|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|903||ST LOUIS||-135||Ov 7.5,+110||-125||Ov 7.5,+105|
|904||CHICAGO CUBS||+125||Un 7.5,-130||+115||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+1.3||2-3||3.3||0.227||0.306||2.3||0.232||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-4||5.1||0.295||0.348||2.6||0.262||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-14||-4.5||12-11||4.3||0.251||0.308||4.7||0.229||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||5-2||5.3||0.273||0.348||5.7||0.242||0.316|
|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)||7-6||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||14||8||1|
|5/5/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||10-1||W||110||8.5 un||O||11||10||0||8||7||0|
|5/7/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||GARCIA(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||LYNN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/23/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-2||W||160||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||6||7||2|
|4/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||0-1||L||155||7 ev||U||5||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||4-3||W||-115||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||9||1|
|4/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||7 ov||O||7||5||0||7||3||0|
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-160||9 un||U||10||6||1||8||11||0|
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-13||L||-125||10.5 ov||O||11||6||2||17||8||0|
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+105||9 ev||U||9||9||1||3||3||1|
|5/2/2013||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|5/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Cubs Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (20-11) at Chicago (11-20), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals have the best rotation in baseball, and Lance Lynn is leading the charge with a personal winning streak that's reached double digits.
Lynn goes for an 11th straight regular-season victory Tuesday night, when he tries to remain unbeaten against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a two-game set at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis (20-11) has the NL's best record thanks largely to a starting staff that tops the majors with a 2.21 ERA and 19 wins, compared to six losses.
The latest gem was tossed by Jaime Garcia, who yielded one run in eight innings of Sunday's 10-1 win at Milwaukee.
Of the five starters the Cardinals have used, four have at least four victories to rank among the NL leaders.
Lynn (5-0, 2.75 ERA) leads them all, tying Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the most in the league.
"It's early, but it's fun so far," said Lynn, who has won all 10 decisions over his last 11 regular-season games - 10 starts - since a loss in relief to the Brewers on Sept. 7.
Over that stretch, the right-hander has a 2.48 ERA with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings while limiting opponents to a .205 average and four homers. It's the longest win streak by a St. Louis pitcher since Chris Carpenter's run of 11 from July 5-Sept. 7, 2009.
Lynn has won all four of his starts against Chicago - all last year - behind a 2.96 ERA. However, he needed a lot of help in the last one, a 9-6 victory at Wrigley on July 27 as he gave up six runs in five innings.
Despite his overall success against the Cubs, their 2-3-4 hitters - Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano - have hit a combined .387 (12 for 31) against him.
Lynn enters this visit in a dominant stretch, allowing a combined two runs and eight hits over his last three starts and going seven innings in each.
"To be able to pitch like this and win games, it feels good," Lynn said. "I just go out there, concentrate and keep trying to improve every day."
Allen Craig is on a tear, going 9 for 22 with seven RBIs in his last five games. He matched his career high by driving in four runs Sunday, connecting for a three-run double and an RBI triple.
He's helped the Cardinals win six straight, their longest winning streak since an eight-game run July 11-21, 2010.
Craig has a .381 average over his last 11 meetings with Chicago, and he's 4 for 10 with a solo homer off Travis Wood, Tuesday's scheduled starter.
Wood (2-2, 2.50) owns the lowest ERA among Cubs' starters and is limiting opponents to a .176 average, but he's received an average of 2.0 runs of support through six starts.
He sure could use an offensive performance like the one Chicago (12-20) had Monday, setting a season high for runs in a 9-2 win over Texas.
"I think we're a lot better team than what our record shows, and I think a lot of people would agree with us," said Rizzo, who went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs.
The first baseman is batting .464 with six RBIs over the past seven games, and those have all been at Wrigley, raising his season average there 143 points to .295.
Wood is 0-7 with a 4.58 ERA in his last 12 starts at Wrigley dating to a win over Houston on July 1. He lost again there Thursday in a 4-2 defeat to San Diego, tossing seven scoreless innings before being charged with three runs and leaving with two outs in the eighth.
The left-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts versus St. Louis last year, and both defeats came opposite Lynn.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:16:57 AM EST|