|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|905||COLORADO||+110||Ov 8.5,+110||+110||Ov 8,-115|
|906||CHICAGO CUBS||-120||Un 8.5,-130||-120||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-8||-1||8-6||4.8||0.269||0.344||4.3||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||2.3||0.181||0.220||3.1||0.246||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-15||-2.4||14-12||4.3||0.255||0.310||4.4||0.230||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||5-2||4.6||0.271||0.323||3.6||0.235||0.296|
|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)||8-2||W||145||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||6||7||0|
|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|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-160||9 un||U||10||6||1||8||11||0|
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-13||L||-125||10.5 ov||O||11||6||2||17||8||0|
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+105||9 ev||U||9||9||1||3||3||1|
|5/2/2013||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-1||W||+120||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||7||9||0|
|5/8/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||4-5||L||+110||8 ov||O||11||4||1||11||6||1|
|5/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||3-7||L||120||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||9||3||0|
|5/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||8-2||W||187||7 un||O||12||6||0||6||6||2|
|5/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||7||6||1||5||8||1|
|5/17/2013||JACKSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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).
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Cubs Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Colorado (19-17) at Chicago (14-22), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies finally broke out of their slump in a big way. Whether they can follow that with another good performance remains to be seen as they run into yet another matchup against a tough pitcher.
Colorado will try to keep it going Monday night against Travis Wood and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Rockies (20-17) had been held scoreless for 28 innings prior to Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer in the third Sunday, leading to an 8-2 victory at St. Louis. Colorado ended a four-game slide with 11 hits, matching the total from its skid, which included back-to-back shutouts at the hands of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright.
It was an uncharacteristic stretch for Colorado, which has fielded one of the majors' top offenses, hitting .267 and averaging 4.8 runs.
"It's too good of an offensive lineup to stay down too long," manager Walt Weiss said.
After solving St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, who entered Sunday with a 2.25 ERA, the Rockies now must contest with Wood (3-2, 2.33 ERA). The left-hander has wins in two of his last three outings and gave up one run while limiting the Cardinals to five hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
Wood looks vastly improved from his 2012 form - he was 1-3 through his first seven starts - earning high praise from his manager.
"He's the best starter in baseball, pretty much," Dale Sveum said. "He's figured it out."
Against the Rockies, Wood is 0-1 with a 2.77 in three games. Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler are a combined 1 for 14 off him.
Colorado's lineup also took a hit prior to Sunday's game as Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury. Cuddyer was batting .319 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, though Charlie Blackmon - recalled from Triple-A - filled in nicely, going 2 for 4 with a homer versus St. Louis.
The Cubs (15-22) have won four of six after taking two of three at Washington.
Anthony Rizzo had been swinging a hot bat, going 11 for 21 with seven RBIs in five games before an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, though it didn't keep Chicago from a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.
Rizzo and company will dig in against Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.72 ERA). The right-hander hasn't exactly made an inspiring case to remain in the rotation as he's failed to go deeper than five innings in six outings since throwing six in his first start of the season.
"I need to work hard and keep the team in the game," Nicasio, who averages 18.9 pitches per inning, told the team's official website. "I know they have a lot of pitchers in (Triple-A) Colorado Springs who are working hard and pitching good."
Tulowitzki is a career .204 hitter at Wrigley Field - his worst mark at any current NL ballpark.
Chicago has won 14 of the teams' last 18 meetings at Wrigley dating back to Oct. 1, 2006.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:13:14 AM EST|