|MIAMI ( KOEHLER )|
ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )
|909||MIAMI||+220||Ov 7,-115||+225||Ov 7.5,+100|
|910||ATLANTA||-240||Un 7,-105||-250||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-35||-6||28-24||3.6||0.238||0.289||4.4||0.257||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||4-2||5.0||0.260||0.319||2.7||0.232||0.290|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-25||+2.6||28-26||4.3||0.246||0.319||3.4||0.249||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||2-4||4.9||0.285||0.367||2.9||0.261||0.323|
|6/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||8||4||0||5||3||0|
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||1-3||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||4||4||1|
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-3||W||130||7 un||O||9||7||0||11||9||1|
|6/22/2013||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||135||7.5 ev||U||10||9||1||10||8||0|
|6/23/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||182||7 un||O||10||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-9||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||9||9||1||15||7||0|
|6/29/2013||TURNER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-1||W||+100||7.5 un||O||9||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+100||7 ov||O||7||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-0||W||-145||7.5 un||U||6||8||1||3||5||1|
|7/2/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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||MEDLEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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 (MIAMI-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CHANGES Koehler to shortest start of season)
*Marlins-Braves Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Miami (29-51) at Atlanta (48-34), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Sitting comfortably atop the NL East, the Atlanta Braves know better than to overlook the last-place Miami Marlins.
Doing so could prove costly with manager Mike Redmond's club playing much better of late.
The Braves try to continue their domination of the visiting Marlins, who aim for a season-high fourth consecutive win in Tuesday night's series opener.
Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and Brian McCann and Dan Uggla also went deep as Atlanta (48-34) completed a three-game sweep of Arizona with Sunday's 6-2 victory. Winners in five of six overall, the Braves have gone an NL-best 20-6 at home since May 5.
"We couldn't be in a better place, really," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose club is six games ahead of second-place Washington. "We're pitching good and we feel like we haven't swung the bats like we're capable of swinging, so you feel good. It's a good place to be."
The Braves now turn their attention to a Marlins team that's dropped 17 of 20 in the series, including the last seven by a 29-7 margin. Atlanta outscored Miami 13-2 during a three-game road sweep April 8-10.
"Obviously the Marlins are behind us, but we know they're going to come in here and try to spoil," said Freeman, batting .433 with two homers and seven RBIs in his last eight home games versus Miami. "That's what guys that are chugging along are going to do. We're pretty good at home, so hopefully we can keep this going."
While the Marlins (30-51) own the NL's worst record, they've won six of seven and 17 of their last 27. Miami just took three straight from San Diego by a 17-3 margin, including Monday's 4-0 victory.
After hitting a walkoff grand slam in Sunday's 6-2 win, Jeff Mathis stayed hot with two hits and three RBIs. The Marlins haven't won four in a row since June 27-July 1, 2012.
"We're playing really good baseball, and the team feels great," said winning pitcher Jose Fernandez, who struck out 10 in eight innings.
Miami's starters have compiled a 2.45 ERA over the last 14 games.
"We're starting to see the rotation and how good these guys are," Redmond told MLB's official website.
The Marlins will surely be looking for a better performance from Tom Koehler (1-5, 4.78 ERA). The right-hander allowed three runs, four hits and a career-high four walks over four innings - his shortest start of the season - in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Minnesota. He gave up all three runs in the first.
"After a rough start like that, you can either mail it in or fight as long as you can or as long as Red would allow me to go," said Koehler, who's never started against the Braves. "I was disappointed in myself that I wasn't able to get five innings."
Atlanta counters with Kris Medlen (5-7, 3.02), who's 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his last five starts while striking out 28 and walking two in 33 2-3 innings. The right-hander surrendered three runs and seven hits in seven innings last Tuesday in a 4-3 victory at Kansas City.
"You know how stressful it is trying to locate 89 every pitch?" Medlen said. "It's not very fun, but it's a tough skill to do. It's why I'm hanging around."
Medlen has been especially good in six games - four starts - against the Marlins since the start of last year, going 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA. Giancarlo Stanton is 1 for 8 in their matchups, but that hit was a home run. Placido Polanco, meanwhile, is 5 for 8 with a double.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 1:30:49 PM EST|