|PHILADELPHIA ( MINER )|
ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )
|955||PHILADELPHIA||+190||Ov 7.5,-105||+225||Ov 7.5,+110|
|956||ATLANTA||-210||Un 7.5,-115||-245||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-67||-20.3||61-55||3.7||0.246||0.300||4.8||0.271||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||3-4||1.9||0.222||0.275||3.4||0.262||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||70-50||+2.8||55-56||4.3||0.251||0.317||3.4||0.250||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.1||2-5||2.9||0.238||0.288||2.7||0.255||0.276|
|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)||1-7||L||170||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||12||11||1|
|9/27/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||0-1||L||120||6.5 un||U||2||1||0||3||2||0|
|9/28/2013||MARTIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||5-4||W||230||7 ev||O||13||12||0||12||10||3|
|9/29/2013||MINER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (73-88) at Atlanta (95-66), 1:35 p.m. EDT
A frustrating night for the Atlanta Braves ended up costing them the advantage in the race for home field in the NL playoffs.
Julio Teheran figures to give them a good chance to bounce back in Sunday's season finale against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field.
Atlanta (95-66) slipped behind St. Louis on Saturday for the league's best record with a 5-4 loss to the Phillies. The Braves committed three errors, with two coming in a two-run seventh for Philadelphia, which had lost three in a row and eight of nine. Atlanta rallied for three runs in the ninth, but Chris Johnson was called out on a slide into first base to end the game with two men on base.
Johnson was seen exchanging heated words with first base coach Terry Pendleton in the dugout following the play, though Johnson declined to comment on it after the game. He's 2 for his last 23 with 10 strikeouts, dropping his batting average 11 points to .321. Michael Cuddyer leads the league with a .333 average.
The Braves will need a victory Sunday - combined with a Cardinals loss - to claim home-field advantage by virtue of a tiebreaker. Atlanta won the season series with St. Louis, 4-3.
"That's still a big carrot for us, for us to win and St. Louis to lose to get the No. 1 seed," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Teheran (13-8, 3.09 ERA) will take the mound against the Phillies (73-88), whose five runs Saturday matched the club's total from its previous five games. He's 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 11 outings since the All-Star break, though that includes a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia on Aug. 12. He went six innings and yielded four runs and six hits, including a home run to Cody Asche.
He is 3-1 in his last four games after striking out seven over six innings of a 5-2 road win over the Chicago Cubs last Sunday. The right-hander also hasn't walked a batter over 12 2-3 innings in his last two starts after issuing 14 bases on balls over 25 innings in his previous four.
"He's been unbelievable all year and what he did today in the six innings that he pitched was pretty unbelievable," Freddie Freeman, who is 25 for 56 (.446) over his last 17 game, told the team's official website. "It was a big day and he did an unbelievable job."
Jimmy Rollins is 4 for 6 off Teheran with a homer while Chase Utley is 3 for 4.
Atlanta catcher Brian McCann missed his second straight contest Saturday since leaving Thursday's game with a strained adductor muscle, but Gonzalez said he might be available Sunday.
Zach Miner (0-1, 3.08) will get the nod for the Phillies. After being called upon when Kyle Kendrick was shut down due to an injury, he's limited opponents to one run over seven innings over his first two big league starts since 2009.
The right-hander made two relief appearances versus Atlanta earlier in the year, throwing 5 1-3 scoreless innings with three hits and a walk.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 6:51:07 PM EST|