Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D-backs' Miller, Rox's Bettis face off in middle game

The new-look D-backs unveil another offseason acquisition against the Rockies on Tuesday night -- right-hander Shelby Miller, who has to believe he'll have much greater fortune than he experienced last season with the Braves.
Miller, making his official D-backs debut, led the National League in losses last year while going 6-17, but his 3.02 ERA in 32 starts was deserving of much better. Five losses came when he gave up two or fewer runs, and his 2.54 runs of support finished near the bottom of the league. Miller finished tied for 10th in the NL in quality starts with 21.
Colorado righty Chad Bettis, with a solid season (8-6, 4.23 ERA) in 2015, had some hard luck against Arizona last year. In his final start, on Sept. 30, Bettis gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings, yet was tagged with the 6-4 defeat.
Three things to know
• The Rockies know Miller well. On May 10, 2013, he threw a one-hit complete game in a 3-0 victory for the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Eric Young Jr. had the lone Colorado hit.
• But the Rockies know more than misery against Miller. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon is 4-for-12 with a triple against him.
• Bettis, like many pitchers, must be careful with the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt, who has bested him to the tune of 3-for-7 with two doubles.

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