|ATLANTA ( MINOR )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|907||ATLANTA||+105||Ov 8,+100||-105||Ov 8,+105|
|908||ARIZONA||-115||Un 8,-120||-105||Un 8,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-4||+3.6||7-5||4.6||0.253||0.336||3.7||0.228||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||6-1||4.0||0.218||0.295||5.3||0.288||0.346|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-7||+2.6||4-12||3.8||0.238||0.314||2.8||0.227||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||3.6||0.254||0.324||2.4||0.258||0.308|
|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)||1-10||L||130||7 ov||O||7||9||0||14||7||0|
|5/12/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-5||L||105||7.5 un||U||4||8||2||10||12||1|
|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||MEDLEN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|4/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-2||L||+105||8 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/1/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||-110||9 un||O||15||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/3/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||14||9||0|
|5/4/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||6||9||2|
|5/5/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||5||4||0|
|5/6/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-2||W||100||7 un||O||15||8||1||7||6||1|
|5/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-3||W||105||7.5 un||O||11||9||0||9||8||0|
|5/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||165||6 un||U||6||4||0||8||5||3|
|5/17/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ 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.
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Diamondbacks Preview* =============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (21-15) at Arizona (21-16), 9:40 p.m. EDT
After calling Chase Field home for his first six major league seasons, Justin Upton is set to play his first game there as a visitor Monday night.
Upton will try to help the Atlanta Braves break out against the Arizona Diamondbacks - his former team - in a matchup of two slumping offenses.
The No. 1 overall pick by the Diamondbacks in 2005, Upton drove in 67 runs in 150 games in 2012 while slugging .430 - his lowest since his rookie season. After reports swirled for much of the year that he was being shopped to other teams, he was finally dealt to Atlanta in January in exchange for Martin Prado and prospects.
Upton's first season with the Braves has been a vast improvement from his tumultuous final campaign with Arizona, as he's slugging .608 with a major-league leading 12 homers despite not hitting one since April 27.
"Being traded is a part of the game and you take it in stride," Upton told the Diamondbacks' official website. "I've turned the page. I'm part of a new organization and it's still the same game on the field. I'm looking to the future and I'm enjoying things."
Atlanta (21-16) tallied four runs and 14 hits while dropping the last three of a four-game series at San Francisco.
"We haven't been real fun to watch right now," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who rejoined the Braves Sunday after missing two days to attend his daughter's college graduation.
The Diamondbacks (21-17) have lost two in a row and have posted just 11 runs over the last five games while going 2 for 32 with runners in scoring position, though they still managed to win the first three in that stretch.
They were 1 for 6 Sunday in a 4-2, 10-inning loss to Philadelphia, with closer Heath Bell squandering a two-run lead in the ninth to waste Brandon McCarthy's eight shutout innings.
Maybe a recharged Paul Goldschmidt will help Arizona's offense get on track as he didn't start Sunday for the first time this season. Goldschmidt, who leads the Diamondbacks with nine homers and 30 RBIs, did strike out as a pinch-hitter, while Eric Hinske was 0 for 3 filling in at first base.
"He's got to be a little tired, he was ready for a day off, definitely," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "He's pretty important to our team. It's hard to do it, but at the same time you have to at some point."
Two left-handers will be on the mound with Mike Minor (4-2, 2.96 ERA) starting for Atlanta against Arizona's Wade Miley (3-1, 2.93 ERA). Both are coming off good showings, with Minor holding the Reds to one run and four hits over seven innings Wednesday while Miley gave up two runs in 7 2-3 innings as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 3-2.
Unlike Upton, Prado's first season with his new team has been a struggle. He's batting a career-worst .230 and was hitless Sunday for the fourth time in six contests.
Freddie Freeman is 20 for 45 (.444) with three homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs in 12 games against the Diamondbacks, with one of those home runs coming in three at-bats against Miley.
The Braves have won eight of the last 10 meetings, including three of four in Arizona last season.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 5:32:49 AM EST|