|MIAMI ( TURNER )|
ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )
|959||MIAMI||+170||Ov 8.5,-110||+155||Ov 8.5,+110|
|960||ST LOUIS||-180||Un 8.5,-110||-165||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-36||-4.8||29-25||3.6||0.240||0.292||4.5||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.9||5-2||4.6||0.260||0.338||4.1||0.264||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-22||+13.6||33-29||5.4||0.286||0.341||3.5||0.244||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.1||4-3||4.9||0.267||0.313||4.4||0.253||0.309|
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-3||W||130||7 un||O||9||7||0||11||9||1|
|6/22/2013||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||135||7.5 ev||U||10||9||1||10||8||0|
|6/23/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||182||7 un||O||10||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-9||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||9||9||1||15||7||0|
|6/29/2013||TURNER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-1||W||+100||7.5 un||O||9||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+100||7 ov||O||7||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/1/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-0||W||-145||7.5 un||U||6||8||1||3||5||1|
|7/2/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-11||L||230||7.5 un||O||11||9||2||16||7||1|
|7/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||6-3||W||185||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||6||0|
|7/4/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-3||W||220||7.5 un||U||10||12||0||7||4||0|
|7/5/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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)||12-2||W||100||8.5 ov||O||13||8||0||6||5||1|
|7/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-6||L||-135||8 un||O||10||6||0||11||4||1|
|7/11/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 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 (MIAMI-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
Miami (32-52) at St. Louis (50-34), 8:15 p.m. EDT
This weekend's three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins doesn't look like such a mismatch anymore.
The Marlins captured last month's series between these clubs and are winners of 10 of 13 entering Friday night's opener at Busch Stadium.
Although St. Louis (50-34) is contending in second place in the NL Central and Miami (32-52) is in last place in the East, the rebuilding Marlins are playing much better baseball now than the Cardinals - losers of eight of 11.
Miami rallied to take the final two games of a three-game set in Atlanta, including Thursday's 4-3 victory. The Marlins came back from three runs down, with pinch-hitter Donovan Solano singling in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.
"It sure feels good, and I know the guys are fired up," manager Mike Redmond said. "You've got to earn wins in this place against this team, and we earned it."
St. Louis, meanwhile, blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Angels to cap a 3-5 trip. Edward Mujica suffered his first blown save after Adam Wainwright failed to retire the lone batter he faced in the ninth.
"He's been great all year," Wainwright said. "That's what happens when you let a leadoff guy on in the last inning. That's on me, right there."
The Marlins took two of three at home from the Cardinals from June 14-16, beating Jake Westbrook (4-3, 2.95 ERA) in the opener.
Westbrook was charged with five runs - three earned - over five innings in that 5-4 defeat, although he will be happy to be home for this rematch. He has allowed one unearned run and 13 hits over 22 innings at Busch Stadium this year, going 2-0 in three outings.
The right-hander was tagged for six runs over a season-low four innings Sunday in a 7-5 loss at Oakland.
He'll be opposed by a Missouri-born right-hander who grew up rooting for the Cardinals in Jacob Turner (2-0, 1.76), who has never pitched in St. Louis.
Turner scattered seven hits last Saturday in his first career complete game - a 7-1 victory over San Diego.
"I like to think it was just like any other game, but obviously, it was nice to pitch the whole game," Turner told the Marlins' official website. "At the same time, you have to go out there for your next start, throw strikes and let your defense do the work for you."
Turner gave up one run over five innings June 21, 2012, in his lone career appearance against the Cardinals in Detroit's 2-1, 10-inning victory.
Allen Craig is swinging a hot bat for St. Louis, going 13 for 29 with four homers and eight RBIs over his last eight games.
The Cardinals made a lineup change Thursday in removing Pete Kozma, hitless in 17 at-bats. Daniel Descalso went 3 for 4 in his place and will start at shortstop while Kozma works on his swing.
Kozma is 2 for 29 with 11 strikeouts over his last eight games.
"We really want Pete to understand that this is a move that can get him right and get him back to the player we know he can be," manager Mike Matheny told the Cardinals' official website.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:24:14 PM EST|