|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|953||ST LOUIS||-120||Ov 7.5,+100||-120||Ov 7.5,-115|
|954||MILWAUKEE||+110||Un 7.5,-120||+110||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-9||+4.4||11-12||4.9||0.262||0.311||3.8||0.257||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||3-4||3.1||0.265||0.317||3.6||0.266||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||-0.1||13-6||4.6||0.247||0.308||4.5||0.272||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||5-2||5.4||0.282||0.347||5.1||0.272||0.303|
|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)||6-1||W||100||8 ov||U||15||9||0||8||6||1|
|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)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||1-6||L||-110||8 ov||U||8||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (17-11) at Milwaukee (14-13), 4:05 p.m. EDT
While Adam Wainwright has had plenty of success against the Milwaukee Brewers, Yovani Gallardo hasn't been able to figure out why the St. Louis Cardinals give him so much trouble.
St. Louis seeks a fifth straight win Saturday while sending host Milwaukee to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Wainwright (4-2, 2.03 ERA) has gotten off to a solid start, striking out 43 while walking only three in 44 1-3 innings. He pitched well Monday but had his four-start winning streak come to an end, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.
"It was a tough game to lose," Wainwright told the team's official website. "Sometimes you have to match up zeros with someone who is throwing great, and I didn't match zeros."
Wainwright put up plenty of zeros in his best outing of the season April 13, tossing a four-hitter and striking out a career high-tying 12 while also going 3 for 3 with two RBIs in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee.
Two of Wainwright's five career shutouts have coming against the Brewers.
"It's always fun to pitch a complete-game shutout," Wainwright said. "I've done it against the Brewers a couple times now. I don't know what it is about that team. I think they make me focus more, because they have guys that are really dangerous."
The right-hander is 9-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 18 career starts versus Milwaukee, with four of his 12 career complete games coming against the Brewers. He's gone the distance the last two times he's faced them, allowing five hits in a 6-1 victory Aug. 4.
Ryan Braun is 9 for 49 (.184) with 13 strikeouts lifetime off Wainwright, but he's batting .423 during a six-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 in Milwaukee's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals (18-11) on Friday.
Aramis Ramirez went 2 for 3 in his return after missing four weeks with a sprained left knee, but the Brewers (14-14) have dropped the first two of this four-game series and eight of the last 11 meetings with St. Louis.
Matt Holliday went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran also homered Friday for the Cardinals. Holliday has three home runs while Beltran is 6 for 15 lifetime off Gallardo, who is pitching well of late but hasn't had any success against St. Louis recently.
Gallardo (3-1, 4.25) had a 6.61 ERA over his first three starts, including allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings while opposing Wainwright last month. He's won his last three outings, though, posting a 2.29 ERA after giving up two runs - one earned - in seven innings of a 10-4 win over Pittsburgh on Monday. He also hit his second homer of the season.
"Glad he went the length that he did," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website. "He struggled with his command early, then he got the rhythm and started throwing strikes, and finished, I thought, outstanding."
The right-hander has been anything but versus the Cardinals, though. Gallardo is 0-7 with a 9.56 ERA in his last eight starts - including a Game 3 loss in the 2011 NLCS - and 1-11 with a 6.86 ERA in 16 career outings against St. Louis.
"I know I haven't had very many good ones against them, and it's frustrating," Gallardo said. "There always seems to be something."
St. Louis found out Friday that closer Jason Motte won't pitch this season and will have Tommy John surgery next week.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:39:08 AM EST|