|PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )|
ATLANTA ( HARANG )
|909||PHILADELPHIA||+100||Ov 7,-120||-105||Ov 7,-115|
|910||ATLANTA||-110||Un 7,+100||-105||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-43||-6.4||41-30||4.0||0.241||0.299||4.7||0.253||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.6||6-1||5.4||0.239||0.290||4.6||0.228||0.277|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-8||-0.9||8-8||4.3||0.257||0.312||4.1||0.251||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||5-2||5.4||0.282||0.331||5.0||0.273||0.343|
|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)||2-6||L||150||7.5 un||O||4||2||1||7||7||1|
|7/7/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||3-2||W||125||8 ov||U||9||8||1||8||6||1|
|7/8/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||9-7||W||165||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||13||8||0|
|7/9/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||4-1||W||170||8 un||U||7||3||0||3||4||1|
|7/10/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||9-1||W||195||8 un||O||9||5||0||4||4||0|
|7/18/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||4-6||L||160||7 un||O||6||3||0||10||5||1|
|7/19/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/21/2014||LEE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||BURNETT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/24/2014||HAMELS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/7/2014||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 ov||U||12||11||1||7||8||0|
|7/8/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-8||L||-140||7 un||O||13||10||0||18||10||1|
|7/9/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-4||L||-125||7 un||U||8||6||0||6||1||1|
|7/10/2014||HARANG(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||3-1||W||115||7 un||U||10||6||0||5||9||0|
|7/11/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||-105||7.5 un||O||6||5||0||7||7||1|
|7/12/2014||MINOR(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||11-6||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||12||4||0||11||4||0|
|7/13/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||10-7||W||-155||7.5 ov||O||11||7||0||9||5||0|
|7/21/2014|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|7/22/2014|| ||MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/25/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Braves Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Philadelphia (42-53) at Atlanta (52-43), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Aaron Harang has regrouped nicely from the last time he faced the Philadelphia Phillies at home.
The right-hander looks to win his fifth straight start Saturday night when the Atlanta Braves try to end their recent struggles against Cole Hamels and record a sixth straight victory over the Phillies.
Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA since allowing nine runs and 13 hits in five innings of a 10-5 loss to Philadelphia on June 18 at Turner Field. He gave up a run and overcame four walks in seven innings of a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets on July 10 that snapped Atlanta's four-game slide.
"I thought Aaron pitched a great game, which he can do against anybody," Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB's official website. "He just stays away, away, away on you, and then comes in when he has to."
Harang also avenged that defeat to the Phillies when he yielded two solo homers to Marlon Byrd in seven innings of a 3-2 road victory June 29.
Atlanta (53-43) has outscored Philadelphia 28-12 during a winning streak that reached five games with Friday's 6-4 victory. The win came hours after former All-Star and struggling second baseman Dan Uggla was released by the Braves.
"We'll look for ways to improve our club internally, maybe externally, but we do think that the foundation of a real good ballclub is here," general manager Frank Wren said.
Jason Heyward homered and had two RBIs and Chris Johnson added two hits for the NL East-leading Braves, who have scored 27 runs while winning their last three overall.
Heyward is 8 for 17 with seven runs scored and four RBIs in the last four games, while Johnson is 7 for 13 in the last three after going 3 for 28 over his previous seven.
Johnson is batting .353 (6 for 17) against Hamels (3-5, 2.93), who has yielded three runs and struck out 24 over 24 innings while going 2-0 in his last three starts against the Braves.
One of those runs came in a complete-game victory Aug. 18 in Atlanta. Hamels' most recent start at Turner Field was another gem in which he gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings of a 6-1, 13-inning victory June 16.
The left-hander's solid overall performance this season has resulted in few wins mainly because the Phillies (42-54) have scored four or more runs with him on the mound in three of his 16 starts. Hamels, 2-2 with a 1.87 ERA in his last nine starts, allowed two of his three runs on a homer and three other hits in seven innings of a 5-3, 10-inning loss to Washington last Saturday.
Ryan Howard, who had two RBIs on Friday, is batting .109 in his last 18 games but .333 (9 for 27) with two doubles and three home runs against Harang.
Grady Sizemore is hitting .313 (5 for 16) in four games since he was signed to a minor league contract last month by Philadelphia, which dropped its third straight contest following a five-game winning streak.
"Not the start we wanted in the second half," said manager Ryne Sandberg, whose last-place Phillies are 11 games behind the Braves.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:40:28 AM EST|