Series Preview – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks – 8/29/14-8/31/14

JM

Colorado Rockies (53-80) at Arizona (55-78)

  • COL on the road (19-47) , last 10 (5-5).
  • ARI at home (27-42), last 10 (2-8).

Probable Starters:

(Innings pitcher per-start, strikeouts per-9 IP, walks per-9 IP)

So 2015 - Arizona turned their attention to 2015 long ago as they found themselves 23-35 at the end of May. Tony La Russa was brought in to help baseball operations and Paul Goldschmidt is on the disabled list with a broken hand.

With injuries and trades Arizona’s offense is set to post season lows in August batting .226/.288/.338 through 24 games. Despit being on the DL since August 2nd Goldschmidt still leads the team in average (.300), home runs (19), RBI’s (69) and hits (122).

23 year-old outfielder Ender Inciarte is the Diamondbacks hottest hitter over the last seven days. The rookie is 7-for-18 with two doubles, a triple, run scored and two stolen bases. That’s a good sign for Arizona as their other youngsters; 24 year-old Didi Gregorius (.216 average in 287 plate appearances), 23 year-old Jake Lamb (.216 avg. in 57 PA) and 25 year-old Alfredo Marte (.209 avg. in 92 PA) have struggled to find a rhythm at the plate.

One thing the young guys have done is bring the leather:

A RattleJosh Collmenter throwing the second most innings through August (137.2) is another thing Arizona didn’t see coming at the start of the season. The crafty right-hander has been solid through three starts in August holding opposing hitters to .209/.243/.373 with 18 strikeouts and three walks. Colorado has seen him twice this season collecting 16 hits and eight runs over 12 innings.

Rockies hitters against Collmenter:

27 year-old left-hander Vidal Nuno came over from New York as part of the Martin Prado trade. He has made nine starts for the Diamondbacks posting a 3.54 ERA, 1.031 WHIP with 42 strikeouts and 12 walks through 53 1/3 innings. Nuno is a fly ball pitcher (43.1%) which has led to six home runs against in those nine starts. He works off his fastball, averaging 88.7 mph and throwing it 46.8% of the time. He also throws a two-seam fastball (17.3%), a slider (82.4 mph, 29.7%), a curve (76.6 mph, 15.5%) and a changeup (82.1 mph, 10%). Brandon Barnes (1-1, 2B) and Drew Stubbs (1-2) are the only Rockies hitters who have seen Nuno.

Rookie Chase Anderson has been a Rockies tamer this season. In two starts he’s held the Rockies to eight hits and two runs through 12 innings (.186/.239/.372). Anderson is feeling the effects of a long season as he has posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.604 WHIP in August, both are his highest monthly totals of the season.

Colorado verses Anderson:

Oliver Perez was once a hot name. He threw in the upper 90′s and people thought he was bound to be an ace. Perez has bounced around the league and is now the best reliever in the Diamondbacks bullpen. The lefty has 58 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 1/3 innings. DailyBaseballData.com has a look at how Kirk Gibson has used his pen over the last seven days.

(Anderson - zimbio.com)

(Anderson – zimbio.com)

Left Only – 26 year-old Christian Bergman will spend the final part of the season building his resume. The left-hander navigated through 6 1/3 innings last Sunday giving up nine hits and four runs against Miami. The waters are going to be hard to navigate if his batting line against, .333/.360/.635, stays the same.

Tyler Matzek showed once again why it’s ok to be excited for his future. He tossed seven innings in San Francisco holding the Giants to two runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking two. The strikeouts are a very good sign as teams are hitting .316/.392/.596 against Matzek in August.

Jorge De La Rosa is hoping his thumb won’t slow him down. In three starts this season against Arizona he has posted a 5.19 ERA, 1.327 WHIP with six strikeouts and six walks through 17 1/3 innings pitched. The four home runs hit by Arizona off DLR is the most by any team this season. Jorge needs his career high 52 percent ground ball percentage to come into play at Chase Field.

Welcome – 28 year-old Jackson Williams made his first career start at catcher for the Rockies Thursday as he went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. In a lost season it’s still entertaining to see players whether they’re prospects or minor league veterans getting their first starts and first success at the plate.

Adam Peterson has a look back at the four game series in San Francisco as the Giants bolstered their playoff hopes and halted the Rockies recent success.

Colorado dropped two-of-three earlier this month in Arizona. Nolan Arenado (3-10, 2 R, 2B, HR) and Justin Morneau (4-7, 2-2B’s, RS) were some of the lone bright spots in series. The 33 year-old Morneau leads the National League with a .314 average which also places him fifth in baseball.

Corey Dickerson is the baddest man in a Rockies uniform as we speak. He doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify for the leader board but his .315/.369/.578 line this season is not one to be overlooked. Dickerson has blasted seven home runs this month with 23 RBI’s and 16 runs scored.

And now splash time:

About J.J. Buck

J.J. Buck - Sports radio host in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also a student at the University of New Mexico. I grew up just outside of Denver in Arvada, Colorado. My parents took me to the first ever Rockies game at Mile High Stadium. While my memories are hazy, I was five years-old, it got me hooked on the game. My passion for sports runs deep. From the Rockies to the Avalanche, a Rocky Mountain sports fan to the bone.
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