|SAN FRANCISCO ( CUETO )|
COLORADO ( CHATWOOD )
|959||SAN FRANCISCO||-120||Ov 10,-120||-120||Ov 10,-105|
|960||COLORADO||+110||Un 10,+100||+110||Un 10,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-7||-6.6||3-7||3.4||0.224||0.281||0.330||0.611||3.9||0.252||0.303||0.380||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||1-6||2.9||0.211||0.259||0.293||0.552||2.7||0.247||0.288||0.342||0.630|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-5||-1.3||4-6||3.4||0.220||0.291||0.374||0.666||5.1||0.263||0.325||0.453||0.778|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||1-6||2.9||0.207||0.258||0.315||0.573||3.6||0.221||0.276||0.324||0.600|
|4/7/2017||CAIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||6-7||L||-110||8 ov||O||8||2||2||8||9||0|
|4/8/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||1-2||L||-190||7 ov||U||5||5||1||6||8||0|
|4/9/2017||CUETO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-155||7.5 un||O||8||7||0||7||9||1|
|4/18/2017||CAIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||2-1||W||115||9 ev||U||11||10||0||10||11||0|
|4/19/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-2||L||-140||8 ev||U||4||4||0||10||7||0|
|4/21/2017||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)|| |
|4/24/2017||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/25/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|4/26/2017||CUETO(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/27/2017||MOORE(L)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/7/2017||FREELAND(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||+130||12 ov||U||6||5||0||5||6||2|
|4/8/2017||GRAY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-2||W||+185||9.5 un||U||9||5||0||7||6||0|
|4/9/2017||ANDERSON(L)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||6-10||L||+115||10 un||O||9||6||2||15||9||1|
|4/10/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN DIEGO||COSART(R)||3-5||L||-175||11.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||4||0|
|4/11/2017||SENZATELA(R)||SAN DIEGO||WEAVER(R)||3-2||W||-175||12 un||U||4||4||0||5||5||2|
|4/12/2017||FREELAND(L)||SAN DIEGO||LEE(R)||0-6||L||-160||12 un||U||3||8||1||8||5||0|
|4/13/2017||GRAY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-1||W||150||6.5 ov||U||7||6||0||5||5||0|
|4/14/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||2-8||L||115||7 un||O||6||4||1||11||6||1|
|4/15/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||5-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||11||9||0||2||3||0|
|4/16/2017||SENZATELA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-3||W||120||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||7||3||0|
|4/18/2017||FREELAND(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-3||W||155||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||9||12||0|
|4/19/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-4||L||225||6.5 un||U||6||6||1||7||6||0|
|4/21/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||SENZATELA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|4/23/2017||FREELAND(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|COLORADO: 2016: 75-87, third place
Manager: Bud Black (first season)
Who's new? 1B Ian Desmond, IF Alexi Amarista, RHP Greg Holland, LHP Mike Dunn
Who's gone? Manager Walt Weiss, LHP Jorge De La Rosa, RHP Eddie Butler, LHP Boone Logan, C Nick Hundley, IF Daniel Descalso, OF Ryan Raburn
Projected lineup: CF Charlie Blackmon (.324, 29 HR, 82 RBI, 17 SB), 2B D.J. LeMahieu (.348, 11, 66, 11), 3B Nolan Arenado (.294, 41, 133), RF Carlos Gonzalez (.298, 25, 100), 1B Mark Reynolds (.282, 14, 53), LF David Dahl (.315, 7, 24) or Gerardo Parra (.253, 7, 39), SS Trevor Story (.272, 27, 72), C Tony Wolters (.259, 3, 30)
Rotation: RH Jon Gray (10-10, 4.61 ERA), RH Tyler Chatwood (12-9, 3.87), LH Tyler Anderson (5-6, 3.54), LH Kyle Freeland (6-3, 3.91 at Triple-A), RH German Marquez (1-1, 5.23)
Key relievers: Greg Holland (did not pitch in 2016), Adam Ottavino (1-3, 2.67, 7/12 SV), Mike Dunn (6-1, 3.40, 4/8 SV with Marlins), Jake McGee (2-3, 4.73, 15/19 SV), Jordan Lyles (4-5, 5.83), Chad Qualls (2-0, 5.23), Chris Rusin (3-5, 3.74), Carlos Estevez (3-7, 5.24, 11/18 SV)
Hot spots: Catcher and closer. Wolters was 23 years old and hadn't played a game above Double-A last year when the Rockies claimed him off waivers from Cleveland. Now he's the most experienced catcher on the Rockies' 40-man roster, having played 71 major league games. A pitch-framing specialist with rare agility behind the plate, Wolters must coax pitchers through Coors Field and its occasional malefactions. While Colorado's rotation is the best it's looked in years, the ninth inning could be an adventure. Seven pitchers recorded a save for the Rockies in 2016. Now, a man who hasn't thrown a competitive pitch since 2015 might be their best option. Holland, 31, saved 125 games for the Royals from 2013-15 before elbow surgery paused his career. Ottavino will close if Holland can't.
