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Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 5:35 pm

On Deck: Rangers go for 12; Jimenez on hill

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

TEXAngelsGONE STREAKING: The Rangers have won 11 in the row while the Angels are scrambling to stay in the hunt. Four games back, Los Angeles needs to cool Texas off or risk falling out of contention by the time the trading deadline hits. The Angels will offer up rookie Tyler Chatwood who has walked as many as he's struck out. Somehow, he's got a 3.52 ERA, but there you go. He's opposing sensation Alexi Ogando, who has shown no sign slowing down with a 2.92 ERA, but how long can Ogando go before running out of gas? Rangers vs. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GarzaLeeDUELING ACES: The best pitching matchup on Tuesday night involves a pair of aces. Cliff Lee of Philadelphia goes up against Matt Garza of the Cubs. While Garza is technically an ace, it's not to the level of Lee, who also has Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and (when healthy) Roy Halladay alongside him. Garza has been an ace despite a 3.97 ERA suggesting the contrary. His 2.96 xFIP on the strength of his ability to strike out batters and limit baserunners. Lee's still better than that, though, pairing a 2.76 xFIP with a 2.82 ERA and striking out a career-high 25.1 percent of batters. Philles vs. Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

JimenezWATCH THE RADAR GUNS: Ubaldo Jimenez is easily the biggest name on the trade market, but it's still unclear if there's any feasible chance of prying Jimenez away from Colorado, at least this season. Jimenez will be on the mound Tuesday night as teams try to determine just how much they'd give up for the right-hander if a deal could come together. He's opposing the Braves, so it's a stiff matchup and will be opposed by Brandon Beachy, who was not selected in the amateur draft back in 2008, and has a 3.21 ERA in 12 starts as a 24-year-old. Braves vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 8:49 pm

On Deck: NL East showdown


By Matt Snyder

It's a full slate of games Friday night as we head into the last weekend before the All-Star break. Let's start with an enticing matchup in Philly.

Beasts in the East: The Phillies have the best record in baseball, yet only a 2-1/2 game lead in the NL East, as the Braves will not go away. The Braves actually trail the Red Sox by just two percentage points for the second-best record in all of baseball. The Phillies have been pretty consistently great all season, but the Braves come to town scorching hot. They've won four in a row and 14 of their past 17. You'd have to give the advantage on the hill to the home team Friday night, though, as Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.44) takes the hill. That isn't to say Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.23) is an unworthy adversary. Quite the contary, Beachy has 72 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings and has shown he can dominate at times. This three-game series should not disappoint. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. ET. Watch Live on Gametracker

Off the Schneid? The Twins have beaten the White Sox eight times in a row, including all five meetings this season. They've actually won a whopping 29 of the last 36 games against Chicago's South-Siders. Talk about utter domination. It's probably gotten to the point where it's a mental mountain for the White Sox, but they still have plenty of chances this season to turn things around. Friday night, they'll have a shot. At least in theory, since the two teams play each other. Gavin Floyd (6-8, 4.17) is the starter for the Sox, but he's been awful against the Twins in his career (4-9, 5.20). Nick Blackburn is the Twins' pitcher for the night and he has completely handcuffed the White Sox this season. He's 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in two starts against them. On paper, it looks like the streak continues, but games aren't played on paper. We'll see. Minnesota at Chicago (AL), 8:10 p.m. ET. Watch Live on Gametracker

Mediocrity Central: The Brewers and Cardinals are tied for first in the NL Central. The Pirates trail by just one game. The Reds -- who are a game under .500 -- are only three out. Hell, the Cubs are only 11 games out and they have the second-worst record in baseball. Who has the worst? The Astros. Of the NL Central. Just to give a good point of reference, the Mets would be 1-1/2 games out in this division. Instead they're 10 out in the East. We'll see how things shake out this weekend for the four teams that matter here, but they could be ordered any which way by the break. Friday, the Brewers and Reds face off in Milwaukee, with Mike Leake (8-4, 4.03) going against the thus-far disappointing Zack Greinke (7-3, 5.66). Meanwhile, the Cardinals will send Kyle Lohse (8-5, 2.97) to the hill and attempt to beat Arizona's near-All-Star Ian Kennedy (8-3, 3.38). And if the Reds and Diamondbacks win, the Pirates can slip into a three-way first place tie with a win over the Cubs. It shouldn't be difficult, as James McDonald (5-4, 4.40) gets the nod for the Bucs, and he's been hot -- 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA in his last nine starts. The Cubs send Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 3.91) to the mound, after needing an eight-run comeback to avoid a four-game sweep in Washington. Check Live Scoreboard for all game action

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 4:41 pm

On Deck: Chisenhall debuts; Rays battle Reds

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

RedsRaysWINLESS: The Rays are 0-6 against the Reds in franchise history, the only team Tampa Bay has yet to defeat among all major-league teams. Only one other team has not beaten every team, and that's Pittsburgh (who else?) at 0-9 against the Athletics. Tampa will attempt to leave Pittsburgh all by its lonesome Monday night when rookie phenom Jeremy Hellickson duels Mike Leake. Leake, who was demoted to the farm at one point earlier in the season for his first stint in the minors ever, is coming off an eight-inning effort against the Giants. He limited them to four hits and no runs. Hellickson, meanwhile, has a 3.09 ERA but has run into some adversity lately. Reds vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

