|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|961||ST LOUIS||+130||Ov 6.5,+100||+125||Ov 6,+105|
|962||LA DODGERS||-140||Un 6.5,-120||-135||Un 6,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-6||-4.1||4-6||3.2||0.216||0.290||3.1||0.237||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.2||3-3||5.0||0.264||0.336||3.1||0.253||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-18||-9.2||18-11||3.5||0.245||0.315||4.5||0.263||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||3.1||0.213||0.295||3.7||0.230||0.293|
|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)||10-2||W||-150||7 un||O||13||3||1||7||5||1|
|5/22/2013||LYONS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||5-3||W||-105||8 un||P||14||10||1||9||7||0|
|5/24/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||7-0||W||-120||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||3||2||2|
|5/25/2013||GAST(L)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||3-5||L||-120||7.5 ov||O||7||8||1||10||13||1|
|5/26/2013||MILLER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||LYONS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||LYNN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GAST(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||MILLER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|5/17/2013||RYU(L)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||5-8||L||115||7 ov||O||10||7||2||9||9||1|
|5/18/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||150||7.5 ov||U||2||4||0||7||3||1|
|5/19/2013||MAGILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||2-5||L||187||8 ev||U||3||4||3||7||10||0|
|5/20/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||8||5||1||3||4||0|
|5/21/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||2-5||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||10||14||0||12||7||0|
|5/22/2013||RYU(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||9-2||W||105||8.5 ev||O||12||8||1||9||7||1|
|5/24/2013||CAPUANO(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-7||L||+110||7.5 un||U||3||2||2||6||7||0|
|5/25/2013||LILLY(L)||ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||5-3||W||+110||7.5 ov||O||10||13||1||7||8||1|
|5/26/2013||KERSHAW(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||GREINKE(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||RYU(L)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/30/2013||LILLY(L)||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/31/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ 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.
|LA DODGERS: HITTING: The Dodgers were ravaged with injuries in 2010 and finished in the bottom third in the majors in runs (4.00 per game), homers (117) and OPS (.697). None of these poor numbers were the fault of OF MATT KEMP, who finished second in MVP voting with a .324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI and 40 steals. He says he wants a 50-50 season in 2012. 1B JAMES LONEY had the second-most homers (12) of any returning player, and batted .357 with a .608 SLG after August 1. If speedy SS DEE GORDON learns to be more patient at the plate (7 BB in 224 AB), he could score 90 runs from the top of the order. OF ANDRE ETHIER made headlines with a 30-game hit streak, but was once again dominated by lefties (.563 OPS). The team is counting on two veterans to drive in runs. 3B JUAN URIBE has been a walking infirmary lately, but still has 15-HR power, and OF JUAN RIVERA had 46 RBI in 219 AB after coming to the Dodgers. Two guys named Ellis, 2B MARK ELLIS and C A.J. ELLIS, will bat at the bottom of the order. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Dodgers remain one of the better rotations in baseball, placing third in the majors in ERA (3.41) and fourth in opponents' BA (.242). The biggest reason for the success was the NL Cy Young and Triple Crown-winning performance of CLAYTON KERSHAW, who tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and topped all NL pitchers in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248). Fellow southpaw TED LILLY had a down year overall (12-14, 3.97 ERA), but had a fantastic final two months of the season (2.09 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). CHAD BILLINGSLEY notched his fifth straight season of double-digit wins, despite sporting a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. AARON HARANG signed a two-year, $12M deal to join the Dodgers rotation. He won 14 games for the lowly Padres last year and finished with a career-best 3.64 ERA. CHRIS CAPUANO left the Mets for richer pastures (2-yr, $10M) of Los Angeles. Although he pitched well at spacious Citi Field (3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), he was terrible on the road (5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP).
RELIEF PITCHING: Jonathan Broxton is gone, ending any kind of closer controversy the Dodgers may have been trying to avoid. JAVY GUERRA is the closer, and for good reason. He converted 21-of-23 save chances while posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and allowing just two homers in 46.2 innings. If Guerra falters, manager Don Mattingly can afford to have a short leash with KENLEY JANSEN as his set-up man. Jansen led the majors with an insane 16.1 K-per-9 ratio and limited opponents to a .159 BA and .228 slugging percentage. At age 24, his upside is extremely high. MATT GUERRIER is a usually reliable reliever, but he is coming off a subpar 2011 campaign (4.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Dodgers Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
St. Louis (31-16) at Los Angeles (19-27), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a bad spot in the NL West standings, but at least they're putting themselves in position to win series.
Giving the ball to ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday could help the host Dodgers win another one as the NL-leading St. Louis Cardinals try to stay undefeated in their last eight series.
When the season started, looking up at the rest of the West was not where the Dodgers (20-27) imagined they would be during Memorial Day weekend. Their struggles have raised plenty of questions about manager Don Mattingly's job security, even though team president Stan Kasten said before Friday's 7-0 loss that he's not in danger of being fired.
The Dodgers could start to quiet some of the calls for Mattingly's job by stringing together some victories. The club goes for its fourth series win in five tries following Saturday's 5-3 victory.
Adrian Gonzalez finished a triple short of the cycle and drove in three runs and Nick Punto added three hits to help the Dodgers end the Cardinals' three-game winning streak and 3-0 run outside St. Louis.
"Just the fact that we stayed in the game helps," Gonzalez said of the Dodgers scoring the game's final two runs after giving up a 3-1 fifth-inning lead. "It's not that we're not fighting. We're just going down in order and not getting guys on base."
Dodgers stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, a combined 0 for 13 this series, could make Kershaw's Sunday a little easier by driving in some runs. They both hit homers in Kershaw's last start - a 3-1 win over Milwaukee on Monday - but his run-support average of 2.21 is the worst in the majors.
Kershaw (5-2, 1.35), though, has the majors' best ERA after allowing just three earned runs in 39 2-3 innings over his last five outings.
"Every time I get in trouble, Kersh saves me," Mattingly joked after the left-hander's three-hitter Monday. "One more day."
Kershaw goes for a season-best third consecutive winning start.
Sunday's scheduled starter Shelby Miller (5-3, 1.74) was tied with Kershaw for the majors' best ERA before permitting a season high-tying three runs in Monday's 4-2 loss at San Diego. The right-hander needed 107 pitches to go 5 2-3 innings.
"It seems like 20 pitches every single inning, every single outing, back-to-back starts," said Miller, who threw 96 pitches in 5 2-3 shutout innings of a 4-2 win over the New York Mets on May 15. "Throwing so many pitches in back-to-back games is not good. It accumulates with a little bit of everything. My curveball wasn't really good tonight. Neither was my changeup. My fastball wasn't really there. Multiple things were off."
The Cardinals need Miller to be on his game with their bullpen logging seven innings Saturday after rookie John Gast left in the second with shoulder tightness. St. Louis starters Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbrook are already on the disabled list.
Miller will make his second appearance and first start against the Dodgers. He threw one scoreless inning in a 5-2, 12-inning road win over Los Angeles on Sept. 16 for his first major league victory.
If the Cardinals can avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since a season-worst three-game skid April 27-29, they'll improve to 7-0-1 in their last eight series.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:39:59 AM EST|