|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
COLORADO ( GARLAND )
|** Doubleheader Game #2|
|909||ATLANTA||+105||Ov 10.5,+115||+110||Ov 10.5,+110|
|910||COLORADO||-115||Un 10.5,-135||-120||Un 10.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-2||+5.6||4-6||4.4||0.251||0.315||1.7||0.211||0.250|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||3-4||3.4||0.227||0.310||3.0||0.240||0.290|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-3||+7.5||7-6||6.2||0.288||0.352||3.8||0.252||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-4||5.9||0.270||0.349||3.6||0.214||0.286|
|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)||2-4||L||-160||7 ov||U||8||10||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2013||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||MINOR(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||115||7 ev||O||4||4||0||14||10||1|
|4/10/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-10||L||125||7.5 ov||O||7||7||1||16||13||0|
|4/12/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||7-5||W||-105||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||9||2||1|
|4/13/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-5||W||-120||7.5 un||O||14||11||0||10||6||2|
|4/14/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||2-1||W||-110||8 un||U||3||7||0||2||5||0|
|4/16/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-4||W||-150||10 un||O||12||8||0||8||6||0|
|4/16/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY METS||LAFFEY(L)||9-8||W||-135||10.5 un||O||13||12||3||12||10||2|
|4/18/2013||GARLAND(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||11-3||W||-115||9.5 un||O||17||7||1||8||5||1|
|4/20/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||4-3||W||-115||9.5 un||U||6||8||0||6||3||2|
|4/25/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Heyward going on DL)
*Braves-Rockies Preview* ========================
Atlanta (13-5) at Colorado (13-5), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The slumping Atlanta Braves have cooled off quite a bit since getting off to a blazing start. Coming off their first home loss, the Colorado Rockies are looking to get back on track, too.
The Braves won't have struggling slugger Jason Heyward on Tuesday - and for a while longer - as these teams play a split doubleheader following the third postponement at Coors Field this season.
After averaging 5.2 runs while opening 12-1, Atlanta has dropped four of five. Having scored nine runs while batting .195 over that stretch, the Braves (13-5) are coming off their third straight loss, 4-2 at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
"We're just not capitalizing on our opportunities offensively," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team dropped to 0-5 when not homering. "We're not getting that big hit when we need it. We're not catching any breaks either, like a broken-bat hit or a pitch going to the backstop. It'll turn around, though."
To make things worse, Atlanta found out Monday it will be without Heyward for a while after the right fielder had an appendectomy. Heyward, hitting just .121 with two homers, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Gonzalez said there's no set timetable for his return.
The Braves could get a boost from cleanup hitter Freddie Freeman, who is expected to be activated from the DL after going 5 for 10 with two doubles during a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Freeman was 7 for 17 with a homer and seven RBIs before suffering a strained right oblique April 6. Dan Uggla should also be available after sitting out Sunday due to a strained left calf.
The Braves and Colorado (13-5) rank among the major league leaders in homers, and the Rockies are near the top with a .482 slugging percentage and 104 runs.
Colorado had opened a franchise-best 8-0 at home and won eight straight overall before falling 5-4 to Arizona on Sunday. Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with his sixth homer, but the Rockies gave up three runs over the last two innings - including two in the ninth - with closer Rafael Betancourt unavailable after pitching the previous two days.
"This is a good team and we battle every single game," said Carlos Gonzalez, batting a team-high .364. "If you're going to lose your winning streak, it's better to do it the way we did today, playing good baseball. We just had one bad inning at the end."
Colorado could have a hard time regrouping versus Atlanta, which has won seven of eight and 12 of 15 in the series. The Braves are batting .327 and have scored 38 runs during a four-game winning streak in Denver.
Atlanta now gives the ball to Mike Minor (2-1, 0.95 ERA), who was scheduled to start Monday's series opener before it was postponed due to bad weather.
The left-hander, who has struck out 16 and walked one over his first three starts, gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 1-0 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday.
Minor allowed a career-high eight runs over five innings at Colorado on May 5 before giving up one hit and striking out seven in seven innings of a 1-0 home win over the Rockies on Sept. 5.
The Rockies counter with Jeff Francis (1-1, 8.25), who's allowed 15 runs - 10 earned - 16 hits and six walks over his last two starts spanning six innings. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 6.49 ERA in five outings against the Braves, but he hasn't faced them since 2007.
Francis will need to be cautious with Justin Upton, who's gone 8 for 22 with two homers in their matchups. The slugging left fielder, who has nine home runs, is batting .341 with five homers and 16 RBIs over his last 25 games against the Rockies.
Julio Teheran (0-0, 7.31) gets the ball for the Braves in the nightcap. The right-hander has allowed at least four runs in all three starts this season and given up five homers in 16 innings, but the Braves have come away with a win each time.
Teheran will be opposed by Jon Garland (2-0, 3.32). The right-hander has notched three quality starts in as many outings, including Thursday against the Mets when he allowed two runs over seven innings of an 11-3 win at home.
"So far, he's been real good at pitching down and his sinker is even better than I thought it was," manager Walt Weiss said. "He knows what he's doing out there. He's got a plan."
Garland, 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in five career starts at Coors Field, is 1-2 with a 7.25 ERA in four starts against the Braves. He's held Upton and Uggla to a combined six hits in 30 at-bats.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:26:49 AM EST|