|ATLANTA ( MINOR )|
HOUSTON ( COSART )
|969||ATLANTA||-115||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 8,-115|
|970||HOUSTON||+105||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-30||-2||23-37||3.4||0.236||0.295||3.6||0.248||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||3.1||0.211||0.262||3.3||0.238||0.293|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-17||-2.7||12-15||3.9||0.237||0.309||4.4||0.256||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.2||2-5||1.7||0.163||0.239||4.6||0.267||0.331|
|6/12/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||3-10||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||4||5||1||12||5||0|
|6/13/2014||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 un||U||8||7||1||6||6||0|
|6/14/2014||FLOYD(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||6-11||L||+105||7.5 un||O||15||14||1||16||8||1|
|6/15/2014||MINOR(L)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||7-3||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||12||7||1||12||11||1|
|6/19/2014||FLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-0||W||135||7 ov||U||11||10||0||3||4||0|
|6/20/2014||MINOR(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||6-4||W||145||7 un||O||12||8||0||10||10||0|
|6/21/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||0-3||L||100||7 un||U||5||7||0||7||6||0|
|6/22/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||1-4||L||110||7 ov||U||4||7||1||9||4||1|
|6/24/2014||HARANG(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||3-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||6||4||1||8||10||0|
|6/25/2014||WOOD(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||4-0||W||-120||8 un||U||5||3||0||3||4||0|
|6/26/2014||MINOR(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/29/2014||HARANG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)|| |
|6/30/2014||WOOD(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/1/2014||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|7/2/2014||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||MCHUGH(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-6||L||+115||7.5 un||U||4||7||1||11||7||0|
|6/14/2014||COSART(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||7-3||W||+130||8 un||O||7||6||0||10||7||1|
|6/15/2014||PEACOCK(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-4||L||+145||7.5 ov||U||6||3||0||10||12||0|
|6/17/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||5-6||L||140||7.5 ov||O||14||11||0||9||9||1|
|6/18/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-6||L||165||8 ov||O||7||7||0||11||9||0|
|6/19/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||0-5||L||155||7.5 un||U||3||6||2||9||8||0|
|6/20/2014||COSART(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-1||W||175||7 un||U||7||8||1||8||7||1|
|6/21/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||0-8||L||182||7.5 un||O||1||3||0||11||10||0|
|6/22/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||2-5||L||120||7.5 un||U||7||8||1||9||6||0|
|7/3/2014|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.''
|HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.|
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Astros Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (39-37) at Houston (33-45), 2:10 p.m. EDT
As the Atlanta Braves attempt to sweep a road set from the Houston Astros, they hope an injury to one of their key contributors isn't that serious.
Freddie Freeman hopes to be in the lineup when the Braves look to hand the Astros a fifth consecutive defeat Thursday night.
Justin Upton had three RBIs and homered for the second straight game while Alex Wood pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in Atlanta's 4-0 win at Houston (33-46) on Wednesday. The Braves (40-37) have won four of six on their 11-game trip, but Freeman's status for the rest of the trek is unknown.
Among the team's top hitters at .286 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs, the first baseman left in the eighth after being hit by a pitch around his right elbow. A first-time All-Star in 2013, Freeman has started all 77 games this season and is poised to do so in the finale.
"The doctors have already seen me and everything is good," Freeman told MLB's official website. "Hopefully, it's not too swollen and too sore (Thursday) to go. I'm going to try everything I can to play."
Catcher Evan Gattis could pick up the slack if Freeman is to miss any time. After going 0 for 7 in two games that followed a 20-game hitting streak during which he batted .386, Gattis had two doubles Wednesday.
Upton is batting .190 in his last 22 games, but has five RBIs in his past three and two of his last three hits left the park.
"Hopefully this is the beginning of one of those big runs that he can give us," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
With or without Freeman, the Braves likely face a serious challenge against Houston's Jarred Cosart (7-5, 3.78 ERA).
Looking for a fourth straight winning start, the right-hander has a 2.57 ERA over his last three and allowed six hits in eight scoreless innings to outpitch David Price during a 3-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Friday.
"That's where we're all trying to get, just trying to go out there and compete pitch for pitch," Cosart said.
Since that win, the Astros have been outscored 20-4 and been shut out twice during their second four-game slide in the last nine. Rookie George Springer had one of Houston's three hits Wednesday, but is 6 for 40 (.150) with 19 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
Teammate Dexter Fowler is 3 for 22 with eight strikeouts in the last six games, but 3 for 10 against Atlanta's Mike Minor (2-4, 4.20).
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 4.46 ERA in six starts since winning consecutive outings May 13 and 19, but allowed two runs and struck out 11 over seven innings of a 6-4, 13-inning loss at Washington on Friday. Minor, who gave up seven hits after yielding 11 in each of the previous two outings, believes he has something to build on.
"I think that was one of my best (starts) feeling-wise in terms of mechanics," Minor said.
He's posted a 3.75 ERA without a decision in two starts versus Houston, with the last coming in 2011.
Atlanta's Ryan Doumit is the only Brave to face to Cosart, going 0 for 3.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:52:25 PM EST|