|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )
|907||WASHINGTON||-110||Ov 6.5,-110||-125||Ov 6.5,-115|
|908||SAN FRANCISCO||+100||Un 6.5,-110||+115||Un 6.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-23||-5.2||20-22||4.0||0.237||0.301||3.4||0.235||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||2-5||4.9||0.252||0.315||1.7||0.188||0.215|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-13||+13.4||22-16||4.7||0.255||0.313||3.4||0.223||0.278|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-2||5.0||0.276||0.333||3.0||0.199||0.246|
|6/6/2014||ROARK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||6-0||W||110||6.5 ov||U||6||5||2||3||5||1|
|6/7/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||3-4||L||120||6.5 un||O||7||5||0||10||6||0|
|6/8/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||6-0||W||-120||7 ov||U||13||9||0||2||2||0|
|6/9/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|6/10/2014||FISTER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/11/2014||ROARK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/12/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||FISTER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/26/2014||PETIT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-8||L||-125||7 un||O||6||4||2||13||6||1|
|5/27/2014||HUDSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-0||W||-170||6.5 ov||U||9||6||0||6||6||0|
|5/28/2014||LINCECUM(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||7||2||2||9||1|
|5/29/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||6-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||8||3||1||9||6||1|
|5/30/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||9-4||W||140||6.5 un||O||12||6||1||5||4||0|
|5/31/2014||PETIT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||0-2||L||175||7.5 un||U||3||4||0||4||5||0|
|6/1/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||8-0||W||100||7.5 un||O||14||12||0||4||7||1|
|6/3/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||3-8||L||120||7.5 un||O||5||4||4||8||5||0|
|6/4/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-2||W||105||8 un||U||7||7||3||7||6||0|
|6/5/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||6-1||W||-120||7 un||P||11||8||0||3||2||0|
|6/6/2014||CAIN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||4-2||W||-155||7 un||U||8||6||0||4||0||0|
|6/7/2014||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||5-4||W||-155||6.5 ov||O||11||11||1||10||12||2|
|6/8/2014||LINCECUM(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||6-4||W||-120||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||9||5||1|
|6/13/2014||LINCECUM(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|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.''
|SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From every slot in a talented, experienced rotation to the back end of the bullpen and in between, to the starting fielders and the role players on the bench, it's hard to find a member of the San Francisco Giants pleased with his 2013 season.|
A year after winning the World Series, the Giants finished 10 games under .500, third in the NL West and they missed the playoffs.
''We don't even have to have the conversation, a lot of the guys know it,'' right-hander Matt Cain said. ''We didn't pitch the way that we wanted to.''
As the Giants begin a new year, they will try to keep up with the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and regain the grip they had on the NL West when the club won World Series championships in 2010 and `12 - even if everybody expects the Dodgers to be the team to beat.
''You do try to reflect back and try to learn from what happened last year and how you can get better,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You move forward, that's what we had to do. There are some things we'll talk about in the spring, mistakes that we made last year. Also, hopefully guys come in with an attitude, that they weren't happy with what happened the year before and want to get back on track.''
Buster Posey certainly doesn't want to spend too much time thinking about last season.
''That's probably how everybody feels. There's a bad taste in a lot of guys' mouths,'' Posey said. ''We want to come out and focus on winning ballgames.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Giants Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Washington (31-29) at San Francisco (41-21), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals boast arguably the National League's hottest offense. But continuing their torrid stretch could prove difficult with a visit to the major league-leading San Francisco Giants, though they've given Ryan Vogelsong plenty of problems in the past.
Washington seeks its eighth win in 10 games Monday night in the opener of a four-game set with San Francisco.
During their 25-27 start, the Nationals (32-29) ranked 10th in the NL with 3.9 runs per game. They're averaging 5.9 and slugging .463 while winning seven of nine since, including a 6-0 victory at San Diego on Sunday.
Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game and has nine home runs and 20 RBIs over his last 23 contests after tallying just four homers in his first 37 games. Danny Espinosa, who had three hits, is 10 for 22 over his last six games and 15 for 31 in his last eight against San Francisco with three home runs and seven RBIs.
The Giants (42-21) have won 14 of 17 overall and nine of 10 at home. Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his last four outings and struck out a career-high nine in 6 1-3 innings while yielding two runs in Wednesday's 3-2 win at Cincinnati.
While the right-hander has thrown at least six innings in eight straight starts, he's lasted fewer than four innings in two of his three career starts against Washington while posting an 8.74 ERA.
Ryan Zimmerman is 3 for 6 against him.
Washington's rotation has also been strong of late, posting a 1.27 ERA with starters completing at least seven innings six times in the last nine games. Jordan Zimmermann struck out 12 in a two-hitter Sunday.
Monday's starter Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.10) is 2-0 in three career starts versus San Francisco with a 1.89 ERA.
He's won back-to-back starts for the first time this year while receiving 14 runs of support. The Nationals had backed him with nine runs of support in his previous five outings.
"Guys came up big again tonight," Strasburg told the team's official website after allowing two earned runs and striking out 11 in seven innings of an 8-4 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. "It makes it much easier."
Strasburg is 0-3 in five road starts with a 4.80 ERA.
Gregor Blanco is 3 for 8 against him and came up big in San Francisco's 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday, driving in three runs in place of Angel Pagan, who received a day of rest. It was just the 14th start for Blanco, though he's 14 for his last 31.
"The club is getting contributions from everybody," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Last year, it seemed like your hope is through the heart of the order and then you have to wait for them to come back around."
Pagan is 11 for 27 (.407) over his last seven home contests with eight runs scored. He's also 10 for 30 with seven RBIs in his last seven matchups with Washington.
Washington's Anthony Rendon missed his second straight game Sunday after being hit in the hand Friday but manager Matt Williams said he'll likely play Monday. Rendon is 12 for 29 over his last seven contests with four homers and eight RBIs.
Williams earned four All-Star selections while playing for the Giants from 1987-1996.
San Francisco limited Washington to four runs while taking two of three at home last season.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 5:34:07 AM EST|