Series #15 Preview: Nats at Giants

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At this point in the West Coast trip the Nats are not doing as well as they would want to. They only won one game against the Dodgers and split the series with the Padres, of which they should have taken at least three. Now they head to San Francisco to take on the defending World Series Champions, the Giants.

Sadly, Ross Detwiler will miss his start in the series with a slight oblique strain. General Manager Mike Rizzo said that they do not plan to put him on the disabled list. Zack Duke will be taking Detwiler’s start to begin the series with the Giants. Detwiler’s next scheduled start is on Sunday against the Phillies at Nationals Park. The hope is that he will be ready to go by then, but if his spasms and soreness keeps up Stephen Strasburg could start for him on normal rest. “In essence, we’ll have 10 or 11 days until that spot needs to pitch again,” Rizzo said. “We think Ross will be okay by then.”

Bryce Harper is expected to be back in the lineup for the beginning of the San Francisco series and Davey Johnson belies that he will continue his day-to-day responsibilities in the outfield. On the other hand, Jayson Werth saw a specialist in New York over the weekend to rehab his ailing hamstring, but in the process it flared up again. Rizzo believes that he will start ramping up baseball activities this week and should join the team when they finish their West Coast road trip.

Alright, no more doom and gloom. The middle of the lineup is finally batting, as advertised. Ryan Zimmerman will hit almost any pitch that you throw at him and Adam LaRoche is attaching the ball like it insulted him mama, so that is awesome to say the least. In several of the games on this road trip those two guys have pretty much been the team’s entire offense.

Game 45: Monday, May 20, AT&T Park, 10:15pm, Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (1-4, 8.06 ERA) vs. Zack Duke, LHP (0-0, 8.40 ERA)

How excited should Nats fans be to see Ryan Vogelsong pitching in the first game of the series? The answer: very excited. The reason fans should be excited, elated and borderline euphoric is because Mr. Vogelsong has the highest ERA among qualified starting pitchers in the majors. His WHIP is also ghastly, sitting at a pedestrian 1.84. The 35 year old righty has already given up 37 earned runs this season and lasted only two innings in his start last week against the Toronto Blue Jays. His manager, Bruce Bochy has been non-committal at how long he will allow Vogelsong to keep his spot in the rotation, but let’s hope that he does not lose it until the Nats light him up on Monday night.   

Vogelsong is a five pitch guy: Four-Seam Fastball (86-93 mph, 90 avg), Two-Seam Fastball (87-92 mph, 90 avg), Slider (82-90 mph, 87 avg), Circle Changeup (77-88 mph, 84 avg) and Curveball (70-79 mph, 77 avg). He relies on one of his two fastball variations 51 percent of the time and he throws significantly more changeups to left-handed batters than to right-handed ones. He also gets batters to chase his changeup 26 percent of the time.

In 10.2 IP against the Nationals over the course of his career he has had a rough go of it against them. He has accumulated a 7.59 ERA, 0-1 record and a 2.00 SO/BB ratio, all of which do not bode well for him in the series. Ten Nats batters have faced Vogelsong before, but none of them have faced him enough to show whether they have been successful against him over a meaningful number of plate appearances. As a team, they have a .890 OPS and even Zack Duke, who is facing him in the first game of the series has a hit off him.    

Current Nationals vs. Ryan Vogelsong:

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Kurt Suzuki 7 7 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 .143 .143 .286 .429
Chad Tracy 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
Steve Lombardozzi 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Ryan Zimmerman 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Bryce Harper 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Danny Espinosa 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Roger Bernadina 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Adam LaRoche 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500
Zach Duke 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Total 28 26 10 2 0 0 8 2 9 .385 .429 .462 .890
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With Ross Detwiler missing his start, Davey Johnson said he would either look to Craig Stammen or Zack Duke to start in his place. Johnson decided that the best choice would be Duke. Zack is one of the really feel good stories on the team. He started his career with the Pirates and finished fifth in the final Rookie of the Year ballot, he was selected to an All-Star game and was one of the brighter spots on a God-awful Pittsburg team. However, he lacked consistency at times and was traded to the Diamondbacks, was later signed and released by the Astros and eventually was offered a minor league contract with the Nats prior to the 2012 season.

When Duke reported for Spring Training in 2012 he gathered all of the film from his 2005 rookie season and tried to figure out what had happened since then. He also worked with Nationals pitching coordinator, Spin Williams and Syracuse pitching coach, Greg Booker to change his delivery. By the second half of the season he was locked in and pitching like a man on a mission in AAA. In fact, he did so well that Davey Johnson called him up last September to bolster the bullpen for the playoff push where he went 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP.

