|MIAMI ( PETERS )|
ARIZONA ( WALKER )
|909||MIAMI||+160||Ov 10,+100||+150||Ov 10,-120|
|910||ARIZONA||-170||Un 10,-120||-160||Un 10,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-63||-2||62-50||4.8||0.265||0.325||0.418||0.743||4.9||0.259||0.334||0.409||0.742|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||6-1||7.1||0.327||0.373||0.533||0.906||6.3||0.306||0.388||0.494||0.882|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-16||+7.2||17-20||5.0||0.252||0.316||0.422||0.738||4.4||0.244||0.307||0.398||0.705|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.7||3-4||5.3||0.236||0.306||0.428||0.734||5.3||0.267||0.337||0.413||0.751|
|9/9/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ ATLANTA||FRIED(L)||5-6||L||-115||9.5 ov||O||9||8||0||13||14||1|
|9/10/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||8-10||L||140||9 ov||O||13||10||0||13||10||0|
|9/12/2017||PETERS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||8-9||L||-115||9 ov||O||13||9||2||17||15||0|
|9/13/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||1-8||L||110||9 un||P||4||6||0||13||6||0|
|9/14/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)||0-10||L||110||9 ov||O||8||10||0||14||5||0|
|9/18/2017||STRAILY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||13-1||W||-155||9 un||O||19||11||1||8||11||1|
|9/19/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||5-4||W||-125||9.5 un||U||10||8||0||11||9||0|
|9/20/2017||URENA(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||9-2||W||-170||9 un||O||12||8||1||8||6||0|
|9/22/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||11-13||L||195||10 ev||O||17||8||1||15||8||0|
|9/23/2017||PETERS(L)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|9/25/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||URENA(R)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||STRAILY(R)||ATLANTA|| || |
|9/30/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||3-2||W||-155||7.5 ev||U||6||2||1||6||3||0|
|9/16/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-0||W||-140||7.5 un||U||7||5||1||2||3||0|
|9/17/2017||WALKER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||2-7||L||-145||8.5 ov||O||6||5||0||10||6||1|
|9/18/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||2-4||L||-155||8.5 un||U||5||9||1||4||4||0|
|9/19/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||2-6||L||-170||8.5 un||U||4||2||1||9||6||1|
|9/20/2017||RAY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||13-7||W||-140||7 ev||O||11||4||0||12||9||3|
|9/25/2017||GODLEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||RAY(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||WALKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|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.
|MVP candidates on display when Diamondbacks, Marlins meet|
PHOENIX -- File this under it takes one to know one.
With two of the top National League MVP candidates in Arizona for a weekend series, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly weighed in Friday on what he considers the most relevant criteria for choosing the winner. He made it sound pretty basic.
"Just the guy who is putting up the numbers," said Mattingly, the 1985 American League MVP with 35 homers and 145 RBIs for the Yankees.
"At the end of the day, that is what we really look at. The guy that is driving in runs, getting on base, doing kind of everything offensively. It is more of an offensive award. It is nice when you have balance with it."
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton are perhaps the top candidates in a crowded NL MVP field that includes Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and Marlins darkhorse candidate Marcell Ozuna.
Goldschmidt looked more the part Friday, with two hits, two walks and three runs scored as the Diamondbacks (89-65) dropped their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two. Stanton was 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly that gave him 121 RBIs, second in the NL and tied with Preston Wilson for the most in franchise history.
Arizona right-hander Taijuan Walker (9-8) is to face Miami rookie left-hander Dillon Peters (0-2) in the second game of the season Saturday.
Mattingly parsed the MVP field.
"'G' (Stanton) has played great defense this year," Mattingly said. "When you look at an Arenado or a Goldschmidt, you look at the whole package. Arenado has been so good at third, and Goldschmidt is so good at first and he also steals bags.
"Blackmon has played center, stealing bags, hitting homers, hitting for average. I haven't really looked at everybody's numbers, but there are a ton of guys you could talk about.
"I think you look at that complete package of a player, but in general I think it is the whole offensive package that you really see when you talk about that award."
In general, Mattingly added, "it almost makes more sense that a guy who has a better year on a bad team."
Goldschmidt has finished second in the MVP balloting twice, in 2013 and 2015, and has 35 homers and 117 RBIs, nearing career highs in each category (36, 125) set in 2013, when he finished second to Andrew McCutchen. He has 18 stolen bases.
Stanton leads the majors with 56 homers and is second with 121 RBIs. Arenado leads the majors with 126 RBIs and leads the NL with 42 doubles while hitting 34 homers.
Blackmon has 14 triples, 35 homers and 95 RBIs from the Rockies' leadoff spot. Stanton has a 7.3 WAR, according to baseball-reference.com, and Votto (6.9), Arenado (6.6), Goldschmidt (6.0) and Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon (6.0) round out the top five.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has noticed Stanton's development.
"Some of the balls that he hits that I've seen on a highlight reel, I kind of shake my head at how far they are going," Lovullo said. "Or how they are coming off the bat and you think it is a line drive to the third baseman and it carries over the left field wall. It's amazing. He's mastered that art."
"Nothing against Giancarlo, but I'm biased to one guy. I think Giancarlo is a fantastic player, and he is a very worthy MVP candidate. But I am a firm believe in Paul Goldschmidt."
The fan in Lovullo appreciated the chance to see them both.
"I love competition," Lovullo said. "I love seeing what guys look like when they are performing. I'll sit there and watch this like a fan."
Walker, who is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his last six starts, has never faced the Marlins. He is 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 11 home starts.
Peters will make his fifth major league start after being recalled when rosters expanded Sept. 1. He made quality starts in two of his first three appearances before
giving up nine hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 10-3 loss to Milwaukee last Sunday.
Peters had a no-decision in his lone road start at Philadelphia. He has never faced the Diamondbacks.
|Last Updated: 1/18/2018 7:25:19 PM EST|