|COLORADO ( FRANCIS )|
TORONTO ( ROGERS )
|925||COLORADO||+145||Ov 9.5,-105||+150||Ov 9,-105|
|926||TORONTO||-155||Un 9.5,-115||-160||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-19||+6.7||24-20||5.1||0.279||0.333||4.2||0.256||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.5||2-4||5.0||0.292||0.344||4.3||0.252||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-11||-3.5||12-7||4.4||0.263||0.301||5.5||0.277||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+7||2-5||5.6||0.261||0.317||2.7||0.251||0.310|
|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||JOHNSON(R)||0-2||L||155||9 un||U||5||8||0||3||2||0|
|6/18/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|6/4/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-2||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||2||2||6||5||0|
|6/5/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-0||W||100||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||2||3||0|
|6/10/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||6-10||L||-125||8.5 un||O||13||12||2||15||8||0|
|6/11/2013||WANG(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-5||W||110||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||11||6||3|
|6/13/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-1||W||215||9 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||8-0||W||115||9.5 un||U||11||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||6-1||W||105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||11||1|
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||7-2||W||182||10 ov||U||12||6||1||8||11||0|
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-0||W||-165||9 un||U||3||2||0||5||8||0|
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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).
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Colorado (37-33) at Toronto (32-36), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of their longest winning streak in nearly five years - with a big thanks owed to their starting pitching.
Esmil Rogers hopes to give them another strong start in his first chance to face the team with which he broke into the majors as Toronto hosts the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays (33-36) claimed their sixth straight win and ninth in 11 games Monday night with a 2-0 victory over the Rockies (37-34). Toronto hasn't had a longer win streak since a 10-game run from Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2008.
Josh Johnson went 7 1-3 innings and struck out 10 - his most since 2010 - as the latest in a series of strong showings from Toronto's rotation. Blue Jays starters own a 2.32 ERA over the past 12 games, including an 0.53 mark in the last five while going 4-0.
That five-game stretch began with Rogers (2-2, 3.21 ERA) throwing seven innings of one-run ball while yielding five hits and one walk in a 3-1 victory at Texas on Thursday.
"He was tremendous, he really was," manager John Gibbons said. "You could kind of see that building. He's really taken to it."
The only longer start he's had came for Colorado in 2011, two years after he made his major league debut with the Rockies. Rogers pitched 70 games for them before being traded to Cleveland last June.
The former reliever was thrown into Toronto's rotation as injuries piled up. His performance thus far - 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA over three starts since May 29 - might see him stick around longer than expected.
Rogers told the team's official website he started to use his sinker much more Thursday, and the results showed. He struck out only one batter after fanning 10 over his other two starts spanning 7 1-3 innings, but also induced 14 groundballs compared to seven flyballs.
The Rockies, who have lost four of six, hope Jeff Francis (2-4, 5.87) can lead them to a victory in the Vancouver native's second career start in Canada.
While with Kansas City, he yielded two runs over six innings in a 9-6 win at Toronto on Aug. 25, 2011. Francis has won all three starts he's made against the Blue Jays, posting a 2.37 ERA.
"Any time I get to face a team where it's on TV across the country and they can watch, it's fun," Francis told the team's official website. "You want to have a good game every time, but sometimes it's a little extra special."
Francis struck out a season-high eight against Washington on Thursday, not getting a decision as he allowed two runs across six innings in a 5-4 defeat. Colorado has lost six of his last seven starts.
Rajai Davis, who singled and scored on Maicer Izturis' two-run single in the eighth inning Monday, is 5 for 10 versus Francis. Edwin Encarnacion is 2 for 13 against him.
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer has hit safely in 15 straight games.
|Last Updated: 9/14/2014 11:00:03 PM EST|