|PHILADELPHIA ( CLOYD )|
ATLANTA ( HALE )
|905||PHILADELPHIA||+165||Ov 8,-120||+160||Ov 7.5,-110|
|906||ATLANTA||-175||Un 8,+100||-170||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-65||-18.3||60-54||3.7||0.247||0.301||4.8||0.272||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.6||3-4||2.6||0.215||0.286||3.9||0.258||0.329|
|vs Right-handed Starters||69-49||+4.4||53-56||4.3||0.250||0.315||3.4||0.249||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||1-6||3.3||0.211||0.268||3.3||0.273||0.294|
|9/12/2013||HALLADAY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||10-5||W||+105||8 un||O||14||11||2||4||6||0|
|9/13/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-6||L||155||8 ov||U||8||6||1||11||8||0|
|9/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-4||W||145||6.5 ov||O||13||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/15/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-11||L||175||8 un||O||8||6||0||18||7||0|
|9/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||4-6||L||-210||7.5 un||O||5||4||1||10||6||1|
|9/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||4-5||L||+100||8.5 ov||O||7||2||0||7||5||0|
|9/22/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||3-4||L||-195||6.5 ev||O||9||8||1||11||7||0|
|9/23/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||0-4||L||100||7 ov||U||4||6||0||9||13||0|
|9/24/2013||MINER(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||2-1||W||120||7.5 un||U||5||6||1||7||7||0|
|9/25/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||2-3||L||-150||7 un||U||10||9||1||6||10||0|
|9/26/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||MINER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|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|
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Braves Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (72-85) at Atlanta (93-64), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves might be a little short-handed for their pursuit of the NL's best record.
With suspensions possibly coming after a brawl in their most recent game, Atlanta is hoping to get another strong start from David Hale on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
After a 4-0 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday, Atlanta (93-65) is now one-half game behind St. Louis in the race to earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. What happened during the first inning of that defeat could play a big part in that chase.
The Brewers' Carlos Gomez got into a verbal argument with pitcher Paul Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman after hitting his 23rd homer, and catcher Brian McCann kept him from touching the plate when he confronted him between third and home. That resulted in a benches-clearing brawl that led to ejections for Freeman, Gomez and Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird.
After the game, Gomez said he was upset because Maholm hit him in the leg with a fastball in a 7-4 loss June 23.
"If you have a beef with the pitcher, have a beef with the pitcher," Freeman said. "Don't make us get involved. That's us. We're going to back up our pitcher. I'm fine with how everybody handled it."
With MLB potentially meting out punishment as soon as Thursday, Atlanta will have to see who is available to open this four-game series against Philadelphia (72-86).
The Braves might not need too much help if Hale can duplicate his impressive major league debut.
While starting in place of an ailing Maholm, the 25-year-old Hale set a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his first game Sept. 13 against San Diego. The right-hander also pitched five scoreless innings, but the Padres denied him a win by rallying for a 4-3 victory.
"David was outstanding," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the team's website. "We couldn't ask any more, really. Couldn't have been a better script. He was outstanding."
Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will next face a Phillies team that's batted .215 and scored 18 runs while dropping six of seven. Philadelphia had 10 hits Wednesday in Miami but lost 3-2.
Hale will also pitch opposite a struggling Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40). The right-hander is 0-3 with an 11.77 ERA in three starts since being recalled from the minors Sept. 3.
Cloyd, who has never faced Atlanta, allowed one run in his first five innings against the New York Mets on Saturday but didn't make it out of the sixth. He was charged with all four runs in that frame in a rain-shortened 5-4 loss.
"I wish I could figure it out," he said. "I'll keep continuing to work on everything I need to work on."
The Braves have won four of their six home games against the Phillies this season, but they endured a three-game sweep in Philadelphia during the most recent matchup Sept. 6-8.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 4:10:33 AM EST|