|ARIZONA ( CAHILL )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|951||ARIZONA||+125||Ov 7,-115||+130||Ov 7.5,+100|
|952||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 7,-105||-140||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-12||+2.1||8-17||3.7||0.254||0.322||3.6||0.248||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0||1-6||3.7||0.240||0.291||3.1||0.194||0.254|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-29||-8.6||27-25||3.3||0.231||0.286||4.1||0.255||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||3-3||3.7||0.242||0.286||3.9||0.254||0.283|
|6/11/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-5||L||120||7 un||O||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|6/12/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-6||W||-105||6.5 un||O||20||14||0||12||7||0|
|6/14/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||115||7 un||U||2||3||1||5||7||1|
|6/15/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||7||3||0|
|6/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||1-4||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||1||6||4||0|
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||4||5||0|
|6/23/2013||DETWILER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-7||L||-130||7.5 ev||O||13||11||0||13||5||2|
|6/28/2013||HAREN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS 5th graf to reflect Gonzalez's lone start vs. Diamondbacks came with A's.)
*Diamondbacks-Nationals Preview* ================================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Arizona (41-34) at Washington (37-38), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Though his win-loss record doesn't show it, Gio Gonzalez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball for the past six weeks.
The Washington Nationals hope to provide enough run support for Gonzalez to earn his first victory in that span as they host the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) has a 2.18 ERA over his last eight starts, though he's 0-1 in that stretch. He allowed two runs and struck out a season-high 11 through seven innings of Wednesday's 6-2, 11-inning win over Philadelphia.
The left-hander, who has pitched at least six innings while giving up two or fewer earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, received only one run of support Wednesday and has a 2.18 run-support average since beating Pittsburgh on May 5.
Gonzalez won his only start versus the Diamondbacks as he allowed one run in seven innings of a 7-2 win July 3, 2011, while pitching for the Oakland Athletics.
This time Gonzalez will oppose former teammate Trevor Cahill, who pitched in Oakland's starting rotation with Gonzalez from 2009-11.
Cahill (3-8, 3.92) also has been a victim of a lack of run support, though he hasn't helped himself much lately, either. He has received only seven runs of support over his last six starts, but he's 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in that stretch.
The right-hander was struck in the right hip by a line drive in the first inning of Wednesday's start versus Miami and left following the inning.
"They just didn't want to risk anything," Cahill said. "It was sore, but I felt like I could have made an adjustment and pitched through it."
Cahill went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA last season in his only two career starts versus the Nationals, who will send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound Wednesday and Stephen Strasburg on Thursday.
"Gonzalez, Strasburg and Zimmermann, they're bringing their 'A' game," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "We'll approach them just like we do every pitcher. We'll study them all the way out there and try to execute against them."
Arizona (41-34) had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, though Gerardo Parra went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting steak to six.
The Diamondbacks are expecting second baseman Aaron Hill to return to the lineup after being on the disabled list since April 14 with a broken hand.
Washington (37-38), though, may not have Jayson Werth after he left Sunday's 7-6 loss to Colorado early because of a left groin pull. He missed Saturday's contest with flu-like symptoms.
"I think I'll be all right. Groins are pretty straight forward," Werth said. "I've had a couple of them in the past, but never missed any time so I'm hoping that will be the case."
Sunday's loss was the Nationals' second straight following a three-game winning streak.
"Lately we've played two or three good games in a row and then gone right back to where we were," said Ryan Zimmerman, who drove in a run for the third straight game. "Long way to go still. Just got to keep taking the positives and go with that."
Zimmerman has six homers and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games versus Arizona.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:32:35 PM EST|