Good stories aside Duke has been abysmal thus far in 2013 as the long man out of the bullpen; giving up two or more runs in 4 of his 9 appearances. Duke currently sits on an 8.40 ERA (4.43 FIP) and an opposing slashline of .344/.380/.531.

Duke throws four pitches: Fastball, Curveball, Slider and Changeup. He is not a flamethrower pitcher and will never be, but when his off speed stuff is working lookout. Specifically, when he can get proper placement of his changeup he can make a lot of batters look foolish. He likes to throw the pitch on the outside of the plate. As a starter he has a 49-74 record with a 4.58 ERA, but out of the bullpen where he has to work less innings he has been much more effective as a pitcher.

Against the Giants in the past, he has a 2-3 record and 3.79 ERA over the course of 54.2 IP. One of his wins was a shutout and the current lineup only has a .693 OPS against him. Specifically, Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandavol (.133/.133/.200) has struggled against Duke.    

Current Giants vs. Zack Duke:

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(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Hunter Pence 18 17 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .294 .333 .294 .627
Pablo Sandoval 15 15 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .133 .133 .200 .333
Angel Pagan 11 10 5 1 0 0 4 1 1 .500 .545 .600 1.145
Andres Torres 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 .143 .250 .286 .536
Marco Scutaro 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250
Gregor Blanco 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Buster Posey 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Total 69 62 17 5 0 0 5 6 6 .274 .338 .355 .693
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Game 46: Tuesday, May 21, AT&T Park, 10:15pm, Matt Cain, RHP (3-2, 5.43 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg, RHP (2-5, 2.83 ERA)

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It is never easy to face a pitcher that has thrown a perfect game in their career. It is even harder when the perfect game came last season, so opposing batters know that the pitchers stuff is still relatively the same. Last year, Matt Cain pitched the 22rd perfect game in MLB history. Even more impressive (and let’s face it a perfect game is damn impressive), he tied the record set by Sandy Koufax of most strikeouts in a perfect game with 14 of them. Do not get me wrong, Matt Cain is still about as legit as they come, but he has not had the 2013 he had hoped for and that is primarily because his release point has changed. Cain struggled in his last outing against the Rockies where he gave up six runs, three of which were homers.

Matt Cain is a five pitch guy, primarily throwing a Four-Seam Fastball (88-93 mph, 91 avg), Slider (91-90 mph, 86 avg), Changeup (83-89 mph, 86 avg), Two-Seam Fastball (89-93 mph, 91 avg) and Curveball (76-82 mph, 79 avg). He leads with his fastball and throws it more than half the time. Cain will throw his curveball to both righties and lefties equally and his changeup is his secondary pitch to left-handed batters. He gives up a lot of fly balls, but surprisingly not a lot of home runs. The reason for the high number of fly balls is because he likes to work up in the zone, which is usually discouraged by pitching coaches, but it seems to work for Cain.

Matt Cain has a 5-4 career record against the Nats and a 3.17 ERA. He has a pretty solid 7.8 SO/9 ratio and has thrown three complete games against the Nationals. However, the current lineup has a .297 OBP and Ian Desmond is a straight-up assassin when it comes to Matt Cain. Desmond has an impressive slash line of .333/.667/.400 in 10 plate appearances.

Current Nationals vs. Matt Cain:

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Chad Tracy 33 27 6 3 0 1 3 6 6 .222 .364 .444 .808
Adam LaRoche 30 26 6 3 0 0 1 4 7 .231 .333 .346 .679
Ryan Zimmerman 28 25 6 1 0 1 3 2 3 .240 .286 .400 .686
Ian Desmond 10 9 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 .333 .400 .667 1.067
Kurt Suzuki 9 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .556 .889
Roger Bernadina 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 .143 .250 .286 .536
Danny Espinosa 7 7 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 .286 .286 .714 1.000
Steve Lombardozzi 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Ross Detwiler 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Bryce Harper 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Stephen Strasburg 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Clippard 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Total 153 133 30 9 1 4 9 14 30 .226 .297 .398 .696
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When a casual fan of another team looks at Stephen Strasburg’s record they are probably half expecting him to be putting up Dan Haren type numbers when he takes the mound, but that is not the case. His ERA is a respectable 2.83 and he has only given up five home runs in 57.1 IP this year; but he has yet to look “right” on the mound consistently. He took a no decision after the bats did not come alive until late against Pittsburgh and yet was magnificent, where he went eight innings and only gave up two runs. Hopefully, with his recently found stride, Stras will continue to impress like the organization expects him to.

