|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|979||SEATTLE||+170||Ov 7,-115||+170||Ov 7,+110|
|980||ST LOUIS||-180||Un 7,-105||-180||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-52||-4.7||51-41||4.0||0.247||0.311||4.6||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.1||5-2||3.7||0.211||0.297||6.0||0.305||0.377|
|vs Right-handed Starters||68-39||+17.5||55-48||5.1||0.275||0.333||3.7||0.247||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||2-3||5.7||0.259||0.340||3.4||0.233||0.302|
|8/30/2013||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-1||W||-135||9 un||U||11||10||1||4||4||0|
|8/31/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-1||W||110||9 un||U||6||6||1||8||10||1|
|9/1/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||0-2||L||-150||8 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||0|
|9/2/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-3||L||105||7 ov||U||7||10||2||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||155||8 un||U||10||7||0||9||6||1|
|9/4/2013||WALKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||11||8||0||4||2||1|
|9/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-7||L||160||9 un||O||11||8||0||19||11||1|
|9/6/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||6-4||W||+115||7 un||O||8||4||1||12||12||1|
|9/7/2013||PAXTON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-2||W||+135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||5||7||1|
|9/8/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-4||L||+130||7.5 un||U||5||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/13/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||PAXTON(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||PAXTON(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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||KELLY(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||WACHA(R)||@ COLORADO||OSWALT(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Cardinals Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Seattle (65-81) at St. Louis (85-60), 8:15 p.m. EDT
Highlighting how competitive the NL Central race is, the St. Louis Cardinals' first loss in six games helped end their sole possession of the division lead.
Adam Wainwright will try to help his club regain that advantage while the Cardinals also hope to get top hitter Yadier Molina and best setup man Trevor Rosenthal back for their series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
St. Louis (85-61) was alone atop the Central for much of the past week thanks to a 5-0 start on its nine-game homestand. The Cardinals, though, couldn't keep that run going with a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday and fell back into a tie with Pittsburgh, which topped the last-place Chicago Cubs for its fourth straight win earlier in the evening.
"Those guys are playing good baseball. We're playing good baseball," pitcher Joe Kelly told the team's website. "It's going to be a fun run toward the end."
Wainwright (16-9, 3.03 ERA) will try to help St. Louis, winner in 13 of 17 at home, rebound by continuing to bounce back from two poor showings against Cincinnati. The right-hander gave up a combined 15 runs in eight innings to the Reds, who are just 2 1/2 games back in the NL Central, before earning a 5-0 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Wainwright yielded just two hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out eight.
"This time he was aggressive," said Molina, who has missed the past two games. "This is a long season and everyone is going to have slumps. He's a tough guy. He's going to battle."
Molina has been away with his mother, Gladys, who is recovering from a surgery. Rosenthal was awaiting the birth of his first child.
"That's more important," manager Mike Matheny said. "Family comes first in both of the situations."
Wainwright will try to move into a tie for the NL wins lead while further stifling a Seattle team that's batted .157 and been outscored 29-8 during a four-game losing streak. The Mariners (65-81) were swept in three games by Houston, owner of the worst record in the majors.
"When things don't go well at home, you go, 'We are going on the road, that should be better,'" outfielder Raul Ibanez said. "You keep the positive outlook, and when things go bad on the road, you go, `Hey, we're going home, so things should be better.'"
The Cardinals are 6-3 all-time against the Mariners and will face them for the first time since June 14-16, 2010. Wainwright pitched St. Louis to a 9-3 win in the opener of that series, his only matchup with Seattle.
In this meeting, he'll start opposite Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.97), who is winless in his last three outings despite pitching well. The right-hander has posted a 2.89 ERA during that stretch and gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in Seattle's 6-4 win against Tampa Bay last Friday.
Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA in his last five road games but 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in two career interleague starts. Both of those games, however, were played at home.
Iwakuma has thrown 196 2-3 innings this season, five shy of matching his career high set in 2008 while pitching in his native Japan.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:09:29 AM EST|