|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
SAN DIEGO ( RICHARD )
|911||ARIZONA||-120||Ov 8.5,+105||-110||Ov 8,+105|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+110||Un 8.5,-125||+100||Un 8,-125|
|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||2-5||-2.8||5-2||4.0||0.237||0.302||5.6||0.286||0.347|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-23||+1||21-22||3.9||0.238||0.302||4.5||0.255||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||3-3||4.9||0.239||0.299||3.7||0.243||0.296|
|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||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||7||3||0|
|6/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||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||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Arizona (37-31) at San Diego (34-34), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Ian Kennedy is still scheduled to take the mound Sunday after appealing a 10-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl earlier this week.
He could be in for a battle against the surging San Diego Padres.
The visiting Arizona Diamondbacks hope to avoid a three-game sweep against the Padres, who try to gain even more ground on the NL West leaders.
While eight suspensions and 12 fines were handed out by major league baseball as a result of the Diamondbacks' brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Kennedy (3-4, 5.49 ERA) received the stiffest punishment after "intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Zack Greinke".
The right-hander's suspension is the longest handed out for on-field conduct since Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett's 10-game punishment for punching White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski in May 2006.
"You look at the history and my history and the history of things happening with first offenses in the past and that's why I'm going to go through the appealing process," Kennedy told MLB's official website. "I think 10 games is - I think they're trying to set an example.
"I feel there's a lot of things being attacked at my character and saying I'm a headhunter. I really don't appreciate that."
Kennedy, who threw 6 1-3 innings of two-run ball before being ejected Tuesday, now turns his attention to the Padres (34-34). After taking Friday's series opener 2-1, San Diego extended its winning streak to a season-high five and reached .500 for the first time in more than two years with Saturday's 6-4 victory.
Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and Kyle Blanks went deep for the fourth time in 11 games for the Padres, who hadn't been at .500 since they were 4-4 on April 10, 2011.
"It looks good on paper," manager Bud Black said of the team evening its record. "I think it sends a great message to our guys, it really does. They fought off some hard times in April to where we are now. So I'm very proud of them to get to .500. It's great. I think it proves that we can continue to play solid baseball."
San Diego, hitting .379 with runners in scoring position during its winning streak, has climbed to within three games of the Diamondbacks (37-31). Loser in five of seven, Arizona hasn't dropped three straight since May 11-13 and hasn't been swept at Petco Park since July 16-18, 2010.
The Diamondbacks will try to get back on track against Clayton Richard (1-5, 8.06), who's trying to avoid becoming the first Padre to lose his first six decisions as a starter since Stan Spencer went 0-7 in 1999.
The left-hander's only win came while throwing two scoreless innings of relief May 31 in a 4-3, 17-inning victory over Toronto. He's since been tagged for a combined 10 runs over two starts spanning 10 1-3 innings.
Richard had gone 6-0 with a 4.06 ERA over his first eight starts versus Arizona prior to surrendering seven runs in 3 2-3 innings during an 8-1 loss May 4. Paul Goldschmidt and Cody Ross are a combined 10 for 19 with four doubles against him.
Kennedy had won six consecutive starts in the series before going 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in his last four. He allowed five runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 5-1 loss at Petco on May 5.
He'll need to be careful against Chase Headley, who's 5 for 12 with a homer and three extra-base hits against him since last season. Kennedy, though, has had his way with Everth Cabrera (3 for 17) and Blanks (1 for 11).
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 1:55:52 AM EST|