|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( GARZA )
|953||ST LOUIS||-120||Ov 7.5,-105||-115||Ov 7.5,+105|
|954||CHICAGO CUBS||+110||Un 7.5,-115||+105||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-23||+18.3||36-33||5.3||0.283||0.339||3.5||0.240||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-4||4.1||0.249||0.321||3.0||0.211||0.277|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-35||-2||31-30||4.3||0.244||0.296||4.2||0.239||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.9||2-4||4.3||0.238||0.308||3.4||0.214||0.281|
|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)||0-3||L||-125||8.5 un||U||4||7||0||7||6||1|
|7/12/2013||KELLY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||5||6||0|
|7/13/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||10||6||0||10||8||0|
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ov||O||9||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/2/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||7-8||L||195||8 ev||O||13||5||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||3-1||W||180||7.5 un||U||12||9||0||4||7||0|
|7/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||0-1||L||150||8 ov||U||2||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/8/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||8-2||W||110||8 ov||O||13||10||1||5||3||0|
|7/9/2013||WOOD(L)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||7-2||W||+125||9 ov||P||9||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-13||L||+120||8 un||O||5||2||0||15||7||0|
|7/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-0||W||+115||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||4||7||0|
|7/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||7||7||0|
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Cubs Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
St. Louis (55-35) at Chicago (41-49), 7:15 p.m. EDT
Matt Garza has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball of late.
The Chicago Cubs hope the right-hander can stymie the surging St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis (56-35) defeated Chicago 3-2 on Friday to pick up its sixth win in seven games. The Cardinals, who had lost eight of 11 prior to this stretch, have prospered due to a pitching staff that has posted a 3.05 ERA with five home runs allowed over the past seven contests.
The Cardinals, owners of baseball's best road record at 29-19, managed to get back to their winning ways away from home Friday after losing six of eight on the road.
No one has had more fun at Wrigley Field than Cardinals All-Star starting outfielder Carlos Beltran. He had three hits and drove in a run Friday, and his career .349 batting average at Wrigley is his best at any ballpark he's had at least 30 at-bats.
Beltran, batting .414 against Chicago (41-50) this season, had one extra-base hit in his first 29 at-bats in July before posting a double and triple Friday.
"That's baseball," Beltran said. "Some days you feel like you come to the ballpark and you try and nothing works out your way, and today it seems like everything worked out my way."
Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA) could be the right candidate to quiet Beltran, who has yet to record a hit in their seven matchups. He's also 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last five starts after allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings of an 8-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday.
"I think he'd probably tell you he didn't have the great fastball command, but he did have the velocity," manager Dale Sveum said.
After posting a 7.80 ERA in his first three career starts against the Cardinals, Garza is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his last three.
He will square off against Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67), who broke out of a mini-slump in his last start. The right-hander posted a 5.93 ERA in losing consecutive outings for the first time in his career before holding Miami to two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 win Sunday.
"I tried to not even think about the last (loss)," Lynn said. "You're going to have times where it seems like every time you throw a pitch and they hit, it's a hit, no matter where it goes."
Lynn has posted a 29-10 record since the start of the 2012 season, giving him the fifth-best winning percentage in baseball during that span. Five of those victories have come against the Cubs, who scored twice off him over seven innings to come away with a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field on May 7.
He limited the Cubs to a run and three hits in six innings of a 6-1 win in St. Louis on June 20.
Starlin Castro appears to have broken out of his slump against the Cardinals. After going 2 for his first 24 versus St. Louis this season, he has five hits in seven at-bats over the first two of this four-game series.
The Cubs have allowed three runs or fewer in six of their last seven games while going 5-2.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:33:13 AM EST|