Know Your Foe #18: Rockies Hope To Avoid Use Of "Snakebitten" In Game Wraps

Oh. Chris Young can fly. Well THAT explains a lot.

Arizona Diamondbacks (23-23, 3rd in the NL West)

2011 Record vs Colorado: 3-2

Last Series vs. Rockies: May 3rd-5th @ Chase Field

This past series marked the beginning of that stretch of walkoffs the Rockies had to endure, including the first real signs of weakness from Huston Street.

Game 1 went to the 7th with a 3-3 tie after Jorge De La Rosa and Joe Saunders both turned in quality starts for their team. That 3-3 tie endured into the 8th where Felipe Paulino gave up a homer to Justin Upton and JJ Putz nailed down the save for the Dbacks. Herrera, Helton, and Cargo all had 2-hit games, and the Rockies had a total of 14 baserunners on the night, good for only 3 runs.

Game 2 featured an excellent start from Jhoulys Chacin and a good shellacking of Barry Enright. Despite a shaky 2 runs off of Matt Reynolds, Huston Street was able to nail down the 2-out save to tie up the series.

Game 3 was another pitching duel between Jason Hammel and Ian Kennedy. Hammel went 7 scoreless, while Kennedy filed away a 6 inning, 2 run start, all to watch Huston Street give up 2 homers in the 9th: one to Chris Young, one to Gerardo Parra. 2 outs into the 11th and Justin Upton hits a blooper to no-man's-land down the RF line which dropped to drive in Chris Young. 

Latest Series Results: W, 3-0 vs Minnesota

The Diamondbacks should play a good spoiler role this year. They won't crack .500, but some of that young talent is going to put a hurtin' on the NL West. Needless to say, the Diamondbacks reside in the NL West basement.

Unless you actually check the standings.

Thus far, Kirk Gibson's team has turned in the 15th best offense in the majors, the 4th best fielding per UZR, and the 17th best pitching fWAR in the majors, yet is sitting at .500 on the wings of a 6-game winning streak. During those 6 games, the pitching has allowed 21 runs (18ER) and struck out 34 to just 12 walks. The bats put up 62 hits during those 6 games, batting a collective .307/.376/.470.

Looks like the Rockies might just have their work cut out for them.

Pitching matchups and more after the jump.

Tuesday through Thursday: 4-game series at Coors Field

Expected Pitching Matchups
Tuesday, May 24th @ 1:10PM MT (Game 1 of a doubleheader)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jorge De La Rosa 5-2 9 9 0 0 0 0 56.2 45 23 21 4 20 49 3.34 1.15


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Joe Saunders 0-5 9 9 0 0 0 0 52.0 59 31 29 7 26 26 5.02 1.63

 

Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:40PM MT (Game 2)


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 5-2 10 9 1 1 0 0 60.0 45 21 18 6 22 52 2.70 1.12


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Josh Collmenter 3-0 9 2 0 0 0 0 26.0 12 2 2 1 1 15 0.69 .50


Wednesday, May 25th @ 6:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 3-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 57.2 57 26 23 5 18 33 3.59 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ian Kennedy 5-1 10 10 1 1 0 0 66.2 52 25 24 5 17 56 3.24 1.04

 

Thursday, May 26th @ 6:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clayton Mortensen 1-1 6 3 0 0 0 0 29.0 18 9 7 3 12 16 2.17 1.03


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Micah Owings 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 7 4 3 2 1 3 5.06 1.50

 

Expected Lineup

Name Position AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ HR SB
Ryan Roberts 3B .277 .396 .487 .394 143 7 6
Kelly Johnson 2B .191 .255 .329 .271 60 5 6
Justin Upton RF .240 .318 .458 .342 108 9 5
Stephen Drew SS .271 .348 .438 .348 112 3 3
Chris Young CF .225 .275 .465 .314 90 9 3
Miguel Montero C .273 .361 .432 .349 113 4 0
Juan Miranda 1B .272 .392 .494 .387 139 3 0
Gerardo Parra LF .283 .364 .370 .328 99 2 4

The Bench

Name Position AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ HR SB
Henry Blanco C .308 .357 .808 .488 207 4 0
Willie Bloomquist OF .310 .333 .423 .332 102 1 7
Xavier Nady UTIL .269 .333 .373 .321 94 1 1
Sean Burroughs 3B .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0
Melvin Mora 3B .262 .278 .310 .249 46 0 0

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - J.J. Putz 0-1 18 0 0 0 12 0 19.0 13 5 4 1 5 19 1.89 .95



Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Juan Miranda wrist 05/23/2011

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Geoff Blum knee 03/22/2011
Zach Duke hand 03/22/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Melvin Mora other-excused 05/23/2011

 

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