|ARIZONA ( KELLY )|
COLORADO ( GRAY )
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-0.2||2-3||4.0||0.215||0.263||0.371||0.634||6.4||0.251||0.340||0.492||0.832|
|Past 7 Games||2-4||-1.2||2-4||3.7||0.216||0.263||0.365||0.628||6.0||0.261||0.357||0.498||0.855|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-3||-3.2||2-1||6.3||0.207||0.264||0.543||0.807||9.0||0.308||0.352||0.504||0.856|
|Past 7 Games||2-4||-1.3||3-3||6.2||0.228||0.288||0.465||0.753||6.0||0.286||0.365||0.449||0.814|
|4/1/2021||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||DARVISH(R)||7-8||L||200||8.5 ov||O||12||7||0||10||7||1|
|4/2/2021||KELLY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||SNELL(L)||2-4||L||185||8 un||U||8||9||0||9||8||2|
|4/3/2021||SMITH(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MUSGROVE(R)||0-7||L||187||8.5 ov||U||4||3||2||10||11||0|
|4/4/2021||WIDENER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PADDACK(R)||3-1||W||182||9 ev||U||6||8||0||6||10||2|
|4/6/2021||WEAVER(R)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||10-8||W||115||10.5 un||O||13||12||1||9||9||1|
|4/7/2021||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)||0-8||L||-115||11.5 ov||U||5||6||1||10||7||0|
|4/8/2021||KELLY(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)|| |
|4/10/2021|| ||CINCINNATI||HOFFMAN(R)|| |
|4/11/2021|| ||CINCINNATI||DE LEON(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/1/2021||MARQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||8-5||W||+185||11 ov||O||11||7||0||15||14||2|
|4/2/2021||SENZATELA(R)||LA DODGERS||BAUER(R)||6-11||L||+225||12 un||O||8||4||2||16||9||1|
|4/3/2021||GRAY(R)||LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)||5-6||L||+195||11.5 ev||U||7||5||1||12||12||0|
|4/4/2021||GOMBER(L)||LA DODGERS||URIAS(L)||2-4||L||+185||11.5 ov||U||4||4||1||4||7||0|
|4/9/2021|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/10/2021|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/11/2021|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|ARIZONA: He's Here: RHP Joakim Soria, RHP Chris Devenski, INF Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Tyler Clippard.
He's Outta Here: RHP Junior Guerra, RHP Hector Rondon, OF Jon Jay, RHP Mike Leake.
Projected Lineup: RF Kole Calhoun (.226, 16 HRs, 40 RBIs), CF Ketel Marte (.287, 2, 17), 3B Eduardo Escobar (.212, 4, 20), 1B Christian Walker (.271, 7, 34, 18 doubles), LF David Peralta (.300, 5, 34), 2B Asdrubal Cabrera (.242, 8, 31 with Nationals), C Carson Kelly (.221, 5, 19), SS Nick Ahmed (.266, 5, 29).
Rotation: RH Zac Gallen (3-2, 2.75 ERA), LH Madison Bumgarner (1-4, 6.48), RH Merrill Kelly (3-2, 2.59), RH Luke Weaver (1-9, 6.58), LH Caleb Smith (0-0, 2.57 with Marlins and Diamondbacks).
Key Relievers: RH Joakim Soria (2-2, 2.82, 2 saves with Athletics), RH Tyler Clippard (2-1, 2.77 with Twins), RH Stefan Crichton (2-2, 2.42), RH Taylor Widener (0-1, 4.50), RH Chris Devenski (0-1, 14.73 with Astros).
Outlook: The Diamondbacks decided to keep their roster largely intact despite a disappointing 2020. Arizona is hoping for several bounce-back seasons at the plate from guys like Escobar, Marte and Kelly. The D-backs are also optimistic that Bumgarner and Weaver will be better in the starting rotation after both had an ERA over 6.00 last year. Calhoun will likely miss the first few weeks of the season while recovering from knee surgery, opening the door for younger players like Tim Locastro or Pavin Smith to solidify a role in the outfield rotation. The addition of Cabrera gives Arizona added flexibility in the infield since he can play third, second or first. Gallen pitched like an ace for much of last season and finished ninth in NL Cy Young Award voting. The Diamondbacks hope veteran additions to the bullpen such as Soria, Clippard and Devenski can provide guidance for what otherwise will likely be a young group.
|COLORADO: Here's Here: LHP Austin Gomber, RHP Robert Stephenson, 1B C.J. Cron, 1B Greg Bird.
He's Outta Here: 3B Nolan Arenado, OF David Dahl, INF Daniel Murphy, OF Kevin Pillar, DH/OF Matt Kemp, RHP Jeff Hoffman, C Tony Wolters, OF Ian Desmond (opted out).
