|ATLANTA ( COLON )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HELLICKSON )
|951||ATLANTA||+125||Ov 8.5,+100||+100||Ov 8,-110|
|952||PHILADELPHIA||-135||Un 8.5,-120||-110||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-9||-3.1||9-5||3.8||0.253||0.309||0.363||0.672||5.0||0.251||0.328||0.373||0.701|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||4.3||0.264||0.327||0.374||0.701||4.3||0.239||0.315||0.385||0.700|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-7||+1.3||8-5||5.2||0.249||0.315||0.421||0.736||4.8||0.253||0.327||0.420||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.7||5-2||4.3||0.224||0.272||0.355||0.627||3.9||0.216||0.290||0.325||0.615|
|4/7/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||4-5||L||130||8 un||O||10||7||2||11||13||1|
|4/8/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||4-6||L||125||8.5 un||O||11||12||2||10||7||1|
|4/9/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-6||L||115||8 un||O||13||10||2||11||5||0|
|4/11/2017||COLON(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||4-8||L||125||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||10||3||1|
|4/12/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||5-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||8||3||1||7||6||0|
|4/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||5-2||W||-135||7.5 ov||U||9||6||0||6||7||0|
|4/15/2017||DICKEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||4-2||W||-105||8 ov||U||9||5||0||8||7||1|
|4/16/2017||COLON(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||9-2||W||-125||8 ov||O||10||3||0||3||3||0|
|4/17/2017||GARCIA(L)||SAN DIEGO||WEAVER(R)||5-4||W||-160||8.5 ov||O||12||7||1||8||8||1|
|4/21/2017||COLON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EFLIN(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)|| |
|4/27/2017||COLON(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/10/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-4||L||+130||8 ev||U||10||8||2||4||4||0|
|4/11/2017||BUCHHOLZ(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-14||L||+130||8.5 ov||O||8||6||0||20||11||0|
|4/12/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-5||L||-115||8 un||O||6||3||0||6||5||0|
|4/14/2017||NOLA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-3||L||165||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||9||10||0|
|4/15/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||4-2||W||140||8 un||U||6||2||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-6||L||160||9 un||O||8||8||1||11||7||1|
|4/18/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||6-2||W||180||7.5 ov||O||11||12||0||4||7||3|
|4/19/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||4-5||L||115||7.5 un||O||8||6||1||8||5||1|
|4/20/2017||NOLA(R)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)||6-4||W||165||6.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||6||3|
|4/28/2017|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|Phillies, Braves still stuck at bottom of NL East|
PHILADELPHIA -- The National League East bottom-feeders from 2016 haven't really done much in the first 2 1/2 weeks of 2017 to prove they won't be there again.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves open a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night with identical 6-9 records, tied for last in the division.
Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 1.59 ERA) takes the hill for the Phillies against the ageless Bartolo Colon (1-1, 4.24).
Philadelphia returns home after a six-game trip to face the Washington Nationals and New York Mets. The Phillies came away with a 3-3 record following a 6-4 win in Queens on Thursday night.
The Braves, who finished a seven-game homestand Thursday, were swept in a three-game series by the Nationals after winning five consecutive games. They fell 3-2 Thursday night.
Each team has had problems from 2016 surface in their slow starts this year. Both have had trouble scoring runs at times and have dealt with some inconsistencies from their pitching staffs.
For the Phillies, the struggles have come mostly from the bullpen. On Thursday night, the Phillies trotted out their third closer of the young season.
After Jeanmar Gomez's short leash was pulled in favor of Joaquin Benoit last weekend, Benoit notched a save Saturday before blowing one Sunday. On Thursday, manager Pete Mackanin sent Benoit out for the eighth inning and opted to give Hector Neris, one of the best relievers in baseball last year, the save opportunity. Neris retired the Mets in order.
At the plate, third baseman Maikel Franco hadn't yet shown the benefits of the Phillies getting protection for him by signing Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders. Franco snapped an 0-for-22 skid Thursday with a double and a home run.
His lack of success has been more of the bad-luck variety, as he owns one of the lowest batting averages on balls in play in the major leagues.
"That's why I'm still confident," Franco said before the game Thursday, according to the Inquirer. "You worry about stuff you can control."
The Phillies, of course, need their cleanup hitter hitting well to have any sustained success.
On paper, they have the upper hand in the pitching matchups against Atlanta this weekend. All three Braves probable starters have ERAs above 4.00, while all three Phillies starters are under that mark.
The Braves got a little help Thursday when Matt Kemp (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list, though he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the series finale against Washington.
Atlanta also recalled right-hander Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as a temporary long reliever after Josh Collmenter pitched three innings in a 14-4 loss Wednesday. Both Johan Camargo and Luke Jackson were optioned to Gwinnett.
Braves manager Brian Snitker gave struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson (.131 batting average) a day off Thursday after suggesting earlier in the week he wouldn't move him down the lineup.
"You can have all the plans you want for guys, but you just go day to day and trust your gut," Snitker said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I think this will be good for him."
Expect Swanson to be back at shortstop Friday night in Philadelphia.
While Swanson has struggled, first baseman Freddie Freeman is off to a fast start (.407 average, six homers). So was Kemp before his hamstring injury. The Atlanta offense should be much better than last year's version, but questions remain with the pitching staff.
Colon has a chance to start the staff trending in a positive direction Friday. He is 11-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19 career starts against the Phillies.
Neiburg owns an identical 3.43 ERA in his four career starts vs. the Braves.
|Last Updated: 8/21/2017 6:46:56 PM EST|