|COLORADO ( OSWALT )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|923||COLORADO||+155||Ov 10,-105||+165||Ov 10,-105|
|924||BOSTON||-165||Un 10,-115||-175||Un 10,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-23||+3.7||26-22||4.9||0.273||0.325||4.3||0.262||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-3||3.6||0.245||0.271||5.4||0.307||0.353|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-22||+5.4||29-22||5.4||0.279||0.349||4.4||0.245||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-0.1||4-4||5.2||0.312||0.370||4.9||0.284||0.350|
|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)||7-6||W||120||7.5 ev||O||13||5||2||13||11||0|
|6/25/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-11||L||175||10 ov||O||11||10||1||20||13||3|
|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||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||OSWALT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/12/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||130||9 un||U||5||8||0||6||7||1|
|6/13/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||4-5||L||-115||9.5 un||U||9||4||2||12||16||1|
|6/14/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||0-2||L||100||9.5 un||U||3||7||0||5||8||0|
|6/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||5-4||W||-105||9.5 un||U||9||4||1||10||4||0|
|6/16/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-6||L||105||9 ov||P||6||5||1||14||8||1|
|6/18/2013||ACEVES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-1||W||-115||10 un||U||8||8||0||6||8||1|
|6/18/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-1||W||-150||10 un||U||7||6||0||4||3||0|
|6/19/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||2-6||L||-130||9.5 un||U||7||5||1||15||10||0|
|6/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||3-4||L||105||9 ev||U||7||9||0||8||5||0|
|6/21/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||10-6||W||125||8.5 ov||O||17||9||0||11||8||1|
|6/22/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||3-10||L||165||9 un||O||10||5||0||15||7||1|
|6/23/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-7||L||165||8.5 un||O||12||11||3||8||10||0|
|7/2/2013||LACKEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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).
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Colorado (39-38) at Boston (45-33), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Though he lost his season debut last week, Roy Oswalt appears capable of giving the Colorado Rockies a lift going forward.
Manager Walt Weiss' club could surely use a boost.
The slumping Rockies try to avoid a two-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox as they conclude a disappointing nine-game road trip Wednesday.
Signed to a minor league contract May 2, Oswalt (0-1, 7.20 ERA) went 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts for Double-A Tulsa before getting called up Thursday. The three-time All-Star allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings during a 5-1 defeat at Washington that night, but he struck out 11 - one shy of his career high - and didn't walk anyone.
"I'm not going to come up here and embarrass myself. If I felt like I couldn't give a team a chance to win I wouldn't come back. I feel like I can still start," he said. "Overall felt pretty well just, it's hard to say this, but really too many strikeouts. Kind of got my pitch count up and I was trying to get deeper into the game."
The 35-year-old right-hander threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
"He's still got it," Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "His fastball has some life to it. It looked like he had a pretty good curveball going. He's still got it in the tank, that's for sure."
In his only appearance versus Boston (46-33), Oswalt yielded four runs in 1 1-3 innings of relief during a 10-9 road win Aug. 8, while with Texas.
Losers in nine of 13, the Rockies (39-39) dropped to 2-6 on their trek following Tuesday's 11-4 defeat. Wilin Rosario had three hits - including his 12th homer - but Colorado went 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position.
Boston, meanwhile, went 9 for 20 in such situations and collected a season-high 20 hits. One of four players to record three hits, Dustin Pedroia drove in a season-high four runs and scored twice.
"It's a good hitting club," Weiss said of the Red Sox, who have hit .315 in winning 11 of 15 at home by a 99-55 margin. "You've really got to command your stuff with that lineup or they make you pay."
Boston now turns to John Lackey (4-5, 3.03), who allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings Thursday in a 4-3 walkoff loss at Detroit. The right-hander, who was in line for the win before Andrew Bailey blew the save, is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA over his last seven outings.
"I feel pretty good. I threw the ball pretty good," he told MLB's official website. "I was able to locate some offspeed stuff and the fastball for the most part. I've been feeling pretty good for a while now. I'm just trying to pound the zone and throw strikes and try to get ground balls and get us as deep in the game as I can."
Lackey has been especially good at home, going 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts in four starts spanning 26 innings. He's 1-0 despite a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Rockies, though he hasn't faced them since 2010. Michael Cuddyer has given him trouble, going 6 for his last 16 with three homers in their matchups.
Cuddyer is batting .370 with three homers and 14 RBIs during a career-high 22-game hitting streak - the longest in the majors this season.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:26:28 PM EST|