|COLORADO ( )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|905||COLORADO||+170||Ov 7,-105||+180||Ov 7,+110|
|906||PITTSBURGH||-180||Un 7,-115||-190||Un 7,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-26||-11.7||19-21||3.9||0.251||0.307||5.2||0.291||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||6-1||4.0||0.270||0.302||7.7||0.331||0.372|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-10||+0.2||12-9||4.4||0.260||0.315||3.8||0.244||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||3.7||0.242||0.301||3.9||0.237||0.291|
|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)||8-9||L||125||7.5 un||O||15||8||1||12||7||0|
|7/30/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||3-11||L||140||8 ov||O||7||2||0||14||8||0|
|7/31/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||0-9||L||150||7 un||O||5||4||2||15||10||1|
|8/1/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-11||L||195||7.5 ov||O||9||9||0||14||8||0|
|8/2/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||4-2||W||150||7 un||U||9||8||0||8||4||0|
|8/3/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|8/8/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-5||L||125||8 un||O||8||12||1||10||9||3|
|7/21/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||3-2||W||125||8 un||U||7||7||0||3||6||0|
|7/22/2013||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||8||6||0||9||4||0|
|7/23/2013||COLE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||5-1||W||105||8.5 ov||U||10||5||0||3||3||2|
|7/24/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-2||W||125||7 un||U||5||4||0||5||5||1|
|7/25/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||7-9||L||120||7 un||O||12||10||3||14||11||0|
|7/26/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-2||L||-160||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||8||10||0|
|7/27/2013||MORTON(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||7-4||W||-135||7.5 un||O||14||10||2||11||9||0|
|7/28/2013||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||-110||6.5 un||U||6||4||0||4||3||0|
|7/29/2013||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||9-2||W||-150||7 ov||O||9||7||0||7||7||0|
|7/30/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-1||W||-145||7 un||U||6||10||1||6||9||2|
|7/30/2013||CUMPTON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-0||W||+110||8.5 un||U||11||9||2||3||7||1|
|7/31/2013||LOCKE(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-4||W||+105||7 un||O||10||3||1||13||11||0|
|8/1/2013||MORTON(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||0-13||L||-110||7.5 ev||O||5||8||1||17||10||0|
|8/3/2013||LIRIANO(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/9/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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).
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Pirates Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Colorado (51-59) at Pittsburgh (65-43), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Francisco Liriano's return to prominence has been one of the reasons the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best pitching staff in baseball.
The veteran left-hander has a chance to continue his outstanding run Saturday night when the Pirates host a Colorado Rockies team that could be without one of the NL's top sluggers.
After winning four of five from St. Louis to take over first place in the NL Central, Pittsburgh (65-44) will attempt to regroup from a 4-2 loss in Friday's series opener. The Pirates, who also dropped the series finale against the Cardinals, are looking to avoid their first three-game skid since July 14-20, bridging the All-Star break.
Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 3 with his 20th home run to help the Rockies (52-59) end a four-game losing streak.
The Pirates had their lead in the division cut to one-half game when St. Louis beat Cincinnati, but they should feel confident about getting back on track with Liriano (11-4, 2.16 ERA) on the mound.
Pittsburgh tops the major leagues with a 3.10 ERA and Liriano has posted a 1.89 ERA while winning six of his last seven starts.
Since allowing a season-worst five runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 5-3 loss at Cincinnati on July 19, Liriano has struck out 16 while giving up one run and six hits over 14 2-3 innings in consecutive victories.
"It's been a good run for him being able to watch, and that's pretty much what I've been doing," center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. "I don't get a lot of action when he's on the mound. It makes it a lot easier for the defense."
Liriano has been at his best at home, where he's 6-1 with a 1.61 ERA in seven outings. He's struck out 49 and hasn't given up a homer in 44 2-3 innings there.
He'll likely face a short-handed Rockies lineup that has totaled nine runs over the last four games.
Carlos Gonzalez entered in the eighth inning Friday as a defensive replacement but expressed doubt that he'd be ready to return to the lineup for this game. The All-Star left fielder, who ranks among the major league leaders with 26 home runs, has a sprained right middle finger.
The Rockies, though, may get Michael Cuddyer back after he missed Friday's game due to a family emergency. Cuddyer ranks near the top of the majors with a .329 batting average.
Their returns could certainly benefit starter Jorge De La Rosa (10-5, 3.21), who looks to rebound from one of his worst outings of his career. The left-hander allowed eight runs - five earned - and 10 hits over five innings in a 9-8, 10-inning loss in Atlanta on Monday.
De La Rosa has gone 0-1 with a 5.31 ERA in four starts in Pittsburgh, though he hasn't pitched there since 2011.
McCutchen went 2 for 4 with a double Friday and is 6 for 16 with a homer in his last four games against the Rockies.
Neil Walker is 7 for 15 over that stretch versus Colorado, while Starling Marte is batting .360 during a seven-game hitting streak at PNC Park.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:09:26 AM EST|