|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|913||ST LOUIS||-140||Ov 7,-105||-155||Ov 7,-105|
|914||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Un 7,-115||+145||Un 7,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-12||-9.2||10-9||3.7||0.237||0.297||3.9||0.249||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||4.1||0.261||0.337||3.7||0.244||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-35||-1||32-30||4.3||0.246||0.297||4.2||0.240||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.9||3-3||4.6||0.252||0.314||3.9||0.237||0.307|
|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)||4-6||L||-115||7.5 un||O||12||13||3||12||10||1|
|7/14/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/20/2013||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||6-4||W||+105||7.5 un||O||12||10||1||12||13||3|
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS to Midsummer Classic in third graf.)
*Cardinals-Cubs Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (56-36) at Chicago (42-50), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Because he's pitching Sunday night, Adam Wainwright likely won't play in the All-Star game. That start, though, gives the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander the chance to end the first half as the NL's only 13-game winner.
While seeking that victory and his first against the Chicago Cubs in nearly three years, Wainwright will also try to help St. Louis regain sole possession of the NL Central lead before the break.
The Cardinals (56-36) changed their pitching schedule to give Wainwright two starts before the end of the first half, but starting Sunday will at least limit him in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at New York's Citi Field. The latest collective bargaining agreement gives pitchers who start on Sunday the option of throwing in the All-Star game but no more than one inning.
Wainwright (12-5, 2.30 ERA) has said he would ideally like to give his spot to Cardinals closer Edward Mujica. Should he choose to opt out, however, the choice of his replacement would fall to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.
"I don't think you can make a (final) decision on it until we see what happens (Sunday)," Wainwright told the team's website. "I mean, if the game were to get rained out and I backed out for no reason that would be silly. But if I pitch (Sunday), then I would probably forgo the chance to pitch in the All-Star game to allow for some rest."
First, Wainwright will try to break a tie with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the NL wins lead. He matched Zimmermann's victory total by allowing one run over seven innings and striking out nine in a 9-5 victory against Houston on Tuesday.
Since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011, Wainwright is 0-2 with a 5.90 ERA in five starts against the Cubs (42-50). He gave up four runs over seven innings in his only matchup this season, a 4-2 loss June 18.
Wainwright's last win against Chicago was on Sept. 24, 2010, and Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69) will try to help prevent him from earning another.
Wood, the Cubs' lone All-Star, faces the same decision as Wainwright.
"It's going to be a (side session day) anyway. I've got no problem with him pitching one inning, or 20 pitches. He goes all out on his side days anyways," manager Dale Sveum told the team's website.
In his final start of the first half, Wood will try to build on his first win since May 30. The left-hander gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. He got six runs of support after receiving a combined nine in his previous six outings.
Wood has split his two starts against the Cardinals this season. He gave up one run over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field on May 7, and allowed four runs in seven innings in a 5-2 road loss June 17.
St. Louis will try to hand him another defeat while attempting to move back in front of Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
The Cubs are trying to end the first half with a 12th win in 18 games.
Chicago also has a chance to win the four-game series over its archrivals after claiming a 6-4 victory Saturday. Alfonso Soriano hit his ninth homer in 15 games, and Luis Valbuena had a key two-run shot in the fourth inning.
Neither Matt Holliday (hamstring) nor All-Star catcher Yadier Molina (right knee) were in the starting lineup Saturday, although Molina entered in the eighth inning.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 5:32:46 PM EST|