|COLORADO ( CHACIN )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|959||COLORADO||+110||Ov 7,+100||+115||Ov 6.5,-110|
|960||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Un 7,-120||-125||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-48||-4.1||42-47||4.4||0.267||0.319||4.2||0.264||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||4-3||4.6||0.281||0.327||5.3||0.311||0.378|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-52||-18||47-46||3.8||0.257||0.314||4.4||0.251||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||1-6||3.6||0.278||0.322||2.9||0.228||0.305|
|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)||3-4||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||6||2||8||7||0|
|9/7/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-2||L||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||6||7||2|
|9/8/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-5||L||130||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||5||1|
|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||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/26/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||1-6||L||130||10.5 ov||U||7||9||1||13||4||0|
|8/27/2013||PETIT(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||5-3||W||110||10.5 ev||U||13||8||0||8||8||1|
|8/28/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-5||L||-110||9 un||P||5||5||2||7||6||3|
|8/30/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||1-0||W||115||8.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||8||0|
|8/31/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||11||9||0||12||11||0|
|9/1/2013||PETIT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||8-2||W||170||8 un||O||15||7||0||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||1-4||L||120||8 un||U||8||9||0||4||2||0|
|9/3/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||2-3||L||-145||7 un||U||11||11||0||7||6||1|
|9/4/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||13-5||W||100||7 un||O||17||4||0||9||7||1|
|9/10/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|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 FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Giants Preview* ========================
Colorado (66-77) at San Francisco (63-79), 10:15 p.m. EDT
Jhoulys Chacin flirted with a no-hitter the last time he faced the San Francisco Giants.
Now he'll face them in a place where he has excelled.
The Colorado Rockies starter has pitched well at AT&T Park heading into Monday night's matchup with Tim Lincecum to start a three-game set.
Chacin (13-8, 3.16 ERA) battled through a high fever to throw 6 2-3 hitless innings before Brandon Crawford singled in a 5-4 victory for Colorado (66-78) on Aug. 28. It marked the longest bid for a no-hitter ever at Coors Field.
"We couldn't figure him out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after that game. "He mixed it up, we chased some pitches and just couldn't get anything going against him."
The right-hander is 2-1 in four starts at AT&T Park with a 1.44 ERA - his lowest mark in any visiting stadium in which he has started more than twice.
Chacin's previous outing against the Giants extended his streak to 10 starts in a row in which he yielded three runs or fewer. That was snapped Tuesday when he allowed four over seven innings to suffer a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers.
Crawford is a .318 hitter against Chacin, Pablo Sandoval is at .292 and Buster Posey is 7 for 16.
Lincecum (9-13, 4.50) has posted a 4.24 ERA in winning three straight starts for the first time in three seasons. He wasn't happy after he gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 13-5 win at San Diego.
"I didn't attack it the way I wanted to," Lincecum said. "When you have the answers to the test and you don't put them down, it is a little frustrating."
The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA in three starts against the Rockies this year. Michael Cuddyer is one of three Colorado hitters to take Lincecum deep and is 6 for 14 against him overall.
DJ LeMahieu figures to be back in the Rockies lineup after he was rested in Sunday's 5-2 loss at San Diego. LeMahieu is 16 for 41 (.390) during a career-high 10-game hitting streak.
He could help spark Colorado, which totaled six runs and hit .177 while being swept in three games over the weekend by the Padres.
Catcher Wilin Rosario missed the last two games due to problems with his wisdom teeth, and his status for Monday is unclear.
These teams have split 16 meetings, and the last-place Giants (64-79) enter this series after splitting four home games with Arizona. Angel Pagan delivered the winning RBI single in the 11th inning of Sunday's 3-2 victory.
Posey has two hits in his return after missing four games with a fracture in his swollen right ring finger. He's hitting .420 with four homers and 11 RBIs against the Rockies this year.
Teammate Hunter Pence needs a home run to become the first Giants player to record at least 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season since Barry Bonds in 1998.
Colorado's Dexter Fowler is hitting a team-high .385 in the season series, but has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:24:25 PM EST|