|PHILADELPHIA ( PIVETTA )|
ATLANTA ( GOHARA )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+120||Ov 9.5,-105||+115||Ov 9.5,-110|
|954||ATLANTA||-130||Un 9.5,-115||-125||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-21||+11.8||17-23||4.4||0.241||0.305||0.403||0.708||4.6||0.258||0.326||0.421||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+2.8||2-4||4.0||0.202||0.279||0.318||0.598||4.6||0.231||0.310||0.449||0.759|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-69||-5.7||62-58||4.4||0.259||0.316||0.391||0.707||5.1||0.262||0.330||0.419||0.749|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||3.3||0.214||0.267||0.335||0.601||4.1||0.236||0.305||0.369||0.674|
|9/10/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||5||2||0||6||4||0|
|9/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||0-4||L||-130||10 un||U||2||1||0||8||6||0|
|9/18/2017||PIVETTA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-3||W||+305||7.5 ov||U||4||2||0||5||5||0|
|9/19/2017||NOLA(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||+145||7.5 ev||O||8||6||0||9||7||1|
|9/20/2017||THOMPSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||7-5||W||+230||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||7||9||1|
|9/21/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||4-5||L||+190||9 un||P||7||8||2||7||8||1|
|9/22/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||2-7||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||8||0||11||7||0|
|9/23/2017||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-4||L||135||9.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||10||0|
|9/24/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ ATLANTA||GOHARA(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||LIVELY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|9/12/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||8-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||14||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/13/2017||GOHARA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||8-2||W||245||8 ev||O||10||9||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-5||L||130||8.5 ev||U||6||5||1||8||4||0|
|9/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||3-2||W||-140||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|9/16/2017||DICKEY(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-7||L||+110||8.5 ev||O||8||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/17/2017||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||1-5||L||-170||9 un||U||4||7||1||7||7||2|
|9/25/2017||SIMS(R)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||SIMS(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)|| |
|9/29/2017|| ||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|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 bid to sweep Phillies in final home game|
ATLANTA -- Two highly regarded rookies will close out the first season at SunTrust Park on Sunday.
Philadelphia will send right-hander Nick Pivetta (6-10, 6.57 ERA) to the mound against Atlanta left-hander Luiz Gohara (1-2, 6.00) in the finale of a three-game series. It will be Atlanta's final home game this year at SunTrust, where they have posted a 37-43 mark.
Atlanta has won the first two games of the series. The Braves have won four straight contests against the Phillies after winning only two of their first 14 meetings. Atlanta's last three-game sweep over Philadelphia came in September 2016.
Pivetta will make his 25th start of the season. The rookie was promoted in late April has been a steady contributor since joining the rotation. Pivetta was acquired by the team in a 2015 trade with Washington that sent reliever Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals.
Pivetta won his last start on Sept. 18, posting a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pivetta allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in six innings against the Dodgers.
Pivetta is trying to ensure his place in the Philadelphia rotation for 2018. He struggled mightily during five August starts when he was 1-3 with an 11.57 ERA. He's been better in four September starts, going 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA.
"He needs to understand how to continue to carry that through five, six, seven or even eight innings," Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. "That's when you get to be a real solid starter. He's a young pitcher. It's his first year in the big leagues. He's going to get it. He's going to be good."
Consistency is the problem with Pivetta, who average 9.52 strikeouts per nine innings. He's had double-digit strikeouts twice, including a career-high 11 against the Padres on Aug. 16.
Pivetta has made two starts against Atlanta this season. He's 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA and beat the Braves on July 31 when he allowed one run in six innings.
Gohara has less major league experience as he will be making his fourth start and is trying to put himself in consideration for inclusion in the 2018 starting rotation. Gohara was acquired from Seattle, which was growing impatient with the beefy 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect.
Gohara, 21, has breezed through the club's minor league system. He began in Single-A and was pitching with Triple-A Gwinnett before being called up on Sept 4. He was 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 26 minor league appearances with three clubs in 2017.
Since being thrust into the starting rotation, Gohara has faced some good hitters. He made his debut against the Rangers and has two starts against Washington. His best game came on Sept. 13 when he outpitched Washington's Max Scherzer and allowed one run in six innings.
"He battles," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He's a strike thrower. He gets the ball over the plate. I thought he was a little sharper the other day in Washington, but he's still pretty good."
It could be the final home game for Snitker, who is nearing the end of a one-year contract to manage the team. Snitker, who has spent 40 years with the Braves organization, said he would like to return.
The Braves finish the season with four games in New York and four in Miami. Philadelphia returns home for three-game series against Washington and the New York Mets.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 8:19:34 AM EST|