|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|913||WASHINGTON||-105||Ov 6.5,-105||-120||Ov 6.5,-125|
|914||PHILADELPHIA||-105||Un 6.5,-115||+110||Un 6.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-16||+6.2||17-20||4.4||0.262||0.325||3.7||0.233||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||4-2||4.3||0.326||0.369||4.1||0.275||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-56||-11.5||53-48||3.7||0.247||0.299||4.8||0.273||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||3.0||0.202||0.259||5.0||0.267||0.340|
|8/19/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-11||L||-145||9 un||O||6||4||0||9||1||0|
|8/20/2013||HAREN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||4-2||W||-130||9 ev||U||14||12||2||6||6||1|
|8/21/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||11-6||W||-110||9.5 ev||O||11||5||0||14||9||0|
|8/22/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||11||12||3||8||5||1|
|8/23/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||11-10||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||13||8||1||13||6||1|
|8/24/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||7-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||O||9||3||0||9||8||0|
|8/25/2013||HAREN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-6||L||115||8.5 un||O||14||10||0||11||4||0|
|8/30/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-3||L||-195||7.5 ov||U||6||4||0||7||5||0|
|8/31/2013||HAREN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||3-11||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||11||9||0||17||8||0|
|9/1/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||6-5||W||-150||8 ev||O||16||11||1||13||7||0|
|9/2/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|8/20/2013||CLOYD(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-5||L||+100||8.5 un||U||3||5||0||10||6||1|
|8/26/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-1||W||-135||7 un||U||6||7||0||5||3||0|
|8/27/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||0-5||L||115||7.5 un||U||3||3||2||5||6||0|
|8/28/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||6-2||W||-155||7.5 un||O||12||14||0||9||8||3|
|8/29/2013||MARTIN(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||3-11||L||105||7.5 ov||O||7||4||0||11||7||1|
|8/30/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-5||W||125||9.5 ev||O||9||5||0||10||9||0|
|8/31/2013||LEE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||3-4||L||-145||7 un||P||6||8||2||11||11||1|
|9/1/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-7||L||110||9 ev||U||4||7||0||9||7||0|
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (69-67) at Philadelphia (62-75), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Jayson Werth has been on a roll for the past two months, and much of his success has come against his former Philadelphia Phillies.
The slugger, however, might find things more difficult facing red-hot Cole Hamels.
Werth and the visiting Washington Nationals hope to keep picking up ground in the NL wild-card race Monday night when they open a three-game series against Hamels and the Phillies.
Werth belted the go-ahead RBI double in a three-run eighth inning as Washington rallied for a 6-5 victory to salvage the series finale against the Mets on Sunday. The Nationals (69-67), who have won eight of 11, trail Cincinnati by 6 1/2 games for the final wild-card berth.
"There is a lot of baseball left," manager Davey Johnson said. "We just have to keep chugging away one game at a time."
Werth went 2 for 5 with two doubles, leaving him with an NL-leading .374 batting average since July 1. He also tops the league with 13 home runs and ranks second with 44 RBIs during that stretch.
"He's been swinging the bat good," Johnson said. "He's driven."
The right fielder, who played for the Phillies (62-75) from 2007-10 and won a World Series title in 2008, is batting .459 with four homers and 11 RBIs against his old club this season. Only his .480 average versus Milwaukee is better among teams he's faced more than three times this year.
Although Werth homered off Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA) in a 4-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park on July 9, he's just 3 for 18 lifetime in their matchups.
The left-hander has given just about everyone trouble lately, going 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last six starts. He struck out eight and gave up two runs over seven innings in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Mets.
"He's pitched well all year," said interim manager Ryne Sandberg, whose club seeks its seventh win in nine home games after dropping the final two of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Hamels is 14-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 26 career starts versus the Nationals, against whom he is 7-1 with a 3.13 ERA in his last eight home starts.
Scott Hairston is batting .412 with five homers in 34 lifetime at-bats in this matchup, while Adam LaRoche - mired in an 0 for 15 slump - is 10 for 31 with four homers and a double.
Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96) has struggled with a 1-5 record and 4.98 ERA on the road, but he came an out away from a complete-game victory at Wrigley on Aug. 22 before giving up a game-tying two-run homer in a 5-4, 13-inning win. He struck out eight while allowing four runs over 8 2-3 innings.
The right-hander was limited to two scoreless innings Wednesday due to rain in a 4-3 win over Miami. He's 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA while limiting opponents to a .188 batting average over his last five starts.
Strasburg is 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in two starts versus the Phillies this year and pitched a four-hitter Aug. 11 for his first shutout.
Jimmy Rollins is 2 for 16 with six strikeouts versus Strasburg and hitting .172 in his last 16 games against the Nationals.
Washington's Denard Span is batting .407 over a 15-game hitting streak, while Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .380 over his last 12 games.
The Phillies have won five of seven at home between the teams, but the Nationals lead the season series 7-6.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:06:15 PM EST|