BACK TO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE
After suﬀering a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics, the Wash-ington Nationals return to more familiar territory tonight as they take on National League West opponent, the Arizona Diamondbacks...the 2007 First-Year Player Draft will be well represented on Chase Field’s pitching rubber, as Upper Mid-west natives Jordan Zimmermann (2nd round, Auburndale, WI) faces oﬀ against Josh Collmenter (15th round, Homer, MI).
The Nationals yesterday placed Adam LaRoche on the 15-Day DL (retro to May 10) with a right quad strain and recalled Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse.• With the move, 5 of the Nationals 8 position players in their Opening Day Lineup have spent time on the Disabled List so far in 2014.
Despite signiﬁcant injuries to WIlson Ramos, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper, as well as short DL stints from Denard Span and Adam LaRoche, Washington’s oﬀense ranks among National League clubs in batting average (5th, .251), on-base percent-age (5th, .318), slugging percentage (6th, .393) and OPS (4th, .711).• In addition, with 147 runs in 37 games, the Nationals’ run production is up 11 per-cent compated to the initial 37 contests of 2013 (131 runs).
Nationals pitchers are 3rd in MLB in strikeouts (331), 2nd in K/9.0 (8.99) and are 3rd in the the league strikeout percentage (23.5)...the last DC team to pace MLB in strikeouts: the 1919 AL Nationals (536).
BULLISH ON THE NATIONALS’ ‘PEN
At 2.40 (32 ER/120.0 IP), Matt LeCroy’s bullpen is one of just 3 in MLB to currently sport a sub-2.50 ERA for the season (Giants 2.10, Padres 2.13).
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
The Nationals opponents have posted a .518 winning percentage (174-162) through the season’s ﬁrst 6 weeks.• According to
“Simple Rating System,” the Nationals’ schedule has been the 3rd-toughest in MLB this season behind Houston and San Diego.
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 15-1 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 4-17 when limited to 3 or less runs by opposing pitchers.
SLOW STARTS, FANTASTIC FINISHERS
While the Nationals have run up an 18-run ﬁrst-inning deﬁcit (17 for, 39 against) this year, Washington has outscored opponents, 67-36, in from the 7th inning on.• The Nationals pace MLB with a +31 run diﬀerential after the 6th inning (a.k.a. 7th-inning+) with the CWS (+25) ranking 2nd.
DC’S COMEBACK KIDS
Washington’s 10 comeback wins are tied for 3rd in MLB behind only the Brewers (12), Angels (11), Tigers (11) and Pirates (11) ...like the Nationals, the Giants, Mets, Padres, Rockies and White Sox also have 10 come-from-behind wins in 2014.
11 of the 25 players on Washington’s roster are homegrown talents drafted and developed exclusively by the Nationals: Aaron Barrett, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Sandy Leon, Tyler Moore, Anthony Rendon, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann.• The Nationals have employed 33 players this season, 16 of whom are home-grown.
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 (19-18) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (15-25)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1
RHP Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.44)
Monday, May 12
Game #38 / Road #18
May 12 2007
- Austin Kearns legs out the ﬁrst inside-the-park homer in the his-tory of the Nationals Kearns’ 360-foot jaunt in the 6th inning sparks a 7-3 win over FLA that was not complete until Ryan Zimmerman hit a game-ending grand slam oﬀ Jorge Julio at 1:42 a.m. (on May 13).
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTER
Mon., May 12 @ ARI 9:40 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 2.92) RHP Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.44)
• Zimmermann (2nd round) and Collmenter (15th round) are products of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft
Tues., May 13 @ ARI 9:40 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM
RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.42) RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-2, 4.89)
• The Nationals have taxed Bronson Arroyo for 19 ER/33.0 IP (0-3, 5.70 ERA) over their last 5 meetings
Wed., May 14 @ ARI 3:40 pm
106.7 FM / 1500 AM / 1580 AM
RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 10.38) RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66)
• Fister takes to the hill for his ﬁrst career start versus the D-backs and just 3rd career start vs. NL West (1-1, 0.60 ERA)
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
MONTH OF MAY NF Awareness Month -
During May, the Nationals will support Ian Desmond in his eﬀort to raise awareness and support research as he works to end Neuroﬁbromatosis (NF). To assist in Ian’s eﬀ orts, please visit nationals.com/endNF.
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 (left thumb 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.5/11 ....Placed 1B Adam LaRoche on the 15-Day DL (retro to 5/10) with a right quad strain...recalled 1B/OF Tyler Moore from Syracuse.
PLAYER INJURY 15/60 DL PLACED / RETRO REINSTATED #GAMES
E.Davis R Elbow Sprain 60 Feb. 13 37R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 37J.Kobernus L Hand Fracture 60 Apr. 12 27
R Thumb Fracture 15 Apr. 13 26B.Harper L Thumb Sprain 15 Apr. 27 / Apr. 26 13A. LaRoche R Quad Strain 15 May 11 / May 10 2D.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
Before joining the Nationals in July ‘06, Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo spent the previous 7 sea-sons as ARI’s Director/VP of Scouting and earned a World Series ring with ARI in 2001...meanwhile, Nationals skipper Matt Williams was an original Diamondback in 1998 and earned a World Series ring in 2001...a Phoenix resident, Williams has served ARI’s organization as a player, coach, executive, broadcaster and minority owner.
The Nationals and Diamondbacks meet 7 times this year, the last 4 of which will take place in the Nation’s Capital, Aug. 18-21...the Nationals (‘05-pres.) are 10-6-2 (win-loss-tie) in series play against the D-Backs thanks largely to a 13-6 mark in one-run games...the Nationals have also notched 3 series sweeps at ARI’s expense and only been swept once...Washington last lost a series in Phoenix in ‘08...the Nationals are 20-13 (.606) against ARI since the beginning of ‘09 and their .552 winning percentage since ‘05 against ARI is tops among NL foes.
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L ...............................0-0 (0-0 in DC, 0-0 in Phoenix)Streak (since ‘13) .........................................................Lost 1Aggregate Score / 2014 ........Nationals 0, Diamondbacks 0Home Runs Hit / 2014 ...........Nationals 0, Diamondbacks 0
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .............................................................32-26W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ..........................60-49W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) .............................11-8 W-L / Chase Field (2005-present) .................................15-14
2014 AGAINST THE DIAMONDBACKS
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
5/12@ 8/18DC5/13@ 8/19DC5/14@ 8/20DC 8/21DC