|PITTSBURGH ( MORTON )|
MIAMI ( KOEHLER )
|955||PITTSBURGH||-140||Ov 7.5,-120||-145||Ov 7.5,-105|
|956||MIAMI||+130||Un 7.5,+100||+135||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-31||+24.6||31-48||3.7||0.238||0.297||3.2||0.220||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||4.1||0.230||0.292||3.7||0.233||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-44||-7.3||32-34||3.4||0.235||0.286||4.3||0.256||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3||0-7||2.1||0.232||0.291||2.1||0.224||0.265|
|7/13/2013||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||8||10||1|
|7/14/2013||COLE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-4||L||-155||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||9||6||2|
|7/19/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 ev||O||10||8||1||8||6||0|
|7/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-5||L||125||8 un||O||8||12||1||10||9||3|
|7/21/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||3-2||W||125||8 un||U||7||7||0||3||6||0|
|7/22/2013||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||8||6||0||9||4||0|
|7/23/2013||COLE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||5-1||W||105||8.5 ov||U||10||5||0||3||3||2|
|7/24/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-2||W||125||7 un||U||5||4||0||5||5||1|
|7/25/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||7-9||L||120||7 un||O||12||10||3||14||11||0|
|7/26/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-2||L||-160||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||8||10||0|
|7/27/2013||MORTON(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||GOMEZ(R)||ST LOUIS|| || |
|7/31/2013||LOCKE(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||MORTON(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|8/2/2013|| ||COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|7/19/2013||TURNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||0-2||L||140||8 ov||U||6||6||0||5||9||1|
|7/20/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||0-6||L||155||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||12||7||1|
|7/21/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-1||L||145||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||2|
|7/22/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||3-1||W||160||11 ev||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-2||W||140||9 ov||U||12||6||1||5||4||0|
|7/24/2013||TURNER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||160||9 ev||U||10||12||1||7||8||1|
|7/25/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||5-3||W||150||9.5 ev||U||8||3||2||7||5||0|
|7/29/2013||TURNER(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||KOEHLER(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Marlins Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (60-40) at Miami (38-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Although the majors' best pitching staff held down baseball's worst offense, the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't overcome their struggles at the plate against the Miami Marlins.
Now, the Pirates will try to rebound and avoid their third straight loss Saturday night at Marlins Park.
Miami closer Steve Cishek converted his 16th straight save opportunity by retiring pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with two on to lock down Friday's 2-0 series-opening victory.
Pittsburgh (60-41) finished with five hits and struck out 11 times, raising its total to 39 over the last three games.
The Pirates also went hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position, dropping their major-league worst average in those situations to .219. They're 9 for 84 (.107) in those key situations over their last nine games.
Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte are a combined 1 for 27 with runners in scoring position during this stretch. McCutchen is also 2 for 16 overall in his last four games, while Marte is 2 for 28 in his last seven.
Jordy Mercer is one of the few Pirates currently performing well, batting .341 during a career-best 11-game hitting streak.
Pittsburgh hopes for a better offensive performance against Miami starter Tom Koehler (2-5, 4.38 ERA).
After spending some time at Triple-A New Orleans, Koehler struck out seven and limited Colorado to one run over seven innings in Monday's 3-1 road win.
"He had great command," said manager Mike Redmond of the right-hander's first big-league start since July 2. "He was pounding his fastball in and out and threw some great breaking balls."
Koehler looks for his first win at Marlins Park, where he's 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. He'll try to continue an outstanding run by the team's starters, who have a 2.44 ERA since the All-Star break.
"It's unreal going in knowing you have a chance even though the bats haven't been there, and knowing one run may be enough," slugger Giancarlo Stanton said. "You can go about the game completely differently."
The Marlins (39-62), batting a major-league worst .232, have won four of five despite totaling 15 runs over that span.
They also rank last in the majors with 61 home runs, though Stanton hit the team's fourth in five games Friday. He's 4 for 6 in his last two games following a 2-for-21 slump.
Scheduled Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (2-2, 3.35) has been plagued by the home run of late, giving up five in his last three outings after allowing none in his first four.
After allowing a season-high four earned runs in a 4-1 road loss to the Cubs on July 6, the right-hander has yielded five runs and 12 hits over 13 2-3 innings in consecutive quality starts.
Morton is 2-3 with a 5.06 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins, though he hasn't faced them since 2011.
Morton isn't expected to be throwing to catcher Russell Martin, who tweaked his left knee blocking home plate on a play in the second inning Friday. He left the game in the seventh and said he would likely take Saturday off.
"I've actually had something like this before, and I played with it in the past," Martin said. "It's a little uncomfortable, but it doesn't keep me from doing anything physically."
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 1:06:06 AM EST|