|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
PITTSBURGH ( MCDONALD )
|957||ATLANTA||-135||Ov 7.5,-105||-135||Ov 7.5,+110|
|958||PITTSBURGH||+125||Un 7.5,-115||+125||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-1||+6.8||4-5||4.8||0.263||0.324||1.6||0.207||0.240|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||4-3||4.3||0.238||0.314||2.7||0.213||0.255|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-4||-4.4||2-2||1.5||0.125||0.205||5.0||0.260||0.364|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||4-3||5.7||0.312||0.371||4.1||0.216||0.313|
|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)||6-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||9||9||2||8||6||1|
|4/13/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-1||W||150||7 un||U||8||9||1||4||1||1|
|4/14/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||9-0||W||130||7 un||O||12||9||0||4||7||2|
|4/16/2013||MEDLEN(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-3||W||-175||7 un||O||9||5||3||9||8||1|
|4/17/2013||MINOR(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||0-1||L||-165||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||5||1|
|4/18/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||6-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||7||7||1|
|4/19/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||0-6||L||-115||7 ov||U||2||0||0||9||8||0|
|4/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||SANCHEZ(L)|| |
|4/22/2013||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-1||L||182||6 ov||U||2||3||0||8||10||0|
|4/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||125||7.5 un||O||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|4/8/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||6||5||0|
|4/9/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||6||7||2|
|4/10/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-10||L||170||9 un||O||5||7||2||10||8||0|
|4/15/2013||MCDONALD(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-10||L||+110||7.5 ov||O||12||10||2||10||6||0|
|4/17/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-0||W||+105||7.5 un||U||11||6||0||1||2||2|
|4/22/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/23/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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* ========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Atlanta (13-2) at Pittsburgh (7-8), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Paul Maholm showed occasional flashes of excellence, but never lived up to his potential in seven years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
If his first three starts of 2013 are any indication, he's finally doing it in his first full season with the Atlanta Braves.
Maholm has yet to allow a run in three convincing victories, a streak he'd love to continue Saturday night at PNC Park against the club that drafted him.
The left-hander was the eighth pick in the 2003 draft by Pittsburgh but was unable to establish himself as a front-line starter with the Pirates (8-8), going 53-73 with a 4.36 ERA from 2005-11.
After signing with the Cubs in 2012, Maholm was shipped to Atlanta in late July and posted a 3.54 ERA in his final 11 starts.
His beginning to 2013 has been spotless. He went 7 2-3 innings in his latest impressive outing, limiting Washington to four hits and striking out seven in a 9-0 victory Sunday.
Maholm (3-0, 0.00 ERA) is the sixth pitcher since 1920 to begin a season with three straight scoreless starts of at least five innings, and only the third since 1966 - joining Woody Williams (2003) and Zack Greinke (2009).
"Pauly has been outstanding, unbelievable," center fielder B.J. Upton told the Braves' official website.
Heading to the visitors' clubhouse at PNC on Saturday won't seem that odd for Maholm since he started there three times last season, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Maholm gave up two runs and five hits - including a homer to Starling Marte - over seven innings of a 2-1 loss Oct. 1, his lone outing in Pittsburgh with Atlanta.
Marte got a night off Friday after striking out five times in the series opener, but the Pirates' offense was just fine without its leadoff hitter. Pedro Alvarez homered for the second night in a row, one of his team's five extra-base hits in a 6-0 win.
"The last few days have been pretty good for me. I'm getting in some kind of rhythm now and I'm stringing some good at-bats together," said Alvarez, who may find things tougher Saturday as he's 1 for 24 with 13 strikeouts against lefties since Sept. 23. "Hopefully, things are starting to turn for me. I feel good at the plate."
Pittsburgh's bats may have been overshadowed Friday by a pitching staff that allowed two hits and faced the minimum 27 hitters for the first time since July 25, 1982 - also against the Braves.
Atlanta (13-3) has been shut out in all three of its defeats, but another off night at the plate Saturday may be unlikely.
That's because the Braves will be facing James McDonald (1-2, 5.27), who gave up eight runs - three earned - and eight hits in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-6 loss to St. Louis on Monday.
McDonald fell to 4-7 with a 7.11 ERA in 16 games - 15 starts - since the All-Star break. With Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton due back in May, the right-hander's rotation spot may be on the line.
"I don't want to speculate right now," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's official website. "... I need to sit down and really talk to the guy. I haven't seen anything glaring, but we saw what you saw as far as velocity, finish and command."
McDonald, though, might actually be happy to see the Braves. He's 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA against Atlanta in four starts as a Pirate, striking out 28 in 26 innings.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:06:24 PM EST|