|SAN DIEGO ( SMITH )|
ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )
|957||SAN DIEGO||+210||Ov 7.5,-110||+185||Ov 8,-105|
|958||ATLANTA||-230||Un 7.5,-110||-200||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-55||-9.3||46-49||3.6||0.240||0.298||4.7||0.263||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-5||3.9||0.221||0.274||3.4||0.248||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-44||+6.9||51-49||4.4||0.253||0.320||3.4||0.249||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||1-5||3.4||0.210||0.300||2.7||0.247||0.296|
|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)||4-3||W||130||8 un||U||10||8||0||5||2||0|
|9/14/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-2||L||182||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||11||0|
|9/15/2013||SMITH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||ERLIN(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||SMITH(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||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)||3-4||L||-140||8 un||U||5||2||0||10||8||0|
|9/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||2-1||W||-195||7.5 un||U||9||11||0||5||7||0|
|9/15/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ 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 CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
San Diego (67-79) at Atlanta (88-59), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Much will be expected of the young Atlanta Braves' rotation next month when they attempt to deal with playoff pressure without injured veteran anchor Tim Hudson.
Julio Teheran looks to continue building toward the postseason Sunday when the Braves wrap up their series with the San Diego Padres.
Teheran (12-7, 3.05 ERA) is already one of eight rookies in franchise history to reach double figures in wins, but he enters this start with the chance to become the third to get to 13, joining Craig McMurtry (15 in 1983) and Jair Jurrjens (13 in 2008). On Tuesday, the right-hander struggled with the extra energy he had after having his previous turn in the rotation skipped - giving up three first-inning runs - but he regrouped and allowed only two more hits the next 5 2-3 innings of Atlanta's 4-3 win at Miami.
"Anytime you give those guys a breather, maybe you don't see it the first start back, but I think you'll see it the next couple of starts and beyond," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's what we want to do - we want to pitch these guys beyond the next couple of starts."
Teheran - much like the Braves - has been very comfortable at home, compiling a 7-3 record and 2.62 ERA with 9.94 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 starts. He's held opponents to one or no runs in eight outings at Turner Field, where the Braves (89-59) are a major league-best 52-21.
San Diego, however, got to Teheran in a 7-6 home victory June 10, reaching him for five runs - four scoring on two home runs - and six hits in six innings. Teheran, though, has a 2.45 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break.
Atlanta's magic number for clinching the NL East is four after a 2-1 victory Saturday coupled with Washington's loss to Philadelphia. Kris Medlen pitched 7 1-3 innings for his team-leading 14th win, and Craig Kimbrel overcame a rare moment of trouble - allowing his first run since July 4 and ending a streak of 28 scoreless appearances - before nailing down his career-high and major league-leading 47th save.
Freddie Freeman went 3 for 3 with a homer, moving him within one RBI of 100. He is 12 for 23 (.522) with two homers during a six-game overall hitting streak and also 7 for 16 in his last four versus the Padres.
Padres rookie Burch Smith (0-1, 9.17) continues his month-long audition for a potential rotation spot in 2014. The 23-year-old was uneven on Sept. 6 versus Colorado following his call-up, giving up two runs and four hits while also walking four and striking out seven in five innings before San Diego (67-80) rallied for a 4-3 walkoff win.
"It definitely wasn't pretty," the right-hander told the team's official website after his 96-pitch effort. "I'd like to do a little bit better, cut down on the walks, definitely. But it was good to at least get through five innings and battle."
Chase Headley has homered in consecutive games, and three of his four hits versus Atlanta this year have been solo homers.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:28:09 PM EST|