|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )
|911||ST LOUIS||+105||Ov 9,-110||+105||Ov 9,-110|
|912||ARIZONA||-115||Un 9,-110||-115||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||+0.1||0-2||4.0||0.227||0.271||3.5||0.269||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||+0.1||0-2||4.0||0.227||0.271||3.5||0.269||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||6.0||0.417||0.432||2.0||0.167||0.194|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||-0.2||0-2||3.5||0.269||0.319||4.0||0.227||0.271|
|4/1/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||2-6||L||-105||8.5 ov||U||5||2||1||15||8||0|
|4/2/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||6-1||W||110||9 un||U||10||7||1||3||7||0|
|4/3/2013||LYNN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/1/2013||KENNEDY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||15||8||0||5||2||1|
|4/2/2013||CAHILL(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-6||L||-120||9 un||U||3||7||0||10||7||1|
|4/3/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Diamondbacks Preview* ================================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (0-1) at Arizona (1-0), 9:40 p.m. EDT
Lance Lynn was a revelation for the St. Louis Cardinals for most of last year, and he feels he's much more prepared in 2013.
He's certainly a lot lighter.
The trimmed-down right-hander looks to begin proving his first full season in the majors wasn't a fluke, as he tries to lead the Cardinals to a second straight victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of this three-game set Wednesday night.
Lynn finished fourth in the NL in wins last season, going 18-7 with a 3.78 ERA while helping St. Louis reach the playoffs via the wild card. Despite being an All-Star, he compiled a 7.31 ERA over a six-start stretch from July 27-Aug. 24 and was demoted to the bullpen for two weeks.
That may have been a big reason why manager Mike Matheny opted to mostly use Lynn as a reliever during the postseason, and he went 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in six games - two starts.
Lynn is starting 2013 looking to remain in the rotation, and he shed 40 pounds in an effort to do so.
Listed at 240 pounds, Lynn struggled through his first five starts of spring training, going 2-3 while giving up 14 runs in 17 2-3 innings. However, he concluded the preseason schedule by yielding two hits in six shutout innings against Miami on Thursday.
"I thought he got better every single start," Matheny told the team's official website. "He's got a little edge now to him, and a lot of that comes from everybody second-guessing his offseason work habits. Good. I hope he carries it for a long time."
Lynn beat the Diamondbacks on the road in his only start against them May 7, tossing five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and four walks in a 9-6 victory.
A similar performance should be enough for the Cardinals to take this series after Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Pete Kozma connected for one homer each in Tuesday's 6-1 victory. St. Louis mustered five hits in a season-opening 6-2 defeat a day earlier.
Holliday, who has driven in three runs in this series, is hitting .326 with five homers and 17 RBIs over his last 22 games at Chase Field.
Brandon McCarthy is slated to take the mound for the Diamondbacks, and that may be seen as an accomplishment on its own after experiencing a major scare with Oakland.
The veteran right-hander was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar on Sept. 5, sustaining an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy underwent a two-hour surgery, and the A's medical staff warned that his situation was "life threatening."
While he's since been cleared to play, McCarthy's health issues stretch beyond that incident. He's battled arm trouble in each of the past six seasons, and a recurring right shoulder strain landed him on the disabled list twice last year.
He finished with an 8-6 record and 3.24 ERA in 18 starts, and Arizona was encouraged enough to sign him to a two-year, $15.5 million free-agent contract over the winter.
McCarthy is facing St. Louis for the first time after he spent his first seven seasons in the AL.
Miguel Montero is 11 for 27 with two homers and six RBIs over his last eight meetings with the Cardinals, and he's 3 for 6 while plating two runs in this series. The catcher had two of Arizona's three hits Tuesday, with one leaving the park.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 2:56:12 PM EST|