|PHILADELPHIA ( VELASQUEZ )|
MIAMI ( CONLEY )
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-14||-0.3||11-10||4.1||0.237||0.302||0.415||0.717||4.7||0.272||0.336||0.445||0.781|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||2-5||4.1||0.223||0.299||0.406||0.705||3.9||0.228||0.291||0.392||0.683|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-38||-3.3||38-27||4.8||0.269||0.325||0.412||0.737||4.8||0.247||0.325||0.390||0.715|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||4-3||4.9||0.280||0.340||0.437||0.777||4.9||0.247||0.324||0.421||0.745|
|7/4/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||0-3||L||+130||8.5 ov||U||6||11||0||5||5||1|
|7/7/2017||PIVETTA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||3-4||L||-115||9 ov||U||9||8||0||8||5||0|
|7/8/2017||NOLA(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||1-2||L||-150||8 ev||U||4||4||1||5||5||0|
|7/9/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||7-1||W||+105||8.5 un||U||9||2||0||9||11||1|
|7/14/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||6-9||L||155||9.5 un||O||9||9||2||8||5||2|
|7/15/2017||NOLA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||2-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||4||4||0||8||7||0|
|7/16/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||5-2||W||145||9.5 un||U||10||8||0||7||7||0|
|7/17/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||5-6||L||140||9 un||O||6||7||0||9||11||0|
|7/18/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/4/2017||URENA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||10||5||0||7||8||1|
|7/5/2017||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||9-6||W||130||8.5 ev||O||13||7||0||9||7||2|
|7/6/2017||KOEHLER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-4||L||170||9.5 un||U||12||12||0||8||10||0|
|7/7/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||6-1||W||-115||8.5 un||U||16||8||0||5||4||0|
|7/8/2017||O'GRADY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-4||W||150||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||7||8||0|
|7/9/2017||URENA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||10-8||W||100||8 ov||O||13||14||0||14||7||2|
|7/14/2017||STRAILY(R)||LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||4-6||L||+100||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||10||3||0|
|7/15/2017||URENA(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||1-7||L||+175||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||12||9||0|
|7/16/2017||O'GRADY(L)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||2-3||L||+160||9 un||U||9||6||0||7||9||0|
|7/21/2017||URENA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||KOEHLER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/23/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|Marlins' Conley seeks return to 2016 form vs. Phillies|
MIAMI -- Perhaps no one personifies the 2017 Miami Marlins pitching staff quite like Adam Conley.
After a promising rookie year in 2016, when he went 8-6 with a 3.85 ERA, Conley regressed this year and was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans in May. He went 2-3 with a 7.53 ERA in seven starts this year with the Marlins, and he was just a bit better at New Orleans, sporting a 3-3 record and a 5.49 ERA.
Now, after a dozen minor league starts, Conley is finally back and ready for his second chance, an opportunity he will get on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
One thing is for sure: Conley could not have asked for a better team to face, as the Phillies have the worst record in the majors.
But that alone won't save Conley, according to Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
"I think he just needs consistency with his fastball," Mattingly said. "I thought his fastball location was not very good when he was here, and his breaking ball was non-existent.
"His changeup was his best pitch. He has decent angles. He can put you in a box with those angles. He has had up-and-down outings in Triple A -- some have been good and some haven't. So we'll see."
Conley is 0-3 at home this year with an ugly 14.58 ERA, but he hasn't pitched at Marlins Park since May 8. In five career starts against the Phillies, Conley is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 30 2/3 innings.
He will face Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.58 ERA), who is set to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.
The Marlins (42-49) will try to win a second straight game against the Phillies (30-61) after beating them 6-5 in 10 innings on Monday.
Velasquez hasn't pitched since May 30, when he started but got just four outs in a 7-2 loss to Miami at Marlins Park. He then went on the DL due to an elbow injury.
Velasquez beat the Marlins 7-4 in his only other game against Miami this year, on April 26 in Philadelphia. In that game, he allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. In five career starts against the Marlins, Velasquez is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA.
He made three minor league rehab starts this month, posting a 3.60 ERA and striking out nine in 10 innings.
Right before his injury, Velasquez beat the Colorado Rockies, allowing just one run in five innings, so perhaps he was starting to turn a corner.
The Phillies are hoping to support with Velasquez with enhanced offense, and one possibility is that infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick will return soon.
Kendrick, who is hitting .349 with an .879 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, is nearing a return, although a rehab stint in the minors is the most likely route to a comeback.
Out since June 28 due to a left hamstring injury, Kendrick, 34, has a contract that expires after this season. The Phillies are hoping to trade him in exchange for minor league prospects, but Kendrick has to prove he is healthy first.
"He's here -- he took batting practice today," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Monday. "He's going to do some outfield work, and we will see where he is."
|Last Updated: 8/22/2018 12:20:21 AM EST|