|CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|907||CHICAGO CUBS||+185||Ov 7,-105||+187||Ov 7,+105|
|908||ST LOUIS||-200||Un 7,-115||-205||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-27||-7.4||24-20||4.2||0.246||0.297||4.4||0.237||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-3||3.6||0.217||0.283||4.7||0.251||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-17||+15.9||29-23||5.4||0.286||0.341||3.5||0.248||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||4-3||5.1||0.270||0.315||4.1||0.238||0.290|
|6/4/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-4||L||170||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||8||4||1|
|6/5/2013||GARZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||145||7.5 ev||O||15||11||1||10||8||0|
|6/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||9||8||0|
|6/15/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||110||7 ov||P||11||16||1||6||6||2|
|6/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-4||L||100||7.5 ev||U||7||6||1||6||6||2|
|6/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-5||L||190||7.5 un||U||5||7||2||8||4||0|
|6/18/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||2-7||L||-135||8 un||O||5||7||0||11||8||2|
|6/17/2013||MILLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-2||W||-210||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||5||7||2|
|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)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (28-39) at St. Louis (44-25), 8:15 p.m. EDT
Offense continues to come at a premium for the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium, and it likely won't come any easier Tuesday night.
Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals trying to win a sixth straight start as he faces Chicago.
The Cubs (28-40) managed only one run and 16 hits while being swept in three games at St. Louis last July 20-22 in their most recent visit before this week. They didn't fare much better in the series opener Monday night, scraping together five hits in a 5-2 loss. Chicago is 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position in its last four road games versus the Cardinals (45-25).
The Cubs have lost 10 of 15 and are batting .203 in the last 11.
"It's tough for the team," starter Travis Wood said Monday after giving up four runs over seven innings. "We're scratching and clawing trying to get everything we can right now and trying to put together quality ball games."
Wainwright (10-3, 2.18 ERA) continues to shut down opponents, compiling a 1.64 ERA while notching a victory in each of his past five outings.
He became baseball's first 10-game winner Thursday against the Mets, not showing any sign of disruption from shortened pregame preparation as an expected rain delay never came to fruition. The right-hander yielded four hits and two walks over seven shutout innings, outdueling Matt Harvey in a 2-1 victory.
"My whole pregame routine was kind of thrown out of the window," said Wainwright, who recorded his 1,000th career strikeout.
A few weeks ago, this might have looked like one of baseball's premier pitching matchups, but Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.46) has struggled more recently. He's 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA over his last three starts, walking nine batters in 18 1-3 innings, compared to a 2-1 record and 1.13 ERA in his previous three.
He didn't provide much reason for optimism in his most recent start, surrendering a season-high 10 hits and five runs across six innings Thursday against the Reds, though Chicago won 6-5 in 14 innings.
"I'm more upset with the leadoff singles and leadoff walk," Samardzija told the team's official website after issuing four walks. "Those walks come back to haunt you, and I think a couple of them scored today. You want to get that first hitter out, and that's what they did a good job of today was to get me in the stretch early and make me stay there."
Samardzija has seen mixed results versus the Cardinals, owning a 3-2 mark and 4.95 ERA in 16 games - five starts. He won his last game at Busch Stadium despite giving up five runs and 10 hits over five innings as the Cubs emerged with a 9-5 victory April 13, 2012.
Wainwright is 6-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 18 career starts versus the Cubs, but they've given him some trouble recently. He's 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA over the last six. Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro are a combined 10 for 29 against him while Anthony Rizzo is 3 for 6.
No current Cardinal has homered off Samardzija in 96 at-bats, though Yadier Molina is 7 for 15 against him.
Molina had his eighth multihit effort in 13 games Monday, including a two-run double, and leads the NL with a .355 average.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 6:57:04 PM EST|