|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )
|953||ATLANTA||+125||Ov 7,-120||+140||Ov 7.5,+100|
|954||PHILADELPHIA||-135||Un 7,+100||-150||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-9||+3.2||11-12||4.1||0.244||0.320||3.5||0.221||0.282|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.6||3-3||5.7||0.302||0.367||3.4||0.267||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-11||-3||12-7||4.4||0.263||0.309||3.8||0.230||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||5-2||5.4||0.337||0.381||4.0||0.267||0.335|
|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||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ 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||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||180||8 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||2|
|7/4/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||6-4||W||120||7.5 un||O||14||9||1||9||4||1|
|7/12/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Phillies Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (49-35) at Philadelphia (40-45), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Cliff Lee hasn't lost in more than two months, and considering the way he's dominated the Atlanta Braves of late, that might not change Friday night.
The left-hander goes for his longest winning streak in nearly four years as the Philadelphia Phillies host Atlanta in the opener of a three-game series.
Lee (9-2, 2.59 ERA) is 7-0 in 11 outings since losing to Cleveland on May 1. His 83 2-3 innings during that span are the most in baseball, with Lee going at least seven each time out. He's limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in eight of those games.
The former Cy Young Award winner is looking to win eight consecutive decisions for the first time since winning eight straight starts July 16-Aug. 24, 2009, a stretch during which he was traded from Cleveland to Philadelphia.
The last time he saw Atlanta was his first start of this season as he threw eight innings of two-hit ball in a 2-0 road victory April 4 - Philadelphia's lone win in the club's three meetings this year.
Lee was 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA in his first five career starts against the Braves, but he's 4-1 with an 0.78 ERA in the last six, limiting them to a .176 average in 46 innings with 45 strikeouts and three walks.
The only damage against Lee on Saturday came on a three-run shot by the Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez - just the third homer he's allowed in his last eight starts. Lee surrendered four hits over seven innings without a decision in a 4-3 loss.
Atlanta (49-36) counters with Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22), in the midst of a 10-start winless drought. His last win came four days after Lee's most recent loss.
Run support has been an issue, as the right-hander received a total of 10 runs in the first nine outings of his winless stretch. While he was backed by four runs in an 11-5 win over Arizona on Saturday, he couldn't turn it into an individual victory, allowing four runs over 5 2-3 innings.
"I wish I'd have had an opportunity at a decision to get one more out, but the important thing is we won the ballgame," Hudson said.
Road starts have been particularly unkind to Hudson, as he's 1-7 with a 5.71 ERA in nine outings away from home and winless in the last eight. Perhaps Philadelphia is a good place to change course as he's recorded wins in two of his last three starts there with seven-plus scoreless inning efforts in the two victories.
Hudson encounters a lineup that has been producing plenty of offense of late, but it hasn't necessarily translated to success for the Phillies (41-45). They registered 14 hits in a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh on Thursday, the 13th time in 20 games they've had at least 10. Their 211 hits dating back to June 13 lead the majors, and the club's 94 runs in that span also rank near the top of baseball. But they also allowed 94 runs while going 10-10.
Ben Revere was 3 for 5 and drove in two runs Thursday and is 13 for 29 over his last seven contests.
The Braves had won six of seven before dropping two straight to Miami, including a 4-3 defeat Thursday that saw Craig Kimbrel surrender the go-ahead run in the ninth.
Freddie Freeman went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and is batting .393 during an eight-game hitting streak, but he's 6 for 22 off Lee.
Ryan Howard is tied with Jose Reyes for the second-most hits all-time off Hudson, going 22 for 67 (.328) with seven homers, but is 3 for 27 in his last eight games overall.
The Braves have won 13 of the last 18 meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:43:37 AM EST|