|WASHINGTON ( HAREN )|
MILWAUKEE ( HAND )
|907||WASHINGTON||-120||Ov 9,-105||-130||Ov 9,+105|
|908||MILWAUKEE||+110||Un 9,-115||+120||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-42||-14.8||40-37||3.6||0.243||0.299||4.2||0.259||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.4||3-4||3.7||0.264||0.300||4.4||0.256||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-39||-1.8||37-37||4.1||0.256||0.307||4.4||0.257||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||3-4||4.0||0.249||0.307||4.0||0.263||0.308|
|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)||1-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||8||6||0|
|7/31/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-11||L||125||7 ov||O||5||8||1||15||8||0|
|8/2/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||4-1||W||-140||8 un||U||12||7||1||5||9||2|
|8/3/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/22/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||3-5||L||-110||8.5 ev||U||4||5||0||6||5||1|
|7/23/2013||HAND(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-6||L||-130||8.5 un||U||4||4||0||15||10||1|
|7/24/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)||3-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||9||9||0||5||4||1|
|7/25/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||8-10||L||-150||8.5 ev||O||13||10||1||16||8||0|
|7/26/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||3-8||L||130||9.5 un||O||8||4||2||9||6||0|
|7/27/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ COLORADO||MCHUGH(R)||7-5||W||115||10 ov||O||12||4||1||8||4||1|
|7/28/2013||HAND(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||5-6||L||165||9.5 ev||O||10||6||0||12||5||1|
|7/29/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-0||W||115||7 ov||U||7||6||1||6||9||1|
|7/30/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-5||W||105||8 ov||O||10||5||1||12||13||0|
|7/30/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-2||W||120||8.5 un||U||6||9||2||7||9||1|
|7/31/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-6||L||125||8 un||U||9||8||2||8||6||0|
|8/5/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/8/2013||HAND(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Brewers Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Washington (52-56) at Milwaukee (46-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
In the midst of what's shaping up to be the worst season of his career, Dan Haren experienced a rare outing consisting of mostly positives the last time he took the mound.
The similarly underachieving Washington Nationals hope there's more where that came from.
Haren will be on the hill as visiting Washington looks to send the Milwaukee Brewers to a third straight defeat Saturday night.
The Nationals signed Haren to a one-year, $13 million deal in December to complete a rotation already featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
Haren (5-11, 5.49 ERA), though, has been a major disappointment for a Washington team that sits below .500 in August despite high expectations after winning the NL East in 2012.
The right-hander had gone 2 1/2 months without a victory before allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win over the Mets last Saturday. The Nationals (53-56) had lost his previous 11 starts, with Haren going 0-8 with a 6.18 ERA in that stretch.
"It's obviously been a long time to have that winning feeling after a game," Haren said. "It definitely feels good. I was finally able to maintain momentum, something I haven't done all year."
Haren hasn't faced Milwaukee since 2009 while with Arizona, but he's 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance versus the Brewers, who were held in check for the second straight game Friday.
After falling to the Cubs 6-1 on Wednesday, Milwaukee (46-63) had only five hits - one being Jonathan Lucroy's homer - in a 4-1 loss to the Nationals. It went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"We made some mistakes again today," manager Ron Roenicke said. "You get behind on these guys and if you go into the ninth inning and you have to score three runs to tie it, it makes it tough. We need to play better."
Washington had scored one run while dropping each of its last two games before Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in two runs Friday. Harper is hitting .340 since the All-Star break.
"That's just Harp," manager Davey Johnson said. "I expect stuff like that out of Harp. He had a good game."
Jayson Werth went 3 for 4 and is hitting .421 with five homers over his last 12, but Adam LaRoche went hitless again and is now 1 for 26 over his last seven. He'll look to bust out of his slump against Brewers starter Donovan Hand, who is coming off his longest outing as a major leaguer.
Hand (0-2, 3.56) has a 3.65 ERA in five starts this season, also making 12 relief appearances. He will be making his third straight start after giving up three runs in six innings of a 6-5 loss at Colorado on Sunday, marking the longest outing for the rookie since pitching as a starter in Double-A in 2009.
"I got to go six (innings), so hopefully we can build on that next time," Hand said.
The right-hander made his third start against Washington on July 4, giving up three runs in five innings of an 8-5 loss. LaRoche and Werth each had RBI singles while Ian Desmond went 3 for 3 off Hand.
Washington has won four of the last five meetings at Miller Park after losing the previous eight.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:34:21 PM EST|