|ST LOUIS ( WESTBROOK )|
CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )
|909||ST LOUIS||+120||Ov 8.5,-105||+145||Ov 8,-115|
|910||CINCINNATI||-130||Un 8.5,-115||-155||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-15||-9.5||14-11||4.1||0.255||0.311||4.1||0.258||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||4-3||5.0||0.263||0.323||4.3||0.257||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-31||-1.5||37-32||4.6||0.254||0.326||3.8||0.244||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6||1-6||1.7||0.178||0.242||3.9||0.250||0.308|
|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||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||1-2||L||135||7 un||U||6||9||2||6||10||1|
|7/30/2013||LYONS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||0-6||L||-120||8.5 un||U||3||7||1||11||9||2|
|7/31/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||4-5||L||-115||7 un||O||13||11||0||10||3||1|
|8/1/2013||KELLY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||13-0||W||100||7.5 ev||O||17||10||0||5||8||1|
|8/2/2013||MILLER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||13-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||9||0||6||5||0|
|8/3/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/5/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/6/2013||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||MILLER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/9/2013||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/22/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||11-0||W||110||7 un||O||17||6||0||7||5||1|
|7/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SURKAMP(L)||9-3||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||15||6||0||8||8||0|
|7/23/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-5||L||+105||8.5 un||U||10||14||0||9||6||2|
|7/24/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||8-3||W||-120||7.5 un||O||13||10||2||15||15||1|
|7/25/2013||LATOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||5-2||W||100||7 un||P||10||6||1||9||8||0|
|7/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||6||4||0||7||5||0|
|7/27/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-4||L||110||7.5 un||U||2||2||0||10||5||0|
|7/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||0-1||L||-105||7.5 un||U||3||5||0||5||5||0|
|7/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)||1-2||L||-135||7.5 un||U||7||10||1||5||6||0|
|7/30/2013||LATOS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-4||L||-160||7 ev||U||5||8||0||10||8||0|
|7/31/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-1||W||-130||7 un||U||11||9||1||6||4||1|
|8/2/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-13||L||-105||8 un||O||6||5||0||14||9||0|
|8/3/2013||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||LEAKE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Reds Preview* ========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
St. Louis (63-44) at Cincinnati (60-49), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After nearly a week's worth of offensive futility, all finally seems right with the St. Louis Cardinals.
They face a stern test trying to pile up runs for a third straight game Saturday night against Tony Cingrani and the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals (64-44) fell out of first place in the NL Central during a season-worst seven-game losing streak in which they totaled 10 runs while batting .183 with 59 strikeouts in 235 at-bats. St. Louis avoided a five-game sweep to Pittsburgh - which overtook it atop the division - with a 13-0 whitewashing on Thursday before continuing its rampage Friday at Great American Ball Park with a 13-3 rout of the Reds.
"Our guys put so much pressure on themselves," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after his team pulled within one-half game of the Pirates. "They're perfectionists. It was frustrating for a quite a few days. It was good to see some energy. I hope we can keep riding it."
Far and away the majors' best team hitting with runners in scoring position (.337), St. Louis has gone 13 for 28 in such situations in its back-to-back wins after going 10 for 47 during its skid. Allen Craig went 2 for 2 in those instances Friday, boosting his major league-leading average to .476 (50 for 105), and also added a two-run homer.
Cingrani (4-1, 2.90 ERA) will try to hold down Craig and the Cardinals and continue his solid run. The rookie is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts since rejoining the rotation last month, striking out 33 in 30 1-3 innings while holding opponents to a .163 batting average.
The left-hander, though, had nothing to show for the best start of his career Sunday at Chavez Ravine, holding the Dodgers to one hit and one walk over seven innings while matching a season high with 11 strikeouts in Cincinnati's 1-0, 11-inning defeat.
"I don't really care about my win-loss record. I'd rather just get a win," he told the team's official website. "I had my fastball working. I was just moving it, basically, up and in the whole time. I threw some good sliders. It was a good day."
Cingrani's only appearance versus St. Louis came in a relief role to close out last year as he gave up two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Cincinnati (60-50) knows all about offensive struggles, having scored only 12 runs and hit .178 while losing six of seven. Joey Votto accounted for the offense Friday night with a three-run homer, and he has driven in five of the Reds' seven runs the past two games.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (7-5, 3.18) wouldn't object to another offensive outburst as he seeks his third win in four starts. The right-hander's career-long struggles in Pittsburgh continued Monday, when he gave up a three-run homer to Pedro Alvarez and four first-inning runs in his first 10 pitches of a five-inning stint in a 9-2 loss that dropped him to 0-6 there.
Westbrook threw a five-hitter against the Reds on April 10 for his fourth career shutout in a 10-0 romp. Chris Heisey is 6 for 16 with three solo homers against Westbrook, while Votto is 5 for 15 with two doubles.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:04:07 PM EST|