|SAN DIEGO ( WERNER )|
MILWAUKEE ( STINSON )
|963||SAN DIEGO||+120||Ov 9,+100||+120||Ov 8.5,-105|
|964||MILWAUKEE||-130||Un 9,-120||-130||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-55||+5.3||51-51||3.8||0.243||0.312||4.2||0.247||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.2||4-3||3.6||0.238||0.314||5.4||0.290||0.343|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-20||+2.1||25-20||5.2||0.264||0.327||4.3||0.257||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.1||3-4||4.7||0.258||0.302||4.0||0.248||0.306|
|9/19/2012||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||2-6||L||150||9.5 un||U||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|9/20/2012||RICHARD(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||6-5||W||100||9.5 ev||O||11||9||1||10||6||0|
|9/21/2012||KELLY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-5||L||140||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||11||9||0|
|9/22/2012||WERNER(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||4-8||L||165||7 un||O||7||4||1||11||6||1|
|9/23/2012||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||6-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||9||7||2|
|9/25/2012||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||2-1||W||+115||7 un||U||5||6||1||10||11||2|
|9/26/2012||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||HARANG(R)||2-8||L||-115||7 un||O||6||9||2||14||6||0|
|9/27/2012||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-8||L||+120||7 ov||O||10||12||2||14||11||1|
|9/28/2012||WERNER(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-3||L||+105||7 ev||U||7||7||1||10||10||2|
|9/29/2012||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||7-3||W||+115||7 un||O||9||5||0||7||6||1|
|9/30/2012||VOLQUEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-7||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||6||4||0||12||8||1|
|10/1/2012||RICHARD(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||MARCUM(R)||3-5||L||155||8.5 ev||U||8||9||1||10||5||1|
|10/2/2012||BASS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||THORNBURG(R)||3-4||L||115||8.5 un||U||10||8||0||5||6||0|
|10/3/2012||WERNER(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||STINSON(R)|| |
|9/19/2012||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCPHERSON(R)||3-1||W||-120||7.5 un||U||11||6||1||6||6||2|
|9/20/2012||FIERS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||9-7||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||13||11||1||13||8||2|
|9/21/2012||MARCUM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||4-2||W||125||8 un||U||10||3||0||5||3||0|
|9/22/2012||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-10||L||150||7.5 ev||O||6||5||2||13||7||1|
|9/23/2012||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||WANG(R)||6-2||W||-130||8 ev||P||15||12||0||7||8||2|
|9/24/2012||ESTRADA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-12||L||130||7.5 un||O||8||7||2||14||7||0|
|9/25/2012||FIERS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-4||L||135||7.5 ov||U||5||1||0||9||6||0|
|9/26/2012||MARCUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||8-1||W||120||8.5 ev||O||13||9||0||6||9||0|
|9/27/2012||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||1-2||L||155||8 ev||U||5||5||0||6||5||0|
|10/1/2012||MARCUM(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||10||5||1||8||9||1|
|10/2/2012||THORNBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||BASS(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||10||8||0|
|10/3/2012||STINSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||WERNER(L)|| |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Brewers Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Diego (75-85) at Milwaukee (82-78), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun was mired in controversy before this season but he'll get the chance to end it by trying to sway voters to give him the NL MVP once again.
Braun will try to leave that final impression in Wednesday night's season finale against the San Diego Padres.
It didn't appear that Braun would get the chance at back-to-back MVP awards in December when he was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for elevated testosterone. That penalty, however, was overturned by an arbitrator in February.
Braun took advantage of that second chance to hit a career-high and NL-leading 41 homers. He's also driven in 112 runs - two shy of matching his personal best from 2009 - and batted .320
He hit .452 (19 for 42) during an 11-game hit streak that was snapped Tuesday, but the Brewers (83-78) beat the Padres 4-3 on Martin Maldonado's first career grand slam.
Milwaukee played 10 rookies in that game but is expected to have most of its regulars on the field Wednesday. Corey Hart is perhaps the only questionable player after re-aggravating an injured left foot while diving for a line drive Monday.
"The other guys want to be back in there tomorrow," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's website. "Tonight was a chance for them to sit and watch a game, a chance for us to see some of the young guys again. Hey, we're still trying to win."
With Braun's help, Milwaukee attempted to rally for a playoff berth by winning 24 of 30 from Aug. 20-Sept. 21 but couldn't get any closer than 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis. The Brewers, 5-6 in their last 11, announced that the entire coaching staff is expected to return in 2013.
"This is a really good staff," Roenicke said. "Anytime you change (a coach) you have a chance for somebody to not to click with that person. The longer you are with the guy and if it's the right guy, and he has a personality that he cares about the players, the players will eventually see how much he cares about them."
Yovani Gallardo was expected to get the opportunity to match his career-high 17 wins from a year ago, but Roenicke will instead give right-hander Josh Stinson his first major league start.
Stinson (0-0, 0.00) has made five appearances for the Brewers since being called up from the minors Sept. 4.
"(Gallardo's) been our horse, and he really was last year, too," Roenicke told the team's website. "When you add in his playoff innings, he threw a lot last year."
The Padres (75-86), wrapping up their fourth losing season in five years, are expected to send out Andrew Werner (2-3, 4.78) for his eighth career start. He's 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA over his last three and didn't make it past the fifth inning in a 3-1 loss to San Francisco on Friday.
The rookie left-hander is facing Milwaukee for the first time.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:22:48 PM EST|