|SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|909||SAN DIEGO||+190||Ov 8.5,-115||+180||Ov 8.5,-115|
|910||ST LOUIS||-210||Un 8.5,-105||-190||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-37||-9.5||32-29||3.6||0.235||0.296||4.8||0.268||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||5-2||3.6||0.223||0.302||5.6||0.308||0.366|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-24||+18.2||38-33||5.3||0.286||0.342||3.5||0.243||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||5-2||5.7||0.324||0.384||4.6||0.273||0.343|
|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)||6-9||L||180||9 un||O||13||9||0||14||7||0|
|7/20/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||STULTS(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ 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)||9-6||W||-190||9 un||O||14||7||0||13||9||0|
|7/20/2013||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ 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* ==========================
San Diego (42-54) at St. Louis (57-36), 7:15 p.m. EDT
It's been almost a year since the St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn last dropped a regular-season home start.
San Diego Padres starter Edinson Volquez probably wishes he was pitching somewhere else other than Busch Stadium on Saturday night.
Lynn has won 10 straight home regular-season decisions, and his Cardinals will look to beat Volquez again and hand the Padres an 11th consecutive road loss.
Lynn (11-4, 4.00 ERA) is 10-0 with a 2.51 ERA in his last 11 regular-season outings at home. His most recent regular-season loss at Busch came Sept. 7 in a relief appearance, and he last lost a start there Aug. 7.
The right-hander has been shaky in going 1-3 with a 6.12 ERA in his last four outings, yielding six runs over 4 1-3 innings in last Saturday's 6-4 defeat to the Cubs.
Lynn owns one of baseball's best run support averages at 6.38, and he has to like his chances of getting back on the winning track if the Cardinals (58-36) again treat Volquez rudely.
Volquez (6-8, 5.74) has posted a 6.35 ERA in losing his last three starts in St. Louis.
He probably doesn't have pleasant memories of his only other outing at Busch Stadium on June 1, 2009. Volquez left after one inning with what was originally called numbness in his pitching hand, but he didn't pitch again until July 2010 after elbow surgery.
The right-hander owns the majors' second-worst ERA and has allowed 12 runs over 10 1-3 innings in consecutive defeats. Carlos Beltran is 6 for 15 against Volquez.
Lynn won his lone career start against San Diego (42-55) by yielding three runs over six innings in a 6-3 victory May 23, 2012.
Matt Holliday is 8 for 20 with two homers against Volquez, but he could miss a fifth straight game with a hamstring injury. He will likely be available to pinch-hit Saturday at the very least.
"We're going to see how (Saturday) goes and go from there," he told the Cardinals' official website.
The Cardinals had plenty of offense without him with a 14-hit attack in Friday's 9-6 victory that opened this weekend set.
Matt Carpenter continued his strong season with three hits and three RBIs. He's hitting .368 with 23 RBIs and 21 runs over his last 23 games.
"I'm just trying to have good at-bats, play good defense and do whatever I can to get on base," Carpenter said.
Allen Craig is hitting .425 with 21 RBIs in his last 22 games for St. Louis, which has 47 hits over its last three.
The Padres weren't able to keep up Friday despite a late rally after trailing by seven runs after seven innings. Everth Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs.
"We got 13 hits and we put some stress on them," manager Bud Black said. "We forced them to bring in their closer and we started hitting the ball with some authority."
The Cardinals can win seven in a row at home for the first time since July 24-Aug. 6, while the Padres are trying to avoid their first 11-game road slide since April 29-May 14, 2009.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 9:04:34 AM EST|