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Nationals announce 2014 NLDS Roster

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals announced their 25-man roster for the 2014 National League Division Series on Friday morning, in advance of their 3:07 p.m. game vs. the San Francisco Giants.

The Nationals’ roster will be comprised of 12 pitchers (three left-handed, nine right-handed) and 13 position players (two catchers, seven infielders, four outfielders).

Here is the Nationals’ full roster:

Pitchers

LHP Jerry Blevins
LHP Gio Gonzalez
LHP Matt Thornton

RHP Aaron Barrett
RHP Tyler Clippard
RHP Doug Fister
RHP Tanner Roark
RHP Rafael Soriano
RHP Craig Stammen
RHP Drew Storen
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

Catchers

C Jose Lobaton
C Wilson Ramos

Infielders

INF Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
SS Ian Desmond
INF Danny Espinosa (S)
INF Kevin Frandsen
1B Adam LaRoche (L)
INF Anthony Rendon
INF Ryan Zimmerman

Outfielders

OF Bryce Harper (L)
OF Nate Schierholtz (L)
OF Denard Span (L)
OF Jayson Werth

Nats-Giants game 2

John Lannan will look to continue the trend of Nationals starters pitching at least five innings. So far, they’ve managed to do that in each of the 25 games so far this season. The longest such streak occurred in 2009, and that stretched to 28 games.

 Giants:

Aaron Rowand – CF

Freddy Sanchez – 2B

Buster Posey – 1B

Pat Burrell – LF

Miguel Tejada – 3B

Cody Ross – RF

Mike Fontenot – SS

Eli Whiteside – C

Jonathan Sanchez – P

 Nationals:

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Rick Ankiel – CF

Jayson Werth – RF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Michael Morse – LF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jerry Hairston – 3B

John Lannan – P

 *In his only career outing against the Giants, Lannan went seven innings and allowed only one earned run. He struck out two and walked nobody in the no-decision.

 *In eight at-bats against Jonathan Sanchez, Adam LaRoche has hit a double, a home run, and maintained an OPS of 1.556.

 *Ian Desmond looks to continue his offensive success since returning from Paternity Leave. Yesterday he grinded out three hits off of the Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum, as well as stealing a base on the Cy Young Award-winner.

Nats open four game series vs. Giants

Last night, new dad Ian Desmond made an immediate impact on his return from paternity leave. Desmond led the offense with a triple in the fourth and launched a long ball into the visitor’s bullpen the following inning en route to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Mets. The win snapped a short-lived three-game losing skid and hopefully will serve to garner momentum into the series against the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, who are in town for the first and last time for a four-game series starting tonight.

 Giants:

Aaron Rowand – CF

Freddy Sanchez – 2B

Aubrey Huff – 1B

Buster Posey – C

Pablo Sandoval – 3B

Pat Burrell – LF

Miguel Tejada – SS

Cody Ross – RF

Tim Lincecum – P

 Nationals:

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Rick Ankiel – CF

Jayson Werth – RF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Wilson Ramos – C

Laynce Nix – LF

Ian Desmond – SS

Alex Cora – 3B

Jason Marquis – P

 *Jason Marquis, tonight’s starting pitcher, is 4-3 in 10 career starts against the Giants. He’s struck out 42 over 74.2 career innings with an ERA of just 2.77.

 *Throughout his career in the NL, Adam LaRoche has seen a lot of the Giants. In 200 plate appearances against San Fran, he’s hit for a .302 batting average with 21 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs. He’s also maintained an on-base percentage of .370 against the Giants.

 *Against Tim Lincecum specifically, LaRoche has knocked out two home runs and a double for four RBI. Jayson Werth also has two homers against the multiple Cy Young Award-winner and has batted .267 in his career against him.

The rubber game against the Giants and the World Cup final


Netherlands Roger Bernadina FIFA.jpgIt is the final day of the “first half” of the baseball season and coincidentally the final game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which features Spain vs. the Netherlands. Roger Bernadina has a vested interest in today’s game. He was born in Curacao and lives in Den Haag, Netherlands in the offseason. He played soccer for fun growing up but never on an organized team because he started playing baseball at such a young age and decided just to focus on baseball. Yes, he was a rare breed in the Netherlands to focus on baseball. He still loves soccer though.

Soccer is real big there,” Bernadina said. “That’s everything out there. Soccer out there is like baseball here. It’s real big.”

Bernadina isn’t in the lineup today because Jim Riggleman opted for the right-handed Michael Morse in right field with left-hander Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the Giants, not so he can watch the World Cup.

“I am excited because they’ve never been to a final like that,” Bernadina said of his home country reaching the World Cup Finals. “I’m real excited. The thing is our game is on at the same time so I’m probably going to hear [about it] from one of those guys in the clubhouse.”

He still might be able to sneak back there to watch a few minutes.

