|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
ATLANTA ( WOOD )
|909||COLORADO||+145||Ov 8.5,-105||+155||Ov 8,+100|
|910||ATLANTA||-155||Un 8.5,-115||-165||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-24||-9.7||17-21||4.0||0.254||0.311||4.9||0.286||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||4-3||4.9||0.270||0.317||4.9||0.286||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-33||+1.8||38-33||4.4||0.251||0.319||3.5||0.250||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||3-4||4.7||0.261||0.319||3.4||0.252||0.298|
|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)||8-9||L||125||7.5 un||O||15||8||1||12||7||0|
|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||BURNETT(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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)||9-8||W||-135||7.5 un||O||12||7||0||15||8||1|
|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||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Colorado (51-56) at Atlanta (61-45), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While outstanding pitching keyed the start of their winning streak, the Atlanta Braves needed their highest run total in more than three weeks to extend it.
The surging Braves might need another big day at the plate as they seek their fifth straight victory Tuesday night when rookie Alex Wood faces the Colorado Rockies.
Andrelton Simmons hit a walkoff triple in the 10th inning as NL East-leading Atlanta (61-45) beat Colorado (51-56) for the ninth time in 10 tries at Turner Field with Monday's 9-8 win.
After their pitching staff limited major league-best St. Louis to three runs over 27 innings in a three-game sweep, the Braves bailed out starter Brandon Beachy, who gave up seven runs over 3 2-3 innings in his first start in 13 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery.
They went 5 for 10 with seven RBIs with runners in scoring position, raising their average to .419 (13 for 31) in those situations during their winning streak. Atlanta's nine runs were its most since a 13-4 rout of Philadelphia on July 6.
Atlanta hopes to continue that production with Wood (0-2, 3.42 ERA) making his second straight start filling in for Paul Maholm (wrist contusion), who was placed on the disabled list July 22. The left-hander, 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in two starts, surrendered four runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 7-4 loss to the Mets on Thursday.
"I thought for his second major league start he did OK," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was a good experience for him. (Now) he'll get another opportunity to improve."
Wood, though, will likely have to deal with Carlos Gonzalez as he faces the Rockies for the first time.
The All-Star left fielder matched a career best by going 5 for 5 on Monday after missing three games with a sprained right middle finger. He's hitting .444 (12 for 27) with two homers and six RBIs in eight career games at Atlanta.
Catcher Wilin Rosario also is heating up, going 5 for 9 with two homers in his last two games. Nolan Arenado is 8 for 20 in his last five, but his error Monday keyed Atlanta's six-run third inning.
The Rockies will try to avoid their sixth loss in nine games by giving the ball to Juan Nicasio (6-4, 4.40), who looks to win his third straight.
The right-hander has given up one run and eight hits in 19 innings since being recalled from the minors on July 12. He struck out a season-high nine batters and limited Miami to two hits over seven shutout innings before the Marlins rallied for a 5-3 victory Thursday.
"I had good location on my fastball and I was throwing strikes," Nicasio said. "I can throw it hard when I want to, and I've been able to put it inside, away or down in the zone."
Nicasio is 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in three career starts versus the Braves, though, and he'll make his first start in Atlanta since 2011.
All-Star Freddie Freeman has pounded Nicasio with two home runs, a triple, and a double in six career at-bats. Freeman, though, is 4 for 26 with one homer over his last seven games.
Simmons has gone 7 for 13 with five RBIs in his last three contests, while Chris Johnson is batting .462 (12 for 26) over a seven-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:53:25 AM EST|