|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )
|907||SAN FRANCISCO||+140||Ov 8,-105||+150||Ov 7.5,-115|
|908||ATLANTA||-150||Un 8,-115||-160||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-22||-0.8||27-19||4.2||0.264||0.323||4.8||0.254||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||5-2||6.7||0.338||0.381||4.7||0.264||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-20||+1.6||25-19||4.4||0.247||0.314||3.5||0.247||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-3||3.9||0.238||0.310||4.0||0.251||0.302|
|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)||5-6||L||175||7 ov||O||11||8||1||11||9||2|
|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)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||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)||6-5||W||-185||7 ov||O||11||9||2||11||8||1|
|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||TEHERAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (35-31) at Atlanta (39-28), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves used some late theatrics to rebound from their most lopsided home loss and snap one of their longest skids. There wasn't as much drama in their most recent matchup with Tim Lincecum.
The San Francisco Giants right-hander shut down the Braves last month and will try to help his club become the first to win a series in Atlanta this season Sunday night.
After getting blanked 6-0 in the series opener, Atlanta (40-28) avoid another loss by scoring two runs in the ninth inning Saturday. That 6-5 victory snapped a season high-tying four-game skid.
Freddie Freeman had the winning single one batter after Justin Upton drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. B.J. Upton started the rally from a three-run deficit with the second of his two home runs in the sixth inning.
"It's just nice to be able to come back," Freeman said. "We battled and to come back and get a win makes it nice."
With the victory, the Braves improved their major league-best home record to 22-8 and moved to 14-3 since May 5 at Turner Field.
They'll try to add to that gaudy record with a better performance against Lincecum than in a 5-1 defeat May 12.
Lincecum (4-6, 4.70 ERA) allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings and struck out seven in that win, which snapped a personal four-game skid to Atlanta. He's gone 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in his five subsequent starts and couldn't outduel Pittsburgh top prospect Gerrit Cole in an 8-2 loss Tuesday.
Lincecum gave up four runs - two earned - while failing to make it past the fifth inning for the second time in three outings.
"I kind of put myself in some holes with some pitches that weren't really even close to the zone," Lincecum said. "I really wasn't challenging the zone with quality strikes. When I did throw quality strikes, they put them in play and hurt us."
Lincecum, who turned 29 on Saturday, has lost in each of his last three starts in Atlanta but was on the wrong end of a 1-0 score in his most recent game there Aug. 18, 2011.
His counterpart for the series finale, Julio Teheran (4-3, 3.62), is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four home starts but is coming off one of his worst efforts of the season. The right-hander tied a career high by giving up five runs in his six innings of a 7-6 loss in San Diego on Monday.
Teheran won his only start against San Francisco (35-32) on May 9, giving up three runs over seven innings in a 6-3 final.
Hunter Pence went 0 for 3 against Teheran but is batting .400 (12 for 30) with five doubles and eight RBIs in his last seven games overall. Pence is also hitting .355 with 19 RBIs in his last 29 games against Atlanta.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:35:56 AM EST|