|PHILADELPHIA ( PIVETTA )|
SAN DIEGO ( RICHARD )
|905||PHILADELPHIA||+115||Ov 8.5,-130||+125||Ov 9,+110|
|906||SAN DIEGO||-125||Un 8.5,+110||-135||Un 9,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-17||+1.3||13-15||4.1||0.242||0.303||0.413||0.716||4.6||0.266||0.333||0.430||0.764|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||4-3||3.1||0.220||0.276||0.323||0.599||5.9||0.280||0.335||0.490||0.824|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-48||+3.6||50-34||4.1||0.240||0.298||0.405||0.704||5.2||0.257||0.323||0.425||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||6-1||4.6||0.236||0.299||0.408||0.707||5.9||0.248||0.324||0.465||0.789|
|8/2/2017||THOMPSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||0-7||L||185||9 ov||U||6||6||2||10||4||0|
|8/3/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||4-5||L||145||9 ov||P||10||9||0||6||7||0|
|8/4/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||3-4||L||140||11.5 ov||U||10||8||0||7||11||0|
|8/5/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||5-8||L||180||11 un||O||12||7||1||10||6||0|
|8/6/2017||NOLA(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||3-2||W||100||11 un||U||9||7||0||7||8||0|
|8/8/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-2||W||155||9.5 un||U||11||11||0||8||5||1|
|8/9/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||3-2||W||140||9 ev||U||5||5||0||9||6||2|
|8/10/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||0-10||L||+140||8.5 ev||O||4||3||0||13||6||1|
|8/11/2017||PIVETTA(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||6-7||L||-110||9.5 un||O||13||11||1||13||6||0|
|8/12/2017||NOLA(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||3-1||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||6||0|
|8/13/2017||EFLIN(R)||NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||2-6||L||+100||10 ev||U||7||9||1||12||7||0|
|8/14/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||4-7||L||110||8 ev||O||11||10||1||10||9||1|
|8/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||4-8||L||155||8 un||O||6||3||2||8||6||0|
|8/16/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||NOLA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/22/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/4/2017||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||6-10||L||175||9 ov||O||9||9||2||14||9||1|
|8/5/2017||LAMET(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-2||W||145||7.5 ev||U||10||9||0||6||8||0|
|8/6/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||7||7||1|
|8/7/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)||3-11||L||115||9.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||2||0|
|8/8/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||7-3||W||125||9 ov||O||11||7||0||9||8||0|
|8/9/2017||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||3-8||L||140||9 ev||O||7||4||1||11||8||0|
|8/10/2017||LAMET(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||3-10||L||130||8.5 ov||O||8||8||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||4-3||W||240||8 ov||U||7||5||0||8||10||0|
|8/12/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-6||L||225||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||8||8||0|
|8/13/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||4-6||L||245||8.5 ev||O||5||3||1||5||2||1|
|8/15/2017||LAMET(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||8-4||W||-165||8 un||O||8||6||0||6||3||2|
|8/22/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|SAN DIEGO: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Andy Green (second season)
Who's new? RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jered Weaver
Who's gone? RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Brandon Morrow, IF/OF Alexi Amarista, OF Jon Jay, OF Oswaldo Arcia, IF/OF Adam Rosales
Projected lineup: LF Travis Jankowski (.245, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 30 SB), CF Manuel Margot (.243, 0, 3 in 10 games), 1B Wil Myers (.259, 28, 94, 28), 3B Yangervis Solarte (.286, 15, 71), RF Hunter Renfroe (.371, 4, 14 in 11 games), 2B Ryan Schmipf (.217, 20, 51), C Austin Hedges (.125, 0, 1 in eight games), SS Luis Sardinas (.287, 2, 13)
Rotation: RH Jered Weaver (12-12, 5.06 ERA with Angels), RH Jhoulys Chacin (6-8, 4.81 with Angels and Braves), LH Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.52), RH Trevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74 with Cubs), LH Christian Friedrich (5-12, 4.80) or RH Luis Perdomo (9-10, 5.71)
Key relievers: RH Brandon Maurer (0-5, 4.52, 13/19 SV), RH Carter Capps (did not pitch - Tommy John surgery), LH Ryan Buchter (3-0, 2.86), LH Brad Hand (4-4, 2.92), RH Kevin Quackenbush (7-7, 3.92), LH Keith Hessler (1-0, 3.38 with Diamondbacks and Padres), RH Jarred Cosart (0-3, 6.03 with Marlins and Padres)
Hot spots: Bullpen. San Diego's version of a position battle is Green fighting the temptation to bench a young player in the middle of a long slump. Since the Padres are playing for next year anyway, watching bullpen roles shake out might be someone's version of fun. Maurer, the incumbent closer, blew six of 19 save opportunities last year. Hand and Buchter are a pair of workhorse lefties who wouldn't look out of place on a contending team. The wild card is Capps, who is healthy after missing all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery. A year before, he struck out 58 batters in 31 innings with the Marlins.
