|COLORADO ( CHACIN )|
HOUSTON ( NORRIS )
|911||COLORADO||-150||Ov 8.5,-105||-150||Ov 8.5,-110|
|912||HOUSTON||+140||Un 8.5,-115||+140||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-12||+8||16-14||5.0||0.269||0.320||4.0||0.254||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||2-5||4.0||0.249||0.296||3.3||0.253||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-27||-10.4||21-14||3.7||0.242||0.296||5.9||0.302||0.364|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.6||4-3||3.4||0.260||0.313||5.3||0.285||0.350|
|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)||3-7||L||155||7 ov||O||6||11||1||10||8||0|
|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|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|5/13/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-7||L||255||8 un||O||7||6||0||9||2||0|
|5/14/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||2-6||L||250||8.5 un||U||5||3||0||10||7||0|
|5/15/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||7-5||W||275||9 un||O||8||2||1||8||7||0|
|5/17/2013||LYLES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 ov||O||7||6||3||10||11||2|
|5/18/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||4-2||W||230||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||9||9||0|
|5/19/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||0-1||L||160||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||4||3||0|
|5/20/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-5||W||+145||9 ov||O||9||7||0||11||7||1|
|5/21/2013||NORRIS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-7||L||+120||9 un||O||10||10||1||13||7||2|
|5/22/2013||LYLES(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-1||W||+190||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||6||5||1|
|5/28/2013||LYLES(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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).
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Astros Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Colorado (27-22) at Houston (14-35), 2:10 p.m. EDT
After a rough start to their current trip and some struggles already during interleague play, the Colorado Rockies won't take anything for granted against the lowly Houston Astros.
The Rockies look to avoid a third straight loss while trying to hand the Astros a fourth consecutive defeat Monday.
Colorado (27-23) won six of seven before losing two straight in San Francisco. One day after the Rockies blew a 4-0 lead in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Giants, they lost an early two-run advantage in Sunday's 7-3 defeat.
The Rockies are 11-14 away from home and have not won a road series this month.
They're also 2-4 in interleague play this season, and though Houston (14-36) has the AL's worst record, it's won nine of 14 over the Rockies at Minute Maid Park.
"This is still the big leagues, and you've got to respect whoever lines up against you," manager Walt Weiss told the Rockies' official website. "Houston might be struggling now, but if we don't go down there and play the game hard, play the game right, we'll go down there and get beat twice."
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez is batting .400 (20 for 50) with six homers and 15 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak versus Houston. He posted three straight multi-hit games before going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts Sunday.
Three big innings have cost scheduled Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 4.10 ERA) in his last two outings.
Staked to a 6-0 lead, the right-hander allowed five runs in the fourth and three in the sixth of an 8-6 loss to San Francisco on May 16. He then failed to hold a 4-0 advantage and gave up four runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4, 10-inning win over Arizona on Tuesday.
Chacin was 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his four starts before missing two weeks with a lower back strain. Since returning, he's 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA in four outings.
Eleven of the 17 walks Chacin has issued have come over those last four.
"If they're going to get on base, they have to be hitting the ball," he said. "Even if I have to throw it right in the middle."
Chacin is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA against the Astros, who appear confident Bud Norris (4-4, 3.86) will start Monday despite lingering back problems.
Norris allowed five hits through six scoreless innings before back tightness forced him to leave Tuesday's 7-3 home loss to Kansas City.
"It's just making sure you're stretched and loose so that your body isn't cold when you get out there so you don't pull something," he told the Astros' official website.
The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA on the road, but 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in six home starts.
He's 0-1 with a 17.55 ERA in two starts at Colorado, but allowed a two-run homer and three other hits while striking out eight in seven innings of a 3-2 win last season - his only home appearance against the Rockies.
With four hits in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Oakland, Houston catcher Jason Castro is 10 for 12 with two homers and four RBIs in four games.
It's uncertain if Colorado's Michael Cuddyer will play after he left Sunday's game with a bruised right forearm. He was activated off the disabled list Friday from a back injury.
After two games in Houston, the clubs play Wednesday and Thursday in Colorado.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:20:38 AM EST|