|MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|959||MILWAUKEE||+170||Ov 8,-105||+145||Ov 8,+100|
|960||ST LOUIS||-180||Un 8,-115||-155||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-12||-0.6||16-8||4.7||0.256||0.312||4.7||0.267||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.9||2-4||3.4||0.234||0.278||5.7||0.267||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-9||+13.6||17-15||5.2||0.276||0.331||3.5||0.244||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.1||4-3||4.9||0.291||0.354||4.0||0.210||0.264|
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-7||L||+115||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||10||4||0|
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-4||L||140||7.5 ev||U||8||8||0||8||13||0|
|5/11/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||7-13||L||180||8 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||1|
|5/12/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-5||L||145||8.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||4||0|
|5/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||5-1||W||140||7 un||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-4||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||11||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 ov||U||6||5||1||4||6||0|
|5/16/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-7||L||135||8 ov||P||6||8||1||13||9||1|
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||6-7||L||155||8.5 un||O||8||2||2||13||7||0|
|5/18/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||1-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||7||9||0||5||4||1|
|5/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||11||6||1||11||4||1|
|5/12/2013||GARCIA(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-8||L||-155||7.5 un||O||6||7||0||11||6||0|
|5/13/2013||LYNN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||6-3||W||-200||8 ev||O||11||7||0||4||7||0|
|5/14/2013||GAST(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||10-4||W||-170||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||6||5||1|
|5/15/2013||MILLER(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-2||W||-195||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||5||2|
|5/16/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-5||L||-235||7.5 ev||U||8||6||2||11||8||0|
|5/20/2013||MILLER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/24/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Milwaukee (16-23) at St. Louis (26-14), 7:15 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals have given their outstanding rotation the best run support in the NL, though no starter has benefited from that production more than Lance Lynn.
With the right-hander going for his seventh win, the Cardinals look to keep rolling Saturday night at Busch Stadium against a Milwaukee Brewers team they've dominated this season.
St. Louis improved to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand by holding on for a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee in Friday's series opener, as David Freese's grand slam - his first homer of the season - capped a five-run first inning.
"That's the biggest thing about this, you want to join the fun," said Freese, who entered the contest with a .209 average, four RBIs and a .287 on-base percentage. "Fortunately enough, I haven't done squat this year and we've got a heck of a record."
The Cardinals (27-14), who have won 13 of 16 and own the best record in the majors, have given their starters the most runs in the league with 162. They've also scored 49 runs for their starters and batted .300 with nine homers while winning seven of eight against the Brewers (16-24).
Allen Craig went 3 for 3 Friday and is hitting .406 versus Milwaukee this year, while John Jay (12 for 29), Matt Holliday (10 for 28) and Yadier Molina (11 for 31) have also done damage in the season series.
Holliday (6 for 12) and Molina (8 for 15) have also had success against Saturday's scheduled starter Marco Estrada.
Lynn is receiving a league-high 7.02 runs per game, but he may not need much support with the way he's pitched lately.
He has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five outings, posting a 1.80 ERA with 37 strikeouts over 35 innings in that span. Lynn overcame a career-high five walks by striking out seven and surrendering three runs and four hits over seven innings in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday.
Lynn has allowed two runs with 18 strikeouts over 13 2-3 innings in two career starts against the Brewers.
Unlike the Cardinals, Milwaukee starters have struggled with a 6.78 ERA during the team's 2-13 stretch.
Estrada (3-2, 5.32) will try to prevent the Brewers from their second five-game skid this month and third this season. He allowed one run and a season-low three hits over seven innings in a 5-1 win at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Estrada, who is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals, was tagged for eight runs with five walks over 3 1-3 innings in a 10-1 loss to St. Louis in his previous outing.
Milwaukee hopes Aramis Ramirez can find a groove after breaking out of a 1-for-16 slump with a pair of homers and six RBIs Friday.
"Nice to see Rammy get a couple," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I think he's been swinging the ball really well and hasn't had much to show for it."
Ramirez, though, is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts all-time against Lynn.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:26:09 PM EST|