Giants (46-41):

1.    Aaron Rowand – CF

2.    Freddy Sanchez – 2B

3.    Aubrey Huff – LF

4.    Buster Posey – C

5.    Travis Ishikawa – 1B

6.    Juan Uribe – SS

7.    Pablo Sandoval – 3B

8.    Nate Schierholtz – RF

9.    Madison Bumgarner – SP (1-2, 2.86 ERA)

* In last night’s game, Buster Posey went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Posey is 19-for-37 (.514) with a double, six home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored in his last ten games. His four hits yesterday match a career high.

 Nationals (39-49):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (6-4, 3.12 ERA)

* The Nationals are 4-1 in rubber games at home this season, but have lost their last four rubber games overall.

* Despite the team’s 10-5 loss to the Giants last night, starting pitcher Craig Stammen did not allow a run in the first inning to halt the franchise-record streak of nine consecutive games in which Washington starters allowed at least one run in the first inning.

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Giants (45-41):

1.    Aaron Rowand – CF

2.    Freddy Sanchez – 2B

3.    Aubrey Huff – LF

4.    Buster Posey – C

5.    Juan Uribe – SS

6.    Travis Ishikawa – 1B

7.    Pablo Sandoval – 3B

8.    Nate Schierholtz – RF

9.    Jonathan Sanchez – SP (7-6, 3.15 ERA)

 * Last night, Andres Torres hit a leadoff home run in the Giants’ 8-1 loss to the Nationals–the sole run of the game for the Giants. Torres has now homered in three consecutive contests and four of the last six games.

  Nationals (39-48):

1.      Justin Maxwell – CF

2.      Christian Guzman  - 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (2-3, 5.73 ERA)

* Last night, Stephen Strasburg allowed just three hits in 6.0 innings of one-run ball. He walked one and struck out eight. Despite making just seven starts, Strasburg now leads the Nationals with 61 strikeouts.

* In last night’s win, Willie Harris recorded his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

On the seventh day of Strasmas…


Patriotic Stephen Strasburg.jpgStephen Strasburg is back on the mound and that means tonight’s game will be a hot ticket at Nationals Park, literally and figuratively. It won’t be 99 degrees at first pitch like it was on Tuesday night but it will be in the high 80s. Since temperature is always relative it feels like a fall day right now. This will be the fifth start at Nationals Park for Strasburg and he has single-handedly sold out the park in three of the four games. The lone game that wasn’t sold out had a paid attendance of 31,913. There were two factors in play for that game a) the Kansas City Royals were in town b) it was a 4:35 p.m. start time on a Wednesday.

 

Strasburg is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA with 53 strikeouts in six starts. He is coming off the shortest Major League outing of his young career: 5.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts against the Mets on July 3. He struggled with his command in the first inning and allowed one run and issued three walks on 37 pitches–two on full counts. He limited the damage and got Jeff Francoeur to fly out to center with the bases loaded.

 

“I’ve learned that it’s going to take a few times just to get comfortable, get experience, to learn how to get a game plan for certain people,” Strasburg said. “Bottom line, I’m just enjoying this ride here and not really putting too many expectations on myself and whatever happens, happens.”

 

 Two things to keep in mind:

*Strasburg has received limited run support to the tune of a 2.70 runs per game average.

*Of the 557 pitches Strasburg has thrown, 33 percent of the time the batters have swung (267) and missed (88). Among active starters that is the highest percentage. Note: It might not be the fairest comparison. Strasburg has thrown 719 fewer pitches than the Rockies Jhoulys Chacin who is second with 28.7 percent swing and misses.

 

Lineups:

 

Giants (45-40):

1.    Andres Torres – CF

2.    Freddy Sanchez – 2B

3.    Aubrey Huff – RF

4.    Pat Burrell – LF

5.    Buster Posey – C

6.    Pablo Sandoval – 3B

7.    Travis Ishikawa – 1B

8.    Edgar Renteria – SS

9.    Matt Cain – SP (6-7, 2.98 ERA)

*According to Elias Sports Bureau, Aubrey Huff–who had two hits, including a home run, in the Giants’ 9-3 win at Milwaukee last night–has recorded at least one extra-base hit in each of his last seven games. This equals the longest extra-base streaks in the Majors this season–accomplished by Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Troy Tulowitzki, and Delmon Young.

Nationals (38-48):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Roger Bernadina – RF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Christian Guzman – SS

6.      Willie Harris – LF

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Stephen Strasburg – SP (2-2, 2.45 ERA)

*Washington has surrendered a first-inning run in eight straight games, the longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. The Nationals are 4-4 in those contests, however.

Luis Atilano optioned to Triple-A Syracuse: The Nats optioned right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano to Syracuse today. Atilano went 6-6 with a 4.85 ERA in 15 starts for the Nationals. The 25 year-old rookie took the loss in Thursday’s 7-1 setback vs. San Diego, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

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