|WASHINGTON ( DETWILER )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )
|901||WASHINGTON||+150||Ov 7,-125||+155||Ov 7,+105|
|902||PHILADELPHIA||-160||Un 7,+105||-165||Un 7,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-7||+4.3||8-8||4.1||0.236||0.299||3.1||0.216||0.265|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||2-4||3.6||0.222||0.298||4.0||0.251||0.311|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-7||-2.1||6-6||3.7||0.249||0.294||3.7||0.232||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||4.0||0.285||0.325||5.0||0.304||0.348|
|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)||5-4||W||130||11 ev||U||9||6||1||9||6||0|
|6/14/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||1-2||L||125||7.5 un||U||2||5||0||7||11||0|
|6/15/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||7-6||W||-110||7.5 un||O||8||5||0||9||4||3|
|6/16/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||4||5||2|
|6/17/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||12||10||0|
|6/18/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HAREN(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/6/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||5-1||W||140||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||5||9||0|
|6/7/2013||LEE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIGARO(R)||4-5||L||-130||8 un||O||7||5||2||11||10||0|
|6/8/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||3-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||10||6||0||11||8||0|
|6/9/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-9||L||140||8.5 un||O||5||2||1||8||3||0|
|6/11/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||7||6||0||9||6||1|
|6/12/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||12||9||0|
|6/13/2013||LEE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-2||W||-140||7.5 un||U||16||16||0||3||1||2|
|6/14/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-7||W||115||9.5 ov||O||13||8||0||13||7||0|
|6/15/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-10||L||150||10 ov||O||11||8||2||18||12||1|
|6/16/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||2-5||L||105||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/21/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||LANNAN(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/24/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Phillies Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Washington (34-34) at Philadelphia (33-37), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While they own a lackluster record, the Philadelphia Phillies' play at home lately has provided some optimism.
Cliff Lee's lengthy win streak has also been a bright spot.
The left-hander will try to earn a seventh consecutive win while helping the Phillies record their sixth in a row at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night against Washington Nationals.
Philadelphia hasn't been more than one game above .500 this season but would top that if it could sweep a six-game homestand that began Monday. Domonic Brown helped kick off that stay with a game-ending single in 5-4 win over Washington after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 14 chances this season.
Ryan Howard also went 3 for 3 and hit his 300th home run as a first baseman.
"(Papelbon's) been great for us," Brown said. "I told him we're going to fight for him, and we ended up coming up with the win."
Lee (8-2, 2.55 ERA) will try to help the Phillies (34-37) move a step closer to matching its longest win streak at Citizens Bank in 2012, an eight-game run Aug. 30-Sept. 21.
Lee is 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last eight starts, and gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings in his latest outing Thursday, a 3-2 victory in Minnesota.
"I'm going to continue to do what I can to give this team a chance to win when I pitch, and that's really the only thing I can control," he told the team's website.
He was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against the Nationals in 2012.
Washington (34-35) will seek to avoid its first three-game losing streak since dropping a season high-tying four in a row May 18-21.
Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) looks to provide another solid outing. The left-hander, who returned from the disabled list Thursday, has given up three runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season and each of his last four.
In his first game back from a strained back muscle, Detwiler surrendered three runs over five innings in Colorado but did not get a decision in a 5-4 win.
"There's always just a little hesitation there, but I was just trying to go out there and attack it (the strike zone) as much as I could," Detwiler told the team's website. "We got through the first one, now hopefully we can relax and I can get back into the form I was in before."
Detwiler's teammates have supported him with two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. That's a big reason why he has only one win over that stretch, a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on May 10.
Detwiler is 2-4 with a 4.24 ERA in seven career starts against the Phillies but has had vastly different performances in his team's wins and losses versus its NL East rivals. He is 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA in three victories and 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA in five defeats.
The Nationals are hoping to get Denard Span back from a sore right foot Tuesday. He's batting .359 (14 for 39) in nine games against Philadelphia and is 7 for 20 (.350) all-time versus Lee. However, he hasn't faced the left-hander since the 2010 season, when both players were in the AL.
Span's former Minnesota teammate, Ben Revere, is batting .432 (16 for 37) in an eight-game hit streak for Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:46:45 AM EST|