|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|909||ARIZONA||+100||Ov 9.5,+100||+110||Ov 9.5,-115|
|910||COLORADO||-110||Un 9.5,-120||-120||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-11||+4.6||11-15||4.4||0.264||0.319||3.6||0.253||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||2-4||3.4||0.298||0.343||2.6||0.205||0.267|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-11||+5.6||15-11||5.1||0.274||0.325||4.1||0.260||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||6.3||0.297||0.342||4.9||0.295||0.332|
|5/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-3||W||105||7.5 un||O||11||9||0||9||8||0|
|5/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||165||6 un||U||6||4||0||8||5||3|
|5/17/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||9-2||W||-145||7 ov||O||16||7||0||7||6||0|
|5/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||1-0||W||-155||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/19/2013||MILEY(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||1-2||L||-145||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||5||4||0|
|5/20/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||5-1||W||-110||9.5 ov||U||16||12||1||3||3||0|
|5/21/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/24/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013||MILEY(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|5/27/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||5-0||W||-135||10.5 un||U||14||12||2||5||6||1|
|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||GARLAND(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview* ==============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Arizona (25-19) at Colorado (24-20), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks are back to their winning ways away from home.
Ian Kennedy hopes he can keep that and his team's run of brilliant starting pitching going Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
After their five-game road winning streak and four-game overall run ended with a 2-1 loss to Miami on Sunday, the Diamondbacks (26-19) picked up their third straight victory over Colorado on Monday, 5-1.
Patrick Corbin's three-hitter came against a Rockies team that had scored 31 runs while taking three of four from San Francisco over the weekend.
"Obviously we needed to play better, but he pitched a really good game," Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado said.
The Diamondbacks, winners of 10 of 14, have seen their starters compile a 1.43 ERA to help the team take five of the last six.
The worst start during that period came from Kennedy (2-3, 4.88 ERA), who gave up three runs in five innings with seven strikeouts in a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. The right-hander walked three for a fourth consecutive outing, but earned his first victory since his season debut April 1.
"You want to throw deeper into the game, but you'll take every single one of these (wins)," Kennedy told the Diamondbacks' official website. "Just happy the team picked me up today."
That didn't happen April 19 when Kennedy threw six innings of three-run ball in a 3-1 loss in Denver.
Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 4.07) won his third consecutive start that night by allowing three singles in 6 1-3 innings, but left with a strained lower back that landed him on the DL.
Since returning, the right-hander has posted a 7.79 ERA while losing all three starts. Chacin was staked to a 6-0 lead after three innings Thursday, but he lasted just 5 1-3 in an 8-6 loss to the Giants after giving up a career-worst eight runs.
"(Matt) Cain pitched terrible (with six runs allowed in 6 1-3 innings), but Chacin pitched even worse," said left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, 4 for 30 against the Diamondbacks this season after an 0-for-4 effort Monday.
Chacin, though, has gone 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 10 starts versus Arizona.
Rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius, who had one of the hits off Chacin last month, is batting .615 (8 for 13) against the Rockies in 2013 after recording his second consecutive three-hit game Monday.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, 1 for 7 off Chacin, is hitting .188 against Colorado (24-21) this year. Goldschmidt, though, is batting .448 during a team-high seven-game hitting streak.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who also has at least a hit in seven straight, had a two-run homer off Kennedy on April 19.
Jordan Pacheco is 9 for 18 against the Diamondbacks in 2013.
Arizona third baseman Eric Chavez lifted his average to .343 with three hits Monday, but it's uncertain if he'll be in the lineup Tuesday.
"You'll find if I do it (play Chavez more) he will wear down a little bit and probably have medical problems," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We can't afford that."
Arizona has won five of six in this series after losing the first two meetings of the season.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 10:49:51 AM EST|