|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|925||ST LOUIS||-170||Ov 8.5,-105||-155||Ov 8.5,-105|
|926||HOUSTON||+160||Un 8.5,-115||+145||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-10||-6.5||9-8||3.7||0.237||0.299||3.7||0.247||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.8||2-5||4.6||0.271||0.327||3.3||0.209||0.257|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-38||-4.9||29-27||3.8||0.238||0.291||5.3||0.290||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||4-3||4.9||0.236||0.282||5.9||0.285||0.333|
|6/12/2013||MILLER(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||-180||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||7||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)||4-1||W||-165||8.5 un||U||9||6||2||2||4||0|
|6/20/2013||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||6-1||W||-175||7.5 ev||U||10||6||0||5||6||0|
|6/25/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||13-5||W||-145||9 un||O||15||6||0||6||4||1|
|6/26/2013||LYNN(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/28/2013||MILLER(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||LYNN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|6/12/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||6-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|6/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-1||W||+175||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||8||2|
|6/15/2013||HARRELL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||+110||8 un||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||5-4||W||+115||8.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||7||1|
|6/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-4||L||-105||8 ev||U||8||9||0||9||5||1|
|6/21/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||1-3||L||165||10 un||U||4||4||0||10||7||1|
|6/22/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||130||9.5 un||U||6||5||2||8||8||2|
|6/23/2013||LYLES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-14||L||155||9 ev||O||13||8||2||16||6||2|
|6/25/2013||HARRELL(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-13||L||+135||9 un||O||6||4||1||15||6||0|
|6/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||LYLES(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||HARRELL(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||BEDARD(L)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Astros Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (47-29) at Houston (29-48), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After his worst outing in a stellar season, the St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn quickly regained his dominant form. Given his performances against Houston over his career, there's a good chance he could show that again Wednesday night.
The right-hander will seek to reach 11 wins before the All-Star break for the second straight season in the series finale against the Astros.
Lynn (10-1, 3.42 ERA) gave up a career-high seven runs and nine hits in five innings in Miami on June 15 but got enough run support to earn the win in a 13-7 victory. Five days later against the Chicago Cubs, he yielded only a solo homer and two singles over six frames in a 6-1 win.
"He had a whole different disposition and pitched with a lot of confidence," manager Mike Matheny said. "You could tell he had a good feel for the ball."
In his first full major league season, Lynn was 11-4 before the 2012 All-Star break. He finished fourth in the NL with 18 victories, with three of them coming against former NL Central foe Houston. He is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in four career starts versus the Astros (29-49).
The Cardinals (48-29) blew out Houston 13-5 in the first interleague matchup between the clubs Tuesday for their 11th win in 12 meetings.
St. Louis scored seven runs in the fourth inning, matching its output from a three-game sweep to Texas this weekend. After being moved into the cleanup spot, Allen Craig led the way with a season-high four hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs.
"You're going to have tough weekends because there are good teams out there and very good pitchers and sometimes it's just hard to pull it off," Matheny said. "Our guys went out and kind of did the same thing that they usually do."
The Astros, meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back losses after winning seven of 10. Erik Bedard (2-3, 4.43) will try to help his last-place club get back on track with another superb outing.
Bedard has allowed two runs over 13 1-3 innings in his last two games, and is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in his last eight starts. He allowed one run and matched a season high with eight strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings - his most since May 20, 2011 - but did not get a decision in last Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.
"Bedard was outstanding, and he gave us everything he had," manager Bo Porter said. "He did a tremendous job and pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the lead."
Bedard hasn't been outstanding in his matchups against the Cardinals, recording a 9.64 ERA in losing his last two against them.
Matt Holliday, who was dropped from the No. 3 spot in the lineup to fifth for the first time this season Tuesday, is 8 for 20 all-time against Bedard. Yadier Molina, batting .472 in his last 11 games against Houston, has three doubles and a home run in his eight at-bats versus the left-hander.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 5:08:35 AM EST|