The Washington Nationals have added right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the roster and will start him in the series opener against the New York Mets.
The Nationals purchased Hellickson’s contract before Monday night’s game at Citi Field.
Washington signed Hellickson, 31, late during spring training. He was a combined 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA last year for Philadelphia and Baltimore. He has a career record of 69-69 in eight big league seasons.
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Ohtani threw just 34 percent of his off-speed pitches for strikes, down from 68 percent in his first two starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Sixty-two percent of his off-speed pitches were non-competitive pitches, which means they were more than 18 inches from the center of the strike zone. That number was only 26 percent in his first two starts.
But in order to keep moving things in the right direction, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny switched up his original pitching plan. Rather than starting Michael Wacha, who has struggled to a 1-4 mark in nine career starts at Wrigley, Matheny Authentic Morten Andersen Jersey will turn the ball over to Luke Weaver, who has been St. Louis’ most consistent starter this season.
Weaver (2-0, 2.08 ERA) will make his third start and has yet to allow more than five hits or two earned runs in any of his starts. He has struck out seven in each of his last two outings. Weaver has, however, struggled in his two career starts against the Cubs, against whom he is 0-1 with a 12.86 ERA.
Still, Matheny told reporters on Tuesday that he would rather go with Weaver than put Wacha in a difficult spot in a place he has traditionally struggled. Wacha will instead pitch on Friday against Cincinnati with two extra days rest, Matheny said.
We don’t deny that this has been a tough place for Michael to pitch in the past, Matheny told reporters, according to MLB.com. We had opportunities to split guys up, give them plenty of rest. We like how we split a couple guys up with similar stuff.
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