|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( CUETO )
|953||WASHINGTON||+115||Ov 7,-105||+105||Ov 7,+100|
|954||CINCINNATI||-125||Un 7,-115||-115||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-33||-2.5||34-34||4.0||0.240||0.303||3.4||0.236||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||3-3||5.3||0.318||0.364||3.4||0.261||0.307|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-11||+1.5||13-9||4.3||0.255||0.312||4.2||0.234||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7||1-6||1.9||0.176||0.211||4.6||0.283||0.324|
|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)||4-6||L||-150||10 un||P||12||10||1||11||8||3|
|7/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||4-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||12||12||0||4||6||1|
|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||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||3-4||L||125||8 un||U||7||6||0||8||7||3|
|7/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||1-7||L||140||7.5 un||O||7||6||1||9||4||0|
|7/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-3||L||110||7 un||U||6||6||1||11||13||1|
|7/21/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-5||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||2||8||5||0|
|7/22/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||3-4||L||120||8 un||U||5||5||0||6||4||0|
|7/23/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||6||1||12||6||1|
|7/31/2014||CUETO(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.''
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Reds Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Washington (55-44) at Cincinnati (51-50), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds haven't won since before the All-Star break and ace Johnny Cueto will have to avenge his worst loss of the season to get them back on track.
The right-hander seeks his sixth victory in seven decisions and will try to end Cincinnati's seven-game losing streak Saturday against red-hot leadoff man Denard Span and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.
After closing the first half with a 7-2 stretch, the Reds (51-51) remain without a post-break victory following Friday's 4-1 loss at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati, at .500 for the first time since June 24, hasn't lost eight in a row since July 28-Aug. 4, 2009. The slide has dropped the Reds six games out of first place in the NL Central after they trailed by 1 1/2 at the break.
Alfredo Simon failed to pick up his 13th win in the series opener and the Reds now turn to another All-Star to try ending the skid.
Cueto (10-6, 2.18 ERA) is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his last eight starts and ranks among major league leaders in both ERA and strikeouts (148). Opponents are hitting just .184 against him, the lowest average in the majors.
Cueto, however, failed to go six innings for only the third time when he allowed two runs and walked four over five against the New York Yankees on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision in a 3-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
"I've never seen Johnny go 112 pitches in five innings," catcher Brayan Pena told MLB's official website.
The best place for Cueto to regroup is at home, where he's 7-3 with a 1.93 ERA over 11 starts. He's 3-1 despite a 5.34 ERA in five career home starts versus Washington.
In his only meeting with the Nationals (56-44) this year, Cueto gave up a season-high eight runs - six earned - over 5 1-3 innings in a 9-4 loss at Nationals Park on May 20.
Span went 3 for 3 off him in that contest, and he was 4 for 5 Friday to record his second straight four-hit game. He's also 18 for 36 in his last eight contests and has gone 13 for 21 in four against the Reds this season.
"He's been great," manager Matt Williams said. "The key for him is hitting the ball back through the middle."
The Nationals, playing without injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, have averaged 5.8 runs and batted .301 while winning seven of nine to move 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the East.
Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.74) is coming off one of his shortest stints Sunday, when he surrendered three runs over just 3 1-3 innings in a 5-4 home win over Milwaukee in his first start following the All-Star break.
"It's one of those games where you have to brush under the rug," the left-hander said. "Nine days off, it didn't help."
Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 27 innings in four career starts versus Cincinnati. In his only career start at Great American Ball Park, he allowed two runs with nine strikeouts over five innings in a 7-3 victory in 2012.
The Reds, who are without injured slugger Joey Votto, have totaled only 13 runs while hitting .176 during their losing streak. Shortstop Zack Cozart went hitless in the opener, leaving him in an 0-for-17 slide.
"It's just really a mental game," manager Bryan Price said. "When we were going good before the break, nobody was pressing. Now, everybody's pressing."
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:49:17 PM EST|