|PITTSBURGH ( COLE )|
MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )
|901||PITTSBURGH||+100||Ov 7,-110||-110||Ov 6.5,+105|
|902||MIAMI||-110||Un 7,-110||+100||Un 6.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-31||+25.6||32-48||3.8||0.240||0.298||3.2||0.221||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||3-4||4.6||0.250||0.304||3.6||0.235||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-45||-8.3||33-34||3.4||0.236||0.287||4.4||0.257||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3||1-6||2.7||0.252||0.308||2.3||0.226||0.269|
|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)||7-4||W||-135||7.5 un||O||14||10||2||11||9||0|
|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)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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 (60-41) at Miami (39-62), 1:10 p.m. EDT
While the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins showed signs of improvement at the plate, they might have a more difficult time against two of baseball's top young pitchers.
The Pirates look for their sixth win in eight games Sunday when Gerrit Cole opposes All-Star Jose Fernandez in battle of impressive rookies in Miami.
After getting shut out by the Marlins (39-63) on Friday, Pittsburgh (61-41) bounced back by scoring seven runs for the second time in three games in Saturday's 7-4 victory.
Catcher Michael McKenry filled in nicely for the injured Russell Martin with a career-high four hits and two RBIs, while Neil Walker added three hits and two RBIs to help the Pirates win for the fifth time in seven games.
McKenry tweaked his left knee and could only trot up the first-base line after grounding to short to open the ninth inning. That could be a concern if Martin isn't able to return from his own knee injury Sunday.
"It's all right," McKenry said. "It's just kind of stuck."
All-Star Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with a triple to end a 2-for-16 slide and Starling Marte was 2 for 5 with a double after going 2 for 28 in his previous seven games.
Pittsburgh, which hit .107 (9 for 84) with runners in scoring position over its previous nine games, went 6 for 17 in those situations Saturday.
The Pirates face a tough test as they look to build on that performance against Fernandez (6-5, 2.74 ERA), who didn't miss a beat in his first start of the second half.
Fernandez struck out eight while holding Colorado to two runs and five hits over seven innings in Tuesday's 4-2 road win.
The right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in nine starts since the start of June, with the Marlins winning seven of those outings. He's 4-2 with a 1.82 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 59 1-3 innings over that span.
Fernandez has been even better at Marlins Park, going 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine outings there.
This will be only the third road start for Cole (5-3, 3.51), who is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in those two games.
The right-hander snapped a three-start losing streak overall with the best outing of his career Tuesday. He limited Washington to one run and two hits over seven innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
"I mean, he's got that overpowering stuff," said Martin. "When he doesn't give too many free passes and he's able to throw strikes in good locations, he's a tough at-bat."
Cole hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his eight starts, but the slumping Pirates had given him just four runs of support during his three-start skid.
He'll try to help Pittsburgh complete a 6-4 road trip with a victory over the Marlins, who have batted .283 while winning four of six.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton continued his tear by going 3 for 4 with a double Saturday. He's 7 for 10 with a homer, three doubles and three RBIs in his last three games.
Teammate Logan Morrison added three hits to break out of a 3-for-28 slump.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:26:00 PM EST|