|ATLANTA ( HUDSON )|
COLORADO ( CHATWOOD )
|955||ATLANTA||-120||Ov 9.5,-115||-125||Ov 9.5,+100|
|956||COLORADO||+110||Un 9.5,-105||+115||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-2||+6.6||5-6||4.9||0.264||0.329||1.7||0.222||0.257|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||2-5||3.3||0.236||0.315||3.3||0.261||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-4||+6.3||8-6||5.9||0.290||0.349||4.3||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+1.7||4-4||5.5||0.286||0.343||4.7||0.256||0.321|
|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)||4-3||W||-120||9.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||4||0|
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||10-2||W||110||9.5 un||O||14||7||1||12||9||0|
|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)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Rockies Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Atlanta (13-5) at Colorado (13-5), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves seem to enjoy visiting Coors Field.
The same can't be said for Tim Hudson.
The Braves will try to continue pounding Colorado Rockies pitching and win a seven straight in Denver by completing a sweep of this three-game set Wednesday.
Atlanta (15-5) is batting .326 with 16 homers and 52 runs while winning six games in a row at Colorado.
The Braves continued to batter the Rockies (13-7) on Tuesday, connecting for three homers in a 4-3 win before hitting three more in a 10-2 victory to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Their 35 homers are seven more than any other team, with Colorado and the Yankees the closest competition at 28 apiece.
"This Atlanta team, you have to try to keep them in the yard. We had a tough time doing that (Tuesday)," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Six homers in two games. That is what they do if it's for a strike and they are locked in."
While the offense seems to enjoy the Mile High City, Hudson (2-1, 4.50 ERA) surely doesn't.
The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in five starts there compared to winning all five of his home starts against Colorado behind a 1.49 ERA.
Getting his first win at Coors Field would also give him No. 200 for his career. He failed in his first attempt at the milestone Friday, getting tagged for a season-high six runs and nine hits in four-plus innings of a 6-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
Hudson had won his previous two outings with a 1.32 ERA.
He may get some help at the plate from Justin and B.J. Upton, who became the second set of brothers to homer in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates did it on Sept. 15, 1938.
"It makes your lineup a lot better when you've got B.J. going and you've got Justin, too," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "For me, Justin is your No. 3 hitter and it doesn't matter who is on the mound that night."
Justin Upton leads the majors with 11 homers while batting .307 with 16 RBIs. The left fielder had a double and two homers in Tuesday's doubleheader.
He's also thrived at Coors, hitting .329 in 20 visits since 2011.
Perhaps B.J.'s nightcap homer will get him going. It was the elder Upton's only hit in nine at-bats Tuesday, and he's hitting .160 with 26 strikeouts in 75 at-bats.
The Rockies' three-game skid matches their longest of the season, and their rotation has a 7.53 ERA during this slide.
Tyler Chatwood will try to improve on that as he's expected to be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Jhoulys Chacin, who is on the disabled list with a back strain.
Chatwood went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 14 2-3 innings over three starts in the minors. The right-hander was 5-6 with a 5.43 ERA and one save in 19 games - 12 starts - with Colorado last year.
"He's had some good outings here lately," Weiss told the team's official website. "He's a power arm. He's got good stuff. He's been throwing strikes down there. We look for him to give us a chance to win."
Chatwood is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts versus the Braves. He was pulled after three innings of the most recent outing Sept. 3, surrendering six runs with five walks in a 6-1 road loss.
Todd Helton may be back in the lineup after a forearm injury sidelined him for four games. The first baseman is 12 for 18 with five doubles and a homer versus Hudson.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:32:01 PM EST|