|WASHINGTON ( ROARK )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|963||WASHINGTON||-110||Ov 8,-105||-105||Ov 8,-105|
|964||ARIZONA||+100||Un 8,-115||-105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-19||+5.3||21-22||4.4||0.257||0.324||3.8||0.236||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||2-4||3.0||0.186||0.248||3.1||0.252||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-58||-9||55-54||4.3||0.256||0.320||4.6||0.262||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||3-4||3.4||0.224||0.273||5.6||0.269||0.331|
|9/23/2013||ROARK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||150||7 ov||P||7||3||0||11||7||0|
|9/24/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||0-2||L||115||7 ov||U||1||3||0||6||3||1|
|9/25/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||110||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||6||3||0|
|9/27/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||8-4||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||9||5||0||9||6||0|
|9/28/2013||HAREN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||2-0||W||-105||9 un||U||6||7||0||5||7||0|
|9/29/2013||ROARK(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/16/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||-105||9 un||U||2||1||0||4||8||0|
|9/17/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-9||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||8||7||0||12||9||0|
|9/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||14||0||12||5||0|
|9/19/2013||MILEY(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||6-7||L||+100||8.5 un||O||10||8||1||11||7||1|
|9/20/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-9||L||125||9 un||O||9||10||0||13||5||0|
|9/21/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||MCHUGH(R)||7-2||W||-115||9.5 un||U||14||8||1||9||9||0|
|9/22/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||13-9||W||-125||9.5 un||O||19||7||1||19||11||0|
|9/23/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-4||L||100||7 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||0|
|9/24/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-1||W||115||6.5 un||U||7||8||0||6||8||0|
|9/25/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-12||L||-120||6.5 ov||O||6||4||0||14||6||0|
|9/26/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||2-3||L||100||7 un||U||3||2||0||8||11||0|
|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).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Diamondbacks Preview* ================================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (85-75) at Arizona (80-80), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals have already helped Davey Johnson accomplish his pre-retirement goal.
The Arizona Diamondbacks still have work to do to avoid their first losing season in three years.
Both second-place clubs will end their seasons Sunday at Chase Field.
The 70-year-old Johnson, who will be managing for the last time Sunday, recently told his players he wanted to finish at least 300 games above .500 for his career.
To help reach that benchmark, he even planned on starting Gio Gonzalez - who had already been shut down for the year - in Sunday's finale. But Washington (86-75) received seven innings of four-hit ball from Dan Haren against his former team in Saturday's 2-0 win, improving Johnson's all-time managerial record to 1372-1070, guaranteeing a career mark over .500.
"It's wonderful," Johnson said. "The effort was outstanding. I can't even put words on it. Tomorrow I'm going to play the young guys. Some of the other guys, their seasons are finished. They battled hard. I really thanked them a lot for the effort and I know they're in a good place moving forward."
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks (80-81) are one win shy of finishing with the exact same record as last season. They haven't finished below .500 since a 65-97 mark in 2010.
Saturday marked their fourth straight defeat and fifth in six games, a span during which they've totaled 11 runs while hitting .177. Paul Goldschmidt remains one of the few bright spots, singling Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. He is tied with Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez for the NL home run lead after Alvarez hit his 36th on Saturday.
"We just haven't hit," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We scored 11 runs in six games. He (Haren) pitched a good game and we give him credit, but you have to have better opportunities and make the most of your opportunities."
Arizona will try to produce more offense as it sees Washington rookie Tanner Roark (7-1, 1.74 ERA) for the first time. He won his first three big league starts while posting a 0.95 ERA before allowing season highs of four runs and nine hits over five innings in a 4-3 loss Monday at St. Louis. The right-hander surrendered the first homer of his career to Carlos Beltran.
"I didn't have fastball command and I was getting behind hitters," Roark said. "If you do that against a good team, they're going to hit your mistakes."
Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley (10-10, 3.63) was a 3-2 loser at Washington on June 26, allowing three runs - two earned - and seven hits over seven innings. He was 1-1 in his previous two matchups with the Nationals with a 3.48 ERA.
With 195 2-3 innings, Miley will try to reach the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career.
Ryan Zimmerman, 2 for 25 over his last six games, is 4 for 7 off Miley with three doubles and three RBIs.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 11:30:07 AM EST|