|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
SAN DIEGO ( SMITH )
|911||COLORADO||-115||Ov 7.5,-120||+100||Ov 7.5,+110|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+105||Un 7.5,+100||-110||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-45||-1.1||42-44||4.5||0.270||0.322||4.2||0.265||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||6-0||6.1||0.333||0.362||6.3||0.320||0.376|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-53||-12.4||44-44||3.5||0.240||0.297||4.8||0.265||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||2-5||3.0||0.246||0.296||4.3||0.312||0.346|
|8/23/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||4||5||0|
|8/24/2013||MANSHIP(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-3||L||170||7 un||U||4||4||0||4||5||0|
|8/25/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-3||W||-105||7 ev||P||7||4||1||5||11||2|
|8/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||6-1||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||13||4||0||7||9||1|
|8/27/2013||BETTIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||3-5||L||-120||10.5 ev||U||8||8||1||13||8||0|
|8/28/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-4||W||+100||9 un||P||7||6||3||5||5||2|
|8/30/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||9-6||W||+120||10 un||O||19||9||0||11||8||0|
|9/2/2013||BETTIS(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||8-10||L||+200||9 un||O||18||9||2||15||10||0|
|9/3/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-7||L||-110||9 un||O||8||4||2||12||9||1|
|9/4/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-5||W||-135||10 un||O||11||6||2||11||8||1|
|9/6/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|8/23/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||8-6||W||-125||7 ev||O||13||3||1||10||9||1|
|8/24/2013||STULTS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||2-3||L||-125||7 un||U||7||7||1||10||8||0|
|8/25/2013||CASHNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||3-2||W||-140||7 ov||U||13||16||1||8||13||1|
|8/26/2013||ROSS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||1-6||L||115||8.5 un||U||5||4||1||8||6||1|
|8/27/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ARIZONA||HOLMBERG(L)||9-10||L||105||9 un||O||14||12||0||12||12||1|
|8/28/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||5-1||W||165||8.5 ov||U||11||4||0||10||10||0|
|8/30/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-9||L||190||7 ev||O||11||9||1||13||6||1|
|8/31/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-2||L||150||7.5 ov||U||10||8||1||13||12||0|
|9/1/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-2||L||195||7 un||U||3||4||0||7||6||0|
|9/2/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-1||W||-130||8 un||U||4||2||0||8||9||0|
|9/3/2013||ERLIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-2||W||+135||7 un||U||7||6||1||11||11||0|
|9/4/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-13||L||-110||7 un||O||9||7||1||17||4||0|
|9/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||SMITH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Padres Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Colorado (66-75) at San Diego (62-77), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Coming off a winning homestand, the Colorado Rockies open a nine-game trip hoping to continue their season success against the San Diego Padres.
Off the bat, the Rockies look to win consecutive road games for the first time in more than two months Friday night against the Padres.
Colorado (66-75) is on the verge of missing the postseason for a fourth straight year, but not because of its play versus San Diego. The Rockies hold a 96-62 scoring advantage while winning 12 of 16 from the Padres (62-77), and are 5-1 at Petco Park this season.
After winning their finale at Miami last month, the Rockies are in position to win two straight road contests for the first time since June 22-23.
Colorado completed a 5-4 homestand with Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Cuddyer had two hits with two RBIs to raise his average to .331.
In the mix for the NL batting title, Cuddyer is 9 for 15 with six RBIs in September. The 34-year-old never hit better than .284 in any of his previous 12 seasons.
"I think it's a matter of combining his wisdoms with the skills that are still intact at his age," manager Walt Weiss told the Rockies' official website. "He's put together a (heck) of a year."
Cuddyer has a .435 on-base percentage in 11 games against the Padres, but he's far from the only one who's tormented San Diego pitching. Dexter Fowler is hitting .442 with four homers and 17 runs scored, while Wilin Rosario has four homers and 18 RBIs in 12 games in the season series.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio (8-7, 4.82 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four career starts versus San Diego. In his only one this season, he allowed two runs and struck out seven in six innings of an 8-7, 10-inning victory June 9.
The right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA during a three-start stretch before he gave up six in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.
"I need to throw more strikes," Nicasio said. "Ninety-(four) pitches just into the fifth inning is too many pitches."
San Diego third baseman and Colorado native Chase Headley is 6 for 9 with two home runs against Nicasio, but went 0 for 12 when the Padres dropped two of three at Coors Field last month.
In Headley's first game back Wednesday after missing six with back spasms, he homered in a 13-5 loss to San Francisco. The Padres yielded three runs while winning the first two games of the set before the Giants hit six homers in the finale.
Thanks to September roster expansions, rookie Burch Smith (0-1, 11.37) returns from the minors hoping to fare better than he did in his first three major league starts. Embarking on his fourth stint with the Padres this season, the right-hander has appeared in six games and gave up 15 runs, 16 hits and walked six in 7 1-3 innings of three May starts.
Smith, however, went 5-1 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Tucson.
"I'll get back out there and go at it differently this time," he told the Padres' official website. "I'm going to try and execute my pitches and not just try to blow the ball by guys."
This will be his first appearance against the Rockies.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:42:50 AM EST|