|ATLANTA ( MINOR )|
MIAMI ( SLOWEY )
|903||ATLANTA||-160||Ov 8,-105||-155||Ov 8,+110|
|904||MIAMI||+150||Un 8,-115||+145||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-28||-1.3||32-27||4.4||0.253||0.323||3.5||0.251||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.9||5-1||6.1||0.316||0.359||4.4||0.276||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-16||-1||8-16||2.6||0.220||0.269||3.7||0.259||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.1||3-4||3.4||0.232||0.301||4.1||0.254||0.304|
|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)||3-7||L||-150||9 ev||O||10||10||1||10||6||0|
|7/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|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)||6-3||W||185||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||6||0|
|7/4/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-3||W||220||7.5 un||U||10||12||0||7||4||0|
|7/5/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-4||L||155||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||7||4||2|
|7/6/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-5||L||160||8 un||O||6||5||1||8||5||2|
|7/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||155||7 ov||U||9||8||0||6||7||0|
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Marlins Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Atlanta (50-37) at Miami (32-54), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins didn't hit many home runs during their dismal hitting-challenged start to the season, but a recent power surge has them playing better.
That could spell trouble for the Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor, who has been susceptible to giving up homers in his recent starts.
After being cooled off with their first three-game losing streak in a month, the Marlins try for their seventh win in eight home games Monday night against the Braves.
Although Miami (32-55) ranks near the bottom of the major leagues with 53 homers, the team has had a much different look offensively since getting Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison back in the lineup.
Stanton and Morrison, who missed a combined 97 games due to injuries, have totaled nine homers and 23 RBIs since returning to action one day apart June 9 and 10.
The Marlins have hit 24 home runs in their last 27 games after totaling 29 during a 16-44 start. They had won 16 of 24 before getting swept in St. Louis, falling 3-2 on Sunday as they failed to homer for the first time in six games.
"We're young, we're learning, we'll get there," Morrison said.
Miami, last in the NL East, hopes to bounce back with a season-best fourth straight home win. The Marlins hadn't lost three in a row since June 3-5.
Minor (8-4, 3.15 ERA) will try to hold the Marlins without a home run in back-to-back games for the first time since June 12 and 14, but he's had trouble keeping the ball in the park lately. The left-hander, who will face Miami for the second straight time, has allowed five homers in his last three outings after giving up nine in his first 14.
Minor has gone 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in his last four starts, yielding four runs over six innings of a 6-3 home loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.
Stanton has two home runs off Minor, his only two hits in 11 career at-bats against him. Stanton is 2 for 20 with eight strikeouts versus Atlanta this season.
The division-leading Braves (50-38) dropped the final two games of the recent three-game series with the Marlins. They lost for the eighth time in 11 road contests Sunday, 7-3 to Philadelphia.
"I really can't tell you why. It's one of those things," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "To be a championship team, you have to win at home and on the road."
Following Saturday's trade of Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers, Kevin Slowey (3-6, 4.24) looks to take advantage of another opportunity in the Miami rotation. The right-hander was 1-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 starts before being demoted to the bullpen in June.
He's 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA in three career starts against the Braves, though he pitched well against them April 8, giving up two runs in seven innings of a 2-0 loss.
Slowey, however, gave up four runs in two innings of relief in an 11-3 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. Justin Upton should be happy to see him again, as he's 4 for 4 with a homer and double against Slowey.
Brian McCann had three more hits Sunday and has gone 19 for 32 (.594) with two homers and seven RBIs in his last eight games.
Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons have pounded Miami pitching, going 21 for 49 in the season series.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:22:32 AM EST|