|COLORADO ( HOFFMAN )|
MIAMI ( NICOLINO )
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-12||+11.5||11-20||5.5||0.280||0.332||0.448||0.780||4.3||0.263||0.334||0.424||0.758|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||2-5||3.7||0.247||0.314||0.404||0.718||3.9||0.260||0.323||0.407||0.730|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-46||+1.5||46-37||4.9||0.266||0.325||0.419||0.744||4.7||0.251||0.327||0.393||0.720|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||3-3||3.4||0.225||0.281||0.381||0.662||4.3||0.272||0.333||0.419||0.753|
|7/29/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||4-2||W||130||8.5 ov||U||6||5||0||3||1||0|
|7/30/2017||FREELAND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||FEDDE(R)||10-6||W||125||9 un||O||16||8||1||13||9||2|
|7/30/2017||GRAY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||1-3||L||-115||9.5 un||U||4||4||0||4||2||0|
|8/1/2017||HOFFMAN(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||5-4||W||-115||12.5 ov||U||12||10||1||8||7||0|
|8/2/2017||CHATWOOD(R)||NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||5-10||L||-135||12.5 un||O||11||6||1||12||3||0|
|8/3/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||5-4||W||-175||11.5 un||U||12||9||0||9||9||0|
|8/8/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-4||L||225||8 ov||U||3||1||0||6||6||0|
|8/9/2017||SENZATELA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||3-2||W||175||9 ev||U||12||9||0||7||10||0|
|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)|| |
|8/13/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/4/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||3-5||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||5||2||7||4||0|
|8/5/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||2-7||L||125||9 ov||P||9||7||0||9||6||1|
|8/6/2017||URENA(R)||@ ATLANTA||SIMS(R)||4-1||W||130||9.5 ov||U||6||5||0||4||3||0|
|8/7/2017||O'GRADY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||2-3||L||255||8 ov||U||6||7||0||7||4||1|
|8/8/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||COLE(R)||7-3||W||130||9.5 un||O||6||6||1||11||9||1|
|8/9/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-10||L||160||9.5 un||O||8||8||0||14||10||0|
|8/10/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-3||L||140||9 ev||U||6||8||0||7||4||0|
|8/14/2017||CONLEY(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||STRAILY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||URENA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Marlins, under new ownership, face Rockies|
MIAMI -- The new Miami Marlins, identified on Friday, must be happy with one part of their purchase in particular -- Giancarlo Stanton.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly talked about Stanton after Friday's 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies but didn't know what to say, in essence, when asked about the sale of the team, which is still unofficial.
"I read like everyone else," Mattingly said, "and you guys have given me information. But it's hard to talk about the whole situation because I have not been informed by anyone above me."
The ownership group, led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, reportedly made the deal to buy out Jeffrey Loria, a transaction that burned up the Internet on Friday afternoon.
Later that night, Stanton hit his 40th homer of the season -- which leads the majors and certainly gives those owners hope that he can soon be the centerpiece of a championship team.
For the moment, the Marlins (54-60) are out of playoff contention, even after rallying to defeat the Rockies on Friday night.
The Rockies (65-50) will try to take the second game of the series on Saturday night.
Colorado will once again be led by Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado, an All-Star who leads the majors with 100 RBIs and 66 extra-base hits.
"He's having a great year," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Arenado, who hit his 26th homer on Friday. "He is one of the best players in the game. There's a consistency to his game."
Miami will start left-hander Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.31 ERA) on Saturday, which will be his first career appearance against Colorado.
Nicolino will make his seventh appearance with the Marlins this year, including his sixth start. NIcolino has had various chances in the past three years to grab a rotation job, but he has failed each time. His career record is 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA.
Colorado will counter with right-hander Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.03 ERA), who will make his first career start against the Marlins. He has been better on the road than at home this season. Away from the high altitude in Colorado, he is 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts.
Hoffman will face a difficult Marlins lineup that has clicked since Stanton was moved to second in the batting order on May 23. Since that date, Stanton is batting .290 with 29 homers and 56 RBIs in 67 starts.
In addition to Arenado, Colorado's offense is powered by center fielder Charlie Blackmon, who leads the majors in runs (103), triples (13), multi-hit games (50) and total bases (289).
He also leads the NL with 155 hits.
Blackmon ranks second in the NL with 65 extra-base hits, trailing Arenado by one.
In baseball history, teammates have finished 1-2 in the majors in extra-base hits just three times: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1926 and 1927, and Tony Armas and Dwight Evans for the 1984 Boston Red Sox.
|Last Updated: 8/20/2017 12:27:22 PM EST|