|ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )|
PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )
|951||ATLANTA||-125||Ov 8.5,-105||-150||Ov 8.5,-120|
|952||PHILADELPHIA||+115||Un 8.5,-115||+140||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-27||+0.2||31-27||4.5||0.253||0.323||3.4||0.250||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.4||5-1||7.3||0.327||0.379||4.1||0.272||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-35||-6.2||36-31||3.7||0.256||0.309||4.7||0.271||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-2||3.9||0.292||0.325||5.4||0.310||0.365|
|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)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||10||6||0|
|7/6/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||13-4||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||19||10||0||9||5||1|
|7/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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||PETTIBONE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (49-37) at Philadelphia (42-45), 1:35 p.m. EDT
If the Philadelphia Phillies are going to turn their season around, they might have to it without one of their key players for an extended period of time.
A day after placing slugger Ryan Howard on the disabled list, the Phillies look to bounce back from a lopsided loss to the visiting Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Prior to Saturday's 13-4 defeat, Philadelphia scratched Howard from the starting lineup then placed him on the DL because of inflammation in his left knee. Howard, batting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs, hit a solo shot in a 5-4 victory Friday.
"That's a big blow," manager Charlie Manuel said. "His presence means something to us. He's still a threat."
The Phillies (42-46) likely will need Howard healthy if they're to have any chance of making a serious run at the postseason. Howard, bothered by knee issues since May, is expected to have an MRI in a day or two to determine whether he'll need surgery.
"We can't just think about the short term here, we have to think about the long term on Ryan as well," general manager Ruben Amaro told the Phillies' official website. "I think we're going to be pretty conservative with him. If it needs surgery - hopefully it doesn't - if it needs surgery we'll take care of it. If it doesn't, we'll try to rehab him and get him back."
Recently named All-Star Domonic Brown is one Phillie that will be expected to help fill the offensive void. The outfielder has batted .311 in his last 15 games and has a .316 average against the NL East-leading Braves (50-37) this season.
The Phillies will try to regroup behind Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up a home run and two other hits while matching a career high with six strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
This will be the right-hander's first appearance versus Atlanta, which totaled 10 runs and 26 hits while losing its previous three contests before setting season highs for runs and hits (19) on Saturday.
"A lot of guys swung the bats well," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We had good hitting up and down the lineup."
Brian McCann had four hits and Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer. McCann has gone 16 for 28 in his last seven games, while two of Heyward's four hits in 19 at-bats against the Phillies this season have been home runs.
Atlanta's Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11) has gone 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his past six starts. He's allowed three runs in each of his last three outings, most recently Tuesday when he overcame nine hits in six innings of an 11-3 victory over Miami.
The right-hander has a 3.94 ERA in three starts versus Philadelphia, but dropped to 1-1 against the Phillies after yielding two runs, six hits and four walks in five innings of a 2-0 loss April 4.
Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz has one hit in his last 11 at-bats against the Braves, but is 4 for 6 with a double versus Medlen.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:53:23 PM EST|