|MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )|
ST LOUIS ( MILLER )
|959||MILWAUKEE||+125||Ov 8,-110||+125||Ov 7.5,+100|
|960||ST LOUIS||-135||Un 8,-110||-135||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.4||4-0||5.5||0.294||0.361||5.7||0.316||0.353|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.2||6-1||3.9||0.282||0.339||6.4||0.318||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-3||+2.2||5-3||7.0||0.278||0.323||4.6||0.258||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||5-2||6.9||0.273||0.322||4.4||0.250||0.331|
|4/2/2013||ESTRADA(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-8||L||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||7||0||14||7||2|
|4/8/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-4||W||105||9.5 un||O||12||12||1||9||7||0|
|4/9/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-6||L||-105||7.5 un||O||9||10||1||9||8||3|
|4/12/2013||FIERS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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|
|4/14/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Milwaukee (2-6) at St. Louis (5-4), 8:15 p.m. EDT
An unscheduled day off was just what the Milwaukee Brewers needed. It also set up an unexpected return to St. Louis for newcomer Kyle Lohse.
The Brewers right-hander faces his former Cardinals teammates for the first time Friday night as these NL Central rivals open a three-game series.
With Wednesday's road game against the Chicago Cubs postponed due to inclement weather, the Brewers (2-6) got a day off, as well as another night at home, before heading to St. Louis.
"It comes at a good time for us," left fielder Ryan Braun told the Brewers' official website. "We're obviously not playing well, and nobody enjoys playing in this weather. The combination of those two things, I think we're fortunate to have the day off tonight."
The Brewers' pitching staff has been dreadful so far with a 5.47 ERA - and closer John Axford has already been replaced - but the team has to feel good about Lohse (0-0, 1.50 ERA) taking the hill. Making his Brewers debut after signing a three-year deal toward the end of spring training, the veteran allowed one run and struck out five in six innings of last Friday's 3-1 loss to Arizona.
"Located his pitches well, had good life on his ball," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Lohse, originally scheduled to start Wednesday, might have a little extra on his pitches Friday when he'll face the team he spent the last five seasons with. He went 55-35 with a 3.90 ERA in 137 games with the Cardinals, with last season his best as a major leaguer: 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA.
Lohse is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in five starts versus St. Louis, with the last coming in 2007 while with Cincinnati.
He's probably not looking forward to seeing Carlos Beltran, who's a .564 hitter (22 for 39) off him with four homers and six doubles.
Beltran hit his first home run of 2013, and one of the Cardinals' season-high four, in Wednesday's 10-0 victory over Cincinnati. St. Louis (5-4) has won two straight since its bullpen was tagged for nine ninth-inning runs in Monday's 13-4 loss to the Reds.
"It's a great point about resiliency," manager Mike Matheny said. "They certainly showed a different brand the last two days."
Friday's starter Shelby Miller (1-0, 3.38) showed he belongs in the Cardinals' rotation with a solid season debut. Making his second career start, the 22-year-old right-hander held San Francisco to two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-3 road win Saturday.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who hit .357 (20 for 56) with three homers and four doubles against the Brewers last season, should be behind the plate when Miller makes his first appearance versus Milwaukee.
First baseman Matt Adams has never faced the Brewers, but that should change as he's gone deep in each of the last two games and is batting .643 (9 for 14) with seven RBIs - one off Beltran's team-best total.
Braun, who has nine hits in 18 at-bats, leads the Brewers with six RBIs despite missing three games with a stiff neck. He hit .268 (15 for 56) with two homers and five doubles against the Cardinals a year ago when Milwaukee dropped nine of 15 matchups - six of nine in St. Louis.
Milwaukee, though, took two of three in its last visit Sept. 7-9.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:24:10 AM EST|