|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|907||ARIZONA||-105||Ov 7.5,-110||-110||Ov 7.5,-105|
|908||MILWAUKEE||-105||Un 7.5,-110||+100||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-0||+4.2||2-2||7.0||0.321||0.374||3.5||0.245||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-1||+3||2-3||5.8||0.286||0.346||4.0||0.251||0.296|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||-0.4||2-0||4.0||0.246||0.316||5.5||0.346||0.386|
|Past 7 Games||1-4||-4.2||4-1||3.0||0.256||0.317||6.2||0.333||0.376|
|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)||9-2||W||-110||8.5 un||O||16||11||0||10||7||3|
|4/7/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Arizona (3-1) at Milwaukee (1-3), 2:10 p.m. EDT
If the Arizona Diamondbacks are to record their first-ever series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, they likely must find a way to finally get the best of Yovani Gallardo.
The visiting Diamondbacks look to accomplish both while trying for a fourth consecutive victory Sunday against the injury-depleted Brewers, who hope to avoid a fifth straight defeat.
These teams have previously played 33 series in the regular season, and Arizona has not swept one of them.
The Diamondbacks (4-1) are in position to end that 15-year-old drought after outscoring Milwaukee (1-4) in the first two games of this set by a 12-3 score. Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill all homered and seven players each had two of the Diamondbacks' 16 hits in Saturday's 9-2 victory at Miller Park.
"Obviously there's been an emphasis on moving runners and playing small ball at times," Goldschmidt told the Diamondbacks' official website. "We've got guys that can hit. Obviously some days you hit homers and other days you try to scratch a couple of runs across and win."
The latter may be their best shot to beat Gallardo (0-0, 5.40 ERA). Including the postseason, he's 7-0 with a 1.09 ERA in nine career starts against Arizona. He's allowed only three runs - all solo homers - and struck out 30 over 33 2-3 innings while going 3-0 in five overall starts versus the Diamondbacks at Miller Park.
Gallardo, however, allowed three runs on two homers and eight other hits in five innings of a 5-4, 10-inning victory over Colorado on Monday.
"With 'Yo,' obviously it's early in the year and that's not the Yovani Gallardo we know," catcher Jonathan Lucroy told the Brewers' official website. "He's a lot better than that, and it says a lot to how good he is that he only gives up three runs."
The right-hander might not have an easy time continuing his success against the Diamondbacks if the Milwaukee offense is unable to overcome a rash of early injuries.
Already without Corey Hart for at least the first month of the season as he recovers from knee surgery, third baseman Aramis Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee this week and star Ryan Braun is likely to miss a third straight game with neck spasms.
Braun was 4 for 10 with a homer and four RBIs in three games.
"Those are big holes, the best hitters on the team," said Lucroy, who ended an 0-for-13 slump with two hits Saturday. "We have a lot of great hitters. We just have to step up and get the job done. That's the bottom line. Period."
Arizona ace Ian Kennedy should be glad he likely won't have to see Braun, who is 9 for 18 with three doubles and a homer against the right-hander. Kennedy (1-0, 2.57) enters this matchup with a 2-3 record and a 3.38 ERA in seven starts, including the postseason, versus Milwaukee.
He allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings Monday, striking out eight in a 6-2 win over St. Louis.
"He just had everything working, the fastball pumped up to 94 (mph)," manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's kind of the old Ian we saw a couple of years ago."
Goldschmidt is batting .375 with two homers and five RBIs in the last three games after going 1 for 6 in the first two. He's 2 for 3 versus Gallardo.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:31:05 AM EST|