|COLORADO ( )|
ARIZONA ( CAHILL )
|909||COLORADO||+125||Ov 9,-120||+120||Ov 9,+100|
|910||ARIZONA||-135||Un 9,+100||-130||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-4||+7.5||9-6||5.9||0.292||0.351||4.3||0.260||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||4.7||0.276||0.323||4.4||0.248||0.308|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-5||-2||2-6||3.9||0.217||0.294||3.7||0.228||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||2-5||4.0||0.229||0.282||3.4||0.226||0.275|
|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||GARLAND(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/1/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|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)||5-4||W||105||10 un||U||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/22/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-5||L||105||7 un||O||9||5||0||11||6||0|
|4/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||6-4||W||130||6.5 ev||O||10||8||0||12||7||3|
|4/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-2||W||145||7 un||U||8||10||0||8||10||1|
|4/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/1/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|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).
|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 (COLORADO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS to Rockies winning in 12 innings, going 6-3 on homestand)
*Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Colorado (14-7) at Arizona (12-9), 9:40 p.m. EDT
A victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend continued Jorge De La Rosa's successful start.
However, he's yet to beat the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Riding a 17-inning scoreless stretch, the veteran left-hander hopes to change that and help the Colorado Rockies to a fourth consecutive road win Thursday night against the Diamondbacks.
After De La Rosa (2-1, 2.82 ERA) did not allow a run in the final five innings of a 4-2 loss at San Francisco on April 8, he's yielded two hits over six scoreless frames in each of his last two outings. The latest in Saturday's 4-3 win at Coors Field, where he improved to 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight starts versus Arizona (12-9).
It's been an impressive start for De La Rosa, who returned late last season after missing more than a year while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
"That's in the past," said De La Rosa, who turned 32 earlier this month. "I feel very good right now."
He's a big reason the Rockies (14-7) are the early leader in the NL West.
"We know what kind of pitcher he is and he's starting to get that momentum again," said teammate Carlos Gonzalez, who is 2 for 20 in the last five games. "He missed a lot of time, but now he's feeling back to the way he used to be."
One part of his past De La Rosa would like to improve upon is his 0-3 record in five starts at Chase Field. However, he's posted a 3.86 ERA and received an average 2.37 runs of support in those contests.
Colorado scored twice in the ninth off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel then won 6-5 on Yorvit Torrealba's RBI single in the 12th on Wednesday to snap a three-game skid.
The win capped a 6-3 homestand for the Rockies, who endured that three-game slide following an eight-game winning streak that included a pair of victories over Arizona.
Colorado, which swept a three-game set at San Diego from April 12-14, has won three of four at Chase Field.
While De La Rosa was busy shutting down the Diamondbacks on Saturday, the Rockies tagged scheduled Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (0-3, 3.60) for four runs and six hits in seven innings.
The right-hander is 1-4 with a 5.30 ERA in six starts versus Colorado.
"Everybody knows they can hit, and they're healthy, and their pitchers are doing their job," Cahill told the Diamondbacks' official website after that start. "They're a good team and they're playing hard right now."
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer is 2 for 18 against Cahill, but he homered off him last week. Teammate Dexter Fowler is 4 for 8 with two triples versus Cahill.
Fowler went 6 for 14 (.429) in the three-game set with the Braves after he suffered through a 1-for-15 slump in the previous six.
Arizona split a six-game trip that started in Colorado by winning the last two in extra innings at San Francisco. Pinch-hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Giants.
Highly-touted shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius had two more hits, and is batting .400 (14 for 25) in six games since an elbow injury postponed his Arizona debut until April 18. He went 4 for 6 with a homer at Colorado last weekend.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 12:58:08 AM EST|