|ARIZONA ( DELGADO )|
COLORADO ( CHACIN )
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-54||-7.9||51-51||4.3||0.255||0.320||4.5||0.260||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||6-1||6.0||0.303||0.378||4.6||0.285||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-53||-4||47-50||4.5||0.272||0.322||4.4||0.268||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||5-2||4.4||0.305||0.340||6.4||0.323||0.385|
|9/6/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||0-3||L||-125||7 un||U||1||1||1||8||6||0|
|9/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||130||7 un||U||10||9||0||6||5||0|
|9/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||130||6.5 ov||U||10||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/9/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||1-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||4||7||1||12||6||1|
|9/10/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||115||7.5 un||O||5||3||2||7||9||0|
|9/11/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-1||W||115||7 un||U||15||9||0||8||8||1|
|9/16/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||-105||9 un||U||2||1||0||4||8||0|
|9/17/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-9||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||8||7||0||12||9||0|
|9/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||14||0||12||5||0|
|9/19/2013||MILEY(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||6-7||L||+100||8.5 un||O||10||8||1||11||7||1|
|9/20/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|9/6/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||3-4||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||6||2||8||7||0|
|9/7/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-2||L||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||6||7||2|
|9/8/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-5||L||130||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||5||1|
|9/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-3||L||115||6.5 ov||U||9||6||1||10||8||0|
|9/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||9-8||W||105||7 un||O||14||8||0||14||12||0|
|9/11/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||3-4||L||130||7 ov||P||9||7||0||9||13||0|
|9/13/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||7-5||W||125||9 un||O||16||8||0||12||11||0|
|9/14/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-9||L||160||9 un||O||7||5||0||16||8||0|
|9/15/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-8||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/16/2013||MCHUGH(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-2||W||+140||10 un||U||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|9/17/2013||NICASIO(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-11||L||+125||10 ov||O||9||9||0||18||12||1|
|9/18/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+165||9.5 ev||U||12||11||0||10||7||1|
|9/19/2013||OSWALT(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||7-6||W||+145||9.5 un||O||21||16||0||12||9||0|
|9/21/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview* ==============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Arizona (77-74) at Colorado (69-84), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks held the NL West lead in late July, but they're on the verge of falling out of the playoff race altogether as they begin a seven-game road trip Friday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Arizona led the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 9 1/2 games before play June 22 and held a one-half game edge July 21 before relinquishing the lead for good.
It was unable to hold off surging Los Angeles, which clinched the division by beating the Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Martin Prado drove in two runs for Arizona (77-75), which trails Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card spot with 10 to play.
"You just take it in and reflect on some things," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We still have to play hard the rest of the way out. It is disappointing."
The Diamondbacks have lost four of their six road meetings with the Rockies this season, but they took two of three at home from Colorado last weekend.
Paul Goldschmidt, batting .514 with three homers and 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak, went 4 for 4 with five RBIs in Sunday's 8-2 victory in the series finale. Randall Delgado picked up his first win since beating Boston on Aug. 2 after allowing two runs in six innings.
Delgado (5-6, 3.98 ERA), who went 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA in his previous seven outings, has allowed 14 home runs over his last nine starts, though, after giving up a two-run shot to pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson on Sunday.
The right-hander will face the Rockies again Friday.
"It's unusual that the only runs he gives up are on home runs," Gibson said. "But as he gets more matured and more experience, you'll see that go down. He's thrown very well for us overall this year, and he has a very good future for us."
In a rematch of Sunday's pitching matchup, Delgado will oppose Jhoulys Chacin, who had his shortest outing of the season in that contest.
Chacin (13-9, 3.22) gave up six runs - four earned - in four innings in the loss after going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA while pitching seven innings in each of his previous four starts.
"I just wasn't throwing strikes," Chacin said. "I was pitching up, overthrowing my pitches. I didn't make my pitches at any point in the game."
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts versus Arizona this season, and he'll look to get back on track against a Diamondbacks team that has won five of the last six meetings with Colorado.
The Rockies (70-84) will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 28 and 30 after Thursday's 7-6, 15-inning victory over St. Louis to earn a split of their four-game series with the NL Central leaders.
Corey Dickerson went 3 for 7 and drove in DJ LeMahieu with a triple in the bottom of the final inning for his second RBI of the contest. Dickerson went 2 for 16 over his previous five games.
Charlie Blackmon had four hits, while Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton homered.
The Rockies will look to slow Goldschmidt, who is 11 for 21 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six against Colorado.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2018 6:07:54 PM EST|