|ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( PEAVY )
|929||ATLANTA||-110||Ov 8,-115||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|930||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Un 8,-105||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-30||+0.2||35-28||4.5||0.252||0.321||3.5||0.251||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||5-1||4.4||0.261||0.313||4.7||0.273||0.345|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-16||-10.2||8-13||3.2||0.239||0.299||4.3||0.230||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.9||5-2||5.0||0.301||0.363||4.4||0.262||0.302|
|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||DANKS(L)||6-4||W||-115||9 un||O||9||2||0||9||6||0|
|7/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||MINOR(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|7/6/2013||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-3||L||125||7 un||U||6||7||1||6||8||0|
|7/7/2013||DANKS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-3||L||210||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||5||4||0|
|7/8/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||2-8||L||-120||8 ov||O||5||3||0||13||10||1|
|7/9/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||11-4||W||240||8 un||O||23||13||0||7||4||0|
|7/10/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||5-8||L||230||9.5 un||O||9||6||0||15||7||0|
|7/11/2013||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-3||W||145||7.5 un||O||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|7/13/2013||DANKS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||5-4||W||105||8.5 ov||O||13||12||1||13||9||1|
|7/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 un||U||8||12||1||5||6||3|
|7/14/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||145||8 un||U||10||5||0||9||10||1|
|7/26/2013||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: HITTING: The departure of Juan Pierre opens things up for SS ALEXEI RAMIREZ to hit leadoff. 2B GORDON BECKHAM will get a fresh start, but his leash is shortening. 1B PAUL KONERKO faded last year. He's potential trade bait for the rebuilding Sox. Did DH ADAM DUNN need a year to adjust to A.L. pitching and DHing? With his contract, the Sox will have to find out. OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA's late-season surge probably wasn't for real, but it was enough to get him the inside track on a starting job with Carlos Quentin having been dealt to the Padres on New Year's Eve. OF ALEX RIOS has bounced back before, but at his age the odds are longer now. The organization believes in OF DAYAN VICIEDO. His improving approach and power fit well in U.S. Cellular, but he could platoon with KOSUKE FUKUDOME in left field. C A.J. PIERZYNSKI has motivation for one more solid season as free agency looms. 3B BRENT MOREL is good glove, but has a limited stick. OF/1B BRENT LILLIBRIDGE has an improving bat and can play just about anywhere. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOHN DANKS doesn't look like a true No. 1 starter, but he keeps consistently throwing strikes and has some swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe it's because he's fallen short of his once-elite prospect status, but GAVIN FLOYD seems to get no respect as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm. He was especially good after adding a cutter/slider-type pitch last year. JAKE PEAVY isn't going to win another Cy Young, but unlike last year, his shoulder should be close to 100 percent. The big question will again be whether, as a flyball pitcher, he can keep the ball in the park at cozy U.S. Cellular. PHILIP HUMBER was a nice surprise in 2011, but don't be fooled. It wasn't a former top prospect finally figuring it out. It was a back-of-the-rotation arm getting some good breaks. CHRIS SALE will make the move to the rotation. He'll likely be on some pitch counts, but this is an exciting development. With his stuff (he already has a solid changeup to go with his fastball/slider combo) he has monster upside.
RELIEF PITCHING: With closer Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto, youngster ADDISON REED figures to be the top candidate to close games. Any young closer is a risk, but Reed's fastball/slider combo has been dominant over two pro seasons. Lefty MATT THORNTON might have blown his chance to claim the closer role last year. He had regained his form as a top set-up man late in the year, but if Reed falters he might be no more than a committee guy. JESSE CRAIN chased strikeouts more aggressively last year, but he also issued more walks. He may miss the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique injury.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-White Sox Preview* ==========================
Atlanta (54-41) at Chicago (37-55), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Jake Peavy is back for the Chicago White Sox.
It's possible he could get his first look at Atlanta Braves slugger Jason Heyward.
Peavy will start for the first time since June 4 on Saturday when the White Sox host the Braves, who could have Heyward back in the lineup.
Chicago (37-56) activated Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) from the disabled list Friday. He was out with a fracture of the left fourth anterior rib, but there won't be many restrictions on him after a stint in the minors.
"As long as his rib is doing fine, he can stay in there," manager Robin Ventura said. "If it was something with an elbow or shoulder or something like that, you'd be a little more sensitive to him being out here in this heat and doing things. For Peav, you just let him go."
Peavy expects to be limited to around 100 pitches Saturday. He allowed one run in five innings of a start for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday.
"I threw about 85 (pitches) in the rehab start in Alabama," he said. "I did get a little tired in that start, but it's something I've addressed with the skipper and we'll monitor closely."
Peavy, 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four home starts, went 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA in seven outings versus Atlanta (55-41) between 2003-08 for San Diego.
The right-hander has never faced Heyward, who began his career in 2010 and has missed four straight games with a strained right hamstring. Heyward says he is close to returning.
"Every day it feels better once I get to the field and get loose," he told the Braves' official website. "It feels that much better, so soon \2026 real soon."
Justin Upton is 4 for 6 with a homer and a triple against Peavy. The outfielder went 2 for 4 with two runs in a 6-4 victory Friday that opened this three-game set, returning after missing two games with a sprained left calf.
The Braves ended a five-game slide to the White Sox - all on the road. Brian McCann had the big blow as he homered for the third straight game, hitting a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
The White Sox are an AL-worst 7-16 against left-handed starters as they get set to face Paul Maholm (9-8, 3.98). He's 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three outings against them and has never pitched at U.S. Cellular Field.
Maholm owns a 5.37 ERA on the road compared to 1.93 at home. The Braves have dropped five of his last seven outings.
He has plenty of experience facing Adam Dunn, who is 4 for 31 with one homer and 13 strikeouts against him.
Ventura pulled Alex Rios in the seventh inning Friday after the outfielder didn't hustle on a double-play ball. Rios is 2 for 20 since his career-high, six-hit effort July 9 against Detroit.
"There is just expectations and we are not starting the second half off that way," Ventura said. "It was simple, he will be back in (Saturday). Tonight, that's what happens when you don't run."
The White Sox, losers of 14 of 19, are an AL-worst 6-12 in interleague play.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 7:19:42 PM EST|