|COLORADO ( )|
WASHINGTON ( DETWILER )
|951||COLORADO||+135||Ov 7.5,-105||+115||Ov 7.5,-105|
|952||WASHINGTON||-145||Un 7.5,-115||-125||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-16||-6.8||13-13||4.5||0.267||0.331||4.8||0.276||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||1-5||2.7||0.218||0.259||3.6||0.228||0.265|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-8||+3.3||8-9||3.9||0.233||0.293||3.2||0.220||0.266|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||2-4||2.9||0.222||0.257||3.1||0.229||0.270|
|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)||2-5||L||140||9 un||U||9||10||2||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-5||L||165||7 un||U||6||6||0||11||7||1|
|6/21/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-2||L||160||7 ov||U||6||7||0||5||5||2|
|6/22/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||7-1||W||105||8 un||P||12||5||0||6||4||0|
|6/23/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|6/11/2013||HAREN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||3-8||L||145||11 ov||P||8||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/12/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-1||W||175||11 ov||U||8||8||1||3||4||0|
|6/13/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||5-4||W||130||11 ev||U||9||6||1||9||6||0|
|6/14/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||1-2||L||125||7.5 un||U||2||5||0||7||11||0|
|6/15/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||7-6||W||-110||7.5 un||O||8||5||0||9||4||3|
|6/16/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||4||5||2|
|6/17/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||12||10||0|
|6/18/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||6||4||0||9||6||0|
|6/19/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||4||5||0|
|6/23/2013||DETWILER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/28/2013||HAREN(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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).
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Colorado (37-38) at Washington (37-36), 1:35 p.m. EDT
His record certainly doesn't reflect it, but Jorge De La Rosa has been a better pitcher on the road in his six years with the Colorado Rockies.
Never has that been more true than in his past three starts away from Denver.
De La Rosa has given up a grand total of one run in a fantastic stretch he'd love to continue Sunday as the visiting Rockies try to salvage a split of this four-game set with the Washington Nationals.
De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21 ERA) is 30-12 at home since arriving in Colorado in 2008, while he's 16-20 away from Coors Field.
At home, though, he's had the highest run-support average in the majors in that span (7.26 per nine innings). That's three runs more than he's received on the road (4.24), the big reason for a record that doesn't reflect his ERA (4.05) and opponents' OPS (.718) being considerably lower outside of Denver.
The left-hander has never had a better road stretch than this that began May 12, yet he has only one win to show for it. De La Rosa has pitched exactly seven innings in his past three starts away from home, giving up a total of eight hits and one run.
He only gave up one hit Monday in Toronto, a sixth-inning single, before being forced to exit after seven with a bruise on the tip of his thumb. The Blue Jays scored the game's only two runs in the eighth, but De La Rosa expects to be fine.
His sense of humor certainly is. De La Rosa, who had been bothered by a cut on his hand in his previous two starts, joked "my hand hates me."
"It's not anything that's going to be an issue with his next start," manager Walt Weiss said of the bruise. "It just made him uncomfortable (Monday)."
De La Rosa didn't make the Nationals (37-37) particularly uncomfortable at Coors Field on June 12, giving up three runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings. But aside from being on the road Sunday, he has something else going for him. At 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA in five starts, De La Rosa has been brilliant during daytime outings.
Colorado (38-38) finally got its dormant offense going in Saturday's matinee. After totaling seven runs during a five-game skid to begin this road trip, the Rockies broke out with three in the first inning en route to a 7-1 victory.
"It's all about winning games," Weiss said. "You don't want to dwell too much on what's happened the previous four or five days or the previous week. You show up the next day and try to win a ballgame."
Colorado wore its batting practice jerseys at starter Jhoulys Chacin's request Saturday to try to emerge from its hitting slump, and Weiss said the attire likely won't change in the finale.
One player who certainly isn't slumping is Michael Cuddyer, who singled in his first at-bat Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 20 games - tied for the majors' longest this season. Cuddyer has reached base safely in 39 straight games, breaking the Rockies record set by Matt Holliday in 2007.
"Balls are just falling in," said Cuddyer, batting .349 since the streak began May 28. "That's just the way the game is going for me. At least once a day, it's finding the outfield grass."
Cuddyer has a double in two at-bats against Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34), who will take the ball for Washington. The left-hander gave up three runs over five innings June 13 at Colorado as the Nationals rallied for a 5-4 win.
Detwiler, 6-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 12 home starts since the 2012 All-Star break, allowed four runs over six in a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:21:30 PM EST|