|COLORADO ( GARLAND )|
ST LOUIS ( MILLER )
|957||COLORADO||+160||Ov 8,-110||+150||Ov 8,+115|
|958||ST LOUIS||-170||Un 8,-110||-160||Un 8,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-7||+7.6||11-9||5.2||0.282||0.338||4.0||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-3||4.0||0.257||0.318||3.9||0.230||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-9||+7.6||14-12||5.2||0.267||0.320||3.8||0.263||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||4-3||5.6||0.306||0.363||3.0||0.277||0.316|
|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)||4-7||L||+125||9 ov||O||11||12||0||11||8||0|
|5/4/2013||GARLAND(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||9-3||W||+120||9 ov||O||12||6||0||9||9||1|
|5/5/2013||CHACIN(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||10||8||1||11||4||2|
|5/7/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-0||W||-130||9 ov||U||8||5||0||4||5||0|
|5/8/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-3||L||-125||10 un||U||4||3||2||6||5||0|
|5/9/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-3||L||+100||9 un||U||4||7||0||6||5||0|
|5/10/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|5/2/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||6-5||W||100||8.5 ev||O||12||7||1||12||13||0|
|5/3/2013||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||6-1||W||100||8 ov||U||15||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||7-6||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||14||8||1|
|5/5/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||10-1||W||110||8.5 un||O||11||10||0||8||7||0|
|5/7/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||7||9||0||5||4||1|
|5/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||11||6||1||11||4||1|
|5/12/2013||GARCIA(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||LYNN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||MILLER(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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).
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Colorado (19-14) at St. Louis (21-12), 8:15 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, but they've also gotten plenty of help from their hitters during a red-hot stretch.
The Cardinals will try to keep rolling in their return from a six-game road trip Friday night by adding to their recent success against the Colorado Rockies.
St. Louis' 3.07 ERA is the best in the majors and its starters have a 2.29 ERA. The staff has played a large role in helping the Cardinals outscore opponents 41-22 while winning seven of eight.
St. Louis, though, has also batted .300 over that stretch and hit .307 during a 5-1 trip. After falling 2-1 in the first of two games against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, the Cardinals (21-12) bounced back for a 5-4 victory the next day with Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran driving in two runs apiece.
Jay is batting .500 with eight RBIs in his last six games, and Yadier Molina is hitting .457 over his last nine. They will be trying to help the Cardinals earn their 14th win in 18 tries against Colorado and 10th in 12 home matchups.
"I'm just trying to keep it simple up there," Jay said. "Trying to hit the ball hard, and I've been able to get some pitches over the plate that I've been able to drive."
Jay is batting .361 in 20 career games against Colorado, and Molina is hitting .375 in his last eight. Shelby Miller, though, might not need too much help if he can continue his stellar start to the season.
The 22-year-old Miller (4-2, 1.96 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six starts. The right-hander gave up one run and seven hits over six innings in a 6-1 victory in Milwaukee last Friday.
Miller has one of the NL's best ERAs and his 38 strikeouts are second among major league rookies. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu has 48.
"I'm in one of the best rotations in the league," Miller told the team's official website. "I get to be around guys who have been around for a while. (Adam Wainwright), (Jake) Westbrook, guys who've had more time. It's fun to be around guys like that."
In his first start against the Rockies, Miller will pitch opposite Jon Garland (3-2, 4.75). The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in three career games in St. Louis and 1-5 with a 5.79 ERA in six overall matchups, allowing nine runs over 11 innings in the last two.
Garland avoided a third straight loss Saturday as he gave up three runs over five innings in a 9-3 victory against Tampa Bay. He had yielded 10 runs and 18 hits in 12 innings in his previous two starts.
"He did his job, giving us a chance to win and I'm glad he ended up getting the 'W.' He fought hard for it," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website.
Molina is 7 for 9 against Garland, his best showing versus any pitcher he's faced at least nine times. Beltran is 12 for 39 (.308) with two homers and three doubles while Jay is 0 for 3.
Colorado (19-15) lost two of three at home to the New York Yankees this week, falling 3-1 on Thursday. The Rockies were outscored 6-5 in the series and held to four hits in each of the last two matchups.
"Our pitching was outstanding. Offense was definitely subpar," Weiss said. "Not acceptable."
The Rockies have lost 11 of 17 following an eight-game win streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:21:48 AM EST|