|MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )|
ST LOUIS ( GAST )
|907||MILWAUKEE||+120||Ov 8.5,-110||+105||Ov 9,+100|
|908||ST LOUIS||-130||Un 8.5,-110||-115||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-12||-9||8-7||3.5||0.262||0.310||5.3||0.278||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-4||3.3||0.242||0.285||4.4||0.250||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-10||+12||18-15||5.2||0.276||0.333||3.6||0.247||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.5||5-2||5.0||0.274||0.346||4.9||0.248||0.305|
|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)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||13||9||0||10||11||0|
|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)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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||GAST(L)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Milwaukee (17-24) at St. Louis (27-15), 2:15 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals routinely pound on the Milwaukee Brewers' pitchers, and Yadier Molina is one of the main culprits.
Kyle Lohse now has first-hand experience.
Molina looks to give his former teammate another rough time on the mound and help the NL-leading Cardinals take this three-game series with the Brewers on Sunday.
St. Louis (27-15) has won 11 of the past 15 meetings with Milwaukee, hitting .327 with runners in scoring position and .297 overall with 14 homers while averaging 6.3 runs in those victories.
Molina has been a big part of that success, hitting .378 over his past 20 meetings. He's been even better at home over that stretch, compiling a .415 average with 10 RBIs in 13 meetings.
The four-time All-Star catcher is 3 for 8 in this series as the Cardinals continue to get to Milwaukee's pitchers.
They had 13 hits in Friday's 7-6 victory, and reached double digits for a sixth straight meeting Saturday. However, their 10 hits weren't enough in a 6-4, 10-inning loss, which snapped their five-game winning streak over Milwaukee.
St. Louis has a chance to get untracked against Lohse (1-4, 3.49 ERA), who has lost both of his starts against his former team this year, giving up six runs in 12 innings.
The latest effort May 3 ended after five innings, as the right-hander gave up four runs and 11 hits in a 6-1 loss.
That's part of a four-start stretch in which Lohse has gone 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA since getting his only win with the Brewers on April 22.
Lohse led the Cardinals with 30 wins and a 3.11 ERA over the past two regular seasons, bus he's struggled greatly versus Molina and Matt Holliday.
Molina is 4 for 6 with two doubles and a solo homer off him, while Holliday is 3 for 6 with a shot of his own.
The Cardinals are scheduled to give John Gast (1-0, 6.00) another turn in the rotation in place of Jake Westbrook, who is on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
Gast, a 2010 sixth-round pick out of Florida State, impressed early in his major league debut Tuesday, throwing five scoreless innings before giving up four runs and leaving after the sixth of a 10-4 win over the New York Mets.
The left-hander is the latest rookie to get the ball for St. Louis. Shelby Miller is 5-2 and is tied with 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles for the lowest ERA in baseball at 1.40.
Miller is scheduled to start Monday's three-game series opener in San Diego.
"It's incredible," infielder Matt Carpenter told the team's official website. "The talent we have is a testament to our minor league system and the product that they continue to develop. ... They seem like they can always find the guys who can come up here and compete and give us a chance to win games."
Carpenter has been impressive in his own right, batting .367 over the past 15 games while going 4 for 9 with a double and two RBIs in this series.
The Brewers are also getting some strong offensive contributions from Norichika Aoki and Ryan Braun.
Aoki is hitting .443 with 11 multihit games in his last 15, including five of six versus the Cardinals. He's 11 for 23 in those meetings with the NL Central rival.
Braun is 11 for 24 over that same stretch versus St. Louis, which is part of an 18-game stretch during which he's batting .394.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 1:57:43 AM EST|