Outlook: The Rockies probably won't catch the Dodgers or Giants this season, but a .500 record or better would be a big boost for their rebuilding movement. Black skippered the Padres from 2007-15, then spent last year in the Angels' front office. His first task: keeping morale steady after a spate of injuries and illness struck the clubhouse. The Rockies' biggest offseason acquisition was veteran Desmond, but he'll miss the beginning of the season with a fractured hand. Pitcher Chad Bettis, who led the Rockies with 32 starts last year, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer. Backup catcher Tom Murphy (hairline fracture in forearm) and outfielder Dahl (ribs) could also start the season on the DL. If they can get past these early hurdles, the Rockies will be competitive at worst and dangerous at best.
|Bochy expected back as Giants visit Rockies|
DENVER -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is expected to return Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
On Monday, Bochy underwent a procedure for a heart arrhythmia in San Diego, and he did not accompany the Giants to Kansas City, where they split a two-game series.
Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto will face the Rockies for the second straight start, and Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood will oppose San Francisco for the second straight start.
The Rockies won three of four from the Giants at AT&T Park last weekend, the first time in franchise history Colorado won a four-game series there.
The Giants, who are 3-6 on the road, have scored a total of five runs in the past four games. They hope Coors Field can help lift their offense. San Francisco (6-10) has scored three or fewer runs in eight games, and eight of the team's 10 defeats were by two or fewer runs.
The Giants rank 10th in the National League with a .233 average and 12th with a .660 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS).
San Francisco left fielder Jarret Parker broke his right clavicle Saturday when he slammed into the wall catching DJ LeMahieu's drive. That position has been an offensive black hole for the Giants; their left fielders are 7-for-56 (.125) with 18 strikeouts and a .408 OPS.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the San Jose Mercury News, "We're staying open-minded on left field. With the loss of Parker, it does create the need to rethink a little how we're going to go forward."
Cueto is 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA in three starts this season. He is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 starts against the Rockies and 7-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his past eight starts against them. On April 14 at San Francisco, Cueto held the Rockies to six hits and two runs in seven innings and won 8-2.
At Coors Field, Cueto is an impressive 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts. That is the all-time lowest ERA there by a pitcher who has made at least five starts.
Cueto has won seven consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Giants pitcher since Matt Cain won eight straight outings in 2012. With a win Friday, Cueto would match Cain and Rick Reuschel (1989) for the San Francisco-era franchise record for the most consecutive winning starts.
Chatwood is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in three starts. On Saturday at AT&T Park, he threw a two-hitter in the first shutout of his career. Chatwood retired the first 17 batters, one hitter shy of the Rockies record to start a game, and allowed two singles and one walk with four strikeouts in a 5-0 victory. Chatwood got 17 outs on ground balls and allowed one runner to reach second base.
He is 6-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against the Giants and 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA against them at Coors Field in six games (five starts).
The Rockies are coming off 4-2 trip to face San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they are 7-3 on the road. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is hitting .356, is 9-for-16 (.563) in his past four games, with four doubles, three homers and six RBIs. He has been otherworldly in the first inning, going 7-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, six RBIs and three walks in 11 plate appearances.
LeMahieu, whose .348 average last year led the NL, went 10-for-22 (.455) on the last road trip. He began the season 2-for-23 (.087) but has since gone 14-for-34 (.412) to raise his average to .281.
"You never want to start off a season the way I did," LeMahieu told the Denver Post, "but at the same time, I've been 4-for-40 before. So I've been there. It's just that everything is magnified at the beginning of a season. I was not stressing out about it."
|Last Updated: 8/21/2017 6:40:27 PM EST|