|ATLANTA ( MINOR )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|905||ATLANTA||+115||Ov 7.5,-120||-105||Ov 7.5,-110|
|906||CINCINNATI||-125||Un 7.5,+100||-105||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-50||-8||42-52||3.7||0.244||0.306||3.7||0.253||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.8||3-1||6.1||0.277||0.341||2.4||0.198||0.250|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-14||+1.5||17-11||4.2||0.250||0.307||4.1||0.235||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.2||5-1||4.1||0.237||0.289||6.9||0.331||0.412|
|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)||11-3||W||155||7.5 ov||O||14||8||1||9||6||1|
|8/20/2014||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-3||L||105||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||5||3||0|
|8/21/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HOLMBERG(L)||8-0||W||-180||8 un||P||8||10||0||5||5||0|
|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||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/14/2014||SIMON(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-7||L||115||9 ov||O||6||3||1||10||6||0|
|8/15/2014||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||BELISLE(R)||3-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/17/2014||LATOS(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||9-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||14||11||1|
|8/17/2014||AXELROD(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||5-10||L||115||10.5 un||O||7||4||1||16||8||1|
|8/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||5-6||L||120||8 un||O||8||8||0||13||7||1|
|8/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)||4-5||L||155||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||14||13||3|
|8/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-7||L||-105||6.5 ov||O||9||9||1||10||10||2|
|8/26/2014||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/27/2014||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.''
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Reds Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Atlanta (66-61) at Cincinnati (61-66), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After struggling for much of the year, Mike Minor turned in one of his better showings last weekend.
That's a good sign for the visiting Atlanta Braves, who will try to stay hot Friday night against a Cincinnati Reds team that's quickly dropping out of playoff contention.
Minor (5-8, 5.16 ERA) had a 6.97 ERA over an 11-start stretch before stepping up in Sunday's 4-3 win over Oakland. The left-hander yielded two runs and four hits over a season best-tying seven innings while striking out seven.
"I feel like I'm in a different mindset going out there," he told MLB's official website. "I really don't feel like anything bothers me anymore. I just want to go after hitters."
While the Braves already feature one of the best starting rotations in the NL, getting Minor on track would give them an extra boost down the stretch. He compiled a 1.93 ERA in winning both matchups against Cincinnati last year.
"He's got five, six or seven starts the rest of the way," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're going to need him to get us where we want to go."
Atlanta (67-61) has won six of seven after cruising to an 8-0 victory in Thursday's series opener. Justin Upton had two hits and drove in three runs, and he's batting .400 with four homers and 18 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak.
"We got on base for the middle of the lineup, and Justin's been awesome," first baseman Freddie Freeman said.
Upton has hit safely in six straight against the Reds, going 12 for 21 with two homers and eight RBIs.
The Braves are seven games behind NL East-leading Washington and neck and neck with San Francisco for the second wild-card spot.
Cincinnati (61-67) is 10 1/2 games back in the NL Central - its biggest deficit since the end of 2011 - after dropping 11 of 13, including six straight while being outscored 46-26. The Reds are hitting .224 during the skid after collecting five hits Thursday, their lowest total in 25 games.
Cincinnati dropped a season-worst seven straight July 18-25.
"Certainly disappointment, frustration, angry that we're not doing better," manager Bryan Price said of the clubhouse mood. "Angry that we've kind of put ourselves on the outside looking in as far as the probability of postseason play."
Slugging a career-low .385, Jay Bruce is 8 for 55 with one extra-base hit and one RBI in his last 15 home games. Leadoff man Billy Hamilton has also struggled at Great American Ball Park, going 5 for his last 45.
Bruce and Hamilton are a combined 3 for 30 against the Braves this year.
The Reds give the ball to Mat Latos (4-3, 3.10), who was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts this month before allowing three runs, eight hits and three walks over five innings in a 10-9 walkoff loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Colorado.
The right-hander owns a 2.31 ERA on the road compared to a 3.89 mark at home.
Latos gave up six runs over four innings in a 6-5 defeat at Atlanta on July 11, 2013, dropping to 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA against the Braves. Upton, Freeman and Chris Johnson are a combined 20 for 43 with two homers and eight doubles in their matchups.
Atlanta has outscored the Reds 18-5 in taking all four meetings this year, its longest winning streak in the series since 1999.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 10:44:18 PM EST|