|COLORADO ( FRANCIS )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )
|955||COLORADO||+125||Ov 7.5,-110||+125||Ov 7.5,-115|
|956||SAN FRANCISCO||-135||Un 7.5,-110||-135||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||2.0||0.200||0.314||4.0||0.276||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.7||3-4||6.1||0.295||0.363||3.7||0.271||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+1||0-3||2.3||0.237||0.253||2.0||0.169||0.237|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||4-3||4.0||0.270||0.329||4.4||0.212||0.291|
|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)||2-4||L||170||7 un||U||6||7||0||8||4||1|
|4/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||115||7 ev||O||4||4||0||14||10||1|
|4/10/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||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)||4-2||W||-180||7 un||U||8||4||1||6||7||0|
|4/11/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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* ========================
Colorado (5-2) at San Francisco (4-3), 3:45 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies have dropped eight straight games at AT&T Park.
Barry Zito hasn't lost in his last 11 starts against the Rockies, and the San Francisco Giants have won 15 of his outings in a row including last year's postseason.
The odds seem to be in favor of Zito and the Giants completing a three-game sweep Wednesday, especially since Jeff Francis badly lost all three outings to the World Series champions a year ago.
San Francisco (5-3) is enjoying its longest run at home over Colorado (5-3) since winning nine in a row from 2003-04.
Zito (1-0, 0.00 ERA) figures to give the Giants a good chance to continue that streak. He's 5-0 with a 2.71 ERA in his last 11 versus the Rockies, and 10-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last 15 overall.
The left-hander has limited Troy Tulowitzki to a .146 average while Dexter Fowler (.235) and Michael Cuddyer (1 for 11) have also fared poorly. Carlos Gonzalez is one of the few Rockies to enjoy success against Zito with a .296 mark while Todd Helton is batting .185 although his 10 walks give him a .405 on-base percentage.
Zito yielded three hits over seven innings Friday in a 1-0 home victory over St. Louis.
"He has a great game plan going into every game," catcher Buster Posey told the Giants' official website. "He's pitching with a lot of conviction, and I think one of the reasons he's doing that is he's so well-prepared."
Zito added a hit in his lone official at-bat against the Cardinals, but that will be hard to duplicate since he's 0 for 7 against Francis (1-0, 1.50).
Francis is 0 for 5 against Zito, but the Rockies southpaw is no doubt more concerned about whether he can improve against Giants sluggers Posey and Pablo Sandoval. Posey, who got the day off in Tuesday's 9-6 victory, is 5 for 8 with a homer against Francis while Sandoval is 4 for 9 with three doubles.
Hunter Pence, 9 for 27 during a seven-game hitting streak, is 3 for 17 against Francis.
Francis has lost his last four starts to the Giants, going 0-3 with a 10.03 ERA in three last year.
He pitched well Friday, giving up one run over six innings in a 5-2 victory over San Diego in the Rockies' home opener. Francis retired 14 of his last 15 batters.
"I just felt like I could throw anything," he said.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer Tuesday and Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the second inning. Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro had three hits apiece.
The Rockies had just two hits after their five-run second inning. One of them was Tulowitzki's solo homer in the fifth.
"The Giants just keep coming," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "They won a championship playing like that. They string together a lot of good at-bats, there are a lot of tough outs over there. We couldn't shut them down."
San Francisco pitchers have yielded three homers, with only Minnesota allowing fewer (two).
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:24:44 AM EST|