|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
COLORADO ( )
|903||WASHINGTON||-150||Ov 9.5,-110||-150||Ov 10,+100|
|904||COLORADO||+140||Un 9.5,-110||+140||Un 10,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-10||+5.4||15-8||4.8||0.278||0.339||3.8||0.271||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.3||5-2||6.3||0.301||0.354||3.3||0.253||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-43||-17.3||38-26||4.9||0.285||0.331||5.4||0.270||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-8||3-3||3.0||0.291||0.322||6.9||0.317||0.387|
|7/9/2014||FISTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||7||4||0||7||6||0|
|7/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||-110||8.5 un||U||10||9||1||6||4||0|
|7/11/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||2-6||L||-145||7.5 un||O||6||7||0||10||4||0|
|7/12/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||5-3||W||-125||7 un||O||6||7||0||10||9||0|
|7/13/2014||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||10-3||W||-135||8.5 ov||O||12||3||1||5||5||0|
|7/21/2014||FISTER(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||7-2||W||-150||11 ev||U||13||11||0||10||8||2|
|7/22/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||7-4||W||-180||10.5 ov||O||11||7||0||13||8||0|
|7/23/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|7/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|7/28/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|7/29/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|7/9/2014||JURRJENS(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||6-3||W||-125||11.5 un||U||8||2||1||10||10||0|
|7/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)||6-2||W||-185||10 un||U||11||3||0||10||8||0|
|7/18/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||2-4||L||145||7.5 ov||U||8||11||1||9||9||3|
|7/19/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||2-3||L||150||7.5 un||U||7||2||1||8||10||0|
|7/20/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-5||L||160||8 un||P||8||5||2||12||11||0|
|7/23/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/28/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.''
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Rockies Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Washington (54-43) at Colorado (40-59), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals' longest winning streak of the season came at the expense of the Colorado Rockies earlier this month.
They're on the brink of doing it again Wednesday, but they may need to overcome a key absence in order to sweep this three-game set against the last-place Rockies.
The Nationals (55-43) won five in a row from June 28-July 2, completing the stretch with three straight home victories over Colorado (40-60).
Washington, which leads second-place Atlanta by two games in the NL East, has a chance to match it after beating the Rockies for the ninth time in 11 meetings with a 7-4 victory Tuesday.
The Nationals, though, may be without Ryan Zimmerman, who left in the sixth inning with a strained right hamstring. The third baseman, who missed 44 games with a broken right thumb earlier this season, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
Zimmerman is 12 for 33 (.364) with 11 RBIs in the last nine games.
"It's concerning," manager Matt Williams said. "Anytime you have to leave the game with a hamstring injury it's concerning.
"He's swinging great, playing great, but we have to deal with it."
Ian Desmond could pick up the slack by continuing a hot stretch during which he's batting .400 with 13 RBIs in 14 games, which includes three versus Colorado. The shortstop is a staggering 9 for 11 with two homers, four RBIs and five runs in those meetings. He's also 3 for 6 with two walks against Colorado's scheduled starter, Jorge De La Rosa.
Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 3.55 ERA) hasn't won since facing the Rockies on July 1. He held them to one run and five hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings of a 7-1 victory, but is 0-1 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts since.
The right-hander struggled early in his latest outing Friday. He surrendered all of Milwaukee's runs in the first three innings before leaving after the seventh with nine strikeouts in a 4-2 defeat.
Improving on the road may be a tall order for Strasburg, who is 1-5 with a 4.92 ERA in nine away starts, including 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his last three.
He's taking the mound at Coors Field for the first time since allowing three runs with eight strikeouts in six innings of a 4-2 loss June 25, 2012.
The Rockies own the NL's worst record and are trying to avoid matching a season-worst eight-game slide from May 28-June 6.
Turning to De La Rosa (10-6, 4.39) may help since the left-hander is 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts after compiling an 8.20 ERA and 0-3 record over his previous four.
He's allowed one run in six innings in each of his last two, but the bullpen wasted his effort Friday by surrendering three runs in two innings of a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh.
De La Rosa allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-1 defeat in his most recent home meeting with the Nationals on June 12, 2013. He was much better in Washington 11 days later, yielding two runs in six innings of a 7-6 win.
Josh Rutledge is 6 for 15 (.400) in the last four games, starting at shortstop in each of the previous three due to a left hip flexor strain that landed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list. Rutledge tripled for one of his two hits Tuesday and is 3 for 5 with a double off Strasburg.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:04:50 PM EST|