Game #52 Preview: Nats vs. Braves

Game 2 of 2: Sunday, June 3, 1:35 EDT, Nats Park

After a dominating performance by Stephen Strasburg yesterday ended the Nats three-game losing streak, they look to Gio Gonzalez to continue their winning ways against Tommy Hanson.  

After his shaky Nats debut in Chicago Gio has been absolutely dominant, compiling a 1.55 ERA since April 12. Over that same period batters are hitting just .134 against him with a .435 OPS. In his last start, also against the Braves, Gonzalez was a little wild in the 1st, throwing 28 pitches while giving up a run without a hit via two walks and some good base-running. He locked it down after that inning, striking out ten over the next six innings securing the win and the series sweep for the Nats. The only current Brave to have faced Gio multiple times is Jack Wilson, who spent a few years in SEA, and the only Brave with a hit against Gio is Bourn. I should note that, aside from Wilson's, these numbers are the product of last Sunday's game which was Gio's only start against the Braves.

Gio Gonzalez vs. Current Braves

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jack Wilson 13 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .167 .333
Michael Bourn 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 1.500 2.167
Dan Uggla 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Martin Prado 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jason Heyward 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Eric Hinske 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Matt Diaz 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
J.C. Boscan 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Beachy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 35 31 3 0 1 0 1 3 13 .097 .176 .161 .338
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Generated 6/3/2012.

Hanson was pitching well this season until his last outing, where he gave up six runs on eight hits over only 3.2 innings. To make things worse, the MLB pun masters decided to make an "Mmmbop" reference to Hanson imploding in that game. One thing I've noticed is he's walking nearly 1 more batter per nine innings than his career average, which could be something to watch. Against current Nationals he's held Zim, LaRoche and Espinosa in check while Desmond has been fairly average and Morse has done well against Hanson with a 1.190 OPS.

Tommy Hanson vs. Current Nationals

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ian Desmond 20 19 5 0 0 1 3 1 1 .263 .300 .421 .721
Ryan Zimmerman 20 18 3 2 0 0 3 0 7 .167 .200 .278 .478
Roger Bernadina 12 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Adam LaRoche 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .100 .182 .100 .282
Mike Morse 9 7 2 1 0 1 4 1 2 .286 .333 .857 1.190
Danny Espinosa 7 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 .200 .286 .200 .486
Rick Ankiel 5 4 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 .500 .600 1.250 1.850
Xavier Nady 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Tom Gorzelanny 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chien-Ming Wang 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 91 81 17 3 0 3 13 5 21 .210 .256 .358 .614
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Generated 6/3/2012.

Lineup Notes: Same lineup as yesterday. RP Mike Gonzalez called up, Ryan Perry optioned to AAA.

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