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30 Players in 30 Days: Mike MacDougal

Mike MacDougal

 


062009-248 mike macdogual 1.JPGIt was a tale of two seasons for MacDougal in 2009. He went from being discarded by the White Sox–4.1 innings with a 12.46 ERA and a .389 BAA in five April appearances–to being dominant as the Nationals closer. He can thank his confidence in a ferocious fastball for the turnaround.

 

It was quite the contrast to the start of the 2009 season. MacDougal started the season with the White Sox but struggled to hit his spots with his overpowering fastball, so he threw his slider more than 50 percent of the time. That changed when he was released by the Sox and signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals on May 3. He pitched for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs when then-Chiefs pitching coach Steve McCatty, later the Nationals pitching coach, told MacDougal to have faith in his fastball. It saved his season.   

 

In 38 appearances with the Nats from May 29 to August 30, MacDougal successfully converted 14 of 15 save opportunities and posted a blistering 1.93 ERA and .203 BAA. For as fantastic as those 38 appearances were, the majority of September was forgettable. He battled through injuries from September 2 to September 27, converting his only two save opportunities but went 1-1 with a 11.57 ERA and a .405 BAA in 10 games. But he never threw in the towel and finished the year with four straight scoreless appearances.

 

At 32, MacDougal is no longer the erratic fireballer that he was in Kansas City, he is now a lights-out closer. His career-best save percentage of 95 percent in 2009 is proof of that. Further, his fastball is still strong, averaging 95.7 mph but topping out at 99 mph.

 

Following the conclusion of the season, MacDougal underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip, an injury he pitched through for the last month of the season. He should recover fully by Spring Training.

 

 

Mike MacDougal Final Stats

W

L

ERA

SV/SVO

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

1

1

4.31

20/21

0

54.1

52

31

26

3

3

38

34

.260

1.66

2.97

 

Nats look to continue the streak at home

Lineups:

Rockies:

Gonzalez – LF

Fowler – CF

Helton – 1B

Tulowitzki – SS

Hawpe – RF

Atkins – 3B

Barmes – 2B

Iannetta – C

Jimenez – P (RHP, 10-9, 3.47)

 

Nationals:

Morgan –  CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Dukes – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Nieves – C

Stammen – P (RHP, 3-6, 5.24)

Home Sweet Home:

The Nats are 10-3 at home since they were swept in a four-game series against the Cubs from July 16th to the 19th. The .769 home winning percentage is tied for third in the Majors since July 20th.

The Nationals have won an MLB-best eight straight games here in DC to establish the club mark for most consecutive wins at Nationals Park, which opened last year. Here is a look at the Nationals’ top win streaks in DC since baseball returned to the Nation’s Capital in 2005:

Rank   Win Streak     DC Ball Park             Dates

1.         12                    RFK                            June 2-25, 2005

T2.        8                    Nationals Park           July 25-present

T2.         8                    RFK                            July 21-August 5, 2007

MacDougal is a safe bet:


062009-248 mike macdogual 1.JPGIn 25 appearances since ascending into the Nationals closer role by recording the final two outs in a 3-2 win on June 17 against the Yankees, Mike MacDougal has successfully converted 13 of 14 save opportunities. He can thank his confidence in his ferocious fastball for the turn around, the pitch he throws almost every time. It is quite the contrast to the start of the 2009 season. MacDougal started the season with the White Sox but struggled to hit his spots and threw his slider more than 50 percent of the time. That changed when he was released by the Sox and signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals. He pitched for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs when then Chiefs pitching coach Steve McCatty, now the Nationals pitching coach, told MacDougal to have faith in his fastball. It saved his season. He has a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP) and a .218 (24-for-110) batting average against in 33 games with the Nats.

 

The Best Days of Summer:

The Nationals are 11-4 in the month of August. Washington’s .733 winning percentage in August ranks third in MLB behind only the Cardinals (11-3, .786) and Yankees (12-4, .750). There are still 14 August contests to play and the Nationals are just four wins shy of clinching their first winning month since going 15-12 in September of 2007. They won nine games in May, June and July.

Getting it Dunn:

Adam Dunn has recorded 15 game-winning RBIs this season and trails only the Giants Bengie Molina (18). Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Dunn’s 31 GWRBI are ranked third in MLB:

Rank   Player                         GWRBI (2008-09)

1.         Prince Fielder              33

2.         Bengie Molina             32

3.         Adam Dunn               31

Lannan brilliant in first career start at Yankee Stadium


lannan 1.JPGJohn Lannan completed the New York circuit by beating the Mets and Yankees. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less then two weeks later, he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay.
The Nationals capitalized on John Lannan’s 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and beat the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night. Things got tight when Lannan, who dropped his ERA to 3.38 on the season, gave up a ninth inning homer to Johnny Damon, the 73rd home run hit to right field this season at Yankee Stadium. The solo shot brought the Yankees within one run. Mike MacDougal relieved Lannan and with runners on the corners, got Robinson Cano to ground into a game-ending double play. Lannan improved to 4-5 and MacDougal picked up his first save since July 16, 2006 against the Tigers.

           

The Nationals’ bats contributed as well. Adam Dunn blasted a solo shot in the fourth and Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth. Dunn’s homer gave him 296 for his career. According to Elias, Jason Marquis is the only other New York State-born pitcher to beat the Mets and the Yankees in the same season. The Long Island product did it with the Cardinals in 2005.

 

In other Nationals news:

 

- As Anderson Hernandez improves on the field, his teammates are beginning to trust him more and more. 

 

- The Nationals make room by trading Michael O’Connor to Padres. 

 

- With pitching being their main focus, the Nationals are developing young pitchers that will make an impact soon.

 

- With his family in attendance, John Lannan was impressive in his return to New York.

 

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