|COLORADO ( BERGMAN )|
ARIZONA ( COLLMENTER )
|959||COLORADO||+135||Ov 8.5,+100||+130||Ov 8.5,+100|
|960||ARIZONA||-145||Un 8.5,-120||-140||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-60||-25.3||49-38||4.7||0.278||0.326||5.4||0.274||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||2-5||3.3||0.242||0.287||4.9||0.280||0.351|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-59||-18.1||47-48||3.7||0.247||0.294||4.7||0.263||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||3.1||0.234||0.298||3.7||0.249||0.336|
|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)||3-2||W||182||7.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||6||4|
|8/26/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||0-3||L||215||6.5 un||U||1||1||2||5||5||0|
|8/27/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||2-4||L||190||7 un||U||5||4||1||10||9||2|
|8/28/2014||LYLES(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||1-4||L||182||7 un||U||4||4||0||8||8||0|
|8/29/2014||BERGMAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)|| |
|8/31/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|9/1/2014||MORALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||LYLES(R)||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|9/3/2014||BERGMAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/15/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||3-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||7||0|
|8/16/2014||MILEY(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||1-2||L||135||7 un||U||6||4||5||5||4||0|
|8/17/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-10||L||130||7 ov||O||9||8||1||12||6||0|
|8/18/2014||NUNO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||4-5||L||225||7 ov||O||9||8||0||8||3||0|
|8/19/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-8||L||210||7 un||O||3||1||0||12||8||0|
|8/20/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-3||L||170||7 ov||U||7||7||0||9||8||0|
|8/21/2014||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-1||L||182||7.5 un||U||4||5||1||9||12||1|
|8/22/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||5-1||W||-120||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||4||2||2|
|8/23/2014||NUNO(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-2||W||+105||8 un||U||10||8||0||3||3||0|
|8/24/2014||ANDERSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||4-7||L||+100||7.5 ev||O||11||10||0||8||6||0|
|8/26/2014||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-9||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||9||9||1||14||6||0|
|8/27/2014||MILEY(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-3||L||+210||7 un||U||6||7||0||8||8||1|
|8/31/2014||ANDERSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/1/2014||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|9/3/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/4/2014||NUNO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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 PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Colorado (53-79) at Arizona (55-78), 9:40 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Rockies have the opportunity to climb out of last place in the NL West by the time they leave Arizona on Sunday, but sweeping the Diamondbacks seems far-fetched considering their recent troubles at the plate.
Either injury-depleted Colorado or Arizona will avoid a fourth straight loss Friday night when the teams with the two worst records in the NL open a three-game series.
The Rockies (53-80) began a seven-game road trip with a 3-2 win over San Francisco on Monday despite having six hits. That number proved to be their highest in the series, as they totaled 10 hits the rest of the way - one Tuesday - and scored three times in dropping the final three meetings.
Colorado fell 4-1 on Thursday for its 26th loss in 30 road games.
"We just had a hard time scoring enough runs to win in this series," manager Walt Weiss said. "We didn't have a lot of opportunities."
The Rockies are playing without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hip surgery), outfielders Carlos Gonzalez (knee) and Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) and catcher Wilin Rosario (wrist). Those players finished Nos. 1-4 last season on the team in RBIs, combining for 315 with 92 home runs.
Arizona (55-78) was also shut down in its last game, managing six hits in eight innings against Clayton Kershaw in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks opened an eight-game homestand with back-to-back wins over San Diego before dropping the finale of that series and both matchups with division-leading Los Angeles.
Those victories over the Padres are Arizona's only two in the last 11 games.
"It stinks. You want to get the job done, especially against a good ballclub like this," Mark Trumbo told MLB's official website.
The Diamondbacks will try to get back on track as they face rookie Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.75 ERA) for the first time. The right-hander returned Sunday from a two-month absence due to a fractured left thumb and beat Miami 7-4 for his first career win.
"I wouldn't say I was nervous, just kind of the excitement of being back out there," said Bergman, who lasted 6 1-3 innings after totaling 15 in his first three starts. "... I just kind of settled in and tried to attack the strike zone and get some quick innings."
He'll be opposed by Josh Collmenter (9-7, 4.05), who has a 6.00 ERA in two starts against Colorado this season but Arizona has rallied to win both behind 21 runs.
The right-hander entered last Friday's start with an 0-2 record and 8.50 ERA in his previous four outings, but he had one of the best performances of his career after manager Kirk Gibson had him skip his between-starts bullpen session.
Collmenter came within two outs of a complete game, limiting San Diego to an unearned run and four hits while tying a career high with eight strikeouts and not walking a batter in a 5-1 win.
"Give the arm a little break and we've been going at it quite a while now," Collmenter said. "It was just good to rest and be 100 percent."
The Rockies won four of the first five meetings this season before the Diamondbacks took the next six. Colorado ended that skid with a 5-3, 10-inning win at Arizona on Aug. 10.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 12:52:56 PM EST|