|MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|955||MILWAUKEE||+105||Ov 7.5,+115||+110||Ov 7,-105|
|956||ATLANTA||-115||Un 7.5,-135||-120||Un 7,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-27||-13.3||21-18||3.9||0.255||0.301||4.7||0.264||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||4.6||0.230||0.296||3.9||0.264||0.337|
|vs Right-handed Starters||68-47||+5.9||53-53||4.4||0.252||0.318||3.4||0.249||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.3||2-5||3.6||0.216||0.280||3.7||0.257||0.302|
|9/10/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||8||2||6||8||0|
|9/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||135||8 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||160||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||4||2|
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||8||8||2||5||6||3|
|9/17/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-3||W||-135||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||4||2|
|9/18/2013||THORNBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||7-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||3||0||4||8||0|
|9/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-5||L||-135||8.5 un||U||4||4||1||13||8||0|
|9/20/2013||HELLWEG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-7||L||+180||9.5 un||O||13||8||0||16||12||0|
|9/21/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-7||L||+130||8.5 un||O||7||9||1||9||5||0|
|9/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||6-4||W||+135||8.5 un||O||8||5||0||8||9||3|
|9/23/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|9/26/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|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)||0-4||L||-200||8 un||U||4||6||1||9||7||1|
|9/17/2013||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||5-6||L||110||7 ov||O||9||8||2||4||6||2|
|9/17/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||0-4||L||135||8 un||U||5||6||1||11||6||1|
|9/18/2013||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||5-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||8||4||1||7||9||1|
|9/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||9-5||W||-130||9 ev||O||8||9||0||11||6||0|
|9/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-3||L||-130||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||6||1|
|9/22/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-2||W||-155||7.5 un||U||12||8||0||8||5||1|
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Braves Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (69-86) at Atlanta (92-63), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After clinching the NL East away from home, the Atlanta Braves are set to return to Turner Field to wrap up the regular season.
They'll be trying to ensure that a majority of their playoff games will be played there, too.
Atlanta tries to improve on its league-best record Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, whom they've won eight straight against at home.
Washington's 4-2 loss to Miami on Sunday officially clinched the division for the Braves (92-63), who were still working on an eventual 5-2 road win over the Chicago Cubs. The visiting clubhouse was the site of a beer and champagne-soaked celebration after the club's first division crown in eight years.
Andrelton Simmons provided two home runs, pushing his total to 17 on the year.
"What a great feeling," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It really is a great feeling to realize we've played 150-some games to get to this point. We knew early on that the Nationals had lost but we still wanted to be able to celebrate and come out with a win. And we did."
Now, Atlanta - which owns the majors' best home record at 52-22 - has its sights set on wrapping up home-field advantage in the NL playoffs. The Braves are currently 1 1/2 games better than St. Louis for the league's top record and have a game in hand.
After three contests with Milwaukee, they'll welcome Philadelphia for a season-ending four-game set.
Mike Minor (13-7, 3.19 ERA) gets the start Monday after going 1-0 and allowing one unearned run in 13 innings over two starts versus Milwaukee last year, but Atlanta would like to see him solve his recent first-inning woes.
All three of the runs he allowed during a six-inning start in a 6-5 loss at Washington on Tuesday came in the first frame. He's surrendered eight first-inning runs over his last six starts and opponents own a .312 on-base percentage against him in the first inning this year compared to a .274 mark overall.
"I've got to limit those runs early on in the game," Minor told the team's official website. "For whatever reason, it's happened a few times this year. I've just got to try to fix that."
The Brewers (69-86) wore the spoiler hat well in their home finale Sunday, claiming a 6-4 win over St. Louis. They figure to have a good chance to give Atlanta trouble, too, considering how scheduled starter Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.26) has looked of late.
Estrada is 2-0 with a 2.62 ERA in seven outings since returning from a strained left hamstring that kept him out for more than two months. He's been especially good in four road starts during that stretch, limiting opponents to two runs over 24 2-3 innings with 23 strikeouts.
He threw 6 2-3 innings in a 5-0 win over the Braves on Sept. 11, 2012, after allowing 11 runs over 11 1-3 innings in his first two career starts against them.
Milwaukee is one of three clubs to shut out Atlanta twice this season, taking two of three at home June 21-23.
Aramis Ramirez is 6 for 14 with a home run off Minor, while Brian McCann is 5 for 11 versus Estrada.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:22:38 AM EST|