Results tagged ‘ Lineups ’

Game 1 of 18 against the Braves

Atlanta Braves (11-14):

1.    Nate McLouth – CF

2.    Martin Prado – 2B

3.    Chipper Jones – 3B

4.    Brian McCann – C

5.    Troy Glaus – 1B

6.    Jason Heyward – RF

7.    Melky Cabrera – LF

8.    Omar Infante – SS

9.    Kenshin Kawakami – SP (0-4. 5.48 ERA)

* Major League Baseball named OF Jason Heyward the NL Rookie of the Month Award winner for April today. For the month, Heyward led all rookies with six home runs and 19 RBI, and finished tied for ninth in the Majors in RBI. Heyward made his Big League debut on April 5 vs. the Cubs and homered in his first career plate appearance. The 20-year-old Georgia native hit .240 (18-for-75) with three doubles, 10 runs scored, 13 walks, a .520 slugging percentage and a .360 on-base percentage in April.

 

* The Braves have won three-straight games after losing a season-high nine consecutive games from April 21-29. During the nine-game stretch, their record fell to a season-worst 8-14 on April 29 at St. Louis and were outscored 44-17.

 

 Nationals (13-12):

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.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.   Livan Hernandez – SP (3-1. 0.87 ERA)

*The Nationals 13-12 record matches the club’s best mark through the first 25 games of a season. During the inaugural season in 2005, the Nationals also opened 13-12. Washington’s other 25-game starts: ’06 (8-17), ’07 (8-17), ’08 (8-17), ’09 (8-17). At 13-12, the Nationals haven’t had a winning record this “late” in a season since Oct. 1, 2005, when Washington lost its penultimate contest to fall to 81-80.

 

*The Nats are back for a six-game homestand after enjoying their second off day in five days yesterday. They begin a season-long stretch of 20 games in 20 days. They have just 11 home games in the next 30 games.

Lineups

Dodgers (8-9):

1.    Rafael Furcal – SS

2.    Russell Martin – C

3.    Matt Kemp – CF

4.    James Loney – 1B

5.    Casey Blake – 3B

6.    Ronnie Belliard – 2B

7.    Garret Anderson – LF

8.    Reed Johnson – RF

9.    Chad Billingsley – SP (1-0. 7.07 ERA)

 

* Yesterday, Casey Blake smashed a two-run homer in the 2nd inning in his first career at-bat against Craig Stammen. In the 7th inning, Blake again went deep off Stammen, this time for a solo shot. It was the 9th multi-homer game of Blake’s career and the second of the season for the Dodgers–the other came from Andre Ethier on April 16 vs. San Francisco.

 

 Nationals (9-9):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 3B

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Justin Maxwell – RF

9.   Scott Olsen- SP (0-1. 11.74)

* Craig Stammen collected his first career multi-hit game yesterday, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Stammen is now 3-for-9 (.333) at the plate this season.

* Washington had no problem getting men on base yesterday. Getting them across home plate proved more difficult. Washington left 15 men on base in yesterday’s 13-inning heartbreaker.

* Ivan Rodriguez’s defensive reputation and presence has ostensibly shut down the running game of Nationals opponents…in Rodriguez’s 13 starts, opponents have attempted just one stolen base.

Jimenez vs. Hernandez

If Ubaldo Jimenez and Livan Hernandez pitch today like they have been… this game will last two hours and end 1-0. Jimenez is coming off a no-hitter–he did walk six batters though–and Hernandez is coming off a complete game shutout and hasn’t allowed a run in 16.0 innings. Who will make the first mistake?

 

I bet you are thinking this must be the first time that a pitcher who just pitched a no-hitter is squaring off against a pitcher who just threw a complete game shutoutnot so fast, buddy. According to the people of infinite baseball knowledge at Elias Sports Bureau, this has happened once in the last 90 seasons. It came on May 17, 1996 at Wrigley Field, when the Marlins’ Al Leiter (no-hitter, May 11 vs. COL) and the Cubs’ Jim Bullinger (two-hit shutout, May 12 at NYM) toed the rubber. They both pitched well that afternoon–they allowed just three runs on six hits in 15.0 combined innings–as the Cubs prevailed, 3-1.

