|COLORADO ( MARQUEZ )|
KANSAS CITY ( JUNIS )
|921||COLORADO||+110||Ov 9,-110||-105||Ov 8.5,-125|
|922||KANSAS CITY||-120||Un 9,-110||-105||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-43||+1.4||41-44||5.2||0.274||0.335||0.429||0.764||5.0||0.266||0.331||0.442||0.773|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||3-3||6.0||0.277||0.377||0.475||0.852||5.6||0.289||0.346||0.492||0.838|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-42||+11.8||43-43||4.5||0.261||0.310||0.422||0.732||4.6||0.261||0.324||0.407||0.731|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||5-2||4.6||0.300||0.349||0.436||0.785||5.9||0.268||0.332||0.472||0.804|
|8/11/2017||GRAY(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||11||6||0|
|8/12/2017||HOFFMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||NICOLINO(L)||3-4||L||-110||9 ev||U||9||11||0||10||8||2|
|8/13/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)||3-5||L||-110||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||8||5||0|
|8/22/2017||GRAY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||2||6||1||6||4||1|
|8/23/2017||SENZATELA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||4-6||L||115||9 un||O||9||8||1||14||8||0|
|8/24/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||BETTIS(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||FREELAND(L)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||GRAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/10/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-8||L||135||9 un||O||12||9||3||9||9||1|
|8/11/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-6||L||-130||9 un||P||7||7||1||9||4||0|
|8/12/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||5-4||W||-150||10 un||U||10||5||0||9||5||0|
|8/13/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||14-6||W||-135||10 ov||O||16||11||1||9||8||2|
|8/14/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-2||W||110||9 ev||U||10||6||1||5||6||0|
|8/15/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)||8-10||L||-125||9 un||O||8||2||0||14||5||0|
|8/16/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||7-6||W||-120||9.5 un||O||14||12||1||12||9||1|
|8/25/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MERRITT(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/28/2017||KENNEDY(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||JUNIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|Junis back on mound as Royals aim to sweep Rockies|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jake Junis' last two starts for the Kansas City Royals were very impressive.
He limited the Seattle Mariners to four hits and one run over eight innings, walking none and striking out seven, in an Aug. 6 victory.
He beat the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 14, giving up two runs on four hits over six innings, walking none and striking out two.
Junis has not started since then, though. With the Royals having off days on Monday and last Thursday, manager Ned Yost opted to skip the rookie right-hander.
Junis (5-2, 4.99 ERA) will return to the rotation Wednesday as the Royals will go for a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
"They're a really good team," Junis said. "One of the best teams in the league. I'll hopefully go out with a good game plan, execute and try to get a win."
To keep Junis sharp, the Royals used him for 2 1/3 innings in relief Friday against the Cleveland Indians. He gave up five hits and four runs.
Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy started the first two games of the series against Colorado. Was he paying attention to how they attacked the Rockies' hitters?
"Duffy not so much because he's left-handed," Junis said. "Kennedy being a right-hand pitcher like myself, definitely. We have scouting reports. I'll take some notes and stuff like that, and we'll go from there."
The only Colorado batter he remembers facing is Raimel Tapia, in the minors.
The Rockies will counter with their own rookie right-hander, German Marquez (10-5, 4.24 ERA).
Marquez has never faced the Royals. He picked up his 10th victory on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Marquez has been on a roll. He is 5-1 with a 3.99 ERA in his past eight starts. The Rockies are 6-2 in those games.
"I think, with German, he's got a pretty simple formula: It's a good fastball and a hard breaking ball," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I think, with him, it's locating the fastball from pitch one and landing the breaking ball.
"If he does that, he's going to pitch well and they're not going to score many runs. He has a tendency at times to not locate the fastball consistently, and there's been some damage on fastballs out over the plate. We saw that in his last start, when he gave up the back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.
"But he's very capable of locating the fastball. We've seen that in numerous outings. With him, it's pretty straightforward. He's a guy with good stuff. If he has good stuff in a good area, he's going to get outs. He's not tricking guys."
Marquez is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts against American League clubs. In 11 road starts, he is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA.
The Rockies (68-58) will try to snap a four-game losing streak. Colorado remains a half-game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the race for the top National League wild card. The Rockies are three games ahead of the Brewers for the second wild card.
The Royals (64-61) picked up ground Wednesday on the Indians and Twins, the teams ahead of them in the American League Central. Both Cleveland and Minnesota lost Wednesday, while the Royals rallied for a 6-4 walk-off victory on Eric Hosmer's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth.
Whit Merrifield, who had four hits to tie his career best, kept an eye on the scoreboard and knew Cleveland and Minnesota had lost before Hosmer's blast.
"I probably watch it more than other people because I'm new and I haven't been to the playoffs yet," Merrifield said. "I'm a little more eager to scoreboard-watch than these other guys, so I knew. I'll peek out there. I'm not going to not look."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 5:56:56 PM EST|