|ATLANTA ( BEACHY )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LANNAN )
|901||ATLANTA||-130||Ov 9,-115||-135||Ov 9,-115|
|902||PHILADELPHIA||+120||Un 9,-105||+125||Un 9,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-12||+1.9||15-13||4.2||0.250||0.320||3.9||0.234||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||5-2||7.6||0.339||0.400||2.7||0.227||0.259|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-46||-12.2||44-39||3.6||0.251||0.302||4.8||0.274||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||5-2||2.7||0.193||0.237||6.3||0.318||0.379|
|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||MARTIN(R)||6-4||W||-155||9 un||O||10||7||0||6||3||1|
|8/3/2013||BEACHY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|8/5/2013||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|7/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-5||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||10||10||0||9||6||1|
|7/21/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-5||L||-105||6.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||3||0|
|7/23/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||200||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||11||10||0|
|7/24/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-11||L||155||8 ov||O||9||6||0||16||11||1|
|7/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-3||L||170||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||4||0|
|7/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-2||L||145||8 un||U||4||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/27/2013||VALDES(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||0-10||L||240||8.5 un||O||2||2||1||15||6||0|
|7/28/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-12||L||210||9 un||O||9||5||3||13||10||0|
|7/30/2013||LANNAN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||7-3||W||-120||9 un||O||10||9||0||9||6||1|
|7/31/2013||KENDRICK(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-9||L||-115||8.5 un||O||5||6||2||14||7||0|
|8/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||1-2||L||-120||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||11||10||1|
|8/6/2013||KENDRICK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|8/8/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/9/2013||LEE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Phillies Preview* =========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Atlanta (64-45) at Philadelphia (50-58), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Big innings have contributed to the Atlanta Braves extending their big lead atop the NL East.
The Braves will look to ride their explosive offense to a ninth straight win Saturday as their road series continues against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves (65-45) have averaged 7.1 runs during their streak and have reached double digits in hits the last six games.
"Everything's a run," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Friday's 6-4 win that maintained his team's major league-best division lead at 11 1/2 games. "You see some guys with some good approaches, good at-bats, keep the lineup moving."
Atlanta rode a five-run fifth to its most recent victory, the fifth consecutive game it has had at least one five-run inning. The Braves also have been helped by the long ball, hitting nine home runs over their last four games.
Brian McCann has three of those home runs, including a two-run home run on Friday, while Chris Johnson added one of his own. Johnson is 21 of 44 (.477) over an 11-game hitting streak and His eight straight multihit games are the most for any Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.
"I'm trying not to think about it really," Johnson said. "I'm trying to keep my same approach every single day, try to come in tomorrow do my exact same routine."
Jason Heyward, with two hits Friday, is batting .400 over his last six games, with eight runs batted in and 11 runs scored.
With the exception of Brandon Beachy's lone start, the Braves rotation has posted an ERA of 2.20 over the team's run.
Beachy (0-0, 17.18 ERA) will have another chance to join the club after he was pounded for seven runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday. In his return from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander, who posted a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts last year, was reached for eight hits by Colorado, more than he allowed in any start last year.
"It still stinks," Beachy said. "I'm not going to chuck this up to being part of the process. I pitched poorly and let the guys down after they got me the lead. It's unacceptable."
Beachy seeks his first win in eight tries against the Phillies. Atlanta has lost all of Beachy's starts against Philadelphia, but he is not completely to blame since the Braves have provided him 11 total runs over the previous even starts.
Philadelphia, which had just three home runs in 10 prior contests, matched that total in Friday's loss.
Delmon Young had one of those home runs as part of a three-hit effort to snap out of a 5-for-31 slump. He has a .429 lifetime average (9 for 21) against Atlanta.
Philadelphia's John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) will look to end Atlanta's streak. He has pitched well against the Braves in recent years, going 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA since 2010 as part of a 9-5 career mark.
The left-hander has gotten back on track after posting a 1-3 record and a 5.15 ERA over his first seven starts for the Phillies. He is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his last four.
Lannan's last three quality starts, however, came against the Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants, who rank 28th, 29th and 24th in the majors, respectively, in runs scored.
That was the story on Tuesday, when Lannan held the Giants to three runs in seven innings of a 7-3 victory over San Francisco.
Lannan, who has a 3.64 ERA on four days' rest this season, will pitch on three days' rest for the first time.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 3:32:04 PM EST|