 

Ryan Zimmerman is not in today’s lineup after being pulled from last night’s game in the eighth inning with a cramp/strain in his right leg. This might be the only time you see today’s lineup. Zimmerman and Willingham are out. Cristian Guzman is starting in right field and Willie “The home run hitter” Harris is batting third–though he does have a career average of .400 (4-for-10) in the three hole.

 

Today’s starting lineups:

Rockies (7-8):

1.      Carlos Gonzalez – RF

2.      Dexter Fowler – CF

3.      Todd Helton – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Ian Stewart – 3B

6.      Ryan Spilborghs – LF

7.      Miguel Olivo – C

8.      Clint Barmes – 2B

9.      Ubaldo Jimenez – RHP (3-0, 1.29 ERA)

 

Nationals (8-7):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – RF

3.      Willie Harris – LF

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

6.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Alberto Gonzalez – 3B

9.      Livan Hernandez – RHP (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Strasburg cruises and lineups

Stephen Strasburg continued his impressive start to the season today with a morning game–just the standard 10:30 a.m. start time–against the Reading Phils. So as your coffee was starting to kick in, Strasburg’s fastball was starting to dazzle and baffle Minor League batters. Strasburg’s first pitch was a 98 mph fastball. He picked up his second win and pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and surrendering just one walk and a hit. He threw an economical 68 pitchers, 48 for strikes.

 

He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (12.1 IP/ 1 ER) with 17 strikeouts and three walks in three starts.

Date               OPP       W      ERA      IP    H   R    ER  BB  SO      AVG

Apr. 11           @ALT    1        1.80       5.0   4   4      1      2         8     .200

Apr. 16           NBR       0        0.00       2.1   2   1      0      0         3     .222

Apr. 21           REA       1        0.00       5.0   1   0      0      1         6      .063

Totals                           2        0.73       12.1 6   5      1      3         17    .133

 

Here are tonight’s Lineups:

Rockies (7-7):

1.      Carlos Gonzalez – LF

2.      Dexter Fowler – CF

3.      Jason Giambi – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Brad Hawpe – RF

6.      Melvin Mora – 3B

7.      Chris Ianetta – C

8.      Clint Barmes – 2B

9.      Jason Hammel – SP (0-1, 11.42 ERA)

 

Nationals (7-7):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Willie Harris – RF

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan- SP (1-1, 5.74 ERA)

*”The team’s had a little bit of adversity, and we’ve bounced back, which is a good sign,” Ian Desmond said. “We’re only getting better every day. I’m only getting better, the team’s only getting better, and we are definitely moving in the right direction.”

* The Nationals have plated 69 runs through the season’s initial 14 contests and that is the top 14-game run output recorded by the Nationals since MLB returned to DC in 2005. The best 14-game mark prior to this season was 64 runs recorded by both the 2005 and ’06 Nationals.

Five is the magic number and lineups

Apparently three is a magic number for someone–I don’t know who– but the Nationals magic number in the first 13 games has been five. As in, the Nats are 7-0 when their starting pitcher goes at least five innings. They are 0-6 when the starter goes less than five innings. They were 6-23 last season when the starting pitcher lasted less than 5.0 innings. It really isn’t mindboggling–the longer the starting pitcher pitches, the higher probability the team has of winning the game. It is as conventional as wisdom gets.

The 2010 season is still young but it will rest in the arms of the starting rotation–that probably is true for every MLB team. At 7-6, the Nats are off to their best start since 2005. They didn’t win their seventh game until May 4 last year. It took them 24 games. It took them 23 games to win seven in 2008 and 22 games in 2007.

Winning cures all ails. There is a different attitude in the clubhouse this season–they are finally having fun playing baseball. They are winning games they would have lost last season and coming back from games they would have given up on. You can debate all day if team chemistry creates winning or if winning creates chemistry but there is no question the Nats have chemistry in the clubhouse.

“We have more chemistry here. It’s just a different feeling,” Harris said. “If you believe, you just don’t know what could happen. We play nine innings of baseball, and the Nats are going to come at you for nine innings. That’s all there is to it. Our Manager Jim Riggleman demands it, and that’s how we play.”

