|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
NY METS ( TORRES )
|955||WASHINGTON||-145||Ov 7.5,+100||-140||Ov 7,+100|
|956||NY METS||+135||Un 7.5,-120||+130||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-52||-15.9||53-45||3.8||0.247||0.305||4.2||0.259||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||5.0||0.275||0.347||4.1||0.261||0.308|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-24||+2||26-17||4.0||0.243||0.308||4.6||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.5||4-3||3.3||0.274||0.324||6.0||0.315||0.386|
|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)||0-7||L||120||6.5 un||O||2||2||1||13||10||0|
|9/7/2013||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||9-2||W||-110||7.5 un||O||16||8||0||8||5||0|
|9/8/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||6-4||W||-180||7 un||O||11||10||1||6||6||0|
|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||ROARK(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|8/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-2||W||182||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||6||4||0|
|8/31/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||11-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||9||0|
|9/1/2013||NIESE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||5-6||L||140||8 ev||O||13||7||0||16||11||1|
|9/2/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||5-13||L||200||8.5 ev||O||10||8||1||17||10||1|
|9/3/2013||TORRES(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||210||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||5||0|
|9/4/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||LOE(R)||5-2||W||125||8 ov||U||12||11||1||7||7||0|
|9/6/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-8||L||155||8 ov||O||7||5||1||10||8||1|
|9/7/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-9||L||155||8 ov||O||8||4||1||11||5||0|
|9/8/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-1||W||225||8.5 ev||U||8||10||0||5||8||0|
|9/14/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|9/14/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|9/15/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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).
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Mets Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Washington (72-69) at New York (63-77), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals know time is running out to make a late run to the wild card.
They'll try to win their third straight game and fifth in six overall Monday when they visit the New York Mets.
The reigning NL East champ, Washington (73-69) gave itself a chance late last month, winning eight of nine before the Mets (64-77) took two of three in the nation's capital. The Nationals won the last two games of their three-game set with Miami, capped with Sunday's 6-4 victory as Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 19 games - the longest active streak in the majors.
"I liked the way our lineup's swinging the bat," manager Davey Johnson told the team's official website. "We just need to continue. We can't afford to have any lapses. We've got to win them all."
Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49 ERA) will try to keep Washington's momentum going against one of his favorite foes as he tries to win a third straight start. He overcame three errors Wednesday against Philadelphia, giving up five runs - one earned - in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-6 victory.
"I was a little uncomfortable the whole game," Gonzalez said. "They were being patient and I wasn't pounding the strike zone. A win doesn't have to be pretty, but just a win."
He was just the opposite versus the Mets on June 30, scattering three hits and two walks in seven shutout innings of a 13-2 rout for his fourth straight win over them. Gonzalez did not get a decision against New York on April 20, allowing five runs and five hits with four walks in four innings of a 7-6 victory.
Gonzalez, who has walked three-plus batters in four straight starts after only doing so once in his prior 10, has gotten 24 runs over his last three starts after receiving nine over his prior six.
Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89 ERA) has been solid in all but one of his five starts for the Mets, getting tagged for eight runs and nine hits in three innings of a 14-1 loss at Washington on July 28. He has yielded only six runs in 24 2-3 innings in his other four starts.
The right-hander had one bad inning cost him Tuesday at Atlanta, where he gave up seventh-inning homers to Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons in a 3-1 defeat.
"That's baseball," Torres said. "Unfortunately, baseball usually comes down to one or two pitches, one or two at-bats, and that's the way it goes."
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who hit a grand slam off Torres in that July victory, is hitting .442 in 24 games lifetime versus the Mets. He went 3 for 5 with a solo homer Sunday. Jayson Werth has gone 13 for 28 in Washington's eight wins over New York but only 3 for 26 with 10 strikeouts in the seven losses.
Eric Young went 2 for 4 and had a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth Sunday to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland. He is 15 for 40 (.375) with nine runs scored in his last 10 games.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 12:01:52 AM EST|