|WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|905||WASHINGTON||-135||Ov 7,-120||-135||Ov 7,-110|
|906||NY METS||+125||Un 7,+100||+125||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-52||-14.9||54-45||3.9||0.247||0.306||4.2||0.257||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||5.4||0.247||0.335||3.4||0.218||0.273|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-53||-7.5||45-47||4.0||0.241||0.306||4.2||0.263||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.5||4-3||2.6||0.233||0.291||6.4||0.286||0.373|
|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)||9-0||W||-135||7 un||O||9||6||0||1||3||0|
|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||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||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|| || |
|9/17/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (73-69) at New York (64-77), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals nearly no-hit the New York Mets on Monday, adding to their offensive woes at home.
Things might not be much easier for the Mets on Tuesday night as Washington sends Jordan Zimmermann to the mound looking for his NL-leading 17th victory.
The Nationals (74-69) claimed their 16th victory in 20 tries at Citi Field and their fifth in six games overall on Monday with a 9-0 win. Gonzalez yielded only a seventh-inning single while recording his second career shutout.
It was a continuation of New York's yearlong struggles at home. The Mets' 235 runs at home are the fewest in baseball and their .224 batting average is the lowest. They've tallied 24 runs while losing seven of nine at home, which even includes an 11-3 victory over Philadelphia on Aug. 29.
"Fortunately, we put a ball in play where no one was at so we go home at least knowing we didn't get no-hit," manager Terry Collins said. "Obviously, we feel very fortunate."
New York (64-78) appears to again have its work cut out Tuesday against Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30 ERA), who is tied with Adam Wainwright for the league's most victories.
Since matching a career worst by allowing eight runs in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 19, Zimmermann's posted a 2.82 ERA in three starts - though that includes a 3-2 defeat to the Mets on Aug. 30. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings, falling to 0-3 in four starts versus New York this year despite a 3.29 ERA. He's received a total of two runs of support over 27 1-3 innings in those games.
Washington's offense appears poised to provide better support given its recent play. The Nationals have totaled 24 runs and 36 hits while winning three in a row despite being without Bryce Harper, who likely won't return until Wednesday due to a sore left hip.
"All the tests, the MRI and all that didn't reveal any structural damage," manager Davey Johnson told the team's official website. "There is just some inflammation in there. If you take care of that, he is good to go."
The Nationals opened Monday's game with back-to-back homers from Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman, with Span's extending his hitting streak to 20 games. Span also collected two more singles and is 34 for 83 (.410) during the streak whiles scoring 14 runs.
They'll face Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53), who has foiled Nationals before. He's 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts versus Washington this year, though he has surrendered five homers over 14 2-3 innings in the last two.
The right-hander is riding a 10-start stretch overall in which he's 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA while throwing at least seven innings seven times. He's also gone at least six frames in 13 straight outings.
Washington catcher Wilson Ramos, who also homered Monday, is hitting .427 in 25 career games versus New York with 22 RBIs.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:28:18 PM EST|