|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|927||ST LOUIS||-105||Ov 7.5,+110||-105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|928||OAKLAND||-105||Un 7.5,-130||-105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-19||+14.9||30-27||5.4||0.287||0.342||3.5||0.243||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||2-5||4.7||0.267||0.328||3.3||0.199||0.258|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-23||+7.3||30-23||4.8||0.251||0.322||4.1||0.244||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||5-2||4.7||0.260||0.333||4.6||0.261||0.307|
|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)||3-4||L||-170||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||6||0|
|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||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||MILLER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|6/17/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||7-8||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||165||8 ev||P||7||5||1||3||4||1|
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||4-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||9||0|
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-4||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||12||13||0||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||6-3||W||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||1||0||8||5||0|
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-7||L||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||13||10||0|
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||3-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||8||8||0||7||2||0|
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||PARKER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||MILONE(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||COLON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||PARKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Athletics Preview* =============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
St. Louis (48-30) at Oakland (46-34), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics have lost a share of the AL West lead, but they're starting to head in the right direction.
Another start by Bartolo Colon could help them stay on that path.
Colon could become the A's first pitcher in eight seasons to win eight consecutive starts Friday night when Oakland opens a three-game set with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
With Texas beating the Yankees 2-0 on Thursday, Oakland (46-34) fell one-half game behind the Rangers in the West.
The A's held a two-game division lead two weeks ago, but a 5-7 stretch has them playing catch-up. Oakland, though, is off to an encouraging start to an eight-game homestand after a two-game sweep of Cincinnati.
Manager Bob Melvin's club improved to 7-2 against NL teams with Wednesday's 5-0 victory.
The A's now turn to Colon (10-2, 2.93 ERA), who at 40 is enjoying the best stretch of his 16-year career. The right-hander has won seven consecutive starts for the first time, a period in which he's posted a 1.41 ERA.
The worst of those was his latest, but he was still good enough. Colon yielded a three-run homer and six other hits over eight innings of a 6-3 victory at Seattle last Friday.
He said through a translator that he's doing a better job mixing in offspeed stuff with his fastball, which he throws 85.1 percent of the time.
"He's a veteran guy. He knows himself. He knows what works," said center fielder Coco Crisp, who should return after missing Wednesday's game due to a family matter. "It's not a fluke."
No A's pitcher has won eight consecutive starts since Barry Zito in 2005.
Colon hasn't faced the Cardinals since 2007 while with the Angels. He'll likely be throwing to John Jaso, who should return after missing the last five games because of a hand injury.
St. Louis (48-30), meanwhile, arrives at the Coliseum for the first time since taking two of three there from June 15-17, 2007.
The Cardinals are tied with Pittsburgh atop the NL Central after losing for the fourth time in five games Wednesday, 4-3 at Houston.
They'll continue their eight-game trip with Shelby Miller (8-5, 2.35) on the hill. The right-hander leads all rookies in wins and strikeouts (101), but he's been tagged for two homers in two of his last three outings, including a 4-2 loss to Texas on Saturday when he surrendered four runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Yadier Molina should be behind the plate after making his second career start at first base Wednesday. Molina, the NL batting leader at .357, is 2 for 4 in each of the last two games after going 1 for 12 in the previous three.
"He's just got a real good approach and doesn't alter from it when things aren't going how he wants," Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter told the team's official website.
A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes is not performing up to his standards - batting .163 in 12 games since missing two with hamstring tightness - but Melvin doesn't seem too concerned.
"I think it's more of a mental thing," he told the A's official website. "He's not, maybe, 100 percent running down the line. It takes a little time."
Oakland's Josh Donaldson and St. Louis' Allen Craig can both homer in three straight games. Donaldson has done that once before, while Craig has yet to accomplished the feat.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:42:08 PM EST|