Nats honor 'My Dad, My MVP' contest winner

Wayne Schlauch, a 60-year-old mechanic and father of four, was selected as Washington's representative in Major League Baseball's inaugural "My Dad, My MVP" contest.
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Offense packing punch with Zimmerman back

Before third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was activated from the disabled list, the Nationals had one of the worst offenses in the Major Leagues. That has all changed with the star third baseman back in the lineup.
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Rib-cage injury sends Ankiel to DL

To make room for left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who started on Sunday against the Orioles, the Nationals decided to put outfielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 15.
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Mike Rizzo says the Nationals’ winning streak will not change his approach to the trade deadline

The Nationals’ eight-game winning streak has lifted them one game away from .500 and not far from contention for the National League wild card spot. Their sudden success, General Manager Mike Rizzo said, will not alter the team’s plans in regard to making trades and moves during the season.

“We have a plan and a vision with the team, what we’d like the team to look like through this year and at the end of this year and into next year,” Rizzo said. “Our plans won’t change. We’ll have the same strategy as far as the trade deadline and that type of thing.”

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Rick Ankiel placed on disabled list

The Nationals placed outfielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal (rib cage) muscle in order to make room for today’s starter Tom Gorzelanny, continuing Ankiel’s frustrating first season in Washington.

On May 2, Ankiel started in center field for the 27th time in 28 games. He sprained his wrist while diving for a line drive, an injury that would eventually send him to the disabled list. When he returned, he found himself in a three-way platoon with Roger Bernadina and Laynce Nix.

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Baltimore Orioles At Washington Nationals: GameThread 72 Of 162.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 03:  Fans wait to enter Nationals Park before the start of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals game on April 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Next Game

Baltimore Orioles
@ Washington Nationals

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Chris Jakubauskas vs Tom Gorzelanny

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

• D.C. Starting Lineup: 

  1. The WereWerth - RF
  2. The Shark - CF
  3. THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B (Word.)
  4. Laynce "With A 'Y'" Nix - LF
  5. The People's Champion Michael Morse - 1B
  6. Danny "Spinner" Espinosa - 2B
  7. Wilson "Duke of Lizards" Ramos - C
  8. Tom Gorzelanny - SP
  9. Alex "Teh H3R0!" Cora - SS
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• Prepare Yourself For One Of The Scariest Profile Pictures Of A Pitcher You've Ever Seen: [You've been warned]:


Tom Gorzelanny

#32 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-2

210

L

L

Jul 12, 1982

 

• 2010 Stats - (7-9). 29 G, 23 GS, 136.1 IP, 4.09 ERA, 3.92 FIP, ERA+ = 106, 68 BB (4.49 BB/9), 119 K's (7.86 K/9), 1.50 WHIP. 

• 2011 Stats - (2-4), 9 GS, 53.0 IP, 4.25 ERA, 5.20 FIP, ERA+ = 90, 20 BB (3.40 BB/9), 48 K's (8.15 K/9), 1.23 WHIP. 

vs BAL - N/A



Chris Jakubauskas

#36 / Pitcher / Baltimore Orioles

6-2

215

L

R

Dec 22, 1978

 

• 2010 Stats - AAA-Rk-A - (1-6), 11 G, 8 GS, 40.2 IP, 5.09 ERA, 15 BB (3.32 BB/9), 33 K's (7.30 K/9), 1.62 WHIP. 

• 2011 Stats - (1-0), 7 G, 2 GS, 23.0 IP, 5.09 ERA, 5.00 FIP, ERA+ = 81, 11 BB (4.30 BB/9), 14 K's (5.48 K/9), 1.70 WHIP. 

vs D.C. - N/A


• Gorzelanny vs The O's: 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
J.J. Hardy 26 23 9 1 0 1 3 3 4 .391 .462 .565 1.027 0 0 0 0 1
Derrek Lee 20 18 7 2 0 2 5 2 1 .389 .450 .833 1.283 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Reynolds 17 13 2 0 0 1 4 2 5 .154 .235 .385 .620 0 2 0 0 1
Luke Scott 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533 0 0 0 0 0
Vladimir Guerrero 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0
Craig Tatum 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 1 0
Total 73 61 19 3 0 4 13 8 12 .311 .384 .557 .941 0 3 0 1 2
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Generated 6/19/2011.

• Jakubauskas vs the Nats: 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Jerry Hairston 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Marquis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 6/19/2011.

 

• Mr. Wilbon?  Way To Go Nats!!!

