|PITTSBURGH ( RODRIGUEZ )|
ARIZONA ( CAHILL )
|959||PITTSBURGH||+130||Ov 9,+100||+130||Ov 8.5,+100|
|960||ARIZONA||-140||Un 9,-120||-140||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1.2||0-3||1.3||0.125||0.181||2.0||0.165||0.191|
|Past 7 Games||1-5||-4.7||1-5||1.3||0.119||0.184||2.7||0.203||0.264|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1.2||0-1||1.0||0.097||0.200||6.0||0.278||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||5-1||+4||3-3||6.2||0.293||0.350||4.5||0.269||0.307|
|4/1/2013||BURNETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-3||L||-125||7 un||U||3||6||1||6||5||1|
|4/3/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-0||W||-130||6.5 ov||U||6||6||0||2||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MCDONALD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-145||7 ev||U||4||4||0||3||3||1|
|4/5/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-3||L||185||7 ov||U||2||2||1||7||4||0|
|4/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-1||L||182||6 ov||U||2||3||0||8||10||0|
|4/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||125||7.5 un||O||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|4/8/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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)||8-7||W||100||7.5 un||O||14||7||0||16||10||0|
|4/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (1-4) at Arizona (4-1), 9:40 p.m. EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks have jumped out to a great start behind an impressive offensive surge.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, in contrast, haven't been able to get anything going at the plate.
The Diamondbacks aim for a fifth consecutive win as they open a three-game set against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, who try to avoid a fifth straight defeat Monday night.
Despite losing slugging right fielder Justin Upton this offseason, Arizona has won five of its first six thanks largely to its bats. Hitting .293 and averaging 6.2 runs, the Diamondbacks are seeking their first 6-1 start since 2000 - their best seven-game start in team history.
Arizona returns home following a three-game sweep at Milwaukee. While closer J.J. Putz blew his first save by allowing two runs in the ninth inning Sunday, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske put the Diamondbacks back on top with a two-run homer in the 11th of an 8-7 victory.
"I prepare all day for a minute of work," Hinske told MLB's official website.
The Diamondbacks will try to stay hot against Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who helped lead Pittsburgh (1-5) to its only win, 3-0 over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The left-hander gave up two hits, one walk and struck out six over 6 2-3 innings.
"He's a pro," manager Clint Hurdle said of Rodriguez, who's gone 12-12 over 34 career April starts while compiling a 2.86 ERA - by far his lowest in any month.
Arizona counters with Trevor Cahill (0-1, 4.76), who yielded three runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings Tuesday in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis. The right-hander, though, struck out seven and may be able to take advantage of Pittsburgh's struggling lineup.
Hitting a major league-low .119, the Pirates, who also rank last in baseball with eight runs scored, proved especially bad in this weekend's three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.
After getting shut out in the first two contests, Pittsburgh fell 6-2 in Sunday's series finale. Andrew McCutchen provided all the offense with a two-run homer in the first inning - the Pirates' first long ball this season. Pittsburgh is off to its worst start since opening 0-6 in 2006.
"It's going to come, and it's going to come in bunches," A.J. Burnett, who's received zero runs of support over two starts thus far, said of the team's offensive woes. "Our main thing is to stay as positive as possible, not let anything negative creep into our minds."
Rodriguez is 1-5 with a 6.83 ERA over his last six starts versus Arizona. His 5.48 ERA lifetime against the Diamondbacks is his second-highest mark against any NL team.
He'll need to be cautious with Paul Goldschmidt, who's gone 9 for 21 with two homers and seven RBIs over the last four games.
Gerardo Parra has also come up big, going 12 for 30 (.400) while fellow outfielders Adam Eaton (elbow) and Cody Ross (calf) remain sidelined. Ross, though, could return as soon as Friday.
"He's barreling balls, for sure," manager Kirk Gibson said of Parra. "He's made some adjustments, he's learned how to stay back better. He's a strong kid. He's off to a good start. It certainly helps him to be playing every day right now, too."
In his only start versus Pittsburgh, Cahill struck out a career-high 10 over 7 2-3 innings of two-hit ball in a 5-0 win June 26, 2010, while with Oakland.
The Pirates took four of seven from the Diamondbacks last season, including two of three on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:21:57 AM EST|