|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )
|909||ST LOUIS||-110||Ov 7.5,-105||-115||Ov 7,-125|
|910||KANSAS CITY||+100||Un 7.5,-115||+105||Un 7,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-11||+13.6||19-17||5.2||0.278||0.335||3.5||0.247||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||3-3||5.1||0.266||0.333||2.7||0.246||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-16||-0.2||15-17||4.5||0.276||0.325||4.1||0.257||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7||3-4||3.0||0.256||0.326||4.9||0.276||0.344|
|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)||5-3||W||130||6 un||O||10||8||0||10||9||0|
|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|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|5/13/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||11-4||W||125||9 ev||O||19||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/14/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-6||L||115||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ENRIGHT(R)||9-5||W||-105||9 un||O||13||7||0||12||11||0|
|5/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 un||U||5||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||1-2||L||125||7 ev||U||5||7||0||5||5||0|
|5/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||155||8 ev||U||11||12||1||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||5-6||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||7||1||9||7||0|
|5/21/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||7-3||W||-130||9 un||O||13||7||2||10||10||1|
|5/22/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-3||L||-210||7.5 ov||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-5||L||-120||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||8||4||0|
|5/24/2013||MENDOZA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-5||L||+110||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||11||9||1|
|5/25/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||LA ANGELS||BUCKNER(R)||0-7||L||-120||9.5 ov||U||4||5||1||8||4||0|
|5/26/2013||DAVIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-5||L||+105||9 un||U||10||12||0||10||8||2|
|5/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||SANTANA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Royals Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
St. Louis (31-17) at Kansas City (21-25), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Facing Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals would not appear to provide the Kansas City Royals with a good opportunity to end their losing streak.
The Cardinals can earn a sixth straight road win in the series by extending the Royals' home skid to nine games Monday.
St. Louis (32-17) has won 16 of 23 versus Kansas City, including five straight and 11 of 14 at Kauffman Stadium. The Cardinals have scored 39 runs in the last four at Kansas City, and enter this series winners in 18 of 24 after a 5-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
That does not bode for the Royals (21-26), who have dropped five in a row and 16 of 20. Their eight-game home slide is the longest since an 0-10 start last year.
"We need wins and wins give confidence, and that's what we need right now," designated hitter Billy Butler told the Royals' official website after he was ejected in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"Winning against (the Cardinals) would actually mean more because that is a big one. That is a big confidence shift, big momentum for us."
Butler is 1 for 14 in the last five games and gone without an RBI in eight straight. He's a lifetime .220 hitter at home versus St. Louis.
Wainwright (6-3, 2.38 ERA) is 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts against the Royals. He allowed three runs in 14 innings to go 1-0 versus Kansas City in 2012.
"Wainwright is going to be tough," Butler said.
The right-hander gave up a run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 10-2 win at San Diego on Tuesday. He was able to rely on a changeup that has not always been working for him this season.
"It's one of those things where the conviction wasn't (previously) there to throw it," Wainwright told the Cardinals' official website. "Part of the way you make a mediocre pitch better is that you don't think about getting beat with it.
"(On Tuesday) I threw it with conviction, and I believed it would do what it was supposed to do."
Ex-Royal Carlos Beltran batted .379 (11 for 29) with a homer and nine RBIs last season in his first action against Kansas City since it traded him to Houston in 2004. Beltran is one of three Cardinals to have faced scheduled Kansas City starter James Shields (2-5, 2.47).
He's 0 for 3 versus Shields, while Matt Holliday is 3 for 8 with two doubles against him.
Shields faces St. Louis for the first time hoping to receive some much-needed run support and avoid a fourth straight losing start. He is 0-3 with a 1.74 ERA in his last four outings during which his teammates have totaled five runs.
The right-hander allowed a two-run homer in the first inning and none the next six while striking out seven without a walk in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Houston.
"It's a little frustrating," manager Ned Yost said. "Especially when James Shields goes out and gives you the type of performance he gives you about every time he goes out. We just have not done a good job with run support with him at all."
After two in Kansas City, the teams play Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:17:57 AM EST|