|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|913||SAN FRANCISCO||+110||Ov 11,-105||+120||Ov 11,+120|
|914||COLORADO||-120||Un 11,-115||-130||Un 11,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-14||-0.5||19-11||4.6||0.269||0.335||5.2||0.262||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||6-1||6.1||0.323||0.382||7.0||0.291||0.353|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-9||-1||10-6||4.9||0.263||0.338||4.9||0.275||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||7-0||6.7||0.286||0.335||5.7||0.297||0.342|
|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||CHATWOOD(R)||2-10||L||-110||11 un||O||10||10||3||14||7||0|
|5/19/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||10-2||W||+100||11 un||O||14||7||0||10||10||3|
|5/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Francisco (24-19) at Colorado (23-20), 4:10 p.m. EDT
With Troy Tulowitzki on a tear, the Colorado Rockies appear to have moved past their recent offensive woes as they try for their first three-game winning streak in almost a month.
The All-Star shortstop, however, will now face a pitcher he's struggled against throughout his career.
Tulowitzki will try to stay hot Sunday and help the Rockies take three of four from the visiting San Francisco Giants, who send Barry Zito to the mound.
After snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Giants with a 10-9 win Friday, Colorado (23-20) rolled to a 10-2 victory the next day.
Tulowitzki matched a career high with four hits as the Rockies scored double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time since June 28-29, 2012. They've won two in a row for the first time since an eight-game run April 12-20.
Since going 2 for 17 over a five-game stretch, Tulowitzki is 11 for 23 with three doubles and four RBIs in his last five. He's batting .410 with eight RBIs during a nine-game home hitting streak against the Giants (24-19).
That surge has sparked a Colorado team that totaled 14 runs and hit .156 during a seven-game span before scoring 38 while batting .313 in its last five.
"We're ready to go," catcher Wilin Rosario, 6 for 14 with two homers in this series, told the team's official website. "We're not afraid to go against any team. We're ready to go hit."
Tulowitzki, though, hasn't fared well against Zito (3-2, 3.40 ERA), batting .159 with two extra-base hits in 44 career at-bats. He's 4 for 34 (.118) with eight strikeouts versus the left-hander since the start of 2008.
Teammate Dexter Fowler has gone 5 for 10 in the past two games, but he's also struggled against Zito with two hits in his last 14 at-bats.
Zito will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing, having allowed eight runs - five earned - and a season-high 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-6 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.
He appears to have a favorable matchup as he tries to get back on track, as he's won six straight decisions versus the Rockies and gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in the past four starts against them. Zito gave up seven hits in seven innings of a 10-0 home win over Colorado on April 10.
In his last appearance at Coors Field, he threw a four-hitter in a 7-0 victory April 9, 2012.
The Giants, however, will have to tighten up defensively behind Zito, having committed 12 errors while dropping four of five on a road trip that concludes Sunday.
"We just came off a really good homestand and everything's that hit is either not at us or we're having some difficulties handling tough balls. It's a funk," right fielder Hunter Pence said.
Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio (3-1, 5.13) is coming off his worst start of the season, a 9-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Nicasio gave up five runs in six innings.
He'll make his first career home start against the Giants. Nicasio walked a season-high five and allowed four runs over five innings of a 9-6 defeat at San Francisco on April 9.
Former Colorado infielder Marco Scutaro went 2 for 3 with an RBI in that contest and is batting .486 during a 17-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:25:01 PM EST|