|ARIZONA ( CORBIN )|
MILWAUKEE ( FIERS )
|959||ARIZONA||+120||Ov 8.5,-105||-110||Ov 8.5,+110|
|960||MILWAUKEE||-130||Un 8.5,-115||+100||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-0||+3.2||1-2||6.3||0.304||0.360||4.0||0.231||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2||1-3||5.0||0.263||0.327||4.5||0.242||0.292|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2.8||1-1||2.5||0.246||0.319||5.5||0.294||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-3.2||3-1||3.2||0.246||0.318||5.5||0.322||0.365|
|4/1/2013||KENNEDY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||15||8||0||5||2||1|
|4/2/2013||CAHILL(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-6||L||-120||9 un||U||3||7||0||10||7||1|
|4/3/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||10-9||W||-105||9 un||O||17||15||1||16||12||0|
|4/5/2013||MILEY(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-1||W||115||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|4/6/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/2/2013||ESTRADA(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-8||L||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||7||0||14||7||2|
|4/8/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|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 (ARIZONA-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Brewers Preview* ==============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Arizona (2-1) at Milwaukee (1-2), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After their least productive day at the plate this season, the Milwaukee Brewers are hoping that Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez will be available to help them bounce back.
The statuses of the two injured sluggers are unknown for Saturday night's game against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
After producing a combined 12 runs and 26 hits over the first three games, Milwaukee (1-3) got six singles and Jean Segura's first major league home run in a 3-1 loss to Arizona on Friday. Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel scored the go-ahead runs for the Diamondbacks (3-1) on Michael Gonzalez's wild pitch in the seventh inning.
"Goldie took off. Nobody was really going for the ball," Kubel said. "So, I just kept going. Nobody was going for it. It was weird. Good thing for us it worked out."
Braun was scratched less than an hour before that game because of spasms on the right side of his neck, and Ramirez sprained his left knee in the fourth inning. Ramirez, who has a hit in each of the first four games, missed two weeks of spring training with a similar ailment and said this injury felt worse.
"We'll know more (Saturday)," Ramirez said. "I'll get an MRI (Saturday). We'll go from there. I don't want to assume anything."
Braun had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in each of his first three games.
"I've had a sore neck from sleeping, but not like this, not to the point where I can't move my neck," he told the team's official website.
"I think your depth is always challenged as a team, and we're going through one of those phases where, hopefully, other guys have a chance to step up, and need to step up."
While Braun and Ramirez try to get back in the lineup, Mike Fiers will look to get off to another strong start. After being called up from the minors May 29, the right-hander was 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA in his first 12 major league starts before going 3-6 with a 6.99 ERA over his final 10 outings.
Fiers learned he earned the last spot in the Brewers' rotation over Chris Narveson last Saturday.
"I just wanted to have a spot on the team, no matter where I was," Fiers said. "Wherever they thought I could help the team out the best was fine, and I think I can help out the team the best in the rotation. I'm glad they gave me another chance."
Fiers will oppose Patrick Corbin, who was 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA over three stints with Arizona in 2012. The left-hander beat out top prospect Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado for the final spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation.
Corbin will make his first start against the Brewers. During one of five relief appearances in 2012, he gave up the winning run in a 2-1 defeat at Miller Park on July 1.
Fiers allowed two hits and three walks while striking out 10 in a 10-2 victory over Arizona a day earlier.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:34:38 AM EST|