|ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )|
SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )
|961||ARIZONA||+100||Ov 7,-110||-105||Ov 7,-110|
|962||SAN DIEGO||-110||Un 7,-110||-105||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-21||+5.3||16-27||4.3||0.271||0.329||3.6||0.244||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||6.3||0.302||0.376||5.9||0.317||0.377|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-57||-5.3||47-54||3.5||0.237||0.295||4.6||0.258||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||1-5||1.9||0.193||0.277||2.7||0.186||0.237|
|9/9/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||1-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||4||7||1||12||6||1|
|9/10/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||115||7.5 un||O||5||3||2||7||9||0|
|9/11/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-1||W||115||7 un||U||15||9||0||8||8||1|
|9/16/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||-105||9 un||U||2||1||0||4||8||0|
|9/17/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-9||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||8||7||0||12||9||0|
|9/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||14||0||12||5||0|
|9/19/2013||MILEY(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||6-7||L||+100||8.5 un||O||10||8||1||11||7||1|
|9/20/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-9||L||125||9 un||O||9||10||0||13||5||0|
|9/21/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||MCHUGH(R)||7-2||W||-115||9.5 un||U||14||8||1||9||9||0|
|9/22/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||13-9||W||-125||9.5 un||O||19||7||1||19||11||0|
|9/23/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||8-2||W||-115||8.5 un||O||13||5||0||7||6||1|
|9/11/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||2-4||L||150||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||0|
|9/12/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-10||L||-115||8 un||O||4||6||0||14||11||2|
|9/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)||4-3||W||130||8 un||U||10||8||0||5||2||0|
|9/14/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-2||L||182||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||11||0|
|9/15/2013||SMITH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-0||W||185||8 un||U||9||7||1||4||6||1|
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-0||W||160||6.5 un||U||8||10||0||1||0||0|
|9/17/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-2||W||170||7 un||P||14||10||1||7||7||0|
|9/18/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||3-2||W||155||7 un||U||6||6||0||3||0||0|
|9/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-10||L||175||7 un||O||5||8||1||14||10||0|
|9/20/2013||ERLIN(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-0||W||-150||7 un||U||5||11||0||6||7||3|
|9/21/2013||SMITH(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||+170||6 un||U||3||4||1||6||7||0|
|9/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-1||L||+130||6.5 un||U||2||5||1||4||3||1|
|9/27/2013||SMITH(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||ROSS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|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.
|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 (ARIZONA-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Padres Preview* =============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Arizona (78-76) at San Diego (72-82), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks may already be looking forward to 2014, and Matt Davidson is giving them good reason for that.
Chris Owings' contributions are also promising.
The rookies look to continue their hot hitting Monday night, when the Diamondbacks open a four-game series with the San Diego Padres.
Davidson, a first-round pick in the 2009 draft, has been superb for Arizona (79-76) over his last eight games, going 8 for 18 (.444) with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs.
The 22-year-old third baseman also hit three-run homers in each of the last two games, as the Diamondbacks took two of three at Colorado, including Sunday's 13-9 victory. A homer Monday would make him the first Arizona rookie to do it in three straight contests.
Davidson totaled 60 homers and 256 RBIs over his last three seasons in the minors.
"I'm trying to keep it the same game that it was in the minor leagues and no matter what the situation is take the same approach," said Davidson, who was called up from Triple-A Reno when rosters expanded this month.
Owings is also 22, and producing at the plate. The shortstop, who was recalled from Reno with Davidson on Sept. 3, has five hits with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs over the past two games. That surge increased his average 75 points to .316.
"I've felt like I've been seeing the ball pretty well since I've been up here," Owings said.
Brandon McCarthy (5-9, 4.57 ERA) is expected to get the ball, and he's trying to win a third straight start against the Padres (72-83).
Since he spent his first seven seasons in the AL, the right-hander hadn't faced San Diego until this year and he's won both meetings while allowing two runs in 14 innings. An impressive start against the Padres on Aug. 26, began a stretch in which he's gone 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA in five starts.
He earned a 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing three runs in six-plus innings.
The Padres are scheduled to send Eric Stults (9-13, 4.02) to the mound, as he tries to win back-to-back starts for the first time in two months.
The left-hander allowed two runs with five strikeouts in five innings of a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He had been 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA over his 10 previous outings following back-to-back victories at home versus Colorado and San Francisco.
"It's definitely good to get one," Stults said Tuesday. "It's one of those things that maybe it'll be a little confidence boost."
Stults has dropped two of three starts to Arizona behind a 4.43 ERA.
San Diego has won five of six home meetings with the Diamondbacks this year, including a three-game series sweep from June 14-16.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:15:32 AM EST|