|PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )|
PITTSBURGH ( CUMPTON )
|901||PHILADELPHIA||+140||Ov 7.5,-115||+140||Ov 8.5,-110|
|902||PITTSBURGH||-150||Un 7.5,-105||-150||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-10||-2||11-7||4.4||0.261||0.307||3.7||0.222||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||6-1||5.7||0.301||0.354||4.0||0.248||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-22||+28.3||27-36||3.9||0.242||0.299||3.3||0.222||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+8.2||3-4||6.1||0.263||0.317||3.0||0.200||0.264|
|6/21/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-4||L||-185||7.5 ov||U||10||10||0||9||8||2|
|6/22/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-7||W||-115||9 un||O||12||4||2||10||8||1|
|6/23/2013||LANNAN(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-8||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||4||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/24/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||11||7||0||10||9||2|
|6/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-2||W||100||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||9||8||1|
|6/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||7-5||W||-115||7 ov||O||10||6||1||9||8||3|
|6/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||175||7.5 un||O||14||7||0||7||4||0|
|6/28/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||16-1||W||140||8 un||O||21||11||1||5||6||1|
|6/29/2013||LEE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||11||11||0||6||5||2|
|6/30/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||1-6||L||100||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||14||8||0|
|7/2/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-0||W||180||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||4||6||0|
|6/19/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-2||L||120||8 un||U||10||14||1||10||10||0|
|6/20/2013||CUMPTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-3||W||185||8 ev||P||10||7||2||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-2||W||150||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||4||3||0|
|6/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-1||W||120||7.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||11||1|
|6/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||10-9||W||145||9 un||O||13||7||3||9||8||2|
|6/25/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||9-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||13||7||0||5||4||1|
|6/26/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-2||W||160||6.5 ov||U||8||7||1||8||10||0|
|7/5/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Cumpton starting for Pirates)
*Phillies-Pirates Preview* ==========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Philadelphia (39-44) at Pittsburgh (51-30), 7:05 p.m. EDT
It appears the Pittsburgh Pirates paid a small price for their ninth straight victory, as a brief bullpen session in the 14th inning from Jeff Locke put them in need of a starter for their opener against Philadelphia.
The Pirates' track record of plugging holes in their rotation, however, couldn't be much more successful.
Heading into July with the best record in baseball, Pittsburgh looks for its first 10-game winning streak in nine years Tuesday night when it hosts the Phillies.
Locke is the only starter in the Pirates' current rotation that opened the season in that position, but the left-hander will get a little extra rest after warming up in the 14th on Sunday before Pittsburgh escaped that same inning with a 2-1 win over Milwaukee.
A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald are on the disabled list while Jonathan Sanchez is no longer with the organization, but the Pirates (51-30) haven't panicked. Locke has the third-best ERA in baseball while Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton have stepped in to provide a cumulative 2.71 ERA in 18 starts.
While those three are all seen as more permanent fixtures, Pittsburgh is also 10-1 in games started by Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 3.60 ERA), Jeanmar Gomez and Phil Irwin.
Cumpton will get the ball Tuesday in his third major league start, while Locke will be pushed back to Wednesday and Gomez will go Thursday. The right-hander went five innings in his first two major league starts last month in Burnett's place.
Cumpton will be returning to the staff with the best ERA in the majors (3.11), ranking in the top three both in the rotation (3.30) and out of the bullpen (2.84).
"Their pitching is outstanding," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke told MLB's official website. "I see why their ERAs are where they are, because every guy out of the bullpen has good stuff. It's located well. They have off-speed stuff, fastballs, their pitching staff is really good."
The starters have a 2.36 ERA during the franchise's longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2004, while the bullpen is riding a 20-inning scoreless streak. The Pirates' relief corps gave up only four hits over 18 frames in the sweep of Milwaukee.
"It's fun right now," catcher Russell Martin said. "Obviously, winning is fun, but just being on a team with a bunch of guys who play with their hearts out there and enjoy the game, it's definitely been a pleasure."
The bullpen had a 1.35 ERA while Pittsburgh took the final three in a four-game series at Philadelphia in late April, including come-from-behind wins in the last two.
The Phillies (39-44) dropped to 9-14 after that series finale, and they're back at their low-water mark of the season after a 6-1 loss in Los Angeles on Sunday. Philadelphia outscored the Dodgers 24-17 in the four-game set thanks to Friday's 16-1 win, but lost the other three.
The Phillies are 9 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East and eight back in the wild-card race.
"We've been in much tougher positions with much less time," shortstop Jimmy Rollins told the team's official website. "... Last I checked, we haven't made it to the All-Star break yet."
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17), who gave up two runs over 5 1-3 in his major league debut against the Pirates on April 22, will try again for his first win since May 14. The right-hander gave up three runs in the first inning Thursday against the Dodgers, but retired the final 15 batters he faced.
Pettibone has a 6.39 ERA in six road starts.
Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez took Pettibone deep in April, and Alvarez is coming off one of the best months of his career, hitting .309 with an NL best-tying 10 homers.
Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, on the other hand, can't wait to forget about the end of June. He is hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats with 11 strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:19:31 AM EST|