RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
Washington and Arizona face oﬀ in the rubber match of this 3-game set today at Chase Field...following the game, the Nationals will head back to DC and enjoy an oﬀ day on Thursday before starting a 6-game homestand against NYM and CIN...the Nationals were stymied by Bronson Arroyo in last night’s 3-1 defeat...Ian Desmond’s RBI-triple in the 2nd inning plated the lone Washington run.
Despite signiﬁcant injuries to WIlson Ramos, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper, as well as short DL stints from Denard Span and Adam LaRoche (5/10-pres.), Wash-ington’s oﬀense ranks among National League clubs in batting average (6th, .251), on-base percentage (5th, .316), slugging percentage (5th, .399) and OPS (4th, .715).• In addition, with 154 runs in 39 games, the Nationals’ run production is up 12 per-cent compated to the initial 39 contests of 2013 (137 runs).
Nationals pitchers are T2nd in MLB in strikeouts (345), 3rd in K/9.0 (8.9) and are 3rd in the the league strikeout percentage (23.3)...the last DC team to pace MLB in strikeouts: the 1919 AL Nationals (536).
BULLISH ON THE NATIONALS’ ‘PEN
At 2.32 (32 ER/124.1 IP), Matt LeCroy’s bullpen is one of just 3 in MLB to currently sport a sub-2.50 ERA for the season (Padres 2.09, Giants 2.17).
SCORE 4 = WIN MORE
The Nationals are 16-1 when scoring 4 or more runs and, conversely, just 4-18 when limited to 3 or fewer 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, 69-36, in from the 7th inning on.• The Nationals pace MLB with a +33 run diﬀerential after the 6th inning (a.k.a. 7th-inning+) with the PIT (+25) ranking 2nd.
DC’S COMEBACK KIDS
Washington’s 11 comeback wins are 3rd in MLB behind the Brewers and Tigers (13) and the Angels (12)...like the Nationals, the Mets, Padres and Pirates also have 11 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.
BUNTS R’ US
The Nationals pace MLB with 14 bunt hits...Danny Espinosa (6) is tied with LAD’s Dee Gordon for the most bunt hits in MLB.
At 28-9, Washington’s Single-A South Atlantic League aﬃ liate, the Hagerstown Suns, lead all of Minor League Baseball with a .784 winning percentage and rank 2nd with 59 stolen bases...their .284 batting average as a team pace the South At-lantic League.
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 (20-19) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (16-26)
RHP Doug Fister (0-1
RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66)
Wednesday, May 14
Game #40 / Road #20
May 14 2009
- Bryce Harper collects his ﬁrst MLB home run, a 3rd-inning solo blast oﬀ Tim Stauﬀer in Washington’s 8-5 come-from-behind victory vs. the Padres...Harper drilled a 2-1 pitch to center ﬁeld at Nationals Park for the historic homer.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL HISTORY
DATE OPP./SITE D.C. TIME DC TV DC RADIO NATIONALS STARTER OPPONENTS STARTER
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)
Thu., May 15 ***OFF DAY***
SCHEDULE & PROBABLE PITCHERS
MAY 17 Armed Forces Day -
As part of Saturday’s Armed Forces Day, compli-mentary (2 tickets per military ID) and discounted military tickets will be available to service members (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) at the Grand Staircase Box Oﬃ ce near First Base Gate begin-ning at 12:30 p.m.
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 sprain), 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 39R.Ohlendorf R Lumbar Strain 60 Mar. 26 39J.Kobernus L Hand Fracture 60 Apr. 12 29
R Thumb Fracture 15 Apr. 13 28B.Harper L Thumb Sprain 15 Apr. 27 / Apr. 26 15A. LaRoche R Quad Strain 15 May 11 / May 10 4D.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 14-6 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 21-14 (.600) against ARI since the beginning of ‘09 and their .550 winning percentage since ‘05 against ARI is tops among NL foes.
2014 / BY THE NUMBERS
2014 W-L ..................................1-1 (0-0 in DC, 1-1 in Phoenix)Streak ..........................................................................Lost 1Aggregate Score / 2014 ........Nationals 7, Diamondbacks 8Home Runs Hit / 2014 ...........Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 1
ALLTIME SERIES / BY THE NUMBERS
W-L / Nationals .............................................................33-27W-L / Franchise (Nationals + Expos) ...........................61-50W-L / Nationals Park (2008-present) .............................11-8 W-L / Chase Field (2005-present) .................................16-15
2014 AGAINST THE DIAMONDBACKS
DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG DATE RESULT WIN-LOSS-SV TOG
5/12@ W6-5 Clippard-Reed-Soriano 2:53 8/18DC5/13@ L1-3 Arroyo-Strasburg-None 2:21 8/19DC5/14@ 8/20DC 8/21DC