|COLORADO ( LYLES )|
SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )
|911||COLORADO||+105||Ov 7,-115||+110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|912||SAN DIEGO||-115||Un 7,-105||-120||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-3||-3.6||2-1||3.7||0.277||0.333||8.7||0.345||0.400|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||4-3||4.9||0.287||0.341||5.1||0.268||0.323|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-7||-2.6||3-8||2.7||0.231||0.269||3.7||0.230||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||2-5||3.6||0.256||0.280||2.9||0.195||0.258|
|3/31/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-10||L||130||6.5 un||O||6||5||0||14||7||0|
|4/1/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-4||L||-125||7 ov||P||9||7||1||5||1||0|
|4/2/2014||LYLES(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-5||W||110||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||8||8||3|
|4/3/2014||MORALES(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||5-8||L||-115||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||13||9||1|
|4/5/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 un||O||12||3||2||6||7||0|
|4/7/2014||LYLES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)||8-1||W||-145||10 un||U||13||10||0||5||5||1|
|4/8/2014||MORALES(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-15||L||-150||9.5 un||O||7||5||1||19||8||0|
|4/9/2014||NICASIO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||10-4||W||-165||10 un||O||16||7||0||8||5||1|
|4/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-6||L||150||6.5 un||O||11||6||1||6||5||1|
|4/12/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||1-0||W||120||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||3||6||1|
|4/13/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||4-5||L||145||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||9||2||0|
|4/14/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/15/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/16/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|4/17/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/21/2014|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/1/2014||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+130||6.5 un||U||6||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/2/2014||ROSS(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||1-5||L||-110||7 un||U||6||6||1||9||7||1|
|4/4/2014||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||2-8||L||-105||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||13||8||0|
|4/5/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-5||L||140||6.5 un||U||5||8||0||10||10||1|
|4/6/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||4-2||W||110||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||3||2|
|4/8/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||15||9||2||8||5||3|
|4/9/2014||STULTS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||0-2||L||130||8 ov||U||6||7||1||5||6||0|
|4/9/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-1||W||110||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||6||7||1|
|4/16/2014||CASHNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/18/2014||ROSS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||ERLIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/21/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's almost as if last season didn't end for the San Diego Padres.|
The Padres go into 2014 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers and with one of their starting pitchers already having arm trouble.
There had been a general air of optimism surrounding the Padres, who are coming off seasons of 91, 86 and 86 losses. Their rotation has been bolstered, as well as their player payroll.
Then came word late in spring training that newcomer Josh Johnson, penciled in as the No. 3 starter, is expected to be out four to five weeks after straining his right forearm.
That still leaves a projected rotation of Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults, with a number of pitchers to choose from to replace Johnson.
''I think we have the talent on the mound, through our 12 guys that are going to make our team, to pitch well,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's a health component here like all teams. We've got keep our best players on the field.''
The Padres signed Johnson to an $8 million, one-year contact less than two months after he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances last season with Toronto.
When Johnson returns, the Padres hope he and Ian Kennedy can return to their old form.
Kennedy was acquired from division rival Arizona at the trading deadline. He went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA with San Diego after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. Johnson was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010.
The Padres will be tested right away. They open at home Sunday night against the defending NL West champion Dodgers and their $225 million payroll, led by ace Clayton Kershaw, himself a $215 million man. The Dodgers already sit atop the division after sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in Sydney.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Padres Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Colorado (6-6) at San Diego (4-7), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies are one of baseball's highest-scoring teams, but their pitching staff has given plenty of those runs back.
Jordan Lyles hopes to help put a stop to that trend as he seeks a second straight solid outing in Monday night's matchup with the host San Diego Padres.
Colorado's 70 runs rank second in the majors to the Chicago White Sox's 80, though the 69 it has allowed have contributed to an inconsistent start. The Rockies (6-7) dropped two of three to San Francisco in their last series, including Sunday's 5-4 loss in 10 innings.
Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario each hit their first homer, while DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Colorado's pitching staff took another blow following the contest, as it learned starter Brett Anderson will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken index finger suffered Saturday.
"We have to play the hand we're dealt with here," manager Walt Weiss said.
Aside from Saturday's 1-0 victory against the Giants, the Rockies' best pitching performance came last Monday against the White Sox as Lyles gave up one run in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 win.
An injury to Tyler Chatwood - who gave up four runs in six innings in his season debut Sunday - opened a spot in the rotation for Lyles (2-0, 3.86 ERA), who was supposed to start the season in Triple-A.
The right-hander has made the most of his opportunity, which likely will be extended well beyond this start with the news of Anderson's injury.
"He's been impressive," Weiss said of Lyles. "It was a tough situation he was in at the end of spring training. He's 2-0. It says a lot about the guy."
Lyles, who was acquired from Houston in November, is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in three starts against the Padres. He won't be dwelling on those past performances, though.
"I think guys in general fall victim to worrying about their numbers," Lyles said. "I think I'm turning that corner."
Colorado hopes to improve on its 2-5 road record as it begins a four-game set with a Padres team that has won three of four following a rough start.
San Diego (5-7) got solo homers from Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady in Sunday's 5-1 win over Detroit, while Will Venable added a two-run double.
"The pitching has done a tremendous job, and now it's our turn on the offensive side to get some guys going," Nady said. "Hopefully (we can) get some runs early and get big hits and start playing well."
The Padres scored at least four runs for just the fourth time and their 33 runs on the season rank last in the NL. Eric Stults will take the mound in this contest, but he said he can't worry about the lack of offensive production.
Stults (0-2, 5.59) allowed two runs - one earned - in 5 2-3 innings in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Cleveland, but he received no support in a 2-0 defeat.
"I can only control what I can control and that's pitching," Stults said. "I can't do anything about the hitting side of things, so I mean I don't think that really changes my approach. I still want to attack the zone and get guys out. So to me, it's not an issue because my job is to pitch."
The left-hander has made seven starts against Colorado, going 3-0 with a 4.20 ERA.
Troy Tulowitzki, who went 0 for 7 in the series against the Giants, is 5 for 14 with two doubles and six walks against Stults.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:41:58 PM EST|