|903||ATLANTA||-110||Ov 7.5,-110||+100||Ov 7.5,+115|
|904||WASHINGTON||+100||Un 7.5,-110||-110||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-45||+4.9||51-50||4.4||0.252||0.319||3.4||0.248||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.4||1-5||3.1||0.215||0.303||2.9||0.242||0.281|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-18||+3.4||18-21||4.4||0.260||0.324||3.7||0.235||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||5-2||6.6||0.311||0.357||1.9||0.224||0.270|
|9/2/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||13-5||W||-220||8.5 ev||O||17||10||1||10||8||1|
|9/3/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||3-1||W||-230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||8||8||0|
|9/4/2013||LOE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-5||L||-135||8 ov||U||7||7||0||12||11||1|
|9/6/2013||MINOR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||1-2||L||-115||7 un||U||3||3||0||4||2||0|
|9/7/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||5-6||L||-160||8 un||O||7||4||0||15||12||0|
|9/8/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-3||L||110||7 un||U||2||1||1||8||7||0|
|9/9/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||5-2||W||-165||7 ov||P||5||3||1||8||7||0|
|9/10/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||4-3||W||-165||7.5 un||U||9||10||1||6||7||1|
|9/11/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-5||L||100||6.5 un||O||7||8||1||13||8||0|
|9/12/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FLYNN(L)||6-1||W||-140||8 ov||U||9||8||0||7||6||0|
|9/13/2013||HALE(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-4||L||-140||8 un||U||5||2||0||10||8||0|
|9/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||2-1||W||-195||7.5 un||U||9||11||0||5||7||0|
|9/15/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||0-4||L||-200||8 un||U||4||6||1||9||7||1|
|9/16/2013||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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|
|9/23/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|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 (ATLANTA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Atlanta (89-59) at Washington (78-70), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals have fought hard to re-insert themselves in the wild card race.
Staying there may well depend on whether they can beat the Atlanta Braves, whom they host for a three-game series starting Monday.
Even while going a major-league best 25-10 since Aug. 9, the Nationals dropped two of three to the Braves at Turner Field from Aug. 16-18 - one of only two series they dropped during that span.
Atlanta has won seven of the last eight between the teams and 12 of 16 overall this season. The Nationals are batting .205 and averaging 2.3 runs versus Braves pitchers.
Against everyone else, the Nationals (79-70) have bashed the ball.
They are batting .318 with 20 home runs while winning eight of their last nine. On Sunday, they tied a season high with 18 hits in beating Philadelphia 11-2 for their fourth straight series win.
Wilson Ramos hit his fifth home run in eight games and finished 4 for 4.
"He's been hitting the heck out of the ball, catching good, throwing people out. He's hard to take out of the lineup," manager Davey Johnson said. "We've missed him for two years, so we're going to ride him."
Ramos, who tore the ACL in his right knee last year and hindered this season by a bothersome left hamstring, has started a major-league best 23 straight games behind the plate.
"That was very important for me," said Ramos, who has 49 RBIs in 54 games off the disabled list. "That's a good test for my knee, for myself, to show everybody that I can play every day."
He is batting .182 against Atlanta this season, but the one Atlanta pitcher Ramos has hit well is Mike Minor, against whom he is 6 for 8.
Ramos helped send Minor (13-7, 3.15 ERA) to an early exit when he last faced them, lacing a two-run single in the first as the Nationals chased him in 1 2-3 innings of their 8-7 victory Aug. 17.
Home runs have plagued Minor of late, giving up five in his last three starts. He yielded three Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to Miami in which he allowed five runs and 11 hits over six innings overall.
The Nationals' surge over the past month-plus began Aug. 9 with a win by Dan Haren (9-13, 5.02), who avoided losing a third straight start Wednesday by limiting the New York Mets to one hit while striking out eight in six innings of a 3-0 victory.
After allowing 19 home runs through his first 15 starts, he has allowed seven in 12 since.
Haren has a win and a save against Atlanta this season, logging eight innings of one-run ball on May 2 in a 3-1 victory before pitching a scoreless 15th to earn his first career save on Aug. 17.
The Braves (89-60) could clinch the NL East with two wins over the Nationals.
"We don't want that," Johnson said. "We need to at least send a message these next three days that we're better than them."
Denard Span, with two hits Sunday, has hit in 26 straight and could tie Michael Cuddyer for the longest streak in the majors this year with a hit Monday.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:38:49 AM EST|