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30 Players in 30 Days: Craig Stammen

Craig Stammen

The Nationals relied on their young guns all season long–they knew there would be growing pains and there were. Craig Stammen made his Major League debut on May 21 against the Pirates and went on to lead all Nationals rookies with 19 starts. He went 6.1 innings in that first start with three strikeouts and four earned runs. He received the no-decision in the 5-4 victory. He was one of three Nationals–Jordan Zimmermann and J.D. Martin being the others–to make their debut this season as a starter. The Nationals led the National League with 95 starts by rookie pitchers. That’s more than the Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Royals, Dodgers, Brewers, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Giants and Cardinals combined. Those teams only had 75 starts by rookies collectively–still 20 short of the Nationals.

A pitcher’s first Major League win is always a memorable moment but Stammen made it a magical moment. On June 18 at the new Yankee Stadium, Stammen kept the Bronx Bombers bats at bay pitching 6.1 scoreless innings. The win secured the series victory over the Yankees.

Stammen was drafted by the Nationals in 2005 and slowly worked his way up to the Majors. Before his call up this year, he pitched seven games for Triple-A Syracuse and was named the Syracuse Pitcher of the Month for April. In that time, he went 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA and .205 BAA in four starts.

Stammen struggled at times, like all rookies, but pitched well in July. If Stammen can pitch in 2010 like he pitched in July of 2009–2-2 with a 3.18 ERA (34.0 IP/ 12 ER)–he will be a force at the back end of the rotation. He also had a season-best K/BB ratio of 2.60 during that month too. The highlight of the month was on July 11 when Stammen threw a complete game in a 13-2 win at Houston. He scattered nine hits with two strikeouts and only one walk.

While Stammen didn’t have a winning record, he held his own in his first Major League season. Stammen did not get to finish the season and was shut down in September due to bone spurs in his elbow. He had arthroscopic surgery and should be fully recovered by Spring Training 2010.

 

Craig Stammen Final Major League Stats

W

L

ERA

G/GS

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

4

7

5.11

19/19

0

105.2

112

67

60

14

3

24

48

.271

1.29

1.35

 

 

Craig Stammen Final Minor League Stats

W

L

ERA

G/GS

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

4

2

1.80

7/7

0

40.0

33

10

8

4

0

8

14

.223

1.03

2.03

 
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Nats fall to the Yankees 5-3 in their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium

The Nationals lost 5-3 last night to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees but there were some bright spots in the game. Shairon Martis had a solid outing going 6.0 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, on only four hits. He did not factor into the decision, keeping his overall record at 5-1.

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On the offensive side, Anderson Hernandez blasted a three-run shot, his first of the season, to left field which put the Nats ahead 3-2. The lead was short lived as some timely hitting by New York and some defensive miscues allowed the Yankees to regain the lead. Reliever Ron Villone picked up the loss, and closer Mariano Rivera entered in the 9th to shut down the Nats for his 15th save of the season.

Villone’s loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was his fourth in his last four appearances. According to Elias, over the last 10 seasons, only three other pitchers suffered losses in four consecutive relief outings: Brian Fuentes (2007), Fausto Carmona (2006), and Rheal Cormier (2001).


In other Nationals news:


- With rumors of a managerial shake up in DC, the Nationals players show their support for Manager Manny Acta.


- Teams around the Major Leagues, including the Nats, are using some creative ways to get their players voted into the All-Star Game.


- Long Island native John Lannan is looking forward to his first start at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium home run watch

The new Yankee Stadium has replaced Coors Field as the most generous hitter’s ballpark. The Nats start a three-game set with the Yankees tonight in their first trip to the Bronx in team history. There are sure to be plenty of fireworks. There have been 115 home runs at the new stadium already, 25 more than the second friendliest stadium, Camden Yards, and 79 more than Turner Field. There have only been 49 HR at Coors Field thus far in 2009. Of the 115 bombs, 64 HR have been hit by Yankees players and 51 HR by opponents. Mark Teixeira leads the pack with 13 blasts to souvenir city.  

 


042109-208 adam dunn.JPGIt is a short hop to the right field fence (314′) and the ball carries extremely well down the line. Routine fly balls turn into home runs. There have been 70 HR to right, five to center and 40 to left. It could be a fun series for slugger Adam Dunn.

 

Here’s a look at how the new stadium compared to the old stadium.

HR hit at Yankee Stadium (Through June 15 in 2008 and 2009)

                        2008      2009

HR                   66        115 

Games              32        32

HR/gm             2.1       3.6

 

With 49 regular season games remaining at Yankee Stadium, it is on pace to record 291 HR. Just short of the record set in 1999 when 303 HR were hit out of Coors field.

The Nats are also a much better home run hitting team when they leave the friendly confines of Nationals Park. There have only been 58 home runs at Nationals Park, 18th among ballparks.

Nats Home/Road Splits (Through June 15)
 
                        Home  Away
Games              33        29   
HR                   29        35
AB/HR             38.2     29.3

The MLB Average is 33.5 AB/HR.

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