Projected Lineup: LF Raimel Tapia (.321, 1 HR, 17 RBIs), 2B Brendan Rodgers (.095, 0, 2 in 21 plate appearances) or Garrett Hampson (.234, 5, 11), RF Charlie Blackmon (.303, 6, 42, 21 multi-hit games), SS Trevor Story (.289, 11, 28, 15 SBs), 3B Ryan McMahon (.215, 9, 26), 1B Josh Fuentes (.306, 2, 17) or C.J. Cron (.190, 4, 8 with Detroit) or Bird (did not play last season), CF Sam Hilliard (.210, 6, 10), C Elias Diaz (.235, 2, 9).
Rotation: RH Germ'n M'rquez (4-6, 3.75 ERA, 81 2/3 IP), LH Kyle Freeland (2-3, 4.33), RH Jon Gray (2-4, 6.69 in 8 starts), LH Austin Gomber (1-1, 1.86 in 14 games for St. Louis), RH Antonio Senzatela (5-3, 3.44 in 73 1/3 IP).
Key Relievers: RH Daniel Bard (4-2, 3.65, 6/6 saves), RH Scott Oberg (missed 2020 with blood clot in pitching arm), RH Mychal Givens (1-1, 3.63 with Baltimore and Colorado), RH Carlos Est'vez (1-3, 7.50 in 26 games), RH Jairo D'az (1-2, 7.65), RH Yency Almonte (3-0, 2.93), RH Robert Stephenson (0-0, 9.90 in 10 games for Cincinnati).
Outlook: The Rockies angered their fan base by trading Arenado to St. Louis. The eight-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star forced his way out of the Mile High City by sticking to his request to be dealt. He was sent to the Cardinals for Gomber and four minor leaguers in a deal that may have an impact on keeping Story in town. The two-time All-Star can become a free agent after this season. Colorado also had Desmond opt out for a second consecutive season due to coronavirus concerns. A strength of the Rockies may not be their bats, but their arms, with a rotation of M'rquez, Senzatela, Gray, Freeland and Gomber. The Rockies made the playoffs in 2017 and '18, but slid back in '19 with a 91-loss campaign and missed the postseason again in '20. They open the season by hosting the World Series champion Dodgers on April 1. The state recently approved Coors Field for a 42.6% capacity variance starting opening day, which means roughly 21,363 fans.
|D-backs' Merrill Kelly looks for improvement at Colorado|
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly faces a tough task as he tries to rebound from a poor first start of the season.
Kelly (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will take the mound Thursday afternoon in one of baseball's most intimidating venues, Coors Field. He will oppose right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Denver.
The teams split the first contests, with Arizona winning 10-8 in 13 innings Tuesday before Colorado prevailed 8-0 Wednesday.
Kelly struggled in his first start of 2021 on Friday at San Diego. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings. He threw 94 pitches due in large part to 23-pitch second inning and a 28-pitch third inning.
"Not great, not terrible. Felt pretty good in the beginning, felt pretty sharp," Kelly said after the Diamondbacks' 4-2 loss to the Padres. "Just too many pitches early in the game. ... Obviously, not going to be going too deep into games when you're throwing that many pitches early."
Kelly, 32, is in his third major-league season but is a graybeard in comparison to most players with that limited service time. He made his major-league debut in 2019 after a lengthy stint in South Korean baseball, and he finished 13-14 in 32 starts as a rookie for the Diamondbacks.
Thursday will be the fourth time Kelly will face Colorado and his third time pitching in Denver. He is 1-2 with a 7.64 ERA in 17 2/3 overall innings against the Rockies. He is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in his two outings at Coors Field.
Gray was pitching well in his first start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers before leaving after facing one batter in the sixth. He shut out the defending champs through five innings, but full-body cramps forced him out of a game Colorado was leading 2-0 at the time. Los Angeles rallied to win 6-5.
"Even after the fifth, I thought I was going to be able to make (it through) seven, even with this going on," Gray said after the game. "I thought I could somehow manage it and stay out there. But it's something that, it's kind of risky, I guess. Because if there's a ball (hit to) me, and I really go after it, it can make it worse.
"The only thing I can think is I didn't eat enough carbs. I usually don't eat a lot on start days, but today I ate quite a bit. But it was so heavy protein-loaded."
Gray has had mixed results in 12 career starts against Arizona in the regular season. He is 4-5 with a 5.34 ERA against the Diamondbacks but has had more success against them when pitching on the road. He is 0-3 with a 7.80 in six starts against Arizona in Colorado.
Gray started one postseason game against the Diamondbacks, the 2017 National League wild-card game, and he was hit hard. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits.
One Diamondbacks hitter Gray might not get to face Thursday is center fielder Ketel Marte, who exited the Wednesday game due to a right leg injury. Marte got hurt running out a sixth-inning grounder.
"We're not exactly sure the extent of what is happening there right now," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's going to continue to be evaluated for the rest of the night and through the night and on into (Thursday)."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 6/16/2021 10:21:16 PM EST|