|PHILADELPHIA ( LANNAN )|
MIAMI ( NOLASCO )
|957||PHILADELPHIA||-120||Ov 7.5,-115||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|958||MIAMI||+110||Un 7.5,-105||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-4||-0.5||6-2||5.0||0.259||0.317||5.6||0.279||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||5-2||5.0||0.256||0.312||5.4||0.275||0.327|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-5||-5||2-3||1.2||0.228||0.294||4.8||0.272||0.344|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||3-3||2.3||0.240||0.309||5.0||0.277||0.346|
|4/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-7||L||-110||7 un||O||10||8||0||10||5||0|
|4/3/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-9||L||140||7 un||O||9||9||0||9||6||1|
|4/4/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-0||W||110||6.5 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||0|
|4/5/2013||KENDRICK(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||4-13||L||-120||8 un||O||9||4||0||19||9||0|
|4/6/2013||LANNAN(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-110||8 un||U||3||5||2||6||4||0|
|4/7/2013||HAMELS(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||8-9||L||-120||7 un||O||15||8||0||13||8||0|
|4/8/2013||HALLADAY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||4||4||0||9||8||1|
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-3||W||-190||7 ov||O||11||5||1||8||5||2|
|4/10/2013||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-3||W||-130||9 un||O||10||5||0||11||7||0|
|4/12/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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|
|4/14/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Marlins Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Philadelphia (4-5) at Miami (1-8), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Ryan Howard has been part of Philadelphia Phillies teams that have gotten off to slow starts and wound up playing in the World Series, so he's not about to fret over beginning 2013 in less-than-ideal fashion.
Though Philadelphia's bats have begun to come around, the Miami Marlins are still trying to find their stroke.
The Phillies look to continue their hot hitting as they visit the sputtering Marlins to begin a three-game set Friday night.
Howard started 4 for 27 with 10 strikeouts as Philadelphia dropped five of its first seven, but he homered in an 8-3 win Tuesday and went 2 for 4 in a 7-3 victory Wednesday as the Phillies took two straight from the New York Mets.
Philadelphia (4-5) also struggled to start the 2008 and '09 seasons when it won back-to-back NL championships, including a World Series title in '08.
"It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish," Howard told the team's official website. "I'd rather have a slow start and finish up strong and be in the playoffs and go deep in the playoffs in October. As long as we get going, that's all that matters."
The Phillies have done that, scoring 25 runs in their last four games while homering three times in each of the last two.
"I think there's something to be said for everything being contagious," said third baseman Michael Young, 9 for 16 over the last four. "The last couple games, we've played the style of baseball we've envisioned playing. We've had a high energy level."
The stress level appears to be high for Miami, which is off to a 1-8 start - the franchise's worst since beginning the 1998 season 1-11.
The Marlins were outscored 13-2 and shut out twice in their series with Atlanta, which completed a three-game sweep with an 8-0 victory Wednesday. Miami's 16 runs are the fewest in baseball and its .217 average is among the worst in the majors.
"It's snowballing a little bit," manger Mike Redmond said. "We're pressing. They need to relax."
Outfielder Juan Pierre, who went 1 for 11 versus the Braves, is finding that difficult to do.
"Nothing's going right," Pierre said. "Everybody says be relaxed. The only thing that relaxes you as a whole is if you win games."
Miami is also in the bottom half of the league in ERA at 4.36.
"We've got to do our part offensively to take some of the pressure off the pitchers," Redmond said. "We can't ask those guys to go out and throw a shutout every single night."
Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97 ERA) will try to slow the Philadelphia lineup Friday although he's been shaky in his last four outings versus the Phillies, going 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA.
The right-hander allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday and didn't get the decision.
He'll be opposed by John Lannan, who gave up three runs through seven innings Saturday before Philadelphia scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Kansas City 4-3 in his only start.
The left-hander had gone 0-4 with a 5.50 ERA in his previous six starts versus the Marlins before winning 7-4 while pitching for Washington on Aug. 3. He went six innings and gave up three runs.
Placido Polanco will face his former team for the first time since signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract with Miami after spending the last three seasons with Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 1:16:42 PM EST|