Game #59 Preview: Nats at Blue Jays

Game 1 of 3: Monday, June 11, 7:07 EDT, Rogers Centre

After some ninth inning heroics by Roger Bernandina and Bryce Harper sealed a win and the series sweep over the Red Sox yesterday, the Nationals send Edwin Jackson (2-3, 3.11 ERA) to the mound to face off against Brandon Morrow (7-3, 2.90 ERA).

Over his last four outings, Edwin Jackson has put together a 2.20 ERA, a .577 OPS against and notched four quality starts, but has only come away with a 1-2 record while the team during those starts was 1-3. This was due to some horrific run support for three of those four games (2 runs of support over 3 games combined). Jackson recieved some much needed run support in his most recent start that led to him securing the win. Jackson fares quite well against most of the current Blue Jays lineup, but unfortunately has been hit very hard by both Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista and those numbers boost the teams aggregate numbers significantly. 

Edwin Jackson vs. Current Blue Jays

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jose Bautista 12 11 4 1 0 1 3 0 4 .364 .364 .727 1.091
Colby Rasmus 10 10 6 1 2 1 4 0 1 .600 .600 1.400 2.000
Rajai Davis 10 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .100 .100 .100 .200
Jeff Mathis 9 7 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 .286 .444 .286 .730
Edwin Encarnacion 7 7 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 .143 .143 .571 .714
Yunel Escobar 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .143 .000 .143
Kelly Johnson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mike McCoy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Villanueva 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 61 57 14 2 2 3 11 3 16 .246 .283 .509 .792
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/11/2012.

 

Brandon Morrow has always been known as a guy who could be scary if he ever put it all together, and to date this year, he’s once again shown flashes of putting it together but also had some really terrible starts. In 12 starts this year he’s had eight with 1 earned run or less given up (including 3 complete game shutouts), and four with 4 earned runs or more (including 3 with six earned runs given up). His most recent start was a complete game shutout against the White Sox. Only 3 Nats have faced Morrow and only LaRoche has hit him, going 2-2 with a HR and a 2B.

Brandon Morrow vs. Current Nationals

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Xavier Nady 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Rick Ankiel 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Adam LaRoche 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 1.000 1.000 3.000 4.000
Total 8 8 2 1 0 1 2 0 5 .250 .250 .750 1.000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/11/2012.

 

Lineup Notes: Harper back in the lineup in RF, Morse DHing, Bernadina in CF.

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