OFF TO THE WEST COAST
Coming oﬀ a series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, Washington travels west this weekend for the ﬁrst of 3 trips to the “Left Coast” in 2014...to-night, the Nationals will face former farmhand and the organization’s 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Tommy Milone...this weekend’s 3-game Interleague set will be followed by a return to the National League, Mon. at ARI.
Washington welcomed back Scott Hairston (26 games) and Wilson Ramos (32 games) from signiﬁcant DL stints this week...Hairston has hit safely in both games since being reinstated Mon., while Ramos (1-for-2, RBI, BB) plated the eventual go-ahead run in Wed.’s 3-2 win over the Dodgers...in addition, Doug Fister will make his Nationals debut tonight after missing the ﬁrst 34 games with a right lat strain.
Despite signiﬁcant injuries to Wilson Ramos, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper, Washington has plated 143 runs in 34 games...by doing so, the Nationals’ run pro-duction is up 18.1 percent compared the initial 34 contests of 2013 (121 runs).
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 15-1 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 4-14 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
At 3.03, the Nationals are currently 3rd in MLB in team ERA (ATL 2.77, STL 2.95)...in 18 games dating to Apr. 18, Steve McCatty’s staﬀ has fashioned a 2.10 ERA (38 ER/163.0 IP) and allowed more than 4 earned runs just 3 times.
Nationals pitchers rank 2nd in MLB in strikeouts (317) while leading in K/9.0 (9.30) and strikeout percentage (24.5)...the last DC team to pace MLB in strikeouts: the 1919 AL Nationals (536).
FISTER MAKES 5
The Nationals are 18-10 in games started by Stephen Strasburg (6-2), Gio Gonzalez (5-2), Jordan Zimmermann (4-3) or Tanner Roark (3-3) and 1-5 in all other contests.• Doug Fister, after beginning 2014 on the 15-Day DL (right lat strain), is scheduled to make his Nationals debut on tonight at OAK...from 2011-13, the Tigers ﬁnished 46-32 (.613) in 75 regular- or postseason contests started by Fister.
BULLISH ON THE NATIONALS’ ‘PEN
At 2.11 (26 ER/110.2 IP), Matt LeCroy’s bullpen is one of just 3 in MLB to currently sport a sub-2.50 ERA for the season (Giants 1.77, Padres 1.88).
BETTER TO BE SAFE WITH SORI
Dating to Aug. 27, 2013, Rafael Soriano has tossed 25.0 consecutive scoreless in-nings, the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak of his career...Soriano’s streak is the longest in MLB for relievers over that stretch and is also the longest in the 9-plus season history of the Nationals (2005-pres.) among relief pitchers.
SLOW STARTS, FANTASTIC FINISHERS
While the Nationals have run up a 17-run ﬁrst-inning deﬁcit (17 for, 34 against) this year, Washington has outscored opponents, 66-30, in from the 7th inning on.• The Nationals pace MLB with a +36 run diﬀerential after the 6th inning (a.k.a. 7th-inning+) with the CWS (+23) ranking 2nd.
DC’S COMEBACK KIDS
Washington’s 10 comeback wins are tied for 2nd in MLB behind only the Tigers (11)...like the Nationals, the Brewers and Rockies also have 10 come-from-behind wins in 2014.
MEET MATT WILLIAMS
Matt Williams, 48, was named the 5th ﬁeld manager of the Nationals on Oct. 31, 2013...the managerial position is the ﬁrst of his career...joins the Nationals organiza-tion after spending the previous 4 seasons on Kirk Gibson’s coaching staﬀ in ARI...Williams hit .268 (1878-for-7000) with 338 2B, 378 HR, 1218 RBI and 997 runs in 1866 games spanning 17 decorated seasons with ARI (‘98-03), CLE (1997) and SFG (‘87-96)...Williams was a 5-time All-Star (‘90, ‘94-96, ‘99) and a 4-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove (‘91, ‘93-94, ‘97) and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger (‘90, ‘93-94, ‘97) awards...his 359 career homers as a third baseman ranks 5th on the all-time list (Mike Schmidt 509, Eddie Matthews 486, Chipper Jones 389, Graig Nettles 368). • Williams reached the postseason on 6 occasions, won 3 pennants and claimed a World Championship (2001 Diamondbacks)...in all, played in 51 postseason games/18 World Series contests...sports previous managerial experience gained with the Salt River Rafters (AFL division title, ‘12) and the Double-A Mobile Bay-Bears (skippered ﬁnal 5 weeks of ‘07 after Brett Butler suﬀered a mild stroke)...Williams’ baseball DNA traces back to his grandfather, outﬁelder Bert Griﬃ th, who was a member of the 1924 World Champion AL Nationals...born in Bishop, CA and a native of Carson City, NV, Williams is an alum of UNLV.
