|PITTSBURGH ( MCDONALD )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )
|901||PITTSBURGH||+165||Ov 7,-120||+170||Ov 7,-105|
|902||PHILADELPHIA||-175||Un 7,+100||-180||Un 7,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-4||-1.8||2-4||1.8||0.158||0.230||3.5||0.217||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||2-5||3.7||0.244||0.303||2.1||0.212||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-10||-3.5||8-9||3.5||0.249||0.299||4.4||0.255||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||3-3||3.4||0.278||0.329||3.3||0.218||0.273|
|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)||2-0||W||145||7 un||U||7||8||1||4||7||2|
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|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||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)|| |
|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||HALLADAY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||LEE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (11-9) at Philadelphia (9-12), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of winning their first series at Citizens Bank Park.
Cliff Lee may need some help from the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies if they're going to keep that from happening.
Starling Marte will try to continue his hot hitting at the top of the lineup and help the Pirates to a third straight win over the Phillies on Thursday in the finale of this four-game set.
Pittsburgh (12-9) has won four of its last five games in Philadelphia, equaling its total from the previous 24 visits. The Pirates haven't won a series there since taking two of three from April 4-6, 2003, in the Phillies' final season at Veterans Stadium.
They put themselves in position to win this one by scoring four runs in the final three innings to rally for a 5-3 victory Wednesday. Marte scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit single by Brandon Inge in the eighth before he padded the lead with an RBI triple in the final inning.
"We try to play until the end no matter the score," said third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who is 7 for 19 with four homers and six RBIs in his last six games. "That's a very good team, so it was a big win, huge really."
Marte leads Pittsburgh with a .329 average and is emerging as a serious threat in the leadoff spot after hitting .257 in 47 games as a rookie last year. The left fielder is batting .441 with four doubles, two triples, six runs and four stolen bases during an eight-game road hitting streak. That includes five hits - three for extra bases - and three steals in this series.
Marte is expected to get his first look at Lee (2-1, 2.83 ERA), who is trying to rebound from Saturday's 5-0 loss to St. Louis. The left-hander gave up five runs and three walks in five innings after compiling a 1.52 ERA while issuing one walk over his first three outings.
"Obviously, I had trouble out there commanding the ball," Lee told the team's official website. "Those guys all scored. I've got to do a better job commanding the strike zone."
Lee is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA in three starts against the Pirates, winning the only one in Philadelphia on July 30, 2011.
Lee could use some help from the lineup, which has backed him with two runs over his last two games after scoring 10 over his first two.
The Phillies have been feast or famine at the plate during a 3-7 stretch, hitting .348 with 18 runs in those victories compared to .195 while scoring 10 times in the defeats.
Pittsburgh scheduled starter James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) has alternated wins and losses through his first four starts, but his latest appearance was impressive
He yielded one run and two hits with a season-high nine strikeouts and four walks in six innings of Saturday's 3-1 win over Atlanta. In an effort to help restore McDonald's confidence after he surrendered eight runs in 1 2-3 innings in a loss to St. Louis on April 15, catcher Russell Martin showed the right-hander highlights of him striking out batters.
"I was motivated after watching the video," McDonald said. "I wanted to go out and throw well."
He's 1-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four career starts versus the Phillies.
Chase Utley, who is 6 for 15 in his last four games, and Ryan Howard, who is 7 for 19 in his last five, have both his McDonald hard. Utley is 4 for 6 with a homer while Howard is 3 for 4 with a home run and double.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 2:44:25 AM EST|