|ATLANTA ( MINOR )|
MIAMI ( SANABIA )
|959||ATLANTA||-150||Ov 7.5,-110||-155||Ov 7.5,+100|
|960||MIAMI||+140||Un 7.5,-110||+145||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-0||+5||2-3||5.2||0.264||0.333||1.8||0.202||0.251|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||2-5||4.1||0.233||0.290||1.9||0.200||0.264|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-4||-4||1-3||1.5||0.233||0.303||4.0||0.248||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||2-4||2.3||0.232||0.306||4.3||0.257||0.328|
|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)||2-0||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||10||8||1||2||7||0|
|4/9/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||3-2||W||-155||7 ov||U||8||6||1||4||6||1|
|4/10/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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|
|4/12/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||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* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (6-1) at Miami (1-6), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Based on the way Atlanta's Mike Minor has pitched since the last month of the 2012 season, facing the left-hander might not provide the Miami Marlins with much of a chance to end their offensive struggles.
Minor looks to help the visiting Braves to a sixth consecutive victory overall and seventh in a row over the Marlins, who hope to avoid a fifth straight defeat in Wednesday night's series finale.
Atlanta (7-1) continued its best start since 2007 on Tuesday when Kris Medlen allowed an unearned run over seven innings and rookie catcher Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in a 3-2 win at Miami.
The Braves have won six straight and 16 of 19 over the Marlins (1-7), who are off to their worst start since the 1998 team went 1-11. Atlanta pitching has held Miami to two runs and six hits in the series.
"When you are not winning, you are going to get frustrated," said Placido Polanco, who had half of the Marlins' four hits Tuesday. "We're all here to win, and we're not winning right now. We just have to put a couple of hits together and start scoring runs."
Miami, whose 609 runs last season were the second-fewest in the majors, has totaled 16 and is 11 for 63 (.175) with runners in scoring position.
Things likely won't get any easier against Minor, who allowed a homer and struck out seven in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday to improve to 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last eight starts.
That performance came as a relief for Minor, who posted a 6.26 ERA in six starts during spring training.
"With spring training not going as well, I still had that confidence," he said. "I guess that was a big part of it (Friday).
"I'm not going to say I'm going to have a game like this every time. But I had the confidence coming into the season that I was going to attack the hitters like I did last year and throw more breaking balls."
He gave up six runs in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-4 loss in his first 2012 start versus Miami, but went 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA in the next three against the Marlins.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 6 with two homers against Minor, but 4 for 26 (.154) without an RBI in 2013.
The Marlins hope to provide scheduled starter Alex Sanabia some support as he tries to build on a strong season debut in the team's lone victory. Sanabia, who made 14 starts for the Marlins in 2010-11 before spending last season in the minors, allowed six hits over six scoreless innings of a 7-5 win over the New York Mets on Friday.
"It felt awesome to be back out there on a big league mound. It's been a while," said Sanabia, who earned a spot in the rotation after injuries to Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
The right-hander has not faced the Braves since 2010, when he posted a 3.86 ERA while not recording a decision in three starts against them.
Gattis and teammate Justin Upton are a combined 8 for 16 with two homers and four RBIs in the series.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 11:25:27 PM EST|