|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )
|907||CINCINNATI||+120||Ov 7.5,-110||+130||Ov 7.5,-105|
|908||ATLANTA||-130||Un 7.5,-110||-140||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-28||-3.8||32-29||4.5||0.249||0.321||3.8||0.242||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.4||2-5||4.3||0.254||0.323||3.6||0.230||0.301|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-29||+0.5||35-27||4.5||0.253||0.322||3.5||0.250||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||6-0||5.9||0.282||0.339||4.6||0.258||0.312|
|6/28/2013||CUETO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||0-4||L||105||9.5 un||U||8||7||0||7||8||0|
|6/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||6-4||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||11||9||3||5||6||1|
|6/30/2013||LATOS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||2-3||L||135||8 ev||U||6||8||1||8||9||0|
|7/1/2013||ARROYO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||KICKHAM(L)||8-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||O||11||4||0||2||2||0|
|7/2/2013||BAILEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-0||W||-175||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||0||1||1|
|7/3/2013||CINGRANI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-2||W||-175||8.5 ov||U||10||11||0||5||12||0|
|7/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-4||L||-125||8 ov||U||11||9||1||11||9||0|
|7/9/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-2||L||-135||9 ev||U||3||4||0||4||4||0|
|7/10/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)||6-2||W||-165||9 un||U||9||8||0||4||4||1|
|7/11/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||11||8||3|
|7/12/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||7-1||W||-150||8 un||P||9||6||0||8||12||2|
|7/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||7||5||2|
|7/10/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||2-6||L||-125||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||11||12||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|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 (CINCINNATI-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Braves Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cincinnati (51-40) at Atlanta (52-39), 7:30 p.m. EDT
As Freddie Freeman continues to show why he's headed to the All-Star game, another of Atlanta's talented young players is again faced with missing time due to his health.
While Freeman looks to stay hot, Jason Heyward will sit Friday night when the Braves face the visiting Cincinnati Reds.
Hours after Freeman held off Los Angeles rookie phenom Yasiel Puig to win the fan voting for the final spot on NL All-Star roster, the first baseman had three hits and four RBIs in a 6-5 win over Cincinnati (51-41) on Thursday.
"He's riding high," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The All-Star selection, he has everything going for him right now. It's probably a pleasure and a joy to be Freddie Freeman right now."
Among the major league leaders with 60 RBIs, Freeman has batted .351 with 12 RBIs in his last 15 contests for the NL East-leading Braves (53-39). He's 7 for 16 with seven RBIs in four games versus Cincinnati after going 1 for 15 in his previous four.
Heyward singled in two at-bats in the series opener but left when he strained his hamstring sliding into third base. Struggling with a .227 average, seven homers and 21 RBIs, Heyward is expected to be re-evaluated Friday.
"No pop. Just pain," said Heyward, who missed 22 games earlier this season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
Winners of four of six, the Braves hand the ball Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45 ERA). The right-hander posted a 2.50 ERA while going 5-1 in six previous starts before allowing a career-high seven runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.
He has the same 3-4 record at home and away, but has a 2.83 ERA at Turner Field compared to 4.04 on the road.
Medlen gave up two runs in seven innings and didn't get a decision in a 5-4 loss at Cincinnati on May 7.
The Reds' Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 3.55) has a much bigger disparity between home and away starts, going 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 12 starts at Great American Ball Park and 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in six on the road. He's allowed 12 runs and three homers over 9 2-3 innings while dropping his last two away from home.
Arroyo's past two starts came at home, as he posted a 3.00 ERA while splitting those decisions. The right-hander gave up three runs on two homers in six innings of a 3-1 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
He's 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in his last four starts against Atlanta. Arroyo yielded four runs in five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Braves on May 6.
Brandon Phillips had two hits with two RBIs and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to nine games with two more Thursday for Cincinnati, loser of four of five overall and six of eight at Turner Field.
Choo has batted .405 in his last nine and is 1 for 3 with a homer off Medlen.
Atlanta's Justin Upton is 8 for 17 with five doubles and six RBIs in his past four games, and 6 for his last 13 versus Arroyo.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:17:28 PM EST|