|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )
|955||ST LOUIS||+135||Ov 7.5,-105||+125||Ov 7.5,+110|
|956||PHILADELPHIA||-145||Un 7.5,-115||-135||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||0||0-1||2.0||0.169||0.246||2.0||0.292||0.352|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-3||4.1||0.205||0.260||3.7||0.272||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-9||-4.1||7-7||3.5||0.245||0.290||4.6||0.258||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||2-4||2.6||0.239||0.268||3.6||0.229||0.295|
|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)||4-3||W||-115||7 ev||P||7||5||0||13||8||0|
|4/19/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||2-8||L||-120||7.5 un||O||2||2||1||10||4||0|
|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)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||+105||7 ev||P||13||8||0||7||5||0|
|4/19/2013||HALLADAY(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||8-2||W||+110||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||2||2||1|
|4/20/2013||LEE(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|4/22/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (9-6) at Philadelphia (6-10), 7:05 p.m. EDT
With their offense possibly awoken, the Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to parlay a win over the St. Louis Cardinals into more success.
The sturdy Cliff Lee should give them a chance to do so as he takes the mound Saturday night against the visiting Cardinals.
Philadelphia's 8-2 win Friday in the second of a four-game set snapped a four-game slide. Though it was shortened by rain after 6 1/2 innings, that came well after the batting order provided more than enough offense for the Phillies (7-10).
Granted, they received some help with a throwing error by St. Louis' Ty Wigginton, leading to four unearned runs in the first inning. But Philadelphia, which finished with five runs total off of Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia in the opening frame, would take any production it could find after its bats had recently gone quiet.
The Phillies went four games without drawing a walk before Chase Utley ignited the first-inning onslaught with a two-out walk.
Philadelphia totaled seven runs over the four straight losses, recording six hits or fewer three times. The Phillies also hadn't scored a run earlier than the sixth inning over the previous seven games, but all of Friday's eight runs - which tied a season high - came before the end of the third.
Roy Halladay threw a complete game in the win, enjoying the ample run support. Philadelphia starters pitched at least seven innings while allowing three runs or fewer on three occasions during the four-game skid, but the team's offense hung them out to dry until Friday.
"It's a big difference with a nice lead," Halladay said. "You can be aggressive and attack hitters."
Lee (2-0, 1.52) ERA) will likely take a similar approach as he carries a streak of 20 starts with at least six innings while issuing no more than one walk. He limited Cincinnati to two runs on five hits over seven innings in his last start, though Philadelphia took a 4-2 loss as its bullpen faltered.
"That's baseball," said Lee, 3-2 with a 2.44 ERA in six outings against St. Louis. "It happens."
Defense generally hadn't been an issue for the Cardinals (9-7), as Wigginton's mishap was the club's eighth error. Even then, St. Louis' offense allowed little chance for a comeback, with the only runs coming on solo homers by Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday.
"He just couldn't make the throw," manager Mike Matheny said. "But we've got to be able to pick each other up when we make mistakes."
Lance Lynn (2-0, 5.40) received plenty of support in his last start. He yielded four runs and seven hits over five innings against Pittsburgh on Monday, still good enough for a win in a 10-6 victory.
"I wish I could have went deeper, but when you have a 10-run lead you're just trying to get quick outs and not have long innings and I wasn't able to do that," Lynn said. "That was the most frustrating part."
The righty has been inconsistent to start the year, as he limited Cincinnati's potent lineup to one run in six innings in his previous outing.
He didn't fare well in his only career outing against Philadelphia, giving up four runs and four hits over five innings in an 8-7 loss on Aug. 12.
Allen Craig is 3 for 7 off of Lee with two doubles while Holliday is 4 for 12 with four RBIs and six walks.
Michael Young owns a 10-game hitting streak for the Phillies, going 13 for 34 (.382) over that span.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:21:48 AM EST|