|ATLANTA ( MEDLEN )|
MIAMI ( ALVAREZ )
|953||ATLANTA||-155||Ov 7.5,-105||-160||Ov 7.5,+110|
|954||MIAMI||+145||Un 7.5,-115||+150||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-42||+7.3||50-47||4.5||0.255||0.321||3.4||0.248||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||2-4||3.7||0.226||0.277||4.1||0.294||0.356|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-62||-15.9||42-46||3.5||0.235||0.288||4.3||0.255||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.5||4-0||5.3||0.287||0.339||4.1||0.256||0.323|
|9/2/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||13-5||W||-220||8.5 ev||O||17||10||1||10||8||1|
|9/3/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||3-1||W||-230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||8||8||0|
|9/4/2013||LOE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-5||L||-135||8 ov||U||7||7||0||12||11||1|
|9/6/2013||MINOR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||1-2||L||-115||7 un||U||3||3||0||4||2||0|
|9/7/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||5-6||L||-160||8 un||O||7||4||0||15||12||0|
|9/8/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-3||L||110||7 un||U||2||1||1||8||7||0|
|9/9/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||MAHOLM(L)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/27/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-2||L||150||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/28/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-4||L||210||7 un||P||10||9||1||10||10||1|
|8/29/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-9||L||187||7.5 un||O||4||7||0||12||3||0|
|8/30/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-2||L||130||6.5 un||U||5||7||0||5||6||0|
|8/31/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||195||7 ev||O||7||6||3||11||15||1|
|9/1/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||7-0||W||195||7 un||P||13||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/2/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||125||7 ov||P||9||6||1||8||5||0|
|9/3/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-2||W||130||8 un||P||12||10||0||4||6||1|
|9/4/2013||FLYNN(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-9||L||135||8 un||O||11||8||1||11||8||1|
|9/13/2013||TURNER(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/14/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/15/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.
|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 (ATLANTA-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(EDITS Medlen info)
*Braves-Marlins Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Atlanta (85-57) at Miami (53-88), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Kris Medlen has won a lot of games of late.
The right-hander will look to help the Atlanta Braves snap a four-game losing streak Monday when they pay a visit to the Miami Marlins.
The Braves (85-57) have scored 10 runs and are batting .156 over their skid. The top four hitters in Atlanta's order - B.J. Upton, Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson - went a combined 0 for 15 with five strikeouts in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Upton is 0 for his last 14 with eight strikeouts.
"They pitched well all three games," Upton said. "We're fine. We'll come back to play tomorrow."
Evan Gattis had the Braves' only two hits off Cole Hamels - both home runs - and very nearly added a third.
"He's strong," Hamels said. "He swung with everything he had in him. I felt like I was throwing a golf ball out there and he had a driver."
Gattis is batting .450 (9 for 20) with three doubles and two home runs against the Marlins.
Medlen (12-12, 3.48 ERA) has gone 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his last seven starts, and he's allowed one run over his last 14 innings while winning his last two.
He limited the New York Mets to one run in seven innings of a 3-1 victory Tuesday, holding them to 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"Whatever jam you get in, you always feel like you can get out of it," Medlen said. "I'm always thinking positive. Whether other people do, I don't know, but I'm always figuring out a way to get out of stuff. It's something you learn as you mature in this game."
Medlen, long one of the game's better control pitchers, has not issued a walk in his last two outings.
Medlen has won both his starts against the Marlins this year, allowing an unearned run in seven innings of a 3-2 victory April 9 and three runs in six innings of an 11-3 win July 2. He's gone 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last five starts against the Marlins.
Medlen's success has been part of Atlanta's dominance on the road in this series, with the Braves winning five of six away matchups this year and 19 of the past 24. Atlanta has posted a 1.86 ERA in 15 games at Marlins Park.
Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95) has had six days to rest a tight right hamstring that forced him from his September 2 start against the Chicago Cubs after 79 pitches. The right-hander has fared well this season with the extra rest, recording a 2.25 ERA in two starts on six days' rest.
After allowing four straight singles to lead off a three-run first inning, Alvarez scattered three hits over five scoreless innings in a 4-3 win over the Cubs and helped his cause with a three-run homer.
"I started the first inning leaving pitches up a little bit, but then I made an adjustment in the second inning," said Alvarez, 7 for 19 this season with two doubles in addition to his homer.
The Marlins (53-88) dropped the final two games of their three-game set with Washington, losing 6-4 on Sunday. They allowed 15 runs in those two defeats and have lost 11 of 15 at home.
"We know we have to pitch and play almost perfect to win and we weren't able to do that," manager Mike Redmond said.
They may be without Giancarlo Stanton, who missed Sunday's game with a foot injury.
"It felt the same as it did yesterday," Stanton said.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 6:56:55 PM EST|