|COLORADO ( GARLAND )|
SAN DIEGO ( ROSS )
|963||COLORADO||-105||Ov 7,-120||+100||Ov 7.5,+100|
|964||SAN DIEGO||-105||Un 7,+100||-110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-2||+3.7||4-3||6.4||0.307||0.362||3.9||0.266||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-4||5.0||0.271||0.340||4.6||0.293||0.342|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-5||-2.4||2-4||3.4||0.255||0.320||4.9||0.293||0.367|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||1-5||3.1||0.255||0.316||4.4||0.291||0.361|
|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)||0-10||L||125||7.5 ov||O||7||7||1||16||13||0|
|4/12/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/1/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-11||L||130||7.5 un||O||4||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/3/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-8||L||130||7 un||O||6||3||1||8||4||1|
|4/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||140||7.5 un||U||6||9||0||5||9||0|
|4/5/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||2-5||L||140||11 un||U||7||7||1||7||4||1|
|4/6/2013||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-6||L||130||11 un||U||8||7||1||8||7||0|
|4/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-9||L||130||10.5 un||U||9||7||1||15||6||0|
|4/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||9-3||W||+115||7 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||0|
|4/10/2013||STULTS(L)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)||3-4||L||+110||7 ov||P||11||10||0||13||12||0|
|4/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+145||7 ov||U||8||8||0||11||12||1|
|4/14/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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 DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Padres Preview* ========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Colorado (5-4) at San Diego (2-7), 10:10 p.m. EDT
After being humbled by the World Series champions, the Colorado Rockies are probably looking forward to another series with the San Diego Padres.
The Padres are likely also looking forward to a new opponent - one without any lingering animosity - after what transpired in their last game.
The visiting Rockies try to regroup in Friday night's opener against a Padres team hoping to regain its composure one night after taking part in an intense bench-clearing brawl.
Following a three-game sweep of San Diego last weekend to up its record to 5-1, Colorado arrived in San Francisco looking to see how it stacked up against the reigning champs. It left the Bay Area getting swept in three games.
"We can't get hung up on games this early in the season, whether we get swept by the Giants or sweep the Padres," Eric Young Jr. said after a 10-0 loss in Wednesday's finale. "There's just too much baseball left to play."
That starts with a series against San Diego, a team the Rockies (5-4) outscored 20-6 last weekend.
Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario each had two homers in that series, and Michael Cuddyer finished 5 for 8 with a home run and four RBIs. Troy Tulowitzki went 4 for 7 with three RBIs, and he's batting .379 with 15 RBIs in his last 15 games in San Diego.
While the offense thrived versus the Padres, it had nominal success against San Francisco's formidable rotation, batting .181 with 28 strikeouts. Tulowitzki was 2 for 10 with a solo homer and a double against the Giants while Fowler was 1 for 9.
"We won the first two series, we lost this one," manager Walt Weiss said. "If we go into San Diego and win another series, we're in a good place."
Bringing up the rear in the NL West, the Padres (2-7) aren't in a good place, and one of their more dangerous hitters could be facing a suspension.
Carlos Quentin was in the middle of Thursday's brawl after being hit by a pitch by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke in the sixth inning. Quentin charged the mound, lowered his shoulder and exploded into Greinke, who was ready and used his shoulder to collide with the San Diego slugger. Quentin then tackled the pitcher, and both ended up on the bottom of a huge scrum.
After the teams started going back to the dugouts and bullpens, the yelling resumed and all the players and coaches again got in each other's faces.
"That situation could have been avoided. You'd have to ask Zack about that," Quentin said after San Diego fell 3-2, its fifth loss in six games.
"I've been hit by many pitches. Some have been intentional, some have not been. For the amount I have been hit and my hitting style, I'm going to repeat: I have never reacted that way."
Quentin also was confronted by Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp as they left Petco Park. The teams don't have to wait long to settle any unfinished business, with the teams meeting Monday in Los Angeles.
First, though, Friday's opener is a pitching rematch from the middle game last weekend, with Colorado's Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00 ERA) opposing Tyson Ross (0-1, 4.50).
In his first start since June 1, 2011, Garland gave up two runs and five hits in six innings in Saturday's 6-3 win. The Padres (2-7) loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but the right-hander, who missed all of 2012 while recovering from labrum and rotator cuff surgery, held them to one run.
"Garland knows how to manipulate the at-bat, navigate a lineup, minimize the damage," Weiss said. "He's a pro and there's some peace of mind with him out there - he's been around and doesn't get flustered when you get a little traffic going."
One of the only San Diego batters to give Garland trouble was Quentin, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles.
Ross wasn't particularly effective against Colorado, needing 96 pitches to get through four innings. He yielded three runs, three hits and four walks, though manager Bud Black was impressed with the right-hander's velocity.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 3:35:59 AM EST|