|PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|903||PITTSBURGH||+135||Ov 7.5,-110||+150||Ov 7,-115|
|904||PHILADELPHIA||-145||Un 7.5,-110||-160||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-4||-3.2||2-3||1.8||0.150||0.233||4.2||0.234||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||2-5||4.3||0.283||0.339||3.1||0.199||0.297|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||+0.1||2-0||5.0||0.297||0.338||5.5||0.196||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||3.3||0.258||0.300||4.0||0.245||0.303|
|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)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||0||8||8||0|
|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||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-3||W||-190||7 ov||O||11||5||1||8||5||2|
|4/10/2013||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-3||W||-130||9 un||O||10||5||0||11||7||0|
|4/12/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||3-1||W||-125||8 un||U||10||9||0||4||4||1|
|4/13/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||-145||7 ov||U||5||8||1||4||6||2|
|4/14/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||2-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||12||10||0||5||5||0|
|4/15/2013||LEE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||5||2||1||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-1||L||145||8 un||U||2||1||1||4||7||0|
|4/17/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-11||L||125||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||15||5||0|
|4/18/2013||HAMELS(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+105||7 ev||P||13||8||0||7||5||0|
|4/19/2013||HALLADAY(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||8-2||W||+110||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||2||2||1|
|4/20/2013||LEE(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-5||L||-140||7.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||6||1|
|4/21/2013||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-3||W||-110||8 un||O||14||8||1||10||11||0|
|4/26/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Phillies Preview* ==========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Pittsburgh (10-8) at Philadelphia (8-11), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost all four of Cole Hamels' starts, but the left-hander himself has been much better lately after a rocky beginning.
To Hamels, though, he hasn't been good enough.
Hamels tries again to pick up his first victory Tuesday night when he faces the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time in nearly two years.
The Phillies (9-11) rarely did anything but win when Hamels took the mound over the last two months in 2012, going 9-1 in his final 10 starts as the three-time All-Star posted a 2.58 ERA.
Hamels (0-2, 6.46 ERA) lost his first two starts of 2013 behind a 10.97 ERA, but he's been considerably better in his last two. He held the Marlins to a run over six innings in a 2-1 loss at Miami on April 13, then allowed three runs over seven - striking out a season-high eight - in a 4-3 defeat to St. Louis on Thursday.
"I felt really good. Everything was working really well," Hamels said. "But mistakes are coming at the wrong time right now. I have to be better than good. In order to win ballgames, you have to be great. I go out there expecting perfection."
Hamels' last three starts against Pittsburgh (10-9) - the last of which occurred in June 2011 - haven't been perfect, but they haven't been too far off. He's posted a 1.57 ERA in those outings but is 0-1.
Philadelphia's bullpen, which had a 4.98 ERA through Hamels' latest start, has been perfect in 10 2-3 innings since. The Phillies' relievers shut down the Pirates over the last 3 2-3 in a 3-2 win Monday as Jonathan Papelbon closed it out for his seventh straight scoreless outing.
"We have to win the one-run games," manager Charlie Manuel said.
This will be Jeff Locke's first start against the Phillies, and he's coming off a rough outing at home against Atlanta. The left-hander walked four and allowed four runs on three homers over 4 2-3 innings Thursday as the Pirates lost 6-4.
"The one thing that continues to challenge him is overall consistency," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's official website. "Some sequences are sharp, but there are too many misses. He's got to get ahead of more counts, to pitch competitively up here."
All Hurdle needs to look at to pinpoint those struggles is what happens on the first pitch Locke (1-1, 5.17) delivers. If Locke gets ahead with a strike, hitters are 7 for 26 (.269) with one walk. If he falls behind, batters are 9 for 24 (.375) with eight bases on balls.
Phillies third baseman Michael Young gets his first look at Locke as he tries to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Young's streak, though, is a bit unusual. He collected five hits in the first two games but has had one apiece in the past 11 - all singles.
Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin's streak is only at seven games after a single and a homer Monday, but he's provided a bit more production than Young. He's 11 for 23 with two homers, three doubles, six runs and a .571 on-base percentage during his streak.
Martin is 3 for 11 with a homer off Hamels, yet it's the man who bats behind him who has fared much better. Clint Barmes is hitting .143 on the season and hasn't had an extra-base hit in his last 14 games, but he's 4 for 5 with a homer and two doubles off Hamels.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:44:07 PM EST|