|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|951||ST LOUIS||-115||Ov 6.5,+105||-135||Ov 6.5,-105|
|952||NY METS||+105||Un 6.5,-125||+125||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-15||+16.5||26-22||5.4||0.286||0.342||3.4||0.245||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.2||5-2||6.7||0.321||0.366||5.0||0.252||0.303|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-25||-13.3||22-17||4.0||0.228||0.286||4.6||0.271||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.1||4-3||4.3||0.212||0.268||5.0||0.283||0.325|
|5/30/2013||WACHA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-4||L||-170||8.5 un||U||8||9||1||4||4||1|
|6/1/2013||MILLER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||8-0||W||-140||7.5 un||O||10||3||0||7||9||0|
|6/1/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||7-1||W||-155||7 un||O||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|6/2/2013||LYONS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-4||L||-160||8 un||U||6||4||0||11||5||0|
|6/7/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||9-2||W||-125||8 un||O||16||7||1||8||7||0|
|6/8/2013||LYONS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||2-4||L||140||8.5 un||U||9||9||1||10||7||0|
|6/9/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||11-4||W||-115||8 un||O||14||8||1||6||6||0|
|6/11/2013||WACHA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||9-2||W||-135||8 ov||O||12||7||1||5||6||2|
|6/12/2013||MILLER(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||-180||7.5 un||U||6||7||1||6||2||0|
|6/13/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||WACHA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||MILLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|5/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||3-1||W||185||9 ov||U||4||5||1||4||3||0|
|5/31/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||1-5||L||-155||7.5 un||U||7||5||1||8||4||0|
|6/1/2013||MCHUGH(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-8||L||-110||7 ov||O||5||4||1||13||7||0|
|6/2/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||6-11||L||-210||6.5 un||O||9||5||1||16||10||0|
|6/4/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||182||7.5 ov||U||4||4||0||7||6||2|
|6/5/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||10-1||W||145||7.5 ev||O||15||8||0||10||11||0|
|6/11/2013||HEFNER(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-9||L||+125||8 ov||O||5||6||2||12||7||1|
|6/12/2013||GEE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-1||W||+170||7.5 un||U||6||2||0||6||7||1|
|6/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||MARCUM(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||NIESE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||HEFNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|6/18/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|6/19/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Mets Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
St. Louis (42-22) at New York (23-36), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Although Adam Wainwright is in position to win a career best-tying fifth consecutive start, he's lost four in a row to the New York Mets.
He also figures to face stiff competition from counterpart Matt Harvey, who appears to be good to go following last week's injury scare.
Wainwright takes the mound opposite the unbeaten Harvey as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals conclude a three-game set with the Mets on Thursday, weather permitting.
Leading the majors with a 13.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio - more than twice as high as the next guy - Wainwright (9-3, 2.34 ERA) has struck out 28 and issued two free passes during a four-start winning streak since losing to the Mets last month. He turned in another superb effort Friday, giving up two runs and seven hits over seven innings during a 9-2 win at Cincinnati.
Wainwright won five consecutive starts Aug. 4-26.
"I think it's just another way of mixing things up and being the complete pitcher," Wainwright, who kept switching his mechanics, told MLB's official website. "As long as you're OK in your delivery and can mix speeds with your pitches, why not mix with your delivery? Give them a different look - one over the head, one not. I just think it's a different way to give different looks."
Wainwright could certainly afford to change things up versus New York (24-36). The right-hander has gone 1-4 over seven regular-season games - five starts - in the series while compiling a 7.29 ERA, by far his highest mark against any NL opponent. He gave up four runs in six innings during a 5-2 loss May 16.
Daniel Murphy and Omar Quintanilla are a combined 10 for 18 with four doubles and a triple against Wainwright and Lucas Duda is 2 for 5 with a homer.
After beating St. Louis (42-23) by a 5-1 score Wednesday thanks to homers from David Wright, Duda and Marlon Byrd, the Mets will try to back Harvey (5-0, 2.10) with a similar display. The emerging superstar has received an average of just 2.66 runs of support over his last nine starts, a stretch during which he's gone 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA.
Harvey scattered six hits and struck out six over seven innings of one-run ball in Saturday's 2-1, 20-inning loss to Miami. He came out to warm up in the eighth but was removed due to tightness in his lower back.
Harvey, though, received treatment immediately and is expected to be fine going forward.
"We can't risk this guy getting hurt," manager Terry Collins said. "It would be one of the worst decisions you can make to let this guy go out there, as competitive as he is, and pitch with a possible injury that could not only hurt his back even worse, but have him change his delivery where he could hurt his arm."
After checking out OK, the only thing that would prevent Harvey from pitching is the weather. With thunderstorms expected in the area, the Mets are preparing for their seventh rainout.
"It doesn't look good, I know that," Collins said. "I don't think anybody in baseball has gone through what we've gone through this year.
"We've had so many days off early, it's not like anybody's tired, but when it starts getting 90 degrees every day and it's July, it's going to take its toll to where you've really got to make sure guys are getting days off to keep their energy up, because it's going to wear them down."
Cardinals third baseman David Freese went 0 for 4 on Wednesday, ending his career-best 20-game hitting streak - the majors' longest this season.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 1:05:46 AM EST|