|ATLANTA ( GOHARA )|
WASHINGTON ( SCHERZER )
|901||ATLANTA||+270||Ov 8.5,+105||+245||Ov 8,-110|
|902||WASHINGTON||-335||Un 8.5,-125||-285||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-65||-7.9||60-51||4.5||0.260||0.317||0.395||0.712||5.2||0.264||0.333||0.424||0.757|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||4-2||6.3||0.305||0.377||0.471||0.848||5.9||0.284||0.357||0.459||0.816|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-11||+6.4||11-17||4.8||0.263||0.322||0.437||0.759||3.5||0.223||0.288||0.361||0.649|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||2-4||4.6||0.287||0.335||0.460||0.795||4.3||0.257||0.297||0.404||0.701|
|8/30/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)||9-1||W||-105||9 un||O||15||11||0||7||6||0|
|8/30/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||5-2||W||-110||9 un||U||13||11||0||6||8||1|
|8/31/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-6||L||195||7 ov||O||6||7||1||11||11||1|
|9/1/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||0-2||L||195||8 ov||U||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|9/2/2017||SIMS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||12-14||L||225||8.5 un||O||17||9||1||12||6||0|
|9/3/2017||FRIED(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-1||W||220||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|9/12/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||8-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||14||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/13/2017||GOHARA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|9/14/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||FRIED(L)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||DICKEY(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/31/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||3-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||7||4||0||13||8||0|
|9/1/2017||ROARK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||0-1||L||140||9 un||U||3||7||0||6||6||1|
|9/2/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||3-2||W||-160||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||5||6||1|
|9/3/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||2-7||L||120||9.5 ev||U||3||3||0||7||4||0|
|9/4/2017||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||7-2||W||105||9 ov||P||8||5||3||6||7||0|
|9/5/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||DESPAIGNE(R)||2-1||W||-165||8.5 un||U||8||7||1||7||6||0|
|9/6/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)||8-1||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||6||1||6||9||0|
|9/9/2017||JACKSON(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||4-5||L||-165||9 ov||P||7||5||0||9||8||1|
|9/15/2017||JACKSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
Manager: Dusty Baker (second season)
Who's new? CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, 1B Adam Lind, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Joe Blanton
Who's gone? CF Ben Revere, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Projected lineup: CF Adam Eaton (.284, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB with White Sox), SS Trea Turner (.342, 13, 40, 33), 2B Daniel Murphy (.347, 25, 104), RF Bryce Harper (.243, 24, 86, 21 SB), 3B Anthony Rendon (.270, 20, 85), LF Jayson Werth (.244, 21, 69), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.218, 15, 46) or Adam Lind (.239, 20, 58 with Mariners), C Matt Wieters (.243, 17, 66 with Orioles)
Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), RH Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), LH Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60), RH Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43)
Key relievers: RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64), RH Joe Blanton (7-2, 2.48), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.41), RH Trevor Gott (0-0, 1.50), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95), LH Enny Romero (2-0, 5.91 with Rays)
Hot spots: First base and closer. Zimmerman posted a career-low .642 OPS last season and was often spelled by left-handed hitter Clint Robinson. Now 32, Zimmerman must prove he's worthy of regular playing time. Robinson and free-agent pickup Lind are next in line. The ninth inning could be a committee job too, though it's never been the Nationals' preferred method. After Kenley Jansen spurned D.C. for less money in L.A., their choices were limited. Kelley and Blanton have never closed in a combined 20 seasons in the majors, but both were stalwart set-up men last season. Joe Nathan and his 377 career saves are also in camp on a minor-league deal.
Outlook: Trading former top prospect Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Eaton signaled the Nationals' championship ambitions. Their five-game loss to the Dodgers last October marked the third time in five years they've fallen just short of the NLCS. Washington begins the season with some familiar weapons ' a dangerous heart of the lineup, an experienced bench and exceptional starting pitching. Eaton is a huge upgrade over Revere at the plate, but Wieters will be pressed to replace Ramos' 3.5 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs). Failing to sign a marquee closer could prove fatal if Kelley, Nathan or someone else can't hold down the ninth inning.
|Braves rookie Gohara set to face Nats' Scherzer|
WASHINGTON -- It will be a study in contrasts when the Washington Nationals, who clinched the National League East title on Sunday, host the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Washington right-hander Max Scherzer (14-5, 2.32) will make the 293rd start of his career. He will be opposed by Braves rookie Luiz Gohara (0-1, 13.50), who will make his second major league start and oppose the Nationals for the first time.
Gohara had not pitched above the Class A level until this season. He was acquired by the Braves in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in January and pitched at three different minor league levels this year.
The native of Brazil made his major league debut on Sept. 6 against the Texas Rangers and was saddled with the loss. He allowed six runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in four innings.
What does Braves manager Brian Snitker expect on Wednesday from one of his young pitchers?
"I have not seen him enough. If he gets (his pitches) over, he has a pretty good chance," Snitker said Tuesday of Gohara. "He's got a legitimate breaking ball. If he commands it, he has a chance to be successful against anybody he faces."
Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, slated to face the Nationals (88-56) on Thursday, sees the potential in Gohara.
"I talked to him a little bit," Foltynewicz said Tuesday of Gohara. "He said he never had that experience being out there on a big league mound in that stage since he never had a spring training invite. I just think he was a little nervous that day (against Texas), so he was a little over the place.
"He has great off-speed stuff. He carries himself well. He has the body for pitching. He just has to put it all together."
Gohara will be matched up against one of the best in the game in Scherzer, who will be making his 28th start of the year.
The 33-year-old veteran has made at least 30 starts in each season since 2009, when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Scherzer is 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in his career against the Braves in 15 games, 13 of them starts. He was 4-0 against Atlanta in 2016.
This year he has been part of a team that has been hit by injuries but has benefitted from a deep 40-man roster.
"You talk about what (center fielder) Michael Taylor's done for this ballclub," Scherzer said after the Nationals clinched the division Sunday. "You talk about what (Wilmer) Difo's done for this ballclub. When we signed Edwin Jackson, he came over here. Just different guys that every time somebody got their number called, they answered it and they performed at a high level. And that's the reason why we played so consistently throughout this year and we were able to build such a lead."
Scherzer has playoff experience with the Detroit Tigers and last year with the Nationals.
"It's great. Now, we're going to October," Scherzer said. "We know we're going to October, we know we're going to be a good team going into October, and that's all that matters."
The Braves (65-78) won the series opener 8-0 on Tuesday behind Julio Teheran, who threw seven shutout innings.
|Last Updated: 3/24/2018 1:01:57 PM EST|