|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|909||SAN FRANCISCO||+140||Ov 10.5,-105||+130||Ov 10.5,-120|
|910||COLORADO||-150||Un 10.5,-115||-140||Un 10.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-28||-7||32-22||4.0||0.263||0.319||4.7||0.256||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.1||3-4||2.3||0.236||0.285||4.1||0.261||0.291|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-16||-5.6||14-13||4.6||0.270||0.332||4.9||0.279||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||2-4||3.6||0.263||0.281||4.7||0.310||0.365|
|6/14/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||6-0||W||125||7 un||U||11||7||1||3||3||0|
|6/15/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||5-6||L||175||7 ov||O||11||8||1||11||9||2|
|6/16/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||7.5 ev||U||7||8||1||7||8||0|
|6/17/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||-105||7.5 un||O||10||6||0||18||17||0|
|6/18/2013||CAIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-4||W||-145||6.5 un||O||13||7||0||9||6||0|
|6/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-160||7 un||U||11||7||1||4||5||0|
|6/24/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-3||L||-105||6.5 un||U||8||10||1||6||5||0|
|6/25/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||5-6||L||115||7.5 ov||O||10||6||2||11||5||0|
|6/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-4||L||180||6.5 ov||U||5||4||2||12||7||1|
|6/28/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||CAIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||3-5||L||175||9.5 un||U||9||6||0||10||7||0|
|6/27/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||2-3||L||-180||10.5 un||U||8||4||0||9||8||1|
|6/28/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||POMERANZ(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||OSWALT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Rockies Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (38-40) at Colorado (39-40), 8:40 p.m. EDT
Michael Cuddyer has been especially locked in at the plate of late, but his individual efforts haven't translated into many wins for the Colorado Rockies.
Not much has gone right for the San Francisco Giants, either.
Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Friday night as the slumping Rockies open a three-game set against the visiting Giants, who hope to avoid a season worst-tying fifth consecutive loss.
One day after hitting a pair of homers in a 5-3 defeat at Boston, Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 24 games Thursday, going 3 for 4 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.
"Anytime you can put your name in any type of record book for a good thing is a good thing," said Cuddyer, batting .390 with five homers and 16 RBIs during his run. "I'd trade it for a win, though."
The Rockies have dropped 11 of 15, including their last three by a 19-9 margin.
San Francisco (38-40), meanwhile, has lost nine of 12 to fall a season-worst two games under .500. The Giants, who have gone 4 for 25 with runners in scoring position during their four-game skid, suffered five straight defeats April 23-28.
"It's always tough when you're going through a stretch like we're going through," manager Bruce Bochy said following Wednesday's 4-2 road loss to the Dodgers. "The only thing you can do is keep grinding and believe it's going to turn around, which we do."
All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval, hitless in his last nine at-bats, is batting .216 with just one homer - his only extra-base hit - and five RBIs during a 19-game stretch.
Sandoval, though, is 7 for his last 14 with two homers, a triple and a double against scheduled starter Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.92 ERA), who's recently struggled in the series. The right-hander yielded a career-high eight runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in an 8-6 loss May 16, dropping to 0-4 with a 6.68 ERA in his last six starts versus San Francisco.
Chacin, however, has won his last three outings overall while posting a 1.74 ERA. He allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday in a 7-1 victory at Washington.
"He just made a lot of good pitches, with both his fastball and his breaking stuff," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told MLB's official website.
The Giants counter with Barry Zito (4-5, 4.40), who gave up one run and six hits in seven innings Saturday in a 2-1, 11-inning victory over Miami. The left-hander, though, can't be looking forward to hitting the road, where he's 0-4 with an 11.28 ERA - more than nine runs higher than his home mark of 1.98.
"At home, I've caught some breaks and kept stuff done in the zone and I haven't on the road," he said after surrendering eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings during a 12-8 loss at Pittsburgh in his last road outing June 12. "I've felt pretty good in some of these starts out on the road, but I just haven't been able to get people out."
Zito went 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his first 19 starts against the Rockies before going 0-1 with a 6.94 mark in his last two. He was tagged for five runs and 11 hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 5-0 defeat May 19 in his most recent visit to Coors Field.
Carlos Gonzalez is 12 for 34 with two homers against Zito, and Dexter Fowler is 9 for his last 28 with three doubles. Fowler, though, could miss a third straight game with a sore right wrist.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:14:45 AM EST|