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What to Watch For: 8/28

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Washington Nationals (77-50) vs. Miami Marlins (58-71)

RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 2.85) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-12, 5.07)

The Nationals head to Florida after their second day of rest in the past five calendar days as they open a short, two-game set in Miami. Shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Michael Morse both return to the lineup as Stephen Strasburg looks to get Washington back in the win column against the division-rival Marlins.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Strasburg RHP

STRAS THE STOPPER

Stephen Strasburg looks to end Washington’s four-game losing streak tonight against Miami, a club against which he has fired 27.0 consecutive scoreless innings, spanning four-plus starts. This is the second-longest streak among active MLB pitchers, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez and his 27.2 scoreless innings streak against Cleveland. It is also the longest such streak in Nationals (‘05-present) history. Strasburg has worked at least 6.0 scoreless innings in five of seven career starts against the Fish.

PINCH ME, I’M DREAMING

Nationals pinch-hitters are collectively having one of the finest seasons since pinch statistics began being compiled by STATS, Inc. in 1974. In 2012, Davey Johnson’s pinch hitters are batting .315 (46-for-146) with 12 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 21 RBI, 19 walks and five HBP. Last year, Nationals pinch hitters batted .186 (38-for-204) with just five extra-base hits. Using pinch-hit numbers, Washington ranks among the best of the 538 individual National League clubs beginning in 1974 in batting average (second overall, .315), on-base percentage (third overall, .409), slugging percentage (ninth overall, .473) and OPS (third overall, .882).

NOTABLE NOTES OF NOTE

Ryan Zimmerman’s 16 career homers against the Marlins are tied with Atlanta for the most he’s hit against another club. The Nationals won their final two series at Sun Life Stadium, but have lost their initial two at Marlins Park. Via a 10-8 mark in ‘07, the Nationals/Expos franchise has won only one season series from the Marlins since ‘98. With a 3-1 win on Sept. 28, 2011, Stephen Strasburg (win) and the Nationals helped end Florida’s tenure at Sun Life Stadium. Roger Bernadina recorded the final hit and RBI in the venue’s 19-year MLB history.

DATE IN DC BASEBALL

August 28, 2008: Cristian Guzman becomes the first Washington, DC.-based big leaguer to hit for the cycle (sequence: HR, 1B, 2B, 3B) in front of fans in the Nation’s Capital. Before Guzman’s feat, six players representing the AL Nationals, Senators, expansion Senators or Nationals hit for the cycle, but all six came on the road. Guzman’s cycle was the seventh to occur in D.C. since 1900, the first in nearly 61 years, since Detroit’s Vic Wertz ran the gamut on September 14, 1947 at Griffith Stadium.

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30 Players in 30 Days: Cristian Guzman

Cristian Guzman


christian guzman1.JPGComing off of his second All-Star season in 2008, Cristian Guzman had a good season offensively but might have lost a step defensively. The 11-year veteran from the Dominican Republic continues to be a productive hitter and a crucial cog in the Nationals lineup.

Guzman has been a solid hitter throughout his career. He had 49 multi-hit games this season, which ranks most on the Nationals, and had a 17-game hit streak. The shortstop ranks fourth on the career active triples list with 85, including the seven he hit this season.


christian guzman3.JPGOne area where Guzman could greatly improve is his plate discipline. This year he averaged 3.25 pitches per plate appearance, which is the second lowest in the Majors out of all qualifying batters. In comparison, teammate Adam Dunn is fourth highest overall and sees 4.32 pitches per plate appearance. For Guzman, this resulted in only 16 walks this season and an OBP of .306. With a batting average (.284) so close to his OBP, Guzman relies almost entirely on his hitting to get on base. If he drew more walks, he could continue to be productive at the plate even when he is not hitting the ball well. For a veteran such as Guzman, this could prove to be a hard adjustment to make.

Plans for Guzman in 2010 include possibly moving him to second base to make room for Ian Desmond at short. Guzman missed the last two weeks of the season with a shoulder injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery for it on October 8. He is expected to recover fully and should be ready for the 2010 season.


 Cristian Guzman Final Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

135

531

74

151

207

24

7

6

52

16

0

75

4

5

.284

.306

.390

.696

 

 

Nats News and Notes


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It took Jorge Padilla 12 years, 1,165 games and 1,205 hits in the Minor Leagues to finally get his call to the Majors. It was worth the wait and… work. He jumped on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday and lined a single to right, notching his first Major League hit in three pinch-hit at-bats.

“I’m not going to lie – I was torturing myself when I got home at night thinking, ‘When am I going to get a hit?'” Padilla said. “Thank God today I finally got it. It was unbelievable, like a dream come true right there. That’s what I was waiting for all my life.”


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Nothing has ever tasted as sweet as a shaving cream pie to the face after winning a Major League game. JD Martin picked up his first Major League win and recorded his first hit, a single to left in the bottom of the second. Martin became the fourth Nationals pitcher to collect his first career “W” as a starter this season, joining Shairon Martis, Craig Stammen and Jordan Zimmermann. Martin was a first round pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft and spent eight years in the Indians organization before the Nationals signed him to a Minor League contract prior to this season. Martin went 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 15 starts with Triple-A Syracuse before getting called up on July 19th. He made his first Major League start on July, 20th.

 


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The Nationals earned their eighth consecutive win with a 9-2 decision over the Diamondbacks. The eight-game winning streak is the Nationals second longest win streak since MLB returned to DC in ’05, and is the longest active win streak in the Majors. The Nats started the streak when their record was 32-72. According to Elias, the Nats now own the longest winning streak by a team that stood at least 40 games below .500 at its start since 1950, when the St. Louis Browns, 44-86 at the time, won eight straight. (The Browns’ streak came against four different teams, and included a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland, beating the quartet of Mike Garcia, Bob Lemon, Steve Gromek and Bob Feller.) The longest win streak in Nationals history (2005-present) was a 10-game surge from June 2 to the 12, 2005.

 

·         Ryan Zimmerman is in the midst of his second hot streak of the season, a 13-game hitting streak. In the month of August (eight games), he is batting .567 (17-for-30) with four home runs, eight RBI and 14 runs.

·         Since being recalled on August 1, Elijah Dukes is batting .300 (9-for-30) with one home run and 12 RBI in eight games.

·         Cristian Guzman has hit safely in 15 consecutive games, going 29-for-63 (.547) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored.

 

Meet me in St. Louis

For the first time in his career, Ryan Zimmerman is headed to the All-Star game! The game will be played on Tuesday, July 14th in St. Louis.

You have the ability to make sure Zimmerman is not the only Nat in St. Louis this year. Cristian Guzman has the opportunity to join him, but he needs your help! Cristian is a 2009 All-Star Final Vote candidate for the 33rd spot on the National League Roster. Only your votes can send him to the Midsummer Classic! Click HERE to send Cristian to the All-Star game for the second year in a row!GUZasgbutton.jpg

“Vote [Guzman] in, fans — we are trying to rally our troops in the Dominican Republic,” manager Manny Acta said.

The other All-Star Final Vote candidates are:
Matt Kemp – LAD
Mark Reynolds – ARI
Pablo Sandoval – SF
Shane Victorino – PHI

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