|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )
|979||ST LOUIS||-115||Ov 8.5,-115||+100||Ov 8.5,-110|
|980||LA ANGELS||+105||Un 8.5,-105||-110||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-21||+13.9||31-29||5.3||0.286||0.339||3.5||0.243||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.6||3-4||4.4||0.262||0.300||4.3||0.237||0.296|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-32||-12.3||35-25||4.9||0.271||0.331||4.6||0.255||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.9||2-4||6.1||0.286||0.348||2.7||0.232||0.290|
|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)||1-5||L||110||8 ov||U||9||8||1||9||4||1|
|7/3/2013||MILLER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||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)||5-1||W||-120||8 ov||U||9||4||1||9||8||1|
|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||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ 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* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (49-33) at Los Angeles (40-43), 10:05 p.m. EDT
While Albert Pujols will seek to shake out of his slump, the Los Angeles Angels will try to keep rolling with another win over his former club.
Pujols and the Angels hope to take advantage of a matchup with struggling St. Louis Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller and earn a season high-tying eighth straight win Wednesday night.
Pujols went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk in his first matchup with St. Louis since leaving to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with Los Angeles after the 2011 season. The Angels, though, had few problems after scoring five runs in the second inning Tuesday, winning 5-1.
"It was a little weird. But I was fine, guys. I swear. I'm being honest," Pujols said. "I mean, it would have been a little different if it was in St. Louis. I mean, you can't forget the special times you had with those guys during those 11 years there. That's something nobody can take away - the success I had there and how those fans and everybody in the community treated me."
While with St. Louis, Pujols became the first player to hit .300 with at least 30 home runs in his first 10 seasons but the three-time NL MVP has seen his average dip to .247 during a 4-for-37 slump.
Pujols batted a career-low .285 in his first season with the Angels (40-43), who will try to match their eight straight wins from May 18-26.
Facing the scuffling Miller (8-6, 2.79 ERA) could prove beneficial for Los Angeles and Pujols as he's 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his last four starts. The right-hander has also posted an 11.05 ERA in his first set of back-to-back defeats.
Miller failed to pitch five innings for the first time in 17 career starts Friday in Oakland, giving up five runs in 1 2-3 frames in a 6-1 loss. That defeat was one of seven in the past nine games for the Cardinals (49-33).
"There are going to be tough times where they have to push through and figure out how to still get outs," manager Mike Matheny told the team's website. "He's been throwing the ball well as a whole, and we'll see how he works through this now."
The Angels are batting .290 while outscoring their past seven opponents 43-19, but Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.21) couldn't benefit in his most recent outing.
The right-hander gave up one run over 6 1-3 innings Friday in Houston but did not get a decision in a 4-2 win. The Angels scored three runs after he exited.
Williams is 1-2 in his last four starts despite a respectable 3.91 ERA. Los Angeles has given him one run or fewer in three of those games.
Williams is 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals but the most recent was April 21, 2006, while with the Chicago Cubs. Pujols hit a two-run homer off him in that 9-3 loss, and Yadier Molina, the only current Cardinals player to face him in that game, singled in one of his two at-bats.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:34:13 PM EST|