|MIAMI ( NOLASCO )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|955||MIAMI||+185||Ov 7.5,+100||+185||Ov 7.5,+105|
|956||ATLANTA||-200||Un 7.5,-120||-200||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-16||-2.8||7-16||2.5||0.218||0.267||3.8||0.258||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-2||4.4||0.266||0.331||4.0||0.258||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-25||+3.6||29-26||4.4||0.249||0.321||3.3||0.250||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-3||6.4||0.321||0.396||3.0||0.264||0.319|
|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)||3-11||L||230||7.5 un||O||11||9||2||16||7||1|
|7/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Braves Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Miami (30-51) at Atlanta (48-34), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While some believed Ricky Nolasco might be traded before Wednesday's scheduled start, he remains in a Miami Marlins uniform for the time being.
That could bode well for the Atlanta Braves, who have had his number over the years.
Set to make what might be his final start for Miami, Nolasco tries to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to a Braves team that may be without B.J. Upton.
Nolasco's name has continuously come up in trade rumors over the last few weeks, and it seems likely he'll be moved sooner rather than later. The right-hander is the club's all-time leader in wins (80), innings pitched (1,218 2-3) and strikeouts (994), but he's being shopped with the Marlins (30-52) unlikely to contend.
"You read about it; you see it on the Internet," he told MLB's official website. "But my job is to focus on what I have to do every fifth day."
Nolasco (4-8, 3.93 ERA) may have been distracted by the rumors in Friday's 9-2 loss to San Diego, allowing six runs and a season-high 11 hits in a season low-tying five innings.
"Whether I pitched good or bad tonight, I don't think that's going to dictate what kind of pitcher I am, or who I've been, or what they're going to get," he said. "There is nothing I can do but just continue on trying to make quality pitches."
The 30-year-old Nolasco hasn't faced the Braves (49-34) this year but has mostly struggled against them, going 5-10 - his most losses against any team - with a 5.34 ERA in 22 starts. He's 0-4 with a 7.07 ERA in his last five outings in the series.
Nolasco has had an especially rough time against Brian McCann, who is 19 for 55 (.345) with seven homers and four doubles in their matchups. Jason Heyward is 7 for 20 with four extra-base hits.
Upton is just 2 for 13 against Nolasco, but he could be held out after leaving Tuesday's 11-3 victory due to left forearm spasms. He's listed as day to day.
The Braves' win was their eighth in a row in the series, a stretch during which they've outscored the Marlins 40-10. Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, McCann and Chris Johnson went a combined 11 for 17 with six RBIs and eight runs for Atlanta, which collected a season-high 16 hits - none of which left the yard. The Braves improved to 5-25 when failing to homer.
"I was just trying to pick up the guys in front of me and I think that's the mark of a good ballclub," said Johnson, who has batted .458 as the Braves have won six of seven.
Atlanta, which has hit .348 and scored 31 runs during a four-game winning streak, owns the majors' best home record at 28-11.
The Braves give the ball to Mike Minor (8-3, 2.98), who is 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in his last three starts. The left-hander surrendered three runs and a season high-tying nine hits in six innings last Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning loss at Kansas City.
"It's one of those things where I felt I was making good pitches again," he said.
Minor threw 5 2-3 innings of five-hit ball in an 8-0 win at Miami on April 10, improving to 2-1 with a 1.27 ERA in his last four matchups in the series. Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 9 against him, though both hits were homers.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:31:08 PM EST|