|ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|951||ST LOUIS||+130||Ov 7,-125||+135||Ov 7,-115|
|952||PITTSBURGH||-140||Un 7,+105||-145||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-13||-7.4||12-11||4.2||0.254||0.312||3.9||0.254||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||1-6||3.4||0.244||0.295||2.6||0.272||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-32||+24.5||32-49||3.7||0.239||0.297||3.2||0.221||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||4.4||0.247||0.299||3.7||0.239||0.301|
|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)||1-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||4||4||1||8||4||0|
|7/27/2013||KELLY(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-2||L||120||8.5 un||U||2||3||0||9||10||0|
|7/28/2013||MILLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-5||L||-110||7.5 un||U||8||4||2||12||8||0|
|7/29/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/30/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|8/1/2013||KELLY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||MILLER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|7/19/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 ev||O||10||8||1||8||6||0|
|7/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-5||L||125||8 un||O||8||12||1||10||9||3|
|7/21/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||3-2||W||125||8 un||U||7||7||0||3||6||0|
|7/22/2013||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||8||6||0||9||4||0|
|7/23/2013||COLE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||5-1||W||105||8.5 ov||U||10||5||0||3||3||2|
|7/24/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-2||W||125||7 un||U||5||4||0||5||5||1|
|7/25/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||7-9||L||120||7 un||O||12||10||3||14||11||0|
|7/26/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-2||L||-160||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||8||10||0|
|7/27/2013||MORTON(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||7-4||W||-135||7.5 un||O||14||10||2||11||9||0|
|7/28/2013||COLE(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||-110||6.5 un||U||6||4||0||4||3||0|
|7/29/2013||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||GOMEZ(R)||ST LOUIS|| || |
|7/31/2013||LOCKE(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||MORTON(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||LIRIANO(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Pirates Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
St. Louis (62-39) at Pittsburgh (61-41), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Nipping at the heels of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope they're catching the division leaders at the right time.
The top two teams in the NL open a pivotal five-game, four-day series Monday night at PNC Park.
"I think the Cardinal series has been on a lot of the fans' dockets for some time now," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I anticipate seeing a very faithful Pirate crowd there Monday."
St. Louis (62-40) holds a 1 1/2-game division lead over Pittsburgh, but was held to three runs while being swept in a three-game set at Atlanta over the weekend. The Cardinals, who lead the NL with 498 runs, a .274 average and won 12 of 15 prior to facing the East-leading Braves, last dropped four in a row Aug. 28-31.
"You never want to go into a place and get swept," losing pitcher Shelby Miller said after Sunday's 5-2 defeat. "We were battling the whole time. I don't think we had a terrible series, we just didn't come out on top in any of the games."
Pittsburgh (61-42), however, lost three of the final four on a 5-5 trip that concluded with two of three losses at lowly Miami. The Pirates have struck out 62 times in five games, including 13 in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Marlins.
Pittsburgh has won three of five against St. Louis this season but the teams have not met since April. They'll play a doubleheader Tuesday to make up an April 16 rainout.
Hurdle will hand the ball to Francisco Liriano (10-4, 2.23 ERA), who allowed two hits and struck out eight over 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Washington. The left-hander bounced back after he gave up a season-high five runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-3 loss at Cincinnati in his previous start.
"He's dotting up the fastball," Hurdle told the Pirates' official website. "He can throw the slider, the changeup off the same arm angle, same release spot for those variances of speed. He really controls bat speed well. He stays out of the middle of the plate."
Liriano's only previous appearance against the Cardinals came in 2009 for Minnesota when he allowed two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 victory.
St. Louis counters with Jake Westbrook (7-4, 2.95), who looks for a third straight winning start but is 0-5 with a 7.24 ERA as a starter at PNC Park. However, the right-hander allowed six hits and struck out six in six scoreless innings but the Cardinals blew a 2-0 lead in a 5-3 home loss to the Pirates on April 27.
Westbrook has pitched into the seventh inning in all four July starts, most recently Wednesday when he gave up three runs in an 11-3 rout of Philadelphia.
"I'm a pitcher, that's what I do," Westbrook said. "I was able to throw the ball pretty well and give us a chance."
Pittsburgh All-Star Pedro Alvarez is 12 for 21 with two doubles and two homers against Westbrook. He's batting .296 while hitting safely in seven straight games after going 0 for 17 in his previous four.
St. Louis' Carlos Beltran is 3 for 23 in his last six games, but batting .300 (6 for 20) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs against the Pirates this season.
Teammate and fellow All-Star Allen Craig has hit .313 with six RBIs in four contests versus Pittsburgh in 2013. However, he's 0 for 13 with six strikeouts in four overall following a nine-game stretch in which he batted .421.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:23:44 PM EST|