|SAN DIEGO ( ERLIN )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|951||SAN DIEGO||+190||Ov 6.5,-115||+170||Ov 6.5,-125|
|952||WASHINGTON||-210||Un 6.5,-105||-180||Un 6.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-11||-1||4-14||2.8||0.223||0.273||3.3||0.233||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||0-5||2.7||0.203||0.260||2.7||0.225||0.276|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||-0.7||4-1||4.8||0.277||0.326||4.5||0.270||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-3||3.0||0.232||0.308||3.7||0.234||0.294|
|4/16/2014||CASHNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-2||W||-130||6.5 un||U||8||5||1||10||8||0|
|4/18/2014||ROSS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||-110||6.5 un||U||5||4||0||5||5||0|
|4/19/2014||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-1||W||+115||7 ov||U||9||5||0||4||2||1|
|4/20/2014||ERLIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-4||L||-110||7 ov||P||7||5||0||3||3||0|
|4/21/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||3-4||L||-105||8 un||U||7||9||1||11||6||2|
|4/22/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||2-1||W||130||8 ev||U||7||6||2||7||11||0|
|4/23/2014||ROSS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||2-5||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||9||4||1|
|4/24/2014||STULTS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||4-3||W||140||7 un||P||8||6||1||16||14||1|
|4/25/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)|| |
|4/28/2014||ROSS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/29/2014||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/11/2014||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-7||L||115||7 ov||O||14||10||0||10||5||1|
|4/12/2014||JORDAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||3-6||L||130||7 ev||O||11||11||3||13||10||1|
|4/13/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||2-10||L||-130||7 un||O||6||5||3||11||8||0|
|4/14/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||9-2||W||-150||7.5 un||O||16||9||0||8||7||1|
|4/15/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||2-11||L||-170||7 ov||O||5||7||2||15||8||1|
|4/16/2014||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||155||6.5 ov||O||7||4||1||7||5||2|
|4/17/2014||JORDAN(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-8||L||+120||6.5 un||O||2||5||3||15||15||0|
|4/18/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-1||W||+100||6.5 un||U||5||3||0||5||6||3|
|4/19/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-4||L||-120||7 un||P||8||9||1||8||5||0|
|4/20/2014||STRASBURG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-2||W||-150||7 un||U||11||17||0||7||5||1|
|4/21/2014||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-4||L||-115||8 un||U||3||8||2||12||10||0|
|4/22/2014||JORDAN(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||2-7||L||-120||8 ov||O||3||4||2||9||4||0|
|4/23/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||11||10||1||8||9||1|
|4/24/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-150||7 un||P||16||14||1||8||6||1|
|4/25/2014||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/26/2014||ROARK(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||JORDAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's almost as if last season didn't end for the San Diego Padres.|
The Padres go into 2014 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers and with one of their starting pitchers already having arm trouble.
There had been a general air of optimism surrounding the Padres, who are coming off seasons of 91, 86 and 86 losses. Their rotation has been bolstered, as well as their player payroll.
Then came word late in spring training that newcomer Josh Johnson, penciled in as the No. 3 starter, is expected to be out four to five weeks after straining his right forearm.
That still leaves a projected rotation of Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults, with a number of pitchers to choose from to replace Johnson.
''I think we have the talent on the mound, through our 12 guys that are going to make our team, to pitch well,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's a health component here like all teams. We've got keep our best players on the field.''
The Padres signed Johnson to an $8 million, one-year contact less than two months after he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances last season with Toronto.
When Johnson returns, the Padres hope he and Ian Kennedy can return to their old form.
Kennedy was acquired from division rival Arizona at the trading deadline. He went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA with San Diego after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. Johnson was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010.
The Padres will be tested right away. They open at home Sunday night against the defending NL West champion Dodgers and their $225 million payroll, led by ace Clayton Kershaw, himself a $215 million man. The Dodgers already sit atop the division after sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in Sydney.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Diego (10-12) at Washington (12-10), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Stephen Strasburg has dealt with lofty expectations since joining the Washington Nationals in 2010, and he's lived up to them for the most part.
His inconsistencies have led to a disappointing start to the season, though, and he'll look to put together back-to-back solid outings for the first time when he takes the mound against the visiting San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Strasburg battled through major arm surgery and went 29-19 with a 2.96 ERA through last season. He's been up and down to start this year, going 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA through five starts.
The right-hander allowed six runs for the second time this season in an 11-2 loss to Miami on April 15, but he bounced back by giving up two runs and striking out nine in six innings before Washington (12-11) rallied for a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Sunday.
Strasburg has yet to put together consecutive solid starts, and that's also been the case against the Padres (11-12). Strasburg lasted four innings in a 6-1 loss the first time he faced them May 15, 2012, then gave up one earned run and three hits in eight innings of a 6-2 victory May 16 the following year.
He beat San Diego 11-7 on July 7 but allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Chase Headley is 4 for 8 with two doubles off Strasburg, while Alexi Amarista is 3 for 5 with a homer.
Headley entered Thursday's series opener hitting .188 with more strikeouts (20) than hits (13), and he flew out before leaving in the second inning of the Padres' 4-3, 12-inning victory because of a strained right calf.
Amarista went 0 for 4 in place of Headley, whose status for this game is uncertain. Outfielder Seth Smith also left in the 11th with a strained right groin.
"This was an interesting one, for sure," manager Bud Black said. "This was one where you really had to be creative as it went along."
Xavier Nady had the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th to help overcome a season high-tying 16 hits from the Nationals, who went 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
Washington has scored three runs or fewer in seven of its last eight.
"If we give ourselves that many opportunities, we're going to score runs," manager Matt Williams said. "It's part of the game. We'll take our chances with that many guys out there every night."
The Nationals are 3-5 on their 11-game homestand, and they'll look to bounce back as Robbie Erlin (1-2, 4.15) takes the mound for San Diego.
Erlin has struggled at times in each of his last two starts, giving up three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Colorado on April 15 before allowing four runs and walking three in six innings of a 4-3 defeat to San Francisco on Sunday.
The left-hander allowed two runs in the first and second innings, but he retired the final 14 batters he faced.
"I'm happy with that, but again, those adjustments should be made earlier on to stop those two runs from scoring," Erlin said. "It's something to improve upon going forward and something to work on."
The 23-year-old opposed Strasburg in his only start against the Nationals in July, getting roughed up for nine runs and six hits - including a grand slam by Ryan Zimmerman and a two-run shot by Anthony Rendon - while walking four over four innings.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:23:31 AM EST|