|WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )
|907||WASHINGTON||-130||Ov 8,+105||-125||Ov 8.5,-105|
|908||CHICAGO CUBS||+120||Un 8,-125||+115||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-47||-17.7||43-42||3.6||0.242||0.299||4.1||0.257||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||4.3||0.279||0.347||3.3||0.225||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-51||-7.7||42-43||4.0||0.240||0.297||4.4||0.243||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.8||2-5||2.3||0.192||0.258||4.4||0.205||0.289|
|8/13/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||4-2||W||-130||6.5 ov||U||9||8||1||10||12||0|
|8/14/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-5||W||-150||7 ev||O||8||4||0||13||9||1|
|8/15/2013||HAREN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||3-4||L||-155||8 ov||U||8||11||2||6||5||1|
|8/16/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||175||7.5 un||U||9||8||3||9||7||0|
|8/17/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||8-7||W||110||6.5 un||O||17||13||0||9||8||0|
|8/18/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-2||L||110||7 un||U||8||11||0||5||4||0|
|8/19/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||HAREN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|8/21/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/22/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/23/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/25/2013||HAREN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||8-9||L||105||8 ov||O||12||8||0||13||3||2|
|8/7/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||5-2||W||155||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||8||9||1|
|8/8/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)||1-12||L||-115||9 un||O||6||11||0||14||6||0|
|8/9/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-0||W||200||8 un||U||5||10||0||7||10||0|
|8/10/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-5||W||185||7.5 ov||O||10||11||0||9||1||0|
|8/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-8||L||155||8 un||O||8||9||1||13||9||2|
|8/16/2013||ARRIETA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-0||W||+115||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||2||5||1|
|8/17/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||0-4||L||+115||8 ev||U||5||7||0||5||5||0|
|8/18/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-6||L||+165||7.5 ev||U||6||7||1||8||8||0|
|8/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/25/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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).
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Cubs Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (60-62) at Chicago (53-69), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Jordan Zimmermann appears to have picked up some momentum after a midseason lull.
That could mean bad news for the Chicago Cubs, who continue to struggle offensively at Wrigley Field.
Zimmermann again looks to re-assume his position as the NL's leader in victories Monday night as the Washington Nationals open a four-game set in Chicago.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts. Zimmermann (14-6, 3.02 ERA) had endured a rough July, going 1-3 with a 7.18 ERA after not posting an ERA higher than 2.78 in any other month this year. His six homers allowed last month were as many as he gave up in May and June combined.
He held San Francisco to a run and six hits over seven innings of a 6-5 victory on Wednesday, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced.
"I had to battle the first four innings," Zimmermann, whose 14 wins were matched Sunday by St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, told the team's official website. "The last three was pretty easy. I kept the ball in the bottom of the zone."
Zimmermann hasn't seen the Cubs (53-70) this year but he was 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in a pair of outings last season.
He'll encounter a Chicago club that has repeatedly failed to produce at home. The Cubs scuffled again in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on Sunday, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
They've been shut out five times in the last eight home games while hitting .197, and their 2.21 runs per game at Wrigley Field since the All-Star break are the majors' fewest at home.
Anthony Rizzo is 2 for 24 over his last seven contests overall while David DeJesus is 4 for 31 in his last nine.
Starlin Castro recorded his first hit in six games Sunday, rejoining the lineup after a costly defensive blunder prompted manager Dale Sveum to pull him from Saturday's contest.
"The way I look at it is obviously he had enough punishment - whether or not punishment is the right word - to be embarrassed," Sveum said. "These kind of things happen from time to time."
Castro is 15 for 38 (.395) in his last nine games versus Washington (60-63), but 3 for 13 off Zimmermann.
Chicago took the final two games in Washington in mid-May after Monday's starter Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29) allowed seven runs and eight hits over five innings in the opener. He had posted a 1.48 ERA in his previous nine games against the Nationals.
Samardzija has issued 16 walks over 28 innings during a five-start winless stretch. Ian Desmond is 8 for 13 off him with three doubles and a homer.
Jayson Werth extended his hitting streak to 10 games Sunday as the Nationals fell 2-1 at Atlanta. Werth, 3 for 13 versus Samardzija, is hitting .487 during his streak with 10 RBIs while Washington had scored at least six runs in five of eight prior to Sunday.
The franchises have split the last 36 meetings in Chicago.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:31:04 AM EST|