|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
MIAMI ( KOEHLER )
|953||ST LOUIS||-180||Ov 7.5,+100||-190||Ov 7.5,+100|
|954||MIAMI||+170||Un 7.5,-120||+180||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-16||+16.2||27-23||5.3||0.285||0.340||3.4||0.246||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-3||5.4||0.288||0.332||3.3||0.230||0.278|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-31||-9.5||23-19||3.5||0.239||0.289||4.6||0.260||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.1||4-2||3.3||0.243||0.264||5.0||0.251||0.311|
|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)||4-5||L||-130||7.5 un||O||8||6||1||10||6||1|
|6/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||LYONS(L)||@ 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)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||5-4||W||+120||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|6/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||NOLASCO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
St. Louis (43-23) at Miami (19-46), 4:10 p.m. EDT
While the Miami Marlins own baseball's worst record, they haven't played like it over the last week.
Getting the best of the major league-leading St. Louis Cardinals again would boost their confidence even further.
The Marlins try for a fifth win in seven games as they host the Cardinals on Saturday.
Last in the majors in runs (199), on-base percentage (.286) and slugging percentage (.326), Miami (20-46) has picked up the pace during a 4-2 stretch. The Marlins have hit .324 and scored a combined 18 runs in their last three wins, including Friday's 5-4 series-opening victory.
Giancarlo Stanton went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Juan Pierre, batting .381 during a season-high 10-game hitting streak, added two more hits and his team-leading 18th stolen base. After missing six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Stanton has hit safely in all four games since coming off the disabled list, going 6 for 16 with a homer and five RBIs.
Miami also got a big lift from rookie Jose Fernandez, who struck out a career-high 10 over seven sharp innings before Steve Cishek recorded his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
"He really was in complete control of that game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Fernandez. "He set the tone against a great team, a great lineup, and it was fun to watch him."
Allen Craig, Yadier Molina, David Freese and Jon Jay each drove in a run for St. Louis (43-24), which dropped to 4-3 on its current nine-game trip.
Despite Friday's loss, the Cardinals are 23-9 over their last 32 games in opposing ballparks. They are 19-7 in their last 26 road matchups versus Miami.
St. Louis will try to bounce back behind Lance Lynn (8-1, 3.00 ERA), who ranks among the NL leaders in wins, strikeouts per nine innings (9.11) and run-support average (6.67).
Lynn, though, wasn't at his best Sunday, allowing four runs in six innings during an 11-4, 10-inning win at Cincinnati.
"It was one of those games where I felt the first batter in every inning was on, and I couldn't get into a rhythm," Lynn told MLB's official website. "When you have those games, it's just a grind."
The Marlins counter with Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.91), who remains winless in seven career starts and 20 games overall. The right-hander has gone 0-4 with a 4.14 ERA in six starts since joining the rotation May 12.
Koehler gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings in Sunday's 8-4, 10-inning road win over the New York Mets.
He'll need to be cautious against Carlos Beltran, who's batting .356 with four homers and 13 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak. Craig has also been locked in of late, going 27 for 71 (.380) with three homers and 15 RBIs over a 17-game stretch.
The Marlins, meanwhile, could again be without Logan Morrison, who was scratched prior to Friday's win with tightness in his back. Morrison, who missed the first two months of the season while recovering from knee surgery, is 4 for 9 in three games since debuting Sunday.
"Usually, back things are more than just a day," Redmond said. "I would assume he'd be out for a couple of days. We'll see. Hopefully not."
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:54:52 AM EST|