|SAN DIEGO ( MARQUIS )|
ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )
|959||SAN DIEGO||+160||Ov 9,+110||+165||Ov 9,+100|
|960||ST LOUIS||-170||Un 9,-130||-175||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-36||-8.5||31-29||3.6||0.233||0.294||4.7||0.265||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.7||4-3||3.0||0.199||0.279||4.9||0.286||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-24||+17.2||37-33||5.2||0.284||0.340||3.5||0.242||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||4.9||0.299||0.365||4.0||0.259||0.322|
|7/5/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-8||L||140||8 un||O||10||5||1||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||4-5||L||195||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||12||6||0|
|7/7/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||7-11||L||210||7.5 ov||O||12||11||2||11||7||1|
|7/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-5||L||-135||7 un||O||7||9||1||13||12||1|
|7/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||+135||7 ov||U||5||4||0||12||12||0|
|7/12/2013||O'SULLIVAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||1-10||L||+105||8 un||O||5||8||1||17||13||0|
|7/13/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-9||L||+105||7.5 un||O||0||5||0||10||2||0|
|7/14/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||7||7||1|
|7/19/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/24/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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)||10-6||W||-150||7 ev||O||21||15||0||11||7||1|
|7/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Cardinals Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Diego (42-54) at St. Louis (57-36), 8:15 p.m. EDT
With Jake Westbrook taking the mound at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals appear to have a solid chance to improve on the best record in baseball.
Westbrook and the Cardinals look for their season-best sixth straight home win Friday night when they try to hand the San Diego Padres a 10th consecutive road loss.
Although St. Louis (57-36) has dealt with injuries to Westbrook, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia, the team's rotation played a key role in its first-half success, sporting a 3.33 ERA that was the second-best in baseball.
The Cardinals also won seven of their last nine to take a one-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
"We've had adversity," manager Mike Matheny said. "We've had plenty of things not go exactly how we wanted to. It's just important to keep playing the game."
Westbrook (5-4, 2.88 ERA), who missed more than a month due to right elbow inflammation, has certainly had things go his way at Busch Stadium. The right-hander has been nearly untouchable there, going 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA in four starts.
A second-inning home run by Miami's Logan Morrison on July 5 is the only earned run he's allowed in 29 innings at home.
NL West-worst San Diego (42-54) can't play much worse than it was in the weeks before the break. The Padres totaled 34 runs while batting .165 with runners in scoring position over a 1-14 stretch before a 10-1 win over San Francisco on Sunday.
San Diego was in second place, just 2 1/2 games behind Arizona, on June 29. It's now 8 1/2 back.
"Obviously as players and competitors we're not happy with losing, and that's why it's been difficult," Carlos Quentin said.
The Padres are looking for better results on this 10-game road swing after dropping the last nine games on their latest trip. Their last double-digit skid away from home wasn't so long ago, Aug. 24-Sept. 10, 2011.
Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.77) will attempt to end this slide, though he's 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA over his last five starts - walking 17 in 22 innings - after winning eight consecutive decisions April 28-June 15.
The former Cardinal has pitched well against his old club, going 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA in seven starts since leaving St. Louis. The right-hander gave up one earned run and three hits over six innings in a 4-2 home win over St. Louis on May 20.
That was the Padres' lone win in that series, as the Cardinals took two of three with Carlos Beltran going 6 for 14. The All-Star outfielder is also batting .462 with five homers and nine RBIs in his last seven home games against the Padres.
Catcher Yadier Molina, who tops the NL with a .341 batting average, had been hitting 6 for 52 (.115) over a 15-game span versus San Diego before going 4 for 5 in a 5-3 win in the final game of that May series.
San Diego's Jedd Gyorko went 2 for 4 with a homer in that contest, but he's working his way back after a month on the disabled list with a strained right groin. He returned last Friday in San Francisco and went hitless in 11 at-bats over the weekend.
Teammate Chris Denorfia is 10 for 18 in his last five games versus the Cardinals, though he's 4 for 23 in nine career games in St. Louis.
The Cardinals have won 16 of 19 there against the Padres.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 5:28:10 AM EST|