|MIAMI ( HAND )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|953||MIAMI||+165||Ov 7,-105||+182||Ov 7,+100|
|954||WASHINGTON||-175||Un 7,-115||-195||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1.4||1-2||4.0||0.235||0.306||3.3||0.238||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-3||4.6||0.257||0.325||3.6||0.247||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||2.0||0.138||0.138||1.0||0.242||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.7||3-4||4.6||0.253||0.319||2.7||0.210||0.276|
|3/31/2014||FERNANDEZ(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||10-1||W||-140||6.5 un||O||14||7||0||6||5||0|
|4/4/2014||KOEHLER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||8-2||W||-105||7.5 un||O||13||8||0||7||8||0|
|4/5/2014||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-0||W||-150||6.5 un||U||10||10||1||5||8||0|
|4/6/2014||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-4||L||-120||7.5 un||U||5||3||2||7||5||0|
|4/8/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-5||L||180||7 ov||U||4||7||1||8||5||0|
|4/9/2014||HAND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/10/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|4/12/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||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||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|4/12/2014||JORDAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/13/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|4/14/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|MIAMI: MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins' attempts to improve their feeble offense.|
''They should apologize for their regular season lineup,'' John Henry tweeted during spring training.
In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.
Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it's unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.
''We were anemic offensively,'' new general manager Dan Jennings said. ''Just bad. It's unacceptable.''
|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 (MIAMI-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Miami (5-2) at Washington (4-2), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins entered their series with Washington off to a solid offensive start before running into some stingy Nationals pitching.
Though Tanner Roark may not have the household name of some others on the staff, he showed in his first outing he's more than deserving of a spot in the rotation.
Roark takes the mound Wednesday night as Washington seeks its 11th victory in the last 12 home meetings with Miami.
The Marlins (5-3) came into this series averaging 6.0 runs, with Stanton totaling 12 RBIs while driving in at least one in each of his first seven games.
Miami wasn't able to come close to that production in Tuesday's opener against Gio Gonzalez and four relievers, as Stanton had one of his team's four hits in a 5-0 loss. Casey McGehee went 0 for 4 for the second straight game after hitting .450 through the first six.
Anchored by a rotation featuring Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, Washington (5-2) has a 2.25 ERA after finishing in the top six in the NL in that category in each of the last three seasons.
"These guys have some good pitchers, but we got to find a way to score some runs," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We had a couple opportunities. We just didn't get a big hit. But I've said that a lot over the last couple years, too."
Roark will look to shut down the Marlins in this contest after giving up two first-inning runs and striking out five over six innings of Thursday's 8-2 win over the New York Mets. He originally was scheduled to pitch the Nationals' home opener Friday, but Zimmermann came down with an illness and Roark stepped in on three hours' notice.
"I go with the flow. Whatever they tell me to do, I'm here," Roark said. "They want me to pitch whenever, I'll pitch then. This is basically up to them. I just get the ball and throw it."
The right-hander improved to 8-1 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts and five relief appearances in his short career. Roark's first career start came against Miami on Sept. 7, when he allowed four hits over six scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory.
Roark also made two relief appearances last season at home against the Marlins, who have dropped 10 of 11 at Nationals Park.
Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and moved from second base to third Tuesday in place of Ryan Zimmerman, who is dealing with a sore throwing shoulder. Zimmerman said he is making adjustments to his throwing motion to help correct the issue and hopes to be at third for this contest.
Zimmerman has four homers during a six-game hitting streak against Miami, which will send Brad Hand to the mound for his first start of the season.
Jacob Turner originally was scheduled to start this contest, but he strained his shoulder during batting practice Tuesday.
"It's just something that cropped up today," Redmond said.
Hand has allowed one hit and three walks in five innings with one save over two scoreless relief appearances. He is just 1-10 with a 4.88 ERA in 15 career starts, with only three coming since he made 12 as a rookie in 2011.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 8.74 ERA in three career starts against Washington. He's especially struggled against Zimmerman, who is 5 for 6 with four doubles off Hand.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:37:54 PM EST|