|SAN FRANCISCO ( GAUDIN )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|957||SAN FRANCISCO||+165||Ov 7,-125||+180||Ov 7,-120|
|958||ATLANTA||-175||Un 7,+105||-190||Un 7,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-9||+1.5||9-9||4.9||0.293||0.332||3.7||0.240||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||4-3||6.1||0.328||0.367||4.3||0.248||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-20||+0.6||24-19||4.4||0.246||0.313||3.5||0.245||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||2-4||3.1||0.223||0.287||3.6||0.235||0.291|
|6/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-8||L||130||7.5 un||O||7||9||0||10||3||0|
|6/1/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-7||L||145||7 un||O||8||5||0||9||5||0|
|6/2/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||4-2||W||150||8 un||U||11||5||0||6||4||0|
|6/7/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||4||0|
|6/8/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||10-5||W||-115||8 un||O||15||9||0||8||6||1|
|6/9/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||6-2||W||130||9 un||U||12||9||1||6||6||2|
|6/11/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||8||8||1||12||8||0|
|6/12/2013||ZITO(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||8-12||L||185||7.5 un||O||15||8||1||18||6||1|
|6/13/2013||CAIN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||10-0||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||17||11||0||3||4||3|
|6/14/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||6-0||W||125||7 un||U||11||7||1||3||3||0|
|6/15/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||CAIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|6/6/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-5||L||-115||7 un||U||7||7||0||7||1||0|
|6/7/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-2||L||-110||7 un||U||8||8||1||6||5||0|
|6/8/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||2-1||W||-145||7.5 un||U||9||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/9/2013||MINOR(L)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||8-1||W||-165||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||11||1|
|6/10/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-7||L||-135||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||8||0||0|
|6/11/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||-130||7 un||U||6||4||0||5||5||0|
|6/12/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||-125||8 un||P||10||9||1||7||6||1|
|6/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||0-6||L||-135||7 un||U||3||3||0||11||7||1|
|6/15/2013||MINOR(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||BEACHY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|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 (SAN FRANCISCO-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Braves Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (34-31) at Atlanta (39-27), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves will face a tough decision when one of their pitchers returns from injury in the near future, but it's hard to imagine Mike Minor being removed from the rotation.
Looking to stay unbeaten against NL opponents, Minor tries for a sixth consecutive victory as the slumping Braves try to avoid a season-worst fifth consecutive loss Saturday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
Already three wins away from matching his career high set last season, Minor (8-2, 2.44 ERA) has thrived in his fourth year in the majors. The left-hander, whose only two losses came against Kansas City and Detroit, is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA over 10 starts against the NL.
Minor has been especially good over his last seven starts overall, going 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA while striking out 47 over 46 innings. He turned in another solid showing Sunday, allowing one run and six hits over six innings during an 8-1 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It's just a friendly competition among everybody. You always want to top the guy before you," he said of the Braves' rotation, which ranks fifth in all of baseball with a 3.44 ERA.
Despite those impressive numbers, Atlanta is looking to create a spot in the rotation with Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) expected back soon. Originally on track to return Tuesday, Beachy will instead be held out a little bit longer after feeling some soreness.
Considered a candidate to move to the bullpen when Beachy returns, Kris Medlen was outpitched Friday by San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, who combined with Sandy Rosario to three-hit Atlanta in a 6-0 win.
The Braves (39-28), who have totaled five runs in their last three games, have gone 4 for 25 with runners in scoring position during their skid. Jason Heyward was hitting .395 during a 10-game hitting streak before going 0 for 4 Friday.
"Right from the very beginning we go down 1-0 and they added some runs, which probably made (Bumgarner) even tougher to face," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Our bats didn't look very good."
The Giants (35-31), meanwhile, are heating up, plating 42 runs in their last six games after totaling eight in their previous six.
Gregor Blanco went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and Buster Posey added three hits and scored twice Friday for San Francisco, which is 12-16 since May 14 despite winning four of six.
"We're coming up on the second half here," Bumgarner said. "If we want to make a playoff push, I think everybody knows it's time to turn it around."
San Francisco now turns to Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.32), who's won both his starts since transitioning to the rotation. After allowing two runs and four hits over six innings during a 4-2 victory at St. Louis on June 2, Gaudin gave up two runs and five hits in six innings to beat Arizona 6-2 on Sunday.
Gaudin has struck out 12 during those outings while issuing one free pass, an intentional walk.
"It's letting the hitter know that you're not going to pitch around him," he told MLB's official website. "It makes for a better game."
Gaudin is 0-1 with a 7.78 ERA over 13 games - one start - versus Atlanta. He's had a rough time against Dan Uggla, who's 4 for 12 with two homers and a double in their matchups. Gaudin, though, has held the Upton brothers to a combined three hits in 28 at-bats.
Justin Upton is hitting .190 with just one homer and two RBIs over his last 16 games, and B.J. Upton is hitting a major league-worst .159 after going 0 for his last 8.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:26:26 AM EST|