|WASHINGTON ( SCHERZER )|
ATLANTA ( COLON )
|901||WASHINGTON||-190||Ov 8.5,+100||-185||Ov 9,+105|
|902||ATLANTA||+180||Un 8.5,-120||+175||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-15||+1.2||22-14||6.0||0.277||0.351||0.464||0.815||4.8||0.254||0.320||0.420||0.741|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||5-2||4.6||0.248||0.312||0.444||0.757||5.7||0.288||0.375||0.470||0.846|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-21||-3.9||24-12||4.7||0.259||0.321||0.379||0.700||5.5||0.262||0.331||0.428||0.759|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||5-2||5.4||0.283||0.353||0.417||0.770||4.6||0.232||0.306||0.433||0.740|
|5/6/2017||COLE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||6-2||W||110||9 un||U||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|5/7/2017||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||7||8||1||11||8||1|
|5/8/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||4-6||L||100||9 un||O||8||5||1||10||7||0|
|5/9/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||4-5||L||-145||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||12||11||0|
|5/16/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||8-4||W||-160||8 ov||O||14||6||1||8||7||0|
|5/17/2017||TURNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-6||L||120||8.5 ov||U||3||4||2||7||7||0|
|5/18/2017||ROARK(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)||4-10||L||-130||9.5 ov||O||6||6||2||13||7||1|
|5/19/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||4-7||L||-165||9 ov||O||8||7||0||12||11||1|
|5/20/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||COLON(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/26/2017||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/6/2017||TEHERAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||3-5||L||-120||8.5 ev||U||4||3||1||12||9||1|
|5/7/2017||DICKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-6||L||-105||9 ov||O||11||11||1||10||8||2|
|5/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||3-8||L||170||8.5 ov||O||6||7||1||9||3||1|
|5/10/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ HOUSTON||MUSGROVE(R)||2-4||L||187||9 ev||U||6||5||1||7||7||0|
|5/12/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||8-4||W||115||9 ev||O||10||8||1||11||8||1|
|5/13/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-1||W||115||9 ov||U||7||7||0||5||6||1|
|5/14/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NICOLINO(L)||1-3||L||120||9 ov||U||8||12||0||5||5||0|
|5/15/2017||COLON(R)||@ TORONTO||BOLSINGER(R)||10-6||W||115||9 ev||O||13||9||2||10||10||1|
|5/16/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||9-5||W||130||8.5 un||O||15||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/26/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
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.
|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.
|Scherzer looks to notch another win vs. Braves|
ATLANTA -- Max Scherzer proved in his first start at SunTrust Park that the Atlanta Braves' new ballpark doesn't have to be a hitter's paradise.
He'll look to do it again Saturday, though the location of the game doesn't seem to matter for Scherzer.
Heading into the second game of the three-game series, the Washington right-hander is 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA in his last starts against the Braves since the start of last season.
"I don't pitch according to the park," said Scherzer, who limited the Braves to two hits over seven scoreless innings in Washington's 3-1 victory April 18.
Of course, it takes a pitcher on his game to get the upper hand no matter where it is and Scherzer is the defending National League Cy Young Award winner.
Part of the right-hander's portfolio in taking the honor in 2016 was his work against the Braves, who were the victim in four of his 20 victories.
Scherzer (4-2, 2.80 ERA) will be opposed by Bartolo Colon (2-4, 6.80 ERA) as the Nationals look the even the series.
The Braves (17-22) scored three times in the eighth inning Friday night for a 7-4 victory, beating the Nationals (25-16) for just the fifth time in their past 23 meetings.
Colon, who turns 44 years old?next Wednesday, has struggled in his first season with the Braves, but at least got back on the winning track at Toronto?on Monday.
Colon had a 9.95 ERA and opponents were batting .375 against him in his previous four starts before holding the Blue Jays to two earned runs over five innings.
A vintage Colon start it wasn't, but at least it was closer than most had been this season.
"He's a professional. A gamer," Braves left fielder Matt Kemp said "He was doing his thing. Hopefully it carries over. He was moving the ball like you expect to do."
Colon threw his off-speed pitches with more regularity early and had better downward movement on his two-seam fastball.
"Everything was feeling good," Colon said through a translator. "I started throwing some off-speed pitches in the first inning, and I usually don't do that. I usually focus on the fastball in the first. That off-speed stuff yielded the results I was seeking."
Colon didn't face the Nationals in their first visit to Atlanta. He is 4-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 games against them, including a 7-1 victory last May while he was with the New York Mets.
Scherzer will be making his 14th appearance against the Braves and he is 6-3 with a 3.34 ERA against them.
Scherzer, who has a WHIP of 0.95, has 70 strikeouts and is six behind New York Mets' right-hander Jacob deGrom for the National league lead. He also has held opponents to a .198 batting average.
Scherzer was drilled on the left knee by a vicious liner in his last start, a no-decision against Philadelphia, but he pitched on and hasn't had any issues since.
"I'm good," he said. "It's unbelievable, but (I) don't even have a mark."
The Nationals, with their shaky bullpen, need another good outing from Scherzer. Washington has lost three games in a row and six of the past seven on the road.
|Last Updated: 3/23/2018 9:46:55 PM EST|