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Game 72: Orioles at Nats

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Ankiel placed on DL

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Today’s Nationals lineup

Tom Gorzelanny will return from the disabled list and make his first start since May 23 against the Orioles and left-hander Chris Jakubauskas. Ian Desmond has the day off, with Alex Cora at shortstop.

1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Roger Bernadina, CF

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Washington Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann On MLB Network Radio After Win Saturday.

Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann looks up as he sits in the dugout after pitching the top of the third inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Jordan Zimmermann talked to MLB Network Radio hosts Jeff Joyce and Mel Antonen Saturday afternoon, after he'd thrown 99 pitches (59 strikes) over 6.1 innings to earn a curly-W in the Washington Nationals' 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The 25-year-old right-hander, who allowed eight hits but just two runs, said that the mood has changed inside the Nats' clubhouse, with the streaking squad winning their eighth straight game on Saturday. 

"Everyone's upbeat and excited," Zimmermann said, "we'd like to play another game or two and get things moving here. Everyone's pitching well and hitting well, and we're just playing good ball right now." The Nats' '07 2nd Round pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point said, "throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters, and mixing in my other pitches and getting quick outs," has helped him go longer into games, (he's pitched into the 7th in six of his last seven starts) than in previous seasons, and 14 starts into this season, Zimmermann's looking like the top of the rotation arm Nats' scouts expected him to be before he had Tommy John surgery...

Zimmermann labored a bit more to get through his start on Saturday than he had in recent outings, striking out only two after recording 10 K's the last time out against San Diego, and he said he, "fell behind a lot of guys and didn't have my best stuff,"(though the Pitch f/x cameras would say it may have been a problem with the ump's zone instead of the pitcher), but he kept the Nats close against the O's '08 1st Round pick Brian Matusz, and held it together long enough for the Nationals to get the lead. "I got through six with the stuff that I had, and just gave the team a chance to win and Mike Morse came through again." 

Having Ryan Zimmerman, (no relation, one less "n"), (who homered Saturday for the first time since returning from the DL), back in the Nats' lineup is "huge" Zimmermann said, "He's a huge bat and it gives us a big lift in the lineup and you know that you have [Jayson] Werth, [Zimmerman] and Morse that can strike and hit a home run at any time, and everyone is swinging the bat really well right now and it's a good sign that the bats finally came around and the pitching's still there, so we're putting together a good little run here." 

Saturday's start was Zimmermann's second since Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman started batting his pitchers eighth and the Nats' started winning, and the pitcher (who went 0 for 3) said it doesn't matter to him where he hits. "It [doesn't] really matter to any of us pitchers," Zimmermann said, "Ever since he made the switch we've been winning, so I guess don't fix it if it's not broke."

Zimmermann's made some changes on the mound, however, with the MLB Network's Mr. Joyce pointing out that the right-hander has thrown significantly more sliders this season (24.1% this year up from 10.8% last year as he recovered from TJS and 16.1% in his rookie campaign in '09). Asked if the jump in the number of breaking balls he's throwing is due to the increased confidence that comes with pitching in his second-season back from surgery Zimmermann said, "Yeah. I'm fully healed and I feel I can throw any pitch at any time in any count and I have confidence in all my pitches. I don't know what the numbers say, but I feel like I get ahead with the fastball and try to put guys away with the slider or the curve ball in the dirt, and it's been working so far." 

Saturday's win left Zimmermann (5-6) in 14 starts and 86.2 IP in which the right-hander has walked just 18 (1.87 BB/9) and struck out 63 (6.54 K/9). The right-hander put in the same work Stephen Strasburg's doing right now, worked his way back and is at this point agruably the best starter on the Nats' roster. Zimmermann's a model for the return Strasburg's hoping to make, and he says he's talked to the '09 no.1 overall pick and told him it's simple. "I just tell him to work hard," Zimmermann said, "and do all your work and maybe go a little overboard with your work, and you know Stephen, he's going to bust his tail and do everything possible to get back and from what I hear he's been doing a great job and everything's feels fine, so I think he's right on track."

When D.C. GM Mike Rizzo talked to Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore this past winter after returning from the GM Meetings in November, about the difficulty of acquiring top-of-the-rotation arms on the open market, for an article entitled, "The Nationals' search for a top starter won't be easy", the architect of Phase Two of the Nats' push toward respectability conceded that they might just have to wait, "until [2012] to obtain it, and Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann become that 1 and 2 and supplement it in 2012." The pitching market this winter, however, looks relatively weak, with some speculating that Jason Marquis (after C.C. Sabathia if he opts out in NY) could be one of the top available arms...but Marquis did say he would like to stay in D.C., recently didn't he? He'd make an interesting 3-4 in a Strasburg and Zimmermann rotation...


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