|SAN DIEGO ( KENNEDY )|
ATLANTA ( HALE )
|957||SAN DIEGO||+135||Ov 8,-105||+135||Ov 8,-110|
|958||ATLANTA||-145||Un 8,-115||-145||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-54||-9.6||46-47||3.6||0.240||0.298||4.8||0.264||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||4.4||0.235||0.300||5.0||0.266||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-43||+8.3||51-48||4.4||0.254||0.321||3.4||0.248||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-4||3.6||0.190||0.266||3.1||0.268||0.318|
|8/30/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-9||L||190||7 ev||O||11||9||1||13||6||1|
|8/31/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-2||L||150||7.5 ov||U||10||8||1||13||12||0|
|9/1/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-2||L||195||7 un||U||3||4||0||7||6||0|
|9/2/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-1||W||-130||8 un||U||4||2||0||8||9||0|
|9/3/2013||ERLIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-2||W||+135||7 un||U||7||6||1||11||11||0|
|9/4/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-13||L||-110||7 un||O||9||7||1||17||4||0|
|9/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||8-2||W||-115||8.5 un||O||13||5||0||7||6||1|
|9/11/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||2-4||L||150||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||0|
|9/12/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-10||L||-115||8 un||O||4||6||0||14||11||2|
|9/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||SMITH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||4-3||W||-165||7.5 un||U||9||10||1||6||7||1|
|9/11/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-5||L||100||6.5 un||O||7||8||1||13||8||0|
|9/12/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FLYNN(L)||6-1||W||-140||8 ov||U||9||8||0||7||6||0|
|9/13/2013||HALE(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Braves Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Diego (66-78) at Atlanta (87-58), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves own the league's best record, and are closing in on the NL East title.
A series at Turner Field against one of baseball's worst road teams could help them clinch it this weekend.
The Braves look to capitalize on a matchup with the San Diego Padres when the series gets underway Friday night.
Atlanta (88-58) leads the division by 11 games on second-place Washington with 16 to play, giving the team a magic number of six to clinch the East.
The Braves may have a chance to secure their first division crown since 2005 in Sunday's finale if they can sweep San Diego (66-79) combined with the Nationals losing all three games versus Philadelphia.
After hosting the Padres, Atlanta visits Washington for a three-game set starting Monday.
"We want to win the next three at home and then go into Washington and have some fun there," first baseman Freddie Freeman,
Freeman is helping the Braves pull closer to a trip to the postseason. He had three hits, including a two-run homer, in Thursday's 6-1 win at Miami, and was 7 for 16 with five runs while Atlanta took three of four from the last-place team in the East.
"You've got to battle every day," said Freeman, who is two RBIs shy of reaching the century mark for the first time. "It's September and everybody is tired, but we're going out there and playing hard still."
The Braves have certainly done that at home, winning 20 of 25 since the All-Star break. They've also won 13 of the past 19 home matchups with the Padres, but they were swept in a three-game series at San Diego from June 10-12.
Freeman is 9 for 26 (.346) with five RBIs in seven home meetings with the Padres, and he's 3 for 5 with a homer and double versus scheduled starter Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.86).
The Braves are expected to give David Hale his major league debut in the absence of Paul Maholm, who is out with a sore elbow.
Hale grew up a Braves fan in nearby Marietta, and was a third-round pick out of Princeton in the 2009 draft.
"I've thought about it plenty," Hale said. "I don't think it will compare to what it will actually be. It's crazy to think I was 4 or 5 years old going to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium watching these guys play. It's going to be cool to be a part of it."
He was 6-9 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 games at Triple-A Gwinnett.
The Padres have dropped 10 of 13 on the road, and the pitching staff has a 5.58 ERA. Their pitchers were pounded again Thursday, giving up 14 hits in a 10-5 loss at Philadelphia.
Kennedy is 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 40 2-3 innings over seven starts since being acquired in a trade with Arizona before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
San Diego has won each of his last two outings, while he's allowed two earned runs with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Kennedy is 2-0 with a 3.64 ERA in five career starts versus the Braves, but has a 5.79 ERA with seven walks over 9 1-3 innings in two meetings this season.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:37:31 AM EST|