Spring Training 2017 Round Up

Spring Training is “what it is,” but it is always interesting to look at how players did:

Spring Training Top Hitters (50+AB):

BA .466 Jesus Aquilar (Brewers)
HR 8 Bryce HARPER (Nats)
RBI 20 Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox), Ian Happ (Cubs) – tied
OPS 1.582 Greg Bird (Yankees)
H 28 Mitch Haniger (White Sox)
SO 26 Jabari Blash (Padres), Chris Carter (Yankees) – tied
SB 12 Delino DeSheilds (Rangers)
XBH 15 Greg Bird (Yankees)
BB 15 Joey Rickard (Orioles)
E 6 Johan Camargo (Braves), Mike Freeman (Mariners)

Spring Training Top Pitchers (19+IP):

ERA 0.38 Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
SO 37 Danny Salazar (Indians)
W 5 Eddie Butler (Cubs)
R 23 Matt Cain (Giants), Drew Hutchison (Pirates) – tied
WHIP 0.59 Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
BB 14 Rich Hill (Dodgers), Danny Salazar (Indians) – tied
IP 33 Kyle Kendrick (Red Sox)
TBF 132 Kyle Kendrick (Red Sox)
NP 321 Nathan Karns (Royals)
K/9 12.81 Danny Salazar (Indians)

Spring Training – a brief look at best and worst teams:

Most wins 24 Yankees
Most losses 22 Braves
Best ERA 3.28 Cardinals
Worst ERA 6.13 Reds
Best WHIP 1.15 Yankees
Worst WHIP 1.62 Reds
Most SO 306 Red Sox
Least SO 214 Marlins
Best BA .302 Indians
Worst BA .238 Orioles
Best HR 54 Cubs
Worst HR 18 Braves
Best RBI 201 Indians
Worst RBI 119 NATIONALS
Best OPS .886 Brewers
Worst OPS .661 Braves

March 30th: WSH-1, BOS-8

The final game for the Inaugural Season at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches concluded with an 8-1 Nats loss to the Red Sox.  Joe Ross pitched five, facing 26 batters, striking out 7 and giving up 4 earned runs.  Lots of hits but only 1 run to show for it (Bryce Harper RBI bringing in Trea Turner in the first).  The Team LOB was 12.  Turner and Adam Lind both had 2 hits.   The Nats closed out 13-17 (.433 percent) in Spring Training, 10th in the Grapefruit League.  The top NL team was the Cardinals (20-8); the top AL team was the Yankees (24-8).  The top of the Cactus League was the AL Angels (19-3); top NL there was the Dodgers (17-16).

March 28th: WSH-2, MIA-4

Mar 28:  Jayson Werth produced a 2-run home run in the second inning, bringing in Ryan Zimmerman who had a 2-hit day.  Hersey had a double, Lobaton struck out 3 times and had a throwing error.  Nat Starter Jacob Turner gave up three runs in the first inning, pitched 4 innings with 3 strikeouts.  Off the field, the Nats placed Clint Robinson (32 years old) on waivers; he will have 72 hours to clear waivers after which he can either accept an assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, become a free agent.  In 2 years with the Nats, Robinson played in 230 games:  BA .257, OBP .337, OPS .726,15 home runs, 19 doubles, and 60 RBI.

New at Nationals Park for 2017

St. Louis, Washington Nationals, Lopes

Improved WIFI coverage in the stadium and new features on the NATS ballpark App.  There is a luxury MGM National Harbor Dugout Club next to the home dugout:  eight luxury seats, televisions, private restrooms, a personal attendant and a stocked refrigerators (contact MGM National Harbor).  The Nats and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company have partnered on a special concoction “Earned Run Ale,” and the Devil’s Backbone has its own lodge in the upper deck down the left-field line.  In addition, there is a new selection of products at the Main Team Store.

