|SEATTLE ( GONZALES )|
ATLANTA ( SIMS )
|927||SEATTLE||-120||Ov 10,-125||-120||Ov 10,-125|
|928||ATLANTA||+110||Un 10,+105||+110||Un 10,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-45||-1||43-43||4.8||0.265||0.323||0.419||0.743||4.9||0.262||0.320||0.438||0.759|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||4-3||4.7||0.280||0.339||0.428||0.766||4.7||0.267||0.312||0.479||0.792|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-11||+2.9||11-9||4.8||0.271||0.326||0.432||0.758||5.2||0.264||0.340||0.453||0.793|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||4-3||5.7||0.287||0.342||0.502||0.844||6.7||0.294||0.379||0.484||0.863|
|8/8/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-6||W||-115||9 ov||O||11||9||0||8||6||3|
|8/9/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-3||W||100||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/10/2017||PAXTON(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||GONZALES(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-6||L||-135||10 ov||O||10||4||1||11||9||0|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||3-6||L||-150||9 ov||P||13||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/13/2017||MIRANDA(L)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||2-4||L||-130||9 ov||U||8||6||1||6||10||0|
|8/18/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||7-1||W||115||9 ov||U||14||8||0||4||6||0|
|8/19/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||7-6||W||105||9.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|8/20/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||0-3||L||150||9.5 ev||U||3||4||0||5||7||0|
|8/21/2017||ALBERS(L)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||6-5||W||-115||9.5 ov||O||9||7||4||12||7||1|
|8/22/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ ATLANTA||SIMS(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||ALBERS(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/11/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||7||4||0||8||9||0|
|8/12/2017||SIMS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||5-6||L||210||9 un||O||9||8||1||11||7||1|
|8/13/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-3||W||175||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||11||9||0|
|8/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||0-3||L||120||12 ov||U||7||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||4-3||W||170||11 ev||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|8/16/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||2-17||L||165||11 un||O||7||5||0||18||8||0|
|8/17/2017||SIMS(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||10-4||W||160||12 ev||O||12||6||1||9||11||0|
|8/28/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|Rookies face off for Mariners, Braves|
ATLANTA -- Two promising rookies, both making their fifth big-league start of the season, will oppose each other Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves host the Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game series.
Atlanta sends home-grown right-hander Lucas Sims (1-3, 5.24 ERA) against Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales (0-0, 8.44 ERA overall) at SunTrust Park.
The Mariners opened the series with a 6-5 win on Monday. Seattle has won four of its last five games and is just one game out of the American League wild-card race.
Sims, Atlanta's first-round draft choice in 2012, grew up in the northeastern Atlanta suburbs. He worked his way through the club's minor league system and was the organization's pitcher of the year in 2013.
Sims began the year at Triple-A Gwinnett and went 7-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 appearances, 19 of them starts. He had 132 strikeouts and only 36 walks in 115 1/3 innings for the G-Braves.
He made his major league debut against the Dodgers on Aug. 1 and took a loss despite allowing only three runs in six innings.
Sims got his first career win in his most recent start on Thursday at Colorado. He allowed two runs over five innings at Coors Field in a game the Braves won 10-4.
"The biggest thing is his competitiveness, how he's handled himself," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He's had to get through some adversity, but he's never stopped pitching. On the outside, a lot of things are good. He's athletic, he can field his position, he can control the running game and he can hit a little bit once he gets some at-bats. It's been good."
Gonzales, who played at Gonzaga University, was the first-round draft choice of St. Louis in 2013 and made his major league debut for the Cardinals in 2014. He sat out the 2016 season with left elbow surgery, but he returned to go 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts this year for Triple-A Memphis.
He was acquired by the Mariners on July 21 in exchange for outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill and assigned to Triple-A Tacoma. Gonzales was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA for the Rainiers before being called up to make his first start for Seattle on Aug. 6.
His results have been spotty. In his most recent start last Wednesday, Gonzales received no decision while pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits against the Baltimore Orioles. In four starts this season -- one came with the Cardinals -- Gonzales has not completed five innings, and he has allowed four or more runs three times.
However, Gonzales possesses an impressive arm, and he likely will stay in the rotation for the final six weeks.
"He's a young pitcher," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "I still really like his stuff. He's going to have to do a little better job navigating to get deep in games. Going out for the fifth, you think he's in great shape and then it happens rather quickly for him.
"But he's going to be on our rotation. We'll go forward with him, and he'll continue to learn and get better."
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 10:20:31 AM EST|