|COLORADO ( FRANCIS )|
ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )
|959||COLORADO||+180||Ov 9,-125||+180||Ov 9,-125|
|960||ARIZONA||-190||Un 9,+105||-190||Un 9,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-63||-3.1||56-51||4.7||0.272||0.328||5.3||0.289||0.349|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||4-3||3.4||0.273||0.318||4.7||0.286||0.352|
|vs Left-handed Starters||32-31||-5.3||33-28||4.7||0.262||0.324||4.5||0.269||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.9||4-3||4.4||0.258||0.324||5.0||0.271||0.330|
|9/19/2012||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||1-7||L||205||7 ev||O||4||6||1||14||8||0|
|9/20/2012||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||2-9||L||150||8 ev||O||13||10||2||14||6||1|
|9/25/2012||DE LA ROSA(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||10-5||W||-145||10.5 un||O||15||5||1||7||5||0|
|9/26/2012||POMERANZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||BERKEN(R)||6-0||W||-140||10.5 ev||U||10||7||1||5||8||1|
|9/27/2012||CHACIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VOLSTAD(R)||7-5||W||-150||10.5 un||O||12||2||0||13||11||0|
|9/28/2012||FRANCIS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-8||L||230||7 un||O||5||6||0||12||6||0|
|9/29/2012||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BLANTON(R)||0-3||L||190||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||10||8||0|
|9/30/2012||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||1-7||L||220||7.5 ov||O||9||12||0||12||7||1|
|10/1/2012||POMERANZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||7-5||W||185||9 ov||O||13||9||0||8||8||0|
|10/2/2012||CHACIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-5||L||165||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||11||7||1|
|10/3/2012||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/19/2012||CAHILL(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-2||W||-160||9.5 un||U||9||5||0||7||6||1|
|9/20/2012||SKAGGS(L)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-6||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||0||11||9||1|
|9/21/2012||MILEY(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||15-5||W||-140||10.5 un||O||19||12||1||12||8||2|
|9/22/2012||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-7||W||-120||10.5 ev||O||13||12||0||14||4||0|
|9/23/2012||KENNEDY(R)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||10-7||W||-130||10.5 un||O||16||9||1||16||11||0|
|9/24/2012||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||2-4||L||-170||10.5 ov||U||5||6||1||10||7||1|
|9/25/2012||COLLMENTER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||7-2||W||130||7 ov||O||6||4||0||4||4||0|
|9/26/2012||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||0-6||L||145||6.5 ov||U||7||9||2||12||12||3|
|9/27/2012||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-7||L||-105||7.5 ev||O||7||7||0||12||4||0|
|9/28/2012||KENNEDY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||8-3||W||-170||9 un||O||10||6||0||6||9||1|
|9/29/2012||CAHILL(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GERMANO(R)||8-2||W||-195||9.5 un||O||15||11||0||4||4||0|
|9/30/2012||COLLMENTER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||2-7||L||-185||9.5 ov||U||6||7||3||11||5||2|
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Colorado (63-97) at Arizona (80-80), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After playing a significant role in Arizona's NL West championship run a year ago, Ian Kennedy will try to help the Diamondbacks achieve a more modest goal this season.
The right-hander will try to deliver a winning season for his team while earning a fifth consecutive victory Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.
Kennedy's 21-4 record in 2011 left him in a tie for the NL wins lead. He also posted a 2.88 ERA and struck out a career-high 198 while helping Arizona finish 94-68.
Kennedy (15-11, 4.16 ERA) couldn't replicate that performance this year, but he has won nine times over his past 14 starts. Those victories have helped give the Diamondbacks (81-80) a chance at back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 2007-08.
"Winning never gets old," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Kennedy is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his last six starts, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Friday despite issuing a season-high six walks. He became the fourth pitcher in franchise history with 15 or more wins in back-to-back seasons, joining Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb.
"To be in that company, it means a lot," Kennedy told the team's official website. "Those are three great pitchers. It's an honor to be mentioned in the same breath and to be in that history of the Diamondbacks. Fifteen wins anywhere is an accomplishment."
Aaron Hill delivered Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Rockies by hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning. John McDonald had a two-run shot during the club's sixth victory in nine home contests.
The Diamondbacks will try to finish strong Wednesday while sending Jeff Francis (5-7, 5.75) to another defeat. The left-hander was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in six September starts, giving up five runs over four innings in Friday's 8-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I feel like I'm better than the way I performed, so I'm somewhat disappointed," Francis told the Rockies' official website.
Francis had a solid outing going against Arizona on Sept. 23 before reaching the Rockies' 75-pitch limit for starters. He allowed two runs and five hits over four innings in that game.
He also gave up two runs and five hits in earning a 4-2 victory in Phoenix on July 25, but he was extended to 97 pitches and made it through six innings.
That win snapped a string of six consecutive losing decisions against the Diamondbacks.
Kennedy, meanwhile, is seeking a fourth consecutive win over the Rockies and a third in as many home matchups. He has a 1.29 ERA in two meetings at Chase Field this year, but he gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings at Colorado on Sept. 23.
He avoided the loss in that game when his teammates scored seven runs in the final two innings of a 10-7 victory.
This time, Kennedy will face a team that's already set a franchise record for defeats. The Rockies (63-98), though, avoided their first 100-loss campaign thanks in part to a 7-5, 13-inning victory in Monday's series opener.
|Last Updated: 1/19/2018 11:38:37 PM EST|