|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )
|975||MINNESOTA||+140||Ov 8.5,-105||+145||Ov 8.5,+100|
|976||ATLANTA||-150||Un 8.5,-115||-155||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-19||+1.3||13-20||4.3||0.241||0.312||4.4||0.290||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||3-4||3.4||0.241||0.296||6.0||0.319||0.389|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-13||-1.1||15-11||4.1||0.236||0.306||3.6||0.249||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-4||4.3||0.239||0.322||3.0||0.239||0.302|
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-6||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||17||7||1|
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-1||W||160||9 un||U||8||6||0||4||3||3|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||15-8||W||160||9.5 un||O||19||9||0||12||7||1|
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||5-3||W||155||9.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||10||2|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||10-3||W||+100||8 ov||O||12||7||0||10||7||1|
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-4||L||+105||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-9||L||-135||9 un||O||11||9||0||14||9||0|
|5/20/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/23/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||10-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||13||7||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||0-2||L||125||9 ov||U||4||7||0||8||6||1|
|5/15/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||3-5||L||-115||8 ev||P||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|5/17/2013||MAHOLM(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-5||W||-125||7 ov||O||9||9||1||10||7||2|
|5/18/2013||MEDLEN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||3-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||7||3||1||2||4||0|
|5/19/2013||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||5-2||W||-205||8 ev||U||7||10||0||3||4||3|
|5/24/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Braves Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (18-21) at Atlanta (24-18), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves' pitching staff has been pretty stingy lately, and that may bode well heading into a series against a slumping Minnesota Twins team that's struggling to score.
Atlanta seeks to win a fourth straight game while dealing visiting Minnesota a sixth consecutive defeat Monday night.
The Braves (25-18) had lost five of six going into the weekend, but completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-2 victory Sunday, scoring four runs in the eighth inning.
Mike Minor struck out nine and the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings, giving Atlanta a 2.25 ERA over its last six contests.
"We lost a lot of games we felt we should have won," Minor said. "We came back in another one from behind and got the sweep."
The Braves overcame late deficits in all three games, outscoring the Dodgers 13-2 from the sixth inning on.
"We've been slow out of the gate as an offense (over the last three games), and (the pitching staff has) been able to keep us in the ballgame and keep runs off the board," said left fielder Justin Upton, 3 for 18 in his last five. "That's important in giving us a shot to win."
Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.57 ERA), who has posted a 2.84 ERA over his last four outings after getting off to a rough start to the season, will look to continue the trend. He gave up two runs in six innings Tuesday but lost 2-0 to Arizona.
"He's making adjustments in the middle of the game and he's making changes when he needs to. That's a good sign," catcher Gerald Laird told the team's official website.
The right-hander, who suffered his first defeat since falling to Philadelphia in his major league debut May 5, 2011, had gotten 18 runs of support in his previous four starts.
Teheran has never faced Minnesota and his only start versus an AL opponent was a short one, as he gave up four runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 12-4 loss to Toronto on June 10.
The Twins (18-22) have been struggling offensively, though, getting outscored 33-14 during their skid. Joe Mauer had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in a 5-1 loss to Boston on Sunday.
"We didn't really come up with key hits when we needed to or when we wanted to," said outfielder Chris Parmelee, 1 for 13 in his last four. "It's tough to win a ballgame when you don't have any clutch hits."
Minnesota went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"These games, they happen throughout the season and it's something you've got to deal with," said third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had two of the Twins' five hits to extend his hitting streak to six.
The Twins' Kevin Correia (4-3, 3.35) is looking to snap out of a funk. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in his first five starts but has posted a 5.71 ERA in three outings this month.
He allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, giving up the go-ahead runs in the eighth before exiting.
The right-hander has been solid in his last four starts versus the Braves, going 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA. He gave up one run in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-1 win while pitching for Pittsburgh the last time he faced them Oct. 2.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:41:36 AM EST|