|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
MIAMI ( KOEHLER )
|907||ATLANTA||-160||Ov 7.5,-110||-155||Ov 7.5,+110|
|908||MIAMI||+150||Un 7.5,-110||+145||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||64-42||+8.3||50-47||4.5||0.254||0.321||3.4||0.248||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||2-4||4.4||0.215||0.271||3.4||0.277||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-63||-16.9||42-46||3.5||0.235||0.288||4.3||0.254||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||4-0||4.6||0.270||0.320||4.9||0.247||0.318|
|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)||5-2||W||-165||7 ov||P||5||3||1||8||7||0|
|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||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ 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||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/14/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/14/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|9/15/2013||FLYNN(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Marlins Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Atlanta (85-57) at Miami (53-88), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Strong pitching is a big reason why the Atlanta Braves tend to have little trouble with the Miami Marlins on the road.
Julio Teheran didn't have much in his latest meeting with the lowly NL East rival.
After outpitching phenom Jose Fernandez in his most recent outing, Teheran attempts to beat the Marlins again and help the Braves continue their dominance in Miami on Tuesday night.
Atlanta (86-57) has won 20 of its past 25 visits to Miami behind a 2.07 ERA. The staff has a 1.77 ERA, while going 13-3 at Marlins Park, which opened last year.
The Braves continued that dominant stretch by doing all of their scoring in the fourth inning of a 5-2 win to open this four-game set.
"Five hits and five runs on one frame," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And we made it hold up."
Giving the ball to Teheran (11-7, 3.01 ERA) may keep them rolling.
The right-hander was superb in a 2-1 win over Miami (53-89) on Aug. 30, yielding one run with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings in a pitchers' duel with Fernandez.
While Fernandez is considered a favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, Teheran is making a case for his own consideration by leading Atlanta with a 2.23 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 48 1-3 innings over eight starts since the All-Star break.
In an effort to monitor Teheran's innings, Atlanta, which is closing in on the division crown, opted to skip his latest outing Wednesday, which ended in a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets. Teheran's 161 1-3 innings rank third on the team and fourth among rookies.
Freddie Freeman is hitting .348 with two homers, six doubles, nine RBIs and 12 runs in 13 games against the Marlins this season. He's doubled and tripled in three at-bats against Tom Koehler, Miami's scheduled starter.
Koehler (3-9, 4.70) is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA over his last six starts. The rookie right-hander was putting together a strong start in last Tuesday's 6-2 win at Chicago, but was charged with two runs. The first came on a leadoff homer in the fifth before Koehler walked the bases loaded and was lifted with one out.
"You give up a leadoff home run, things like that are going to happen," Koehler told the team's official website. "But after that, you have to be able to shut them down. I don't know if it was a combination of trying to do a little too much and losing the zone, and with them being a little bit more patient, but it's just one of those innings that can't happen."
Koehler has no record and a 2.00 ERA over four meetings with the Braves, giving up three runs in five innings of an 11-3 road defeat in his only career start against them.
The Marlins may have Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup after he missed two games with a sore right ankle, suffered in a 7-0 win at Atlanta on Sept. 1.
"Best case, (Tuesday) he's ready to go," manager Mike Redmond told the team's official website. "But it really is up to him. We're going day to day. When he says he is good to go and ready to play, he will play."
Stanton has a .136 average with one homer and three RBIs in 14 season meetings with Atlanta, and he's 0 for 7 with two strikeouts and three walks versus Teheran.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:16:57 AM EST|