|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
CINCINNATI ( FELDMAN )
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-30||-0.1||42-30||5.9||0.283||0.352||0.463||0.816||4.7||0.250||0.312||0.407||0.719|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1||5-2||6.6||0.292||0.363||0.451||0.814||5.4||0.253||0.330||0.391||0.721|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-37||+2.1||39-28||5.0||0.260||0.326||0.436||0.762||5.5||0.264||0.336||0.452||0.789|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||2-4||4.1||0.243||0.316||0.399||0.715||5.6||0.261||0.331||0.427||0.758|
|7/3/2017||STRASBURG(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||3-2||W||-175||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||6||6||1|
|7/4/2017||ROSS(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||11-4||W||-165||9.5 ov||O||14||7||0||11||9||1|
|7/14/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)||5-0||W||-120||10 ev||U||9||7||0||7||8||0|
|7/15/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||10-7||W||-145||8.5 ov||O||11||7||1||9||10||1|
|7/16/2017||ROARK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||14-4||W||105||10 ov||O||17||7||3||7||10||1|
|7/17/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||TURNER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/22/2017||ROARK(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ ARIZONA||RAY(L)|| |
|7/3/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||3-5||L||145||12 ev||U||5||3||0||10||7||0|
|7/4/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||8-1||W||130||12.5 un||U||10||6||0||10||7||0|
|7/5/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||3-5||L||135||11 ov||U||11||10||0||6||5||2|
|7/6/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||6-3||W||145||13 un||U||13||9||3||8||4||0|
|7/7/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||3-6||L||180||9 un||P||8||5||1||8||5||0|
|7/8/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)||7-0||W||120||9.5 ov||U||7||6||1||3||7||0|
|7/9/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-1||W||140||10.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||8||0|
|7/23/2017||ROMANO(R)||MIAMI|| || |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
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.
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|Nationals aim for four-game sweep of Reds|
CINCINNATI -- The Washington Nationals could have a fortified bullpen Monday afternoon when they look to complete a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
Right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle, who were acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, might arrive for the series finale.
"With Madson and Doolittle, we get two quality human beings, first of all," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Great teammates, guys who are experienced, guys with big stuff. Both are capable of getting the final three outs, which will help stabilize our entire bullpen."
Washington sent right-hander Blake Treinen and two minor-leaguers to Oakland in exchange for Madson and Doolittle.
It wasn't certain whether the pair would join the Nationals in Cincinnati on Monday or in Anaheim on Tuesday for the opener of a two-game set against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Nationals (55-36) will be looking to sweep the Reds in a four-game series for the first time since July 20-23, 1989, when they were still the Montreal Expos. Washington has never swept a four-game series at Cincinnati.
There is no guarantee Scooter Gennett will be in the lineup for the Reds on Monday. However, Gennett's numbers against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will force Reds manager Bryan Price to take a long look.
Gennett, who is having a big season after being claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in late March, is 4-for-8 with a double, three home runs and six RBIs against Strasburg, including 2-for-3 with a double and homer against him in a 6-5, 11-inning loss at Washington on June 23.
Gennett, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Reds' 14-4 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, already has established a career high with 16 home runs. His 51 RBIs are the most by any player with as few as 213 at-bats, making his acquisition one Cincinnati's shrewdest moves.
"During my tenure here, it's got to be number one," Price said of the decision to claim Gennett off waivers. "I can't say you could see this coming, but it's off the charts what (Scooter) has done for the ballclub. Some really good decisions by our front office and scouting department, for sure."
In seven career starts against the Reds, Strasburg (9-3, 3.43 ERA) has averaged nine strikeouts per nine innings, but he is just 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA those games. On June 23 at Nationals Park, Strasburg allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings in a no-decision vs. Cincinnati.
The Reds (39-52) will counter with right-hander Scott Feldman, their most consistent starting pitcher this season. Feldman (7-6, 3.94) leads the staff in most categories, including wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and quality starts. In his past six outings, Feldman is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA and four quality starts.
In three career starts against the Nationals, Feldman is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA, 16 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 innings. He has faced them once this season, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings during a 6-2 win at Washington on June 25.
Despite dropping the first three games of this series, Cincinnati has won six of the past 11 against the Nationals.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 2:38:42 PM EST|