|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|903||ST LOUIS||+115||Ov 7,-115||+105||Ov 7.5,-110|
|904||CINCINNATI||-125||Un 7,-105||-115||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-36||+16.1||51-45||5.2||0.279||0.336||3.7||0.247||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||4-3||3.4||0.236||0.280||5.1||0.269||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-38||+2.4||49-40||4.6||0.256||0.329||3.8||0.242||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.9||5-2||5.1||0.287||0.343||5.1||0.292||0.329|
|8/19/2013||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-5||W||-150||8 ev||O||16||9||1||11||11||0|
|8/20/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-6||L||-125||8 ov||O||8||8||1||10||8||0|
|8/21/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||8-6||W||-115||9.5 un||O||12||5||1||14||14||1|
|8/30/2013||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-5||L||115||7 un||U||4||5||1||9||8||0|
|8/31/2013||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||1-7||L||125||7.5 un||O||6||5||0||13||9||0|
|9/1/2013||KELLY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||JOHNSON(L)||7-2||W||-115||8 un||O||12||8||0||6||6||0|
|9/2/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||WACHA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||MILLER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|9/5/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)|| |
|8/26/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-8||L||-105||9 un||O||6||5||0||8||3||1|
|8/27/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||1-6||L||-120||8 ov||U||8||8||1||11||6||0|
|8/28/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||10-0||W||130||7.5 ov||O||13||7||1||5||7||0|
|8/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-9||L||-130||10 un||O||11||8||0||19||9||0|
|8/31/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-3||W||105||10.5 un||O||13||7||1||7||3||0|
|9/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||4-7||L||-120||10 un||O||15||11||0||12||7||0|
|9/2/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/5/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||LEAKE(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||LATOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (78-57) at Cincinnati (76-60), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds missed a prime opportunity to pick up ground on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race last week at Busch Stadium, but they at least were able to avoid a sweep as Adam Wainwright labored through his worst start of the season.
Cincinnati sends Mat Latos to the mound to oppose Wainwright as the clubs begin a crucial four-game series Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds (76-61) hold the league's second wild-card spot while trailing St. Louis (79-57) and Pittsburgh by 3 1/2 games in the Central. They lost two of three to the Cardinals from Monday through Wednesday, then dropped two of three at Colorado with Sunday's 7-4 defeat.
Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer and Chris Heisey finished 4 for 4 for Cincinnati, which has dropped six of eight.
"Every game from here on out is huge, especially games against the Cardinals," Heisey said. "We just have to show up and play the ball we can. We got them at home this time. I think we're a little more comfortable playing at our home ballpark, and hopefully we can play well against them."
Cincinnati lost 10 of the first 14 meetings with St. Louis - with Latos starting three of the four victories - but its offense battered Wainwright on Wednesday in a 10-0 victory to salvage the series finale.
Wainwright (15-8, 2.96 ERA) allowed four hits and a walk to the first five batters as the Reds scored nine runs in his two innings on the hill. He allowed two runs over seven frames in each of his first two outings against Cincinnati this season, losing 2-1 on April 29 before earning a 9-2 win June 7.
"You just have to throw it away," Wainwright said of his last start. "You'd like to say there's something to learn in every game. I'm going to forget about it and go back to pitching."
The right-hander, who had allowed two runs while striking out 20 over 16 innings to win his previous two starts, will be looking to become the NL's first 16-game winner, though the Reds are countering with their top pitcher.
Latos (13-5, 3.03) went 3-1 with a 0.89 ERA while allowing three runs in 30 1-3 innings over his previous four starts before giving up four runs in six-plus frames of Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday each singled to start the bottom of the first as St. Louis reached Latos for two runs early. The right-hander had gone 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his previous three starts against the Cardinals this season.
"Latos did his thing," manager Dusty Baker said. "He threw the ball well. He got out of the first inning with minimum damage. He even helped himself at the plate (with two hits). He had as good at-bats as anybody."
He'll face a Cardinals team that struggled at the plate before Sunday's 7-2 win over Pittsburgh that tied the Pirates atop the division. Holliday and David Freese drove in two runs each for St. Louis, which had scored one run during a three-game skid prior to the victory.
"For us to come back out in a day game after scoring one run the first two nights (of the series) was really big," Freese said. "It finally gave us a little momentum."
The Cardinals have won five of their last seven at Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:16:34 PM EST|