|TORONTO ( ROGERS )|
ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )
|929||TORONTO||+160||Ov 9,-115||+140||Ov 9,-105|
|930||ARIZONA||-170||Un 9,-105||-150||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-56||-7.8||48-51||4.3||0.245||0.315||4.6||0.259||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||1-6||3.1||0.236||0.311||3.0||0.243||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-46||-3.6||42-47||4.3||0.255||0.319||4.5||0.257||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||3-4||4.0||0.282||0.356||5.1||0.275||0.330|
|8/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||4-8||L||175||9 un||O||9||9||1||11||6||0|
|8/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-3||L||120||9 un||U||10||8||1||8||7||0|
|8/21/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||WARREN(R)||2-4||L||110||9 un||U||6||10||0||6||4||1|
|8/22/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-5||L||135||9 ev||U||8||8||1||4||5||0|
|8/23/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||4-12||L||-140||9 un||O||11||7||1||15||6||0|
|8/24/2013||WANG(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||5-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||9||6||2||8||4||0|
|8/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||2-1||W||-140||8.5 ov||U||6||9||0||8||8||0|
|8/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-105||8.5 ev||U||7||6||1||7||7||1|
|8/27/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-7||L||+105||9 ev||U||10||5||1||12||9||0|
|8/28/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-2||W||+130||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||5||6||1|
|8/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-2||W||+110||8.5 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||1|
|8/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||8||1|
|9/1/2013||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||+140||8.5 un||U||3||4||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)|| |
|8/19/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-5||L||150||8 ev||P||10||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/20/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||5-2||W||125||7 un||P||7||4||0||6||4||1|
|8/21/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||7-10||L||135||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||15||7||1|
|8/22/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||1-2||L||170||7.5 ov||U||7||6||1||5||6||0|
|8/23/2013||MILEY(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||105||7 ov||P||7||4||0||10||10||0|
|8/24/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)||12-7||W||-115||8 ov||O||22||24||1||13||17||0|
|8/25/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-9||L||-145||7.5 un||O||8||6||2||8||4||0|
|8/26/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||6-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||8||6||1||5||4||1|
|8/27/2013||HOLMBERG(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||10-9||W||-115||9 un||O||12||12||1||14||12||0|
|8/28/2013||MILEY(L)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||1-5||L||-175||8.5 ov||U||10||10||0||11||4||0|
|8/30/2013||DELGADO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-1||L||-125||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||6||0|
|8/31/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||12||11||0||11||9||0|
|9/1/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||2-8||L||-180||8 un||O||9||7||0||15||7||0|
|9/5/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Diamondbacks Preview* ================================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Toronto (62-74) at Arizona (69-65), 4:10 p.m. EDT
With perhaps some renewed confidence in his mechanics, Brandon McCarthy will try once again to aid the Arizona Diamondbacks' playoff push.
The right-hander seeks to build on his first win in three months Monday against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
McCarthy has often struggled through his injury-shortened season and had one of those miserable outings in Cincinnati on Aug. 21. He was tagged for seven runs in a season-low 2 1-3 innings en route to a 10-7 loss but bounced back with an impressive performance last Monday.
McCarthy (3-8, 5.03 ERA) gave up one unearned run and five hits over seven frames in a 6-1 victory over San Diego, his first since he beat the Padres on May 24. He's spent a good portion of this season on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
"Nice to see a positive result," McCarthy said. "I never felt that strong this season and went back to watch video from before I went on the disabled list last season. I saw some mechanical issues, made a few adjustments, and am satisfied with the results."
Arizona (69-66) could use another strong start from McCarthy after dropping three of four. An 8-2 defeat to San Francisco on Sunday kept the Diamondbacks six games behind Cincinnati for the NL's final wild-card spot.
Arizona will try to cut that deficit while facing a Toronto team that's won five of seven. The Blue Jays (62-75), however, couldn't complete a sweep of Kansas City on Sunday, managing just three hits in a 5-0 loss.
"We're happy to win the series," shortstop Jose Reyes told the team's website. "Every time we win a series, we'll take that."
The struggling Esmil Rogers (3-7, 5.03) will try to help his club bounce back quickly in his return to the rotation. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.56 ERA in his last 11 starts and gave up four runs over five innings in his most recent one, an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Aug. 20.
Rogers is 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in three career starts against Arizona and gave up six runs over 5 1-3 innings in his latest matchup, a 10-7 loss for Colorado on Sept. 5, 2011.
Martin Prado is 2 for 2 lifetime versus Rogers and batting .383 with 23 RBIs while hitting safely in 17 of his last 18 games. Prado went 4 for 14 (.286) in a three-game series against Toronto last season while with Atlanta.
Willie Bloomquist, 8 for 14 (.571) since his return from the disabled list, has three singles in his last eight at-bats against Rogers. He's batting .344 in his past nine games against Toronto but the most recent matchup was on July 21, 2010.
Arizona won two of three over Toronto at Chase Field in the latest matchup between the clubs May 21-23, 2010.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:23:11 PM EST|