|ATLANTA ( HUDSON )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|963||ATLANTA||+110||Ov 6.5,-120||+110||Ov 7,+120|
|964||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Un 6.5,+100||-120||Un 7,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-10||+1.1||14-9||4.3||0.243||0.310||3.4||0.247||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||6-1||5.6||0.271||0.352||4.0||0.227||0.281|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-11||-0.2||14-10||4.4||0.260||0.329||4.9||0.259||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||4-2||3.9||0.252||0.314||4.9||0.292||0.367|
|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)||7-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||9||8||1|
|5/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||4-5||L||100||7.5 un||O||5||5||0||9||6||0|
|5/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||7-2||W||120||8 un||O||11||6||0||7||7||0|
|5/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-3||W||115||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||8||5||1|
|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||MINOR(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/17/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-105||7 un||U||7||6||0||6||6||0|
|4/27/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-8||L||100||7.5 un||O||11||5||2||14||11||2|
|4/28/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||7||0|
|4/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||6-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||7||7||0|
|4/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||2-1||W||-115||8 ov||U||6||4||0||4||4||0|
|5/1/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||9-6||W||100||9 un||O||10||6||1||15||8||0|
|5/3/2013||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-1||W||+130||6.5 un||U||4||5||1||11||13||1|
|5/4/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||10-9||W||-145||7.5 ov||O||15||13||0||15||11||0|
|5/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-3||W||-115||7 un||P||9||6||0||8||9||0|
|5/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ TORONTO||ROMERO(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Giants Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Atlanta (21-13) at San Francisco (20-15), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves will be without manager Fredi Gonzalez for two games, but giving the ball to Tim Hudson for the first one should soften the blow of his absence.
It may also help that the veteran is facing the San Francisco Giants.
Hudson looks to continue his dominance of the Giants as the Braves go for a fifth win in six games Friday night.
Gonzalez has left the team to travel to his daughter's graduation from Georgia Southern on Saturday morning. He'll fly from San Francisco to Atlanta, then to Savannah before renting a car and driving another 45 minutes to Statesboro.
"I couldn't be any further away," Gonzalez said of playing out West. "Hey, whatever it takes, if you've got to take Stagecoach or Pony Express to go see your daughter graduate college, you've got to do it."
In the meantime, Gonzalez will be replaced by bench coach Carlos Tosca, who went 191-191 as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2002-04.
Tosca's job might be made a bit easier by handing the ball to Hudson (4-1, 3.83 ERA), who is 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his last 10 starts against the Giants, including a win in Game 3 of the 2010 NL division series.
The right-hander has also won his last two games at AT&T Park, allowing three runs in 15 2-3 innings.
Hudson enters this visit looking for a third straight win for the first time since a four-game run July 19-Aug. 3. That started with a 3-2 victory over the Giants, yielding two runs in 7 1-3 innings.
He's allowed four runs with 13 strikeouts over 14 1-3 innings in his last two starts overall. However, both of those came at home, and he's 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA in three road games.
Atlanta (21-13) has won four of five, hitting .310 with eight homers while totaling 29 runs in those victories. The club has also taken six of eight at San Francisco.
Brian McCann is getting comfortable at the plate after he had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs Thursday in just his third game back from undergoing shoulder surgery in October.
"To be where I'm at, honestly, if you'd told me this a month ago that I'd be feeling this good, I wouldn't have believed you," McCann said.
He's batting .340 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak versus San Francisco.
The Giants, losers of three of four, are hoping Matt Cain (1-2, 5.57) can build on his first win of 2013, by continuing his own success against the Braves.
The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.35 ERA over his last five starts against them, including the playoffs. However, Cain's only loss in that stretch came opposite Hudson in a 3-0 defeat at Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2010.
He was sharp Sunday, yielding one run in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win over the Dodgers after compiling a 6.49 ERA over his first six games.
"It wasn't something I was proud of," Cain said. "I just wasn't pitching well for the guys. I needed to step it up."
Buster Posey certainly does his part against the Braves, hitting .481 with 10 RBIs in the past seven meetings. He had two hits and three RBIs Thursday, getting two on his fifth home run.
Posey is batting .373 with four homers and 17 of his 22 RBIs at home, and he's 6 for 10 versus Hudson, including the postseason.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:44:55 AM EST|