|SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|955||SAN DIEGO||+140||Ov 8.5,-110||+140||Ov 8.5,-110|
|956||MILWAUKEE||-150||Un 8.5,-110||-150||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-39||-8.4||32-33||3.6||0.238||0.298||4.7||0.264||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.1||2-5||5.0||0.289||0.353||3.4||0.227||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-34||-0.9||32-33||4.1||0.256||0.306||4.3||0.254||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||0-7||3.1||0.216||0.272||1.9||0.204||0.251|
|7/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||+135||7 ov||U||5||4||0||12||12||0|
|7/12/2013||O'SULLIVAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||1-10||L||+105||8 un||O||5||8||1||17||13||0|
|7/13/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-9||L||+105||7.5 un||O||0||5||0||10||2||0|
|7/14/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||7||7||1|
|7/19/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||6-9||L||180||9 un||O||13||9||0||14||7||0|
|7/20/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-3||W||190||8.5 ov||U||9||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-3||L||220||7.5 un||U||10||7||1||8||6||0|
|7/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||5-3||W||100||8.5 ev||U||6||5||1||4||5||0|
|7/23/2013||ROSS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)||6-2||W||120||8.5 un||U||15||10||1||4||4||0|
|7/24/2013||O'SULLIVAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-3||L||145||8.5 ev||U||5||4||1||9||9||0|
|7/25/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||ROSS(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||3-5||L||130||9 un||U||9||6||0||5||6||0|
|7/12/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-2||L||155||8 un||U||8||11||2||4||3||1|
|7/13/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||4-5||L||105||8 un||O||8||4||0||6||5||0|
|7/14/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||5-1||W||145||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/22/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||3-5||L||-110||8.5 ev||U||4||5||0||6||5||1|
|7/23/2013||HAND(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-6||L||-130||8.5 un||U||4||4||0||15||10||1|
|7/24/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)||3-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||9||9||0||5||4||1|
|7/25/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||HAND(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Brewers Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
San Diego (45-56) at Milwaukee (41-58), 2:10 p.m. EDT
With the week the Milwaukee Brewers have been through, salvaging a series split with the San Diego Padres would mean a lot.
So would another strong outing from Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo goes for a third straight winning decision Thursday in the finale of this four-game set.
After news broke Monday that 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remainder of the season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug policy, the Brewers (42-58) dropped the first two games of this series, getting four hits in each.
Milwaukee, though, won 3-1 on Wednesday behind All-Star Carlos Gomez's career high-tying four hits and two RBIs.
"We really needed a little bit of good news after this week," starter Kyle Lohse said. "We have to focus on the job we have to do. This season has not turned out the way I or anyone on this team thought it would. But we have to focus on the next two months and go out and win as many games as we can."
The Brewers conclude their seven-game homestand with Gallardo (8-8, 4.58 ERA) looking to build on a much-needed quality start. The right-hander threw 6 1-3 innings of five-hit ball in Saturday's 6-0 win over Miami after going 1-2 with an 8.53 ERA in his previous four starts.
"I thought the rhythm was really good in his delivery," manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "That's the guy that we need to carry on with."
Despite his struggles and career-worst ERA, Gallardo could be on the move with Wednesday's trade deadline approaching.
Even if he sticks around, the Brewers may start shipping off more players after dealing closer Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore on Tuesday for third base prospect Nick Delmonico.
San Diego (42-58) figures to be a seller as well, but it's hard to see anyone showing much interest in Edinson Volquez (7-8, 5.73).
Volquez has the highest ERA of any qualifying NL starter and has lasted six innings just twice in his last seven starts. He struggled to finish five in his last outing, giving up three runs in a 5-3 win at St. Louis on Saturday.
"It was tough," said Volquez, who had a 10.45 ERA while losing his previous two starts. "... My pitching count (107) was a little bit high."
The right-hander did have his best start of the season against Milwaukee on April 24, throwing seven shutout innings in a 2-1 home win that prevented a Brewers sweep.
Rickie Weeks is 2 for 23 against Padres pitching this season, but his .412 average (7 for 17) off Volquez is the second-highest among those with 15 at-bats. Two of those hits were homers.
San Diego's Nick Hundley has homered in the past two games in this series. He has three hits - including two doubles - in six-at bats versus Gallardo.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 5:24:55 AM EST|