|SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )|
MIAMI ( NOLASCO )
|903||SAN DIEGO||+100||Ov 7.5,+105||+110||Ov 7.5,-110|
|904||MIAMI||-110||Un 7.5,-125||-120||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-26||-0.1||24-24||3.9||0.237||0.299||4.4||0.257||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||5-2||3.4||0.233||0.274||4.3||0.247||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-34||-6.8||26-23||3.6||0.239||0.288||4.5||0.258||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.7||2-4||3.7||0.242||0.283||2.3||0.229||0.288|
|6/17/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||5-3||W||-105||7.5 un||O||18||17||0||10||6||0|
|6/18/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-5||L||135||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||13||7||0|
|6/19/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|6/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||11||8||2|
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-2||W||+140||6.5 ov||O||8||4||0||8||7||2|
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||2||7||10||0|
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-3||L||-160||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||8||4||0|
|6/28/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/14/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-4||W||+120||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|6/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||7-13||L||+175||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||17||8||0|
|6/16/2013||NOLASCO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||7-2||W||+125||8 un||O||11||8||2||5||7||0|
|6/17/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-2||W||180||8 un||U||3||2||0||7||9||1|
|6/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||8||4||0||5||3||0|
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||1-3||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||4||4||1|
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-3||W||130||7 un||O||9||7||0||11||9||1|
|6/22/2013||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||135||7.5 ev||U||10||9||1||10||8||0|
|6/23/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||182||7 un||O||10||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||TURNER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Padres-Marlins Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
San Diego (39-40) at Miami (27-50), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Whether it's next season or before the trade deadline next month, Ricky Nolasco realizes his time with the Miami Marlins is likely coming to an end.
The right-hander could be facing his future employer Friday night when the struggling San Diego Padres try to prevent the Marlins from a season-best fourth straight victory.
Nolasco (4-7, 3.68 ERA), in the final season of a three-year, $26.5 million deal, is expected to be moved before the July 31 deadline.
"I'm just blocking all that other stuff out," he told the Marlins' official website after giving up three runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win at San Francisco last Friday.
Nolasco has posted a 2.87 ERA in his past seven starts and is coveted by several clubs in a pitching-thin market.
San Diego (39-40) has been rumored to be one of the teams trying to acquire the 30-year-old Southern California native. Padres starters have a 2.92 ERA over the last 16 games, but general manager Josh Byrnes says San Diego is looking to add an arm.
"I think we're spending our time and energy talking about it," he told the Padres' official website. "This is a good team, but there's areas we'll try to improve on."
Teams usually head to Miami to improve their record, but the Marlins (27-50) are playing far better than their major league-worst mark indicates. They've won 11 of 17 after opening a six-game homestand with a pair of victories over Minnesota.
"Right now, guys are playing with a lot of confidence and having fun," starter Tom Koehler said following a 5-3 victory Wednesday.
Miami has posted a 2.22 ERA in the past 10 games.
Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.67) has gone 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against Miami, but the right-hander is coming off a shaky outing. He walked a career high-tying seven and allowed five runs - two earned - in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Volquez didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning.
Poor defense has been a major factor in the Padres' 1-4 stretch. Three of their eight errors in those games came in a 7-5, 13-inning loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, and the team has allowed six unearned runs in the past five contests.
"We place great pride in our defense," said Black, whose team is among NL leaders in fielding percentage at .987. "But this is a human game and guys are not invincible to errors and that happens."
The Padres, averaging 3.3 runs during a 3-6 slide, could get a lift if second baseman Jedd Gyorko returns from injury Friday. Gyorko, leading all rookies with 66 hits, went 2 for 9 with a homer as San Diego outscored the visiting Marlins 11-1 in a sweep May 6-8.
Chase Headley and Will Venable were a combined 10 for 20 in that series after each got two hits off Nolasco - the only hits he allowed - in the finale. Nolasco struck out nine and gave up one run and four hits in seven innings but suffered a 1-0 loss.
He's used to pitching with little room for error, as his 2.78 run-support average is among the lowest in baseball.
The Marlins' last four-game win streak was June 27-July 1, 2012.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 10:29:57 AM EST|