|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )
|955||ST LOUIS||+115||Ov 7,-115||+110||Ov 7,+105|
|956||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Un 7,-105||-120||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1||1-2||5.7||0.246||0.291||5.7||0.278||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2||1-3||4.2||0.221||0.273||4.5||0.266||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-0||+2.2||1-1||3.0||0.200||0.284||1.5||0.167||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2.2||1-3||2.2||0.210||0.258||1.7||0.160||0.242|
|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)||9-10||L||-105||9 un||O||16||12||0||17||15||1|
|4/5/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-1||L||105||7.5 ov||U||3||4||1||6||11||0|
|4/6/2013||MILLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/8/2013|| ||CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|4/9/2013|| ||CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||140||6 un||U||4||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-0||W||100||7 un||U||10||5||0||2||2||2|
|4/3/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-3||W||120||7 ov||O||6||1||1||7||12||2|
|4/5/2013||ZITO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-0||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||6||11||0||3||4||1|
|4/6/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||CAIN(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Giants Preview* ==========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
St. Louis (1-2) at San Francisco (2-1), 4:05 p.m. EDT
San Francisco's No. 5 starter Ryan Vogelsong has a tough act to follow. That is, he has a couple of tough acts to follow.
The Giants' rotation has yet to allow an earned run, and Vogelsong will try to keep that impressive streak intact when he takes the ball Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
San Francisco's formidable rotation is off to a stellar start, as Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito have combined to give up two unearned runs and 12 hits over 26 innings.
"Unbelievable," manager Bruce Bochy said after Zito limited St. Louis to three hits over seven innings in a 1-0 win in Friday's home opener. "We know that's amazing and we can't expect that."
The last team to open a season with such a streak was the 1976 Milwaukee Brewers, which saw its starters go 31 2-3 innings before giving up an earned run.
Friday's victory marked the Giants' fourth straight over the Cardinals - a streak that started with San Francisco facing elimination down 3-1 in last season's NL championship series. The Giants rallied for an improbable NL pennant, then swept Detroit to win the World Series - a title celebrated throughout the home opener.
Vogelsong was clutch in the NLCS, giving up a run and four hits in seven innings in each of his two starts, winning Games 2 and 6. The right-hander also shut out the Cardinals over seven innings in his lone regular-season start against them in 2012.
Although he's rounding out San Francisco's rotation, Vogelsong is hardly a back-end starter. An All-Star in 2011, he pitched for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic after going 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA last season.
While San Francisco's pitching already seems to be in mid-season form, the offense is off to a slow start.
The Giants (3-1) have scored nine runs with three extra-base hits, and they left 11 runners on base Friday. The lone run scored when Jake Westbrook walked Angel Pagan with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Cleanup hitter Buster Posey, the 2012 NL MVP, is batting .231 without an RBI and No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, is 1 for 15.
The Cardinals (1-3) were just as stagnant Friday, mustering three hits after combining for 15 runs and 26 hits in their previous two games. They've totaled two runs in losing their last four games in San Francisco, which includes the playoffs.
"Same guy we saw last year," manager Mike Matheny said of Zito, who also shut down the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Matt Holliday, 0 for 3 in the series opener, has routinely struggled at AT&T Park, batting .200 in seven regular-season games there since 2010 - his lowest at any ballpark. He is 2 for 8 lifetime against Vogelsong.
Yadier Molina, who was hitless in nine at-bats against Vogelsong last season, will likely be behind the plate to catch Shelby Miller.
Miller, who made his major league debut as a September call-up last season and went 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA, earned the fifth spot in the rotation after going 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five Grapefruit League games - two starts.
The righty had five relief appearances in 2012 before making his first start in the regular-season finale, yielding a hit over six shutout innings against Cincinnati. He made St. Louis' postseason roster and pitched out of the bullpen in Games 2 and 6 of the NLCS, allowing two runs and four hits over 3 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 4/25/2017 11:36:18 AM EST|