|ARIZONA ( MILEY )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|901||ARIZONA||+140||Ov 7,-125||+140||Ov 7.5,-105|
|902||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 7,+105||-150||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-22||+4.4||24-24||4.6||0.263||0.319||4.3||0.254||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||2-5||4.3||0.257||0.310||3.6||0.213||0.275|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-9||+2||9-9||4.0||0.239||0.301||3.3||0.227||0.272|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||3-3||4.1||0.252||0.302||3.9||0.259||0.285|
|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)||5-7||L||125||7.5 ov||O||14||10||1||11||7||1|
|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||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Nationals Preview* ================================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Arizona (41-34) at Washington (37-38), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Washington's Jordan Zimmermann hasn't lost at Nationals Park in more than 13 months.
He'll look to make it 20 consecutive home starts without a defeat when he takes the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Zimmermann (10-3, 2.26 ERA) is 7-0 with a 0.92 ERA in eight home starts this season, and the Nationals (38-38) have won his last 11 outings in the nation's capital. He hasn't lost at home since falling to Pittsburgh on May 17, 2012.
The right-hander has been particularly sharp in his three home starts this month, yielding three unearned runs and 12 hits over 23 innings. That includes Thursday against Colorado, when he gave up an unearned run and six hits in eight innings in a 5-1 victory.
"It seems like he's been pitching like this all year," catcher Kurt Suzuki told the Nationals' official website. "He's had a couple of hiccups here and there, but this is Jordan."
Zimmermann, who is one win shy of Detroit's Max Scherzer for the most in the majors, has a 3.55 ERA in losing his only two home starts against the Diamondbacks. He'll be facing an Arizona lineup that broke out of its offensive funk late in Tuesday's 7-5 series-opening loss to Washington.
The Diamondbacks (41-35), who lost 4-2 to Cincinnati on Sunday, fell behind 6-0 after five innings Tuesday before scoring in each of the final four frames.
Martin Prado snapped a 3-for-24 skid with two hits - one of six Arizona players to finish with multiple hits. Paul Goldschmidt recorded three hits for the second time in four games, and is 11 for 27 (.407) with four homers and seven RBIs over his last seven contests.
The Nationals are also looking a bit better at the plate. They've scored 13 in their last two after plating 20 in their previous seven.
Adam LaRoche led Washington on Tuesday, going 3 for 4 with a three-run home run, his 11th of the season. He had gone 22 straight games without a homer since hitting two May 28.
Anthony Rendon has four multihit performances in his last five games, going 9 for 22, and is batting .412 in his last eight home games.
The Nationals' offense could be boosted by the potential return of Ryan Zimmerman, who got an extra day of rest Tuesday due to discomfort in his surgically repaired right shoulder, according to manager Davey Johnson. Zimmerman, who pinch-hit in the seventh and popped out, is 3 for 5 with two doubles lifetime against scheduled starter Wade Miley (4-6, 4.70).
Miley has fared better on the road this season, posting a 3.96 ERA away from home. While he has 17 walks in 24 1-3 innings at Chase Field, the left-hander has issued 14 base on balls over 63 2-3 innings on the road.
His lack of control at home was evident Friday against Cincinnati, when he walked four and gave up three runs in 4 2-3 innings. He did not get a decision in an 11-5 win.
Miley is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts against the Nationals. He shut Washington out through six innings in his only career start at Nationals Park in 2011.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 12:51:38 AM EST|