|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )
|907||WASHINGTON||+125||Ov 7.5,+100||+115||Ov 7,-115|
|908||PHILADELPHIA||-135||Un 7.5,-120||-125||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-12||+0.6||10-13||4.0||0.240||0.301||3.4||0.233||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||4-3||5.3||0.278||0.351||4.6||0.282||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||-2||13-7||4.4||0.264||0.310||3.8||0.232||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||5-2||4.9||0.303||0.341||4.9||0.296||0.338|
|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)||8-5||W||-150||8 un||O||10||7||0||10||5||1|
|7/6/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||5-4||W||-215||8.5 ov||O||12||6||0||9||6||0|
|7/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||11-7||W||-230||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||12||11||2|
|7/8/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||2-3||L||-110||9 ov||U||6||5||1||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-4||L||135||8.5 ov||U||7||8||2||8||3||0|
|7/10/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||7-5||W||-115||7 ov||O||10||6||1||9||8||3|
|6/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||175||7.5 un||O||14||7||0||7||4||0|
|6/28/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||16-1||W||140||8 un||O||21||11||1||5||6||1|
|6/29/2013||LEE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||11||11||0||6||5||2|
|6/30/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||1-6||L||100||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||14||8||0|
|7/2/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||3-1||W||140||8.5 ev||U||9||6||1||6||9||2|
|7/3/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-6||L||180||8 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||2|
|7/4/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||6-4||W||120||7.5 un||O||14||9||1||9||4||1|
|7/12/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Washington (46-43) at Philadelphia (44-46), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Though generally thought of as a hitter-friendly location, Citizens Bank Park has played like a pitchers' park for the Philadelphia Phillies recently.
Cliff Lee will look to keep it that way when he opposes a fellow dominant left-hander Wednesday night.
Lee can help the Phillies reach the .500 mark for the first time in more than a month when they face the Washington Nationals.
The Phillies (45-46) have surrendered seven runs while recording three straight wins, all at home. A week after tying a season worst by falling five games under .500, Philadelphia can reach the break-even mark for the first time since June 7 with its sixth win in seven tries.
Philadelphia had allowed 42 runs in the six home contests prior to its winning streak, going 2-4 in that span.
"We've been playing a lot better," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It goes to show you we can win games when we play good. We're kind of growing."
The Phillies have beaten first-place Atlanta and second-place Washington two times apiece in the past six contests. They've won 10 of their last 14 against clubs with winning records.
`The only way to definitely gain ground on teams ahead of you is to beat them," Lee said.
The Phillies and Nationals may be due for another pitchers' duel after combining for 11 runs in the first two games of this series, though Lee (10-2, 2.73 ERA) wasn't at his best his last time out. He gave up four runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-4 victory over the Braves on Friday, allowing that many runs for the first time in 12 starts.
He'll be opposed by Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14), who despite pitching well for an extended stretch has only recently begun to pick up wins.
Gonzalez has posted a 2.11 ERA in his past seven starts and has gone 3-0 in that span, with all of the victories coming in his last three outings.
Gonzalez had received only seven runs of support over six prior starts before the Nationals scored 25 for him during the past three.
He gave up three runs in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-5 win over San Diego on Friday.
"It was just one of those days you have to battle through, but defense came through and offense was as wonderful as it gets," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez has fared well against Philadelphia, going 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five career starts. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in a 6-2 road victory over the Phillies on June 19, throwing seven innings of two-run ball, though he didn't get a decision.
Gonzalez struck out star left fielder Domonic Brown three times in that game.
Lee has had similar success against the Nationals, posting a 2.06 ERA in his last five matchups with them and going 3-1 in the past four. The most recent came June 18, when gave up two runs in eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 4-2 win.
Ian Desmond is 3 for 16 with six strikeouts against Lee, while Ryan Zimmerman is 4 for 21 with five strikeouts in the matchup.
Ben Revere has continued his torrid pace for Philadelphia, recording his eighth multihit performance in 12 games Tuesday night. He's batting .451 with five doubles during that stretch.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:08:11 AM EST|