|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )
|907||ATLANTA||+120||Ov 7,-105||+110||Ov 7,+110|
|908||SAN FRANCISCO||-130||Un 7,-115||-120||Un 7,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-3||+4.6||6-5||4.9||0.258||0.342||3.2||0.211||0.281|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||7-0||5.7||0.266||0.353||4.7||0.241||0.283|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-4||+2.5||5-5||4.2||0.260||0.288||3.1||0.237||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||5-1||4.7||0.276||0.329||5.0||0.265||0.335|
|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)||2-8||L||110||6.5 ev||O||3||3||0||11||4||0|
|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||MAHOLM(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ 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), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The addition of Marco Scutaro last season was a big reason the San Francisco Giants went on to win their second World Series in three years.
He's now keying their recent surge.
Scutaro looks to continue his offensive barrage as the Giants go for a second straight win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
San Francisco (21-15) acquired Scutaro from Colorado for fellow second baseman Charlie Culberson on July 27, a seemingly innocuous move to bolster the infield.
Instead, the journeyman proceeded to become one of the Giants' best hitters, batting .362 with 44 RBIs and 40 runs in 61 regular-season games. He followed that up with a .328 average in the postseason, being named MVP of the NL championship series.
Now, he's at it again.
The 37-year-old Scutaro - a career .276 hitter - has a .487 average with nine runs during a 10-game hitting streak. He kept that run going with two hits and two RBIs in Friday's 8-2 win over Atlanta (21-14), as the Giants won for the eighth time in 11 tries.
They fell 6-3 in the opener of this four-game set a day earlier.
Scutaro also had two hits in that game, and he's 8 for 23 in six games versus the Braves since joining the Giants. He had a .169 average over his first 23 career matchups.
Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.31 ERA) will take the mound looking to beat the Braves for the first time since Game 4 of the 2010 NL division series. He allowed two runs in six innings as the Giants eliminated Atlanta en route to their first championship since moving to San Francisco.
Since then, Bumgarner is 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA in four starts against the Braves, losing both home outings while surrendering eight runs with six walks in nine innings.
The left-hander enters this meeting with a 2.73 ERA in his last four starts, but he has an 0-1 record to show for it since he's been backed by four total runs.
Bumgarner didn't do himself any favors Monday, giving up a season-high five runs in six innings of a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia.
"My command was not as sharp as it has been," Bumgarner told the team's official website.
He'll have to contend with a hot-hitting Brian McCann, who has five hits - two homers - and seven RBIs in the past three games. He hit a two-run shot into McCovey Cove on Friday in his fourth contest since returning from offseason shoulder surgery.
"I've felt good since spring training and I carried it into the season and on my rehab stints," McCann said.
The six-time All-Star catcher certainly feels good in San Francisco, hitting .337 in 26 career games there, including the playoffs. Both of his hits in eight career at-bats against Bumgarner were home runs - one in the 2010 NLDS.
Unlike McCann, Paul Maholm (4-3, 3.09) has struggled at AT&T Park, going 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in five career starts while allowing the Giants to hit .345.
The left-hander, though, enters this meeting as one of the Braves' more reliable starters, yielding two runs or fewer in five of his seven outings. He ended a three-start losing streak Monday, allowing two runs and four hits with six strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-4 win at Cincinnati.
Bench coach Carlos Tosca will serve the second of two scheduled games as the Braves' interim manager in place of Fredi Gonzalez, who is in Georgia to attend his daughter's college graduation.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 11:27:57 AM EST|