|CHICAGO CUBS ( VILLANUEVA )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|911||CHICAGO CUBS||+140||Ov 10,-110||+140||Ov 10,-120|
|912||COLORADO||-150||Un 10,-110||-150||Un 10,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-36||-2||33-30||4.3||0.246||0.298||4.3||0.245||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||3-3||4.1||0.249||0.309||4.7||0.281||0.351|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-28||+2.1||28-29||4.7||0.269||0.324||4.1||0.260||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||1-6||2.0||0.219||0.286||2.4||0.230||0.310|
|7/8/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||8-2||W||110||8 ov||O||13||10||1||5||3||0|
|7/9/2013||WOOD(L)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||7-2||W||+125||9 ov||P||9||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-13||L||+120||8 un||O||5||2||0||15||7||0|
|7/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-0||W||+115||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||4||7||0|
|7/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||7||7||0|
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||+105||7.5 un||O||12||10||1||12||13||3|
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-10||L||+140||7 ev||O||11||7||1||21||15||0|
|7/19/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-1||W||140||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||5||4||0|
|7/20/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||GARZA(R)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/23/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|7/6/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||1-11||L||165||9 un||O||6||4||0||12||7||0|
|7/7/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-6||L||175||8.5 ev||U||3||3||0||11||5||0|
|7/8/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||7||9||0|
|7/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||115||7 un||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|7/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-4||W||125||7 un||O||13||12||1||7||9||1|
|7/11/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-6||L||140||8.5 ev||U||7||5||1||13||11||0|
|7/12/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-0||W||215||6.5 ov||U||7||8||0||4||6||0|
|7/13/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-1||L||140||7 ov||U||2||2||1||4||5||0|
|7/14/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||3-1||W||120||7.5 ov||U||11||11||0||6||8||0|
|7/19/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-3||L||-150||9.5 ov||U||5||4||0||8||9||0|
|7/20/2013||NICASIO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|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 (CHICAGO CUBS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Rockies Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (43-51) at Colorado (46-51), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Junior Lake and Alfonso Soriano will try to team up again to help the Chicago Cubs earn another rare road win over the Colorado Rockies.
Lake will seek to build on his stellar big league debut and Soriano will attempt to keep his power surge going when the Cubs continue their three-game series Saturday night.
Lake had three hits in his first major league game, including a double on the first pitch he saw. He also stole a base in a 3-1 victory in Friday's series opener.
"Since I've been here, that's the first kid that's come up and looked like a major leaguer, aggressive, aggressive on the bases," manager Dale Sveum said. "He did a great job and swung the bat really nice."
Soriano, meanwhile, hit his 10th homer since June 27, a solo shot in the fourth inning. The win was only the Cubs' fourth in their last 18 games at Coors Field.
Carlos Villanueva (2-5, 3.59 ERA) aims to lead Chicago (43-51) to another win while building on a solid outing before the break. The right-hander, though, took the loss in a 3-2 defeat to St. Louis on July 12.
Villanueva gave up two runs and four hits over six innings in his second start since rejoining the rotation.
"I don't want to say it's like a light switch, but when it comes to (going between starting and relieving) I can adapt real quick," Villanueva said. "I felt good, my arm's been feeling strong. Maybe my time in the bullpen helped me rest it a little bit. Hopefully I can continue to give the boys a chance to win in the second half."
Villanueva, however, struggled mightily in his only start against Colorado (46-51) on May 14. He was tagged for seven runs and a career-high 12 hits in five innings of a 9-4 defeat, prompting his removal from the rotation.
Likewise, the Rockies' Juan Nicasio (5-4, 4.89) performed poorly in his only start against the Cubs, a 9-1 defeat May 13. The right-hander gave up five runs and eight hits over six innings.
Like Villanueva, Nicasio had a strong showing before the break, earning his first victory since May 19. Following a 15-day stint at Triple-A Colorado Springs, he gave up three hits and one walk over seven innings in a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 12.
Nicasio was 0-3 with a 6.90 ERA in his previous six major league outings.
"It was a clutch performance," manager Walt Weiss told the team's website. "To shut down a team like that when they are really rolling is very impressive. His fastball was really good, and possibly the best changeup he's had all year."
Carlos Gonzalez, batting .476 in 10 career home games against the Cubs, was a triple shy of the cycle versus Villanueva in the win in May.
Soriano hit a two-run homer and a double against Nicasio in that same series at Wrigley Field.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:20:02 AM EST|