|ATLANTA ( HARANG )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|951||ATLANTA||+125||Ov 7,-120||+135||Ov 7.5,-105|
|952||PITTSBURGH||-135||Un 7,+100||-145||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-11||+1.1||10-13||3.8||0.249||0.304||3.7||0.255||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||3-2||4.4||0.270||0.317||3.3||0.249||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-49||-1.6||50-43||4.3||0.258||0.326||4.2||0.255||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||4-2||3.6||0.230||0.290||5.3||0.289||0.354|
|8/5/2014||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||150||6 un||P||6||4||1||6||6||0|
|8/6/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||3-7||L||-115||7 un||O||10||8||0||12||7||0|
|8/11/2014||TEHERAN(R)||LA DODGERS||CORREIA(R)||2-6||L||-180||7.5 ev||O||6||5||1||11||7||0|
|8/12/2014||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||2-4||L||-130||8 un||U||6||6||1||10||7||1|
|8/13/2014||SANTANA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-2||W||-130||6.5 un||U||8||8||1||11||11||0|
|8/14/2014||HARANG(R)||LA DODGERS||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-6||L||-130||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||12||8||0|
|8/18/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||15||9||0||9||7||2|
|8/19/2014||HARANG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/20/2014||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|8/21/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HOLMBERG(L)|| |
|8/22/2014||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|8/8/2014||WORLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 ev||U||8||7||0||5||4||1|
|8/9/2014||LIRIANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||-165||7 ov||U||9||8||0||4||5||0|
|8/10/2014||MORTON(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-8||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||11||9||0|
|8/13/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)||4-8||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||6||1||12||5||1|
|8/14/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-5||L||180||7.5 ov||U||4||4||3||6||6||0|
|8/15/2014||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||11||7||0|
|8/16/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||3-4||L||135||7 ov||P||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|8/17/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||5-6||L||140||7.5 ov||O||10||8||2||10||9||2|
|8/22/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.''
|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 (ATLANTA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Pirates Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (64-60) at Pittsburgh (64-60), 7:05 p.m. EDT
As the Atlanta Braves continue to surge, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the likely return of the reigning NL MVP will help end their longest slide in two seasons.
With Andrew McCutchen expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday night, the Pirates try to avoid a seventh straight defeat and prevent the visiting Braves from recording their fifth consecutive victory.
McCutchen hasn't played since Aug. 3 when he broke a rib while swinging the bat at Arizona. After taking time to heal and swing more comfortably, he plans to be in the lineup Tuesday.
"Unless there's some type of setback, we feel optimistic that he could very well rejoin us (Tuesday)," manager Clint Hurdle said.
Batting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs, McCutchen was 6 for 13 with four RBIs in his last four contests. He hit .333 in his last four against the Braves (65-60), who scored six times in the first inning of a 7-3 victory Monday.
"The way I injured it was by swinging," he told MLB's official website. "So swinging is the biggest thing. If the swinging feels good, I feel good. And the swinging felt good (Monday)."
The Pirates (64-61) haven't dropped seven straight since Sept. 7-14, 2012.
Atlanta, meanwhile, built on a three-game home sweep of Oakland by snapping an eight-game road skid Monday.
Jason Heyward homered and had three of the 15 hits for the Braves, who are one-game out of the final wild-card spot in the NL.
Heyward was 5 for 28 without an RBI in his previous seven games, but is 9 for 18 with two home runs and four RBIs in his last four versus Pittsburgh.
Teammate Freddie Freeman is batting .442 in the last 12 games.
Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.51 ERA) was 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA in nine starts before he allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings Thursday in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves have lost each of Harang's last six outings.
"You're not going to go out and be sharp every time," Harang said.
His teammates, however, have scored 10 runs with him on the mound in those six contests.
The right-hander's last two starts against the Pirates have come at PNC Park over the previous two seasons where he allowed two runs, five hits and lasted six innings in each to split two decisions.
Harang's 15 wins in 26 starts versus Pittsburgh match his most against any team.
McCutchen is 5 for 14 (.357) with a double against Harang, while teammate Starling Marte is 2 for 5.
Marte is batting .450 with three home runs and five RBIs in five games after his first career two-homer effort Monday.
Pittsburgh's Travis Snider is hitting .412 in his last nine contests.
Though Francisco Liriano (3-9, 3.78) is 2-2 in his last six starts, he's posted a 1.89 ERA and struck out 42 in 38 innings during that span. The Pirates have scored two runs with him on the mound over the last three, and none while he yielded two with four walks and nine strikeouts in six innings of a 5-2 loss at Detroit on Thursday.
In his only appearance against the Braves in 2010, the left-hander allowed a run and struck out 11 in eight innings of a 2-1 victory for Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:16:31 PM EST|