|SAN FRANCISCO ( STRATTON )|
WASHINGTON ( COLE )
|*** Doubleheader Game #1|
|953||SAN FRANCISCO||+140||Ov 9.5,-110||+140||Ov 9.5,-110|
|954||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 9.5,-110||-150||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-49||-24.1||36-35||4.1||0.246||0.302||0.376||0.677||4.9||0.280||0.337||0.448||0.785|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||3-3||3.6||0.242||0.300||0.368||0.668||3.0||0.247||0.302||0.339||0.641|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-37||+1||46-41||5.6||0.275||0.342||0.454||0.796||4.5||0.244||0.307||0.407||0.714|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-3||5.0||0.296||0.359||0.451||0.810||3.4||0.225||0.287||0.385||0.672|
|7/30/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-3||L||140||8 un||U||10||5||0||11||15||0|
|7/31/2017||CAIN(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||5-8||L||135||9.5 ev||O||11||6||0||12||11||0|
|8/1/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||10-4||W||110||8 ev||O||14||8||1||7||5||1|
|8/7/2017||MOORE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-5||L||+165||8 ev||P||9||7||0||12||9||1|
|8/8/2017||BLACH(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||6-3||W||+175||7.5 un||O||9||5||2||8||7||1|
|8/9/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||6||0|
|8/12/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||1-3||L||115||9.5 un||U||7||8||0||11||10||1|
|8/13/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||COLE(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||MOORE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|8/14/2017||BLACH(L)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||CAIN(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/31/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||1-0||W||-125||9 un||U||3||3||0||2||4||1|
|8/1/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ MIAMI||O'GRADY(L)||6-7||L||-210||8 un||O||11||7||0||9||5||0|
|8/2/2017||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)||0-7||L||-110||9.5 ev||U||4||1||1||10||8||0|
|8/4/2017||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||4-2||W||155||9 un||U||7||5||0||6||7||0|
|8/5/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||4-7||L||150||11 ev||P||7||8||1||9||3||2|
|8/6/2017||FEDDE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||9-4||W||182||9.5 un||O||10||4||0||10||7||2|
|8/12/2017||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-1||W||-125||9.5 un||U||11||10||1||7||8||0|
|8/13/2017||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||SCHERZER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||PETIT(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
Manager: Dusty Baker (second season)
Who's new? CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, 1B Adam Lind, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Joe Blanton
Who's gone? CF Ben Revere, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Projected lineup: CF Adam Eaton (.284, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB with White Sox), SS Trea Turner (.342, 13, 40, 33), 2B Daniel Murphy (.347, 25, 104), RF Bryce Harper (.243, 24, 86, 21 SB), 3B Anthony Rendon (.270, 20, 85), LF Jayson Werth (.244, 21, 69), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.218, 15, 46) or Adam Lind (.239, 20, 58 with Mariners), C Matt Wieters (.243, 17, 66 with Orioles)
Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), RH Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), LH Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60), RH Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43)
Key relievers: RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64), RH Joe Blanton (7-2, 2.48), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.41), RH Trevor Gott (0-0, 1.50), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95), LH Enny Romero (2-0, 5.91 with Rays)
Hot spots: First base and closer. Zimmerman posted a career-low .642 OPS last season and was often spelled by left-handed hitter Clint Robinson. Now 32, Zimmerman must prove he's worthy of regular playing time. Robinson and free-agent pickup Lind are next in line. The ninth inning could be a committee job too, though it's never been the Nationals' preferred method. After Kenley Jansen spurned D.C. for less money in L.A., their choices were limited. Kelley and Blanton have never closed in a combined 20 seasons in the majors, but both were stalwart set-up men last season. Joe Nathan and his 377 career saves are also in camp on a minor-league deal.
Outlook: Trading former top prospect Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Eaton signaled the Nationals' championship ambitions. Their five-game loss to the Dodgers last October marked the third time in five years they've fallen just short of the NLCS. Washington begins the season with some familiar weapons ' a dangerous heart of the lineup, an experienced bench and exceptional starting pitching. Eaton is a huge upgrade over Revere at the plate, but Wieters will be pressed to replace Ramos' 3.5 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs). Failing to sign a marquee closer could prove fatal if Kelley, Nathan or someone else can't hold down the ninth inning.
|Giants, Nationals face off in doubleheader|
WASHINGTON -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Washington Nationals skipper Dusty Baker have known each other for a long time and have competed against each other for several decades, as both have strong California roots.
Bochy also played and managed the San Diego Padres and Baker played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was the manager of the Giants from 1993 to 2002.
"I have tremendous respect for Dusty," Bochy said this weekend.
"When I lost my job in Cincinnati (in 2013) he was the first one to call -- wanted to know what happened because we had just gone to the playoffs," Baker said.
Their current teams will meet for the last time this season when the Nationals host a day-night doubleheader against the Giants on Sunday. The second game will be a makeup of the game that was rained out Friday in the nation's capital.
Bochy and Baker both have 1,835 career wins following the first game of the series, which the Nationals won, 3-1. Lou Piniella also won 1,835 games as a manager.
Not everything about Saturday's game was positive for Washington, as Bryce Harper left the game with an injury in the first inning.
"We know he hyperextended it when he slipped going across the bag. He's going to get an MRI," Baker said of Harper. "We just ask for prayers that it's not serious. We're just urging everybody out there that are Nationals fans and baseball fans to say a prayer for him tonight because he was in obvious pain out there. We're just hoping for the best."
First-place Washington (69-45) will send right-handers A.J. Cole (1-2, 5.63 ERA) and Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) to the mound Sunday while the last-place Giants (46-71) counter with righty Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63) and left-hander Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88).
"We enjoy our battles and being competitive against each other," said Bochy, whose team was swept by the Nationals in April in San Francisco and is 0-4 against Washington this year.
Bochy has won three World Series titles as a manager. Baker won two as a player and is trying to get his first as a manager in the final year of his two-year contract in Washington.
"We know each other real well because we were in the same division for a number of years when he was in San Diego and I was in San Francisco," Baker said. "I don't think he has any fear. And he knows what he's doing. He's got some brains in that big old head he got. He's a smart man."
Scherzer is 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA in seven career starts against the Giants. He pitched a complete-game victory in his start against the Giants this year, giving up one run and five hits.
Cole, making the fourth start of the season, has never faced the Giants. In his previous start, at home against the Miami Marlins, he gave up a three-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton and took the loss Tuesday.
Moore is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against Washington and Stratton has never faced the Nationals. In his only start against Washington this season, Moore allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings and took the loss.
Harper, the National League MVP in 2015, left the game in the last of the first inning Saturday after his left foot slipped on the first base bag as he tried to beat out a groundball to first baseman Ryder Jones.
On the play, Jones fielded the ball and beat Harper to the bag as pitcher Jeff Samardzija raced over to cover the bag just in case. Harper fell to the ground and held his left knee for several minutes. He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg as athletic trainer Paul Lessard and hitting coach Rick Schu helped him to the clubhouse.
Harper was walking under his own power in the Washington clubhouse at about 1:45 a.m. on Sunday.
The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 1 minute by rain Saturday and there was a light rain falling as Harper batted in the first.
|Last Updated: 3/24/2018 8:49:35 AM EST|