|COLORADO ( MARQUEZ )|
MIAMI ( WORLEY )
|951||COLORADO||-105||Ov 9.5,+110||-110||Ov 8.5,-105|
|952||MIAMI||-105||Un 9.5,-130||+100||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-38||+4.8||38-40||5.1||0.271||0.330||0.425||0.755||5.0||0.264||0.330||0.438||0.768|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-5||3.4||0.234||0.308||0.357||0.665||3.9||0.269||0.330||0.413||0.743|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-46||+2.5||46-38||4.9||0.266||0.326||0.420||0.745||4.7||0.251||0.328||0.392||0.720|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||3-4||3.7||0.235||0.300||0.394||0.693||3.7||0.269||0.336||0.393||0.729|
|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)||3-4||L||-110||9 ev||U||9||11||0||10||8||2|
|8/13/2017||MARQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||WORLEY(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||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||CAIN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||NICOLINO(L)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Rockies hope to control Marlins' Stanton|
MIAMI -- The Colorado Rockies still lead the National League wild-card race, but they are in danger of getting swept by the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has homered in each of the first two games of this series, is making things miserable for the Rockies (65-51), who have lost four of their past five games overall.
Stanton leads the majors with 41 homers, and his Marlins (55-60), while realistically out of playoff contention, have been playing good baseball lately. In fact, the Marlins have won five of their past seven series, including a series victory over the first-place Washington Nationals.
As for the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Stanton, virtually everyone is impressed with what he is accomplishing, including Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, who used to be his manager with the Marlins.
"I had him for a few years, and nobody hits the ball harder than he does," Redmond said. "When he's going good, you have to be really careful.
"The last couple of days, we just haven't executed good enough pitches to get him out."
Rockies right-hander German Marquez (9-4, 3.88 ERA) has the unenviable task of trying to get Stanton out on Sunday.
Marquez is set to make his 20th start of the season against the Marlins, a team he has never faced. He has made six straight quality starts, a record for a Rockies rookie. And in those six starts, he is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 10 walks in 39 innings.
Miami will counter with right-hander Vance Worley (2-2, 4.82 ERA). In three career appearances against Colorado, Worley is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA, but he has not faced the Rockies since 2012.
But the big story continues to be Stanton, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored on Saturday. He fell a triple short of the cycle and has 20 homers in his past 32 games.
Stanton is one homer short of the Marlins' season franchise record set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.
Furthermore, since 2000, only two players -- David Ortiz in 2006 and Chris Davis in 2013 -- have reached 40 homers quicker than Stanton, who accomplished the feat on Friday.
"It's been fun," Stanton said of the groove he is in lately. "It's been fun downloading info on the pitchers. The daily preparation has been fun.
"You can never expect that every time a pitcher throws a pitch it will get demolished. But as long as I get extension, and I get lift on a ball, it's going to go."
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he thinks that pitchers, during this Stanton hot streak, are afraid to make mistakes against him, and that fear has backfired.
"Pitchers are trying to make (perfect) pitches, and sometimes they hold on to it too long and don't want to do this or don't want to do that.
"(As a result,) they are leaving some stuff there to hit. And (Stanton) is not missing."
The Rockies have an incredibly dangerous lineup that features major-league RBIs leader Nolan Arenado, All-Star leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon, who went 4-for-5 with two steals and two runs scored on Saturday; Mark Reynolds, who has 23 homers; Gerardo Parra, who is hitting .343; Trevor Story, who has 15 homers; two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy; and 2016 NL batting champ D.J. LeMahieu.
Miami, on the other hand, has a red-hot Stanton. And, right now, that's enough.
"Every time he comes up to bat, it's a game-changer," Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino said Saturday after picking up his first win of the season. "I'm glad I don't have to face him. He is locked in right now."
|Last Updated: 8/21/2017 4:37:03 PM EST|