|PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )|
WASHINGTON ( OHLENDORF )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+220||Ov 7.5,+100||+225||Ov 7.5,+105|
|954||WASHINGTON||-240||Un 7.5,-120||-250||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-58||-11.3||55-50||3.7||0.248||0.301||4.8||0.270||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-4||4.1||0.293||0.362||3.7||0.179||0.237|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-52||-11.9||56-46||3.9||0.248||0.305||4.1||0.256||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||6-1||5.7||0.274||0.321||2.6||0.211||0.253|
|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|
|9/10/2013||CLOYD(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-8||L||+105||8.5 un||O||7||6||1||13||5||0|
|9/11/2013||LEE(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||8||7||0||5||4||0|
|9/12/2013||HALLADAY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||10-5||W||+105||8 un||O||14||11||2||4||6||0|
|9/13/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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)||6-3||W||-130||7 ev||O||11||3||2||9||7||0|
|9/11/2013||HAREN(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||3-0||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||11||9||0||3||4||0|
|9/12/2013||ROARK(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)||7-2||W||-155||8 ov||O||8||3||0||8||7||0|
|9/20/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Nationals Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (67-78) at Washington (76-69), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals have done their best lately to try to reduce their sizable deficit in the NL wild card race. Having Stephen Strasburg on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies might further that cause.
The right-hander will try to add to his string of incredible performances against Philadelphia on Friday night, his career-high 29th start of the season.
Washington (77-69) earned its season-high sixth consecutive win and completed a four-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 7-2 victory Thursday. Ryan Zimmerman hit the first of the Nationals' four home runs and pushed them within 5 1/2 games of Cincinnati for the NL's final playoff berth.
"We're creeping a little bit," said Denard Span, who extended his career-best hit streak to 23 games with an eighth-inning double. "We're not worrying about them. I'm pretty sure they're not worrying about us. They're just trying to take care of their business, and we're trying to do the same."
Washington will try to get even closer with a fifth straight home win against Philadelphia (68-78) and sixth in seven overall matchups.
Washington would appear to have a good chance at earning that victory behind Strasburg. He's 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA in three starts against the Phillies this season, and has totaled 29 strikeouts and three walks in 23 innings.
Strasburg (7-9, 2.96 ERA) gave up four runs over six innings in his latest outing Sunday in Miami but benefited from generous run support in a 6-4 win, his first since pitching a four-hitter versus Philadelphia on Aug. 11 for his first shutout.
Strasburg, shut down after his 28th start last season, has one of the best home ERAs in the majors at 1.55 and hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings there.
He'll pitch opposite Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51), loser in a career high-tying four consecutive decisions and four straight road starts.
Kendrick is also 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA in his last nine starts but had a solid outing Saturday against Atlanta. He gave up three runs and four hits over six innings while matching a career high with eight strikeouts in that 6-5 victory.
Philadelphia enters this series after earning its five win in six games, 10-5 over San Diego on Thursday. The Phillies top four hitters - Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz - were a combined 9 for 13 with eight RBIs and played a significant role in a six-run first.
"Big offensive night," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The top four guys in the lineup, there was a lot of action up there with some big hits."
Philadelphia will try to keep rolling by ending a 4-17 stretch on the road. The Phillies, however, have lost seven of eight in Washington and were swept in their most recent visit Aug. 9-11
Span went 5 for 14 (.357) in that series and is batting .375 (9 for 24) in his last six matchups with Philadelphia. The outfielder, though, is just 2 for 12 (.167) against Kendrick this season.
Rollins, one homer shy of becoming the 10th player with at least 200 homers and 300 steals, is 2 for 18 (.111) with seven strikeouts lifetime against Strasburg but one of those hits left the park.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 9:30:38 AM EST|