Lineups:

Rockies (6-7):

1.      Ryan Spilborghs – LF

2.      Dexter Fowler – CF

3.      Todd Helton – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Brad Hawpe – RF

6.      Melvin Mora – 2B

7.      Miguel Olivo – C

8.      Ian Stewart – 3B

9.      Jorge De La Rosa – SP (1-1, 2.77 ERA)

*Troy Tulowitzki leads all National League shortstops with .986 fielding pct and his 118.2 innings are the most played at the position in the NL, and he leads all NL shortstops in double plays (12), total chances (74) and putouts (39). And by the way, he has not made an error since Opening Day, April 5.

 

Nationals (7-6):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Justin Maxwell – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Scott Olsen – SP (0-0, 6.35 ERA)

*SITUATIONAL HITTING: Right from Elias Sport Bureau…Willie Harris’ three-run homer in the second inning put the Nationals on course for a 5-2 victory over the Rockies–and if you have been paying close attention to the Nationals early this season, you should not have been surprised. Washington has been getting big hits at opportune times, producing an NL-leading .353 batting average (24-for-68) with at least two runners on base. Ivan Rodriguez is 6-for-10 in those situations, including a hit on Monday night.

Nats begin a four-game series against the Rockies

The temperature was in the mid-80s two weeks ago on Opening Day. It was unseasonably warm for the beginning of April so it is only fitting that it is a little chilly today. The sun is shining but the temperature is in the low 60s with a brisk wind.

 

The Nats open up a four game series against the Rockies tonight. Craig Stammen takes the mound in his third game of the season and the good news is that it won’t be against the Phillies.

 

He gave up 11 earned runs in 6.1 innings in his first two starts against the Phillies and lasted just 1.1 innings on Wednesday.

 

“The important thing is to bounce back,” Stammen said.

 

He will be attempting to return to his spring form against a Rockies team that has beat the Nationals nine straight times. The Rockies are a perfect 6-0 at Nationals Park and of the 21 clubs that have played games at Nationals Park, 20 have lost at least once. Of course, the lone exception is Colorado.

 

That means just one thing–statistics majors close your eyes–the Nats are due for a victory.

 

The view is always the same unless you are in front. Don’t look now but the Nationals lead the NL with 14 stolen bases and six triples. Pudge Rodriguez leads the NL with a .444 batting average, Livan Hernandez leads the NL with a 0.00 ERA and Matt Capps leads the NL with five saves.

 

Lineups:

Rockies (6-6):

1.      Carlos Gonzalez – CF

2.      Seth Smith – LF

3.      Todd Helton – 1B

4.      Troy Tulowitzki – SS

5.      Brad Hawpe – RF

6.      Miguel Olivo – C

7.      Ian Stewart – 3B

8.      Clint Barmes – 2B

9.      Aaron Cook – SP (0-1, 5.56 ERA)

 Nationals (6-6):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Willie Harris – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Craig Stammen – SP (0-0, 15.63 ERA)

 

Pitching probables:

Tuesday, April 20 Jorge De La Rosa (1-1, 2.77) vs. LHP Scott Olsen (0-0, 6.35)

Wednesday, April 21 RHP Jason Hammel (0-1, 11.42) vs. LHP John Lannan (1-1, 5.74)

Thursday, April 22 RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (2-0, 0.00)

 

Happy Birthday current Rockies and former Nationals relief pitcher Joe Beimel. The left-hander turns 33 today. Beimel did not pitch on his birthday last year while wearing a Nats uniform.

 

Lineups

Brewers (4-6):

1.      Rickie Weeks – 2B

2.      Craig Counsell – SS

3.      Ryan Braun – LF

4.      Prince Fielder – 1B

5.      Casey McGehee – 3B

6.      Jim Edmonds – CF

7.      Corey Hart – RF

8.      George Kottaras – C

9.      Randy Wolf – SP (1-0. 4.05 ERA)

 

*The Brewers have allowed 18 home runs through their first 10 games of the year, which is the most ever allowed by the team through its first 10 games.  The previous mark was 17 HR in 1999 and 2001.

*With his two-out double in the fifth inning last night, Rickie Weeks became the fifth player in Brewer history to start the season with a 10-game hitting streak.

