|PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )|
SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )
|911||PITTSBURGH||-145||Ov 6.5,-110||-130||Ov 6.5,-105|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+135||Un 6.5,-110||+120||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-39||+24.8||40-55||3.8||0.241||0.301||3.4||0.229||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||3-3||4.0||0.237||0.302||5.0||0.264||0.329|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-20||+6.5||22-17||4.5||0.257||0.315||4.0||0.254||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||4-2||3.7||0.283||0.325||5.3||0.284||0.341|
|8/9/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-10||L||-135||9 ev||O||10||12||1||16||11||0|
|8/10/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||4-6||L||-135||9.5 ev||O||10||9||2||10||8||0|
|8/11/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||2-3||L||-120||10 un||U||6||8||2||6||9||1|
|8/13/2013||MORTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||160||7 ov||P||10||11||2||14||17||0|
|8/14/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-1||W||115||6.5 un||U||8||5||1||4||2||1|
|8/15/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-6||L||105||7 un||O||13||9||0||12||8||0|
|8/19/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||COLE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/22/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|8/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/24/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/25/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-7||L||160||8.5 un||O||6||6||2||10||8||0|
|8/10/2013||ROSS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-1||W||175||8 un||U||4||6||0||4||5||4|
|8/11/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-3||L||175||8.5 un||U||11||15||0||5||7||2|
|8/12/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||2-14||L||155||9.5 ev||O||6||4||4||17||9||0|
|8/13/2013||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||MANSHIP(R)||7-5||W||115||10 un||O||12||6||0||12||8||1|
|8/14/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-4||L||130||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||8||3||0|
|8/15/2013||ROSS(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||1-4||L||-150||6.5 un||U||7||8||0||7||5||0|
|8/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-5||L||-145||7 un||P||9||9||0||12||10||0|
|8/17/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)||8-2||W||-105||7 un||O||15||9||0||7||9||0|
|8/18/2013||STULTS(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-3||W||+130||6.5 un||O||10||9||1||6||5||0|
|8/23/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||STULTS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/25/2013||CASHNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Padres Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (72-50) at San Diego (55-68), 10:10 p.m. EDT
In danger of losing sole possession of first place in the NL Central and with a tired bullpen, the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates could sorely use another dominant outing from Francisco Liriano.
Liriano will try to deliver a much-needed victory Monday night as the Pirates open a seven-game West Coast trip with the first of three against the San Diego Padres.
The Pirates (72-51) had a four-game lead over St. Louis after winning their fifth in a row Aug. 8 but that advantage is down to one game after seven losses in the last nine contests. They blew an early two-run lead in a 4-2 loss in 16 innings to Arizona on Sunday after a 15-5 drubbing a day earlier.
It was the third extra-inning game in six days for Pittsburgh, which has played 69 innings over that stretch.
"We need to keep grinding it out and keep playing hard. We've played a lot of innings, so it's taxing us a little bit," second baseman Neil Walker said.
Liriano (13-5, 2.68 ERA) led Pittsburgh to one of its rare recent wins by tossing a four-hitter Wednesday. That 5-1 victory in St. Louis followed a dreadful outing at Colorado on Aug. 9 in which he gave up a career-high 10 runs and 12 hits in 2 1-3 innings.
"That was the mulligan," manager Clint Hurdle said. "What we've seen all year, he's just given us chances to win. He's pitched deep into games. He's mixed pitches. He's really been in command when runners get on base."
Liriano allowed three runs over seven innings in his only start against the Padres on June 19, 2011, with Minnesota. This time, he'll face a team that's seeking its third straight win since a 2-8 stretch.
San Diego nearly dropped another one Sunday as it trailed the Mets by a run after the seventh inning. Chris Denorfia, though, hit a tying infield single in the eighth and Will Venable homered to lead off the ninth.
Venable went 2 for 5 to extend his major league-best hit streak to 15 games. He's batting .377 during that career-best run and is hitting .469 in his last nine games against the Pirates.
"Will's amazing with the way he has been swinging," pitcher Eric Stults said. "It's not only swinging the bat but it's his defensive play and stealing bases. He's doing everything. He's playing like a five-tool player. When he comes to bat, we're expecting him to do something and (Sunday) he did."
He went 7 for 12 with three doubles and three RBIs during a three-game home sweep of Pittsburgh last Aug. 20-22. San Diego (56-68) has won 18 of 21 over the Pirates and seven of nine at home.
Andrew Cashner (8-7, 3.87) will try to deliver another victory in his first start against Pittsburgh. Cashner has given up three earned runs in each of his last two starts, including a 4-2 defeat in Colorado on Wednesday, but has received a combined three runs of support while losing both after getting 20 during a three-game win streak.
Cashner has a 2.50 ERA in eight home starts as opposed to a 4.97 mark away from Petco Park.
Clint Barmes is hitting .344 in his last eight games against San Diego while Andrew McCutchen is batting .158 in his last 15 matchups. McCutchen is a career .143 hitter with a .393 OPS in his nine games in San Diego, easily his worst performance in any NL ballpark.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 9:06:46 AM EST|