|PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|911||PHILADELPHIA||+130||Ov 10,-110||+105||Ov 9.5,+100|
|912||COLORADO||-140||Un 10,-110||-115||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-28||-5.2||27-27||3.6||0.248||0.305||4.4||0.261||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||3.0||0.255||0.287||4.0||0.260||0.314|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-17||+8||22-19||5.1||0.275||0.329||4.1||0.255||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.8||3-3||5.4||0.293||0.332||5.6||0.281||0.347|
|6/6/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||5-1||W||140||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||5||9||0|
|6/7/2013||LEE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIGARO(R)||4-5||L||-130||8 un||O||7||5||2||11||10||0|
|6/8/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||3-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||10||6||0||11||8||0|
|6/9/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-9||L||140||8.5 un||O||5||2||1||8||3||0|
|6/11/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||7||6||0||9||6||1|
|6/12/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||12||9||0|
|6/13/2013||LEE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-2||W||-140||7.5 un||U||16||16||0||3||1||2|
|6/14/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|5/31/2013||GARLAND(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-7||L||+120||8.5 ov||O||10||6||0||12||8||0|
|6/1/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||7-6||W||-135||9 ev||O||14||10||1||11||8||2|
|6/2/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||7-2||W||-170||9.5 ov||U||6||7||1||6||4||1|
|6/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||0-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||4||5||1||9||8||0|
|6/4/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-4||W||150||8.5 un||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|6/5/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ CINCINNATI||VILLARREAL(R)||12-4||W||140||9 ov||O||20||9||0||5||3||0|
|6/6/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-6||L||-140||9.5 ev||O||10||9||3||12||10||1|
|6/7/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||10-9||W||-155||10.5 ov||O||16||8||0||17||10||0|
|6/8/2013||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-115||10.5 ov||U||9||8||1||10||12||3|
|6/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-7||W||-175||11.5 un||O||15||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/12/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-5||L||-185||11 ov||U||3||4||0||8||8||1|
|6/17/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Rockies Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Philadelphia (31-35) at Colorado (35-31), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies routinely have a difficult time with the Philadelphia Phillies, and being without at least Troy Tulowitzki isn't likely to help them change that.
With Tulowitzki out and the status of Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler uncertain, the Rockies go for a rare win over the Phillies in the opener of this three-game series at Coors Field on Friday night.
Colorado (35-32) has dropped 29 of its last 37 meetings - including playoffs - with Philadelphia, including 12 of 15 at home thanks in large part to a 6.31 ERA.
However, it's the offense that is a bigger concern heading into the teams' first matchup of 2013, specifically Tulowitzki.
The All-Star shortstop and cleanup hitter is out at least four weeks with a broken rib on his right side, suffered while diving for a grounder in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Washington.
"When he came off, it was very evident he was done," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website of Tulowitzki, the team leader with a .347 average and second with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.
Weiss may also be without Gonzalez and Fowler, who also were hurt Thursday. Gonzalez was hit by a foul ball waiting on deck in the first inning and suffered a bruised left foot, while Fowler was hit by a pitch on the right hand after squaring to bunt in the third.
They're considered day-to-day.
Gonzalez is batting .299 with team highs of 18 homers and 52 RBIs, while Fowler is hitting .404 with 13 runs over the past 12 games.
The Rockies could be hard-pressed to snap a five-game skid against the Phillies without three of their best hitters.
Gonzalez is hitting .365 over his last 15 meetings, going 11 for 23 (.478) in five home matchups. Fowler is 9 for 20 over his past five games with Philadelphia (32-35).
The Phillies are hoping a series with the Rockies can get them rolling again after ending a season-high five-game slide with Thursday's 3-2 win at Minnesota. They had won five straight prior to that losing streak.
Michael Young and Ben Revere are providing an offensive spark of late. Young is 12 for 29 (.414) over the past seven games and Revere has seven hits with a triple and three runs in the last two.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22 ERA) looks to continue his run of solid outings for Philadelphia. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts, losing his last outing 4-3 at Milwaukee on Saturday after allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Kendrick is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in six road starts, but the last two have been his worst of the season. He's yielded eight runs in 11 innings in those games.
His last start at Coors Field on Aug. 2, 2011, was by far the best of the four he's had there. Kendrick limited the Rockies to four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 victory.
Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) is scheduled to counter for Colorado, seeking to end a four-start winless stretch.
The right-hander was superb through the first five innings Sunday against San Diego, retiring the first 16 batters before allowing two runs and leaving after the sixth of an 8-7 win in 10.
He is 1-4 with an 8.17 ERA in six career starts against NL East teams.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:13:49 PM EST|