|WASHINGTON ( SCHERZER )|
ATLANTA ( GOHARA )
|909||WASHINGTON||-230||Ov 8.5,+100||-200||Ov 8,-120|
|910||ATLANTA||+210||Un 8.5,-120||+185||Un 8,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-14||+2.5||12-19||4.5||0.256||0.315||0.422||0.737||3.6||0.224||0.291||0.366||0.658|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.5||1-5||2.7||0.217||0.270||0.336||0.607||4.4||0.234||0.293||0.393||0.687|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-68||-8.2||62-54||4.5||0.259||0.316||0.392||0.708||5.1||0.263||0.332||0.422||0.754|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||3-4||5.0||0.260||0.325||0.384||0.709||4.1||0.259||0.317||0.385||0.702|
|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)||0-7||L||+140||9.5 ev||U||4||8||0||9||5||0|
|9/16/2017||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||2-3||L||+150||9 ov||U||5||4||0||7||8||0|
|9/17/2017||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||7-1||W||-145||8 un||P||8||6||1||5||9||0|
|9/19/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||GOHARA(L)|| |
|9/20/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||SIMS(R)|| |
|9/21/2017||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|9/22/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||COLE(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||8-2||W||245||8 ev||O||10||9||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-5||L||130||8.5 ev||U||6||5||1||8||4||0|
|9/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||3-2||W||-140||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|9/16/2017||DICKEY(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-7||L||+110||8.5 ev||O||8||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/17/2017||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||1-5||L||-170||9 un||U||4||7||1||7||7||2|
|9/24/2017|| ||PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
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.
|Braves rookie Gohara set for rematch with Nats' Scherzer|
ATLANTA -- In his last start, only his second in the major leagues, Atlanta Braves rookie Luiz Gohara outpitched Washington Nationals ace and Cy Young contender Max Scherzer.
On Tuesday, he gets to try it again.
Gohara (1-1, 6.30 ERA) is queued up for a rematch with Scherzer (14-6, 2.59) and the Nationals in the opener of a three-game series at SunTrust Park.
Washington (90-59) has clinched the National League East title for the fourth time in six years. Atlanta (67-81) was mathematically eliminated from playoff consideration after its Sunday loss to the New York Mets. The two teams have split 16 games this season, with the Braves winning two of three last week in Washington.
Gohara showed why he is in contention to join the Atlanta rotation on a full-time basis in 2018. The big left-hander from Brazil, who went from Class A to the majors in one season, beat the Nationals 8-2 on Wednesday. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits in six innings, striking out six. He didn't issue a walk.
In that start, Gohara located his four-seam fastball -- something he couldn't do in his major league debut against Texas.
"The kid gets locked in and really competes," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "And that's what I heard about him from guys that played with him, the guys that have had him, been around him. They say once he gets out there, he's trying to beat you. That's legit stuff right there, too."
Scherzer endured his worst start of the season against the Braves last week. He gave up a season-high seven runs on seven hits and a season-high six walks in six innings. He threw 116 pitches, part of the plan to stretch him out for the postseason.
"For the first 100 pitches, I felt like I was executing pitches the way I wanted to," Scherzer said. "Then, after pitch 100, that's when the wheels fell off and I was searching for everything. Sometimes that happens. I don't think anything's broken. My arm feels fine. There's nothing wrong here. This is why I needed to pitch that deep into the game, so I can shake off some of that rust."
The big hiccup for Scherzer came when he allowed a grand slam to Braves left fielder Matt Kemp. However, on Tuesday, he isn't likely to face Kemp, who has missed the past two games after leaving the Friday contest with a strained hamstring.
In 16 career appearances, 14 starts, against Atlanta, Scherzer is 6-5 with a 4.04 ERA. In 2017, he has made four starts against the Braves, going 1-2 with a 4.91. He was 4-0 against Atlanta a year ago.
The hottest batter for the Braves has been center fielder Ender Inciarte, who is 10 hits shy of becoming only the seventh player in Atlanta franchise history to reach 200. The last Brave to get 200 hits was Marquis Grissom, who had 207 in 1996.
Washington's Ryan Zimmerman is on the verge of a 30-homer/30-double season. Last week, he joined Adam Dunn as the only Nationals player to post two 30-homer seasons with the club.
|Last Updated: 4/21/2018 1:01:01 AM EST|