|MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )|
ST LOUIS ( MILLER )
|909||MILWAUKEE||+190||Ov 8,-115||+170||Ov 8,-115|
|910||ST LOUIS||-210||Un 8,-105||-180||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-53||+0.8||49-51||4.0||0.253||0.305||4.2||0.257||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-4||4.3||0.238||0.304||4.1||0.269||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||66-38||+17.2||55-46||5.2||0.277||0.334||3.7||0.247||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-2||5.0||0.234||0.294||4.0||0.232||0.313|
|8/27/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||7-6||W||125||7 ov||O||14||8||0||15||9||0|
|8/28/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||1-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||10||1||13||6||2|
|8/29/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||4-0||W||150||7.5 un||U||10||3||0||6||5||2|
|8/30/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-5||L||+115||8 ov||U||6||13||0||8||4||1|
|8/31/2013||ESTRADA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-6||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||12||7||0||12||5||1|
|9/1/2013||LOHSE(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-5||L||-110||8 ov||P||4||4||0||11||6||1|
|9/6/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||5-8||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||8||1||13||6||0|
|9/7/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-3||W||130||10.5 ov||U||5||9||1||6||4||1|
|9/8/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||3-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||3||3||0|
|9/10/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||2-7||L||110||7.5 un||O||4||3||0||12||10||0|
|9/3/2013||WACHA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-1||L||130||8 un||U||2||4||0||5||6||0|
|9/4/2013||MILLER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||5-4||W||105||8 un||O||12||7||0||10||9||1|
|9/5/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||2-6||L||140||8 un||P||5||4||0||10||11||0|
|9/16/2013||LYNN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Milwaukee (62-80) at St. Louis (83-60), 8:15 p.m. EDT
After a home sweep put them back on top in the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to stay there by continuing an outstanding stretch at Busch Stadium.
Sending Shelby Miller to the home mound against a team he's dominated may help that cause.
The surging Cardinals will try for their 10th win in 12 games on their own field when they open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
St. Louis (83-60) trailed Pittsburgh by 1 1/2 games heading into their weekend series at Busch, but now leads by that margin after completing a three-game sweep with Sunday's 9-2 win.
The Cardinals have played well during their latest home tear, averaging 5.7 runs while posting a 3.18 ERA during this 9-2 stretch.
Matt Carpenter, who went 2 for 5 on Sunday, is hitting .433 over his last 15 games at Busch. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .373 batting average at home.
Miller (12-9, 3.19 ERA) has certainly added to the pitching success, going 7-3 with a 1.92 ERA at home that ranks among the best in the majors. The rookie right-hander, though, hopes to get back on track after going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in his last two starts - both on the road.
"I want the expectation level being there for our young guys," manager Mike Matheny told the league's official website. "I want them to feel that they can do this, they've done it and they're going to continue to do it."
Miller appears to have a good chance to regroup against the Brewers (62-80). He's 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts - all St. Louis victories - and has struck out 21 in 18 1-3 innings.
Shortstop Jean Segura can't be happy about seeing Miller since he's 0 for 9 with five strikeouts against him.
Teammate Norichika Aoki, however, is 5 for 9 with a homer in that matchup and batting .472 in his last 10 games against the Cardinals. Aramis Ramirez has also fared well versus St. Louis, hitting .424 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in his last 16 meetings.
The Brewers are hoping to have Khris Davis back in the lineup after he missed the past three games with a sore left wrist. The rookie outfielder is 6 for 14 against the Cardinals.
Milwaukee looks for its fourth win in five games by giving the ball to Wily Peralta (9-14, 4.51), who has gone 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA while recording three straight quality starts.
The right-hander allowed nine hits but limited the Pirates to three runs over six innings in Wednesday's 9-3 victory.
"He struggled with his command and then all of a sudden on 3-2 he makes a real good pitch - and he did it more than once - so when he needed to make one, he did," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Peralta, though, hasn't been able to escape from jams against the Cardinals. He's lost both starts behind an 11.57 ERA, allowing 22 hits over 9 1-3 innings.
He gave up six earned runs and 11 hits over five innings in a 7-6 loss at Busch Stadium on May 17.
David Freese homered off Peralta in that game and has gone 3 for 5 with five RBIs in their matchups, while Carpenter is 4 for 6 when facing Peralta.
The Cardinals have averaged 5.8 runs and batted .301 while winning 10 of 13 against the Brewers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:15:03 AM EST|