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The Washington Nationals' starting rotation is among the best in baseball, but not even the addition of phenom Bryce Harper has been able to spark their sputtering offense.
Harper will make his home debut as the Nationals look to avoid a fifth consecutive loss Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Washington's starters lead the majors with a stellar 1.78 ERA while holding opponents to a .186 average. Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs and three hits in six innings Sunday, but didn't get any support in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers - the team's fourth straight defeat.
The Nationals (14-8) rank near the bottom of the league in providing 3.23 runs per nine innings for their starting pitchers, and they've totaled six runs during their skid.
The 19-year-old Harper has gone 1 for 3 in each of his first two major league games, driving in a run in Saturday's 4-3, 10-inning loss.
"It's frustrating for our pitching," first baseman Adam LaRoche told the team's official website. "We feel terrible, because they are doing everything they can possibly do. They are throwing some great games - all of them. We are not pushing the runs across."
Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 1.33 ERA) was on the mound for the team's last victory, earning a 7-2 win Wednesday at San Diego after allowing one run in six innings.
He's given up one earned run in each of his four starts and was provided with welcome run support in his last outing after receiving a combined two runs over his first three starts.
It was a similar story for the right-hander in his most recent start against Arizona, a 2-0 home loss Aug. 23. Zimmermann gave up one run in seven innings to beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 on June 2 in his only other outing against them.
Harper, who heard some boos in Los Angeles, should get a warm welcome in his first major league home game. Washington is 8-2 at Nationals Park behind a 1.52 ERA from its starters.
Harper made a highlight-reel catch Sunday after starting in center field in the absence of Jayson Werth, who was a late scratch with a migraine headache. Tyler Moore, another highly regarded prospect, made his major league debut in left field and went 1 for 3.
Werth, who is hitting .382 with eight homers in his last 15 games versus Arizona, likely will be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Diamondbacks send Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.70) to the mound.
Cahill has struggled in his last two starts. He allowed seven runs - four earned - in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-1 loss to Atlanta on April 20, then gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The right-hander, who has never faced the Nationals, is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his two road starts.
Arizona (12-11) began its 10-game trip by taking three of four in Miami, capped by a 9-5 victory Monday as Justin Upton and Cody Ransom each hit a two-run homer. Diamondbacks starters had a 1.32 ERA in the series.
"Overall I think we have been playing great," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Guys are loose and enthusiastic to play the game."
The Diamondbacks won three of four in their last visit to Washington from Aug. 22-25.
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Love him or hate him, Bryce Harper is here and he's not going anywhere. After 18 homers, 61 RBIs and a .290 batting average in 129 minor league games played, Harper made his highly anticipated MLB debut on Saturday with the Washington Nationals. In that game, the 19-year-old converted outfielder smacked a double and chipped in with the go-ahead RBI on a sacrifice fly in the ninth...
There has been much talk about Bryce Harper and his MLB debut this year. On Saturday night he did not disappoint his supporters and doubled and had a sacrifice fly in his Major League debut for Washington. Unfortunately some of the thunder was stolen by two other entities. The first is Matt Kemp who hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as the Dodgers rallied late for the win...
Guest blogger Mathew Brown returns to recap Bryce Harper’s arrival.
Bryce Harper made his Major League debut over the weekend. He collected two hits, one RBI, a walk, a sac fly and a K. He also made two memorable defensive plays. He was even better than I could have hoped for. In case you missed the action, here are three strikes for each of the games.
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The long-anticipated debut of Nationals phenom Bryce Harper took place last night, and it didn’t disappoint one bit. Starting in right field, Harper went 1-for-3 with an RBI, including a line-drive double off the base of the center field wall. The RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, giving the Nationals a one-run lead that was later blown by closer Henry Rodriguez...
Nationals third base coach Bo Porter walked off the mound, dripping with sweat, beaming.
He had just thrown batting practice to Bryce Harper.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson stood in foul territory as Porter approached, nodding and smiling. He, too, experiences joy watching Harper take BP.
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At what point does MLB come up with some stupid idea like barbed wire fence around their fields to prevent drunks from going over the 4 1/2 foot walls to run around an outfield. Electric fences? Cattle prod force field that knows fans from players because of a chip implanted in your shoulder before entry to MLB games? Just another weekend in baseball.
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I’m happy with what I saw of Bryce Harper’s big league debut. The only at-bat I missed last night was his first MLB hit, a rocket double off the base of the wall that would have been out of most parks. But I saw all I needed to see.
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Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper hammered a double for his first hit in the Major Leagues yesterday. Note the difference in the videos here & here.
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Bryce Harper has captured everyone's attention as baseball's consensus No. 1 prospect, displaying immense power and potential to go along with a polarizing personality. Harper got his first taste of big league action for the Nationals on Saturday at just 19 years old. There's been plenty of speculation as to when Harper would finally get a call-up, and the Nats decided...
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Dodger fans don’t take kindly to Bryce, including this moon shot. [Nats Enq.]
Bryce rocks a skullet and a lot of eye black. [Big League Stew, Bog]
Desperate for offense, Nats also bring up big-hitter Tyler Moore. [FB]
Caps look for more emotion to steal Game 2 win in MSG. [Wash. Times]
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The Washington Nationals not only got to see at-bats from Bryce Harper this weekend at the major league-level in Los Angeles, but highly touted first base prospect Tyler Moore got the call up on Sunday when Mark DeRosa was sent to the 15-day DL for an oblique strain. It made for an incredibly young line up for the Nats, and yet another game with virtually no offensive production...
Going into Saturday's game, eyes around baseball were focued on two players: Bryce Harper of the Nationals, and Mike Trout of the Angels. This was Harper's first action in the show, but Trout had received a brief callup last year for the Angels. Their expectations were not necessarily met. Playing left field and batting seventh, Harper went 1/3 with a double and a sac fly...