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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +135

+1.5  -155



ATLANTA (12 - 2) at PITTSBURGH (7 - 7)
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Thursday, 4/18/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
957ATLANTA-125Ov 8,-105-115Ov 8.5,-115
958PITTSBURGH+115Un 8,-115+105Un 8.5,-105
ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games12-2+10.27-74.90.2540.3181.90.2060.256
Road Games6-0+73-35.20.2750.3421.20.1550.222
vs Left-handed Starters4-1+3.43-25.00.2380.3072.60.2060.284
Past 7 Games6-1+5.44-35.00.2630.3281.60.1930.233
Grass Games12-2+10.27-74.90.2540.3181.90.2060.256
Night Games9-1+86-45.10.2600.3222.40.2210.279
ATLANTA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2540.3181447212046250.05654412199610111411
Road Games5.20.2750.3426218601990.043022413505575
Lefty Starters5.00.2380.3075172411980.052317390315358
ATLANTA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games1.360.95839.76628010274-060100%
Road Games0.610.81914.71160661-040100%

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games7-7+0.76-83.60.2220.2874.10.2170.303
Home Games5-3+2.13-54.50.2690.3263.60.1860.268
vs Right-handed Starters7-3+5.24-64.50.2580.3173.70.2000.279
Past 7 Games5-2+4.15-25.40.3050.3595.40.2310.343
Grass Games7-7+0.76-83.60.2220.2874.10.2170.303
Night Games6-3+43-63.80.2390.2993.10.1960.283
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.60.2220.28714445993070.0250401139831081312
Home Games4.50.2690.3268260702150.023522556537456
Righty Starters4.50.2580.31710325842660.024428777647696
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.281.03351.3131329424403-05183.3%
Home Games2.540.88328.38813312262-03175%
ATLANTA - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/4/2013MEDLEN(R)PHILADELPHIALEE(L)0-2L-1206.5 unU220891
4/5/2013MINOR(L)CHICAGO CUBSFELDMAN(R)4-1W-2007.5 unU690511
4/6/2013TEHERAN(R)CHICAGO CUBSVILLANUEVA(R)6-5W-1707.5 unO128113120
4/8/2013MAHOLM(L)@ MIAMISLOWEY(R)2-0W-1557.5 ovU1081270
4/9/2013MEDLEN(R)@ MIAMILEBLANC(L)3-2W-1557 ovU861461
4/10/2013MINOR(L)@ MIAMISANABIA(R)8-0W-1507.5 unO1390782
4/12/2013TEHERAN(R)@ WASHINGTONDETWILER(L)6-4W1258.5 unO992861
4/13/2013HUDSON(R)@ WASHINGTONSTRASBURG(R)3-1W1507 unU891411
4/14/2013MAHOLM(L)@ WASHINGTONGONZALEZ(L)9-0W1307 unO1290472
4/16/2013MEDLEN(R)KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)6-3W-1757 unO953981
4/17/2013MINOR(L)KANSAS CITYDAVIS(R)0-1L-1657.5 unU650851

 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/4/2013MCDONALD(R)CHICAGO CUBSWOOD(L)2-3L-1457 evU440331
4/5/2013SANCHEZ(L)@ LA DODGERSGREINKE(R)0-3L1857 ovU221740
4/6/2013BURNETT(R)@ LA DODGERSKERSHAW(L)0-1L1826 ovU2308100
4/7/2013LOCKE(L)@ LA DODGERSRYU(L)2-6L1257.5 unO4501171
4/8/2013RODRIGUEZ(L)@ ARIZONACAHILL(R)5-3W1308.5 unU561650
4/9/2013MCDONALD(R)@ ARIZONAMCCARTHY(R)6-5W1308.5 ovO1170672
4/10/2013SANCHEZ(L)@ ARIZONAMILEY(L)2-10L1709 unO5721080
4/12/2013BURNETT(R)CINCINNATILEAKE(R)6-5W-1107.5 unO1280880
4/13/2013LOCKE(L)CINCINNATICUETO(R)3-1W+1307 ovU7507120
4/14/2013IRWIN(R)CINCINNATILATOS(R)10-7W+1457.5 unO15811180
4/15/2013MCDONALD(R)ST LOUISLYNN(R)6-10L+1107.5 ovO121021060
4/17/2013BURNETT(R)ST LOUISMILLER(R)5-0W+1057.5 unU1160122
4/25/2013 @ PHILADELPHIA  
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.
PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them.
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Braves-Pirates Preview* ========================


Atlanta (12-1) at Pittsburgh (6-7), 7:05 p.m. EDT

The Atlanta Braves' pitching staff led the way during the team's best start in nearly two decades, but top prospect Julio Teheran hasn't provided too much help so far.

The 22-year-old will try to begin changing that Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates and help the visiting Braves get back on track a day after their 10-game winning streak was snapped.

Atlanta's pitchers easily boasted the best ERA in the majors (1.83) during the club's 12-1 start and lowered that to 1.77 on Wednesday, but didn't get any offensive help in a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

That kept the Braves (12-2) from their first 13-1 start since 1994.

"We feel like we can win every one of them," said second baseman Dan Uggla, who was called out on strikes to end Wednesday's game. "We'll just have to come back tomorrow and start another streak."

Teheran (0-0, 7.36 ERA) will look to help Atlanta bounce back with a better start to this outing. The right-hander gave up four runs in the first two innings Friday in Washington before settling down to allow two baserunners over four additional scoreless frames in a 6-4 win.

"For a young kid, the wheels definitely could have come off, and then next thing you know, he gives up five or six runs, and then we're into the bullpen early in the game," catcher Gerald Laird told the team's website. "He bounced back and showed me something. He battled."

In his first start against Pittsburgh, Teheran will face a club that's won six of eight after a 1-5 start. After giving up 10 runs to St. Louis on Monday, the Pirates (7-7) recorded their second shutout of the season, yielding one hit and no walks in a 5-0 win Wednesday.

Jeff Locke (1-1, 4.09) will try to build on that with another strong outing against Atlanta. The left-hander gave up one run and two hits over six innings in a 2-1 victory at PNC Park on Oct. 1.

After losing his season debut April 7 against the Dodgers, Locke worked around four walks to yield just a solo homer and three other hits in a 3-1 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

"He competed and somehow he was able to get the big outs when he needed them," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Justin Upton, who has a major league-best eight homers, is 3 for 26 in his last eight games against Pittsburgh. He has never faced Locke.

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, the owner of a career-high 10-game hit streak, went 5 for 13 in his only series against the Braves in October. He's 8 for 13 when leading off a game this season and tripled in his first at-bat in Wednesday's victory.

The Pirates edged Atlanta in last season's series (4-3) for the first time since 2009, winning two of three at PNC.

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