ChisenhallLONNIE TIME: The Indians promoted top prospect Lonnie Chisenhall to the majors, adding a shot in the arm to a ballclub that needs every advantage it can get to stay in the postseason hunt. The 22-year-old Chisenhall was taken in the first round in 2008 and hit .265/.352/.427 for Triple-A. He was a raw high schooler when drafted and is extremely athletic, but asking him to make a big impact this season is a bit much. But he's clearly one of the club's best options for the lineup right now. Chisenhall will make his first start Monday night with Mitch Talbot on the mound. He will oppose the Diamondbacks and Ian Kennedy. Indians vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET (Watch live)
BeachyBedardBEST PITCHING MATCHUP: Erik Bedard and Brandon Beachy will go head to head in a matchup of pitchers having fine -- and unexpected -- seasons. Bedard has been constantly injured since arriving in Seattle but boasts a pristine 2.93 ERA on the season. Meanwhile, Beachy was an undrafted free agent who has sandwiched a 3.22 ERA around a disabled-list stint. He punched out 11 Blue Jays last Wednesday. The Braves are attempting to keep pace with Philadelphia as they are five games behind despite a 44-35 mark that tops the wild-card standings. Seattle is right at .500 with a 39-39 record, but the Mariners are just 1 1/2 games behind Texas for first place. Braves vs. Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:38 pm

Hudson to miss start

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tim HudsonThe Braves are sending Tim Hudson back to Atlanta to have his stiff back examined, but not placing him on the disabled list, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hudson left Friday's game after giving up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings and will not make his next start, Wednesday at Pittsburgh. Instead, the Braves will call up Mike Minor to pitch that game and hopefully Hudson can rejoin the rotation on May 30 with Minor pitching against on May 31 in place of the injured Brandon Beachy.

"We want to make sure the stiffness calms down," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told O'Brien. "It's stiffness; it's not spasms. He's flying back to Atlanta to have doctors look at him tomorrow, to have X-rays or an MRI … We just what to make sure."

Minor allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in his only other appearance for the Braves this season, April 6 at Milwaukee.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 6:57 pm

Teheran to get ball Wednesday for Braves

By Matt Snyder

Top Braves pitching prospect Julio Teheran made his major-league debut May 7 against the Phillies because the Braves needed a spot starter and he was the one in Triple-A who was slated to throw that day. With Brandon Beachy on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Teheran has gotten the call again. He'll start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks for Atlanta.

Teheran wasn't bad but ran into some troubles against the Phillies in his first big-league start. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs. He only gave up four hits, but was hurt by a Ryan Howard home run and Shane Victorino triple.

Teheran, 20, was a consensus top-10 prospect in all of baseball entering the 2011 season and was in the top five by several outlets. He's making Triple-A hitters look silly, sporting a 1.91 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.

It's likely Teheran is only making a spot-start again, as the Braves won't need a fifth starter again until May 31.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:06 am

Beachy strains oblique; could open door for Minor

By Evan Brunell

BeachyBrandon Beachy is the next player to go down with an oblique strain, exiting the game after two innings, giving up six hits and three runs in the process.

The odds are that Beachy hits the DL, as manager Fredi Gonzalez termed the injury a "classic" one, which means Beachy will probably be out for several weeks. "Not good," Gonzalez added according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Twitter.

Prior to the game, Beachy had a pristine 2.97 ERA in 27 starts, pretty good for someone who went undrafted and beat out first-round pick Mike Minor for a rotation spot in spring training.

Speaking of Minor, he's Beachy's likely replacement after taking a buzzsaw to Triple-A in 39 2/3 innings, whiffing 43 and allowing just 13 free passes for a 1.82 ERA in six starts. The Braves did illogically call up top prospect Julio Teheran for one start earlier in the season, starting his service time and burning an option in the process. Yes. Teheran was a logical choice given how good he is and that it was his day to start, but giving up that option is rough.

But that's in the past. Despite already showing no fear in dipping down for Teheran, Minor's dominance and extended major-league stint last season makes him a logical long-term fill in for Beachy. Teheran was solid, not great, in his debut, and is likely not quite ready to submit a successful extended stint like Minor appears to be.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:48 pm

On Deck: 4 games, 3 good matchups

Shaun Marcum

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With eight of the day's 12 games starting before a regular 7 p.m. start time, there's not the full compliment of on-deck choices, but luckily the night games feature three pretty good pitching matchups… and the Rangers and Mariners.

Stopper needed -- The Brewers have lost five in a row, including two yesterday in Atlanta, and are now four games under .500 at 13-17. Luckily for them, Shaun Marcum is on the mound. Marcum was the last Brewers pitcher to earn a victory, last Friday at Houston. Marcum is 3-1 with a 2.21 ERA and faced Brandon Beachy (1-1, 3.47 ERA). Brewers at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

If it weren't for bad luck… -- Nationals starter John Lannan has a 3.93 ERA in his three losses, and actually has a better WHIP in his losses (1.364) than in his two wins (1.600). In his last game, he allowed just six hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but walked in a run in the seventh, losing the game 2-1 to the Giants. And tonight he faces Roy Halladay. Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

Daddy done good -- Since his wife gave birth, the Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy has allowed just three runs and nine hits in 16 2/3 innings, limiting batters to a .148 batting average and striking out 16. He's facing Colorado's Jason Hammel, who is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA. Rockies at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:56 pm

Jurrjens to miss two starts with DL stint

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jair JurrjensAs expected, Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens was put on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a strained right oblique. The move is retroactive to March 25, but the team doesn't expect him to start until April 16 against the Mets.

Mike Minor will make a spot start on Wednesday against the Brewers.

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jurrjens threw a 10-minute bullpen on Sunday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game at Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. His next step would be pitching five or six innings for Gwinnett on April 11, before coming back on April 16.

Jurrjens was scheduled to start Monday against the Brewers, but Brandon Beachy will start against Chris Narveson instead.

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