|COLORADO ( )|
ARIZONA ( SKAGGS )
|961||COLORADO||+105||Ov 8.5,-115||+125||Ov 8.5,-105|
|962||ARIZONA||-115||Un 8.5,-105||-135||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-18||-5.6||15-16||4.5||0.270||0.331||4.8||0.281||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-5||3.9||0.256||0.321||4.7||0.297||0.350|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-14||+0.1||9-17||3.7||0.258||0.324||3.8||0.253||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||5-1||3.1||0.244||0.311||5.9||0.295||0.384|
|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)||4-1||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||13||12||0||4||7||1|
|6/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||+100||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||6||2|
|6/30/2013||POMERANZ(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-5||L||+115||9.5 un||U||7||8||1||12||11||0|
|7/2/2013||OSWALT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-8||L||+135||9 un||U||4||4||0||14||8||1|
|7/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||8-10||L||-105||9.5 ov||O||10||10||1||17||7||0|
|7/4/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-5||W||-135||10 ov||O||12||5||0||13||11||1|
|7/5/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-7||L||125||7.5 ov||O||14||10||1||11||7||1|
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||5||1||8||6||0|
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-2||W||125||7 un||U||10||9||0||8||8||0|
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||8 un||U||4||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-11||L||135||7.5 ev||O||10||9||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-6||L||140||8 un||P||8||6||1||10||10||0|
|7/1/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-5||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||11||11||1||16||20||0|
|7/2/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||1-9||L||-140||7 ov||O||6||8||0||12||3||0|
|7/3/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||5-3||W||170||6.5 ov||O||10||10||0||10||5||1|
|7/4/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||5-4||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||17||13||0||10||14||1|
|7/5/2013||SKAGGS(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||DELGADO(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
Colorado (42-44) at Arizona (44-41), 9:40 p.m. EDT
Jorge De La Rosa has pitched very well against the Arizona Diamondbacks this year, but the Colorado Rockies have never won when he's pitched at Chase Field.
De La Rosa will face the first-place Diamondbacks for the fourth time in 2013 on Friday night for the second-place Rockies in the opener of this three-game set.
Arizona (44-41) leads Colorado (42-44) by 2 \00BD games in the tightly packed NL West. These teams have split 10 meetings and won't meet again after this series until September.
De La Rosa (8-4, 3.09 ERA) presents a familiar foe to the Diamondbacks, going 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA in three matchups this year.
However, he allowed three runs over six innings in a 3-2 road loss April 25 to drop to 0-4 with a 3.72 ERA in six starts in Arizona. The Rockies have dropped all of those games, giving De La Rosa 10 runs of total support.
The Rockies have won nine of the left-hander's last 11 starts, and De La Rosa is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in the last three. He's given up three runs over his past 27 innings on the road.
Wil Nieves has enjoyed the most success against him this year among Diamondbacks hitters by going 4 for 6, but he may not start after catching all 15 innings in a 5-4 win over the Mets on Thursday. Paul Goldschmidt has a homer in eight 2013 at-bats against De La Rosa.
Arizona top prospect Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 5.40) will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Friday in his third stint with the club this year. He was needed since Trevor Cahill was placed on the disabled list Monday.
Manager Kirk Gibson believes the left-hander, who made the most recent of his three starts for Arizona on June 9, will fare better this time around in his first outing against the Rockies.
"He'll have a better idea of what he's up against," Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "We're going to play a good Colorado team, and they're going to score a lot of runs, so he's going to have to make good pitches on them."
Arizona begins a 10-game homestand after salvaging a split of a four-game set in New York in a wild game in which it blew leads in the 13th and 14th innings.
"It's a grind, but if we want to win a world championship, we're going to have to endure a lot worse than that," Gibson said.
Goldschmidt is mired in a 5-for-26 slump, and he's 6 for 36 against Colorado this year. The Rockies will get their first look at Aaron Hill, who missed the previous matchups due to a broken hand. Hill went 5 for 15 in this week's series with the Mets.
The Diamondbacks catch a break since they won't face the injured Troy Tulowitzki, who is 11 for 28 with three homers and 10 RBIs against them.
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer is hitting .366 while hitting safely in 29 of 30 games. His franchise-record 27-game run was snapped Tuesday.
Carlos Gonzalez left Thursday's 9-5 win over the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a strained upper back. Gonzalez, who is 7 for 39 against Arizona, apparently hurt his back while striking out in the fifth.
"He said he's done it before. We're not too concerned," manager Walt Weiss said. "It was enough of an issue to get him out of there."
|Last Updated: 7/28/2017 11:50:53 AM EST|