|ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )|
MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )
|957||ST LOUIS||-105||Ov 8.5,-115||-110||Ov 9,-105|
|958||MILWAUKEE||-105||Un 8.5,-105||+100||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-9||+2.4||10-11||4.8||0.252||0.302||3.9||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-4||3.3||0.253||0.314||3.1||0.239||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+2.2||12-5||4.8||0.243||0.304||4.3||0.261||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||5-2||5.4||0.275||0.333||4.7||0.235||0.272|
|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||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/18/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||+100||7.5 un||O||8||2||1||7||7||0|
|4/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||5||1|
|4/20/2013||BURGOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||3|
|4/21/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||3||3||1||5||6||2|
|4/22/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||7-1||W||-115||7 un||O||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|4/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||6-3||W||-125||7 ev||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||5||5||0|
|4/26/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-7||L||130||7 ev||O||11||7||0||9||7||4|
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||6-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||4||0|
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Brewers Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (15-11) at Milwaukee (14-11), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals already quieted the bats of the Milwaukee Brewers in one series this season. With a starting rotation that continues to roll along with strong performances, they'll try to do it again.
Jake Westbrook will take the ball Thursday night for the opener of a four-game set at Miller Park.
St. Louis took two of three from the Brewers in St. Louis from April 12-14, shutting them out twice in the process. Cardinals starters posted a 1.29 ERA over those three games and come in looking more than capable of producing similar results. Their starters' ERA is at 1.32 over the last nine.
Lance Lynn turned in the latest gem, throwing seven innings of one-run ball in St. Louis' 4-2 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday.
"The starting pitching has been a constant for us and he's helped lead the way," manager Mike Matheny said. "You can't ask the starters to do more than they've done."
Westbrook (1-1, 0.98 ERA) hasn't been charged with an earned run in three of his four starts, including his six shutout innings against Pittsburgh on Saturday as he scattered six hits without a walk. His bid for a second victory was squandered by St. Louis' relievers, which gave up five runs in three innings.
"I felt like I was throwing the ball pretty well. I had a good sinker," said Westbrook, who is 2-4 with a 3.06 ERA in eight career starts versus Milwaukee. "I was able to get some early outs and I stayed out of trouble for the most part."
While the starters for the Cardinals (16-11) have sparkled, the Brewers (14-12) were again let down by their bullpen Wednesday.
John Axford was the primary culprit in a late collapse as he was charged with four runs in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Pirates. It was the Brewers' fifth blown save and the second for Axford, snapping Milwaukee's eight-game home winning streak and foiling its bid for a sweep of Pittsburgh.
Manager Ron Roenicke removed Axford (0-3, 10.32 ERA) as the team's closer after three rough appearances to start the year, but he had posted a 1.23 ERA over eight appearances prior to Wednesday's debacle. Roenicke even said last week he was considering the possibility of reinstating Axford - who was booed off the mound Wednesday - as Milwaukee's closer.
"I don't think it's necessarily fair," Roenicke said of the crowd's treatment of Axford. "This guy's been pitching really well for us. I still obviously like him a lot. I think every time I put him out there, I think he's going to do a good job."
The Brewers counter Westbrook with Wily Peralta (2-1, 5.02 ERA), who will make his first career start against St. Louis. Peralta has won two in a row, allowing five runs over 12 2-3 innings after posting a 6.19 ERA through his first three starts.
Carlos Gomez enters on an eight-game hitting streak during which he's 15 for 29 (.517) with three homers and five RBIs, though he's 1 for 5 against Westbrook.
Ryan Braun is 10 for 19 lifetime off of Westbrook but is hitting just .220 with 15 strikeouts in his last 10 games versus the Cardinals.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:48:57 AM EST|