Strasburg is 2-0 in two starts throughout his career against the Giants. He has only allowed one home run and three runs in 12.0 IP, while striking out 15 batters. Four members of the Giants lineup ate batting .000 against Strasburg and all but two players are batting higher than .250.

Current Giants vs. Stephen Strasburg:

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When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

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(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Hunter Pence 6 5 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 .200 .333 .800 1.133
Marco Scutaro 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167
Angel Pagan 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Pablo Sandoval 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .400 .250 .650
Buster Posey 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .400 .250 .650
Gregor Blanco 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Andres Torres 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Brandon Crawford 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Brandon Belt 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Matt Cain 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Joaquin Arias 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 47 41 7 0 0 2 5 4 13 .171 .261 .317 .578
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Game 47: Wednesday, May 22, AT&T Park, 3:45pm, Madison Bumgarner, LHP (4-2, 3.09 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez, LHP (3-2, 4.01 ERA)

The marquee pitching matchup in this series comes will occur in its last game as Madison Bumgarner faces off against Gio Gonzalez. However, it starts at 3:45pm EST, so set your DVR or get a MLB account and watch or listen while you are at work. Bumgarner is a beast that goes out and attacks batters as he has throughout his short career. Over 592.1 career innings, Bumgarner a sparkling 2.11 BB/9, while at the same time striking out batters at a clip of 8.14 K/9. Also, if you are a left handed batter, pretty much forget about hitting this guy. Left handed hitters have a slashline of .227/.271/.344 against him over his career, so Harper, Span and LaRoche will have their work cut out for them. Since Davey Johnson is so fond of playing the right matchups one of them might get a day off that day.

More than 80 percent of the time Bumgarner throws either his Slider (82-90 mph, 88 avg) or his Four-Seam Fastball (87-94 mph, 91 avg). He will pepper in a Changeup (80-87 mph, 83 avg), Curveball (73-80 mph, 77 avg) and Two-Seam Fastball (86-93 mph, 91 avg) every now and then. His curveball is outside the strike zone three-quarters of the time and his changeup has been described as average at best. However, since he can locate his fastball pretty much all over the zone and the devastating big sweep of his changeup he does not have to work on developing other pitches to aid him in striking batters out.

Bumgarner has caused batters problems since his debut, but last year the Nats figured him out to an extent, where he had a 5.14 ERA in two starts. He also gave up three home runs and had a 1.143 WHIP. Particularly, Zimmerman, Desmond and Espinosa have done well against him in the past. Espinosa, who it appears could not hit water if he fell out of a boat, as of late, has a .333 BA and a .400 OBP in 10 plate appearances.

Current Nationals vs. Bumgarner:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Adam LaRoche 13 13 2 1 0 0 1 0 6 .154 .154 .231 .385
Ryan Zimmerman 10 10 3 1 0 1 3 0 1 .300 .300 .700 1.000
Danny Espinosa 10 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .333 .400 .333 .733
Ian Desmond 9 8 3 0 0 0 2 0 4 .375 .375 .375 .750
Bryce Harper 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Tyler Moore 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jhonatan Solano 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.667 2.333
Steve Lombardozzi 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 64 61 16 2 0 2 7 0 22 .262 .274 .393 .668
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It has been no secret that Gio has struggled with his command this year. He either pitched lights out baseball or “oh-dear-god” baseball. Many times when he is struggling to find his command the other eight players on the field with him have made some stellar plays to keep him in it. This was demonstrated during his last start where he was walking batter after batter early on, but got enough ground balls to limit the damage to only two earned runs.

The two-time All-Star has started five games against the Giants during his career and has a 2-2 record. Over 30.1 IP he has a 3.26 ERA, averaging 8.0 SO/9. Gonzalez’s record may not be impressive, but the current Giant’s lineup has performed poorly against him in the past. The team only has a .587 OPS, which according to Bill James’ essay The 96 Families of Hitters puts them as a team in the “F” or Poor category, which is just above Atrocious. The most respectable player with more than five at bats against him is Andres Torres and he is only averaging .263. The rest of the lineup is much worse off.

Current Giants vs. Gio Gonzalez:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Andres Torres 23 19 5 2 0 0 1 3 4 .263 .391 .368 .760
Marco Scutaro 18 17 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .118 .167 .118 .284
Hunter Pence 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 .143 .333 .286 .619
Buster Posey 9 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .222 .222 .444
Pablo Sandoval 8 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
Joaquin Arias 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Brandon Belt 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Gregor Blanco 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Angel Pagan 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Brandon Crawford 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Jose Mijares 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 85 75 15 4 0 1 5 9 13 .200 .294 .293 .587
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