|WASHINGTON ( COLE )|
PHILADELPHIA ( NOLA )
|903||WASHINGTON||+120||Ov 9,+100||+130||Ov 8.5,-120|
|904||PHILADELPHIA||-130||Un 9,-120||-140||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||72-47||+6||55-58||5.3||0.267||0.333||0.437||0.770||4.3||0.244||0.304||0.402||0.706|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||2-4||4.7||0.218||0.290||0.412||0.702||3.0||0.215||0.260||0.325||0.585|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-73||-25.9||52-50||4.2||0.253||0.312||0.398||0.710||5.1||0.268||0.329||0.440||0.769|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+4.9||2-4||3.9||0.210||0.282||0.342||0.625||3.7||0.239||0.313||0.410||0.723|
|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)||4-2||W||-200||8 un||U||11||9||0||5||5||0|
|9/20/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||SIMS(R)||7-3||W||-155||9.5 ev||O||8||6||0||4||3||1|
|9/21/2017||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||2-3||L||-155||9.5 un||U||4||1||2||7||3||0|
|9/22/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||6-7||L||115||8 un||O||6||8||0||12||4||2|
|9/23/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)||4-3||W||-185||8 un||U||10||10||0||8||7||0|
|9/24/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-2||W||-145||6.5 ov||U||5||3||0||8||8||1|
|9/25/2017||COLE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|9/30/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|9/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||0-4||L||-130||10 un||U||2||1||0||8||6||0|
|9/18/2017||PIVETTA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-3||W||+305||7.5 ov||U||4||2||0||5||5||0|
|9/19/2017||NOLA(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||+145||7.5 ev||O||8||6||0||9||7||1|
|9/20/2017||THOMPSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||7-5||W||+230||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||7||9||1|
|9/21/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||4-5||L||+190||9 un||P||7||8||2||7||8||1|
|9/22/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||2-7||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||8||0||11||7||0|
|9/23/2017||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-4||L||135||9.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||10||0|
|9/24/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ ATLANTA||GOHARA(L)||2-0||W||115||9.5 ov||U||7||4||1||8||7||0|
|9/27/2017|| ||WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||LIVELY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||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.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|Nationals look to stay sharp against Phillies|
PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Nationals, having comfortably clinched the National League East two weeks earlier, knocked off another checklist item Sunday as the regular season winds down.
With a 3-2 win over the New York Mets, the Nationals ensured they will play their National League Division Series playoff round at home. Game 1 will be Oct. 6.
A win by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday kept the club 4 1/2 games ahead of Washington for the best record in the NL. It's not mathematically impossible for the Nationals to catch the Dodgers, but with Los Angeles (99-57) only having six games remaining, that possibility is unlikely.
So the Nationals (94-61) head to Philadelphia for a three-game series with the Phillies (62-94) without much left to play for.
But with hopes for a deep playoff run, don't expect the Nationals to take their feet off the gas just yet.
"That's why these games are so important," Sunday's winning pitcher Max Scherzer told MLB.com. "Everybody's trying to make those fine-tune adjustments to get on top of their game, so when you do get in the playoffs, you're already accustomed to knowing how you need to play offensively and defensively."
Perhaps the only Nationals player who needs fine-tuning is star outfielder Bryce Harper. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Harper (left knee) will be activated for Monday's game. Harper, once an MVP candidate who owns a .326 batting average with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs, hasn't played since Aug. 12.
Washington manager Dusty Baker would only say the team was still making up its mind regarding the decision and would not confirm the report.
On the mound Monday for the Nationals is RHP A.J. Cole (2-5, 4.43 ERA). He'll face off with Phillies ace Aaron Nola (12-10, 3.56).
Cole, who is making his eighth start of 2017, has made four previous appearances against Philadelphia. Monday will be his third start.
Cole has a 1-1 record and a 3.63 ERA in 17 1/3 innings against the Phillies. His first start of 2017 came May 6 at Citizens Bank Park, when he picked up a win after allowing one run in six innings.
Nola, who since the All-Star break has looked like the ace Philadelphia drafted him to be, will likely be making his final start of the season. The Phillies, who have six games remaining, have deployed a six-man rotation in recent weeks.
Nola, 24, is making his fourth start of the year against Washington. He's 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. For his career, Nola is 1-3 with a 4.69 ERA, the highest ERA he has against any team he has pitched more than 16 innings against.
Nola is one of a few promising young Phillies carrying the club to an exciting second half. Rookies Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford have all shown they could bring meaningful September baseball back to Philadelphia sooner than later.
Pushed by his fellow youngsters, 25-year-old Maikel Franco has been raking lately. The third baseman, who hit a solo home run in a 2-0 win in Atlanta on Sunday, is hitting .348 with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and a .949 OPS in 12 games after Crawford came up from Triple-A and started three consecutive games at third base.
"I think when those guys come up, it always creates an energy spurt in everybody," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told MLB.com.
In the other clubhouse, it is Harper's potential return that could be an opportune energy spurt for Washington as the postseason looms.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2017 2:53:07 PM EST|