|COLORADO ( MARQUEZ )|
ARIZONA ( CORBIN )
|911||COLORADO||+155||Ov 9.5,-105||+130||Ov 9,-110|
|912||ARIZONA||-165||Un 9.5,-115||-140||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-16||+15.2||16-24||5.5||0.278||0.336||0.450||0.786||4.2||0.261||0.329||0.418||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+9.9||5-1||5.7||0.270||0.335||0.496||0.831||4.0||0.248||0.310||0.386||0.696|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-47||+9.8||49-53||4.9||0.255||0.326||0.427||0.753||3.9||0.239||0.305||0.383||0.688|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||2-4||4.0||0.235||0.316||0.361||0.677||4.4||0.241||0.294||0.405||0.699|
|9/4/2017||BETTIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||4-3||W||-170||12 ov||U||9||12||0||7||3||1|
|9/5/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||9-6||W||-180||12 ev||O||13||6||0||12||9||0|
|9/6/2017||FREELAND(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||3-11||L||-195||11 ov||O||8||7||1||17||10||1|
|9/7/2017||GRAY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||9-1||W||255||6.5 un||O||16||12||0||6||7||1|
|9/8/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||5-4||W||205||7.5 un||O||6||4||2||7||10||0|
|9/9/2017||BETTIS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||6-5||W||220||8.5 ev||O||11||10||2||8||5||2|
|9/10/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||8-1||W||210||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|9/11/2017||FREELAND(L)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||5-4||W||180||9 ev||P||8||4||1||7||8||0|
|9/12/2017||GRAY(R)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)||4-2||W||115||9 ov||U||7||8||1||8||6||0|
|9/13/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|9/14/2017||BETTIS(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||FREELAND(L)||SAN DIEGO||LYLES(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||GRAY(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/30/2017||RAY(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||6-4||W||-105||9.5 un||O||11||7||0||6||9||1|
|8/31/2017||GREINKE(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||8-1||W||+105||8.5 ev||O||10||4||0||5||7||0|
|9/1/2017||WALKER(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||9-5||W||100||12 ov||O||10||6||1||8||12||3|
|9/2/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||6-2||W||110||11.5 un||U||8||9||1||4||6||1|
|9/3/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||5-1||W||120||10.5 ov||U||9||5||0||5||9||1|
|9/4/2017||RAY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||13-0||W||135||8.5 ev||O||14||2||0||3||4||0|
|9/5/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-1||W||130||7.5 ov||U||4||10||0||6||3||1|
|9/6/2017||WALKER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||3-1||W||170||8.5 un||U||8||11||1||4||5||1|
|9/8/2017||CORBIN(L)||SAN DIEGO||LYLES(R)||6-10||L||-215||9.5 ev||O||10||7||0||14||7||1|
|9/9/2017||GODLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||7-8||L||-185||9.5 ov||O||13||10||1||12||5||0|
|9/10/2017||RAY(L)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||3-2||W||-225||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||6||1|
|9/15/2017||RAY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||WALKER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|Rockies look to gain more ground on Diamondbacks|
PHOENIX -- The Colorado Rockies will turn to another rookie pitcher when they look to extend their winning streak to seven games Wednesday at Chase Field.
More often than not, the club's rookies are producing.
The Rockies are the first team in 11 years to have three rookie pitchers with double-digit victories. One of them, right-hander German Marquez, will get the ball in the third game of a four-game series matching Colorado and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the two top National League wild-card contenders. Colorado has won the first two.
Marquez (10-6), left-hander Kyle Freeland (11-10) and right-hander Antonio Senzatela (10-5) are the first rookie trio to win at least 10 games apiece since Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco and Scott Olsen did so with the Florida Marlins in 2006.
"We wouldn't be where we are without the young starters," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "They are fearless. They don't scare off. They are appreciative of where they are being in the big leagues, and they are very respectful of the big leagues and tradition and veteran players, but they are not scared. They are not in awe."
Marquez will oppose Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-12) as the Diamondbacks attempt to get back on track.
The Diamondbacks (83-62) have lost four of five after a franchise-record 13-game winning streak, and their lead in the NL wild-card race has shrunk to three over the Rockies (80-65). The St. Louis Cardinals are 3 1/2 games behind Colorado.
Arizona has scored six runs in the first two games of the series. J.D Martinez has scored three times and driven in two, but his teammates have not chipped in.
"Just a little slow offensively," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "Our guys are very well aware of what is at stake, and we just have to get after it."
Marquez, 22, leads NL rookie pitches with 136 strikeouts. Freeland is second with 149 2/3 innings and Marquez is third with 141 1/3. Freeland leads rookies in victories, and his 4.03 ERA leads rookie qualifiers.
Marquez has made eight quality starts since the first week of July. He is 5-2 in his past 12 starts, with 74 strikeouts in 72 innings.
"Marquez has gotten stronger. If these guys continue to grow, which they should, it gives us a good group of starting pitchers in our system," said Black, also naming right-handers Jon Gray, Jeff Hoffman and Chad Bettis and left-hander Tyler Anderson. "It's a group we feel good about.
"Like anything, it is a continued work in progress. Players always want to get better. Most players want to learn. Most players are good listeners and want to apply teachings, and that's what I've found with this group. They have been very open and are very receptive to what we are teaching."
Corbin beat the Rockies when he faced them in Coors Field on Sept. 2, giving up two hits and two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. That victory extended his winning streak to five consecutive starts, during which he gave up three runs (two earned) and 20 hits in 35 2/3 innings.
The Padres broke Corbin's streak in a 10-6 victory Friday, touching him for 11 hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Corbin is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA against the Rockies this season, and he is 6-3 with a 5.02 ERA in 16 appearances, 15 starts, against them in his career. He is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA at Chase Field this season.
Marquez has faced the Diamondbacks in every series the two have played this year. He is 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in 29 2/3 innings in those starts. He has given up three runs in 11 innings at Chase Field.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 10:58:30 PM EST|