|PHILADELPHIA ( LANNAN )|
PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+165||Ov 8,-110||+170||Ov 8,-110|
|954||PITTSBURGH||-175||Un 8,-110||-180||Un 8,-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||4-3||+1.6||5-2||5.7||0.300||0.357||3.6||0.235||0.303|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-8||-0.6||9-7||4.1||0.240||0.295||3.7||0.236||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||3-4||5.4||0.253||0.316||3.3||0.204||0.254|
|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||CUMPTON(R)||3-1||W||140||8.5 ev||U||9||6||1||6||9||2|
|7/3/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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||GOMEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Pirates Preview* ==========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Philadelphia (39-44) at Pittsburgh (51-30), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates faced a decision that most teams wish they had to make.
Having selected Jeff Locke to take the mound Wednesday night, the Pirates will look to rebound after the Philadelphia Phillies snapped their nine-game winning streak in the series opener.
Pittsburgh (51-31) could have gone with Jeanmar Gomez, who surrendered an unearned run in five innings at Seattle on Wednesday in his return from right forearm tightness. The Pirates have won all eight games that Gomez has started this season.
Instead, Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA), who was scratched from Tuesday's game due to a lengthy bullpen session in Sunday's extra-inning win over Milwaukee, is scheduled to make the start.
"Jeff was obviously very aggressive in his bullpen, because he was going in to pitch the 15th inning," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle told the Pirates' official website. "He's been a very honest self-evaluator for us."
The left-hander has been outstanding of late, with a 1.07 ERA over his last eight starts. He has allowed 30 hits over 50 2-3 innings, while yielding only one home run during that span. He hasn't lost since his first start of the season.
Locke, who received just 32 runs of support over his first 15 starts, got a season-high eight runs his last time out and surrendered two runs in seven innings of a 9-4 victory at Seattle on June 25.
"Probably had the lightest stuff he's had all season," Hurdle said. "But at the end of the day, looking at his numbers, he still found a way to keep the game in check."
He did that and more in his only appearance against the Phillies on April 23, giving up two hits over six innings in a 2-0 win.
Philadelphia (40-44), which entered Tuesday with a 1-6 record and a .203 batting average in road contests against NL Central teams, received a spark from Ryan Howard. The first baseman, who finished June in an 0-for-20 skid with 11 strikeouts, had two hits Tuesday in his first game of July.
Delmon Young, meanwhile, continued his hot hitting on the Phillies' 10-game road trip. He was mired in a 5-for-33 slump before going 12 for 26 (.462) with nine RBIs eight games into the trek.
John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) looks to build off his first win of the season. The left-hander failed to win any of his first five outings, posting a 5.84 ERA, but was in excellent form Friday against the Dodgers. He allowed one run and five hits in seven innings as the Phillies rolled to a 16-1 rout.
"It was a good night," Lannan said. "Just to have that offensive production - I mean, you know it's always there. But just to see it happen, that was great for the team."
Lannan last saw Pittsburgh in July 2011, while with Washington. He's 1-4 with a 4.53 ERA in nine career starts against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh's Starling Marte enters Wednesday riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .361. His lone hit in five at-bats Tuesday was a single, ending a run of four straight games with a double and six consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:21:41 AM EST|