 

 Nationals (5-5):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ian Desmond – SS

7.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

8.      Justin Maxwell – RF

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (1-0. 0.00 ERA)

*Last night’s game marked the second consecutive game the Nationals used an 8th-inning rally to claim their first lead en route to victory.

*With his two-out single in the first inning last night, Cristian Guzman recorded his 500th hit as a member of the Washington Nationals…he became just the second National to reach that plateau, joining Ryan Zimmerman (676).

*Matt Capps secured the final two outs of last night’s win to pocket his fifth save of 2010.  Capps is MLB’s only closer with multiple saves who has saved every club win in 2010.

 

Nats are back at home and lineups


Nyjer Morgan NatsTown.jpgIt is a b-e-a-utiful day in NatsTown. It is cliché–even corny–but that’s why I like to say it because it really is. The temperature is in the mid-80s and the sun is shining down as the Nats start to warm up. The Nats are off to their second best start since moving to DC in 2005. They started the 2005 season 5-4 but Washington’s other nine-game starts weren’t as memorable: 2-7 in 2006, 1-8 in 2007, 3-6 in 2008 and 1-8 in 2009. The Nats kick off a 10 game homestand before they play the next 25 of 36 games on the road. For those interested in catching the Brewers, Rockies and Dodgers this season at Nationals Park, keep in mind that this is their only trip to the Nation’s Capital this season. 

Brewers (4-5):

1.      Rickie Weeks – 2B

2.      Corey Hart – RF

3.      Ryan Braun – LF

4.      Prince Fielder – 1B

5.      Casey McGehee – 3B

6.      Carlos Gomez – CF

7.      Gregg Zaun – C

8.      Alcides Escobar – SS

9.      Yovani Gallardo – SP (0-2. 6.75 ERA)

*Prince Fielder has played in 194 straight games, which is the longest active consecutive games streak in the Major Leagues.

*Rickie Weeks has had a wonderful opening week, pun slightly intended. He has hit safely in each of his first nine games this season and is batting .333 with two home runs and seven RBI. He is looking to become just the fifth player in franchise history to open the season with a hitting streak of at least 10 games.

*Ryan Braun went 4-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in the 8-6 win over the Cubs yesterday.

 Nationals (4-5):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Willie Harris – RF

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ian Desmond – SS

7.      Adam Kennedy – 3B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (1-1. 8.13 ERA)

*Ryan Zimmerman will be held out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game with a sore hamstring but he could be a key bat off the bench late in the game. See yesterday’s two-run home run in the eighth inning for proof.

*Nyjer Morgan is batting .333 (5-for-15) with four walks, a stolen base and a .500 OBP in the last four games.

*Capps is the first Nationals closer to earn the save in each of the Nationals’ first four wins of a season. The only other franchise closer able to make this claim was Rocky Biddle in 2004. Biddle secured the save in each of the Expos’ first five wins that season.

Walk this way and Lineups


Craig Stammen Ex. game.JPGIt is important to preface any baseball statistics or arguments made a half week into the season by saying they probably mean nothing and the records mean even less. The Pirates are undefeated and tied for the lead in the NL Central and the Dodgers are in last place in the NL West. Of course, you would rather be 2-0 than 0-2 but neither record wins a playoff spot. 

The Nats look to salvage game three of their opening series against the Phillies. They will count on 26-year-old Craig Stammen, who had an impressive spring to earn the third spot in the rotation and the Nats are hoping that the third game is a charm.

“Some of the hard work has paid off, but what you do in the spring doesn’t matter,” Stammen said. “All this stuff gets thrown out when the season starts. So I have to continue the success in April.”

For Stammen to have success against the Phillies’ lineup, he will have to pound the strike zone and limit free passes, something John Lannan, Jason Marquis and the bullpen has struggled with in the past few days.

Walk this way.

The Nationals pitching staff has struggled with their control in the first two games. They lead the Majors with 17 walks, nine walks in game one and eight walks last night. The Red Sox are right behind them with 16 walks but that is in three games. These high walk numbers might be more indicative of the two lineups the teams are facing–the Phillies and Yankees, respectively–but it is never easy to win a game when a team walks eight or more batters. Last year, there were 203 times that a team issued eight or more walks and the outcome is what you may expect. The teams issuing the walks went 55-148 (.271) in those games.

