|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|977||COLORADO||+145||Ov 9,-115||+145||Ov 9,-110|
|978||TORONTO||-155||Un 9,-105||-155||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-15||-5.8||13-12||4.6||0.268||0.333||4.8||0.278||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.5||3-4||4.3||0.256||0.311||5.0||0.263||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-25||+1.8||24-25||4.6||0.246||0.316||4.4||0.250||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+9.3||2-5||5.9||0.257||0.298||1.7||0.209||0.272|
|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)||3-8||L||140||9 un||O||4||4||2||11||3||2|
|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||NICASIO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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 JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Colorado (37-34) at Toronto (33-36), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Mark Buehrle's first season with the Toronto Blue Jays has mirrored that of his team. It was mostly very disappointing until recently.
The 14-year veteran could improve to .500 and help the Blue Jays get within a game of that mark if their longest winning streak in nearly five years continues Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Buehrle (3-4, 4.66 ERA), who hasn't finished under .500 since 2006, has reached at least 13 wins in five straight seasons but is on pace to fall short of double digits. That's due greatly to a 1-3 record and 6.33 ERA through his first nine starts.
The left-hander served up 11 homers in that span but has since allowed one in 33 innings, going 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts - four Toronto victories.
"It's not like he's come out of nowhere," manager John Gibbons said. "But he's got to be on as good a roll as anybody in baseball."
So are the Blue Jays (34-36), whose seven-game winning streak is their best since posting 10 consecutive victories Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2008. This run has pushed Toronto within one win of .500 for the first time since mid-April, and the team has been below the break-even mark since July despite many big-name acquisitions - including Buehrle.
His best performance in a Blue Jays uniform came Friday, giving up four hits and striking out seven in seven innings of an 8-0 win at Texas.
That's part of an outstanding run by the Toronto staff, posting a 0.67 ERA in the last six games and holding opponents to a .192 average.
"If we could do that all year, we wouldn't lose a game, I bet," Buehrle told the team's official website. "... I wouldn't expect to keep this rate up for too much."
While Blue Jays pitchers haven't allowed a home run in 52 consecutive innings, their lineup has hit 15 in the past eight games after a three-homer effort Tuesday in an 8-3 victory over the Rockies. J.P. Arencibia homered for the third time in four games, Edwin Encarnacion hit his team-leading 19th and Maicer Izturis went deep to give him a .333 average in the last eight games.
Colorado (37-35), on the other hand, has yet to homer in this series and now looks to avoid another three-game sweep in Toronto. The Rockies have hit .176 in losing all eight games they've played there.
Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.86) will face the Blue Jays for the first time, possibly pitching to save his spot in the rotation with newcomer Roy Oswalt to debut Thursday.
Nicasio is winless in his past five starts due largely to struggles as the game goes deeper. He's given up a combined six runs through the first five innings but has allowed 11 after that - and he's yet to pitch past the sixth this season.
"He's had some struggles after the fifth," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's been dominant at times early then run into some trouble in the sixth inning."
Buehrle has had no such trouble lately, and he's 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in two starts versus the Rockies.
No one has faced him more than Michael Cuddyer, who has gone 34 for 107 (.318) against Buehrle and enters this matchup riding a career-high, 16-game hitting streak.
Fellow Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler (finger) did not start for the third time in five games Tuesday and his status for this game is uncertain.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 4:28:32 AM EST|