|SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|979||SAN DIEGO||+135||Ov 8,-130||+135||Ov 8,-125|
|980||TAMPA BAY||-145||Un 8,+110||-145||Un 8,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-14||-2.7||11-12||3.9||0.241||0.310||4.5||0.264||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||3.9||0.195||0.278||3.4||0.221||0.297|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-4||+3.4||7-4||5.4||0.275||0.330||3.4||0.235||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||7-0||6.9||0.298||0.380||5.0||0.252||0.315|
|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||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-6||L||165||8 ev||O||5||7||2||8||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SMITH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||130||8 un||O||6||4||1||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||STULTS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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)||7-4||W||-135||9 ov||O||11||8||0||11||12||0|
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-9||L||-130||9 ov||O||9||9||2||11||6||0|
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-3||W||105||9.5 un||O||11||4||2||10||8||1|
|5/10/2013||COBB(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-3||W||-175||8 ev||O||8||8||0||5||7||2|
|5/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||8-7||W||-140||8 un||O||10||6||1||6||4||1|
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Rays Preview* =====================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Diego (16-19) at Tampa Bay (17-18), 1:40 p.m. EDT
With Evan Longoria providing some late-game heroics in their latest victory, the Tampa Bay Rays have been finding ways to slug out wins after a slow start to their homestand.
Longoria will try to stay hot and help the Rays to a season-high fifth straight win and a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
One out away from falling to 3-3 on the homestand, Longoria hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Padres closer Huston Street to rally Tampa Bay to an 8-7 win Saturday.
Street blew his first save in nine chances for San Diego (16-20), which has lost two in a row after winning 11 of 14.
"Tremendous comeback by our guys," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The bullpen did a good job. We fell one pitch short in the end."
The Rays (18-18) won their fourth straight to get back to .500 for the first time since April 7, though they had to rally after Jesus Guzman's pinch-hit grand slam off Jeremy Hellickson helped San Diego overcome a 6-2 deficit in the seventh.
If the Padres had held on, it would have been the 14th game the Rays lost after leading, including two in a row against Toronto to open the 10-game homestand.
"You need games like this, whether it's myself or anybody coming through in the clutch, to kind of boost morale and jump-start everything," Longoria said.
The star third baseman is on quite a roll, hitting .424 with 15 RBIs over his last 14 games and .480 (12 for 25) with three homers on the homestand.
Longoria has led a Tampa Bay offense that's averaged 6.6 runs while hitting .297 with 17 homers over the last 13 games. The Rays have done a lot of their damage against left-handers with a .354 average and four homers during that span.
Longoria is 16 for 41 with six extra-base hits against lefties, while infielder Ryan Roberts is 13 for 35 with two homers in those matchups.
That doesn't bode well for southpaw Eric Stults (3-2, 4.50 ERA), who looks to give the Padres his third straight quality start.
After going 1-2 with a 6.95 ERA over a four-start stretch, Stults has allowed three runs over 13 innings in his last two against NL-worst clubs Chicago and Miami.
While he's never faced the Rays, Stults is 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in three career starts against AL opponents.
Tampa Bay hopes right-hander Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 4.66) can deliver another strong performance at Tropicana Field in his first meeting the Padres.
Hernandez has a 6.50 ERA while losing each of his three road starts, but he's struck out 14 and allowed two runs over 12 innings in his last two at home.
Strikeouts have been a concern for the Padres, who have reached double digits in three straight games. They've whiffed 39 times during that span and are among the major league leaders with 300.
Carlos Quentin has struck out four times in his last six at-bats and is 1 for 24 in his last nine games, though he's 3 for 9 with two homers lifetime against Hernandez.
Nick Hundley has seven strikeouts while going hitless in 20 at-bats over his last seven games.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 11:15:42 PM EST|