Washington Nationals (19-15) @ Oakland Athletics (20-15)
RHP Doug Fister (NR /
14-9, 3.67 in ‘13
LHP Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86)
Friday, May 9
Game #35 / Road #15
May 9 1918
- Walter Johnson ties the game with a pinch sac ﬂy in the 9th and earned the win by pitching the 10th inning as the AL Nationals edge the Red Sox, 4-3, in DC. Babe Ruth went 5-for-5 with a triple at the plate, but suﬀers the loss on the mound despite going the distance (9.2 innings).
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTERFri., May 9 @ OAK 10:05 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
RHP Doug Fister (NR / 14-9, 3.67 in ‘13) LHP Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86)
• Fister makes Nationals debut, while Washington faces Milone (1-0, 3.81 ERA, 5 GS for ‘11 Nationals), who was the Nationals ‘10 Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Sat., May 10 @ OAK 9:05 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) RHP Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91)
• Roark (9-2, 2.59 ERA, 3.4/1 SO/BB ratio, 20/11 G/GS) & Gray (9-4, 2.35 ERA, 3.0 SO/BB ratio, 19/17 G/GS) made MLB debuts less than a month apart
Sun., May 11 @ OAK 4:05 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) LHP Scott Kazmir (4-1, 2.64)
• In 46 career starts at O.co Coliseum, Gonzalez went 21-14 with a 3-56 ERA and the A’s played .609 (28-18) ball
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
MAY 10 Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Nationals Field Maintenance Clinic -
Developed in ‘13, the Nationals and the BTF partner to host a Field Maintenance Clinic at Nationals Park. Nationals groundskeepers instruct adult representa-tives from local youth baseball/softball leagues on the fundamentals of grounds keeping and techniques to keep youth ﬁelds playable. The BTF also provides a $10,000 grant to a local non-proﬁt organization for the upkeep and renovation of a baseball ﬁeld in the District of Columbia.
IN THE COMMUNITY
4/13 ....Placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-Day DL (right thumb fracture)...recalled INF Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse.4/18 ...Optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Syracuse...recalled LHP Xavier Cedeno from Syracuse.4/19 ...Optioned OF Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse...recalled from rehab and reinstated OF Denard Span from the 7-Day DL.4/22 ...Optioned LHP Xavier Cedeno to Syracuse...recalled RHP Aaron Barrett from Syracuse.4/27 ...Placed OF Bryce Harper on the 15-Day DL (right hand spain), retro to April 26...recalled OF Steven Souza Jr. from Syracuse.4/28 ...Optioned RHP Taylor Jordan to Triple-A Syracuse...recalled RHP Ryan Mattheus from Syracuse.5/6 .....Optioned RHP Ryan Mattheus to Syracuse...recalled RHP Blake Treinen from Syracuse.5/6 .....Optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Syracuse...recalled from rehab and reinstated C Wilson Ramos from the 15-Day DL.5/7 .....Optioned 1B/OF Tyler Moore to Syracuse.5/9 .....Recalled from rehab and reinstated RHP Doug Fister from the 15-Day DL.
PLAYER INJURY 15/60 DL PLACED / RETRO REINSTATED #GAMES
E.Davis R Elbow Sprain 60 Feb. 13 34R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 34J.Kobernus L Hand Fracture 60 Apr. 12 24
R Thumb Fracture 15 Apr. 13 23B.Harper L Thumb Sprain 15 Apr. 27 / Apr. 26 10D.Span Concussion 7 Apr. 12 Apr. 19 7S.Hairston L Oblique Strain 15 Apr. 6 May 5 26W.Ramos L Hamate Fracture 15 Apr. 2 / Apr. 1 May 7 32 D.Fister R Lat Strain 15 Mar. 29 / Mar. 23 May 9 34
With Washington’s initial visit to O.co Coliseum, the Nationals have now visited every MLB city and played in 33 diﬀerent ballparks...the A’s and Nationals share little history, but make up for it as frequent trade partners...Mike Rizzo and A’s VP/GM Billy Beane have consumat-ed 7 trades since Dec. 2010 (41 months)...those trades have involved, among others, Fernando Abad, Jerry Blevins, A.J. Cole (twice), Gio Gonzalez, John Jaso, Henry Rodriguez, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, Kurt Suzuki (twice), Blake Treinen and Josh Willingham.
The Athletics and Nationals match up for the ﬁrst time since 2005...the A’s (0-3) have never beaten the Nationals, but did sweep a 3-game home set from the Expos...the Nationals’ sweep of OAK in 2005 came in the midst of an electric 12-1 RFK homestand and a 20-6 month of June...meanwhile, OAK’s home sweep of the Expos (June 13-15, 2003) came in the penultime series of Montreal’s never-ending 22-game “roadtrip” (ﬁnal record: 8-14) that included ports of call in Miami, Phila-delphia, San Juan (6 games), Seattle, Oakland and Pittsburgh.
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L ...............................................0-0 (0-0 in Oakland)Streak .........................................................................Won 3Aggregate Score / 2014 ..................Nationals 0, Athletics 0Home Runs Hit / 2014 .....................Nationals 0, Athletics 0
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .................................................................3-0W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ...............................3-3W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) ..............................0-0
2014 AGAINST THE ATHLETICS
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
5/9@ 5/10@ 5/11@