|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|957||ATLANTA||+155||Ov 6.5,-110||+140||Ov 6.5,-115|
|958||WASHINGTON||-165||Un 6.5,-110||-150||Un 6.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+2.8||0-4||2.0||0.183||0.231||1.2||0.203||0.266|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2.8||0-4||2.0||0.183||0.231||1.2||0.203||0.266|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+1.2||2-2||5.7||0.295||0.360||3.0||0.183||0.248|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+1.2||2-2||5.7||0.295||0.360||3.0||0.183||0.248|
|3/31/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||0-2||L||-110||8 un||U||5||7||1||8||4||0|
|4/1/2014||WOOD(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||5-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||9||5||1||6||6||0|
|4/2/2014||HARANG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||1-0||W||120||8.5 ev||U||3||4||0||2||3||0|
|4/4/2014||HALE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||8||8||0|
|4/5/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||HARANG(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||SANTANA(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|4/10/2014||HALE(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|3/31/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||9-7||W||-165||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||7||3||0|
|4/2/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||5-1||W||-120||7 un||U||13||8||1||3||4||0|
|4/3/2014||ROARK(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-2||W||-120||7 un||O||13||9||0||7||8||2|
|4/11/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (2-1) at Washington (3-0), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After the Washington Nationals' perfect start under rookie manager Matt Williams was spoiled by the Atlanta Braves, ace Stephen Strasburg will try to help them bounce back Saturday night by giving a better performance than in his season debut.
While he's pitched well in most of the recent matchups, Strasburg hasn't defeated Atlanta since 2012, and there's a chance there might be some bad blood left over from his last meeting with the Braves.
Atlanta (3-1) benefited from an overturned call en route to a 2-1 victory in Friday's home opener for Washington (3-1). Ian Desmond appeared to have a tying inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning, but it was changed to a ground-rule double after a replay review.
Desmond was caught in a rundown later in the inning, and that prevented the Nationals from tying the game until Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Chris Johnson gave the Braves the lead for good with an eighth-inning sac fly.
"These umpires, they're good enough," Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton said. "But sometimes they need a little bit of help."
With a 2.57 ERA over his last six meetings with the Braves, Strasburg would appear to have an opportunity to help the Nationals rebound. The right-hander, though, has one win over that span while receiving just 15 runs of support.
He looked ready to claim a win in Atlanta on Aug. 17 after getting four runs of support in the first two innings. Instead, he was ejected in the second after throwing back-to-back pitches behind Andrelton Simmons' back.
Strasburg also hit Upton with a pitch in the first inning.
Strasburg (0-0, 6.00 ERA) enters this matchup after giving up four runs over six innings in Monday's season opener, a 9-7 win in 10 innings over the New York Mets. He stuck out 10 while yielding five hits, including Andrew Brown's three-run homer in the first.
"Early on Strasburg was up in the zone, and then he found his stride in the third and shut them down the rest of the way," Williams told the team's official website. "His pitch count got up there (102) and we couldn't run him out there for another inning. He gave us a chance to get back in it."
The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran, who was a hard-luck loser in the season opener Monday at Milwaukee. The right-hander, who won 14 games and finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2013, allowed two runs over six innings in a 2-0 defeat.
"For his first start, for his first opening day, I thought he did a terrific job," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Teheran (0-1, 3.00) will try to send the Braves to a fourth straight win on their six-game trip while earning his third in as many starts against Washington. He gave up one run over 12 innings in his previous two matchups after going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first three, all in 2013.
Atlanta has won 18 of the last 24 matchups between the past two NL East champions and nine of the last 11 in Washington.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:06:52 AM EST|