|MIAMI ( ALVAREZ )|
COLORADO ( MORALES )
|909||MIAMI||-130||Ov 10,-105||-130||Ov 9.5,-115|
|910||COLORADO||+120||Un 10,-115||+120||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-10||+9.3||16-8||4.9||0.271||0.331||4.0||0.251||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||3-4||4.1||0.263||0.333||3.4||0.238||0.300|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-57||-25.1||48-34||4.8||0.280||0.328||5.4||0.273||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||5.9||0.303||0.364||4.9||0.262||0.323|
|8/8/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-1||W||120||7 ev||U||7||10||0||7||7||0|
|8/9/2014||PENNY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||4-3||W||125||8 un||U||8||12||1||7||8||0|
|8/10/2014||HAND(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-7||L||170||7 un||O||5||7||1||7||4||1|
|8/11/2014||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-5||W||-105||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||12||8||1|
|8/12/2014||COSART(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-0||W||+125||7.5 un||U||7||3||1||4||6||0|
|8/13/2014||EOVALDI(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||2-5||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||5||2||2||10||8||0|
|8/22/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||HAND(L)||@ COLORADO||BERGMAN(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||COSART(R)||@ LA ANGELS||LEBLANC(L)|| |
|8/26/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||5-3||W||145||8.5 un||U||9||7||2||8||10||0|
|8/11/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||3-4||L||155||6.5 un||O||5||5||1||8||7||0|
|8/12/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||1-4||L||115||7 un||U||6||6||0||6||5||1|
|8/13/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-5||L||140||6.5 ov||O||10||8||0||10||7||0|
|8/14/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||7-3||W||-125||9 ov||O||10||6||0||6||3||1|
|8/19/2014||MATZEK(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-7||L||+130||9.5 ov||O||11||10||0||11||8||1|
|8/20/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-2||W||+100||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||5||2||1|
|8/25/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/27/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|MIAMI: MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins' attempts to improve their feeble offense.|
''They should apologize for their regular season lineup,'' John Henry tweeted during spring training.
In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.
Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it's unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.
''We were anemic offensively,'' new general manager Dan Jennings said. ''Just bad. It's unacceptable.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Rockies Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Miami (63-63) at Colorado (50-76), 8:40 p.m. EDT
Henderson Alvarez has pitched much like an ace while trying to help the Miami Marlins overcome the season-ending injury to star Jose Fernandez.
Not even a stint on the disabled list could cool off the right-hander.
Alvarez will try to win his fourth straight start Friday night when the Marlins try to resume their push for a playoff spot as they open a nine-game road trip with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.
After missing the first half of August with right shoulder inflammation, Alvarez (9-5, 2.43 ERA) wasted little time returning to the stopper role he assumed after Fernandez went down in May.
The 24-year-old held Arizona to a run over seven innings Saturday in a 2-1 victory.
Alvarez is 3-0 with a 1.23 mark in his last three starts. He's limited opponents to two runs or fewer in 13 of his last 14 starts - Miami has won 12 of those - while going 7-2 with a 1.70 ERA.
"I'm just trying to do my best for me and for my team," Alvarez, fourth in the NL in ERA, told MLB's official website. "I'll keep battling until the end, think positive and move forward."
Alvarez, however, did not fare well in his only career start against the Rockies in April. He allowed six runs - three earned - over three-plus innings in a 6-5 loss in a series in which Miami took three of four to open the season.
Now the Marlins (63-63) seek their ninth win in 13 games as they continue their bid for an NL wild-card spot. They'll have to bounce back after their three-game winning streak was snapped in a 5-4 home loss to Texas on Wednesday.
NL-worst Colorado (50-76) has totaled 38 runs and hit .307 while winning four of six on this nine-game homestand.
Matt McBride went 2 for 3 with a grand slam in his first start in two years in a 5-2 win over Kansas City on Wednesday. He missed a big chunk of 2013 after undergoing neck surgery and was out with a broken foot earlier this year.
"Another guy with a great story, who's been through a lot," manager Walt Weiss said.
Nolan Arenado (11 for 24) and Drew Stubbs (10 for 23) are seeing the ball well on the homestand, though they went a combined 3 for 19 in the April series against the Marlins.
Michael Cuddyer has hit .424 in his last nine meetings with Miami, and he's expected to return after missing two games with a strained left hamstring.
Franklin Morales (5-6, 5.04) makes his third start in August after appearing in relief in two of his last three outings. He has a 5.15 ERA and has allowed 15 homers in 17 starts, but owns a 3.31 mark while giving up only two long balls in his last six.
The left-hander did not factor in the decision at Miami on April 3, surrendering three runs over 5 1-3 innings in an 8-5 loss.
Marcell Ozuna went 2 for 3 off him in that contest and is 9 for 18 in five career games versus Colorado. He finished with three hits Wednesday, including his 18th home run.
While Christian Yelich is batting .514 during a nine-game hitting streak, All-Star Giancarlo Stanton has seven homers and 13 RBIs in 11 career games at Coors Field.
Miami has won five of seven in Denver.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:11:53 PM EST|