|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|909||ST LOUIS||+100||Ov 7.5,-115||+105||Ov 8,-105|
|910||MILWAUKEE||-110||Un 7.5,-105||-115||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-9||+3.4||11-11||4.9||0.255||0.305||3.9||0.257||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||4-3||3.6||0.263||0.323||3.6||0.255||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-8||+1||13-5||4.8||0.247||0.310||4.4||0.265||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||6-1||6.0||0.291||0.357||5.3||0.255||0.290|
|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)||6-5||W||100||8.5 ev||O||12||7||1||12||13||0|
|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)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||12||13||0||12||7||1|
|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)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
St. Louis (17-11) at Milwaukee (14-13), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Although they've been one of the top hitting teams in the majors at home, the Milwaukee Brewers are being tested by the St. Louis Cardinals' red-hot starting pitchers.
It doesn't figure to get any easier against a 22-year-old rookie who dominated them earlier this season.
Shelby Miller will try to provide the NL Central -leading Cardinals with yet another outstanding start on Friday night when they go for two in a row in this four-game series at Miller Park.
Jake Westbrook continued the run of gems by St. Louis (17-11) starters on Thursday when he allowed one run over six innings before the bullpen held off a late Milwaukee rally in a 6-5 victory.
While the Brewers (14-13) rank among the league leaders with 26 homers and 88 runs at home, they're facing a rotation that has allowed three earned runs or less in 20 of 23 games and leads all of baseball with a 2.09 ERA.
Milwaukee has managed one run in 29 innings against St. Louis starters while dropping three of the four meetings. The Brewers now try to avoid a third straight home defeat as they face another tough test against Miller (3-2, 2.05 ERA).
The hard-throwing right-hander struck out eight while giving up one hit over seven innings in a 2-0 win over Milwaukee on April 12.
Miller, though, will try to rebound from his worst outing in five starts after yielding three runs and seven hits - including two homers - over 5 2-3 innings in a 9-0 loss to the Pirates on Sunday.
"I probably can't even count on my fingers how many balls I threw down in the zone," said Miller, who ranks among the NL leaders in ERA.
This time, Miller will have to slow down Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez, who went 2 for 4 in the opener to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He's 17 for 33 (.515) with three homers, four doubles and six RBIs over that span.
Ryan Braun has also been heating up with eight hits in 18 at-bats in his last four games.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has missed 22 games with a strained left knee, is expected to return on Friday. He's batting .388 during a 14-game hitting streak at Miller Park.
Although it hasn't translated to many wins, Kyle Lohse (1-2, 2.53) has pitched well for Milwaukee after winning 16 games for the Cardinals last season.
The right-hander, who signed a three-year, $33 million contract as a free agent on March 25, hasn't allowed more than three runs in each of his first five starts.
He'll make his second start against his former club after giving up two runs and six hits over seven innings in a 2-0 loss to Miller on April 12 at St. Louis.
"He's a huge addition to our pitching staff," manager Ron Roenicke said. "That's not a knock on our young guys, but having him on the staff along with Yo (Yovani Gallardo), I think that makes us a very good team."
Carlos Beltran should be happy to get another look at Lohse since he's 23 for 42 (.548) with four homers in this matchup.
Yadier Molina will try to continue his recent tear after going 8 for 15 over his last four games. He's 4 for 7 with a homer and double against his former battery mate.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 10:06:40 AM EST|