|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )
|929||ST LOUIS||+110||Ov 8,+105||+115||Ov 8,-110|
|930||LA ANGELS||-120||Un 8,-125||-125||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-20||+14.9||31-28||5.3||0.286||0.340||3.5||0.243||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.3||3-4||4.6||0.258||0.299||4.1||0.232||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-32||-13.3||35-24||4.9||0.271||0.331||4.7||0.255||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.4||3-3||6.7||0.276||0.346||4.0||0.241||0.304|
|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)||1-6||L||100||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||9||7||0|
|6/29/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||7-1||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||10||5||1||5||5||0|
|6/30/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||5-7||L||120||8.5 ov||O||8||5||2||12||6||1|
|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)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|6/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||14-8||W||120||9.5 un||O||16||11||1||10||6||6|
|6/26/2013||BUCKNER(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||7-4||W||135||10 ov||O||10||5||0||12||7||1|
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||11||10||0||7||7||0|
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||-140||9 un||U||7||7||0||7||7||2|
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-2||W||-145||9 un||P||11||7||0||4||4||2|
|6/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||3-1||W||-150||9 un||U||8||7||1||5||7||2|
|7/2/2013||WEAVER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/6/2013|| ||BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Angels Preview* ==========================
St. Louis (49-32) at Los Angeles (39-43), 10:05 p.m. EDT
It doesn't sound like Albert Pujols wants to discuss his departure from the St. Louis Cardinals as he prepares to face them for the first time.
The three-time NL MVP is posting career lows in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage for the Los Angeles Angels, who have floundered most of the season but enter Tuesday night's opener of a three-game home set with the Cardinals on a six-game win streak.
Pujols became an icon during his 11-year career with St. Louis, becoming the only player in baseball history to bat .300 with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in his first 10 seasons. He earned MVP honors in 2005, 2008 and 2009 and helped the Cardinals capture World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.
The slugger signed a 10-year, $240 contract with Los Angeles (39-43) before last season, posting career lows with a .285 average, .343 on-base percentage and .516 slugging percentage in 2012 as the Angels missed the playoffs.
Those numbers have dipped to .249, .323 and .429 in 2013. Pujols didn't sound open to questions about St. Louis (49-32) when they were posed to him Sunday.
"Let's talk about our team," Pujols told the Angels' official website. "Two years passed already, so we don't need to talk about that. \2026 Write about how we're playing and the series coming up, not about how I feel about St. Louis. That's not what it's all about."
The Cardinals haven't missed him too much, falling one game short of another trip to the World Series last year and owning baseball's second-best mark in 2013.
Pujols is close friends with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who has emerged as an MVP candidate this year.
"When he left the team, you felt like, 'Wow, we let the best guy go'" Molina told the Cardinals' official website. "But at the same time, there are a bunch of guys here who want to be successful and try to win, too. We're going to win no matter what."
Pujols says that he continues to keep track of his former team.
"It's a little bit different, because usually I'm rooting for them, but now I'm going to root against them for the next three days," Pujols said. "I still follow them real close. I'm pretty good friends with almost half the guys."
Pujols is in a 4-for-34 slump and will face Lance Lynn (10-2, 3.52 ERA) for the first time. The Cardinals right-hander owns a 4.72 ERA on the road compared to a 2.42 mark at home, and is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in five career interleague road starts as he faces Los Angeles for the first time.
Mike Trout has developed into the face of the Angels' franchise and went 10 for 23 as they swept last week's six-game trip to Detroit and Houston. Trout sat out Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Astros with a mild hamstring problem but should play Tuesday.
Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver (1-4, 4.15) is 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 career interleague starts, and 0-0 with a 5.00 ERA in two against the Cardinals. He's 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA over his last five outings.
The Cardinals have dropped six of eight. This is their first-ever visit to Anaheim after going 5-4 against the Angels at home.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 9:08:53 AM EST|