|ARIZONA ( WALKER )|
SAN DIEGO ( WEAVER )
|961||ARIZONA||-135||Ov 8,-120||-140||Ov 8.5,+100|
|962||SAN DIEGO||+125||Un 8,+100||+130||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-11||+6.3||13-14||5.1||0.263||0.329||0.435||0.764||4.0||0.229||0.303||0.368||0.671|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-3||5.3||0.294||0.359||0.516||0.875||3.7||0.190||0.267||0.346||0.613|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-20||-8.9||17-12||3.6||0.224||0.285||0.392||0.677||5.3||0.252||0.320||0.394||0.713|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||4-2||3.4||0.221||0.300||0.416||0.715||5.0||0.266||0.324||0.369||0.694|
|5/5/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||6-3||W||-110||11 ov||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|5/6/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||1-9||L||115||11.5 un||U||7||6||0||14||6||2|
|5/7/2017||WALKER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||2-5||L||105||11.5 ov||U||3||2||1||9||4||0|
|5/15/2017||GODLEY(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||7-3||W||-115||9.5 un||O||13||8||1||4||7||0|
|5/16/2017||GREINKE(R)||NY METS||MILONE(L)||5-4||W||-160||9 ev||P||7||5||0||5||4||0|
|5/17/2017||CORBIN(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||5-4||W||-125||9.5 ov||U||8||8||0||11||9||0|
|5/19/2017||WALKER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WEAVER(R)|| |
|5/20/2017||RAY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|5/22/2017||GREINKE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||CORBIN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||WALKER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/25/2017||RAY(L)||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|5/5/2017||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||2-8||L||+145||7.5 un||O||4||7||1||14||8||1|
|5/6/2017||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-10||L||+230||6.5 ev||O||7||10||1||8||5||3|
|5/10/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-4||L||180||8.5 ov||U||10||8||1||8||7||0|
|5/11/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||2-5||L||135||9 ov||U||9||7||0||9||3||0|
|5/12/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||6-3||W||120||8 ev||O||10||8||0||8||7||1|
|5/13/2017||CAHILL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||4-5||L||-140||9 ov||P||6||6||1||10||8||0|
|5/14/2017||WEAVER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-9||L||180||8.5 ov||O||5||5||2||9||8||1|
|5/23/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||COSART(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||WEAVER(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|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?
|Weaver set to start Padres' opener vs. D-backs|
SAN DIEGO -- A rising Jered Weaver awaits the Diamondbacks as the San Diego Padres open a three-game series against Arizona on Friday night.
Weaver, who will be opposed by Arizona's Taijuan Walker, continues to bob and weave through lineups, knowing his fastball can often arrive at the same speed as another pitcher's changeups.
But Weaver plods on, a 12-year veteran with an array of off-speed weapons and maybe just enough guile to pull it off.
The former Los Angeles Angels standout is coming off is his best showing in a Padres uniform. Weaver (0-4, 6.05 ERA) allowed a first-inning run to the Chicago White Sox and then went five more innings without getting nicked on Sunday.
Although the Padres are in a win-later mindset, Weaver's prior outings this season often were not competitive. No one has allowed more homers in the majors than the 14 he has served up.
But Weaver shrugged his shoulders and grabbed the ball to face the White Sox, as he has done at the major league level since 2006.
"He's one of the persons who is able to minimize the magnitude of the moment," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He goes through life and gives you what he's got at that moment, the best version of himself, and if the best version is good, it's going to be a quality start."
With Weaver, who is 1-2 with a 5.29 in his career against the Arizona, there is usually little in between.
"He's had four quality starts since he's been here, and he's had some rough ones as well," Green said. "He doesn't hide from those. The impressive thing to me (in his last outing) is he has the bases loaded and a run is in and he has nobody out and no more runs scored. He is not afraid of anything outside distracting him. He is locked in. No blame game on anybody else. He expects to execute, and that's the No. 1 quality in him that we want in our other players.
"If he has a bad outing, there is nothing outside that caused that. The success or failure belongs to him, and that's a powerful place to be as a competitor."
As for Walker, he remembers the last time he squared off against the Padres, on April 27.
Walker also remembers the last time he won, on April 27.
In his best game in an Arizona uniform, Walker pitched a season-high eight innings while collecting a season-high 11 strikeouts. He surrendered four hits and two runs with no walks in beating Weaver.
Walker wasn't nearly as tidy in his last outing while absorbing his second straight defeat. He went six innings and was charged for four runs (three earned) on eight hits in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
"Four runs, you've got to keep it closer to help give ourselves a better chance to win the ballgame," Walker said after the game. "I've got to have cleaner innings and quicker innings. The first four innings there was someone on every time, especially in scoring position, too, and when that happens, I just kind of throw stressful pitches and I have to work harder."
Walker is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA lifetime against the Padres.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 4:08:55 PM EST|