|SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )|
ATLANTA ( DICKEY )
|975||SEATTLE||-125||Ov 10,-110||-115||Ov 9.5,+105|
|976||ATLANTA||+115||Un 10,-110||+105||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-46||-2.3||43-44||4.7||0.265||0.323||0.418||0.740||4.9||0.263||0.322||0.438||0.760|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||4.3||0.272||0.335||0.397||0.731||3.7||0.259||0.316||0.430||0.746|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-57||-4.8||53-45||4.5||0.259||0.314||0.395||0.709||5.2||0.262||0.331||0.420||0.751|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||5.7||0.308||0.369||0.512||0.881||6.3||0.291||0.375||0.449||0.824|
|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)||0-4||L||-125||10 ov||U||5||9||2||11||8||0|
|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|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Braves' Dickey hopes to keep Mariners in the yard|
ATLANTA -- The cozier dimensions were obviously going to make SunTrust Park more hitter-friendly than Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves' former home.
Throw in the uptick on home runs this season, and it often hasn't been the best place to pitch. Already there has been 138 homers hit at the new ballpark compared to 130 all last year at the Ted.
Atlanta knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey will try to prevent Seattle from going deep as the Braves conclude their three-game interleague series with the Mariners on Wednesday night.
The teams split the first two games, with Seattle winning 6-5 on Monday and Atlanta earning a 4-0 victory on Tuesday.
Dickey, signed as a free agent by the Braves in November, has for the most part adapted well to SunTrust Park, going 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA.
The right-hander hasn't been able to avoid the long ball, though.
Of the 22 home runs the 42-year-old has allowed while going 8-8 with a 3.98 ERA, 16 have come at home, including three in four batters against Cincinnati on Friday in a loss that snapped a personal two-game winning streak.
"In a different park, maybe one of those is a fly ball," Dickey said.
Erasmo Ramirez, making his fifth start for Seattle after being acquired from Tampa Bay, will oppose Dickey.
Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) defeated the Rays -- his former team -- in Tampa Bay on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA for the Mariners.
The 27-year-old right-hander is being stretched back out to fill one of the holes in the Seattle rotation after being moved to the bullpen by the Rays.
Ramirez has gone six innings in each of his past two starts, allowing a combined one earned run and five hits.
"Every time I'm feeling stronger," Ramirez said. "When you're able to throw strikes in the sixth and have the same speed is something you're looking for all the time."
Ramirez's last of eight starts for the Rays was June 28. He pitched out of the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2016 after being a starter the year before and during three partial seasons with Mariners, his original team.
"He's done a good job of expanding himself, working that pitch count up, and you could see him get stronger as he gets deeper in games now," Mariners catcher Mike Zunino said.
Dickey, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2012 with the New York Mets, has won 118 career games. He still is at the mercy of his knuckleball, though.
"You've got to live or die with the knuckleball, and it kind of bit me," Dickey said after the loss to the Reds.
"It was pretty much three pitches," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Otherwise, they were taking some pretty ugly swings."
Ugly has been the only description for the Mariners' defense so far in the series. Seattle made four errors in the opener and two more Tuesday. Three of the Braves' runs have been unearned.
"We just haven't played clean baseball. We've got to tighten that up," Servais said.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:12:42 PM EST|