|MIAMI ( EOVALDI )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|957||MIAMI||+150||Ov 10,-110||+150||Ov 9.5,-110|
|958||COLORADO||-160||Un 10,-110||-160||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-44||-8.8||32-33||3.4||0.235||0.286||4.3||0.256||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||0-7||1.4||0.231||0.269||2.7||0.246||0.301|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-30||+1.9||29-33||4.6||0.268||0.324||4.0||0.262||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||1-6||3.1||0.250||0.327||2.6||0.266||0.338|
|7/19/2013||TURNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||0-2||L||140||8 ov||U||6||6||0||5||9||1|
|7/20/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||0-6||L||155||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||12||7||1|
|7/21/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-1||L||145||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||2|
|7/22/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||3-1||W||160||11 ev||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-2||W||140||9 ov||U||12||6||1||5||4||0|
|7/24/2013||TURNER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||160||9 ev||U||10||12||1||7||8||1|
|7/25/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||TURNER(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||NY METS|| || |
|8/1/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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)||9-3||W||-155||10 ov||O||13||10||0||8||8||2|
|7/21/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-3||W||-160||10.5 ev||U||5||3||1||10||12||1|
|7/24/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||MIAMI||TURNER(R)||2-1||W||-170||9 ev||U||7||8||1||10||12||1|
|7/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ATLANTA||BEACHY(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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).
|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 (MIAMI-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Rockies Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Miami (37-61) at Colorado (48-53), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The best the Colorado Rockies can do is earn a series split with the Miami Marlins.
Considering the way they've struggled at the plate, the Rockies might need another stellar start from Juan Nicasio for that to happen Thursday.
After taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs to open their 10-game homestand, the Rockies (49-53) dropped the first two of this set, totaling three runs.
Colorado, five back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, won 2-1 on Wednesday, but its offensive woes continue as it's plated two or fewer runs in 13 of 21 games. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who is 9 for 20 while hitting safely in all five games he's played since the All-Star break, is the only Rockie hitting better than .300 as they've split their first six games of the second half.
"Two runs here, hopefully you get more spark than that," said Todd Helton, who moved past Wade Boggs for 18th all-time with his 579th double.
Nicasio (6-4, 4.73 ERA), though, might not need much run support if he pitches the way he has so far in July. The right-hander is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts following a brief demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
"When I went down to Triple-A, I told a couple people I needed to clear my mind," Nicasio told the Rockies' official website Saturday after throwing five innings of one-run ball in a 9-3 victory over the Cubs. "Before, when I'd have a lead, I'd be careful. Now, I throw a fastball in the middle. Whatever, hit it. Just throw a fastball down."
Nicasio has faced the Marlins once before, a 7-6 loss at Miami on May 22, 2012, when he gave up six runs in five innings.
The NL-worst Marlins (37-62), who entered this series on a franchise-worst 37-inning scoreless stretch, have scored just 12 times in eight games, but their starters have allowed more than two runs only once during that span.
Surprisingly, it was Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 4.15), Thursday's starter, who had the rough outing. The right-hander, going for a sixth consecutive quality start, was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in four innings of Saturday's 6-0 loss at Milwaukee.
"Most of the counts, I was behind and the ball was up in the zone. It's frustrating. It's tough to pitch like that," Eovaldi said.
While he had no room for error his last time out, Eovaldi's 4.67 run-support average since his season debut June 18 leads the team.
His two starts in Denver came last season, one with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one with the Marlins. He went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 4:32:48 AM EST|