|COLORADO ( MATZEK )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|959||COLORADO||+175||Ov 7,-115||+170||Ov 7,-125|
|960||LA DODGERS||-185||Un 7,-105||-180||Un 7,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-11||+0.9||10-11||4.6||0.289||0.346||4.8||0.278||0.355|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.7||5-1||7.0||0.306||0.375||5.1||0.258||0.319|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-8||-1.4||6-9||3.4||0.218||0.304||3.1||0.218||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-3||3.7||0.274||0.345||3.6||0.257||0.307|
|6/3/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||2-4||L||-165||10.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/6/2014||BUTLER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-7||L||+110||10 ov||U||9||11||1||12||9||1|
|6/7/2014||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||5-4||W||+120||9.5 ov||U||16||9||0||10||10||1|
|6/8/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-6||L||+120||9 un||U||3||2||0||6||2||0|
|6/13/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||7-4||W||120||7 ev||O||8||3||2||9||7||0|
|6/14/2014||BERGMAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||5-4||W||150||7.5 un||O||12||7||1||10||6||0|
|6/15/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||8-7||W||175||7 un||O||10||5||2||11||12||0|
|6/16/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/17/2014||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/23/2014|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|6/2/2014||KERSHAW(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-2||W||-200||6 un||O||6||6||0||5||3||3|
|6/3/2014||HAREN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||1-4||L||-170||7.5 un||U||6||12||0||7||3||0|
|6/4/2014||BECKETT(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-2||L||-180||7.5 un||U||2||6||1||9||8||1|
|6/6/2014||RYU(L)||@ COLORADO||BUTLER(R)||7-2||W||-120||10 ov||U||12||9||1||9||11||1|
|6/7/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-5||L||-130||9.5 ov||U||10||10||1||16||9||0|
|6/8/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-1||W||-130||9 un||U||6||2||0||3||2||0|
|6/9/2014||HAREN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||6-2||W||105||7.5 ov||O||10||9||0||7||7||1|
|6/10/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||6-1||W||120||7.5 ov||U||12||9||0||9||10||0|
|6/11/2014||RYU(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||0-5||L||125||7 un||U||5||5||0||8||6||0|
|6/12/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||1-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||4||0|
|6/18/2014||KERSHAW(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/20/2014||HAREN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|6/21/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|6/22/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/23/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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 (33-35) at Los Angeles (37-33), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies have gone from spiraling to surging in less than a week.
A three-game series at Chavez Ravine could keep them rolling.
Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki look to continue pacing the Rockies' turnaround Monday night when they open this three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the worst home teams in baseball.
Colorado (34-35) was six games over .500 before losing 15 of 18 during which it batted .241 and scored 3.4 runs per game while the rotation posted a 6.36 ERA.
But the Rockies are putting that dreadful stretch behind them, winning a season-high five straight behind a .325 average, 7.6 runs per contest and a 3.60 ERA from the starters.
"It's amazing, last week at this time we're in the dumps," closer LaTroy Hawkins said. "Now we're on a high. It can turn around just like this."
Impressive production from Blackmon and Tulowitzki is also helping.
Blackmon is 9 for 17 with three doubles, one homer, four RBIs and five runs in four games, while Tulowitzki is 7 for 12 over his last four.
They had three hits apiece, and Tulowitzki connected for a two-run homer as Colorado came from behind for the third consecutive game Sunday in an 8-7 win at major league-leading San Francisco to complete a three-game sweep.
"It was a great three games here," manager Walt Weiss said. "We kept it together and came up with big-time clutch hits."
Tulowitzki, nursing a sore toe, leads the majors with a .362 average and tops the Rockies with 18 homers and 45 RBIs, one more than Blackmon. However, he's batting .133 over his last 12 games at Los Angeles.
The Dodgers, though, are 15-20 at home, ranking only better than Arizona's major league-worst 12-24 mark.
Los Angeles (37-34) failed to finish a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks, falling 6-3 on Sunday.
Hyun-jin Ryu (7-3, 3.33 ERA) will try to help the Dodgers bounce back. He had a personal four-start streak snapped Wednesday at Cincinnati, allowing four runs and six hits over six innings in a 5-0 loss.
The left-hander is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his past two home starts after going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first three.
Ryu has struggled in two of three home starts versus Colorado, compiling a 5.40 ERA. Blackmon is 5 for 7 with a double against him, while Tulowitzki is 3 for 8.
Ryu gave up six runs over five innings in a 6-1 loss to the Rockies at Dodger Stadium on April 27.
The Rockies will counter with Tyler Matzek, who is looking to build on a very impressive major league debut.
The left-hander retired the first 13 hitters and pitched two-hit ball for the first seven innings Wednesday against Atlanta before faltering in the eighth. He was charged with two runs and five hits while striking out seven in seven-plus innings of an 8-2 win.
This time, he'll take the mound in front of family and friends since Dodger Stadium is roughly an hour away from his hometown of Mission Viejo, California.
"It's great," Matzek told the team's official website. "I'm going to have plenty of people there, a lot of family and friends who are going to make it up there. It's good to have that support system there for me."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:37:44 AM EST|