|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )
|909||ST LOUIS||-125||Ov 8,-110||-135||Ov 8,-110|
|910||MILWAUKEE||+115||Un 8,-110||+125||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-33||+14.7||45-43||5.2||0.280||0.338||3.6||0.246||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||2-4||4.1||0.229||0.306||3.6||0.234||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-45||+0.9||42-44||4.1||0.252||0.303||4.2||0.254||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||3-4||2.9||0.227||0.280||3.6||0.237||0.325|
|8/5/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||-160||7 un||U||8||8||0||7||4||1|
|8/6/2013||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-1||W||+130||6.5 ov||U||8||4||1||9||8||0|
|8/7/2013||MILLER(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-13||L||-145||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||18||13||2|
|8/8/2013||MARTINEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-5||L||-105||8 un||U||7||5||1||10||9||1|
|8/9/2013||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||0-3||L||-220||8 un||U||7||10||0||5||10||0|
|8/10/2013||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||5-6||L||-200||7.5 ov||O||9||1||0||10||11||0|
|8/11/2013||KELLY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||8-4||W||-165||8 un||O||13||9||2||8||9||1|
|8/16/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||0-7||L||-125||8.5 un||U||2||5||1||9||6||0|
|8/17/2013||KELLY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-0||W||-125||8 ev||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|8/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-1||W||-175||7.5 ev||U||8||8||0||6||7||1|
|8/19/2013||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/5/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-4||L||155||7 un||U||7||6||2||8||9||0|
|8/6/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-1||W||160||7 un||U||5||2||0||6||8||2|
|8/7/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||6-1||W||185||6.5 un||O||10||5||0||3||4||1|
|8/8/2013||HAND(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-4||L||160||7 un||U||3||3||0||10||9||0|
|8/9/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||10-5||W||120||7.5 un||O||11||5||3||7||6||3|
|8/10/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||10-0||W||160||7 un||O||16||7||1||4||7||0|
|8/11/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||0-2||L||185||7 un||U||5||4||0||4||1||0|
|8/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)||5-1||W||182||9 un||U||7||4||1||9||7||0|
|8/14/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||4-5||L||210||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||7||6||0|
|8/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|8/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|8/25/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Brewers Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (70-52) at Milwaukee (54-69), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Shelby Miller has baffled numerous opponents this year, but none more so than the Milwaukee Brewers.
He'll aim for his third straight win over Milwaukee on Monday night as the St. Louis Cardinals continue their NL Central road trip.
The Cardinals (71-52), one game back of Pittsburgh for first place, have had their way with the Brewers this year, winning all four meetings in Milwaukee and eight of 10 overall. Miller (11-8, 2.97 ERA) dominated them twice, striking out eight over seven innings of a 2-0 home win on April 12, then limiting them to one run over six innings in a 6-1 road victory on May 3.
Miller's 0.69 ERA versus Milwaukee is his lowest against any opponent the rookie has faced more than once this season. Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are a combined 1 for 16 with seven strikeouts, though Gomez hasn't played since Thursday due to a sprained right knee and is considered day-to-day.
Miller, however, has been mediocre of late, allowing 11 runs in his last 16 2-3 innings over four starts.
He gave up two solo homers and five runs in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, one week after throwing two pitches in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking a leadoff line drive on the elbow.
"Health-wise, he felt fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "He got a couple pitches more in the middle of the plate than he wanted to early. I think stuff-wise, it looked normal."
Conversely, Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada (5-4, 4.71) has struggled mightily versus St. Louis, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three outings this year, including his worst performance of the season. He gave up a career-high eight runs and six hits over a season-low 3 1-3 innings in a 10-1 home loss on May 5 and is 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 career games against the Cardinals.
Estrada has been solid since returning from a strained left hamstring, though, yielding one run over 11 innings in two starts.
"Overall, I can't complain about this," Estrada told the team's official website after limiting the Rangers to a solo homer and three other hits over six innings of a 5-1 victory on Tuesday. "I kept the team in the game and we pulled it off. It's a confidence booster."
Yadier Molina is 9 for 18 versus Estrada and 4 for 9 over his last two games after going hitless in five at-bats against Pittsburgh on Thursday - his first contest since missing two weeks with a sprained right knee.
Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs in a 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and is hitting .377 over his last 14 games.
Milwaukee (54-70) had enjoyed a five-game run of strong pitching from Aug.10-15, with starters throwing at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in each outing. The Brewers won despite a five-run, 4 2-3 inning performance from Tom Gorzelanny in a 7-6 win over Cincinnati on Friday, but couldn't overcome the seven runs surrendered by Wily Peralta over 4 1-3 innings in a 9-1 defeat on Sunday.
Norichika Aoki is just 5 for 24 over his last six games but is one of the few Brewers to experience success against Miller, going 3 for 6.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:04:06 PM EST|