|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
ATLANTA ( HUDSON )
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-10||-1||11-10||3.6||0.239||0.301||4.0||0.243||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-4||3.0||0.241||0.288||2.6||0.213||0.280|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-3||+2.6||4-5||4.1||0.236||0.314||3.3||0.225||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||5-2||4.1||0.246||0.310||5.4||0.314||0.361|
|4/16/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||2-8||L||-160||8 un||O||8||7||1||11||4||0|
|4/17/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-1||W||-145||7.5 un||U||11||7||1||7||7||1|
|4/19/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||1-7||L||-105||6.5 un||O||4||6||1||8||4||1|
|4/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-6||W||-140||7.5 un||O||7||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||0-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||6||3||4||7||0|
|4/22/2013||HAREN(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-3||L||+105||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||7||1|
|4/23/2013||DETWILER(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-2||L||+110||7 ov||U||5||6||0||8||5||0|
|4/24/2013||STRASBURG(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||2-4||L||-155||7 ev||U||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|4/29/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-3||L||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/16/2013||MEDLEN(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-3||W||-175||7 un||O||9||5||3||9||8||1|
|4/17/2013||MINOR(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||0-1||L||-165||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||5||1|
|4/18/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||6-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||7||7||1|
|4/19/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||0-6||L||-115||7 ov||U||2||0||0||9||8||0|
|4/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||1-3||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||7||6||0|
|4/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||SANCHEZ(L)||2-4||L||-160||7 ov||U||8||10||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2013||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-3||W||-120||9.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||4||0|
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||10-2||W||110||9.5 un||O||14||7||1||12||9||0|
|4/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-6||L||-125||9.5 un||O||10||6||0||15||12||2|
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-10||L||130||7.5 ov||O||5||5||2||15||10||0|
|4/27/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-7||L||-105||8 un||O||7||4||0||13||9||0|
|4/28/2013||MINOR(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-8||L||135||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||9||4||0|
|5/3/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Braves Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Washington (13-12) at Atlanta (15-9), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Tim Hudson hasn't won since beating the Washington Nationals earlier this month.
Doing it again would only continue the Atlanta Braves' recent dominance of their NL East rival Tuesday night at Turner Field.
Hudson (2-1, 4.50 ERA) is 0-1 while surrendering nine runs and 15 hits - three homers - in 10 innings over his last two starts. That's been in stark contrast to his 1.32 ERA while winning his previous two games, including a 3-1 victory at Washington on April 13.
He outpitched Stephen Strasburg while holding the Nationals to one run and four hits in seven innings.
Hudson, though, lost both of his home starts against them last year with an 8.53 ERA. That includes an 8-4 defeat July 1, when he allowed six runs in six innings opposite Gio Gonzalez - also scheduled to start Tuesday - for the Braves' most recent home loss to the Nationals.
Since then, Washington has lost four straight in Atlanta, getting held to eight runs. The Braves' overall winning streak over the Nationals has reached eight games - the longest by either team in the all-time series.
Atlanta (16-9) kept that run going in the opener of this four-game set Monday, winning 3-2 after Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly in the seventh inning scored Gerald Laird for the decisive run. Laird reached on a walk, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before eventually scoring in a rare sequence of small ball from the Braves, who lead the majors with 36 homers.
"We battled and did the little things right," said Simmons, the second-year shortstop. "We got the bunt down. We got the sacrifice fly to get the run in."
Washington (13-13) had 10 hits Monday, but the team is batting .207 with 14 runs over the last eight meetings with the Braves.
Gonzalez (2-1, 4.50) is 2-3 with a 6.08 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta, and they've all come since being acquired in a trade with Oakland prior to last season. Those defeats are the most he's suffered against any opponent in that span.
The left-hander's latest meeting with the Braves on April 14 marked the most runs he's allowed in a Washington uniform. The seven earned runs he surrendered were his most since 2010, giving up homers to Simmons and Justin Upton before getting pulled after five innings of a 9-0 loss.
Gonzalez, though, is coming off his best outing of the season, yielding a solo homer and no other hits in eight innings of Thursday's 8-1 victory over Cincinnati.
"His ball moves a heck of a lot, and it's hard to sit on, but it's a lot easier to sit on if you see a lot of pitches in every at-bat," manager Davey Johnson told the team's official website.
Jayson Werth is 7 for 21 over the past six games, but it's unclear if he'll play after fouling a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning Tuesday. He completed the at-bat - a strikeout - before being replaced in right field by Roger Bernadina.
Werth is a .385 hitter with four doubles and three homers off Hudson, and his 15 hits are a career high against any pitcher.
Bryce Harper hasn't been as effective, going 3 for 12 versus Hudson, and he's 2 for 14 with one homer in four meetings with the Braves this year.
He has one more chance to take sole possession of the franchise record for homers in April, sitting on nine to remain tied with Henry Rodriguez's mark from 1996.
|Last Updated: 5/21/2018 5:57:57 PM EST|