For NATS Opening Game on April 3rd,  Stephen Strasburg has been named the opening day pitcher.  He opened from 2012 thru 2014, striking out 18 in 20 innings leading the team to 3 opening day victories.
  2012:  On April 5 at the Cubs (WSH-2, CUBS-1), Strasburg pitched seven innings with 5 strikeouts, and a 1.29 ERA; he gave up 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run.  He earned a game score of 67; his opponent, Ryan Dempster tallied 78.  Tyler Clippard (1 inning) earned the win, and Brad Lidge got the save.
  2013:  On Apr 1 at Nats Park (WSH-2, MIA-0), Strasburg got the win versus ricky Nolasco, pitching 7 scoreless innings, with 3 strikeouts, 3 hits and no walks; clocking a 0.00 ERA and game score of 74.  Tyler Clippard came in for relief in the 8th, and Rafael Soriano got the save.
  2014:  Opening Day at the Mets on Mar 31, (WSH-9, NYM-7), Strasburg pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks and 1 homers.  HIs game ERA was 6.0 with a game score of 54.  Mets starter, Dilton Gee also gave up 4 earned runs in 6.2 innings.  Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard (1 run) for an inning each, Aaron Barrett earned the win in the eighth, and Jerry Blevins pitched the 9th giving up 2 earned runs.

March 27th: WSH – 6, NYM -0

Trea Turner had two solo home runs off Mets right-hander Seth Lugo, and has a .279/.323/.459 slash line, with 3 HR, 5 RBI, 28 total bases and 6 stolen bases in the Nats 6-0 victory over the Mets.  Harper also had two home runs, Zimmerman and Drew had a doubles, RBIs from Zimmerman, Harper (3) and Turer (2).  Max Scherzer had a very strong outing, striking out 7 in five scoreless innings (Tim Tebow twice), not giving up a hit until the fifth inning, for a total of 85 pitches against 20 batters.  Scherzer tallied a game score of 67 to Lugo’s 23.  For anyone keeping track, the Nats are 13-14 thru Mar 27 (.481), ranking 8th in the Grapefruit League.

Washington Nationals: Trea Turner, Jacque Jones, and Rick Schu.

March 26th: WSH – 1, HOU – 5

Mar 26 – Gio Gonzalez got beaten up a bit allowing 5 runs in five innings on 91 pitches (58 strikes), striking out five.  Astros Martin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick both homered, and the Nats lone run came on a Bryce Harper sac fly.  Turner, Eaton and Lind doubled, but the Nats were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 5 on-base.

Presidents in spring training shirts. Washington Nationals.

spring training washington nationals sign

March 25th: WSH – 4, HOU – 1

Ryan Zimmerman at bat in 2017 spring training game

Tanner Roark returned from the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to pitch 5 and 1/3 innings, striking out five and giving up one run.  Also back from the WBC, Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4, with a two-run double.  Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and scored a run.  Jayson Werth contributed a sac fly in the third.  After Roark, Solis, Kelley and Romero held things at one run.  Blake Treinen, a closer candidate for the NATS, finished things off pitching two thirds of an inning for the save with zeroes across the board.

March 24th: Two games – WSH – 1, STL – 3 | WSH – 0, MIA – 3

The ballpark of the palm beaches, FAU spring training nats

Summary of game for Nats/Cards:

W:  Wacha
L:   Glover
S:  Socolovich

Jeremy Guthrie put up 4 and 1/3 scoreless innings (no hits, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 HBP), versus the Cards Michael Wacha who had a very strong outing.  Dexter Fowler tripled home a Cards run and scored on a sac fly.  Jayson Werth had a 2-out RBI scoring Joseph.

Summary of game for Nats/Marlins:

W:  Urena
L:  Turner
S:  Cervenka

Nats starter Turner gave up two earned runs in 4.1 innings; Clint Robinson had a two hits, including a double, but the Nats had 6 LOB.

March 23rd: Washington Nationals – 1, New York Mets – 0

Summary of game:

A rain delayed game featured two top pitching prospects — Erick Fedde of the NATS and Robert Gsvllman of the METS — both putting in impressive performances.  Fedde gave up just two hits (three strikeouts) in five shutout innings in the NATS 1-0 win over the METS.  Renton scored Turner on a 2-oudouble.  Treinen struck out 2 and got the save.  A little “fireworks” occurred when umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Mets SS (former Nat) Asdrubal Cabrera, bring Mets manager Collins out for a discussion.

Picture of stadium Nationals spring training, scoreboard

March 22nd: Washington Nationals – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 6

Summary of game:

Max Scherzer made his Spring Training debut this season, finishing 4 and 2/3 inning, throwing 73 pitches (49 strikes), giving up two runs on five hits and one walk; he struck out four.  Joe Nathan came in on relief and gave up two runs.  The top three in the Cardinals lines – Fowler, Garcia and Carpenter – combined for six hits, six RBIs and three runs scored.  Carlos Martinez started for the Cards, striking out three.  Trea Turner stole one, and scored the only run.