|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )
|927||WASHINGTON||+125||Ov 7.5,-105||+115||Ov 7.5,-105|
|928||DETROIT||-135||Un 7.5,-115||-125||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-40||-12.8||39-36||3.7||0.244||0.300||4.1||0.257||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||3-4||4.6||0.260||0.293||4.3||0.247||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-32||-0.4||40-35||5.1||0.283||0.344||3.7||0.240||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||4-2||6.7||0.281||0.353||2.7||0.214||0.261|
|7/19/2013||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||2-3||L||-155||7.5 ov||U||9||6||0||8||5||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-3||L||-135||7.5 un||U||10||12||1||11||12||0|
|7/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-9||L||+105||7 un||O||4||4||0||15||10||1|
|7/26/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)||0-11||L||-250||8 ov||O||8||7||0||13||5||0|
|7/26/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-1||W||+115||7 ov||U||6||3||1||8||10||1|
|7/27/2013||HAREN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||4-1||W||-135||8 ov||U||6||2||1||4||4||0|
|7/28/2013||JORDAN(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||14-1||W||-160||8 un||O||18||4||0||8||11||2|
|7/30/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|7/19/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||0-1||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||2||2||1||5||8||0|
|7/20/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-6||L||-180||8.5 ov||O||13||11||2||9||7||0|
|7/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-1||W||-110||8 ev||U||11||5||1||7||7||0|
|7/22/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-3||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||10||8||0||5||1||3|
|7/23/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||8||6||0||5||6||4|
|7/24/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||6-2||W||-135||8 un||P||11||6||1||11||10||1|
|7/25/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-7||L||-140||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||12||5||1|
|8/2/2013||FISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|8/5/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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).
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Tigers Preview* ==========================
Washington (52-54) at Detroit (59-45), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Stephen Strasburg made a huge impression in his first appearance in a big-league uniform in spring training three years ago by striking out Miguel Cabrera.
Those two will finally meet when it counts Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals starter has never faced Cabrera or the Detroit Tigers in the regular season heading into the opener of this two-game set at Comerica Park.
Strasburg's spring debut with the Nationals on March 9, 2010 against Detroit drew plenty of attention. He yielded two hits in two scoreless innings, striking out Cabrera with a high-90s fastball and drawing praise from the Tigers slugger and Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
Strasburg (5-8, 2.85 ERA) will pitch to the reigning AL MVP for the first time in interleague play. He is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in eight career outings against the AL.
Both Strasburg and Cabrera endured frustrating efforts in their last games.
The Nationals right-hander was charged with last Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh despite yielding one run and two hits in eight innings with a season-high 12 strikeouts. Afterward, he emphatically stated that the defending NL East champions needed to start turning their season around.
Washington (52-54) has responded with a 4-1 stretch, winning 14-1 over the New York Mets on Sunday.
"This is definitely what we envisioned coming out of spring training," outfielder Denard Span said. "Being able to score runs like this and put a lot of pressure on the other teams' (pitching)."
Cabrera, meanwhile, was ejected by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing a strike call in the third inning of Sunday's 12-4 win over Philadelphia. Leyland was also tossed.
"I said the call was horrible and he threw me out," Cabrera said. "I think it's not time to blame anybody - to blame the umpires, to blame somebody else. You want to compete and you want to do something special and try to win games. I'm kind of upset at how he threw me out, but that happens."
Detroit (59-45) outscored the Phillies 24-5 in a three-game sweep to improve to 6-2 against the NL East, but both defeats came at Washington on May 8 and 9.
The Tigers have won seven straight and 12 of 14 at home versus the NL East.
The Nationals' five-game surge following a season-high six-game losing streak has coincided with Ryan Zimmerman going 10 for 21. He was 3 for 4 to lead a season-high 18-hit attack Sunday.
"I think we all know what this group is capable of and what kind of people we have in here," he said. "That's one of the biggest strengths of this team is not worrying about things that happen, good or bad."
Washington looks to defeat Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 2.68) for the second time after he allowed three runs over six innings in a 3-1 loss May 8.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.19 ERA in seven home starts.
While Zimmerman is a .222 hitter against Sanchez, Jayson Werth - who missed the first series between these clubs with a strained right hamstring - is worse at 5 for 30 with 19 strikeouts. No player has fanned more versus Sanchez.
The Tigers bolstered their bullpen Monday by acquiring right-hander Jose Veras from Houston for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:47:26 AM EST|