|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )
|955||WASHINGTON||+105||Ov 7.5,-120||-115||Ov 7.5,+100|
|956||PHILADELPHIA||-115||Un 7.5,+100||+105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-28||-10.5||26-23||3.3||0.232||0.287||4.2||0.259||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||2-5||3.4||0.213||0.279||3.4||0.237||0.293|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-7||-1.1||6-7||3.7||0.253||0.295||3.6||0.228||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-4||4.3||0.297||0.335||4.9||0.290||0.332|
|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)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||6||4||0||9||6||0|
|6/19/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HAREN(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||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||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Washington (34-35) at Philadelphia (34-37), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Though he hasn't earned a win in six weeks, Gio Gonzalez has pitched well of late.
The same can't be said for Kyle Kendrick, who was especially bad the last time he took the mound.
Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals try to avoid a three-game sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies, who try to extend their season-high home winning streak to seven Wednesday night.
Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40 ERA) has a 2.12 ERA in seven starts since May 5 but has gone 0-1, mainly because he's received a measly run support average of 2.31. He's surrendered more than two earned runs in only one game during May and June while holding opposing batters to a .188 average.
The two-time All-Star turned in another impressive display Friday, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings in a 2-1 walkoff loss at Cleveland.
"Everybody talks about (his) breaking ball, but he can beat you with his fastball up, and that's what he did," Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB's official website. "We had trouble from the belt up with his fastball. He's just got so much finish on it, and you have to respect the breaking ball, but he had extra, he has that little finish on his fastball that's really tough to catch up with."
Washington has lost the last four starts made by Gonzalez, who is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA against the Phillies - all four outings came last year. He had eight strikeouts and threw a career-high 127 pitches Friday.
"Gio pitched really well," shortstop Ian Desmond said. "He grinded, and that's what we expect from him, and he did a great job. It's unfortunate the offense couldn't come through for him."
Philadelphia's bats, in contrast, came through for Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) on Friday. The right-hander allowed a career worst-tying seven runs and 10 hits in a season-low 4 1-3 innings, but the Phillies rallied to beat Colorado 8-7.
"I was just up in the zone tonight, really up all night," said Kendrick, 2-3 with a 5.70 ERA over his last six starts. "I couldn't make a pitch, but the offense picked me up."
Kendrick also has had problems against the Nationals (34-36), going 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 18 starts. He was tagged for five runs in as many innings during a 5-2 loss in the nation's capital May 24.
He'll need to be careful against Desmond, who is 10 for 25 with two homers in their matchups. Ryan Zimmerman, though, is 2 for his last 17 against Kendrick and Jayson Werth is 1 for 14.
Cliff Lee had his way with Washington on Tuesday, throwing eight strong innings in a 4-2 victory. Michael Young had three doubles and scored twice for the Phillies (35-37), who have outscored opponents 36-17 during their six-game win streak at Citizens Bank Park.
"If we play fundamental baseball and everyone plays up to their capabilities, we can beat anybody," Lee said.
Ben Revere is hitting .415 with eight runs and three stolen bases during a nine-game hitting streak, and Young is batting .408 over his last 12.
"Looks like his bat is a little quicker," manager Charlie Manuel said of Young. "He expects a lot out of himself and he wants to do more. He's starting to relax."
Losers in 13 of 18 on the road, the Nationals have managed just six runs during a three-game skid. They lost a season-worst four straight April 21-24 and May 18-21.
Washington has dropped seven of nine in Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:58:56 PM EST|