|MIAMI ( TURNER )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|957||MIAMI||+130||Ov 8,+100||+145||Ov 8,+100|
|958||MILWAUKEE||-140||Un 8,-120||-155||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-41||-7.2||32-29||3.6||0.237||0.290||4.4||0.259||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||3-3||3.6||0.235||0.304||3.9||0.238||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-32||-2.5||32-27||4.2||0.260||0.310||4.5||0.259||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||1-6||3.0||0.239||0.293||3.1||0.221||0.302|
|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|
|7/19/2013||TURNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/24/2013||TURNER(R)||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/5/2013||HELLWEG(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||5-12||L||-125||9 un||O||12||8||3||14||13||1|
|7/6/2013||GALLARDO(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||7-6||W||-145||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||10||9||2|
|7/7/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||1-2||L||-130||9 un||U||3||5||2||11||9||0|
|7/11/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||3-5||L||130||9 un||U||9||6||0||5||6||0|
|7/12/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-2||L||155||8 un||U||8||11||2||4||3||1|
|7/13/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||4-5||L||105||8 un||O||8||4||0||6||5||0|
|7/14/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||5-1||W||145||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/22/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/23/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/24/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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).
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Brewers Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Miami (35-58) at Milwaukee (38-56), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After dealing with poor starting pitching, key injuries and plenty of rumors regarding a possible Ryan Braun drug suspension, the Milwaukee Brewers are hoping their second half goes better than the first.
The improving Miami Marlins have the same goal.
Braun is expected to return Friday night when the NL's two worst teams return from the All-Star break in Milwaukee.
The Brewers (38-56) never imagined they'd be in the NL Central basement at this point - and ahead only of the Marlins (35-58) in the league standings - but it's understandable why they're there. Milwaukee's starters have a 4.86 ERA, Corey Hart (right knee) will not play this season and Braun has played once since June 9.
Braun returned from a stint on the disabled list on July 9, but he missed the next game with the sore right thumb that landed him on the DL and the four leading into the break due to a family medical issue. He has been removed from the bereavement list, but the 2011 NL MVP remains at the center of the Biogenesis scandal that could lead to a lengthy suspension either this season or next.
"It's tough to go to war when you don't have all your weapons," catcher Jonathan Lucroy told the Brewers' official website. "But the only thing we can do right now is keep working hard and keep playing hard."
The Marlins are taking the same approach after winning 19 of 33 heading into the break. They were denied a season-best fourth consecutive victory in Sunday's 5-2, 10-inning loss to Washington.
"From the way we started those first couple of months (13-32), I'm very pleased with the way these guys have continued to grind it out through a lot of adversity and some tough losses," manager Mike Redmond said.
"By no means are we satisfied with where we're at. We know we can get better. We'll go out there in the second half and hopefully have a great second half and finish strong."
The Marlins' starting pitching has been strong - posting a 2.98 ERA over the last 26 games - and Friday's pitcher Jacob Turner (3-1, 2.33 ERA) has played a big role in that.
The young right-hander has yielded two runs or fewer in six of eight starts since being called up May 31, and threw seven innings of two-run ball in a 6-2 victory over Atlanta on July 10.
Turner faced Milwaukee for the first time June 11, giving up four runs in seven innings of a 5-4 home win. The Brewers won the other two games in that series by a combined 16-2.
After getting tagged for five runs and three homers in 6 1-3 innings of Saturday's 5-4 loss at Arizona, Kyle Lohse (5-7, 3.67) will get his first look at the Marlins in a Brewers uniform. The right hander won all three starts against Miami last season while with St. Louis, recording a 2.08 ERA.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is 6 for 12 with two homers off Lohse, who's tied with Washington's Dan Haren for the most home runs allowed in the NL with 19.
Stanton has a homer with a team-best three RBIs against Milwaukee this season.
Lucroy went 5 for 11 with seven RBIs in that series in Miami. Carlos Gomez was 7 for 14 with three triples and five RBIs in those contests, and fellow Brewers All-Star Jean Segura finished 4 for 13 with a home run.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 2:49:07 PM EST|