|WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )|
SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )
|979||WASHINGTON||+140||Ov 6,+100||+155||Ov 6,+105|
|980||SEATTLE||-150||Un 6,-120||-165||Un 6,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-43||-3.9||47-43||4.2||0.245||0.310||3.4||0.240||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||4-2||4.7||0.269||0.335||4.7||0.296||0.333|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-43||-4.1||37-49||4.1||0.247||0.305||3.3||0.225||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||4-2||4.6||0.259||0.320||4.3||0.249||0.331|
|8/22/2014||FISTER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-10||L||-145||7 ov||O||7||6||1||14||6||2|
|8/23/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-2||W||-180||7.5 un||O||6||4||0||9||5||1|
|8/24/2014||STRASBURG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||14-6||W||-155||7 un||O||18||8||0||12||8||0|
|8/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||2-3||L||-130||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||8||4||0|
|8/26/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||-110||7 un||P||8||5||1||7||3||0|
|8/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||4-8||L||-155||8 ov||O||9||5||1||15||10||0|
|8/29/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||ROARK(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|9/1/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||FISTER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/3/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/15/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||7-2||W||120||8.5 ev||O||11||3||2||6||6||1|
|8/16/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||PRICE(L)||2-4||L||-110||6.5 ev||U||5||4||1||12||11||0|
|8/17/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)||8-1||W||110||8.5 ov||O||13||11||0||5||8||3|
|8/18/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||WILLIAMS(R)||1-4||L||-145||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||8||11||0|
|8/19/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||5-2||W||-155||7 ov||P||7||8||0||6||6||0|
|8/20/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||110||7 un||P||12||10||1||10||10||1|
|8/22/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||5||6||1|
|8/23/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||7-3||W||115||8.5 un||O||10||4||2||9||11||0|
|8/24/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||8-6||W||-155||8 ev||O||13||5||0||13||15||0|
|9/1/2014||ELIAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||PAXTON(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/4/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.''
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Mariners Preview* ============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Washington (75-57) at Seattle (72-60), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Felix Hernandez hasn't performed up to his lofty expectations recently, something the rest of the Seattle Mariners can relate to after a tough series against the worst team in baseball.
The Washington Nationals aren't exactly coming into this matchup on a positive note, either.
Hernandez and Jordan Zimmermann take the mound Friday night in Seattle as the top two pitching staffs in the majors meet in a three-game series.
The Mariners (72-60) are in a tight battle with Detroit for the AL's second wild card but just dropped two of three to Texas, falling 12-4 on Wednesday.
"We just have to flush it," left fielder Dustin Ackley said. "We know what our pitching is going to do the rest of the way out. (Wednesday) wasn't a reflection of what we've done all year on the mound, and I think Friday will be a different story."
Manager Lloyd McClendon, who will miss this game and Saturday's contest to attend his daughter's wedding, decided to push his rotation back one day by recalling Erasmo Ramirez. He gave up a career-worst 10 runs in three innings.
"It was the right thing to do," McClendon said. "That game is over with. We got our butts kicked. That happens. It hasn't happened very often to us this year. We've just been that good with our pitching."
Seattle leads the majors with a 2.99 ERA, with Washington (75-57) second at 3.13. Hernandez (13-4, 2.07 ERA) is a major reason for the Mariners' top mark, though he's struggled a bit over his last two outings.
Hernandez set a major league record by making 16 straight starts of at least seven innings and two or fewer runs allowed, then pitched five innings of two-run ball in a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Aug. 16.
The right-hander following that up by giving up three runs while throwing a season high-tying 116 pitches in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 win over Boston last Friday. He allowed a three-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth and didn't get the decision.
McClendon, who will pass managing responsibilities to bench coach Trent Jewett in his absence, isn't worried about Hernandez.
"Felix is fine," McClendon said, before repeating it.
Hernandez will get his first look at the Nationals, who hold a comfortable lead over Atlanta atop the NL East despite being swept by last-place Philadelphia this week.
Washington had won 12 of 13 entering that series, which concluded with the Phillies' 8-4 win Wednesday. Denard Span homered and had three hits while Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 with an RBI.
The Nationals haven't lost four straight since June 12-15.
"We're still playing good baseball," Desmond said. "We just lost a couple games. We know who we are."
Manager Matt Williams knows his club still is in good position in the playoff race and is putting the rough series behind him.
"We always have the same approach, win or lose," Williams said. "We look forward to the next one. We know if we do things correctly, we have a good chance to beat the other team."
Having Zimmermann (9-5, 2.93) on the mound could help, too.
Zimmermann is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts this month after giving up two runs - both in the first - over eight innings of Saturday's 6-2 win over San Francisco. He's pitched into at least the seventh in each outing and has 27 strikeouts and three walks in that stretch.
The right-hander has never faced Seattle, which has lost all nine meetings since Washington relocated from Montreal in 2005. This will be the first matchup since 2011.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:06:48 PM EST|