|SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|913||SAN DIEGO||+140||Ov 10,+100||+130||Ov 10.5,-115|
|914||COLORADO||-150||Un 10,-120||-140||Un 10.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-0.6||1-2||3.0||0.208||0.283||5.0||0.223||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||1-4||-2.6||2-3||2.6||0.191||0.251||6.2||0.252||0.333|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-1||+3.7||3-2||6.0||0.316||0.366||3.4||0.238||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-1||+3.7||3-2||6.0||0.316||0.366||3.4||0.238||0.299|
|4/1/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-11||L||130||7.5 un||O||4||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/3/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-8||L||130||7 un||O||6||3||1||8||4||1|
|4/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||140||7.5 un||U||6||9||0||5||9||0|
|4/5/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||2-5||L||140||11 un||U||7||7||1||7||4||1|
|4/6/2013||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-6||L||130||11 un||U||8||7||1||8||7||0|
|4/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||7-3||W||125||8.5 un||O||15||9||0||9||7||1|
|4/5/2013||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||5-2||W||-150||11 un||U||7||4||1||7||7||1|
|4/6/2013||GARLAND(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||6-3||W||-140||11 un||U||8||7||0||8||7||1|
|4/7/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Rockies Preview* ========================
San Diego (1-3) at Colorado (3-1), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies can match their best start in 18 years and sweep a home series from the San Diego Padres for the first time in 10 seasons.
The Rockies are in that position thanks greatly to Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki wielding hot bats, having combined for the maximum four multihit efforts between them in this series heading into Sunday's finale at Coors Field.
Colorado (4-1) has taken all four games since a season-opening loss in Milwaukee. The Rockies last started 5-1 in 1995 and last swept three at home from San Diego (1-4) from April 18-20, 2003.
Cuddyer was the hitting star in Saturday's 6-3 victory with a two-run homer among three hits. He finished with four RBIs on the night and is 9 for 15 during the four-game win streak - 5 for 8 in this series.
The right fielder appeared to injure his left wrist diving for a ball in the eighth inning but returned to the field in the ninth. The Rockies later said the wrist was sore but fine.
"Cuddy, he's certainly a special guy," manager Walt Weiss said. "He does everything the right way. Competes every day, every minute he's out there. Just plays the game right. He's a great example for anybody who watches baseball."
Tulowitzki is 4 for 7 in the series and was Friday's star with a two-run double that put Colorado ahead for good in a 5-2 victory. He's 8 for 19 overall and his seven RBIs match Cuddyer for the team lead.
Jon Garland became the third straight Rockies starter to earn a victory Saturday by allowing two runs over six innings in his first appearance in almost two years.
San Diego has scored four runs or less in every game this season, and could find it difficult to break through Sunday against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 1.35 ERA).
Chacin is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four career starts against the Padres. The right-hander yielded one run over seven innings Sept. 1 for a 9-1 victory in his lone 2012 start against them when he opposed Edinson Volquez - his mound opponent again Sunday.
Chacin (0-0, 1.35 ER) yielded one run over 6 2-3 innings in Monday's 5-4 defeat to the Brewers.
He'll look to reverse his woes from last year at Coors Field, where he went 2-2 with a 6.34 ERA in seven starts with opponents batting .321 against him.
The Padres haven't started 1-5 since 2002, and will hope that Volquez (0-1, 18.00) gives them a better effort than he did Monday.
Volquez lasted three-plus innings and gave up six runs in an 11-2 loss to the Mets, calling into question whether his participation in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic affected him.
"I was off a little bit," Volquez said. "I got behind in the count and they hit the ball pretty good."
The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.62 ERA in seven career starts against Colorado, going 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in four on the road.
Cuddyer and Tulowitzki have combined to go 1 for 9 against him, but left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is 5 for 12.
The Rockies will play Sunday home games an hour later this season after going 5-22 overall on Sundays last season.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:12:03 PM EST|