|ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )|
PITTSBURGH ( SANCHEZ )
|905||ATLANTA||-180||Ov 7.5,-110||-160||Ov 7,-120|
|906||PITTSBURGH||+170||Un 7.5,-110||+150||Un 7,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-2||+3.2||4-3||4.4||0.228||0.304||3.3||0.218||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||3-4||3.6||0.223||0.294||2.6||0.217||0.264|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-4||+5.2||5-7||4.6||0.257||0.320||3.6||0.200||0.281|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||3-4||5.3||0.298||0.363||3.6||0.202||0.299|
|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)||1-3||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||7||6||0|
|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||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|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||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (13-3) at Pittsburgh (8-8), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves are still tied for baseball's best record, but they find themselves in an unfamiliar spot thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh handed Atlanta its first consecutive losses of the season and will look to extend the Braves' slide to three straight games Sunday at PNC Park in the finale of a four-game set.
The Pirates (9-8) have won six of eight and inched above the .500 mark for the first time this season with Saturday's 3-1 victory. Starters James McDonald and Paul Maholm were locked in a pitchers' duel until the Pirates broke through in the sixth. Maholm had surrendered two hits while throwing five shutout innings before allowing three runs, including a two-run homer to Gaby Sanchez - his first of the season. Sanchez had come in struggling, batting .174 with four hits in 12 games.
"It was a matter of our hitters sticking with the game plan," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.
The Braves' 13-4 mark is tied with Colorado for the best in the majors, but their powerful offense has been somewhat halted of late. They were shut out in two of three prior to Saturday and the club produced just six hits in two losses to the Pirates.
Atlanta was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position Saturday, didn't have an at-bat in such a situation in Friday's 6-0 loss and was 1 for 7 in a 6-4 win on Thursday.
The Braves only came away with one run in Friday's second inning in which they drew three walks against McDonald, who fanned two in a row to end the threat.
"It's been a couple of days where we can't get the big hit," said Chris Johnson, who is 21 for 45 (.467) over his last 11 games after starting the season 2 for 10. "We just have to focus in and get some hits with some guys on base. We'll be fine. We've proven we can score runs."
Pittsburgh starter Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 12.96 ERA) will hope to pick up some good mojo from the rest of the starting staff, which has been dealing of late. McDonald struck out nine over six innings and Wandy Rodriguez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings Friday. A.J. Burnett shut out St. Louis over seven innings of one-hit ball in a 5-0 win Wednesday.
Sanchez, however, was tagged for nine runs, eight hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings in a 10-2 loss at Arizona on April 10. The left-hander's first chance for redemption was thwarted as Tuesday's game against the Cardinals was rained out after two innings.
He'll be opposed by Kris Medlen (1-1, 1.42), who has only received five runs of support in three starts. Though Atlanta won each of his last two, he wasn't credited with a victory in the Braves' 6-3 win over Kansas City on Tuesday. Medlen yielded two runs and six hits with no walks in seven frames.
Medlen is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh, while Sanchez is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA over seven starts versus Atlanta. Sanchez's only victory over the Braves came on May 25, 2009, with San Francisco.
Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla told the team's official website he hopes to return Monday against the Rockies after leaving Saturday's game in the fourth inning with tightness in his left calf.
|Last Updated: 2/24/2018 7:52:24 AM EST|