|COLORADO ( )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )
|961||COLORADO||+150||Ov 7,-110||+155||Ov 7,+100|
|962||SAN FRANCISCO||-160||Un 7,-110||-165||Un 7,-120|
|Past 7 Games||5-1||+4.7||3-3||6.5||0.333||0.380||3.0||0.243||0.294|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||0||0-2||1.5||0.219||0.231||2.0||0.153||0.194|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-0.3||3-3||2.5||0.224||0.273||4.5||0.231||0.296|
|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)||9-1||W||-140||10.5 un||U||15||6||0||9||7||1|
|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|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||140||6 un||U||4||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-0||W||100||7 un||U||10||5||0||2||2||2|
|4/3/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-3||W||120||7 ov||O||6||1||1||7||12||2|
|4/5/2013||ZITO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-0||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||6||11||0||3||4||1|
|4/6/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-6||L||-120||7 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|4/7/2013||CAIN(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-14||L||-130||6.5 ev||O||10||6||2||15||6||0|
|4/8/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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).
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Giants Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Colorado (4-1) at San Francisco (3-2), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies are off to one of the best starts in team history but could have trouble keeping it going in San Francisco.
The Giants' Madison Bumgarner has performed well in recent outings against Colorado and will try to build on a splendid season debut in Monday night's series opener.
Having won five straight, Colorado (5-1) is close to matching the franchise-best 7-1 start from its 1995 "Blake Street Bombers" club that eventually earned the club's first playoff berth. This year's Rockies are doing some slugging of their own with major league bests of 13 homers and 39 runs in their first six games.
Dexter Fowler hit his fourth homer of the season and Wilin Rosario had his third in Sunday's 9-1 victory over visiting San Diego.
"Everybody in this clubhouse can do damage at the plate. Right now, we're trying to play smart, score runs, trying to take the lead early and get confidence for the pitchers," said outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was among the many Rockies that endured a team-worst 98 losses in 2012.
Bumgarner (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was on the mound in four of those defeats and is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last nine games against Colorado. He's 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in five all-time starts against the Rockies at AT&T Park, and had the majors' seventh-best home ERA last season at 2.38.
This will be his first start of the season in San Francisco after giving up two hits over eight innings in Tuesday's 3-0 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-hander threw 76 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
"That's probably the best stuff I've had in a long time, which is odd because things don't work out too good in the first start of the year. Really, the first month of the year has usually been kind of tough to get it going. But it feels good to get started on a good note," said Bumgarner, whose career April ERA of 3.55 is his worst for any month.
With his help, the Giants' rotation gave up zero earned runs in the first four games but it's allowed a combined 14 in back-to-back defeats to visiting St. Louis over the weekend. Matt Cain was tagged for nine runs - all in the fourth inning - in a 14-3 drubbing Sunday.
Jorge De La Rosa (0-0, 8.31) will try to help send San Francisco (3-3) to another loss while reversing his recent struggles against the Giants. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 5.16 ERA in his last four matchups and gave up six runs over 3 2-3 innings in his only meeting last season, a 9-2 loss in San Francisco on Sept. 20.
The Giants, though, haven't done much hitting this season, totaling 15 runs and four homers while batting .224.
Cleanup hitter Buster Posey is batting .200 with zero RBIs and No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro is 2 for 23 (.087) with two walks.
De La Rosa allowed four runs, five hits and three walks over 4 1-3 innings in his season debut, an 8-4 win in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Rockies haven't won six straight since a seven-game streak April 9-15, 2011, but they've lost six in a row in San Francisco. Colorado has also dropped 21 of 26 overall matchups.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:14:03 PM EST|