|COLORADO ( MORALES )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|911||COLORADO||+135||Ov 8.5,-105||+145||Ov 8.5,+110|
|912||ARIZONA||-145||Un 8.5,-115||-155||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-19||-3.3||14-17||4.3||0.271||0.325||4.9||0.289||0.361|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||4-2||4.6||0.262||0.307||7.1||0.295||0.356|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-16||-0.7||13-15||4.7||0.269||0.328||4.6||0.273||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||3-3||4.6||0.262||0.314||5.6||0.270||0.309|
|7/28/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||1-4||L||130||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||3||0|
|7/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||9||12||0||12||16||1|
|7/30/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||6-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||12||9||1||14||7||0|
|7/31/2014||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-3||L||185||8.5 ov||U||5||6||0||6||4||0|
|8/1/2014||MORALES(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||2-4||L||205||9 ov||U||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/2/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||5-11||L||190||9 un||O||8||6||1||16||4||1|
|8/3/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-4||L||205||8.5 ev||U||4||5||0||8||6||1|
|8/5/2014||ANDERSON(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-6||L||-125||10 un||O||15||12||1||8||8||0|
|8/6/2014||LYLES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||13-4||W||+115||9.5 ov||O||16||4||0||8||5||0|
|8/7/2014||FLANDE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-6||L||-120||10.5 un||U||7||6||1||8||2||0|
|8/8/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||3-5||L||105||8 un||P||9||7||2||8||9||1|
|8/9/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||4-14||L||-105||8 un||O||6||5||2||15||2||1|
|8/10/2014||MORALES(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|8/11/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/27/2014||NUNO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||3||2||4||4||0|
|7/28/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-1||W||130||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||6||9||0|
|7/29/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||0-3||L||120||7 ev||U||5||8||0||7||3||2|
|7/30/2014||MILEY(L)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||5-4||W||-110||7 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|8/5/2014||MILEY(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-12||L||+120||7 ov||O||5||6||0||15||5||1|
|8/6/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||3-4||L||+135||7.5 ov||U||12||11||0||5||4||0|
|8/7/2014||NUNO(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-6||L||+105||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||11||5||0|
|8/9/2014||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||14-4||W||-105||8 un||O||15||2||1||6||5||2|
|8/12/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HOUSE(L)|| |
|8/13/2014||NUNO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ MIAMI||PENNY(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||MILEY(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||@ 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.''
|ARIZONA: PHOENIX (AP) - The season had not even started when the Arizona Diamondbacks took a loss.|
A day before boarding the plane for their season opener in Australia, the Diamondbacks learned scheduled opening-day starter Patrick Corbin had a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need season-ending surgery.
Arizona went 21-8 in the young left-hander's starts last season, more than a quarter of the victories for a team that went 81-81 for the second year in a row. The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by splashing around in Arizona's Chase Field swimming pool.
Arizona retooled during the offseason by adding power (Mark Trumbo), a veteran starter (Bronson Arroyo) and a young closer (Addison Reed). Even with the loss of Corbin, the Diamondbacks feel they have the components to contend for at least a wild-card berth.
''They really want it,'' catcher Miguel Montero said. ''They're hungry for something, and that's a good feeling. I think last year we were a little bit more laid back. This year the guys are hungry, and that's a good thing.''
Trumbo noticed a positive attitude right from the start of spring training.
''That's the personality of the guys here and that plays really well for the course of a long season,'' he said. ''You've got to have guys that play the game right way, but play it with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder and bring it every day.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Colorado (45-70) at Arizona (50-66), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Rookie David Peralta is a big reason why the Arizona Diamondbacks are on the brink of matching their longest winning streak against the Colorado Rockies.
Peralta looks to continue his impressive production against the lowly Rockies on Sunday when these NL West rivals complete a three-game series at Chase Field.
Peralta is hitting .321 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 56 games since being recalled from Double-A Mobile on June 1. He's been especially good against the Rockies, going 9 for 19 (.474) with four doubles, one triple, one homer, six RBIs and eight runs over five meetings.
Arizona (51-66) has won all of those games, extending its winning streak over Colorado (45-71) to six - one shy of its longest in the all-time series set from 2001-02.
Peralta, a pitcher in St. Louis' organization from 2006-08 before injuries forced him to change positions, went 3 for 5 with a grand slam during a nine-run eighth inning and finished with five RBIs in a 14-4 rout Saturday.
"Hitting is contagious," said Cliff Pennington, who was 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and four runs. "It's just one of those where guys get a couple of hits, you feel good and things start to roll."
Facing the Rockies and the worst pitching staff in the majors also helps. The Diamondbacks are batting .359 with 13 homers and 56 runs over the last six meetings after collecting 15 hits Saturday.
Now, they'll face Wade Miley (7-8, 4.61 ERA), who is coming off perhaps the worst performance of his four-year career.
The left-hander was hammered for a career-high 10 runs and nine hits over 4 2-3 innings in a 12-2 home loss to Kansas City on Tuesday. That dismal performance came after he tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a 5-4 win at Cincinnati six days earlier.
Miley is 1-6 with a 6.35 ERA in 12 home starts compared to 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA over the same amount of games on the road.
He struggled mightily at home against Colorado on April 28, surrendering seven runs and 10 hits - two homers - in six innings of an 8-5 loss.
Colorado has dropped 11 of 13 games, and is tied with Texas for the worst record in baseball after manager Walt Weiss called a team meeting earlier Saturday.
"I didn't say abracadabra or anything," Weiss said. "I didn't say any magic words. I just tried to give them some perspective on where we are at."
Franklin Morales (5-6, 5.08) is back in the rotation for the Rockies due to a back injury to Brett Anderson, who could be out for the season, according to MLB's official website.
Morales replaced the injured Anderson after the third inning Tuesday, and allowed one run and two hits before leaving following the sixth in a 6-5 loss in 12 to the Chicago Cubs.
The left-hander's previous five appearances were starts, and he went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA while being backed by two runs or fewer in four of those outings.
Morales got plenty of help in his first start against Arizona in five years on April 28, allowing four runs in five innings opposite Miley.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 7:27:18 AM EST|