|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
MIAMI ( SLOWEY )
|957||ATLANTA||-155||Ov 8,+110||-155||Ov 8,+110|
|958||MIAMI||+145||Un 8,-130||+145||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-0||+4||2-2||6.0||0.260||0.347||2.2||0.230||0.267|
|Past 7 Games||5-1||+3.8||3-3||5.2||0.238||0.311||2.7||0.240||0.291|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-3||-3||1-2||2.0||0.280||0.339||4.7||0.236||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||1-5||-3.6||2-3||2.3||0.251||0.307||4.5||0.249||0.340|
|4/5/2013||MINOR(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-1||W||-200||7.5 un||U||6||9||0||5||1||1|
|4/6/2013||TEHERAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-5||W||-170||7.5 un||O||12||8||1||13||12||0|
|4/7/2013||HUDSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-1||W||-130||7 un||U||6||6||1||5||7||1|
|4/8/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||0-2||L||225||7 ov||U||3||3||0||5||4||0|
|4/3/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-3||L||210||7 un||U||4||5||1||6||7||1|
|4/4/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-6||L||200||7 un||P||8||8||2||9||5||0|
|4/5/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||10||12||1|
|4/6/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-7||L||155||7 un||O||11||8||2||9||6||1|
|4/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||LAFFEY(L)||3-4||L||120||7.5 ov||U||13||12||0||6||7||0|
|4/10/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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.
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Marlins Preview* ========================
Atlanta (4-1) at Miami (1-4), 7:10 p.m. EDT
(AP) - The Miami Marlins generated baseball's biggest buzz as they prepared for their home opener a year ago, anticipating a playoff bid and nearly nightly sellout crowds in a futuristic new home that was supposed to transform a franchise long accustomed to attracting little attention.
As the Marlins begin year two in their ballpark, they're back to operating in obscurity. Given the dismal outlook this season, that may be just as well.
Thousands of empty seats are likely for the home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, with a succession of small crowds to follow. Many potential ticket buyers are disenchanted because owner Jeffrey Loria reverted to his frugal payrolls of the past, and the team is widely projected to finish last in NL East for the third year in a row.
Kevin Slowey (0-1, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to start the first home game for Miami against Paul Maholm (1-0, 0.00). If fans are on the edge of their seats, it may be only because they're awaiting a chance to boo Loria, who ordered a roster dismantling when last season went sour.
"I appreciate and am sorry it has been such a tough offseason," team president David Samson said Sunday before the Marlins' game against the Mets in New York. "The people who are coming to the game (Monday) hopefully are there to cheer on the players who deserve to get cheered."
Loria decided the Marlins needed to reboot after losing 93 games last year, and slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be the lone holdover in the lineup from the home opener in 2012.
That night, Miami christened its long-sought ballpark in the major-league opener on national TV against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Starters were introduced accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls, and Muhammad Ali delivered the first pitch.
"It was awesome," reliever Steve Cishek recalled. "Seeing Muhammad Ali out there, it was crazy."
Then Kyle Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning, the Marlins lost, and little went right the rest of the year.
"Last season ... there's not much more negative we can get than that," Stanton said.
But negativity lingers, and many former Marlins supporters pledge to stay away. The team was disappointed to sell only 12,000 season tickets a year ago, and this year sales have declined to about 5,000.
Interest in the home opener was so tepid that a discount coupon company offered reduced-price tickets. The club's slow start this week on the road didn't help - Miami (1-5) totaled one run in the first three games and was the last major-league team to win a game.
Samson said well over 30,000 are expected for the opener. But a sellout is unlikely, and while Samson expects season attendance to surpass the modest goal of 1 million, he conceded it will likely be lower than in 2012.
"We didn't start from such a high number to start with last year," he said, "but I think it'll go down."
While the Marlins might finish last in the NL in attendance for the eighth time in nine years, Stanton said the team can't do anything about discontented fans.
"They're not angry with the players," he said. "We didn't lose them, we can't gain them back from one thing. ... We've just got to play good."
They'll try to start doing so against the Braves (5-1), who have scored 31 runs in their wins and went 7-2 at Marlins Park last year and 14-4 in the season series.
The Braves completed a three-game sweep of Chicago on Sunday with a 5-1 victory, winning despite striking out 16 times. Atlanta, missing injured starters Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons, got a two-run single from backup infielder Ramiro Pena.
"Our bench is so deep that you can run Pena in there and not lose a beat," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And put Chris Johnson at first base and still put a pretty good team on the field. That's a sign of a good baseball team. Well-rounded."
Maholm was solid in his season debut Wednesday, pitching 5 2-3 scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. He went 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three starts versus Miami last year.
Slowey pitched well in his long-awaited return after a year off due to injuries, going 5 1-3 innings and allowing one run in a 3-0 loss to Washington on Wednesday. He's still seeking his first win since Sept. 18, 2010.
Stanton has a six-game hitting streak versus Atlanta, going 7 for 21 with two home runs, three doubles and three RBIs.
The Braves placed Freeman on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:35:28 AM EST|