|WASHINGTON ( JACKSON )|
SAN DIEGO ( CHACIN )
|957||WASHINGTON||-115||Ov 8.5,-110||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|958||SAN DIEGO||+105||Un 8.5,-110||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-39||-1.8||46-43||5.5||0.274||0.340||0.451||0.791||4.5||0.243||0.307||0.406||0.712|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||1-5||4.1||0.279||0.339||0.433||0.772||2.0||0.188||0.250||0.306||0.556|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-48||+4.6||50-35||4.1||0.240||0.298||0.405||0.703||5.1||0.255||0.321||0.422||0.743|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.4||5-2||4.6||0.240||0.312||0.397||0.710||4.7||0.218||0.290||0.413||0.704|
|8/4/2017||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-2||W||155||9 un||U||7||5||0||6||7||0|
|8/5/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||4-7||L||150||11 ev||P||7||8||1||9||3||2|
|8/6/2017||FEDDE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||9-4||W||182||9.5 un||O||10||4||0||10||7||2|
|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)|| |
|8/18/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||ROARK(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|8/4/2017||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||6-10||L||175||9 ov||O||9||9||2||14||9||1|
|8/5/2017||LAMET(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-2||W||145||7.5 ev||U||10||9||0||6||8||0|
|8/6/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||7||7||1|
|8/7/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)||3-11||L||115||9.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||2||0|
|8/8/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||7-3||W||125||9 ov||O||11||7||0||9||8||0|
|8/9/2017||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||3-8||L||140||9 ev||O||7||4||1||11||8||0|
|8/10/2017||LAMET(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||3-10||L||130||8.5 ov||O||8||8||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||4-3||W||240||8 ov||U||7||5||0||8||10||0|
|8/12/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-6||L||225||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||8||8||0|
|8/13/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||4-6||L||245||8.5 ev||O||5||3||1||5||2||1|
|8/15/2017||LAMET(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||8-4||W||-165||8 un||O||8||6||0||6||3||2|
|8/22/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
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.
|SAN DIEGO: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Andy Green (second season)
Who's new? RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jered Weaver
Who's gone? RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Brandon Morrow, IF/OF Alexi Amarista, OF Jon Jay, OF Oswaldo Arcia, IF/OF Adam Rosales
Projected lineup: LF Travis Jankowski (.245, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 30 SB), CF Manuel Margot (.243, 0, 3 in 10 games), 1B Wil Myers (.259, 28, 94, 28), 3B Yangervis Solarte (.286, 15, 71), RF Hunter Renfroe (.371, 4, 14 in 11 games), 2B Ryan Schmipf (.217, 20, 51), C Austin Hedges (.125, 0, 1 in eight games), SS Luis Sardinas (.287, 2, 13)
Rotation: RH Jered Weaver (12-12, 5.06 ERA with Angels), RH Jhoulys Chacin (6-8, 4.81 with Angels and Braves), LH Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.52), RH Trevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74 with Cubs), LH Christian Friedrich (5-12, 4.80) or RH Luis Perdomo (9-10, 5.71)
Key relievers: RH Brandon Maurer (0-5, 4.52, 13/19 SV), RH Carter Capps (did not pitch - Tommy John surgery), LH Ryan Buchter (3-0, 2.86), LH Brad Hand (4-4, 2.92), RH Kevin Quackenbush (7-7, 3.92), LH Keith Hessler (1-0, 3.38 with Diamondbacks and Padres), RH Jarred Cosart (0-3, 6.03 with Marlins and Padres)
Hot spots: Bullpen. San Diego's version of a position battle is Green fighting the temptation to bench a young player in the middle of a long slump. Since the Padres are playing for next year anyway, watching bullpen roles shake out might be someone's version of fun. Maurer, the incumbent closer, blew six of 19 save opportunities last year. Hand and Buchter are a pair of workhorse lefties who wouldn't look out of place on a contending team. The wild card is Capps, who is healthy after missing all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery. A year before, he struck out 58 batters in 31 innings with the Marlins.
Outlook: Look up 'rebuilding team' in the dictionary. With only eight active players on the books for more than $1 million ' excluding the retained salaries of Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr. and several other former Padres ' San Diego will field MLB's lowest payroll. Theirs is the youngest roster in baseball too, with perhaps only two players who have turned 30 by Opening Day. Their best prospects are college-age kids in the low minors. So what's to like? Prospect watchers have been awaiting the arrival of Margot and Renfroe for years. The backup catcher, Christian Bethancourt, might pitch. Capps has an unusual delivery. The Padres also ran the bases aggressively under Green, and stolen bases are fun. How's that for a marketing slogan?
|Spangenberg, Padres aim to keep rolling vs. Nats|
SAN DIEGO -- The Washington Nationals kick off a four-game series with the San Diego Padres on Thursday. That means one of baseball's hottest players will be in America's Finest City.
"It's just his energy," Padres manager Andy Green said. "The way he flies down the line, the way he flies around from first to third. He never takes a play off, and he's always locked in. I think it's those kinds of things fans appreciate a great deal. It's fun to show up and watch him play baseball."
Is Green talking about Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper?
Nope. Try the Padres' Cory Spangenberg.
While Harper is on the shelf with a bum knee, Spangenberg continues to shine.
"He's done a great job for us," Green said.
Spangenberg remade his swing, ditching his line-drive-based approach. Instead, he is shooting for the fences. His bat angle is different when making contact, and his results have flipped, too.
After hitting three homers in his past four games, Spangenberg has already has set a career high with 12. In the second half of the season, he has become one of the Padres' more reliable sluggers.
"When he stays committed to a small zone, he can take a very aggressive pass, and when he squares the baseball up, he is very good about that," Green said. "His struggles are when he gets above the zone and behind the zone."
Spangenberg leads a lineup facing former Padre Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.86 ERA). Jackson went 5-6 for San Diego last year and he could be a comforting sight for his former teammates.
Jackson, who has won two of his past three starts, has gone 0-6 with a 6.63 ERA in his career against the Padres (54-66). However, he was keen against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, recording six quality innings after escaping an early jam. He allowed one run on five hits in a 3-1 win.
"(It) was definitely one of those 'dig deep and see what you're made of' days," Jackson told MLB.com. "I was fortunate enough to come out with good results and also help out the bullpen at the same time with a solid six innings. It's one of those days when you really don't have your best stuff."
While the Nationals' best player, Harper, is idle, Green agrees that Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06) has quite a task in front of him Thursday. Chacin is 3-2 in his career against the Nationals with a 3.43 ERA.
He won three of his past four decisions, although he didn't get one his last time out on Saturday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chacin went five innings and surrendered only one run on four hits against a vaunted offense. He will see another one when he opposes the Nationals (71-47), though Washington fell 3-2 Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.
"That's a really good lineup, it's a long lineup with a lot of really good players that makes it a really good team," Green said. "Obviously, Bryce is out now and that changes it a little bit. But Daniel Murphy is as dangerous as anybody in the game.
"They got speed still. They got power. They got hitters. They have been the best team in the NL East for some time now."
The rebuilding Padres don't mind playing David to the Nationals' Goliath. San Diego recently played the surging Dodgers tough when talking one game in a three-game set. The Padres are also coming off a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, capped by a 3-0 win Wednesday.
"It will be a fun challenge for our guys," Green said of facing Washington. "I like how we played in a hostile park at Dodger Stadium. I expect us to play just as good here, if not better."
|Last Updated: 1/17/2018 1:31:56 AM EST|