|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( GAUDIN )
|963||ARIZONA||+110||Ov 7.5,+105||+110||Ov 7.5,+110|
|964||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Un 7.5,-125||-120||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-30||+2||30-32||4.3||0.255||0.314||4.3||0.259||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||2-5||2.9||0.182||0.246||4.6||0.286||0.329|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-34||-10.2||38-26||4.0||0.259||0.316||4.6||0.250||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||6-1||5.0||0.285||0.344||4.9||0.203||0.293|
|7/5/2013||SKAGGS(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||10||5||0||3||2||0|
|7/8/2013||DELGADO(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-110||8.5 ov||U||4||4||1||17||11||0|
|7/9/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||1-6||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||2||10||7||1|
|7/10/2013||SKAGGS(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-7||L||-110||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||15||13||1|
|7/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-10||L||-140||6.5 ev||O||8||8||1||13||10||0|
|7/6/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-2||W||-185||7 ev||U||7||7||0||4||2||3|
|7/7/2013||GAUDIN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-4||L||+150||6.5 ov||U||4||4||1||7||5||0|
|7/8/2013||LINCECUM(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-4||L||+100||6.5 un||O||14||18||2||9||7||0|
|7/9/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 un||O||13||11||0||12||8||2|
|7/10/2013||CAIN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-7||L||-195||7.5 un||O||6||7||2||8||8||0|
|7/11/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-2||W||-145||7 ov||U||12||12||0||5||4||0|
|7/12/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)||10-1||W||-115||8 un||O||17||13||0||5||8||1|
|7/13/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-0||W||-115||7.5 un||O||10||2||0||0||5||0|
|7/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-10||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||7||1||12||7||0|
|7/26/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Giants Preview* =============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Arizona (50-45) at San Francisco (43-51), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks may have entered the All-Star break atop the NL West, but they still think they can do better.
The San Francisco Giants surely feel the same way about their disappointing first half.
The Diamondbacks emerge from the break Friday night looking to drop the Giants further out of the division race, while San Francisco tries to tighten it.
Arizona (50-45) leads the West by 2 1/2 games on second-place Los Angeles, while Colorado is 4 1/2 back in third with San Francisco trailing by 6 1/2. The Diamondbacks' slight lead comes despite having lost 10 of 13 on the road and going 21-22 within the division, with losses in nine of the past 14.
"We've had our ups and downs, but I don't think we've played our best baseball yet," All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin told the team's official website. "I think we're just going to get better and better as the season goes on."
They may need to with San Francisco (43-51) aiming to build on winning three of four over San Diego prior to the break, including Saturday's no-hitter from Tim Lincecum. The Giants also hit .307 with 24 runs over that stretch after mustering an average of 2.3 while batting .214 during a 3-16 funk.
"We know where we're at, and what has to happen in the second half, and that's us getting more consistent in all facets of the game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This thing's not going to happen right away as far as getting right back to where you want to be. It's a gradual thing, and that happens by playing good baseball."
Arizona, though, isn't fooled by the Giants' struggles.
"This is the team that's won two out of the last three World Series. They're still the king of the hill in this division," Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington said. "You start here after the All-Star break kind of refreshed and ready to go. To play a good team right off the bat is what you want. Every division series is big.
"They're the top dog in this division. You've got to knock them off the hill. Just being ahead of them after the first half doesn't knock the team that won the World Series two out of the last three years out of it."
Improvement from Ian Kennedy (3-6, 5.42 ERA) would certainly help. The right-hander owns the staff's highest ERA, and he's 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in seven starts since beating the Chicago Cubs on June 1.
Kennedy, though, is 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 10 starts against the Giants since 2011, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six games at San Francisco.
Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks' other All-Star, has also thrived there. The first baseman has a .349 average with five homers, 17 RBIs and 13 walks in 18 career visits.
The Giants are scheduled to turn to Chad Gaudin (3-1, 2.39), who is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts since replacing the injured Ryan Vogelsong (broken right hand) in the rotation.
Gaudin's impressive stretch includes a 6-2 win at Arizona on June 9, when he allowed two runs with seven strikeouts in six innings.
He's held Goldschmidt hitless in four at-bats, while fanning him twice.
Buster Posey entered the break going 14 for 29 (.483) with eight RBIs in seven games. The All-Star catcher is 9 for 24 (.375) in his career versus Kennedy.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:10:15 PM EST|