|COLORADO ( )|
ST LOUIS ( GARCIA )
|957||COLORADO||+150||Ov 8,+105||+145||Ov 8,+110|
|958||ST LOUIS||-160||Un 8,-125||-155||Un 8,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-8||-2.4||7-6||4.5||0.268||0.345||4.5||0.265||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||2-5||2.4||0.183||0.223||3.3||0.255||0.315|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-3||0||2-4||3.0||0.224||0.300||2.3||0.225||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-4||5.0||0.313||0.376||2.0||0.224||0.248|
|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||11||6||0||9||9||2|
|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||3||6||5||1|
|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)||0-3||L||155||7.5 un||U||1||1||0||10||10||0|
|5/11/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-3||L||180||7.5 un||U||2||3||0||13||12||0|
|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||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||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||WAINWRIGHT(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||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* ===========================
Colorado (19-16) at St. Louis (22-12), 2:15 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies are mired in a 26-inning scoreless rut and now have to try to end Jaime Garcia's three-start win streak.
Garcia has been stingy during his run and will try to help the St. Louis Cardinals complete a three-game sweep and hand the visiting Rockies a fifth straight defeat Sunday.
Colorado (19-17) hasn't produced a run since Carlos Gonzalez's first-inning sacrifice fly Thursday in a 3-1 defeat to the Yankees. St. Louis (23-12) has posted consecutive 3-0 victories to start this series, as Shelby Miller fired a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts Friday before Adam Wainwright took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Saturday and settled for a two-hitter and struck out seven.
The Rockies had been hitless in 49 consecutive at-bats before rookie Nolan Arenado lined a clean hit to center field with one out in the eighth off Wainwright.
"I'm just trying to hit the ball hard," Arenado said. "I knew he wanted to get ahead with a strike and he threw one down and away. I got pretty lucky, I guess."
Dexter Fowler added a ninth-inning single while Colorado's only other hit in the series came when Eric Young led off the game Friday with a single off Miller.
"What a great couple of days," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
Colorado has also gone 34 consecutive innings without an extra-base hit since Todd Helton's homer in the second inning in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to New York. Manager Walt Weiss isn't planning a meeting for the Rockies, who have never been shut out in three straight games.
"You leave it alone," Weiss said. "You know, everyone gets beat up a little bit in this game at some point, but our guys will keep grinding and we'll to come out and try to turn it around (Sunday)."
After facing the right-handed Miller and Wainwright, the Rockies will now try to improve on their 5-8 mark when opposing left-handers as they look to get their bats going against Garcia (4-1, 2.25 ERA), 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his last three outings.
Garcia gave up one run over eight innings last Sunday to earn a 10-1 victory at Milwaukee. He's 0-2 with an 11.85 ERA in three career starts against Colorado.
Gonzalez is the only Rockies hitter to homer against him, going 4 for 9 with two doubles as well. Fowler is 0 for 6 versus Garcia.
Troy Tulowitzi, among baseball's leaders with a 1.032 OPS, has five strikeouts among six hitless at-bats in this series. Gonzalez is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and Helton is 0 for 5 with a walk.
St. Louis has posted a 2.02 ERA while winning nine of 10, including four straight at home.
Yadier Molina has four hits in the series, and is batting .476 during an 11-game hitting streak. He's 5 for 8 against Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52), who will start Sunday for Colorado.
De La Rosa has given up all of his runs on the road while posting a 5.13 ERA. He pitched six innings in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Yankees, and is 3-2 with a 5.30 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:18:56 AM EST|