|PHILADELPHIA ( CLOYD )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+187||Ov 7,-125||+185||Ov 8,-110|
|954||WASHINGTON||-205||Un 7,+105||-200||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-59||-12.3||55-51||3.7||0.248||0.301||4.8||0.271||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||4-3||4.4||0.315||0.384||4.6||0.226||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-52||-10.9||56-47||3.9||0.249||0.306||4.1||0.256||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||5-2||5.9||0.287||0.346||2.1||0.213||0.259|
|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||OHLENDORF(R)||1-6||L||155||8 ov||U||8||6||1||11||8||0|
|9/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-4||W||145||6.5 ov||O||13||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/15/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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|
|9/22/2013|| ||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 (68-79) at Washington (78-69), 1:35 p.m. EDT
While trying to add to his NL wins lead, Jordan Zimmermann will also seek to get the Washington Nationals' drive to the playoffs back on track.
Zimmermann will attempt to collect his 18th victory and help Washington's rebound from the end to a season-high win streak in Sunday's series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Nationals (78-70) pulled within 4 1/2 games of Cincinnati for the NL's final wild card berth on Friday after their seventh straight win but couldn't keep that run going Saturday. Washington's rally from a four-run deficit came up short in a 5-4 defeat to Philadelphia.
The loss also ended a five-game home win streak against the Phillies and was the second in the last eight overall meetings.
"We're still fine. We've just got to win the games," manager Davey Johnson said. "Just got to keep winning."
The Nationals are now 5 1/2 games back of the Reds with 14 to play, and Zimmermann (17-8, 3.36 ERA) will try to help cut that deficit while earning a third straight win. He recorded the first of his back-to-back victories Sept. 4 against Philadelphia (69-79).
Zimmermann gave up two runs over seven innings in that game and improved to 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in three matchups this season. He allowed three runs over five innings Tuesday in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets despite admittedly not having his best command.
"As long as the team wins, I don't care how many wins I have," he said. "We want to finish strong. We want to show everyone that we're not going to roll over and quit. We're going to fight until the end. We've got a veteran club that gives 100 percent every day. We're going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."
Denard Span will try to aid the right-hander while extending his career-best 25-game hit streak, which is also the second-longest in the majors this season. Colorado's Michael Cuddyer had a 27-gamer from May 28-June 30.
Span, batting .387 during his streak, is 12 for 29 (.414) in his last seven games against Philadelphia but has never faced Tyler Cloyd (2-4, 4.56).
The Phillies right-hander was tagged for seven runs and nine hits over four innings in his return to the majors Tuesday, an 8-2 loss to San Diego. Cloyd is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his last two starts.
"I was leaving pitches up and made a lot of mistakes," Cloyd said. "My pitches were getting a lot of the plate. ... I got off the game plan and didn't throw enough off-speed pitches."
Cloyd also struggled in his only start against Washington on Sept. 27. He gave up six runs and six hits, including three homers, in a 7-3 loss.
Bryce Harper went 2 for 3 with a solo home run against the right-hander in that game.
Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz, 10 for 20 with 10 RBIs in his last five games, is 1 for 5 versus Zimmermann this season.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:47:39 PM EST|