|ARIZONA ( MILEY )|
SAN DIEGO ( MARQUIS )
|963||ARIZONA||-120||Ov 8,+105||-105||Ov 7.5,-105|
|964||SAN DIEGO||+110||Un 8,-125||-105||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-11||+3.2||8-16||3.8||0.254||0.324||3.6||0.250||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||4-3||3.9||0.235||0.303||4.9||0.284||0.339|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-11||+4.6||12-9||4.7||0.271||0.328||4.6||0.262||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-3||5.3||0.268||0.323||4.6||0.276||0.320|
|6/1/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||12-4||W||130||9 ov||O||17||13||0||3||1||0|
|6/2/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||8-4||W||-125||7 un||O||13||12||1||6||6||1|
|6/3/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-7||L||140||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||14||8||0|
|6/4/2013||SKAGGS(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||7-6||W||145||8 un||O||14||10||0||14||14||0|
|6/5/2013||MILEY(L)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||10-3||W||125||8.5 un||O||11||6||1||12||8||1|
|6/6/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||8-12||L||170||7.5 un||O||13||6||0||17||8||0|
|6/7/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-1||W||-130||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||7||0|
|6/8/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-10||L||+105||8 un||O||8||6||1||15||9||0|
|6/9/2013||SKAGGS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-6||L||-140||9 un||U||6||6||2||12||9||1|
|6/10/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-4||W||165||6 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||0|
|6/11/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-5||L||120||7 un||O||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|6/12/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-6||W||-105||6.5 un||O||20||14||0||12||7||0|
|6/14/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||115||7 un||U||2||3||1||5||7||1|
|6/15/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/3/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||1-2||L||100||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||7||3||0|
|6/4/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||7-9||L||120||7.5 ev||O||13||6||1||10||3||1|
|6/5/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||6-2||W||205||6.5 ov||O||12||12||0||5||5||1|
|6/6/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||6-5||W||130||9.5 ev||O||12||10||1||10||9||3|
|6/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-10||L||145||10.5 ov||O||17||10||0||16||8||0|
|6/8/2013||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-2||W||105||10.5 ov||U||10||12||3||9||8||1|
|6/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||7-8||L||165||11.5 un||O||11||3||0||15||9||0|
|6/17/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Padres Preview* =============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Arizona (37-30) at San Diego (33-34), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Superb starting pitching has the San Diego Padres gaining ground on the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, and on the brink of their longest winning streak of the season.
Giving the ball to Jason Marquis may keep them rolling.
Marquis attempts to extend his longest winning streak in nine years Saturday night against the Diamondbacks.
The Padres (33-34) have won four in a row thanks largely to a 1.71 ERA from the starters, who have each gone at least seven innings in each contest.
That's helped San Diego move within four games of Arizona for the division lead, though it also has San Francisco and Colorado to pass.
Eric Stults provided the latest gem Friday, tossing a two-hitter in a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks (37-30) in the opener of this three-game series at Petco Park.
"Anytime you start you want to finish the game," Stults said.
Marquis (8-2. 3.59 ERA) hasn't done that this year, but he's won all seven decisions over his last nine starts behind a 3.15 ERA. That includes going 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six games at Petco Park.
The 34-year-old right-hander's overall winning streak is his longest since a career-best 11-0 run over 17 starts with St. Louis in 2004.
His outstanding run may be why the Padres opted to move him up a day, bumping Clayton Richard to the series finale.
Marquis battled through his latest outing Monday, allowing two runs and a season high-tying five walks while throwing 108 pitches in 7 2-3 innings of a 7-6 win over Atlanta.
"He weaves his way through a game. It's great," manager Bud Black said.
Marquis did that to beat Arizona on May 3, yielding three runs and four hits while issuing five walks in six innings of a 7-6 win.
Another strong performance may be important because the offense has been held to a .214 average during the four-game win streak. The Padres haven't had a longer one since an eight-game run in August.
Logan Forsythe has been one of the team's few bright spots on offense lately. He's 4 for 12 with a homer and five RBIs in four games after spending the first 2 1/2 months of the season on the disabled list recovering plantar fasciitis.
The second baseman singled home both of San Diego's runs in the sixth inning Friday. Forsythe is 2 for 3 with a homer off Wade Miley, the Diamondbacks' scheduled starter.
Arizona, which has dropped four of six, has been feast or famine at the plate while splitting the first four of a six-game road trip. The offense has 31 hits and 13 runs in those victories compared to six and four, respectively, in the defeats.
This contest will see manager Kirk Gibson return from a one-game suspension for his involvement in Tuesday's brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gibson is turning to Miley (4-5, 4.89), who is 1-4 with a 7.52 ERA in six career starts against the Padres.
The left-hander lost to them twice last month, surrendering 11 runs and 16 hits in 8 2-3 innings. The most recent of those meetings was a 10-4 loss May 25, when he was tagged for seven runs in a season-low 3 2-3 innings.
That was part of Miley's four-game losing streak, during which he compiled a 9.14 ERA. However, he's since posted two straight quality starts - both Arizona victories - while going 1-0.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:21:28 AM EST|