|WASHINGTON ( DETWILER )|
COLORADO ( FRANCIS )
|955||WASHINGTON||+125||Ov 10.5,-120||+125||Ov 11,-105|
|956||COLORADO||-135||Un 10.5,+100||-135||Un 11,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-6||+3.2||6-7||3.8||0.233||0.299||2.7||0.201||0.251|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||2-4||3.9||0.278||0.341||4.1||0.238||0.301|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-14||-5.4||13-10||4.7||0.268||0.334||4.9||0.283||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||4-2||6.6||0.322||0.360||5.4||0.270||0.338|
|5/30/2013||HAREN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||0-2||L||125||9.5 un||U||3||3||0||9||5||0|
|5/31/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||3-2||W||-105||7 ov||U||9||5||0||4||4||0|
|6/1/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||1-2||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||5||5||1|
|6/2/2013||KARNS(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||3-6||L||185||8 un||O||5||3||1||9||9||1|
|6/4/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-2||W||-195||7.5 ov||U||7||6||2||4||4||0|
|6/5/2013||HAREN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||1-10||L||-155||7.5 ev||O||10||11||0||15||8||0|
|6/11/2013||HAREN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||3-8||L||145||11 ov||P||8||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/12/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-1||W||175||11 ov||U||8||8||1||3||4||0|
|6/13/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|6/14/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|5/31/2013||GARLAND(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-7||L||+120||8.5 ov||O||10||6||0||12||8||0|
|6/1/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||7-6||W||-135||9 ev||O||14||10||1||11||8||2|
|6/2/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||7-2||W||-170||9.5 ov||U||6||7||1||6||4||1|
|6/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||0-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||4||5||1||9||8||0|
|6/4/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-4||W||150||8.5 un||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|6/5/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ CINCINNATI||VILLARREAL(R)||12-4||W||140||9 ov||O||20||9||0||5||3||0|
|6/6/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-6||L||-140||9.5 ev||O||10||9||3||12||10||1|
|6/7/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||10-9||W||-155||10.5 ov||O||16||8||0||17||10||0|
|6/8/2013||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-115||10.5 ov||U||9||8||1||10||12||3|
|6/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-7||W||-175||11.5 un||O||15||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/12/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-5||L||-185||11 ov||U||3||4||0||8||8||1|
|6/17/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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).
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Rockies Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Washington (31-32) at Colorado (35-30), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals are about to get a boost from the expected return of two key members of their starting rotation.
Ross Detwiler will be the first to come off the disabled list and try to help the Nationals win their first road series in more than a month Thursday against the Colorado Rockies.
With Detwiler (2-4, 2.76 ERA) set to make his first start since straining a back muscle May 15 and star Stephen Strasburg expected back from a lat strain Sunday at Cleveland, Washington (32-32) has reason to feel optimistic.
"It's always tough, but in a long season like this, you kind of have to expect something to go wrong," Detwiler told the Nationals' official website. "We were fortunate enough last year, as a pitching staff, to be healthy all year, but our hitters weren't healthy all year.
"Hopefully we get everything out of the way and in the second half we can just look forward and not have to worry about injuries."
Detwiler, who allowed one run in 3 2-3 innings during a rehab appearance with Class-A Potomac on Saturday, plans to wait to give a fair assessment of his recovery.
"I'll let you know after (Thursday's) game," the left-hander said. "Still a big step (Thursday), so we'll see."
Detwiler's two starts versus the Rockies were both losses at Coors Field, posting an 8.00 ERA.
He'll try to help the Nationals build on a 5-1 victory over Colorado (35-31) on Wednesday and win a series on the road for the first time since taking two of three at Pittsburgh from May 3-5. Ross Ohlendorf threw six strong innings in his Washington debut, and Ian Desmond had three RBIs as the Nationals notched their third win in 12 road games.
Desmond is batting .358 with 11 RBIs during a career-high 14-game hitting streak. He's hit .469 with 12 RBIs in his last eight games versus Colorado, and he's 3 for 8 with a double and a home run against scheduled Rockies starter Jeff Francis (2-4, 6.30).
The left-hander will try to bounce back after he allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in four innings of a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Saturday. It was his first outing since missing almost a month with a left groin strain.
"I don't think I was rusty," said Francis, whose spot in the Rockies rotation appears anything but stable.
"I think any day you think the same way, whether it is April or September."
He is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts versus Washington.
Infielder Jonathan Herrera had two of the three hits Wednesday for the Rockies, who averaged 7.1 runs and 13.1 hits while winning five of the previous seven.
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki went 0 for 4, but he still ranks third in the majors with a .347 batting average.
Teammate Michael Cuddyer is expected to play Thursday after missing five games with a ribcage strain. He's batting .395 with eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:03:57 AM EST|