|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )
|909||COLORADO||+115||Ov 8.5,-110||+125||Ov 9,+100|
|910||MILWAUKEE||-125||Un 8.5,-110||-135||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||+0.4||2-0||6.0||0.333||0.358||4.5||0.250||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||+0.4||2-0||6.0||0.333||0.358||4.5||0.250||0.338|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||1-0||5.0||0.235||0.333||4.0||0.300||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||-0.6||2-0||4.5||0.250||0.338||6.0||0.333||0.358|
|4/1/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-5||L||140||8 un||O||12||7||0||8||7||0|
|4/2/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-4||W||145||8.5 ov||O||14||7||2||9||7||0|
|4/3/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/2/2013||ESTRADA(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-8||L||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||7||0||14||7||2|
|4/5/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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).
|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 (COLORADO-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Brewers Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Colorado (0-1) at Milwaukee (1-0), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers seem to bring out the best in Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki.
Off to a strong start after missing most of 2012 with a groin injury, Tulowitzki looks to help the Rockies to a series victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night at Miller Park.
Tulowitzki played 47 games in 2012 and missed the last four months of the season with an injury that required surgery. Through two games in 2013, he is 3 for 9 with a homer in each contest and four RBIs for Colorado (1-1), which won 8-4 at Milwaukee on Tuesday.
"It's great to have him out there," said teammate Carlos Gonzalez, who is 4 for 10 with three RBIs and also homered in each of the first two games. "Any team would want him on their side. He is one of those players that can win games all by himself."
Tulowitzki is 9 for 22 (.409) with three homers and seven RBIs in his last five games at Miller Park. His .397 lifetime average against the Brewers is his highest against any NL club.
First-year manager and former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss understands that Tulowitzki and Gonzalez together might be the key to Colorado's chances this season.
"Tulowitzki looks great," Weiss said. "Having him and Carlos in the three and four hole is very nice. Those two guys are going to have to be the ones if we are going to make a push this year."
The Rockies, who roughed up Milwaukee's Tuesday starter Marco Estrada for four runs, nine hits and two homers, get their first look at highly touted Brewers prospect Wily Peralta in the finale.
Peralta went 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and struck out 22 while not yielding a home run over 28 innings in five September starts last season. Manager Ron Roenicke hopes to see the swagger the right-hander showed during his brief time in the majors but lost at times while going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five spring training appearances.
"Peralta has a huge upside," Roenicke told the Brewers' official website during spring training. "If he pitches like he did a few of those games last year, he's got a huge upside."
Weiss hands the ball to Juan Nicasio, who went 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 starts in 2012 before a strained left knee ended his season in early June. The right-hander made 13 starts in 2011 before he suffered a broken neck after taking a line drive off the head in August.
"I want to pitch the whole season, not get hurt anymore," Nicasio said. "My body, my shoulder, my elbow - everything is ready."
In his only appearance versus Milwaukee, Nicasio allowed four hits without a walk in seven innings of a 4-0 home win July 15, 2011.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the third inning Tuesday that gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead, but Gonzalez tied it with a two-run shot in fifth. Braun is 2 for 8 with three RBIs and three strikeouts, and hitless with a strikeout in three career at-bats against Nicasio.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 10:05:47 AM EST|