|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|955||ST LOUIS||+105||Ov 7.5,+110||-110||Ov 7,-110|
|956||PHILADELPHIA||-115||Un 7.5,-130||+100||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||0.107||0.194||1.0||0.214||0.353|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||3-4||5.4||0.253||0.302||2.3||0.223||0.264|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-8||-3.1||7-7||3.6||0.237||0.286||4.6||0.260||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||2-5||2.4||0.219||0.258||3.3||0.244||0.305|
|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|
|4/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||10-6||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||12||10||2|
|4/17/2013||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||0-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||1||2||2||11||6||0|
|4/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/19/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|4/20/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|4/21/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||MILLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/4/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-0||W||110||6.5 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||0|
|4/5/2013||KENDRICK(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||4-13||L||-120||8 un||O||9||4||0||19||9||0|
|4/6/2013||LANNAN(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-110||8 un||U||3||5||2||6||4||0|
|4/7/2013||HAMELS(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||8-9||L||-120||7 un||O||15||8||0||13||8||0|
|4/8/2013||HALLADAY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||4||4||0||9||8||1|
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-3||W||-190||7 ov||O||11||5||1||8||5||2|
|4/10/2013||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-3||W||-130||9 un||O||10||5||0||11||7||0|
|4/12/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||3-1||W||-125||8 un||U||10||9||0||4||4||1|
|4/13/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||-145||7 ov||U||5||8||0||5||6||2|
|4/14/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||2-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||12||10||0||5||5||0|
|4/15/2013||LEE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||5||2||1||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-1||L||145||8 un||U||2||1||1||4||7||0|
|4/17/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-11||L||125||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||15||5||0|
|4/18/2013||HAMELS(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/19/2013||HALLADAY(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|4/20/2013||LEE(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Phillies Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (8-5) at Philadelphia (6-8), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Having appeared to lose their hitting stroke on the road, the Philadelphia Phillies are likely eager to return home.
They might not be quite as enthusiastic to face Adam Wainwright.
Looking to build on a sensational outing, the St. Louis Cardinals staff ace will try to continue his recent success against the Phillies in Thursday night's series opener.
Philadelphia (6-9) batted a respectable .259 in its first 10 games but hit .191 and was outscored 19-7 during a 1-4 finish to a six-game road trip. After getting edged 1-0 in the conclusion of a suspended game Wednesday in Cincinnati, the Phillies were blown out 11-2 later that night as part of a three-game sweep.
Leadoff hitter Ben Revere is 2 for 20 over the last five games, while No. 2 hitter Jimmy Rollins is 1 for 18 over the last six.
"Our game is not together," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It seems like ever since the season started, we've been out of whack. Things haven't been working for us."
Philadelphia has fared much better at the plate in its last four home games, batting .288 with an average of 6.3 runs, but will have to face Wainwright (2-1, 2.05 ERA) in the opener to an eight-game stay at Citizens Bank Park.
Wainwright has yielded two runs over 16 innings in winning his last two starts, and is coming off a four-hitter in Saturday's 8-0 win over Milwaukee. The right-hander also matched a career high with 12 strikeouts and went 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
"He's back to himself. He's healthy, and that's a great place to start. Seasons like last year teach you how to pitch more than just rely on great stuff," manager Mike Matheny said of Wainwright, who was 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA in 2012 after winning 20 games and posting a 2.42 ERA the previous season.
Wainwright is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts against Philadelphia and gave up one run over six innings in his only matchup last season, an 8-3 win May 27.
The Phillies will counter with Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.56), who is facing St. Louis (8-6) for the first time since Game 3 of the 2011 NL division series. The left-hander threw six scoreless innings in that victory but couldn't earn a win Saturday in Miami despite his best outing of the season.
After putting up a 10.97 ERA in losing his first two starts, Hamels gave up one run, three hits and three walks over six innings but didn't get enough support and the Marlins rallied for a 2-1 win.
"Cole did fine," Manuel said. "His stuff was real good."
Hamels will face a Cardinals team that was limited to one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh. This came after its scored 10 in Monday's series opener.
"It was a well-pitched game on both sides," Matheny said. "Unfortunately for us, their guy was just a little bit better."
Matt Holliday was hitless in three at-bats Wednesday after batting .321 with seven RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
The Phillies went 5-2 against St. Louis in 2012 to win the season series for the first time since 2009, and won two of three at Citizens Bank in August.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 1:54:20 AM EST|