|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|951||ATLANTA||+110||Ov 7.5,-110||-105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|952||CINCINNATI||-120||Un 7.5,-110||-105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||-1.3||10-9||3.9||0.238||0.303||3.4||0.247||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||4-3||4.1||0.245||0.328||3.9||0.200||0.255|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-4||+2.4||6-4||5.0||0.261||0.341||3.6||0.215||0.260|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||3-3||4.1||0.245||0.324||3.1||0.236||0.294|
|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)||5-6||L||-125||9.5 un||O||10||6||0||15||12||2|
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-10||L||130||7.5 ov||O||5||5||2||15||10||0|
|4/27/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-7||L||-105||8 un||O||7||4||0||13||9||0|
|4/28/2013||MINOR(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-8||L||135||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||9||4||0|
|5/3/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||5-7||L||-195||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||7||2||0|
|5/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||9-4||W||-160||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-160||8.5 un||O||9||9||3||11||12||0|
|4/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||2-4||L||-170||7.5 ov||U||6||7||2||9||5||1|
|4/24/2013||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-165||7 ev||U||8||7||0||5||5||0|
|4/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-8||L||125||7.5 un||O||1||2||2||12||6||0|
|4/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-1||L||115||7 ev||U||1||3||0||6||3||1|
|4/27/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||3-6||L||-105||8 un||O||9||6||1||10||8||1|
|4/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||5-2||W||-105||7 ov||P||11||10||1||5||8||2|
|4/29/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||7||10||0|
|4/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-2||L||130||7.5 ov||U||7||4||0||7||4||0|
|5/1/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||6||5||0||10||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-5||W||100||7 un||O||9||10||0||15||12||1|
|5/4/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||6||8||0||3||2||1|
|5/5/2013||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-4||W||-135||7 ov||O||11||7||1||8||9||1|
|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.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Reds Preview* =====================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (17-12) at Cincinnati (17-14), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves have had trouble recapturing the magic from their best start in 19 years but should get a big boost in the opener to a lengthy road trip.
Brian McCann is expected to make his season debut Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds, who have dominated the Braves lately and own the best home record in the majors.
Atlanta (18-12) heads into its 10-game trek after avoiding a fourth straight loss Sunday with a 9-4 win over the New York Mets. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, and Reed Johnson also had three RBIs as the Braves plated their most runs since a 10-2 win in Colorado on April 23.
Sunday's victory was only the sixth in 17 games for Atlanta following a 12-1 start, its best since opening 13-1 in 1994. The Braves won their first seven road games this year before dropping seven of the last nine.
McCann will try to help them turn around those road woes in his return from shoulder surgery. The six-time All-Star catcher wrapped up his rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
"That's huge," Freeman said. "That's like trading for an All-Star."
McCann has hit at least 20 homers in five of his last six seasons but batted a career-low .230 in 2012.
"I feel great. I feel like I did before I had my surgery," he told the team's website. "I'm ready to go and get the season started."
One issue with McCann's return, however, is that he plays the same position as Evan Gattis, the NL rookie of the month for April. Gattis, who had two hits Sunday, is second on the team with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He's expected to play behind McCann and may see time at first base or in the outfield.
The Braves have been limited to 20 runs while dropping seven of eight to Cincinnati. They've lost six straight at Great American Ballpark, where the Reds are 12-4 this season and have a major league-best 2.32 ERA.
Cincinnati (18-14) enters this series after a 5-5 road trip, capped by a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field this weekend. Though the Reds beat the Cubs 7-4 on Sunday, they lost second baseman Brandon Phillips to an undisclosed injury.
"I'm just happy we won the game and won the series," Phillips said. "I play hurt all the time. Things happen. I'll be in there tomorrow."
He surely won't want to sit out Monday considering he's batting .370 with six RBIs in his last seven games, and he's a career .353 hitter (18 for 51) with four homers against Braves scheduled starter Paul Maholm (3-3, 3.08 ERA).
Maholm is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his past five starts against the Reds and 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in the last 12.
The left-hander has received one run of support over his past three outings and lost them all, but only one of them was bad - eight runs in 3 2-3 innings at Detroit on April 26. Maholm went a season-high eight innings Wednesday against Washington, giving up two runs and three hits in a 2-0 loss.
Like Maholm, Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (2-3, 3.95) was a hard-luck loser in his most recent outing. He gave up two runs over seven innings in a 2-1 defeat at St. Louis on Tuesday.
Arroyo is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in three home starts this season, and he's 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his past five matchups with the Braves.
McCann is 9 for 18 with four home runs all-time against Arroyo and has hit .364 with seven longballs in his last 13 games versus Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:19:51 AM EST|