|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
ST LOUIS ( GARCIA )
|953||CINCINNATI||-105||Ov 8,+100||+100||Ov 7.5,+100|
|954||ST LOUIS||-105||Un 8,-120||-110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||-0.3||2-0||5.5||0.250||0.321||5.5||0.250||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1.6||5-1||6.3||0.260||0.323||3.5||0.221||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+1.3||3-2||7.4||0.282||0.326||4.6||0.268||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||+0.3||3-3||6.2||0.261||0.309||4.0||0.261||0.331|
|4/1/2013||CUETO(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||3||10||1||6||12||3|
|4/3/2013||LATOS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-4||W||-120||7.5 un||O||6||9||1||9||6||2|
|4/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-4||W||+105||8 un||O||7||3||0||11||9||1|
|4/8/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|4/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||14-3||W||120||6.5 ev||O||15||6||0||10||6||2|
|4/10/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Cardinals Preview* ========================
Cincinnati (3-2) at St. Louis (2-3), 4:15 p.m. EDT
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stan Musial tributes factor heavily into the St. Louis Cardinals' opening homestand. That means several opportunities to draw on that inspiration.
There'll be even more pomp than usual before the Cardinals begin a three-game series Monday against the NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds. Along with the annual motorcade delivering the team and several of its Hall of Famers clad in red jackets at home plate, Stan the Man's four children will unveil an outfield wall marker.
"Opening day in St. Louis is a pretty special thing," second baseman Daniel Descalso said. "They do a really good job. Fortunately, this is going to be my third one."
A full tribute and harmonica fan giveaway honoring Musial, far and away the best player in franchise history and already honored with two statues outside Busch Stadium, is set for Friday. Several Cardinals past and present attended the funeral in late January for Musial, who died at age 92 after several years of ill health, and the team is wearing a memorial jersey sleeve patch.
Lefty Jaime Garcia, who thrives at home with a career 20-11 record and 2.48 ERA, gets the call in the series opener against Mat Latos and the Reds, who finished a comfortable nine games ahead of St. Louis last season. The Cardinals are 3-3 after taking two of three from the World Series champion Giants, the team they let off the hook in the NL championship series, pummeling ace Matt Cain for ninth fourth-inning runs in a 14-3 win Sunday.
"We don't draw it up, so we just have to compete with whatever they give us," manager Mike Matheny said. "It's a great test, no question about it. You want to have everybody clicking early on and get off to a good start, but we also understand it's a long season."
Before the end of the month, they'll also face the NL East champion Nationals, a Phillies team that has returned to health and the Reds again. The wild-card Cardinals beat the Braves in a one-game playoff and then rallied to eliminate Washington before collapsing in San Francisco.
"I think you want to find out where you are as early as possible," Descalso said. "The way you find out is by playing other tough teams."
After watching the Giants trot out their title trophy, the Cardinals will show off hardware from four of their championship teams: 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011. Players will drink in the heady atmosphere of perhaps the city's biggest annual event, with Gov. Jay Nixon and Mayor Francis Slay among the dignitaries expected to attend.
"St. Louis is a great city and baseball town," catcher Yadier Molina said. "I can't wait to get there."
The same goes for third baseman David Freese, hopeful of returning for the opener off a short rehab stint from a back injury with Triple-A Memphis, although Matheny cautioned that "it's not automatic."
The Reds are coming off a strong 4-2 opening homestand against two teams that are expected to contend, putting up six runs on Stephen Strasburg on Sunday and taking two of three from the Nationals and Angels. Todd Frazier is among the NL leaders with a .480 average, is tied for the league lead with 12 hits - including three homers - and also tied for first with nine RBIs. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo also is off to a fast start with three homers.
"St. Louis is always a good place to play," Jay Bruce said. "The fans come out every day, it's always packed. There's always a good feel there."
The Cardinals have dominated at home against the Reds, who have won just three series and split two out of 27 chances dating to 2003. The Reds, though, are far from intimidated.
"We'll take them one game at a time," manager Dusty Baker said. "Let's enjoy this one, go there, have a nice dinner and get some sleep."
The Reds set a franchise record with 52 strikeouts the first five games, and Johnny Cueto and three relievers combined for 10 more on Sunday.
Latos fanned eight in his first outing Wednesday against the Angels, allowing three runs in 6 2-3 innings, but his visits to St. Louis have generally been a disaster. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 13.50 ERA in four career starts at Busch.
Garcia, on the other hand, is 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six starts at home versus Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 5:50:55 AM EST|