|ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|911||ARIZONA||+125||Ov 10.5,-105||+105||Ov 10,+100|
|912||COLORADO||-135||Un 10.5,-115||-115||Un 10,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-3||+3.8||4-6||5.1||0.275||0.326||3.6||0.251||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||1-6||3.0||0.227||0.258||3.4||0.236||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-2||+8.7||7-5||6.3||0.291||0.358||3.7||0.253||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||4-3||6.6||0.287||0.374||3.6||0.223||0.291|
|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||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-0||W||+140||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||10||0|
|4/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-7||L||-125||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||14||10||0|
|4/14/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||1-0||W||-120||9 ov||U||6||6||0||6||5||0|
|4/16/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-4||L||120||9 un||U||8||8||0||12||10||0|
|4/17/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||13||11||0||7||9||3|
|4/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-3||L||110||9.5 ev||U||5||4||0||3||3||1|
|4/20/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-4||L||105||9.5 un||U||6||3||2||6||8||0|
|4/21/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||7-5||W||-105||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||9||2||1|
|4/13/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-5||W||-120||7.5 un||O||14||11||0||10||6||2|
|4/14/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||2-1||W||-110||8 un||U||3||7||0||2||5||0|
|4/16/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-4||W||-150||10 un||O||12||8||0||8||6||0|
|4/16/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY METS||LAFFEY(L)||9-8||W||-135||10.5 un||O||13||12||3||12||10||2|
|4/18/2013||GARLAND(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||11-3||W||-115||9.5 un||O||17||7||1||8||5||1|
|4/20/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||4-3||W||-115||9.5 un||U||6||8||0||6||3||2|
|4/25/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview* ==============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Arizona (9-8) at Colorado (13-4), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies' Juan Nicasio and Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon McCarthy each have a lofty ERA but the two have experienced differing results.
Nicasio will try to stay unbeaten while leading the surging Rockies to a ninth straight win Sunday against the Diamondbacks and the winless McCarthy.
Nicasio (2-0, 5.63 ERA) is one of the pitchers to benefit from Colorado's longest win streak since a 10-game run Sept. 3-12, 2010. The right-hander gave up four runs for the second straight outing Tuesday but picked up the win in an 8-4 victory over the visiting New York Mets.
"It wasn't his sharpest game, but he kept us in the game and gave us a shot," manager Walt Weiss told the team's website.
The Rockies (13-4) improved to 8-0 at Coors Field by holding on for a 4-3 win over Arizona (9-8) on Saturday. Colorado, the only remaining unbeaten team at home, gave up all the runs in the final two innings.
The Rockies have outscored opponents 55-25 during their franchise-best home start. Colorado will try to extend it while recording its first series sweep over Arizona since Sept. 10-12, 2010, at Coors Field.
Nicasio, who is 0-0 with an 8.59 ERA in two career starts versus the Diamondbacks (9-8), has benefited this season from a run support average of 8.4.
McCarthy (0-2, 7.47) has been backed by an average of 6.3 runs, but has been unable to take advantage.
After giving up six runs in each of his first two outings for Arizona, he yielded only a three-run homer to the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano on Tuesday but needed 102 pitches to get through four innings and took the loss in a 4-2 defeat.
"I was just completely out of sync and just kind of not able to do a whole lot," McCarthy told the team's website. "I felt like I was at least still battling, which is kind of good. I just couldn't get right from the (bullpen) all the way through.
"Even after evaluating, I don't know what it is, mechanically, that I was looking for. Just everything was so off."
Before this season, McCarthy was 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA in five starts against NL opponents. He has never faced Colorado and only two Rockies players have faced the right-hander.
Michael Cuddyer is 3 for 17 (.176) with a solo homer and four strikeouts against McCarthy, while Yorvit Torrealba is 3 for 5 with a double.
Cuddyer hit a key solo homer Saturday and Carlos Gonzalez doubled and drove in a run. Gonzalez has played a big role in the winning streak, batting .481 with 10 runs in his last seven.
Paul Goldschmidt and Cody Ross are both 2 for 3 against Nicasio with both of Ross' hits landing for doubles.
The status of veteran first baseman Todd Helton is uncertain. Helton was held out of Saturday's game because of a strained left forearm. He was batting .268 with 10 RBIs in his first 13 games.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:23:39 PM EST|