|COLORADO ( GARLAND )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|957||COLORADO||+155||Ov 7.5,-115||+155||Ov 7,-120|
|958||SAN FRANCISCO||-165||Un 7.5,-105||-165||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-11||+9||15-14||5.1||0.271||0.320||3.9||0.252||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||2-5||5.0||0.275||0.309||2.6||0.252||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-16||-0.9||20-14||4.3||0.266||0.333||5.1||0.264||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-4||3.0||0.266||0.330||4.1||0.261||0.314|
|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)||4-1||W||-120||9 ev||U||7||3||0||8||7||0|
|5/24/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-0||W||130||7.5 un||U||9||4||0||5||7||0|
|5/25/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||5-6||L||120||7.5 ov||O||11||8||0||13||12||1|
|5/26/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||GARLAND(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||0-5||L||125||10.5 un||U||5||6||1||14||12||2|
|5/27/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Giants Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Colorado (27-21) at San Francisco (26-22), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The San Francisco Giants rallied twice to end a losing streak to the Colorado Rockies.
The Giants overcame an even larger deficit the last time Matt Cain took the mound in this NL West matchup.
Cain will try to win a sixth consecutive start against Colorado in Sunday's series finale in San Francisco.
Losers of four straight to the Rockies (27-22) after winning the first four matchups this season, the Giants (27-22) avoided a third consecutive defeat overall with a 6-5, 10-inning victory Saturday. Angel Pagan had a walkoff, two-run inside-the-park homer after Troy Tulowitzki put Colorado up with a solo shot in the 10th.
The Giants trailed 4-0 after four innings.
"We had a couple of critical calls go against us, but it's all about bouncing back and these guys found a way," said manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a call at third base.
San Francisco concludes its six-game homestand with Cain (3-2, 5.13 ERA) taking the ball for the first time since throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a 4-2, 10-inning victory over Washington on Tuesday. The right-hander, who didn't permit a run after the first inning, had been credited with the win in his previous three starts.
The Giants trailed 6-0 after three innings with Cain on the mound May 16, but went on to win 8-6 in Denver. He pitched 6 1-3 innings and San Francisco went ahead with a three-run sixth to help its ace earn yet another victory over Colorado.
The Rockies, who ended a nine-game skid in San Francisco with a 5-0 victory Friday, will go for their first series win there since 2010. Jon Garland (3-5, 5.19) will get his first look at the Giants since that same season while with San Diego.
The right-hander will try to avoid losing four consecutive starts for the first time since a career-worst five-start streak May 24-June 13, 2009, while with Arizona. He yielded five hits and 11 hits in a 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.
"I'm trying to figure it out," Garland told the Rockies' official website. "Tonight it seemed when I made my pitch, they were getting those little funny hits. When I didn't make my pitch, they hit it really hard. I've got to focus on keeping the ball hard and continue to attack the zone."
The Giants' Buster Posey is batting .412 during a nine-game hitting streak after a 3-for-5 effort Saturday.
Former Rockie Marco Scutaro could be another tough out. The second baseman, batting .404 with 15 RBIs against Colorado since being dealt to the Giants on July 27, is 12 for 25 with three doubles off Garland.
Tulowitzki, a .339 hitter against Cain with four home runs - tied for the most off of him - is batting .400 with two homers and eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.
Carlos Gonzalez, who became the first Rockies player to hit a ball into McCovey Cove on Saturday, can match a career high by homering in four consecutive games. Gonzalez, though, is 4 for 35 against Cain.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:06:45 AM EST|