|PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+145||Ov 6.5,-110||+140||Ov 6,-105|
|954||WASHINGTON||-155||Un 6.5,-110||-150||Un 6,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-20||-5.4||19-19||3.5||0.245||0.300||4.5||0.263||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||4-3||3.0||0.253||0.294||4.0||0.292||0.349|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-5||+0.4||4-5||3.3||0.216||0.280||3.0||0.216||0.261|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||3-3||2.4||0.224||0.298||5.0||0.275||0.326|
|5/12/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-2||W||115||8.5 un||U||15||9||0||7||7||0|
|5/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||1-5||L||-170||7 ev||U||7||6||2||11||6||0|
|5/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 un||O||15||12||0||10||7||1|
|5/22/2013||LEE(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||3-0||W||-165||6.5 ov||U||12||9||0||3||4||1|
|5/24/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-5||L||170||6.5 ev||O||6||3||1||10||9||1|
|5/25/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||5-3||W||145||7.5 ov||O||6||6||1||11||11||1|
|5/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||LEE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||10||7||0|
|5/22/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||145||6.5 ev||U||8||10||0||5||7||0|
|5/29/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||HAREN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Nationals Preview* ============================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Philadelphia (23-25) at Washington (25-23), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals' extended slump has left them on the verge of being caught for second place in the NL East by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Washington will try to keep that from happening by sending a red-hot Stephen Strasburg to the mound to face the hard-luck Cole Hamels when the Nationals and Phillies close out their series Sunday.
Philadelphia (24-25) bounced back from falling 5-2 in the opener Friday by winning 5-3 on Saturday. Domonic Brown had a home run and an RBI double as the Phillies won for the eighth time in 12 games.
Since Philadelphia's surge started May 11, Washington (25-24) has dropped nine of 14, allowing the Phillies to pull within one game of the Nationals.
"It's a big series, considering the time of year, for sure," Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young said. "I don't think anyone's under any illusions that this is going to decide who wins the division, but we're playing a very good club in their ballpark."
Young and his teammates could face a major challenge against Strasburg (2-5, 2.66 ERA), who's gone 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA in his past three starts. The right-hander pitched seven innings and allowed one run with seven strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday, though he didn't get the decision.
While Strasburg has been dominant of late, he's had no success against the Phillies in his career, going 0-1 with a 6.28 ERA in three starts. He failed to pitch five innings of two of them, most recently giving up a career high-tying six runs in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-0 home loss July 31.
Hamels (1-7, 4.45 ERA) has also been very good recently, giving up two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts, but going 1-5 in that span. He's lost his past four starts.
The left-hander has received nine runs of support in the previous six outings and his 2.87 runs of support per game ranks among the worst in the major leagues.
"You know it's tough on him ... it's got to be," said Brown, batting .400 with seven RBIs in his last five games.
Hamels gave up two runs in six innings with 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 defeat to Miami on Monday.
He might have a good shot to end his losing streak Sunday as he's 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 career starts in Washington. He's also gone 11-3 with a 2.18 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 120 innings in his past 18 overall starts against the Nationals.
Jimmy Rollins, 8 for 24 during a five-game hitting streak, is 1 for 8 with a homer and four strikeouts against Strasburg.
Ryan Howard's home run drought reached 13 games Saturday and he struck out in four consecutive at-bats as his five-game hit streak came to an end.
Lack of offense has been the biggest culprit in Washington's slump, as the Nationals have averaged 2.8 runs during their 5-9 stretch. On Saturday, they collected 11 hits but went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on.
"It's baby steps," shortstop Ian Desmond said. "We haven't been swinging the bats really at all. To put up 11 hits is good. Now the next thing we tackle is hitting with runners in scoring position."
Leadoff man Denard Span has one of the few bright spots, as he went 3 for 5 on Saturday and is batting .345 over his last six games.
Adam LaRoche is 3 for 7 with a homer and three RBIs in the first two games of this series. He's batting .320 with four homers versus Hamels.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:19:58 AM EST|