Game Preview: Nationals at Braves 4/28/15

The Nationals continued their skid Monday night, losing 8-4 to the Atlanta Braves.

You could probably say the Nationals haven't had any luck, but they haven't exactly played well enough to earn the benefit of the doubt. The Nationals lost, again. They did so in a convincing fashion, allowing 8 runs to the Braves and committing 4 errors over the course of the game. To put bluntly, it was pretty terrible and they earned their way to that 6th straight loss. Throw in the fact that Yunel Escobar left injured and Max Scherzer is set to miss today's start and things could look a lot better for the D.C. team. No one will feel sorry for the Nationals, though and they've got to play better baseball, to be frank. Desmond picked up his 9th error of the season, giving him an error in almost half of all the games played, while also assisting in giving them the most errors in not only the NL, but all of MLB. This early in the season has been a far cry from what everyone was hoping and pretty much expecting so far. There is still plenty of time to right the ship, but it needs to start happening at some point. Tonight, Julio Teheran and the Nationals rookie A.J. Cole take the hill for their teams.


A.J. Cole will be making his first ever start in the Major Leagues today. The right hander took something of a strange route, going from the Nationals to the A's, then back to the Nationals, but he'll be taking the hill for the Nationals on Tuesday night. Cole has faired well in his time in the Minor Leagues, definitely earning the promotion he's received even if it's only until Max Scherzer's next start. In 3 starts at Triple-A for the Syracuse Chiefs, He's accumulated a 2.40 ERA and a 3.93 FIP. He's allowed a scarce .60 BB/9 while also getting a 6 K/9. It will be interesting to see how Cole's minor league efforts translate into the Major Leagues tonight when he makes his MLB debut. Take a look at how Cole has performed so far in 2015 at AAA Syracuse:


A.J. Cole 2015 Pitching Splits
SplitPAuGPAABRH2B3BHRSBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSBAbipTBGDPHBPSHSFIBB
Total3636151831210110.295.306.475.782.3272910101
Last 7 days12222051000003.227.227.273.500.263610000
Last 28 days3636151831210110.295.306.475.782.3272910101
Last 90 days3636151831210110.295.306.475.782.3272910101
Home12222051000003.227.227.273.500.263610000
Away241395132121017.333.350.590.940.3672300101
April3636151831210110.295.306.475.782.3272910101
As Starter3636151831210110.295.306.475.782.3272910101
vs RHB as RHP33030720107.233.233.400.633.2731210000
vs LHB as RHP333311111113.355.375.548.923.3701700101
Bases Empty334341431106.412.412.6471.059.4812200000
Runners On32927400114.148.179.259.438.136710101
vs. Younger Batters255401200.800.8002.4003.200.6671200000
vs. Older Batters3585614300110.250.263.304.567.3041710101
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/28/2015.

Julio Teheran is probably one of this writer's least favorite human beings, but I'll try to be nice. It doesn't help that he had his first full season with the Braves in 2013 was when they decided to be the unwritten rules police. Either way, the Nationals have seen this guy a lot, 149 plate appearances to be exact. The Nationals have been so-so in that time, with 13 guys putting a .653 OPS together against him. Of those 13 guys, Jose Lobaton seems to see him the best, with a .429/.556/.571 slash line in 9 plate appearances. Hopefully we can see some of that magic tonight.


Teheran vs. Current Nationals
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Denard Span 27 26 8 0 2 0 1 1 1 .308 .333 .462 .795 0 0 0 0 1
Ian Desmond 24 23 7 1 0 0 1 1 7 .304 .333 .348 .681 0 0 0 0 1
Jayson Werth 22 20 3 0 0 0 1 1 7 .150 .227 .150 .377 0 0 0 1 0
Bryce Harper 18 16 7 2 0 2 3 1 3 .438 .500 .938 1.438 0 0 0 1 1
Ryan Zimmerman 17 17 3 0 0 1 4 0 2 .176 .176 .353 .529 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Espinosa 13 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .154 .154 .154 .308 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 9 7 3 1 0 0 0 2 3 .429 .556 .571 1.127 0 0 0 0 0
Gio Gonzalez 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Strasburg 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Doug Fister 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 2 0 0 0 0
Wilson Ramos 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Yunel Escobar 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Tanner Roark 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Total 149 137 33 4 2 3 10 7 34 .241 .288 .365 .653 3 0 0 2 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/28/2015.


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