|WASHINGTON ( HAREN )|
MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )
|905||WASHINGTON||+120||Ov 6.5,-110||+120||Ov 6.5,+100|
|906||MIAMI||-130||Un 6.5,-110||-130||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-51||-16.9||50-45||3.8||0.246||0.304||4.2||0.259||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||4-3||4.9||0.283||0.351||4.3||0.265||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-60||-14.9||39-46||3.5||0.234||0.288||4.3||0.254||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||3-1||4.1||0.247||0.319||4.3||0.262||0.352|
|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)||2-3||L||-125||7 un||U||5||6||1||4||5||1|
|9/3/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)||9-6||W||-165||8.5 un||O||11||13||3||8||6||1|
|9/4/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||3-2||W||-145||8 un||U||6||11||0||9||6||0|
|9/6/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|9/9/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||HAREN(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|9/12/2013|| ||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/25/2013||TURNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-4||L||-105||7 ev||P||5||11||2||7||4||1|
|8/27/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-2||L||150||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/28/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-4||L||210||7 un||P||10||9||1||10||10||1|
|8/29/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-9||L||187||7.5 un||O||4||7||0||12||3||0|
|8/30/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-2||L||130||6.5 un||U||5||7||0||5||6||0|
|8/31/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||195||7 ev||O||7||6||3||11||15||1|
|9/1/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||7-0||W||195||7 un||P||13||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/2/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||125||7 ov||P||9||6||1||8||5||0|
|9/3/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-2||W||130||8 un||P||12||10||0||4||6||1|
|9/4/2013||FLYNN(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-9||L||135||8 un||O||11||8||1||11||8||1|
|9/13/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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 JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Washington (71-68) at Miami (52-86), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Jose Fernandez likely only has two more chances to further his case for NL Rookie of the Year.
The Washington Nationals surely wish one of them didn't have to be against them.
Arguably the majors' top pitcher over the past two months, Fernandez could get in the way of Washington's last-ditch run at a playoff spot Friday night while inching closer to his innings limit with the Miami Marlins.
The Nationals (71-68) head to Miami facing a big uphill climb if they're to catch Cincinnati for the NL's second wild-card spot, but there are no teams in front of them.
"We don't think we're out of it yet," said manager Davey Johnson, whose club has baseball's third-best record over the past four weeks at 17-8.
A three-game set against a Marlins team with a major league-worst 9-21 record since Aug. 3 seems to play in Johnson's favor, but winning the opener won't be easy.
Fernandez (10-6, 2.33 ERA) has a major league-low 1.58 ERA since the start of July, striking out 89 in 74 innings. He yielded six runs in six starts during August, winning NL rookie of the month for the second straight time as he held opponents to a .158 average - best in baseball.
However, the 21-year-old right-hander is at 158 2-3 innings, and the Marlins recently reiterated that his limit is 170.
"It was kind of the unknown at the beginning of the season, how he would do and how he would perform," manager Mike Redmond told the team's official website. "We were looking at ways to protect him, based on how many innings he had gone before. That's the number we came up with."
Redmond pushed Fernandez's scheduled start from Wednesday to this game so his final two outings would come at home, where he's 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA. The Marlins have won his last nine starts in Miami.
One of those victories was his only outing against the Nationals, going six innings as he surrendered one run and four hits - all singles - in a 2-1, 10-inning win July 13.
Dan Haren (8-12, 5.02) threw six scoreless innings that day and will oppose Fernandez again Friday. Haren had been pitching well of late, going 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his previous six starts, before getting ripped for seven runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings of Saturday's 11-3 loss to the Mets.
"It just wasn't my night," said Haren, 1-4 in seven career starts against the Marlins despite a 2.98 ERA.
Miami (52-86) remains the worst offensive team in baseball but is hitting .306 in four games this month while averaging 6.0 runs.
While Christian Yelich is hitting .438 with two homers in his past eight games, Adeiny Hechavarria has four multihit efforts in his last seven and hit a grand slam in Wednesday's 9-7 loss to the Cubs.
Washington's Denard Span enters with a 17-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in baseball. Batting .406 during that run, Span has hit safely in all but one of 10 games versus Miami this year - the one Fernandez started.
The Nationals lead the season series 9-3 as Ian Desmond has hit .396 and Bryce Harper .372 with three homers. Harper should return after sitting out Wednesday's 3-2 win in Philadelphia due to an ailing hip.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 3:18:08 PM EST|