|ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )|
MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )
|907||ST LOUIS||-150||Ov 7.5,-110||-135||Ov 7.5,+105|
|908||MIAMI||+140||Un 7.5,-110||+125||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-15||+17.5||26-23||5.4||0.286||0.341||3.4||0.244||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||4-3||6.6||0.317||0.363||3.7||0.239||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-31||-10.7||22-19||3.4||0.237||0.288||4.6||0.260||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.9||4-2||3.0||0.237||0.264||5.4||0.248||0.317|
|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)||2-1||W||-135||6.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||8||0|
|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||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|5/31/2013||TURNER(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||5-1||W||+145||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||7||5||1|
|6/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||NY METS||MCHUGH(R)||8-1||W||+100||7 ov||O||13||7||0||5||4||1|
|6/2/2013||SLOWEY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||11-6||W||+190||6.5 un||O||16||10||0||9||5||1|
|6/3/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||2-7||L||180||7.5 ov||O||6||5||1||11||6||0|
|6/4/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||3-7||L||140||7.5 ev||O||10||9||2||8||6||2|
|6/5/2013||TURNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||1-6||L||200||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||9||7||0|
|6/8/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-1||W||195||6.5 un||U||15||10||0||13||22||0|
|6/9/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||8-4||W||187||7.5 ov||O||17||10||1||6||3||2|
|6/14/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||NOLASCO(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Marlins Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
St. Louis (42-23) at Miami (19-46), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals' rotation has the best ERA in baseball, and it's about to get back the pitcher who had quite a bit to do with that for the first five weeks of the season.
Jake Westbrook makes his first start in more than a month Friday night as the NL Central leaders visit the Miami Marlins for the first of three.
Adam Wainwright lowered the St. Louis' starters ERA to 2.74 by throwing seven shutout innings in Thursday's 2-1 win at the New York Mets. Now, the Cardinals (43-23) are hoping Westbrook (2-1, 1.62 ERA) can seamlessly return to the rotation Friday after spending a month on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
The right-hander had a 1.62 ERA through six starts prior to the injury, the best mark in the Cardinals' rotation and one of the best in the majors. Though his peripheral numbers aren't impressive - Westbrook struck out 19 and walked 18 in 39.0 innings - he didn't allow a homer and had a major league-best 76.5 percent ground-ball rate.
He gave up two runs over 10 2-3 innings, walking none and striking out 10, in two rehab starts for Double-A Springfield.
"I've always had elbow issues and I pitched through a lot of it," Westbrook told MLB.com. "I think I'm always going to have something, some sort of feeling in there that's not normal.
"I feel really good right now. I feel really good with the two starts I've had. I feel really encouraged about getting up and down seven times on Sunday, and hopefully it continues to feel that way throughout the year."
He and his teammates should feel quite comfortable on the road. The Cardinals, a major league-best 24-11 on the road, haven't lost a series outside St. Louis since dropping two of three to Arizona to open 2013.
Westbrook went 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two starts against Miami last season when St. Louis won five of seven matchups. The Cardinals took three of four in Miami.
After dropping two of three to Milwaukee, the Marlins (19-46) continue their six-game homestand with rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.17) on the mound.
The 20-year-old Cuban gave up one run or fewer for the fourth time in seven starts by throwing six innings of one-run ball in Saturday's 2-1, 20-inning win at the New York Mets.
"I've really been trying to make pitches, make good pitches and make them in a good location - that's how it's been," Fernandez told the Marlins' official website. "The catchers, they're calling the right pitches in the right moments, and it's been pretty good."
Fernandez has been outstanding in five home starts, going 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA.
Miami in batting .229 with a major league-worst 3.0 runs per game, but the club is hitting .266 and averaging 4.3 runs during a 6-5 stretch.
Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison could help the club continue its improvement at the plate. Stanton is 3 for 12 with a homer in three games since sitting out six weeks with a hamstring injury, while Morrison is 4 for 9 in three games following offseason right knee surgery.
Morrison likely will return to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's 10-1 loss.
Left fielder Juan Pierre extended his season-best hitting streak to nine in that game, but he's 1 for 17 off Westbrook.
David Freese should be back in the Cardinals' lineup after getting Thursday off. His career-best 20-game hitting streak, also the longest in the majors this season, ended Wednesday.
Freese is a .464 (13 for 28) career hitter off Marlins pitching.
St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, a career .333 hitter in Miami, will try to hit safely in his 13th consecutive game. He's batting .364 (20 for 55) with four homers and 13 RBIs during his run.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:30:45 AM EST|