|COLORADO ( BETTIS )|
ARIZONA ( GODLEY )
|953||COLORADO||+150||Ov 9.5,-110||+165||Ov 9.5,-125|
|954||ARIZONA||-160||Un 9.5,-110||-175||Un 9.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-49||+2||44-53||5.0||0.269||0.333||0.425||0.757||5.0||0.265||0.330||0.441||0.771|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+10.9||5-1||5.6||0.262||0.330||0.484||0.814||3.6||0.250||0.310||0.392||0.702|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-47||+10.8||50-53||5.0||0.256||0.327||0.429||0.757||3.9||0.239||0.304||0.383||0.687|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-3||4.7||0.281||0.338||0.430||0.768||4.6||0.238||0.295||0.410||0.705|
|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)||2-8||L||135||9 ov||O||6||7||1||16||9||1|
|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|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|1,000-hit man Goldschmidt leads D-backs in finale vs. Rockies|
PHOENIX -- For Paul Goldschmidt, his 1,000th career hit Wednesday was a nothing-to-see-here moment.
"I don't care," the Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman said matter-of-factly. "It's better than 999. It doesn't really matter. It's a hit. The only thing I care about is us trying to win that game. I'm glad we won."
That is Goldschmidt.
To him, the more relevant number Wednesday was the $186,121.94 check he was able to present to Phoenix's Children's Hospital in the morning, the funds raised during the charity bowling event he and wife, Amy, host every year to support the hospital's center for cancer and blood disorders.
Later, Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb helped the Diamondbacks (84-62) beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2, halting a streak in which Arizona had lost four of five after winning a franchise-record 13 straight.
Arizona right-hander Zack Godley will oppose Colorado righty Chad Bettis in the finale of the four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The Rockies (80-66) won the first two, but if the D-backs win the finale, the teams would end up in the NL wild-card race exactly where they started -- with the Diamondbacks holding a five-game lead, this time with only 15 games to play instead of 19.
Colorado is three games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card.
"It was a big win for us," said Pollock, who was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer while breaking out of a 2-for-22 skid. "The first two games were a little tough, but we are facing a good team. We win tonight and we have a chance to split the series. It's a big deal."
Pollock hit seventh in the lineup for the first time this season Wednesday, with manager Torey Lovullo saying he was looking for a way to "kick-start" Pollock. The center fielder entered the game hitting .176 in his previous 34 games during a season that was interrupted earlier by a severe groin injury.
"I just felt like it was the best thing for this team and the best thing for A.J." Lovullo said.
"We're just taking it day by day," Goldschmidt said when asked about the importance of the Colorado series. "Each game counts the same. It's good to get the win, but I don't think it means any more or any less."
Goldschmidt's reward comes from team accomplishments.
An achievement that would mean something?
"Us winning the World Series," he said. "It's never been a goal to get any individual milestones, so when something like that happens ... But it's just an arbitrary number. Why does 1,000 mean anything? It will probably be something after the year or after my career, 'Oh, that was cool.' But that will be the extent of it."
Bettis will make his seventh start of the season Thursday while continuing his return from testicular cancer. It will be his first start against Arizona.
Bettis (1-2, 4.98 ERA) went seven innings in each of his first two starts but has not gone more than 5 1/3 innings since. He has thrown 87 or more pitches in his past three outings, and pitch count is not an issue, according to manager Bud Black.
"The first couple, you have to watch a little bit," Black said. "Now he's built up. Mentally, he sees himself as a starter. He sees six innings, seven innings."
Bettis is 1-1 with a 7.30 ERA in nine career appearances (six starts) against Arizona. He has given up 60 hits and 30 runs in 37 innings. He has been much better at Chase Field, with a 4.42 ERA in four appearances.
Godley (7-7, 3.18 ERA) is 2-0 in his past three starts and is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against the Rockies. He has 15 strikeouts in 13 innings in the two meetings while holding Colorado to a .163 batting average.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 11:06:40 PM EST|