|PITTSBURGH ( SANCHEZ )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|953||PITTSBURGH||+155||Ov 9,-120||+175||Ov 9,-105|
|954||ARIZONA||-165||Un 9,+100||-185||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-3||-3.4||1-2||1.3||0.114||0.187||3.3||0.242||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||2-5||2.6||0.160||0.233||3.0||0.204||0.279|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2.6||0-2||2.0||0.143||0.206||5.5||0.227||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||4-3||5.6||0.254||0.324||5.1||0.273||0.322|
|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)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||6||5||0|
|4/9/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||6||7||2|
|4/10/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||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|
|4/12/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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* ==============================
Pittsburgh (2-5) at Arizona (5-2), 3:40 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates can thank their bullpen as well as some much-needed offense for being in position to sweep a three-game series at Chase Field for the first time.
The Pirates, however, would probably like to see Jonathan Sanchez give those relievers some necessary rest in Wednesday's series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pittsburgh (3-5) won 5-3 on Monday, as four relievers combined to allow one run over 6 2-3 innings after starter Wandy Rodriguez left in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring.
The bullpen yielded one run over the final four innings Tuesday as the Pirates held on for a 6-5 victory after James McDonald had trouble throwing strikes and lasted five-plus innings.
Pittsburgh totaled eight runs before heading into the desert for this series. Garrett Jones is 4 for 9 with a homer and three RBIs in the first two games while Starling Marte is also 4 for 9 to stretch his run of multihit efforts to four.
"We've got some guys that can hit and they're going to hit. We're not going to hit .120 all year long," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got some balls to hit, so we feel like we can compete in the box, stretch out some at-bats, and we've been able to do that the last couple of nights."
Arizona (5-3) committed two errors and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.
"All in all, it was a game we didn't play very well in," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We didn't execute when we needed to and they did. They out-executed us and their (relievers) came in and pounded us hard late in the game."
The Pirates' lone three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks was at home from Sept. 17-19, 2010. Pittsburgh's only sweep in Arizona was two games from Aug. 25-26, 1998.
Sanchez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) lost his lone start against Arizona last year while with San Francisco, allowing five runs over four innings in a 6-3 loss July 23. The Giants had won his previous seven starts against the Diamondbacks, with Sanchez going 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA.
Sanchez's seven career wins over Arizona are his most against any team. Diamondbacks cleanup hitter Miguel Montero, who drove in three runs Tuesday, is 5 for 12 with two homers against him.
The Pittsburgh left-hander gave up three runs over five innings Friday in his club debut, a 3-0 road loss to the Dodgers.
He'll be opposed by Wade Miley (1-0, 1.50), the runner-up in NL Rookie of the Year voting a year ago. The left-hander allowed one run over six innings Friday to earn a 3-1 victory at Milwaukee.
That outing came after the Diamondbacks shut him down after he posted a 7.43 ERA in the spring.
"He wasn't progressing like we wanted him to when we shut him down," Gibson said. "He'd have time to come back. I thought he would be way sharper, and he was."
Miley is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker, off to a 2-for-24 start, is 0 for 5 versus Miley.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:31:23 AM EST|