|ARIZONA ( CAHILL )|
ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )
|907||ARIZONA||+130||Ov 7.5,-125||+140||Ov 7.5,-115|
|908||ATLANTA||-140||Un 7.5,+105||-150||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-13||+1.1||9-17||3.8||0.258||0.324||3.7||0.251||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||2-5||3.0||0.236||0.298||4.7||0.265||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-25||+1.6||28-26||4.2||0.245||0.318||3.4||0.249||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||2-5||4.0||0.258||0.345||2.9||0.264||0.318|
|6/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||1-4||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||1||6||4||0|
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-7||L||125||7.5 ov||O||14||10||1||11||7||1|
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||5||1||8||6||0|
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-2||W||125||7 un||U||10||9||0||8||8||0|
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||8 un||U||4||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-11||L||135||7.5 ev||O||10||9||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|6/16/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-0||W||-165||7.5 ev||U||7||8||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||-185||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||7||8||0|
|6/18/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-4||L||-110||7 un||P||6||6||1||7||8||0|
|6/18/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||1-6||L||-185||7 ov||P||7||12||2||14||10||1|
|6/19/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||5-3||W||-185||7.5 un||O||7||8||1||6||2||0|
|6/20/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-4||L||-185||7.5 un||U||13||11||3||9||6||1|
|6/21/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-2||L||-135||8.5 un||U||2||7||0||8||7||0|
|6/22/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)||0-2||L||-140||8.5 un||U||4||4||0||9||11||0|
|6/23/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIGARO(R)||7-4||W||-130||9 un||O||14||11||0||9||8||0|
|6/25/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||100||8 ov||U||10||8||2||8||8||0|
|6/26/2013||MINOR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 un||U||8||8||0||12||5||0|
|7/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.
|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 (ARIZONA-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Braves Preview* =============================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Arizona (42-37) at Atlanta (46-34), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves' bats are springing to life and might further do so against a pitcher having trouble figuring out what's wrong.
Atlanta tries to extend Trevor Cahill's woes and complete a three-game sweep of a fellow division leader in Sunday's matchup with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Through June 5, the Braves topped the NL with 81 homers and were among the league leaders with 4.5 runs per game. A big offensive funk followed, failing to go deep in 10 of 17 games while averaging 2.6 runs. They went 6-11 and reached double digits in hits just three times.
That's happened in four of the past five games as Atlanta has gone 4-1, batting .307 with six homers and 14 doubles. The Braves (47-34) didn't have a double-figure scoring effort in June until rallying for seven runs in the eighth inning Saturday to beat Arizona 11-5.
"It was a good day offensively, it really was, and hopefully that can carry on for quite a while," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the team's official website.
Keying Atlanta's NL-best 23rd comeback win was Jason Heyward, who had the tying RBI double and is among many Braves shaking off a slump. He's 7 for 17 with five extra-base hits over the past four games, scoring four runs and driving in four. Heyward had been 3 for 22 in his previous six games.
Dan Uggla drove in two runs Saturday and has hit .350 in five games after a 4-for-24 funk. Freddie Freeman was 1 for 3 for the fourth straight game following a 2-for-24 stretch, hitting a two-run homer after going 10 games without an RBI.
Even B.J. Upton, batting .178, had two RBIs after going seven games without one.
"It just seems we are playing better and better baseball every day all around," Upton said. "That's kind of scary that we're just going to get better."
Cahill (3-9, 4.29 ERA) clearly needs to get better for an Arizona rotation which has gone 21 consecutive starts without winning.
The right-hander is 0-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his last seven outings as opposing batters have hit .329. He's failed to get through six innings in five starts this month.
"It's tough, because I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and work on some things, but also try not to change too much," Cahill said.
He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in five innings of a 7-5 loss at Washington on Tuesday.
"I don't know if he's trying to change his delivery or what. He changes from pitch to pitch," catcher Miguel Montero said. "... He's a guy that doesn't need to do too much."
The only two times Cahill faced the Braves came last season and he lost both, allowing 13 runs in 10 2-3 innings.
Atlanta counters with Paul Maholm (8-6, 3.75), who is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA in six home starts this year. The left-hander won at Milwaukee last Sunday despite a subpar outing, giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings of a 7-4 victory.
Maholm was 0-3 against the Diamondbacks before winning the last matchup, throwing seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 victory July 13 while with the Cubs.
While Atlanta's 6 1/2-game lead atop the East is the largest in baseball, Arizona (42-38) has lost five of six to see its West lead cut to two.
"We'll have to figure things out, we'll have to switch things around," manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Diamondbacks have dropped 12 of 15 in Atlanta, where Paul Goldschmidt is batting .120 in eight career games.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 5:32:44 AM EST|