|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|951||CINCINNATI||+150||Ov 6.5,-110||+165||Ov 6.5,+100|
|952||WASHINGTON||-160||Un 6.5,-110||-175||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-17||-2.4||12-19||3.4||0.240||0.305||3.3||0.223||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||2-5||2.6||0.212||0.270||4.1||0.213||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-14||-1.3||13-14||3.7||0.231||0.296||3.7||0.238||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||3-2||3.7||0.236||0.274||4.0||0.264||0.304|
|5/6/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||3-4||L||115||8.5 un||U||10||10||0||11||13||1|
|5/7/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||3-4||L||145||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||10||9||0|
|5/13/2014||LEAKE(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||4||1|
|5/15/2014||CUETO(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||5-0||W||-140||6.5 un||U||14||10||0||3||2||0|
|5/15/2014||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-6||L||+105||7.5 un||U||3||7||0||9||6||0|
|5/16/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-0||W||125||8 un||U||5||4||1||6||9||0|
|5/17/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||1-12||L||130||7 un||O||3||5||0||13||7||0|
|5/18/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-8||L||130||6.5 un||O||10||10||0||9||5||1|
|5/19/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||SIMON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|5/23/2014||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/24/2014||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/25/2014||LEAKE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|5/5/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-0||W||+100||7 un||U||11||8||0||8||6||0|
|5/6/2014||TREINEN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-8||L||+145||7 un||O||12||10||2||14||6||1|
|5/7/2014||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||3-2||W||-150||6.5 ov||U||8||8||0||7||6||0|
|5/9/2014||FISTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||0-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||3||6||3||12||8||0|
|5/10/2014||ROARK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||3-4||L||155||7 un||P||6||5||2||7||4||1|
|5/11/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-9||L||130||7 ov||O||7||5||0||13||8||0|
|5/12/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||6-5||W||-110||8 un||O||10||5||0||13||6||0|
|5/13/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)||1-3||L||-130||8 un||U||7||5||1||8||5||1|
|5/14/2014||FISTER(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||5-1||W||110||7.5 un||U||6||4||1||6||4||1|
|5/16/2014||ROARK(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||-140||7 ov||P||11||8||1||7||9||1|
|5/17/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||NY METS||COLON(R)||2-5||L||-155||7 un||P||6||4||1||8||6||0|
|5/18/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||6-3||W||-165||6.5 ov||O||7||5||0||8||5||2|
|5/22/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/23/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|5/24/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|5/25/2014||FISTER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|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 (CINCINNATI-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Nationals Preview* ========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Cincinnati (19-22) at Washington (22-20), 7:05 p.m. EDT
When Stephen Strasburg was selected with the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, there wasn't much deliberation necessary for the Washington Nationals to peg him as the draft's top talent.
This season, the gap between Strasburg and fellow 2009 top-10 pick Mike Leake has disappeared. The two will face off Monday night as the Cincinnati Reds open a three-game series at Nationals Park.
While the Reds (19-23) have lost each of Leake's last five starts, it's been little fault of his own. The right-hander has allowed five runs in his last three games and is averaging over seven innings though eight outings.
The last was his best as Leake (2-3, 3.09 ERA) surrendered a run and two hits in eight innings and didn't factor into the decision of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to San Diego.
"We're going to want to win every game that he throws when he gives us seven or eight quality innings like he has," manager Bryan Price told the team's official website. "If he can maintain this type of consistency, you'll look at a spectacular season of well over 200 innings, but giving us a chance to win on a regular basis is what makes me happy. The tide will turn."
He hasn't been nearly as strong against the Nationals (23-20) in six starts since 2011, going 1-3 with a 7.42 ERA. Jayson Werth is 7 for 17 against him while Wilson Ramos is 4 for 12 with two home runs.
With Gio Gonzalez now on the disabled list, the Nationals could use a strong effort from Strasburg (3-3, 3.48), who has overcome a slow start to go 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last five outings. The loss came in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat in Arizona as the right-hander gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
He is 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts against the Reds.
It's unlikely Strasburg will have to deal with Joey Votto, who remains out with a strained left quadriceps. Price wasn't sure if his first baseman would be joining the team in Washington, and a disabled-list stint remains a possibility.
Without him for the third straight game Sunday, the Reds lost 8-3 in Philadelphia. Catcher Devin Mesoraco went 4 for 4 in his second game back from the disabled list to boost his average to .500, but the Reds lost for the third time in four games.
Cincinnati has totaled eight runs while batting .164 in its last four, and went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position on Sunday.
"I was very, very optimistic going into today's game that we were going to do some really good things offensively," Price said. "We got some things started but we weren't able to finish."
Cincinnati has dropped seven of eight games on the road, and is 3-8 at Nationals Park since the start of 2011.
Washington's Ian Desmond went 2 for 4 and homered in the second straight game in Sunday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets. The shortstop is hitting .346 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the last seven games, and batting .354 on an 11-game hitting streak against Cincinnati.
Ramos is also showing signs of coming around. In his eighth game back from hand surgery, the catcher went 2 for 3 with four RBIs after entering with a .154 average.
"His heart rate doesn't increase," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "That's key for anybody in the middle of the lineup driving in runs. ... It's no different at-bat just because there are guys out there."
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:26:19 PM EST|