|CHICAGO CUBS ( JACKSON )|
ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )
|961||CHICAGO CUBS||+165||Ov 8,-120||+150||Ov 8,-110|
|962||ST LOUIS||-175||Un 8,+100||-160||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-27||-5.5||24-21||4.2||0.245||0.296||4.3||0.238||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||2-4||3.9||0.224||0.285||3.3||0.229||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-18||+13.8||29-24||5.3||0.285||0.340||3.5||0.248||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.6||3-4||4.1||0.264||0.305||4.4||0.247||0.289|
|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)||4-2||W||190||7 un||U||8||5||0||8||4||0|
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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)||2-4||L||-210||7 un||U||8||4||0||8||5||0|
|6/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Chicago (29-40) at St. Louis (45-26), 8:15 p.m. EDT
After a rough start to the month, the Chicago Cubs are starting to turn things around.
So is scheduled starter Edwin Jackson, who goes for his third straight victory Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs (29-40) opened June with eight losses in 10 games, but have since won four of six behind a starting rotation that has posted a 2.61 ERA. The starters have recorded quality starts in each of the last five.
Jackson (3-8, 5.40 ERA) has also emerged from an early season slump. Through his first 11 starts, Jackson was 1-8 with a 6.29 ERA - the worst in the majors on June 2. The right-hander, however, is finally starting to live up to the big contract Chicago gave him in the offseason, yielding two runs while striking out 15 over 13 innings in winning each of his last two starts. He allowed a run and five hits in six innings in Friday's 6-3 victory over the New York Mets.
"Just trying to get in a rhythm," Jackson said.
The Cubs, who pounced on Adam Wainwright for four runs in the top of the first in a 4-2 victory Tuesday, will hope to do the same for Jackson. The last time Jackson pitched, they gave him a 5-0 cushion heading into the bottom of the second.
"You get those early runs, it's definitely a luxury," Jackson said. "More times than not it's going to be a close game. You've got to pitch mistake-free, or pretty close to it. But when you come out and get an offensive explosion, it's definitely great."
Jackson has been at his best away from Wrigley Field this season, recording a 3.73 ERA in six road starts. His 6.69 home ERA is second-worst in the majors.
He was hit hard in his last outing at Busch Stadium, however, getting tagged for nine runs in 1 1-3 innings last September.
Jackson has also been at a loss when it comes to the red-hot Yadier Molina. The Cardinals catcher is 8 for 12 with two home runs in their matchups. Then again, Molina has had success against pretty much everyone this season, batting .449 with 12 doubles and 17 RBIs in his last 21 games to raise his average 38 points to .367. He has always done particularly well against the Cubs, going 9 for 15 in the season series and is hitting .366 against them since 2011.
His batterymate, Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05), got off to a sensational start, posting a 1.62 ERA in his first six outings, but struggled in his return from the disabled list Friday. In his first outing since May 8 because of right elbow inflammation, Westbrook surrendered five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss to Miami.
The veteran right-hander failed to strike out a single hitter, and averages 3.89 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be one of the lowest rates in the majors if he had enough innings to qualify.
Westbrook has made up for such strikeout woes by avoiding the long ball. He has yet to surrender a home run in 44 innings - the only pitcher without serving up a homer with at least that many innings pitched.
David DeJesus is the only player on the Cubs roster with a homer against Westbrook. He's got one in 35 at-bats.
Alfonso Soriano is 3 for 30 against Westbrook without a single extra-base hit. It marks the most at-bats Soriano has ever had against a pitcher without recording an extra-base hit.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:46:33 AM EST|