|SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|955||SAN DIEGO||+140||Ov 7.5,+100||+140||Ov 8,+100|
|956||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 7.5,-120||-150||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-15||+4.5||17-12||4.5||0.262||0.319||4.3||0.260||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||3-4||2.3||0.214||0.268||4.7||0.295||0.363|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-32||-8.1||32-28||3.6||0.238||0.294||4.1||0.256||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||4-3||5.6||0.274||0.341||4.1||0.252||0.303|
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-2||W||+140||6.5 ov||O||8||4||0||8||7||2|
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||2||7||10||0|
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-3||L||-160||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||8||4||0|
|6/28/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||9-2||W||110||7.5 ev||O||15||7||0||9||9||1|
|6/29/2013||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||1-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||5||1||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||2-6||L||-110||7 ov||O||5||6||1||7||4||0|
|7/1/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||3||5||1||6||8||1|
|7/2/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-4||L||195||9.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||7||0|
|7/3/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||180||10 un||U||6||6||0||9||9||0|
|7/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||2-8||L||150||10.5 un||U||7||10||0||18||9||0|
|7/5/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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||JORDAN(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||JORDAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Diego (40-45) at Washington (42-42), 7:05 p.m. EDT
A lineup change and the return of Wilson Ramos may have gotten their offense on the right track, but the Washington Nationals haven't had much trouble scoring lately with Gio Gonzalez on the mound.
The Nationals look to build off their latest effort at the plate for the left-hander Friday night when they host the San Diego Padres, losers of a season-high six straight.
After Washington (43-42) was limited to one run and 13 hits in losses Tuesday and Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson mixed things up Thursday. He moved shortstop Ian Desmond up to second in the batting order and dropped outfielder Jayson Werth down to sixth.
The immediate results were positive as Desmond and Werth went a combined 6 for 7 in an 8-5 victory over Milwaukee to split the four-game home series.
"Yeah, that came out all right," Johnson said. "You know, once in a while I have a great idea."
After missing 44 games because of a strained left hamstring, Ramos went 3 for 4 with a career-high five RBIs and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning.
"He's a statement player," Desmond said of Ramos. "And definitely somebody who's waiting for his turn in the spotlight."
Star Bryce Harper hasn't done as well in his four games back after being sidelined with a knee injury. He's 1 for 15 with a homer and six strikeouts, though he has homered in three of four career games against the Padres (40-46).
The Nationals have been swinging the bats well for Gonzalez (5-3, 3.09 ERA), giving him 17 runs to help him win his last two starts. He had received 13 total runs during an eight-start winless streak prior to those victories.
Gonzalez yielded three hits over seven shutout innings to beat the New York Mets 13-2 on Sunday, leaving him 2-0 with 44 strikeouts and a 1.79 ERA in 40 1-3 innings over his last six outings.
Gonzalez, 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two career starts against the Padres, gave up three runs in 6 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-5 win at San Diego on May 17.
This time, Gonzalez faces a struggling San Diego team that has totaled seven runs while batting .180 during its losing streak. Logan Forsythe, Chase Headley and Pedro Ciriaco are a combined 6 for 62 over that span.
"I think it's looked worse than it has been," Headley said. "We've had some at-bats in situations where we had a chance to drive in runs and the guys hit the ball hard and it just hasn't gone in the hole for us."
Jesus Guzman provided a bright spot with three hits as the Padres dropped to 1-6 on their road trip with an 8-2 loss at Boston on Thursday.
Everth Cabrera, who leads the team with a .305 average, is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday after missing 17 games with an injured left hamstring.
The Padres hope to avoid their longest losing streak since a nine-game skid from Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2011, as they give the ball to Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.31) to open this three-game series.
The right-hander has gone 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA while receiving 13 runs to work with in his last five outings. He allowed two runs over six innings and did not fare in the decision in a 6-2 loss at Miami on Sunday.
Cashner gave up three runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 13-4 win in his only career start against the Nationals on May 19.
The teams split that four-game series in San Diego.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:39:26 AM EST|