|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
LA DODGERS ( MAHOLM )
|913||COLORADO||+125||Ov 7.5,+100||+120||Ov 7,-105|
|914||LA DODGERS||-135||Un 7.5,-120||-130||Un 7,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-4||-2.6||3-3||3.3||0.277||0.338||5.7||0.299||0.367|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||7.0||0.316||0.359||4.4||0.229||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-8||-1.8||8-9||4.3||0.247||0.302||3.7||0.233||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||4-2||3.7||0.237||0.271||4.4||0.232||0.280|
|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)||4-5||L||105||7.5 un||O||9||9||1||7||5||2|
|4/15/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||3-2||W||105||7 un||U||10||9||0||8||6||1|
|4/16/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-4||L||120||6.5 un||U||10||8||0||8||5||1|
|4/17/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-1||W||120||7 ov||U||4||3||0||6||3||0|
|4/21/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||8-2||W||-140||10.5 un||U||11||6||2||6||8||0|
|4/22/2014||MORALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||+105||10.5 un||U||9||7||0||8||9||1|
|4/23/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||10-12||L||-105||9.5 un||O||16||9||0||14||8||1|
|4/25/2014||LYLES(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-4||W||130||7 un||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|4/26/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|4/27/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/28/2014||MORALES(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/29/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||BOLSINGER(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||LYLES(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/12/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||8-5||W||-120||8 ev||O||12||11||0||12||11||2|
|4/13/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||8-6||W||-120||9 ov||O||7||6||0||14||9||1|
|4/15/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-3||L||-105||8 un||U||12||13||2||12||16||1|
|4/16/2014||MAHOLM(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-2||L||100||8 ov||U||6||4||1||7||8||1|
|4/17/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||115||7 un||U||7||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/27/2014||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/29/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||HAREN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.''
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Dodgers Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Colorado (13-11) at Los Angeles (13-11), 9:10 p.m. EDT
Charlie Blackmon has the highest batting average in the majors and picked the perfect spot to add to his totals in surging Colorado's previous game.
Blackmon will try to build on his clutch performance Saturday night and help the Rockies to their longest road win streak over the Los Angeles Dodgers in almost six years.
Blackmon, a carer .307 hitter, is batting .398 predominantly out of the leadoff spot.
The outfielder has 10 hits over his past six games, connecting for four homers with eight RBIs and 11 runs. He came through again Friday in the opener of this three-game set, driving in Brandon Barnes for the go-ahead run in a 5-4, 11-inning win.
Blackmon, who later stole second and scored one of the Rockies' three runs in the inning, got his hit off left-hander J.P. Howell and will now face another when Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) takes the hill for the Dodgers on Saturday.
"He hits lefties well," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Blackmon. "Other than the guys that are considered the wipeout left-handers, he gets the (at-bats)."
Troy Tulowitzki, second to Blackmon with a .380 average, is 12 for 24 with four homers, 11 RBIs and nine runs over the past seven games. He's driven in five runs while homering in each of the last three, including a solo shot Friday.
Colorado (13-11) has won six of eight and is in position for its first four-game winning streak at Dodger Stadium since June 3-Aug. 20, 2008.
Handing the ball to Juan Nicasio (2-0, 4.30 ERA) on the road could help, especially at Chavez Ravine. The right-hander has a 1.54 ERA over his last four starts there, winning the past two while tossing 12 1-3 scoreless innings. He struck out seven batters in 5 1-3 innings of a 1-0 win at Los Angeles (13-11) on Sept. 28.
That's part of Nicasio's six-start unbeaten stretch on the road, during which he's gone 3-0 behind a 1.85 ERA. He won his only outing as the visitor April 15, yielding two runs in six innings of a 3-2 victory at San Diego.
Nicasio, though, followed that five days later with his worst performance of the season, surrendering season highs of five runs and two homers in five innings of a 10-9 home defeat to Philadelphia.
Los Angeles has dropped four of five, partly due to a 5.06 ERA from the bullpen.
The relievers may need to improve on that since Maholm is 1-8 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rockies, losing six straight starts behind a 9.00 ERA while serving up a .374 batting average and seven homers.
Maholm struggled early Monday, giving up two runs in the opening inning before surrendering three more and leaving after the fifth in a 7-0 loss to Philadelphia. He tossed a season-high 107 pitches in just his third start in six appearances this year.
"It was frustrating just going through a long first inning, battling, not having your stuff, and doing everything possible to get deep into the game," Maholm said.
Maholm has struggled greatly versus Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
Tulowitzki is 10 for 22 with four doubles and two homers off him, while Gonzalez is 6 for 14 with a pair of doubles and two homers.
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig has six hits over the past four games, and half have gone for extra bases. He homered on one of his two hits Friday and had two RBIs.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:01:11 PM EST|