|PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|959||PHILADELPHIA||+160||Ov 8.5,+100||+170||Ov 7.5,-105|
|960||ST LOUIS||-170||Un 8.5,-120||-180||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-39||-4.9||40-36||3.8||0.257||0.309||4.6||0.271||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-5||-2.4||4-4||3.9||0.242||0.283||5.2||0.295||0.362|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-25||+17.1||38-35||5.2||0.284||0.341||3.5||0.244||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||4-3||6.3||0.344||0.406||4.1||0.294||0.342|
|7/13/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||13||12||1|
|7/13/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-1||W||-130||8.5 un||U||5||6||3||8||12||1|
|7/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-155||8 un||U||9||10||1||10||5||0|
|7/19/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||13-8||W||110||8 ov||O||15||6||0||12||7||3|
|7/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-5||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||10||10||0||9||6||1|
|7/21/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-5||L||-105||6.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||3||0|
|7/23/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||200||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||11||10||0|
|7/24/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-11||L||155||8 ov||O||9||6||0||16||11||1|
|7/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||LEE(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||LANNAN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||KENDRICK(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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||2||13||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)||3-5||L||-210||8.5 ov||U||4||3||0||9||9||0|
|7/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-2||W||-240||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/26/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/27/2013||KELLY(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||MILLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/31/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(DELETES reference to Molina homering, Holliday's stats)
*Phillies-Cardinals Preview* ============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Philadelphia (49-52) at St. Louis (61-37), 7:15 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in baseball, though Lance Lynn's recent struggles have helped prevent that mark from being even more impressive.
He'll look to get back on track as St. Louis seeks to deal the visiting Philadelphia Phillies a fifth consecutive defeat in Thursday night's series finale.
St. Louis (61-37) leads Pittsburgh by 1 1/2 games atop the NL Central and has won six of eight after Wednesday's 11-3 victory. Yadier Molina had three hits to improve his NL-best batting average to .339.
He narrowly leads teammate Allen Craig, who is hitting .337 after going 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to nine. Craig has had a least a hit in 26 of his last 28 games and is batting .429 over his last 19.
Matt Adams added two hits and three RBIs on Wednesday.
"I try to see the ball as long as I can and just battle," Adams said. "I just dial in my focus more."
Lynn (11-5, 4.13 ERA) may want to do the same, as the Cardinals' only defeats during their recent hot stretch have come when he's pitched.
The right-hander went 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 12 starts though June 3, but he's just 3-4 with a dismal 6.32 ERA over his last eight. He's lost four of his last five outings - all against sub-.500 clubs - after giving up four runs in five innings of a 5-3 loss to San Diego on Saturday.
"He's had a couple weird starts, and when those start to compound you've got to stop and regroup," manager Mike Matheny said. "It didn't look like he was able to do that."
While Lynn has acknowledged his struggles, he also believes some unlucky occurrences have contributed to his rough stretch.
"When you look at the runs I gave up (Saturday), they were tough runs to give up," Lynn said. "When you make a pitch and it's a broken-bat hit to the third baseman, it's tough. When you get a nubber back to you and he gets a hit, that's tough. That's kind of the stretch I'm in right now."
Lynn was going just fine versus the Phillies on April 20 when he allowed one hit - a John Mayberry double in the fifth - while striking out eight in seven innings of a 5-0 win.
Philadelphia (49-52) has lost four of six meetings with St. Louis and is on the verge of a matching its worst losing streak of the season. Mayberry had two hits for the Phillies, who have scored only eight runs during their skid.
Kyle Kendrick will take the mound looking to end some struggles of his own.
Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) went 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA in seven starts from April 10-May 12, including giving up two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win over the Cardinals on April 21. He hasn't been nearly as good since that stretch, going 5-5 with a 5.00 ERA over his last 12 outings.
The right-hander gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings Friday but got enough run support to earn a 13-8 win over the New York Mets.
Kendrick, though, is 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:44:06 PM EST|