|PITTSBURGH ( SANCHEZ )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|957||PITTSBURGH||+170||Ov 8.5,-110||+175||Ov 8,-105|
|958||ST LOUIS||-180||Un 8.5,-110||-185||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-5||+6.6||6-9||4.4||0.257||0.316||3.4||0.214||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.8||2-5||4.0||0.265||0.320||1.9||0.199||0.273|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2.3||0-3||2.7||0.211||0.287||1.0||0.214||0.272|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||2-4||3.3||0.239||0.305||3.1||0.253||0.300|
|4/15/2013||MCDONALD(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-10||L||+110||7.5 ov||O||12||10||2||10||6||0|
|4/17/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-0||W||+105||7.5 un||U||11||6||0||1||2||2|
|4/22/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||0||8||8||0|
|4/23/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-0||W||145||7 un||U||7||8||1||4||7||2|
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|4/25/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||6-4||W||170||7 un||O||14||13||1||7||5||1|
|4/26/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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)||5-0||W||130||7.5 un||U||8||6||1||3||5||0|
|4/21/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-7||L||100||8 un||O||10||11||0||14||8||1|
|4/22/2013||MILLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||7||1||5||6||0|
|4/23/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||2-0||W||-120||7 ov||U||8||5||0||5||6||0|
|4/24/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-2||W||145||7 ev||U||9||5||0||7||6||1|
|5/2/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (12-9) at St. Louis (13-8), 8:15 p.m. EDT
Following impressive wins in their respective road series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be playing with some confidence as they open a three-game set.
Right-hander Lance Lynn will try to build on an outstanding performance and pitch the Cardinals to a fourth straight win Friday night when they host the Pirates, who are also trying to extend their win streak to four.
St. Louis (13-8) completed a three-game sweep in Washington with a 4-2 victory Wednesday and concluded a nine-game trip with six wins.
Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter each had three hits and left-hander Jaime Garcia gave the Cardinals another solid pitching effort to beat the Nationals - one of the favorites to win the NL.
Now they'll turn to Lynn (3-0, 3.68 ERA), who gave up only a leadoff double in the fifth and struck out eight over seven innings in a 5-0 win at Philadelphia last Saturday.
"I'm a better pitcher when I'm pitching with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder," said Lynn, who had allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings of a 10-6 win at Pittsburgh in his previous start.
After a 1-5 start, the Pirates (13-9) seem to be playing with a similar attitude and captured their 12th win in 16 games by rallying for a 6-4 victory at Philadelphia on Thursday.
"You don't try to explain it," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We just play the game, one at a time. I really like our focus and intensity."
Gaby Sanchez led the way with a homer and three RBIs, while Garrett Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning as the Pirates took three of four for their first series win in Philadelphia since 2003.
Pittsburgh's pitching staff has played a major role, allowing 13 runs while posting a 1.89 ERA over its last seven games.
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (0-2, 11.12), however, hasn't made it past the fourth inning in each of his last two starts.
After allowing nine runs in 3 1-3 innings in a loss at Arizona, Sanchez threw 74 pitches while giving up two runs and four hits over three innings in a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
He's 0-11 with an 8.87 ERA over his last 17 starts dating to last season.
While the Cardinals aren't exactly pounding the ball with .215 batting average over their last eight games, they have been successful manufacturing runs and relying on their pitching and defense to win games.
"When we're not banging balls into the stands every single night, we've got to do other things, whether people like it or not," manager Mike Matheny said.
St. Louis pitchers rank near the top of the league in ERA (3.14) and home runs allowed (12). With just 10 errors and a .988 fielding percentage, the Cardinals are also one of the NL's top defensive clubs.
Allen Craig may be able to spark the offense since he's 7 for 21 with six RBIs in his last five games, and is batting .359 with four homers and 18 RBIs in his last 22 in the series.
Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez, who went 2 for 5 on Thursday, is 9 for 24 (.375) with four homers and six RBIs in his last seven games.
Starling Marte is batting .436 during a nine-game road hitting streak.
The Pirates, who split two home games against the Cardinals earlier this month, have won five of seven at Busch Stadium.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 1:54:12 AM EST|