt matched a career high with four hits Monday and is batting .412 with three homers since May 9.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:09:46 PM EST|