|PHILADELPHIA ( BURNETT )|
PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )
|957||PHILADELPHIA||+140||Ov 7.5,-110||+145||Ov 7.5,+100|
|958||PITTSBURGH||-150||Un 7.5,-110||-155||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-10||+1.4||7-10||3.3||0.228||0.291||3.2||0.239||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||1-7||-5.9||4-4||2.4||0.210||0.259||5.4||0.271||0.354|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-35||+3.5||33-36||4.2||0.260||0.327||4.1||0.250||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-4||4.1||0.272||0.333||3.4||0.252||0.309|
|6/22/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||3-5||L||140||8 ov||P||5||6||0||12||7||1|
|7/1/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||9||11||1|
|7/2/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||0-5||L||-115||7 un||U||5||7||0||9||8||0|
|7/3/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||5-4||W||125||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||10||6||0|
|7/4/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-8||L||182||7.5 un||O||2||4||1||13||9||0|
|7/5/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-3||L||165||8 un||U||5||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/6/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/7/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/22/2014||CUMPTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-1||W||105||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|6/23/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||8-1||W||140||7 ov||O||10||7||0||6||4||1|
|6/24/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-5||W||115||7 ov||O||8||3||0||12||8||1|
|6/25/2014||MORTON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-5||L||150||7 un||U||5||4||2||8||6||0|
|6/26/2014||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||5-2||W||-165||8 ov||U||8||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/27/2014||CUMPTON(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-2||W||-145||8 un||U||8||10||0||9||7||0|
|6/28/2014||COLE(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-5||L||-155||7.5 un||O||7||7||0||9||8||1|
|6/29/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||5-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||4||2||13||11||0|
|7/7/2014||MORTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||COLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The roars have faded. The giddiness of ending 21 years of futility and coming with a game of the National League championship series, too.|
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in some ways just another NL contender these days. That dark cloud of two decades of losing is gone after a remarkable 94-68 surge and the playoff berth that came along with it in 2013.
Now the franchise needs to figure out what to do with the rest of its life. For three seasons a club that was a laughingstock when manager Clint Hurdle took over in December 2010 has slowly made inroads to relevance.
Suddenly, the ''World Series or bust'' attitude owner Bob Nutting has espoused for years doesn't seem so laughable anymore.
Press reigning NL Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle on what his team can possibly do for an encore despite a relatively quiet offseason and he responds with his usual eternal optimism.
''Excellence is verb, not a noun,'' Hurdle said. ''You're going to continue to push forward. Our goal is to win a sixth world championship. The fact is, we haven't won an LCS or a division series. We need to maintain our focus on the things we need to do.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Pirates Preview* ==========================
Philadelphia (37-49) at Pittsburgh (45-41), 1:35 p.m. EDT
A.J. Burnett was a big reason why a Pittsburgh Pirates franchise that was at or near the bottom of the league standings ended a 21-year postseason drought in 2013.
Now the well-traveled veteran is in a position once familiar to Pirates fans - last place - in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
He returns to Pittsburgh on Sunday to face good friend Jeff Locke as he tries to help the lowly Phillies avoid their first three-game sweep in the Steel City in 12 years.
Burnett (5-7, 3.92 ERA) spent his previous two seasons with the Pirates, leading the 2012 club with 16 wins and going 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA last year as Pittsburgh won 94 games and lost to eventual NL champion St. Louis in a division series.
"Coming here and coming to a place where there was a young crew and being one of the older guys, I still give all my thanks to the guys in that locker room and what they thought of me from day one, and even today," Burnett told MLB's official website. "We stay in touch. It's a special group."
The 37-year-old Burnett was leaning toward retirement before signing a two-year deal with Philadelphia (37-50) in which he will make $33.5 million if he makes 30 starts or more in both years.
Burnett has pitched more innings than any Philadelphia pitcher, and there are rumors that he could be on the trading block. Pittsburgh (46-41), which didn't extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Burnett prior to the start of free agency, is considered a prime candidate for his services.
The right-hander's old team is surging into contention while winning 11 of 14. The Pirates last swept the Phillies from April 19-21, 2002, and they've yet to sweep anyone in 2014.
Burnett will return to town to square off with a Pirates pitcher who looked up to him in Locke (1-1, 3.46), who went 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last year.
"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Locke said. "No different than any other game, I know A.J.'s going, no different than I'm going for us. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm sure there's a lot more pressure on him than there is me, that's for sure."
The Pirates have won the last four starts by the left-hander, who gave up two runs in eight innings and did not get a decision in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Arizona.
Jimmy Rollins is 0 for 6 against Locke while Burnett has never faced the Pirates' top six leaders in at-bats.
That group of Pittsburgh hitters includes superstar Andrew McCutchen, who is 9 for 17 with five RBIs in his last four games. Jordy Mercer, who is 4 for 6 with four RBIs in this series and 9 for 14 in his last five games, has also never faced Burnett.
McCutchen hit a two-run homer in Saturday's 3-2 win after he had four hits in Friday's 8-2 rout. The Phillies fell behind 3-0 after two innings Saturday after trailing 4-0 after one Friday.
"We haven't been able to bounce back from being down early in the game," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Rollins and Ryan Howard are each 0 for 6 in the series for the Phillies, losers of eight of nine.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:14:50 PM EST|