|ST LOUIS ( LYONS )|
PITTSBURGH ( CUMPTON )
|Doubleheader Game #2|
|905||ST LOUIS||-115||Ov 8.5,+100||-115||Ov 8.5,+105|
|906||PITTSBURGH||+105||Un 8.5,-120||+105||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-27||+16||38-38||5.1||0.281||0.337||3.5||0.246||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||3.3||0.239||0.293||3.6||0.270||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-32||+25.5||33-49||3.8||0.239||0.298||3.2||0.220||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||3-4||4.9||0.253||0.308||3.3||0.230||0.293|
|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)||2-9||L||140||7 ov||O||7||7||0||9||7||0|
|7/30/2013||LYONS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||LYNN(R)||@ 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||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||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)||9-2||W||-150||7 ov||O||9||7||0||7||7||0|
|7/30/2013||BURNETT(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||GOMEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|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)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
St. Louis (62-41) at Pittsburgh (62-42), 7:35 p.m. EDT
An erratic offense, some inconsistent play and a 20-year playoff drought hasn't prevented the Pittsburgh Pirates from remaining near the top of the NL Central.
Now the resilient Pirates have a chance to move past the St. Louis Cardinals atop the division with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday at PNC Park.
Francisco Liriano won for the sixth time in seven starts and Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run in Monday's 9-2 series-opening victory that moved Pittsburgh (62-42) within a half-game of the slumping Cardinals (62-41).
Since averaging 3.2 runs and hitting .229 over a 14-game stretch, the Pirates have batted .267 and scored seven runs or more in three of their last five. They fanned four times Monday after striking out 62 times in their previous five games.
"We're a confident team," said manager Clint Hurdle, whose club seeks its first playoff berth in 21 years. "I think we're a team whose confidence isn't built on its last game. It's not shattered by a losing streak."
Although they're 9-10 since July 6, the Pirates can take over the division lead behind A.J. Burnett (4-7, 2.96 ERA) in the first game of the doubleheader, which includes a make up of an April 16 rainout.
Burnett hasn't won since coming off the disabled list July 7 despite allowing only six earned runs over 23 1-3 innings in four starts, thanks largely to Pittsburgh's nine runs of support.
The right-hander has pitched well at PNC Park against the Cardinals, going 2-1 with 18 strikeouts and a 1.37 ERA in three starts. He did not allow a run for the second time in three meetings there, giving up one hit and striking out eight over seven innings in a 5-0 win April 17.
Carlos Beltran has five hits - two home runs - and seven RBIs in 15 at-bats against Burnett the past two seasons, but he's 4 for 27 in his last seven games overall.
Teammate and fellow All-Star Allen Craig is also slumping, going 0 for 17 with nine strikeouts in his last five.
While the Cardinals lead the NL with 500 runs and a .274 batting average, they've scored five runs and hit .169 during a season-high four-game losing streak.
"You're going to have times like this in a season," manager Mike Matheny said. "You've just got to keep your head down and keep going and realize that over the long haul guys have done a real nice job producing offensively. That will be back."
St. Louis counters with Lance Lynn (12-5, 3.98) as it tries to avoid losing five in a row for the first time since May 29-June 3, 2012.
The right-hander went 1-4 with 6.30 ERA during a five-start stretch before yielding one run and five hits over seven innings in a 3-1 win against Philadelphia on Thursday.
Lynn, though, is 1-3 with an 8.61 ERA in his last four road starts.
He'll attempt to reverse that trend as he goes for his third win versus the Pirates this season. Lynn has given up five runs over 12 innings in two starts, but allowed four in five innings to beat Pittsburgh 10-6 on the road April 15.
He's done a good job against All-Stars Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen, who are a combined 5 for 30 with nine strikeouts in this matchup.
St. Louis left-hander Tyler Lyons is scheduled to make his first big-league start since June 21 in the nightcap, while Pittsburgh's Game 2 starter has yet to be determined.
Lyons, who was demoted after going 0-3 with a 8.68 ERA in his last four starts with the Cardinals, allowed six earned runs and struck out 37 in 40 2-3 innings over a six-start stint at Triple-A Memphis.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:13:57 AM EST|