|PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|905||PHILADELPHIA||+145||Ov 7,-120||+150||Ov 7,-110|
|906||WASHINGTON||-155||Un 7,+100||-160||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-13||+0.7||10-12||3.4||0.227||0.286||3.6||0.239||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||4.3||0.283||0.340||5.1||0.287||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-11||+4.9||15-9||4.7||0.277||0.336||3.8||0.270||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||1-5||3.1||0.231||0.318||3.3||0.225||0.278|
|7/18/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||4-6||L||160||7 un||O||6||3||0||10||5||1|
|7/19/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||2-1||W||-105||7 un||U||9||10||0||5||3||0|
|7/20/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||2-8||L||165||7 un||O||9||6||1||8||9||0|
|7/21/2014||LEE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-7||L||-130||7 ov||O||14||11||0||15||8||1|
|7/22/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||6-9||L||+105||8.5 ev||O||11||15||2||18||14||1|
|7/23/2014||BURNETT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-3||L||+130||7.5 un||U||7||4||1||5||8||1|
|7/24/2014||HAMELS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||2-1||W||-120||7 un||U||9||9||1||6||7||1|
|7/28/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||1-7||L||125||7 ov||O||13||12||1||9||5||0|
|7/29/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||6-0||W||-125||7 un||U||7||5||0||7||6||1|
|7/30/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-11||L||155||7.5 un||O||8||11||1||15||9||0|
|7/31/2014||LEE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/1/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|8/2/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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)||0-1||L||-110||7 un||U||4||7||0||4||2||0|
|7/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||5||8||0||7||6||2|
|7/28/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||6-7||L||-140||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||10||5||1|
|7/29/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-3||L||-130||7 un||U||5||11||0||7||5||0|
|7/30/2014||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||6||0|
|8/5/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||FISTER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||NY METS|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Nationals Preview* ============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (47-60) at Washington (57-47), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals' bats have been relatively quiet lately, but it's something Gio Gonzalez has been used to all season.
The Nationals will try to back him with more offense in Thursday night's opener of a four-game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Nationals (58-47) are among the top-scoring NL teams with 4.2 runs per contest. However, they've managed 14 in their last five games, though they avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over Miami on Wednesday to conclude a nine-game road trip.
Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56 ERA) has become accustomed to a lack of scoring, going 3-5 in his last 12 starts despite a 3.80 ERA. He's received three or fewer runs of support 11 times in that span.
The left-hander limited Cincinnati to a run and four hits over seven innings Saturday but suffered a 1-0 defeat. He's posted a 1.66 ERA in his last six starts.
"You have to keep working. I will never be satisfied until the season is over," Gonzalez told MLB's official website. "It's one of those things where you try to do your best and try to minimize damage as much as possible."
Gonzalez has gone 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA in nine career matchups with Philadelphia. He suffered another tough-luck 1-0 defeat May 4 after limiting the Phillies to a run in 7 1-3 innings.
Washington may be due for a big offensive performance given its recent history against Philadelphia at Nationals Park. The Nationals, who lead the season series 6-3, have won 12 of the last 14 meetings there while averaging 6.1 runs.
Jayson Werth has batted .346 with 26 RBIs in his last 29 matchups with his former team. He's hit .412 with 10 RBIs in his past nine home games overall.
Werth is 11 for 30 with four extra-base hits against Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.37), who has struggled in two starts since returning from a strained left elbow, surrendering nine runs and 21 hits in 10 2-3 innings.
"It looks like he's still building up arm strength and the ball's still not coming out crisp and darting with some life at home plate," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's lacking that right now along with the command."
The left-hander didn't get a decision after yielding three runs in five innings of a 10-6 loss to Arizona on Saturday.
Lee gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits over seven innings of a 5-3 loss to Washington on May 2, not getting a decision. He's 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 12 career starts against the Nationals.
Phillies relievers gave up seven runs - five earned - over two innings of an 11-2 defeat to the New York Mets on Wednesday. The bullpen has posted a 6.70 ERA during the team's 5-10 stretch.
The last-place Phillies (47-61) continue to be involved in trade speculation ahead of Thursday's deadline.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:25:58 PM EST|