|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|909||ST LOUIS||+125||Ov 7,-110||+115||Ov 6.5,-105|
|910||SAN FRANCISCO||-135||Un 7,-110||-125||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||+0.1||2-2||5.7||0.261||0.304||5.0||0.264||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||-0.9||2-3||4.6||0.238||0.287||4.2||0.257||0.338|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+1||2-1||3.0||0.204||0.295||3.0||0.221||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+1||2-3||2.4||0.210||0.271||2.6||0.195||0.266|
|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)||6-3||W||110||7 un||O||11||6||0||7||8||0|
|4/7/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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)||3-6||L||-120||7 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
St. Louis (1-3) at San Francisco (3-1), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The last time Matt Cain faced the St. Louis Cardinals, he helped pitch the San Francisco Giants into the World Series.
This time he'll try to give his team a chance to win their second straight series.
The right-hander hopes for the support he didn't receive during a solid opening day performance when the Giants conclude their home set with the Cardinals on Sunday.
Cain allowed five hits in 5 2-3 innings of San Francisco's 9-0 rout of St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL championship series last fall. He had allowed eight runs in his previous two outings against the Cardinals, including Game 3 of the same series.
After St. Louis (2-3) evened the current set with a 6-3 win Saturday, Cain looks to help the Giants (3-2) get back on track. He yielded four hits and struck out eight in six scoreless innings Monday, but his teammates had no answer for Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw in a 4-0 loss at Dodger Stadium.
"You can't worry too much about the other guy on the mound," Cain said. "You're expected to go out there and throw the ball real well, and that's what you try to do every time out."
San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings Saturday. St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma had three hits and Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth and finished with three RBIs as the Cardinals pounded out 11 hits after being held to three in Friday's 1-0 loss.
The Cardinals are in the midst of a challenging opening stretch that began at Arizona and San Francisco and continues at home against reigning NL Central champion Cincinnati and Milwaukee.
"This is a good team, a good lineup," said Beltran, who was 1 for 10 with three strikeouts in the first four games. "We have guys from top to bottom who can do the job. It's fun. As a player, you just want to go out there and be part of it."
Beltran is batting .364 (8 for 22) with two doubles, a triple and a home run, including the postseason against Cain.
Scheduled St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright has allowed a run over seven innings in each of his last two starts spanning the regular season and playoffs against the Giants. He is 2-2 with a 1.72 ERA in his last five overall versus San Francisco.
The right-hander gave up three earned runs and 11 hits while striking out six without a walk in six innings of a 6-2 opening day loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.
San Francisco slugger and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval is 3 for 13 overall against Wainwright, but went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Saturday. It was a much-needed performance for Sandoval, who missed 13 spring training games with an irritated nerve in his elbow and is 5 for 18 (.278) with two homers and four RBIs through the first five of 2013.
"You want me to tell you the truth? A little bit lost," Sandoval said about his swing due to the injury. "A little bit, yeah. I'm trying to get to the point where I was in spring training. Hanging in there and keep working hard."
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:24:16 AM EST|