|ATLANTA ( SANTANA )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|955||ATLANTA||-120||Ov 10,-110||-115||Ov 10,+110|
|956||COLORADO||+110||Un 10,-110||+105||Un 10,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-24||+0.8||19-31||3.5||0.240||0.300||3.4||0.245||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||2-4||4.4||0.255||0.290||4.7||0.270||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-24||-5.3||24-16||5.2||0.281||0.328||5.0||0.260||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||2-4||4.9||0.291||0.344||6.7||0.306||0.370|
|5/29/2014||MINOR(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||3-4||L||-115||8 un||U||9||7||3||12||10||0|
|5/30/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||3||0|
|5/31/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||9-5||W||-110||7.5 ov||O||12||12||1||11||8||3|
|6/1/2014||HARANG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||4-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||9||5||0||7||8||0|
|6/6/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||5-2||W||-110||8 un||U||13||9||0||5||5||0|
|6/7/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||3-4||L||-115||8 ev||U||8||6||2||12||12||1|
|6/8/2014||HARANG(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||5-6||L||-105||8.5 un||O||9||7||1||8||7||0|
|6/9/2014||FLOYD(R)||@ COLORADO||BERGMAN(R)||3-1||W||-125||10 un||U||7||9||1||4||7||1|
|6/10/2014||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||13-10||W||-120||10 ov||O||16||6||0||13||9||1|
|6/11/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||MATZEK(L)||2-8||L||-135||10 ov||P||7||5||0||13||5||0|
|6/12/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/14/2014||FLOYD(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||MINOR(L)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|5/30/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||2-5||L||155||7.5 un||U||5||3||0||10||6||0|
|5/31/2014||MORALES(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||6-7||L||120||8.5 un||O||8||3||0||11||6||1|
|6/1/2014||CHACIN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||4-6||L||105||9 un||O||7||6||2||7||6||1|
|6/3/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||2-4||L||-165||10.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/6/2014||BUTLER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-7||L||+110||10 ov||U||9||11||1||12||9||1|
|6/7/2014||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||5-4||W||+120||9.5 ov||U||16||9||0||10||10||1|
|6/8/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-6||L||+120||9 un||U||3||2||0||6||2||0|
|6/13/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||BERGMAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/17/2014||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Rockies Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Atlanta (34-29) at Colorado (29-35), 3:10 p.m. EDT
After seeing a rare reward from a strong performance at the plate, the Colorado Rockies will try to provide enough support to get Jhoulys Chacin a long-awaited victory.
The Rockies also seek back-to-back wins for the first time in more than three weeks Thursday while forcing a split of their four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
Colorado (30-35) has lost 13 of 16 but its hitters have tried to do their part of late. The Rockies are batting .296 and have scored 42 runs in their last eight contests, but are 2-6 in that stretch, which has come with Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado on the disabled list.
They've produced 13 hits in each of the past two games in this series but lost 13-10 on Tuesday. Colorado won 8-2 on Wednesday with Corey Dickerson driving in three runs.
The Rockies have provided 5.46 runs per game for their starters - among the most in the majors - but Chacin has been backed with only 2.33 per game in his seven starts this season. He's gotten three runs in each of the last two games and hasn't received a decision in both.
Chacin (0-4, 5.35 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers before getting charged with three runs in the seventh in a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.
"Jhoulys looked like himself again today," manager Walt Weiss said. "That's what we're used to seeing, and it's a great sign for him and us. ... I wish he would have gotten a (win) there."
Chacin is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three career starts against the Braves and is facing them for the first time since a 1-0 loss at Turner Field on Sept. 6, 2012.
Ervin Santana (5-2, 3.69) will try to keep Chacin from earning his first win since Sept. 20 while helping the Braves (34-30) finish 3-1 in their lone visit to Coors Field. Atlanta is also seeking to move back into a tie for the NL East lead after falling one game behind Washington on Wednesday.
Santana is coming off his best outing in nearly a month but did not get enough support to win a second straight start. The right-hander gave up one unearned run over seven innings Saturday in Arizona, but the Braves lost 4-3 in 11 innings.
Santana was 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in his previous four outings.
He's 2-0 with a 5.59 ERA in three career starts against Colorado. Santana was charged with seven runs in 5 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup and only game at Coors Field, a 10-8 win for the Los Angeles Angels on June 10, 2012.
Evan Gattis might get to help his potential battery mate by extending his hit streak to 13 games. Gattis, who has never faced Chacin, is batting .383 (18 for 47) with five homers and 13 RBIs during his run.
"He's good. He's awesome. He's so strong. His approach is getting better and better," third baseman Chris Johnson told the team's website.
Freddie Freeman is 3 for 6 with a pair of solo homers in his career versus the Colorado right-hander while Justin Upton is 1 for 16 with 10 strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:24:16 AM EST|