|CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )|
ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )
|905||CINCINNATI||+115||Ov 7.5,-110||-105||Ov 7.5,+115|
|906||ATLANTA||-125||Un 7.5,-110||-105||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-28||-2.6||32-30||4.5||0.250||0.321||3.7||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||1-5||3.0||0.248||0.312||3.4||0.235||0.288|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-10||+2.2||12-12||4.1||0.245||0.319||3.5||0.224||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||4-1||4.4||0.247||0.305||4.1||0.252||0.320|
|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)||4-2||W||120||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/13/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||2-5||L||-115||7 un||P||7||6||0||11||7||0|
|7/14/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|7/20/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/21/2013|| ||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||HUDSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES seventh graf with BJ Upton being put on DL.)
*Reds-Braves Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cincinnati (52-42) at Atlanta (54-40), 1:35 p.m. EDT
No Justin Upton. No B.J. Upton. No Jason Heyward. No Freddie Freeman.
After winning without any of their injured big-name outfielders, the Atlanta Braves added their All-Star first baseman to their lengthy injury list as they conclude a four-game home set Sunday against the slumping Cincinnati Reds.
One night after Heyward exited Thursday's 6-5 win with a strained right hamstring, the Upton brothers were hurt Friday in a 4-2 defeat. While all three were held out Saturday, the Braves (54-40) beat Cincinnati 5-2 behind Mike Minor's seven strong innings and homers from Brian McCann and Dan Uggla.
"I think Vegas lost a lot of money today when they saw our lineup," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose club improved to a major league-best 31-14 at home. "But you know what, you can't judge and you can't handicap heart."
Called up from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier in the day, Jose Constanza started in left field and hit leadoff, Reed Johnson was in center and rookie Joey Terdoslavich was in right. The trio went a combined 7 for 11 with an RBI and two runs.
Heyward, Justin Upton (strained calf) and B.J. Upton (strained adductor muscle) are all expected to remain out through the All-Star break. While Heyward could return afterward, Justin Upton's status is uncertain, B.J. Upton was placed on the disabled list Sunday, and Freeman will miss this game and possibly the Midsummer Classic after jamming his left thumb on a collision with Chris Heisey after catching an off-line throw by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning Saturday.
"I feel bad for them to be hurt," Constanza said through a translator. "It's a bad way to be called up, but I was ready to come up here and help the team win."
It was the fifth loss in seven games for the Reds (52-42), who have dropped 11 of 15 on the road while hitting .190 with runners in scoring position.
"It's disheartening to see it happening over and over again," manager Dusty Baker said.
Shin-Soo Choo is batting .413 with nine runs during an 11-game hitting streak. Joey Votto, though, has gone 6 for 26 (.231) with no homers and one RBI over an eight-game stretch, and Jay Bruce, who hasn't homered since June 22, is 8 for his last 40 (.200).
Things aren't about to get any easier with a matchup against Julio Teheran (7-4, 3.09 ERA), who ranks among the major league leaders with a 2.36 ERA since April 23. The 22-year-old right-hander yielded four runs - one earned - and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings Tuesday in a 6-4 win at Miami.
"He gave us a great outing," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Teheran, who is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA over his last four home starts.
Teheran will be making his first appearance versus Cincinnati, which counters with an impressive young pitcher of its own in Tony Cingrani (3-1, 3.30). The 24-year-old left-hander has posted a .196 opponent batting average and struck out 61 in nine starts spanning 52 2-3 innings.
Cingrani, who has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of those outings, gave up two and three hits over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-0 loss at Milwaukee.
"It's frustrating. I thought I did my job," Cingrani said after striking out 10 and walking two.
He has compiled a 3.75 ERA on the road, more than a run higher than his home mark of 2.63. He has never faced Atlanta.
Cingrani could have his hands full with McCann, who is batting .414 with six homers in his last nine home games in the series.
The Braves have taken seven of 10 from the Reds at Turner Field.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:22:31 AM EST|