|MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|903||MILWAUKEE||+205||Ov 7,-105||+215||Ov 7.5,+100|
|904||WASHINGTON||-225||Un 7,-115||-235||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-27||-2.8||28-22||4.3||0.260||0.308||4.4||0.254||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||4-2||3.6||0.242||0.271||5.6||0.260||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-30||-5.2||31-26||3.6||0.237||0.293||4.1||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||4-3||6.0||0.279||0.336||3.7||0.249||0.297|
|6/18/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-10||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||3||8||7||0|
|6/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||3-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||10||8||1|
|6/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-7||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||8||8||1||9||7||3|
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||9-3||W||-140||8 ov||O||11||3||0||8||5||1|
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-5||L||-135||8.5 un||O||9||5||2||11||11||0|
|6/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||2-7||L||-110||9 un||P||9||8||2||9||6||0|
|6/28/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||3-10||L||182||8 ov||O||10||9||2||12||6||0|
|6/29/2013||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-2||L||187||7.5 ov||U||7||7||0||6||3||0|
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||1-2||L||130||8 un||U||4||4||0||8||12||2|
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-10||L||175||7 ov||O||11||7||2||13||7||0|
|7/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||TAYLOR(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||HAND(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||GALLARDO(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||PERALTA(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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||DETWILER(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||6-4||W||150||6.5 ov||O||8||3||2||9||9||0|
|6/29/2013||TAYLOR(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||100||8 ov||U||7||7||3||9||10||0|
|6/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||13-2||W||-135||7 ov||O||13||5||0||5||5||0|
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (32-48) at Washington (41-40), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Bryce Harper provided an immediate boost for the Washington Nationals in his return from injury. For an encore, he'll try to help the Nationals give some better support for Stephen Strasburg.
Strasburg, meanwhile, will try to produce another stellar performance in his first matchup with the struggling Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee, Harper homered on the second pitch he saw and sparked Washington to a 10-5 victory in Monday's series opener. Jayson Werth drove in a season-high five runs and NL wins leader Jordan Zimmermann had three hits as the Nationals won for the eighth time in 12 games.
"It's kind of contagious. Everybody knows we've got some work to do," manager Davey Johnson said. "Let's get down to business. Let's get serious."
Strasburg (4-6, 2.41 ERA) will next try to help Washington (42-40) move three games over .500 for the first time since May 18. The right-hander has a 1.47 ERA in his last eight games but has earned just one win in his last four. He's been given just six runs of support in those four starts.
Strasburg allowed two runs over seven innings against Arizona on Thursday but the Nationals lost 3-2 in 11 frames.
"I think it's making me a better pitcher," Strasburg told the team's website. "I think the one thing I learned is that you can't go out there and try to do too much, you can't go out there and pitch to the scoreboard. Once you do that, you're done."
Strasburg will try to take advantage of the Brewers, who are on the verge of their longest losing streak this season.
Milwaukee (32-49) is batting .227 and has been outscored 36-16 during its six consecutive defeats.
With just two wins in his last 10 starts, scheduled starter Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.58) would seem an unlikely catalyst for a Brewers' resurgence. The right-hander, though, had one of the best outings June 21, a 2-0 win over Atlanta, before being hurt by some unearned runs in his most recent outing Thursday.
Only three of the seven runs Peralta gave up in a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs were earned. Milwaukee has committed eight of its 56 errors in the past six games, including two on Monday.
"We're not putting everything together. You're not going to win like that," center fielder Carlos Gomez said. "(If) we're pitching, we're not hitting. When we hit, we're not pitching. It doesn't work like that."
Peralta lost in his only start against the Nationals on Sept. 22. He gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in just 2 2-3 innings in a 10-4 defeat.
Ian Desmond went 2 for 2 against Peralta in that game. Juan Francisco (2 for 8) and Yuniesky Betancourt (0 for 3) are the only Brewers players to have faced Strasburg, and the two have struck out a combined seven times.
Milwaukee, losers in a season-high five straight on the road, last suffered a seventh consecutive overall loss July 26, an 8-2 home defeat to Washington.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:09:38 AM EST|