|TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )|
COLORADO ( FRANCIS )
|929||TAMPA BAY||-130||Ov 9.5,+100||-125||Ov 9,-110|
|930||COLORADO||+120||Un 9.5,-120||+115||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-2||+4.1||3-4||4.6||0.258||0.311||2.4||0.197||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||5-1||5.3||0.282||0.335||4.9||0.274||0.327|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-6||-1.6||5-5||4.5||0.273||0.350||4.5||0.272||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||3-3||4.7||0.285||0.356||3.4||0.253||0.305|
|4/22/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||-130||7 un||U||7||3||1||2||4||1|
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||-180||7 un||P||7||4||0||9||5||0|
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||8||0||4||4||1|
|4/25/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||120||7 un||P||5||6||0||7||5||0|
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-5||L||130||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||3||0|
|4/27/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||10-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||19||14||1||9||10||1|
|4/28/2013||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-135||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||6||4||2|
|4/30/2013||COBB(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-8||L||120||7.5 un||O||8||6||1||14||8||1|
|5/1/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||8-9||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||13||6||0||15||8||0|
|5/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||2-3||L||125||9 un||U||6||10||1||8||5||1|
|4/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||6-3||W||125||9 un||P||11||6||2||6||8||0|
|4/27/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-3||L||140||9 ov||U||9||8||1||9||9||0|
|4/28/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-4||L||140||9 un||U||10||7||0||8||3||0|
|4/29/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||12-2||W||135||7.5 un||O||19||14||1||6||5||1|
|4/30/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||135||7 un||O||5||5||0||13||9||0|
|5/1/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||7-3||W||130||7.5 un||O||12||12||1||8||7||1|
|5/3/2013||FRANCIS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||GARLAND(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Rockies Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (12-15) at Colorado (17-11), 8:40 p.m. EDT
While Matt Moore turned in superb outing after superb outing last month, cruising through his first start in May might not be as easy.
Looking to remain unbeaten, Moore takes on one of the best hitting teams in baseball as the Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies open a three-game set Friday night at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Moore (5-0, 1.13 ERA) has won all of his starts while posting a major league-leading .121 opponents' batting average against and the second-lowest ERA in the AL.
Moore scattered three hits and struck out nine over six innings of one-run ball in a 10-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. That followed an eight-inning, one-run, nine-strikeout performance in a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees on April 22.
"He's built on each outing," manager Joe Maddon said. "I know the last game he pitched eight (innings), but he has been just as good and maybe a little bit better."
The left-hander became the sixth pitcher under the age of 24 to go 5-0 in April, joining Fernando Valenzuela, Babe Ruth, Greg Swindell, Dwight Gooden and Dontrelle Willis. Only Valenzuela posted a lower ERA in the month.
"When he gets a feel for his fastball and knows where it's going, heads up, because he really feels good about the other stuff," Maddon told MLB's official website. "Fastball command makes the world go round for a pitcher. It's getting better, and as it gets better, he's going to get even better beyond the numbers you're seeing right now."
Moore could be in for his stiffest test to date against the NL West-leading Rockies (17-11). Besides hitting a league-best .283, Colorado ranks first with 148 runs and is near the top with 36 homers.
The Rockies have been especially tough in Denver, winning nine of 12 while batting .311 with runners in scoring position.
Colorado returns home after dropping three of four to Arizona and taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 7-3 win Wednesday. Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and two RBIs as Colorado overcame a shaky effort from starter Juan Nicasio.
"That's the beauty of having an offense like we have," manager Walt Weiss said. "We can outslug some things. You can't do that all the time, but we have the capability. ... We can hit with anybody."
The Rockies' bullpen has also come up big, allowing three unearned runs and striking out 33 over 30 2-3 innings in the last eight games.
"Our bullpen is throwing the ball really well," Weiss said. "If our starting pitching can give us a chance, with the way our bullpen is throwing and the way our offense can score runs, we're going to win some games."
The Rockies may need another big performance from both with Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.29) set to take the mound. The left-hander had gone 0-2 with a 12.60 ERA over his previous three starts before allowing two runs and four hits in five innings of a 3-2, 10-inning loss at Arizona on Saturday.
Francis has gone 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts versus Tampa Bay (12-15). While James Loney is 1 for 17 against Francis, he's 22 for 42 with a homer and nine RBIs in his last 14 games.
The Rays dropped back-to-back games at Kansas City before Thursday's series finale was postponed due to weather. They are 4-11 on the road, their poorest such start since opening a franchise-worst 4-28 in 2005.
Tampa Bay is 2-7 at Colorado, last visiting in 2009.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:45:25 PM EST|