|WASHINGTON ( FISTER )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|955||WASHINGTON||-120||Ov 7,-125||-130||Ov 7.5,+115|
|956||CHICAGO CUBS||+110||Un 7,+105||+120||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-8||+2||11-5||4.5||0.280||0.336||4.1||0.274||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-5||2.9||0.193||0.252||3.0||0.218||0.280|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-39||-13.2||30-29||3.5||0.223||0.282||4.0||0.242||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||2-4||3.6||0.220||0.256||3.4||0.202||0.276|
|6/12/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||1-7||L||140||7 un||O||7||7||0||13||8||0|
|6/13/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-1||L||110||7 ov||U||2||2||0||3||1||2|
|6/14/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||-130||7 un||U||4||6||0||8||7||0|
|6/15/2014||FISTER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||2-5||L||-105||7.5 ov||U||8||10||0||9||6||0|
|6/23/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||3-0||W||125||8.5 ev||U||7||6||0||3||6||0|
|6/24/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||11||9||1||10||11||0|
|6/25/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||2-9||L||-140||7.5 un||O||2||4||0||13||7||0|
|6/26/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/27/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/12/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||0-4||L||115||7 un||U||7||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/13/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||5||6||0|
|6/14/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||4-7||L||105||8.5 un||O||9||5||1||10||6||0|
|6/15/2014||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||3-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||3||6||0|
|6/16/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||5-4||W||-105||7 un||O||11||9||0||10||12||0|
|6/17/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ MIAMI||DESCLAFANI(R)||5-6||L||-115||7 un||O||9||7||2||9||8||0|
|6/18/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||6-1||W||110||7 un||P||13||7||1||5||6||0|
|6/28/2014|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/28/2014|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/30/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/1/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|7/2/2014||WOOD(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|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.''
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Cubs Preview* ========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Washington (41-35) at Chicago (32-43), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals have played well lately despite managing little offense. Fortunately, they haven't needed much of it when Doug Fister takes the mound.
Fister has an opportunity to win for the seventh time in eight starts Thursday night when the Nationals open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Despite missing the first five weeks of the season due to a strained back muscle, Fister (6-2, 2.65 ERA) is only one win off the team lead and has been everything the Nationals hoped for when they acquired him in the offseason from Detroit.
The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts since struggling in his season debut and has walked six while striking out 34 over 53 1-3 innings during that stretch.
He held an opponent scoreless for the second time in three starts Saturday, tossing five-hit ball over eight innings in a 3-0 victory against Atlanta.
"He controlled the strike zone," manager Matt Williams said of Fister, who allowed two hits in the first inning but just three over his final seven. "He wants to stay in rhythm. He works fast anyway. Just because somebody gets on, he doesn't want to change that."
The Nationals (41-36) have supported Fister with only 10 runs in his last four starts, but that limited offense has become a trend for the NL East leaders. Washington failed for the fourth time to win a season-high fifth straight, falling 9-2 Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Ian Desmond had the only two hits for Washington, which is batting .216 with 16 runs in those five contests.
Offense has been even harder to come by on the road for the Nationals, batting an anemic .167 with 13 runs scored in their last seven away games.
Ryan Zimmerman went 0 for 3 with a walk after his two-run homer in the 16th inning Tuesday lifted Washington to a 4-2 victory. Zimmerman is in a 5-for-29 slump (.172), but he's 7 for 15 with a homer and two doubles in his last three games at Wrigley.
The Cubs (32-44) sunk deeper into the NL Central cellar with their fourth loss in five games, 4-1 to Cincinnati on Wednesday.
"The story for us has been that we're not scoring enough runs for the starting pitchers and for this bullpen," catcher John Baker said. "It's frustrating for us position players."
Starlin Castro was again a bright spot, accounting for two of the team's six hits and the lone RBI. He's batting .357 (25 for 70) in his last 18 games with four homers, nine doubles and 16 RBIs. Castro has 45 RBIs, one more than he had in 161 games last season.
Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55) tries to bounce back from a disappointing performance for Chicago. After going 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his previous two starts, the left-hander allowed three runs, four hits and three walks over 4 2-3 innings Saturday in a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
A poor start at home was a rare occurrence for Wood, who is 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts at Wrigley, compared to a 4-4 record and 6.07 ERA in eight road outings.
He didn't receive a decision in his only appearance against Washington, yielding four runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 5-4 loss Aug. 22.
The Nationals have won 14 of 21 overall against the Cubs, scoring 20 runs during a three-game win streak at Wrigley.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:35:03 AM EST|