Series Preview: Nationals vs. Pirates

Washington Nationals baserunner Nyjer Morgan (R) argues after being called out at home plate against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of their MLB baseball game in Washington, August 28, 2010. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino makes the call at left. Morgan was assisted by a teammate after scoring on the play and then called out.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Nyjer Morgan brings the fun to Pittsburgh this weekend - Gary Cameron/Reuters

Probable Starters

Friday, September 3rd – 7:05 PM: RHP Livan Hernandez vs. LHP Zach Duke
Saturday, September 4th – 7:05 PM: LHP John Lannan vs. LHP Paul Maholm
Sunday, September 5th – 1:35 PM: RHP Jason Marquis vs. RHP Charlie Morton

 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Record: 57-77 Record: 44-89
Pythag: 59-75 Pythag: 40-93
RS: 550 RS: 460
RA: 628 RA: 723

 

Offense WAS MLB Rank
Offense PIT MLB Rank
wOBA 0.318 20 wOBA 0.298 28
BB% 8.0% 21 BB% 7.7% 24
K% 22.1% 24 K% 23.0% 27
ISO 0.143 20 ISO 0.129 24

 

Starting Pitching WAS MLB Rank
Starting Pitching PIT MLB Rank
FIP 4.30 21 FIP 4.90 30
xFIP 4.49 25 xFIP 4.79 29
K/9 5.59 27 K/9 5.47 28
BB/9 3.01 12 BB/9 3.11 16
HR/9 0.94 14 HR/9 1.27 28
GB% 45.2% 11 GB% 43.1% 19

 

Bullpen WAS MLB Rank
Bullpen PIT MLB Rank
FIP 3.85 9 FIP 4.20 20
xFIP 4.12 7 xFIP 4.27 17
K/9 8.33 7 K/9 8.00 11
BB/9 3.70 13 BB/9 3.98 22
HR/9 0.87 12 HR/9 0.98 22
GB% 43.2% 19 GB% 44.4% 15

 

Defense WAS MLB Rank
Defense PIT MLB Rank
UZR +4.4 14 UZR -41.5 28
UZR/150 -0.3 15 UZR/150 -6.4 28
DRS +28 12 DRS -59 29

 

Top Players

Top Players

Offense PA wOBA
Offense PA wOBA
Ryan Zimmerman 524 0.390 Neil Walker 342 0.362
Adam Dunn 549 0.389 Andrew McCutchen 529 0.352
Starting Rotation IP FIP
Starting Rotation IP FIP
Livan Hernandez 175.1 3.93 James McDonald 34.0 2.46
Craig Stammen 121.0 4.15 Paul Maholm 156.1 4.46
Bullpen IP FIP
Bullpen IP FIP
Drew Storen 44.2 3.06 Evan Meek 68.1 3.37
Sean Burnett 49.1 3.14 Joel Hanrahan 57.2 2.74
Defense Pos UZR
Defense Pos UZR
Ryan Zimmerman 3B +15.9 Ronny Cedeno SS +2.0
Adam Kennedy IF +2.4 Jose Tabata OF +5.0

 

Stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. Current as of 9/3/2010

 

Analysis

  • One of the best pieces of advice Virdon ever gave was to the great Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle, as told by Lyle in his classic book “The Bronx Zoo”.
    You would need to read the book to see it, but basically the advice was “Sparky, don’t shag fly balls in the outfield during pre-game practice with your balls hanging out”.
    I wonder if Virdon remembers that.

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