|SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )|
ARIZONA ( SKAGGS )
|959||SAN DIEGO||+120||Ov 8.5,-105||+105||Ov 8.5,-110|
|960||ARIZONA||-130||Un 8.5,-115||-115||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-18||+3.1||20-14||4.6||0.258||0.317||4.3||0.261||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.5||2-5||4.1||0.267||0.318||4.6||0.251||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-33||-0.4||31-34||4.2||0.253||0.314||4.3||0.257||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-3||5.3||0.289||0.373||3.0||0.213||0.282|
|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)||10-8||W||140||8.5 ev||O||16||8||0||13||10||1|
|7/26/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||0-10||L||125||8.5 un||O||3||4||1||17||9||0|
|7/27/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||ROSS(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||CASHNER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||0-2||L||110||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||9||0|
|7/20/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-4||L||125||7 un||P||9||13||0||8||7||2|
|7/21/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-1||W||150||7 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|7/22/2013||SKAGGS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||2-4||L||-185||9 un||U||6||7||0||11||7||0|
|7/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||10-4||W||-175||7.5 un||O||14||7||2||7||9||0|
|7/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-7||L||-135||8 ov||O||12||16||2||11||7||1|
|7/25/2013||MILEY(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||3-1||W||-165||8.5 ev||U||7||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/26/2013||DELGADO(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||10-0||W||-135||8.5 un||O||17||9||0||3||4||1|
|7/27/2013||SKAGGS(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||MILEY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||SKAGGS(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Diamondbacks Preview* =============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
San Diego (46-57) at Arizona (53-49), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Solid starting pitching and an improved offense have the Arizona Diamondbacks just off the NL West lead.
The Diamondbacks could take over that spot with some help and another victory over the division's worst team.
Rookie Tyler Skaggs gets the ball Saturday night when Arizona goes for its third straight series win at home over the San Diego Padres.
With Randall Delgado throwing a three-hitter and seven Diamondbacks finishing with at least two hits, Friday's 10-0 victory was one of the most well-rounded of the season for Arizona (54-49).
It also tied for the Diamondbacks' third-most lopsided victory over the Padres (46-58), who held Arizona to six total runs in a three-game June sweep in San Diego.
The Diamondbacks remained a half-game behind the West-leading Dodgers.
Arizona's starters have a 1.30 ERA in winning three of four, and the club has totaled 29 runs and 50 hits during that stretch. The Diamondbacks' rotation had a 4.78 ERA while the team plated 22 total runs in its previous eight contests.
Not everything went Arizona's way Friday, as second baseman Aaron Hill left after two innings with right hamstring tightness. Hill, who missed more than two months earlier this season with a broken hand, was just starting to find his hitting stroke, going 4 for 6 with a homer and three doubles in the last two contests.
Manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website Hill would sit Saturday, but Hill isn't so sure.
"That's debatable," he said. "I haven't got to argue my case yet."
Miguel Montero likely will return behind the plate to catch Skaggs (2-2, 4.11 ERA) after missing the last four games with a stiff back.
Skaggs, however, has been struggling to keep the ball in the park. He was tagged for two homers for the third time in five starts in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
"I left a few up in the zone," he told the Diamondbacks' official website after giving up three runs over six innings. "A few pitches weren't where I wanted them to be, and they got hit out of the yard."
He's had two balls leave the yard in his two previous starts against San Diego, but those were far from his only problems. Skaggs lasted a combined eight innings in those September outings, allowing nine runs and 16 baserunners.
The Padres will counter with Andrew Cashner (6-5, 3.84), who comes in off his first win in nearly six weeks. San Diego had dropped five straight with the right-hander on the mound before he held the Brewers to three runs and three hits over six innings in a 5-3 road victory.
Manager Bud Black was encouraged with how Cashner controlled his slider and settled down after allowing two first-inning runs.
"To bring that (pitch) into his arsenal will help him in the second half," Black told the Padres' official website.
Cashner is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA in four starts against Arizona.
The Padres, who have split the first eight games on a trip that ends Sunday, have dropped five of seven visiting the Diamondbacks since a 7-0 run in the desert.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 6:53:57 PM EST|