|ST LOUIS ( LYONS )|
MIAMI ( NOLASCO )
|901||ST LOUIS||-150||Ov 7.5,-115||-140||Ov 8,+100|
|902||MIAMI||+140||Un 7.5,-105||+130||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-16||+17.2||28-23||5.5||0.288||0.343||3.5||0.247||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-3||6.0||0.291||0.339||4.0||0.241||0.294|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-15||-6.9||5-14||1.9||0.208||0.257||4.2||0.267||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.1||5-1||4.1||0.260||0.286||6.0||0.269||0.324|
|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)||13-7||W||-185||7.5 un||O||17||8||0||11||8||0|
|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)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||7-13||L||+175||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||17||8||0|
|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||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
St. Louis (43-24) at Miami (20-46), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Tyler Lyons hopes to prove the St. Louis Cardinals made the right decision by keeping him aboard following the return of teammate Jake Westbrook.
The rookie left-hander takes the ball for the Cardinals as they look to avoid losing their first series since late April on Sunday against the Miami Marlins.
When Westbrook came off the disabled list Friday, St. Louis (44-24) had to choose between keeping Lyons (2-2, 3.51 ERA) or highly regarded rookie right-hander Michael Wacha in the rotation.
Manager Mike Matheny said he gave the nod to Lyons, 25, because he's three years older and has more professional experience than Wacha, who was optioned Friday to Triple-A Memphis.
"It's nice having that left-hander in the rotation," Matheny said. "It has been nice to watch Tyler do his thing. He has been very efficient and given us a chance when he has been out there. Michael did a great job, too, but right now it's a better fit for Tyler."
Lyons, though, hasn't been as sharp since giving up two runs and six hits over 14 innings while winning his first two starts. He's yielded eight runs and 14 hits over 11 2-3 innings in consecutive losses.
Although Lyons appears to have a good chance to regroup against one of the worst offensive clubs in the major leagues, the improving Marlins (20-47) have hit .293 and scored 43 runs during a 5-3 stretch at Marlins Park.
They've split the first two of this three-game set with St. Louis, which hasn't lost a series since dropping two of three to Pittsburgh from April 26-28.
The Cardinals had been limited to seven runs and 24 hits while losing two of three games before matching a season high with 17 hits in a 13-7 victory Saturday. St. Louis improved to 5-3 on a nine-game road trip.
Carlos Beltran led the attack with three hits - two homers - leaving him with a .369 average and six home runs over a major league-best 14-game hitting streak.
"I feel great," Beltran said. "I've been healthy, and good things are happening for me and the team."
Giancarlo Stanton is finally healthy and also wielding a hot bat for Miami. He's gone 8 for 20 (.400) with two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs in five games since coming off the disabled list.
"This is a good as I've seen him all year," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's going to the plate with a lot of confidence right now, and that's fun to watch."
Teammate Juan Pierre is 4 for 9 in this series and batting .383 during a season-high 11-game hitting streak.
The Marlins, though, could be without Logan Morrison, who has missed the past three games because of tightness in his back.
Scheduled Miami starter Ricky Nolasco (3-7, 3.80) had a 2.17 ERA over his prior four starts before yielding four runs and a season-high 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-1 loss to Milwaukee on Monday.
The right-hander has been hurt by the team's lack of scoring, getting seven runs of support over his last eight starts.
Nolasco is 1-4 with a 4.82 ERA in eight career starts versus the Cardinals, though he hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 18 2-3 innings against them.
Beltran is batting .341 with a homer in 41 career at-bats against Nolasco.
Matt Holliday also has ripped Nolasco, going 11 for 24 with two homers and three doubles. David Freese, who went 3 for 4 with a homer Saturday, has five hits in six at-bats in this matchup.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:43:18 AM EST|