|HOUSTON ( LYLES )|
ST LOUIS ( MILLER )
|929||HOUSTON||+230||Ov 8,+100||+225||Ov 8,+110|
|930||ST LOUIS||-255||Un 8,-120||-250||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-44||-5.2||33-31||3.9||0.236||0.292||5.3||0.288||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1||4-2||4.6||0.227||0.291||6.4||0.292||0.377|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-22||+17.6||35-31||5.4||0.287||0.342||3.5||0.241||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||5.6||0.297||0.361||3.6||0.227||0.266|
|6/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-3||W||+160||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||7||0|
|6/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-4||L||+130||9 un||U||7||7||2||8||7||0|
|6/29/2013||LYLES(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||2-7||L||+135||9 un||P||4||4||2||11||7||0|
|6/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-3||L||+140||9 un||U||5||7||1||9||7||1|
|7/1/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-12||L||+145||8 ov||O||2||3||0||17||12||0|
|7/2/2013||BEDARD(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||0-8||L||+170||8 un||P||4||3||0||12||9||0|
|7/3/2013||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-1||W||+145||8.5 ov||U||7||2||0||8||7||0|
|7/4/2013||LYLES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-7||L||+145||8.5 ov||O||5||7||0||9||8||0|
|7/5/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-10||L||205||9.5 un||O||10||5||1||9||7||1|
|7/6/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||9-5||W||260||9 un||O||11||8||0||10||6||0|
|7/7/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||4-5||L||182||10 un||U||8||3||1||7||5||2|
|7/9/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-9||L||240||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||15||8||0|
|7/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|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||KELLY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|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.
|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 (HOUSTON-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Cardinals Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Houston (32-57) at St. Louis (53-34), 8:15 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten back on track by taking advantage of matchups with two of the worst teams in the majors.
The Cardinals will try to keep rolling by registering an eighth consecutive home win over the AL-worst Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Before its four-game win streak, St. Louis (54-34) had dropped eight of 11 and turned a three-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central into a two-game deficit. The Cardinals have moved back in front by 1 1/2 games over the Pirates by sweeping NL-worst Miami and opening their two-game set against Houston (32-58) with a 9-5 win.
"We talked about making a strong push here," manager Mike Matheny told the team's website. "It's not the finish line, but I think all of you appreciate how important the All-Star break is for these guys. ... It's something for us to push through."
While Yadier Molina - the NL's leading hitter - was largely quiet in his return from knee inflammation, Matt Carpenter went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs. Allen Craig contributed three hits and two RBIs for St. Louis, which is batting .298 with 21 runs scored in its last four games.
Craig is hitting .413 with 19 RBIs in his last 18 games, and Carpenter is batting .361 with 15 RBIs in his past 17.
"This was a full offensive game from top to bottom all the way through the lineup," Carpenter said. "It was impressive."
The two players will try to pad those numbers while helping Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.80 ERA) earn his second straight win to open this month. The right-hander gave up two runs over six innings in a 12-2 road victory over the Angels last Wednesday after going 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in his final two games in June.
"I felt like it got a little bit of life back (on the fastball) compared to the starts that I've had," Miller told the team's website. "I feel like it was a little bit stronger tonight. I felt like I had control of the game out there and it felt better."
In his first start against Houston, Miller will face a team that's batted .202 while losing nine of 11. The Astros have also hit .211 while dropping 12 of their past 14 matchups with their former division rivals.
Houston, though, showed a little fight Tuesday by scoring four times in the ninth inning.
"That's a tribute to the guys in this room. They're not going to quit. They are going to battle until the end," manager Bo Porter said.
If Houston's woes at the plate continue, that could make it difficult for Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.87) to win for the first time in four starts. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA in his last three games after going 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his previous seven.
Lyles, though, had a solid performance Thursday against Tampa Bay. He gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-5 defeat.
This will be his first appearance against St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:30:09 AM EST|