|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )
|911||ST LOUIS||-155||Ov 7,+105||-135||Ov 7,-105|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+145||Un 7,-125||+125||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-11||+11.6||18-17||5.1||0.273||0.330||3.6||0.248||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.4||3-4||4.7||0.261||0.332||4.1||0.259||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-16||+1.6||14-16||4.1||0.249||0.316||4.2||0.255||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||4-3||5.3||0.284||0.343||3.6||0.214||0.293|
|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)||2-4||L||-140||7 ev||U||4||4||0||7||7||1|
|5/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||LYONS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/25/2013||GAST(L)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||MILLER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|5/10/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-6||L||165||8 ev||O||5||7||2||8||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SMITH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||130||8 un||O||6||4||1||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||STULTS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||7||0|
|5/14/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-2||W||135||8 ov||U||8||7||1||5||4||0|
|5/15/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||8-4||W||145||9 ov||O||17||11||0||11||10||1|
|5/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-2||W||+130||7 ev||U||7||7||1||4||4||0|
|5/21/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||SMITH(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|5/24/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|5/26/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Padres Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (28-16) at San Diego (21-23), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The San Diego Padres have been hot of late, but Adam Wainwright has made a habit of cooling off their lineup when he's faced them.
Wainwright takes the mound as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals look to avoid a fifth straight loss to the Padres on Tuesday night.
One day after routing Washington 13-4, San Diego (21-23) got three hits from Chris Denorfia in a 4-2 victory over St. Louis, the team's third win in a row and fifth in seven games.
Denorfia is 6 for 13 during the winning streak while Will Venable has homered in each of the last two, giving him home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 4 and 5, 2009.
The Padres, though, may have a tough time continuing their hot hitting with Wainwright (5-3, 2.51 ERA) on the mound.
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 0.97 ERA in five career starts versus San Diego, and Venable (4 for 16) and Chase Headley (2 for 12) have struggled against him.
However, Wainwright allowed five runs - though only two were earned - and walked four in six innings of a 6-4 loss Sept. 11 in his last game against the Padres. He'll be looking to bounce back from a so-so outing after giving up four runs - three earned - in six innings of a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.
"I made a couple mistakes over the plate that ended up costing us runs," Wainwright said. "The ones they were supposed to hit, they hit. If I make my pitch, most of the time (the opposition doesn't) get hits."
St. Louis (28-16) had a tough time at the plate in Monday's series opener, as Jon Jay had two of the team's four hits. The Cardinals have finished with fewer than five only six times this season.
San Diego, which has outscored St. Louis 24-11 while winning the last four meetings, will turn to Edinson Volquez to try and slow the Cardinals' offense again.
Volquez (3-4, 5.55) had gone 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA over his previous four starts before giving up five runs and walking four in five innings of a 6-2 loss to Washington on Thursday.
"It was my fault. I'm supposed to pitch seven, eight innings," said Volquez, who has walked 14 over his last four starts. "I walked a couple guys in the beginning of (innings). ... That's something I've got to stop doing."
The right-hander has had a difficult time versus the Cardinals in recent years, going 1-3 with a 6.60 ERA in his last six starts against them. Matt Holliday is 7 for 17 with two homers off Volquez.
It's unclear if St. Louis third baseman David Freese will be in the lineup for this contest after sitting out Monday. He received three stitches in his right thumb after getting spiked in Sunday's win over Milwaukee.
Ty Wigginton, batting .194, could start in Freese's place again.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:50:42 AM EST|