The Nationals won’t average eight walks a game but of the 17 walks: six were on full counts, two were on four pitches, two were intentional and five of the batters eventually scored. Pitching around a batter with two outs typically produces a different result than walking the first batter. Last night in the top of the ninth, the Nats intentionally walked Carlos Ruiz with two outs and the next batter, Ryan Madson, struck out. On the other hand, walking the leadoff hitter of the inning always seems to haunt teams. The Phillies leadoff hitter has been issued a free pass six times and they have crossed the plate four times. Walks aren’t runs but they lead to runs.

There are 11 teams that have surrendered 10 or more walks so far this season. Their combined record is 9-17. The 10 teams with the lowest walk totals are 16-7. These statistics aren’t trying to show a cause-and-effect–there isn’t one–and maybe there isn’t even a correlation. A team wins the game by scoring more runs than the other team–thanks John Madden–but walks help the other teams score more runs. It is that simple.

 Phillies (2-0):

1.      Jimmy Rollins – SS

2.      Placido Polanco – 3B

3.      Chase Utley – 2B

4.      Ryan Howard – 1B

5.      Jayson Werth – RF

6.      Raul Ibanez – LF

7.      Shane Victorino – CF

8.      Brian Schneider – C

9.      Kyle Kendrick – SP

 

*Kendrick had a stellar spring and allowed just four hits (0 BB, 0 R) over his first 9.0 innings. He gave up two earned runs or less in all seven of his appearances (5 starts).

*Kendrick replaced injured right-hander Joe Blanton (left oblique strain) in the Phillies’ rotation.

*To pitch to Howard or not is a tough question because Jayson Werth has been just as lethal against the Nats. “You are between a rock and a hard place with those guys,” Manager Jim Riggleman said.

 

Nationals (0-2):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Willie Harris – RF

7.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Craig Stammen – SP

*Guzman gets his first start at SS after pinch hitting for Mike Morse and playing right field last night.

*Pudge gets a break because of the day game after a night game.

Marquis makes his first start with the Nats and lineups


Jason Marquis Opening Day.JPGIt is both game two of the series and season tonight. Last year, the second game at Nationals Park (April 15 vs. the Phillies) was postponed due to thunderstorms. There won’t be any postponements or problems with the weather today. It is another b-e-a-utiful day in the Nation’s Capital–it might even be a little too warm for April 7. The temperature is in the mid-80’s with scattered clouds and plenty of sun as the players start to warm-up.

Jason Marquis takes the mound for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. He made his first start of the 2009 season against the Phillies and will once again try to shut down their formidable lineup. He earned the victory last season, pitching 7.0 innings and surrendering just two runs on five hits. Marquis has traditionally performed well in his first start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.88 ERA (46.1 IP/ 20 ER) in eight first starts of the season since 2002. Since 2005, he is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA (29.1 IP/ 10 ER).

The veteran pitcher said he doesn’t plan on doing anything special against the Phillies. He is just going to be Jason Marquis–a sinker ball specialist that lets his defense make plays. He is just going to stick to his game plan, pound the bottom of the strike zone and induce ground ball outs.

Phillies (1-0):

1.      Jimmy Rollins – SS

2.      Placido Polanco – 3B

3.      Chase Utley – 2B

4.      Ryan Howard – 1B

5.      Jayson Werth – RF

6.      Raul Ibanez – LF

7.      Shane Victorino – CF

8.      Carlos Ruis – C

9.      Cole Hamels – SP

*Jimmy Rollins is batting .118 (4-for-34) with five strikeouts against Marquis.

* Hamels is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA (67.1 IP/ 11 ER) and a .200 (49-for-244) BAA over his last 10 starts against the Nationals (dates to 2007 season). He enters today with a 14.1-inning scoreless streak at Nationals Park

Nationals (0-1):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Mike Morse – RF

8.      Adam Kennedy – 2B

9.      Jason Marquis- SP

*Marquis is the only player in MLB whose club has reached the postseason each of the last 10 seasons.

 

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