|WASHINGTON ( ROARK )|
MIAMI ( NICOLINO )
|901||WASHINGTON||-120||Ov 9.5,+100||-110||Ov 9.5,-110|
|902||MIAMI||+110||Un 9.5,-120||+100||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-4||+2.2||2-8||3.5||0.241||0.288||0.404||0.692||3.0||0.215||0.272||0.359||0.631|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||6-1||6.4||0.300||0.343||0.537||0.880||6.1||0.302||0.355||0.490||0.845|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-31||-7.4||28-21||4.7||0.267||0.321||0.411||0.732||4.7||0.242||0.324||0.378||0.701|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||6.0||0.276||0.331||0.435||0.766||4.3||0.285||0.329||0.397||0.726|
|6/5/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-2||W||125||8 ov||U||7||6||0||6||7||1|
|6/6/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||2-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||4||4||2||4||7||0|
|6/7/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-2||L||155||6.5 un||U||5||7||2||3||4||0|
|6/15/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||8-3||W||-120||9 un||O||12||6||0||6||3||1|
|6/16/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)||7-2||W||-140||7.5 ev||O||12||9||0||5||4||2|
|6/17/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)||7-4||W||-165||8.5 un||O||11||7||1||12||7||1|
|6/18/2017||ROSS(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||1-5||L||120||9 ov||U||4||6||1||11||10||1|
|6/19/2017||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||NICOLINO(L)|| |
|6/20/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)|| |
|6/21/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/26/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/5/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)||1-3||L||105||8 ov||U||6||4||0||6||3||0|
|6/6/2017||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-10||L||180||7.5 un||O||3||5||1||11||8||1|
|6/7/2017||URENA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||6-5||W||185||9 ov||O||9||5||0||8||9||0|
|6/8/2017||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||7-1||W||130||8.5 ov||U||14||7||0||4||7||1|
|6/9/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GLASNOW(R)||12-7||W||115||10 un||O||18||7||1||13||12||1|
|6/10/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||6-7||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||11||7||0||16||10||1|
|6/11/2017||LOCKE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||1-3||L||155||9 ov||U||4||4||1||11||9||2|
|6/16/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||5-0||W||100||9 ev||U||10||8||0||4||3||1|
|6/17/2017||LOCKE(L)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)||7-8||L||105||9 un||O||10||7||0||16||11||0|
|6/18/2017||URENA(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||4-5||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||9||7||0||9||8||0|
|6/22/2017||LOCKE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|6/23/2017||URENA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
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.
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|Marlins looking to make inroads on Nationals|
MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins have been playing their best baseball in the last month and they have a chance to make a dent in the National League East standings this week despite a tough weekend.
Miami (30-37) plays host to the division-leading Washington Nationals (42-27) at Marlins Park on Monday night in the first of the three-game series between the NL East teams.
The meeting is just the second this season between the division rivals. Miami opened the 2017 campaign by dropping two of three in the nation's capital.
The Marlins have been looking up at the Nationals ever since.
However, the team has found its legs after a rocky start. Miami is 13-7 since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 28.
That promising run was tempered a bit in the Marlins' first visit to SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new ballpark. After a 5-0 shutout win in the series opener, Miami watched as its bullpen faltered on Saturday and Sunday as the Braves earned consecutive walk-off victories.
Miami held four- and two-run leads in the latter part of both games but saw the two victories slip away in the end, 8-7 in 10 innings on Saturday and 5-4 on Sunday.
"Obviously, yesterday we were up four and unable to hold on," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Today, (starter Jose Urena) pitched really good. We had chances to tack on runs and weren't able to do that. In a 2-0 game, we just weren't able to hold it down."
To gain ground on Washington, Mattingly will turn to Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15). The left-hander is returning from a bruised left index finger that landed him on the disabled list and will make his first start since May 30.
Washington will counter with one of its usually most consistent if not flashy arms -- Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.39). However, the right-hander has struggled in his last three outings, going 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.
Roark beat the Marlins in his first start of the season at Nationals Park on April 5.
The Nationals have lost six of the last 10 -- mainly due to a leaky bullpen -- but did manage to take three of four from the Mets in New York over the weekend. Washington leads both Atlanta and New York by 10 1/2 games.
The bullpen, which ranks as the worst in the NL, bailed out the Nationals in a 7-4 win at Citi Field on Saturday. Four relievers recorded the final 11 outs after starter Stephen Strasburg left with a 4-2 lead.
After Blake Treinen, Matt Grace and Joe Blanton, red-hot lefty Enny Romero posted the last five outs of the game, getting Yoenis Cespedes to ground into a game-ending double play.
It was the kind of success the Washington bullpen hasn't been accustomed to, though Romero hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 innings over 10 appearances.
"Our bullpen did a great job because they got 11 outs. That's a lot of outs for your bullpen," said Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
|Last Updated: 8/18/2017 5:00:13 PM EST|