|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
COLORADO ( CHATWOOD )
|961||SAN FRANCISCO||+100||Ov 10,-120||-115||Ov 10.5,-115|
|962||COLORADO||-110||Un 10,+100||+105||Un 10.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-13||+0.6||18-11||4.7||0.268||0.335||5.1||0.258||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||6-1||7.0||0.329||0.381||5.9||0.256||0.323|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-11||+4.6||14-11||4.9||0.269||0.321||4.2||0.259||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||6-1||5.3||0.247||0.294||5.9||0.309||0.351|
|5/4/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||10-9||W||-145||7.5 ov||O||15||13||0||15||11||0|
|5/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-3||W||-115||7 un||P||9||6||0||8||9||0|
|5/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-10||L||125||9 un||O||10||7||2||18||9||0|
|5/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)||3-11||L||-115||10 un||O||10||9||2||11||8||1|
|5/16/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-6||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||12||4||1||8||4||0|
|5/17/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-10||L||-115||9.5 un||O||15||9||4||11||7||1|
|5/18/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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||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)||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)||1-9||L||110||8 un||O||3||3||0||14||6||0|
|5/14/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||9-4||W||105||10.5 un||O||17||7||2||7||7||0|
|5/15/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-6||L||125||7.5 ov||O||7||5||0||9||5||1|
|5/16/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||6-8||L||-105||9.5 ov||O||8||4||0||12||4||1|
|5/17/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||10-9||W||+105||9.5 un||O||11||7||1||15||9||4|
|5/18/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Rockies Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Francisco (24-17) at Colorado (21-20), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Inconsistency plagued Tim Lincecum during a career-worst season in 2012, and he's still trying to recapture the form he was accustomed to having earlier in his career.
He'll look to build off his latest victory while helping the San Francisco Giants win for just the second time in five games Saturday night against the host Colorado Rockies, who ended their lengthy losing streak against their NL West rivals in the last contest.
Lincecum went 10-15 with a career-worst 5.18 ERA in 2012, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched mainly out of the bullpen in the postseason during San Francisco's run to a World Series title.
He didn't get off to a great start this season, either, but has showed signs of turning things around. After allowing five runs in each of his previous two starts, Lincecum (3-2, 4.07 ERA) gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 5-1 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
"I'll take it," Lincecum said. "But I'm not jumping up in the air right now. ... I'm happy about it, but it's still a work in progress. I'm still working to get better."
One of Lincecum's worst outings came against Colorado on April 9, when he allowed six runs - including a homer to Troy Tulowitzki - in six innings before San Francisco rallied for a 9-6 victory.
Lincecum, though, is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in his last six starts at Coors Field. He'll look to help the Giants (24-18) bounce back after their 10-game winning streak over Colorado was snapped with Friday's 10-9 loss.
The Rockies (22-20), who haven't won back-to-back games since an eight-game run April 12-20, got a tie-breaking grand slam from Jordan Pacheco in the fifth before fending off a San Francisco rally in the late innings.
The Giants came back from six down Thursday to win the series opener 8-6.
"We know they've had our number over the last couple of years. They're the world champions, so you have to go through them eventually," manager Walt Weiss said. "We know all that stuff. (We've) got to go out and play well, find ways to win games."
Buster Posey homered and is hitting .484 with six home runs over his last 17 versus the Rockies, while former Colorado second baseman Marco Scutaro went 3 for 5 and is hitting .467 during a 14-game hitting streak against his former team.
Scutaro's overall hitting streak reached 16, batting .485 in that stretch.
Tyler Chatwood has been recalled from Triple-A to make the start for Colorado on Saturday, and he'll be tasked with slowing a San Francisco offense that has scored at least five runs in six of its last seven contests.
After giving up five hits in six scoreless innings of a 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, Chatwood (1-0, 3.00) was sent back to the minors with Jhoulys Chacin coming off the disabled list.
The right-hander now is taking the roster spot of Jeff Francis, who is out with a strained groin.
"Anytime you go down (to the minors), you want to prove yourself and keep proving yourself," Chatwood said.
Weiss lauded Chatwood, who is 1-2 with a 2.93 ERA and one save in three starts and one relief appearance versus San Francisco.
"His command has been much better, and he was throwing the ball well (in Triple-A)," Weiss said. "I like the way he competes."
Despite Friday's win, the Rockies have dropped 12 of the last 15 home meetings with San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 12:54:34 AM EST|