Outlook: Look up 'rebuilding team' in the dictionary. With only eight active players on the books for more than $1 million ' excluding the retained salaries of Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr. and several other former Padres ' San Diego will field MLB's lowest payroll. Theirs is the youngest roster in baseball too, with perhaps only two players who have turned 30 by Opening Day. Their best prospects are college-age kids in the low minors. So what's to like? Prospect watchers have been awaiting the arrival of Margot and Renfroe for years. The backup catcher, Christian Bethancourt, might pitch. Capps has an unusual delivery. The Padres also ran the bases aggressively under Green, and stolen bases are fun. How's that for a marketing slogan?
|Phillies might limit Pivetta's repertoire for start vs. Padres|
SAN DIEGO -- There is no question that the Phillies' Nick Pivetta has a tantalizing assortment of pitches. They may be on display when Philadelphia caps its three-game series with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin might like to see Pivetta (4-7, 6.29 ERA) dial down his repertoire in a bid to get him back on track.
"Maybe he can use less clubs in his bag," said Mackanin, as the Phillies look to salvage the finale of the series.
At times Pivetta looks like an ace. Then there are other occasions, like his last two times out, in which the right-hander has struggled.
Against the New York Mets on Friday, Pivetta pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed six runs (five earned) and seven hits. Versus the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 5, he worked 2 2/3 innings and was blistered for eight runs on eight hits.
Pivetta was unable to place the ball where he wanted, and that is his biggest issue, Mackanin said. Not that he is walking a ton of people -- three free passes in the two games combined -- but his aim is just a tad off.
"It's as simple as he is not commanding his pitches," Mackanin said. "He has a real nice fastball with good life, but he is just not hitting his spots. That is step one to learn how to locate that pitch. If you command that pitch, it sets everything else up."
That leads back to Pivetta's recent bullpen session with pitching coach Bob McClure.
"I think McClure might take one of his breaking balls away from him," Mackanin said. "We like his curveball; we might take his slider away from him. But it is not etched in stone, and I don't know if that is exactly what we are going to do, but it has been talked about."
There is no way to talk about the Phillies' offense without bringing up Odubel Herrera. The center fielder extended his career-high, 17-game hitting streak in the series opener Monday, but he tweaked his left hamstring in that game and didn't play Tuesday.
He is unlikely to start Wednesday when the Phillies face left-hander Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14 ERA).
"I want to be careful with him," Mackanin said.
Richard has lost his past five decisions and is coming off consecutive no-decisions. He has never defeated the Phillies, going 0-4 with a 3.41 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts. In his lone start against Philadelphia this year, he allowed one run on five hits in six innings but did not get a decision on July 7.
Richard went six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last outing, yielding three runs on eight hits Friday. It was a back-and-forth game in which the Padres prevailed 4-3.
"These games are the fun ones, where it's close, it's back-and-forth," Richard said after the game. "They test you a little bit, make sure you're resilient through adversity."
Richard knows all about resilience, last finding the winner's circle on June 13 against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pivetta did show well against the Padres in his only career outing against them, when he opposed Richard on July 7. He went seven innings and was charged with three runs on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out nine in the Phillies' 4-3 loss, with neither starter involved in the decision.
"I think he has a chance to be pretty good because he has such a lively fastball," Mackanin said of Pivetta.
|Last Updated: 1/22/2018 10:23:49 PM EST|