|ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|929||ARIZONA||+135||Ov 8.5,-105||+150||Ov 8,-110|
|930||TAMPA BAY||-145||Un 8.5,-115||-160||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-35||-3.6||32-35||4.2||0.251||0.313||4.4||0.257||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||4-3||4.9||0.263||0.348||4.1||0.217||0.278|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-32||-0.3||35-32||4.4||0.257||0.325||4.4||0.243||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||2-5||4.0||0.266||0.327||2.9||0.217||0.247|
|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)||3-12||L||-125||8.5 ov||O||6||9||1||9||6||0|
|7/28/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||0-1||L||-190||8 un||U||3||4||0||7||6||0|
|7/30/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||MILEY(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||8-5||W||-130||8.5 un||O||14||9||0||8||6||2|
|7/20/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||4-3||W||-105||9 ov||U||12||10||1||6||10||1|
|7/21/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-3||W||115||9 ov||U||8||7||1||8||11||0|
|7/22/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||3-0||W||-125||9 un||U||8||8||0||2||2||0|
|7/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-6||L||130||9.5 ev||U||7||5||1||12||7||0|
|7/24/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||5-1||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||8||0||5||3||1|
|7/26/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-6||W||-110||8 un||O||12||7||0||11||8||2|
|7/27/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||1-0||W||-105||8 un||U||8||10||1||2||2||0|
|7/28/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-6||L||-145||8 un||O||10||8||0||12||9||0|
|7/29/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-1||W||-110||8 ev||U||9||10||0||5||4||0|
|8/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||MOORE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||PRICE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Rays Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Arizona (54-51) at Tampa Bay (62-43), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays returned home with the AL East lead.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to climb back into the top spot in the NL West.
The surging Rays open their second-half home schedule Tuesday against the Diamondbacks trying to tie their franchise record for wins in a single month.
Tampa Bay (63-43) made the most of its chance to grab the division lead Monday, beating Boston 2-1 in a makeup game from Thursday for its fourth win in five games. The Rays have set a club mark with 20 wins in July and have two chances to match the team record set in August 2008 with a 21-7 mark.
After trailing the Red Sox by 2 1/2 games at the All-Star break, they have won 22 of 26 to overtake them by one-half game. Rays starters improved to 18-3 with a 2.17 ERA during that run after David Price threw 7 1-3 innings of one-run ball Monday.
However, Tuesday's pitcher Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92 ERA) has yielded at least three runs in each of his last nine outings.
The right-hander, tied with Toronto's R.A. Dickey for the second-most losses in the AL, could be on his way to the bullpen with Joe Maddon contemplating using a four-man rotation of Price, Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson starting later this week.
Hernandez, though, can't shoulder all the blame for his recent struggles. His run-support average is a team-worst 2.89 since June 16, and he's 2-6 with a 4.98 ERA in that stretch.
"I think that's called bad luck," catcher Jose Molina told the Rays' official website after Hernandez gave up three runs in five innings in last Tuesday's 6-2 loss at Boston."... It's a shame that we can't perform the way we know we're capable of when he's pitching. That's pretty much wasting an outing for that pitcher."
The Diamondbacks (54-51) did that Sunday, finishing with three hits and going 0 for 5 with runners scoring position to waste eight strong innings from Patrick Corbin in a 1-0 loss to San Diego.
Arizona has dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the West lead after heading into the break leading by that margin.
"We haven't played our best baseball, we know that," Corbin told the Diamondbacks' official website. "I don't know why, but we're trying to figure it out. Hopefully, we can go over there and get some wins."
The Diamondbacks, though, open a stretch of 18 of 21 against teams with winning records.
They'll open their six-game trip with Kennedy (3-7, 5.22) getting his 10th chance to record win No. 50. The right-hander, riding the longest winless stretch of his career, avoided a fifth consecutive loss Wednesday when Arizona rallied from six down before falling 7-6 in 12 innings to the Chicago Cubs.
"It's all about pitch execution," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He started out pretty good, but then he made some mistakes - they hammered them."
Rays rookie Wil Myers has been doing that to opposing pitchers, batting .463 with four homers and 12 RBIs in a 10-game hitting streak.
Evan Longoria, who has hit safely in a team-best 11 straight, has one hit in six at-bats off Kennedy. James Loney is 6 for 13 with a homer and three doubles in that matchup.
Jason Kubel, who was scratched Sunday with a sore back, has faced Hernandez more than any other Diamondback, going 14 for 38 (.368) with three homers and three doubles.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 1:01:42 AM EST|