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ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )
|907||PHILADELPHIA||+105||Ov 7.5,+110||+125||Ov 7,+105|
|908||ATLANTA||-115||Un 7.5,-130||-135||Un 7,-125|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1.1||1-0||5.0||0.278||0.350||7.0||0.303||0.361|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||7.0||0.303||0.361||5.0||0.278||0.350|
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|4/5/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
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|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Braves Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Philadelphia (0-1) at Atlanta (1-0), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping Roy Halladay will rebound from one of his worst seasons. Getting through the Atlanta Braves' power-laden lineup would be a great start.
Halladay goes for win No. 200 on Wednesday night when the Braves try to build off an impressive season-opening victory.
For the first time since Halladay arrived in Philadelphia for the 2010 season, major questions abound over how he's going to perform. Going 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 2012 and missing seven weeks with a strained right lat muscle helped create that doubt - as did a rough spring training in which he posted a 6.06 ERA in six outings.
"I think a lot of people are kind of anxious and anticipating to see Doc go out there," first baseman Ryan Howard told the Phillies' official website. "We'll just try to go out there and get the 'W.'"
The Phillies couldn't do that Monday behind Cole Hamels, as Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton homered in the Braves' 7-5 victory. Atlanta picked up where it left off in spring training, during which it hit a major league-best 49 homers - seven from Freeman.
"Hopefully, that is just the beginning," the first baseman told the Braves' official website following his three-hit, three-RBI night. "We've got a very balanced lineup one through eight. It's going to be tough for pitchers to get through us."
Halladay has struggled to do that lately, going 0-3 with a 7.44 ERA in his last six starts against Atlanta. The right-hander went 0-2 with an 11.21 ERA versus the Braves last year.
Freeman was 4 for 8 with two home runs off Halladay in those games.
New Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is a .357 hitter (15 for 42) with a homer and four doubles against Halladay, while Uggla has 11 hits - three homers - in 34 at-bats off Halladay.
Paul Maholm wasn't very good the last time he faced Philadelphia, an 8-7 Atlanta victory Sept. 2 in which he gave up a season-high seven runs in two innings. The left-hander, however, did not yield an earned run in his last 20 1/3 spring training innings.
"You want to get off on the right foot. I know last year I got shelled in two straight starts to begin (2012)," Maholm told the Braves' official website. "No matter if you throw a shutout or get bombed, you've got to take it like you've got 30-plus starts and you'll have good ones and bad ones. You've got the itch to get out there and see where you're at."
Maholm (13-11, 3.67) went 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 starts after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 30.
Second baseman Chase Utley, 6 for 18 with three doubles and a home run off Maholm, went 3 for 5 with his 200th homer Monday. The rest of the Phillies' infield of Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young were a combined 1 for 12.
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, platooning with Juan Francisco in the first year of the post-Chipper Jones era, went 2 for 3 with a run.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 9:00:16 AM EST|