|SAN FRANCISCO ( CUETO )|
ARIZONA ( GODLEY )
|911||SAN FRANCISCO||+115||Ov 9,-115||+115||Ov 9,-115|
|912||ARIZONA||-125||Un 9,-105||-125||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-66||-28.8||48-50||4.0||0.247||0.305||0.378||0.683||4.9||0.273||0.330||0.445||0.776|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||1-6||2.9||0.255||0.311||0.355||0.665||2.1||0.218||0.275||0.338||0.613|
|vs Right-handed Starters||67-49||+11.8||52-57||5.0||0.255||0.327||0.427||0.754||3.9||0.238||0.305||0.382||0.687|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||4-3||5.9||0.241||0.331||0.457||0.788||7.0||0.299||0.393||0.485||0.878|
|9/11/2017||STRATTON(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||8-6||W||+185||8 ov||O||12||5||1||8||11||0|
|9/12/2017||CUETO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-5||L||+230||6.5 ev||O||14||11||0||9||13||1|
|9/13/2017||MOORE(L)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||1-4||L||+200||7.5 ev||U||5||2||2||6||9||0|
|9/22/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||2-4||L||200||7.5 un||U||8||8||1||5||5||0|
|9/23/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||6||3||1|
|9/24/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-3||L||280||7.5 ev||U||8||3||0||7||6||0|
|9/25/2017||CUETO(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||MOORE(L)||@ ARIZONA||RAY(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||LYLES(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Little on line as D-backs, Giants open 3-game series|
PHOENIX -- Torey Lovullo may be new to the job he holds, but not to the current situation.
Lovullo said he plans to let his experience as a coach with the Boston Red Sox guide his strategy for the final week of the regular season as the Diamondbacks prepare for their first playoff appearance since 2011.
On Sunday, the Diamondbacks clinched home-field advantage in the National League wild-card game, to be played Oct. 4. The winner of that game will almost certainly meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the five-game NL Division Series that begins Oct. 6. The Dodgers hold a five-game lead over the Washington Nationals with six games to play for the right to meet the wild-card winner.
Theoretically, there is not much for Arizona to play for when it begins the final week of the season with a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday at Chase Field.
Lovullo sees the final week of the regular season through a different lens.
He was manager John Farrell's bench coach in Boston last season, when the Red Sox dropped five of their last six games, losing home-field advantage in the American League Division Series before being swept by Cleveland in that series.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East with five games remaining but lost the final two games of the season to Toronto as the Blue Jays snuck into the wild-card game.
"I have a very good memory of what happened," Lovullo said. "The Red Sox walked into a very hot team in Cleveland. That team was not overlooked. The Red Sox were preparing the best they possibly could. I think there was a clinching effect, and the Red Sox were not playing their best baseball down the stretch.
"There's something to be said for clinching early. Not that the team got complacent. John worked hard to make sure the guys were ready to challenge themselves. I just think that the two teams on the field playing in that five-game series were performing at different levels."
While details have not been firmed up since the Diamondbacks did not clinch until their 3-2 walk-off victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday, it seems safe to assume that there will be few lineup or rotation deviations for last regular-season series against the Giants and the Kansas City Royals.
"It is a natural concern of mine," Lovullo said. "I want to think of the best strategy to make sure that these guys absorb what happened, enjoy what happened, celebrate what happened, and then get ready for the next step.
"We wanted to check box number one. (Now) we have to make sure that we are still playing the type of baseball that we want to play all season long, from start to finish."
The Diamondbacks (90-66) clinched the top wild-card berth at 2:04 p.m. MDT on Sunday, when Milwaukee lost to the Cubs. The St. Louis Cardinals had lost earlier.
Arizona will make its first appearance in a wild-card game and its sixth playoff appearance. The Diamondbacks won the NL West in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2011 and won the World Series in 2001.
"This is just the beginning," said J.D. Martinez, whose two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning ended the Sunday game.
"This isn't it. It gets better. Every one gets bigger. Every one gets more celebration, more bottles. From the day I got here, they've been talking about making the playoffs and doing something that hasn't been done in a while."
Martinez has 27 homers and 58 RBIs since being acquired from Detroit, including the 18th four-homer game in major league history.
On Monday, Arizona right-hander Zack Godley (8-8, 3.20 ERA) will start against the Giants for the first start this season and the second time in his career. He pitched five innings of one-run ball vs. San Francisco in a September 2015 start, and he yielded three runs in one inning of relief against the Giants last year.
Godley is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in his past four starts overall.
Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto (7-8, 4.49 ERA) will start the series opener. He beat the Diamondbacks is his only start against them this season, although he allowed four runs in five innings of that April 4 game. He is 10-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 14 career starts against Arizona.
|Last Updated: 12/16/2017 9:02:33 AM EST|