|COLORADO ( )|
ATLANTA ( BEACHY )
|955||COLORADO||+135||Ov 7.5,-120||+125||Ov 7.5,+100|
|956||ATLANTA||-145||Un 7.5,+100||-135||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-31||+2.3||31-34||4.6||0.269||0.323||4.0||0.261||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.1||3-4||3.9||0.250||0.290||4.0||0.282||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-12||+0.9||14-13||4.1||0.247||0.318||3.7||0.228||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||2-5||3.7||0.240||0.301||2.4||0.218||0.271|
|7/19/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-3||L||-150||9.5 ov||U||5||4||0||8||9||0|
|7/20/2013||NICASIO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||9-3||W||-155||10 ov||O||13||10||0||8||8||2|
|7/21/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-3||W||-160||10.5 ev||U||5||3||1||10||12||1|
|7/24/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||MIAMI||TURNER(R)||2-1||W||-170||9 ev||U||7||8||1||10||12||1|
|7/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ATLANTA||BEACHY(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|8/1/2013||MCHUGH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||6-10||L||105||9 un||O||10||4||1||13||7||1|
|7/21/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-3||L||-125||8.5 ov||U||9||11||1||5||4||0|
|7/22/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||-125||7.5 ov||U||6||8||0||5||8||0|
|7/23/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||1-4||L||-130||7.5 ov||U||7||9||0||9||4||0|
|7/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||8-2||W||-135||7.5 ov||O||8||4||0||6||4||2|
|7/25/2013||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-7||L||-120||7.5 un||O||5||5||2||14||14||1|
|7/26/2013||MINOR(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||4-1||W||+105||7 ov||U||8||4||0||4||4||1|
|7/27/2013||TEHERAN(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-0||W||-130||8.5 un||U||9||10||0||2||3||0|
|7/28/2013||MEDLEN(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-2||W||+100||7.5 un||U||12||8||0||8||4||2|
|7/29/2013||BEACHY(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||BEACHY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|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 (COLORADO-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Braves Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Colorado (50-55) at Atlanta (59-45), 7:10 p.m. EDT
A season-ending injury to Tim Hudson could have crippled the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation, but the addition of Brandon Beachy may help soften the blow.
Beachy returns to make his first start in more than a year as Atlanta hosts the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
The Braves (60-45) hold an 8 1/2-game lead on Washington as they seek their first NL East title since 2005. Hudson, though, suffered a broken right ankle while covering first base in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the New York Mets and will be recovering for the next four months after surgery.
Hudson had won four straight outings, but his spot in the rotation will be filled by Beachy, who had an NL-leading 2.00 ERA when he injured his elbow June 16, 2012, in a loss to Baltimore.
After having Tommy John surgery, Beachy went through a grueling rehab process before being cleared to start Monday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy will be limited to about 100 pitches.
"(It's) like getting a big piece in a trade at the deadline. Before he got hurt he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League," Gonzalez said. "I don't think he'll be that his first time out, but I think he'll be close."
The right-hander said he's ready to go.
"I feel good now and I've felt good ever since that point I was shut down," Beachy said. "I'm going to go out there and take the ball and keep it until they take it away from me."
Gonzalez, though, said no one person can replace Hudson.
"Nobody needs to be Huddy," Gonzalez said. "Nobody needs to be the ace or that kind of label. Believe me, I'm going to fight that the next two months when we're pitching well. Collectively, I think, as a unit you circle the wagons, you go out there and you get those three performances that we had (recently)."
Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa is proof that a successful return from Tommy John surgery is possible after he had the procedure done in 2011 before missing most of the 2012 season.
De La Rosa (10-5, 2.97 ERA) has been stellar this year and is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts after pitching six scoreless innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Miami. He said a sore left thumb hasn't been a factor.
"I've been pitching with that for a while," De La Rosa said.
The left-hander hasn't faced the Braves since giving up two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory Aug. 24, 2010. He'll look to help the Rockies get their 10-game road trip started on a positive note after a 6-5 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki hit two of the four homers for Colorado (51-55), which went 5-5 on its homestand. A mediocre trip may damage its chances to catch the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, though.
"We know we're a talented team. We know we can compete with anyone in the league," Cuddyer said. "We've just got to be consistent. Hopefully (Sunday) was a stepping stone for that."
Colorado, though, has dropped 14 of the last 18 meetings with Atlanta, which completed a three-game sweep of NL-best St. Louis with Sunday's 5-2 victory. Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs batting leadoff for the second straight game, while Chris Johnson had three hits and scored three times.
The Braves have won eight of the last nine home matchups with the Rockies.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 5:07:25 AM EST|