|MILWAUKEE ( HAND )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|909||MILWAUKEE||+160||Ov 9.5,-115||+165||Ov 9.5,-105|
|910||COLORADO||-170||Un 9.5,-105||-175||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-36||-2.2||35-33||4.2||0.258||0.308||4.4||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||3-4||3.9||0.235||0.282||5.0||0.250||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-31||+1.3||30-34||4.6||0.267||0.323||4.0||0.261||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.1||2-5||3.6||0.225||0.274||3.7||0.286||0.331|
|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)||8-10||L||-150||8.5 ev||O||13||10||1||16||8||0|
|7/26/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||3-8||L||130||9.5 un||O||8||4||2||9||6||0|
|7/27/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ COLORADO||MCHUGH(R)||7-5||W||115||10 ov||O||12||4||1||8||4||1|
|7/28/2013||HAND(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/4/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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||MCHUGH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Rockies Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Milwaukee (43-60) at Colorado (50-55), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Corey Hart won't play this season, Ryan Braun's 2013 is over and now All-Star shortstop Jean Segura's status is in question just when he started to look comfortable in his new spot in the order.
It's been one of those years for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Still, they can win their first series in Denver in eight seasons Sunday in their finale against the Colorado Rockies.
With Hart (knee) sidelined the entire season and Braun suspended for the final 65 games, the Brewers (43-60) don't seem to have much to look forward to for the remainder of 2013.
While Braun's absence gives the NL Central's worst club a good chance to evaluate Logan Schafer and rookie Caleb Gindl in left field, Milwaukee now has a huge hole to fill in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Segura, the team leader with a .315 batting average, has taken over that position in the last seven games. The first six didn't go too well (3 for 26), but he had RBI singles in his first two at-bats in Saturday's 7-5 rain-delayed victory.
Segura, though, left in the sixth with right forearm tightness after getting hit by a pitch two innings earlier.
"He's fine. He may be sore tomorrow," manager Ron Roenicke said after Milwaukee ended a five-game skid at Denver and dropped the Rockies (50-55) a season-high six games off the NL West lead.
Segura told MLB.com after the win that he expects to sit Sunday and would aim to return Monday in Chicago.
The Brewers are expected to go with Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.41 ERA) on Sunday. The rookie right-hander lasted just four innings in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to San Diego after getting hit by a pitch in the third and suffering a bruised right hand.
X-rays were negative.
"I went back out for the fourth and everything was still good - a little swelling on the pinky side, but nothing major," said Hand, who allowed seven hits and two runs in his first start - and fourth appearance - since July 4. "Then after the fourth, I just really couldn't grip the ball anymore."
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.53) also was hit by the ball in his last start. The right-hander took a line drive to his left thigh but remained in the game Tuesday against Miami, finishing seven innings with three runs allowed in a 4-2 loss.
"It didn't affect me or anything," Chacin said. "Hopefully it's not going to be that bad."
Chacin has been outstanding of late, going 6-2 with a 2.19 ERA in his last eight starts after going 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous seven.
He last faced Milwaukee in his season debut, a 5-4, 10-inning road loss April 1 when he threw 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball.
The Rockies, 4-5 on a homestand that ends Sunday, might not have NL home run co-leader Carlos Gonzalez available for a third straight game due to a sprained right middle finger, but fellow All-Star Troy Tulowitzki continues to torment Brewers pitching.
The shortstop is batting .400 with three homers and seven RBIs against Milwaukee this season after going 3 for 4 with a solo homer and an RBI single Saturday.
A victory would give the Brewers a six-game season split and their first series win at Colorado since taking two of three from Aug. 15-17, 2005.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:21:03 AM EST|