|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )
|911||ARIZONA||-120||Ov 8,+100||-120||Ov 8,+110|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+110||Un 8,-120||+110||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-8||+1.4||9-8||4.9||0.265||0.322||4.4||0.271||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||4-3||4.6||0.260||0.335||4.1||0.275||0.352|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-12||-3.8||9-9||3.8||0.250||0.318||4.8||0.276||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||4-3||5.1||0.264||0.328||5.4||0.281||0.365|
|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)||3-2||W||-135||9 un||U||8||5||1||6||10||1|
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|4/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-2||L||+105||8 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/1/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||-110||9 un||O||15||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/3/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||14||9||0|
|5/4/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||6||9||2|
|5/5/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||8||4||0|
|4/26/2013||CASHNER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-1||W||-105||7 un||U||6||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/27/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||8-7||W||-110||7.5 un||O||14||11||2||11||5||2|
|4/28/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-4||W||+115||7.5 ov||O||9||7||0||10||9||0|
|4/29/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||150||9 un||U||8||11||0||10||6||1|
|4/30/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||13-7||W||115||10.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||6||2|
|5/1/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-6||L||-115||9 ev||U||3||3||1||9||9||1|
|5/2/2013||STULTS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||9||0|
|5/10/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|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 (ARIZONA-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Padres Preview* =============================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Arizona (16-14) at San Diego (12-18), 4:10 p.m. EDT
With their offense beginning to show some life, the Arizona Diamondbacks should feel confident with Ian Kennedy on the mound in a ballpark where he's been dominant.
Kennedy will try for a fourth consecutive win at Petco Park on Sunday when the Diamondbacks look to take two of three in their series with the San Diego Padres.
After Arizona pitchers allowed 16 runs and 24 hits in their previous two games, Patrick Corbin provided a huge lift Saturday as he gave up one run over seven innings in an 8-1 victory. The Diamondbacks held the Padres to six hits and snapped a season-high, four-game losing streak.
"It was a nice change of pace for us and getting everyone relaxed," said center fielder A.J. Pollock, who led a 10-hit attack with a homer and a double. "We enjoyed it especially the way Corbin was throwing."
Now the Diamondbacks (16-14) hope to get a similar performance when they send Kennedy (1-2, 4.78 ERA) to the hill in the series finale.
Kennedy is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four career starts at Petco, limiting the Padres to 12 hits while striking out 37 in 24 innings. Overall against the Padres (12-18), he has a 7-1 record and a 2.79 ERA in 11 outings.
Since winning his season debut, Kennedy is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts. However, he's pitched reasonably well over the last three, posting a 3.79 ERA while limiting opposing batters to a .212 average.
This time, Kennedy may benefit from an Arizona offense that has been swinging with some confidence after giving him just five runs of support in his last four outings.
The Diamondbacks averaged 3.0 runs with a .221 batting average over a seven-game stretch before scoring 6.7 per game in the last three while hitting .305.
Arizona, which has homered in a season-high five straight games, looks to keep its offensive surge going against a San Diego staff which has served up 10 home runs in the last six games while posting a 5.19 ERA.
Padres scheduled starter Edinson Volquez (2-3, 6.39) has one of the NL's worst ERAs, but he's allowed just six runs over 18 2-3 innings in his last three starts.
The right-hander earned his second straight win Tuesday when he gave up four runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 13-7 road win over the Chicago Cubs.
"Overall, I thought Eddie threw the ball fine. Tough night to pitch," manager Bud Black said. "Wind blowing out, conditions favorable for the offense."
Volquez went 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks last season, striking out 25 in 26 innings.
Paul Goldschmidt is 4 for 9 with a homer and two doubles when facing Volquez, but he's 5 for 26 without an extra-base hit in his last eight games overall.
Miguel Montero, who ended a 25-game homerless drought in the series opener, is expected to be back behind the plate for the Diamondbacks after getting Saturday off. He's 3 for 16 versus Volquez.
Chris Denorfia homered Saturday for San Diego's only run and is 4 for 9 in this series to raise his career batting average against the Diamondbacks to .368.
Yonder Alonso, who leads the Padres with four homers and 19 RBIs, is 6 for 12 with a homer lifetime off Kennedy.
Chase Headley went 4 for 10 with three extra-base hits against Kennedy last year and enters this matchup on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .371 with two homers.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:50:10 AM EST|