|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
WASHINGTON ( DETWILER )
|955||ATLANTA||+115||Ov 8,-105||+120||Ov 8,+105|
|956||WASHINGTON||-125||Un 8,-115||-130||Un 8,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+0.8||1-2||3.3||0.206||0.238||3.0||0.224||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||2-5||4.0||0.247||0.298||1.6||0.194||0.259|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-2||+4.2||5-3||4.4||0.267||0.342||5.0||0.285||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||5-1||5.1||0.284||0.357||5.9||0.315||0.353|
|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)||8-0||W||-150||7.5 un||O||13||9||0||7||8||2|
|4/12/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/5/2013||HAREN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-15||L||115||8 un||O||5||8||2||19||6||0|
|4/6/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||7-6||W||120||8.5 un||O||10||6||3||13||11||0|
|4/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-6||L||100||7 un||O||8||7||1||11||13||0|
|4/9/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||8-7||W||-145||7 un||O||13||4||1||11||6||1|
|4/10/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-2||W||-150||8 un||U||11||7||0||9||5||0|
|4/11/2013||HAREN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-4||W||-140||8 ov||O||10||8||0||13||11||1|
|4/14/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (8-1) at Washington (6-2), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves have dashed out to the best start in the majors and their best in nearly two decades, but their next opponent has opened this season almost as strongly.
The Braves visit the nation's capital Friday night to open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals in a battle of NL East heavyweights.
Atlanta is 8-1 for the first time since winning 13 of 14 to begin the 1994 season and opened its first road trip of the season with a sweep of Miami. Evan Gattis hit a three-run shot and Jordan Schafer had four hits in the Braves' sixth straight win Wednesday.
"It's good momentum," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Winning is always good. It's a good feeling. It's early, but you want to be the guy in front all the time."
The Braves will next face the team that finished in front of them in the NL East last season. The defending division champions improved to 7-2 and earned their sixth straight home win Thursday, 7-4 over the Chicago White Sox. Bryce Harper, batting .417 with eight RBIs, and Ryan Zimmerman each drove in two runs as their team added to its second-best home start in franchise history.
The Montreal Expos won their first nine home games in 1981.
"It will be an exciting series. They are throwing three pretty good pitchers against us. So it will be a nice test for us offensively," Gonzalez told the team's website.
Ross Detwiler is the first of those, and he'll try to build on a stellar season debut. The left-hander gave up one unearned run over six innings at Cincinnati on Saturday but the Nationals' bullpen blew a four-run lead in a 7-6, 11-inning win.
"He was outstanding. He stayed within himself and made great pitches," manager Davey Johnson said.
The Braves' Julio Teheran wasn't nearly as sharp in his season debut, giving up five runs over five innings to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, but he avoided the loss when his team rallied for a 6-5 victory.
Teheran, considered one of Atlanta's top prospects, is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in five major league starts and has never faced the Nationals.
"He had a really good spring (1.04 ERA in six starts), but that's still his first outing under the lights," catcher Gerald Laird told the team's official website. "He wants to make a good impression. Sometimes, you can try to do too much. But for the most part, I thought he threw the ball fine. I thought he just made some mistakes."
Detwiler has a 1.96 ERA over his last three starts against the Braves but only got enough run support to win one of those.
Justin Upton, hitting .353 with an NL-best six homers in his first nine games with Atlanta, is 2 for 11 against Detwiler. Freddie Freeman, batting .412, has also struggled versus Detwiler, going 3 for 17.
The Braves won their final four games against Washington in 2012 after losing 10 of their first 14.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:27:06 PM EST|