|SAN DIEGO ( KENNEDY )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|951||SAN DIEGO||+150||Ov 7,-120||+170||Ov 7,-105|
|952||PITTSBURGH||-160||Un 7,+100||-180||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-55||-4.3||46-52||3.5||0.239||0.297||4.6||0.259||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.9||1-5||3.4||0.233||0.295||2.7||0.201||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||70-52||+18.1||51-67||3.8||0.240||0.299||3.6||0.235||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.8||1-5||2.3||0.181||0.218||2.7||0.212||0.281|
|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)||4-0||W||185||8 un||U||9||7||1||4||6||1|
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-0||W||160||6.5 un||U||8||10||0||1||0||0|
|9/17/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-2||W||170||7 un||P||14||10||1||7||7||0|
|9/18/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||3-2||W||155||7 un||U||6||6||0||3||0||0|
|9/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||ERLIN(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||SMITH(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|9/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||8-12||L||-110||7.5 un||O||13||12||1||16||5||2|
|9/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-5||L||150||7.5 ov||U||3||4||1||6||8||0|
|9/8/2013||MORTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-9||L||120||7.5 ev||O||4||4||1||12||8||2|
|9/9/2013||COLE(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||4||5||0|
|9/10/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||5-4||W||115||8 ov||O||12||10||0||13||9||2|
|9/11/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||7-5||W||120||8 ov||O||12||8||0||9||6||0|
|9/12/2013||LOCKE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||3-1||W||-170||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||4||5||0|
|9/13/2013||MORTON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||-170||7 un||O||9||7||1||9||8||1|
|9/14/2013||COLE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||2-1||W||-185||7 un||U||5||4||0||5||6||0|
|9/15/2013||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-2||W||-175||6.5 un||U||7||6||0||3||5||0|
|9/16/2013||BURNETT(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||0-2||L||-170||6.5 un||U||1||0||0||8||10||0|
|9/17/2013||LOCKE(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-5||L||-180||7 un||P||7||7||0||14||10||1|
|9/18/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-3||L||-165||7 un||U||3||0||0||6||6||0|
|9/19/2013||COLE(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||COLE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Pirates Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
San Diego (70-80) at Pittsburgh (87-64), 12:35 p.m. EDT
The San Diego Padres are playing the role of spoiler perfectly.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the red-hot Padres when they face off at PNC Park on Thursday.
This week was supposed to be a chance for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis to all take advantage of playing teams that will not be headed to the postseason.
The Reds have, sweeping a three-game series from last-place Houston. The Cardinals have as well, taking two of their first three against last-place Colorado.
The Pirates, however, are in danger of suffering their first four-game home sweep to the Padres since Aug. 8-11, 1996.
They took a 2-1 lead Wednesday on Andrew McCutchen's two-run homer in the seventh inning only to watch Mark Melancon blow his third save as the Padres scored two in the ninth to hand Pittsburgh a 3-2 loss.
Pittsburgh (87-65), which managed three hits Wednesday and has been held to four runs in this series, has fallen two games back of St. Louis in the NL Central and holds a one-half game lead over Cincinnati for the NL's top wild-card spot. The Pirates remain six games up on Washington for a postseason berth.
"I know we can do a lot better of a job than what we're doing right now," McCutchen said. "We only have so many more games left. It's time to get going. We don't have time to be making it as close as it's been these past few days. We have the offense to do those things, to score runs."
Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez are part of the offensive woes. Walker is in a 2-for-36 slump, while Alvarez is hitless in 17 at-bats.
The sputtering offense puts extra pressure on rookie Gerrit Cole (8-7, 3.33 ERA), who will look to win his third straight start.
Cole has strung together six straight quality starts, yielding a single home run. He has been particularly good in three September outings, posting a 1.35 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 20 innings.
"You never know where surprises are going to come from," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "You didn't know where he was going to be able to take you this season but his actions are speaking loud and clear."
The right-hander struck out seven Saturday, permitting a run in seven innings in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
The Padres (71-80) have won 11 of 15, and lead the majors with 153 strikeouts this month. Their bullpen has given up two hits over 13 scoreless innings.
Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.85) is among the Padres faring well at the moment.
Since losing five straight decisions to end his time in Arizona, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Kennedy held Atlanta to three runs in six innings but didn't get a decision in Friday's 4-3 win.
Kennedy, whose 25 home runs surrendered is tied for second-worst in the NL, allowed two in the Braves' three-run fourth inning.
Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin, 4 for 40 since Sept. 2, will likely sit Thursday.
"I want him ready for Cincinnati (Friday)," Hurdle told the team's official website.
San Diego has won 14 of 15 at PNC Park and is 31-10 all-time at the ballpark.
"There is no rhythm or reason to it," manager Bud Black said. "If we knew why, we would try to bottle it and take it with us wherever we go."
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:09:42 PM EST|