|WASHINGTON ( HAREN )|
MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )
|957||WASHINGTON||+120||Ov 7.5,+100||+115||Ov 7.5,+105|
|958||MIAMI||-130||Un 7.5,-120||-125||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-34||-9.1||35-29||3.7||0.239||0.297||4.2||0.257||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-4||4.1||0.250||0.321||4.3||0.272||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-40||-7.2||32-27||3.6||0.238||0.290||4.5||0.258||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.3||4-2||3.7||0.215||0.283||4.3||0.226||0.316|
|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)||5-1||W||115||7 ov||U||10||8||1||7||7||2|
|7/11/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||1-3||L||-135||8 ev||U||5||5||0||9||7||4|
|7/12/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-8||L||-165||7 un||O||6||10||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/29/2013||TURNER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-1||W||+100||7.5 un||O||9||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+100||7 ov||O||7||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-0||W||-145||7.5 un||U||6||8||1||3||5||1|
|7/2/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-11||L||230||7.5 un||O||11||9||2||16||7||1|
|7/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||6-3||W||185||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||6||0|
|7/4/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-3||W||220||7.5 un||U||10||12||0||7||4||0|
|7/5/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-4||L||155||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||7||4||2|
|7/6/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-5||L||160||8 un||O||6||5||1||8||5||2|
|7/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||155||7 ov||U||9||8||0||6||7||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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).
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Marlins Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Washington (47-45) at Miami (33-57), 7:15 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez was ecstatic after learning he made the NL All-Star team.
While former All-Star Dan Haren can surely relate, he hasn't come close to pitching at that level for the Washington Nationals.
Fernandez takes the mound Saturday night opposite Haren, who tries to snap the longest losing streak of his career.
Despite having never played higher than Class A, Fernandez (5-5, 2.83 ERA) is quickly making a name for himself. The 20-year-old right-hander has struck out 99 in 98 2-3 innings and ranks among the NL leaders in opponent batting average (.194).
"I'm not really thinking about how everything has come," Fernandez, who will be the Marlins' lone representative at Tuesday's All-Star game, told MLB's official website. "It's incredible. It's pretty fun to get a chance, first, to be in the big leagues. And now they trust me to be on the All-Star team. That's something I really can't explain. It's incredible."
Fernandez had gone 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA over a six-start stretch before yielding three runs, four hits and a season-high four walks in six innings Sunday in a 3-2 loss at St. Louis.
"He gave us a chance and that's what he's done really almost every time this year," manager Mike Redmond said.
Fernandez, who is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA over eight home outings, will try to bounce back in his first appearance versus Washington (47-46).
"I feel great, I feel strong," he said. "Nothing to worry about. Five days, go back out there and do what I do."
Haren (4-10, 6.00), meanwhile, is struggling through the worst big league season of his 11-year career. The right-hander, who was an All-Star selection from 2007-09, owns the NL's highest ERA among pitchers with at least 85 innings.
In his first start back since missing two weeks with shoulder inflammation, Haren allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings Monday in a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia. He is 0-7 with a 6.66 ERA in nine outings since May 14, with the Nationals losing each time.
"I felt good but obviously I would've preferred the outcome to be different," he said.
Haren gave up a season high-tying seven runs - three earned - in 4 1-3 innings April 16 in an 8-2 loss at Miami, dropping to 1-4 with a 3.43 ERA in six starts against the Marlins. Placido Polanco is 9 for 25 in their matchups.
NL-worst Miami (34-57) is seeking a season best-tying third straight win after taking Friday's opener 8-3. Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs and Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer as the Marlins tagged Stephen Strasburg for a career-high seven earned runs.
"I don't think anybody anticipated that. Fortunately for us we were able to come out there and have some great at-bats," said Redmond, whose club has won nine straight and 15 of 19 overall when Ozuna drives in at least one run.
The Nationals have gone 2 for 29 with runners in scoring position during a 1-4 stretch. Bryce Harper is 2 for his last 15 and Ryan Zimmerman is 1 for his last 16. That one hit, though, left the yard.
Washington, last in the majors with a .215 average on the road, has dropped eight of 13 in Miami.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:28:20 AM EST|