Nationals @ Diamondbacks 5/12/15

The Nationals got an early lead, picking up 10 runs in the first 2 innings last night. They ultimately went on to win 11-1 and took the series opener.

Last night, Collmenter must not have come to the game too ready since the Nationals got such a huge jump on him. Its fair to say he probably jsut didn't have his best stuff and it favored the Nationals. Max Scherzer was awesome, allowing only 1 run and striking out 6 all while only walking 1 hitter. For a long while, the Nationals team OBP was pretty unspectacular sitting under .300, now they have a pretty healthy team OBP of .320 and OPS of .726. The Nationals have definitely started playing up to what we had originally hoped before the season started now having won 9 of their last 10 games. The Nationals will start game 2 of the series tonight and Strasburg will look to get on track after missing his last start with a strange rib injury. Rubby De La Rosa will take the hill for the Dbacks and make his 7th start of the season.



Stephen Strasburg's 2015 has been pretty rocky so far. He missed his last start with an injury in his shoulder area, but he says he's ready to go now. Before that, he'd accumulated a 4.73 ERA and the hits he's allowed per nine innings is elevated by 4. Interestingly, all his other numbers seem pretty in line with what is normal for the 2009 first round pick, so maybe tonight will be the night he gets everything back on track. The Dbacks have not seen a whole lot of Strasburg, but what they have seen has favored the Nationals right-hander. Let's hope Stras is fully healthy tonight and that these numbers are a positive indicator of what to expect. Oh, and it goes without saying to watch out for Goldschmidt.


Strasburg vs. Current Dbacks
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Aaron Hill 15 15 3 1 0 1 2 0 5 .200 .200 .467 .667
Paul Goldschmidt 12 12 5 2 0 0 2 0 0 .417 .417 .583 1.000
Jordan Pacheco 9 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .333 .250 .583
A.J. Pollock 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Cliff Pennington 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ender Inciarte 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chris Owings 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Peralta 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 .500 .667 2.000 2.667
Mark Trumbo 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chase Anderson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 59 57 13 3 0 2 5 2 13 .228 .254 .386 .640
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/12/2015.

De la Rosa's ERA sits at 4.38 and his K/9 is slightly elevated when compared to his career norms. All in all he's having a typical season for himself and that isn't anything to write home about. Usually De La Rosa does a decent job of staying in the game, with 4 of his 6 starts this season seeing him go at least until the 6th inning. His last start, he went 7 strong innings and allowed no runs. With a little luck, the Nationals will be able to hit him well and send him on his merry way early. Only one Nationals, Yunel Escobar, has seen this pitcher in action and he has nothing to show for his 2 plate appearances. So take a look at some of his career stats instead.


De La Rosa Career Stats
Year Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO FIP WHIP BB9 SO9
2011 LAD 4 5 3.71 13 10 60.2 54 26 25 6 31 60 3.87 1.401 4.6 8.9
2012 LAD 0 0 27.00 1 0 0.2 0 2 2 0 2 0 12.10 3.000 27.0 0.0
2013 BOS 0 2 5.56 11 0 11.1 15 7 7 2 2 6 5.61 1.500 1.6 4.8
2014 BOS 4 8 4.43 19 18 101.2 116 51 50 12 35 74 4.30 1.485 3.1 6.6
2015 ARI 3 2 4.38 6 6 37.0 33 19 18 6 10 38 4.01 1.162 2.4 9.2
5 Yrs 11 17 4.34 50 34 211.1 218 105 102 26 80 178 4.22 1.410 3.4 7.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/12/2015.


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