|WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|923||WASHINGTON||+130||Ov 7.5,-110||+130||Ov 8,-110|
|924||HOUSTON||-140||Un 7.5,-110||-140||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-9||+4.7||8-15||4.7||0.264||0.320||0.437||0.757||3.5||0.225||0.290||0.365||0.655|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||1-6||3.0||0.181||0.266||0.287||0.553||2.6||0.205||0.265||0.341||0.606|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-30||+19||45-39||5.6||0.288||0.345||0.483||0.828||4.2||0.238||0.306||0.396||0.702|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.3||1-6||3.7||0.270||0.327||0.434||0.760||2.6||0.235||0.290||0.385||0.675|
|8/12/2017||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-1||W||-125||9.5 un||U||11||10||1||7||8||0|
|8/13/2017||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||2-4||L||-150||9 ov||U||7||6||0||9||9||0|
|8/13/2017||SCHERZER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||6-2||W||-250||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||5||2|
|8/15/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-1||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||9||7||0||3||4||1|
|8/16/2017||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||2-3||L||-130||9 ov||U||6||8||0||4||2||1|
|8/17/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||2-1||W||100||8.5 un||U||4||7||0||8||8||0|
|8/18/2017||GRACE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||7-1||W||-210||7 ov||O||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|8/19/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||1-3||L||-170||8 ov||U||3||5||0||5||3||1|
|8/20/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||4-1||W||105||7.5 ev||U||5||9||3||5||7||1|
|8/22/2017||ROARK(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||4-3||W||160||9 ov||U||6||3||1||9||8||0|
|8/23/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||1-6||L||150||9.5 un||U||6||4||1||10||9||0|
|8/24/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|8/25/2017||SCHERZER(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||ROARK(R)||NY METS||PILL(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/10/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||2-3||L||-150||9.5 un||U||12||9||2||11||14||2|
|8/11/2017||MORTON(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||4-6||L||-120||10.5 ov||U||8||8||1||10||7||0|
|8/12/2017||FIERS(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(R)||3-8||L||-115||11 ov||P||4||7||0||9||6||2|
|8/13/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||2-1||W||-135||11 un||U||6||5||1||7||9||0|
|8/14/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||0-2||L||140||9 ov||U||7||7||0||8||8||1|
|8/15/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ ARIZONA||BANDA(L)||9-4||W||-110||9.5 ov||O||13||8||1||8||7||0|
|8/25/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||MORTON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
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.
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|Astros' McCann ready to return vs. Nationals|
HOUSTON -- With 12-plus seasons and more than 1,500 games under his belt, catcher Brian McCann has earned the trust of the Houston coaching staff to declare himself ready for reinstatement from the 10-day disabled list without the benefit of a rehab assignment.
McCann, who has missed nine games with right knee soreness, will be activated by the Astros (77-49) for the series finale against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. McCann was placed on the disabled list Aug. 14, his second stint on the DL this season -- he missed seven games in late May with a concussion.
With his production in a steady decline for roughly two months, McCann might benefit from the break. His OPS hit .860 on June 18 and began to drop immediately thereafter. He is batting .120 this month and his OPS for the season has slipped to .720, his lowest since April 6.
"We did some work (Tuesday), he threw to bases. Just watching him move around, he's doing a ton better with the knee," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's caught some bullpens and he's just generally shown that (he's ready)."
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-2, 2.58 ERA) has the starting assignment for the Astros on Thursday night. He is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA over two career starts against the Nationals.
After enduring a rough patch following his reinstatement from the disabled list, Keuchel is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA over his last two starts. He has more strikeouts (10) than hits allowed (nine) in those 13 2/3 innings.
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 3.24) will start the series finale for the Nationals. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA over two career starts against the Astros.
On Saturday, his first start after missing nearly a month with an elbow impingement, Strasburg suffered a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. He gave up two runs on four hits, with eight strikeouts, over six innings.
The Nationals (75-49) continue to lean on the contributions of newcomers adjusting to life atop the standings.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson, who opened the season with the sub-.500 Baltimore Orioles, allowed two runs over six solid innings in the Nationals' 6-1 loss Wednesday. Left fielder Howie Kendrick, liberated from the cellar-dwelling Philadelphia Phillies, belted a crucial two-run double to help the Nationals claim the series opener Tuesday.
And right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler pitched the decisive eighth inning Tuesday night, and continues to thrive as a setup option after saving 28 games for the Twins this season.
"They pick up probably 10, 20 games in the standings," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "And it's a lot easier, I think, to play for a common goal than just play for yourself. I think it does a lot because all of us at some point in time have won in our lives.
"Everyone knows the feeling of playing for a team and playing for a common goal. You've got to be a different person to be selfish and play for yourself and continue to be as motivated. It's a lot easier to be motivated when you're playing for a goal and for each other."
|Last Updated: 1/19/2018 1:34:45 PM EST|