|CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )|
ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )
|951||CINCINNATI||+100||Ov 8.5,-110||-115||Ov 8.5,-105|
|952||ST LOUIS||-110||Un 8.5,-110||+105||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.9||3-2||5.6||0.249||0.303||3.0||0.219||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||6-1||7.3||0.292||0.355||3.9||0.232||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-3||+1.2||4-3||6.6||0.263||0.305||5.3||0.267||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||6.3||0.258||0.305||4.6||0.240||0.322|
|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)||13-4||W||105||7.5 un||O||14||11||2||4||3||1|
|4/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||9||4||0|
|4/10/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||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|
|4/12/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ 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* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cincinnati (5-2) at St. Louis (3-4), 1:45 p.m. EDT
After watching one of his teammates bounce back from a miserable performance against the rival Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals' Jake Westbrook will try to do some rebounding of his own.
The right-hander will try to put behind a hard-luck defeat and help the Cardinals continue their recent home success against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
St. Louis (4-4) opened its three-game series against the defending NL Central champions by giving up nine runs in the ninth inning Monday in a 13-4 loss. One day later, Cardinals pitchers combined to strike out 14 and give up five hits in a 5-1 victory.
After getting charged with seven runs the previous night, Mitchell Boggs pitched a perfect ninth in that win. Boggs is helping fill in for injured closer Jason Motte, who could face reconstructive elbow surgery if his health doesn't improve in the next three weeks.
"Anybody who's gone through it knows how important it is to get back out there quick," Boggs said. "It was a big outing for me, I'm not going to dance around it. I'm not going to act like I didn't care."
After failing to get a runner on base through the first five innings, the Cardinals broke out with four runs in the sixth, and Matt Adams drove in two with a go-ahead, pinch-hit home run.
"It happened so quickly," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "They were like boom, bat, boom. ... That's how they can do it. That was a disaster inning."
Westbrook (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will try to follow with another stellar effort Wednesday against the Reds (5-3), who produced 40 runs and 57 hits in their four games before Tuesday's loss. He'll also seek to lead St. Louis to its 54th win in 79 home games versus Cincinnati.
In his season debut Friday, Westbrook was on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat in San Francisco. The lone run he allowed was on a bases-loaded walk, one of his career high-tying six in the game.
"Fighting my delivery the way I was, to only give up one run is pretty good. You can't really expect to win a ballgame walking six guys. I need to do a better job," he said.
Westbrook split his two starts against the Reds last season, both in Cincinnati. He gave up one unearned run and three hits over seven innings in a 7-1 victory April 9 and allowed four runs and nine hits in 7 1-3 in a 4-2 defeat July 15.
In this matchup, he'll be opposed by Homer Bailey, who was dominant in his season debut Friday. The right-hander gave up two hits over six innings and struck out six in a 15-0 rout of Washington.
Bailey (1-0, 0.00) hasn't allowed a run in his last 19 innings in the regular season, which includes a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28, but might have a challenge keeping that streak going. He is 3-7 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 all-time starts against the Cardinals and is 0-3 with a 5.49 ERA in five in St. Louis.
Bailey, though, pitched four scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss at Busch Stadium on Oct. 3. Fortunately for the right-hander, Matt Holliday didn't play in that game.
The St. Louis outfielder is 11 for 25 (.440) with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, in his career versus Bailey. The 11 hits are tied for the most Bailey has given up to any player.
Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, who had a six-game hit streak snapped Tuesday, is 8 for 20 (.400) against Westbrook while Chris Heisey is 6 for 12 with three homers.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 4:38:30 PM EST|