|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
COLORADO ( MCHUGH )
|909||ST LOUIS||-150||Ov 10,-105||-150||Ov 10,-110|
|910||COLORADO||+140||Un 10,-115||+140||Un 10,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||69-39||+18.5||55-49||5.1||0.274||0.332||3.7||0.247||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.3||2-4||5.1||0.245||0.316||2.4||0.222||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-51||-4.8||45-48||4.4||0.269||0.320||4.3||0.267||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||4-2||3.9||0.277||0.316||6.0||0.331||0.410|
|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||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|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||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|9/2/2013||BETTIS(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||8-10||L||+200||9 un||O||18||9||2||15||10||0|
|9/3/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-7||L||-110||9 un||O||8||4||2||12||9||1|
|9/4/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-5||W||-135||10 un||O||11||6||2||11||8||1|
|9/6/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||3-4||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||6||2||8||7||0|
|9/7/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-2||L||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||6||7||2|
|9/8/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-5||L||130||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||5||1|
|9/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-3||L||115||6.5 ov||U||9||6||1||10||8||0|
|9/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||9-8||W||105||7 un||O||14||8||0||14||12||0|
|9/11/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||3-4||L||130||7 ov||P||9||7||0||9||13||0|
|9/13/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||7-5||W||125||9 un||O||16||8||0||12||11||0|
|9/14/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-9||L||160||9 un||O||7||5||0||16||8||0|
|9/15/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-8||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/16/2013||MCHUGH(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||NICASIO(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||OSWALT(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|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.
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Rockies Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
St. Louis (86-62) at Colorado (68-81), 8:40 p.m. EDT
After an ugly string of starts, Lance Lynn finally showed signs of coming around last week.
The timing couldn't be better for the St. Louis Cardinals, who continue to battle for the NL Central title.
Lynn tries to build on his latest performance as the Cardinals open a four-game road set against the last-place Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
While Lynn (13-10, 4.23 ERA) had gone 0-5 with a 6.88 ERA in his previous six outings, he bounced back Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Milwaukee. The right-hander allowed one unearned run and struck out 10 in six innings.
"Yeah, but it's only one game," he said. "You still got to get ready for the next one and try to improve. ... Tonight was a good building block going down the stretch here and get myself right for this team in this run we're trying to make."
A repeat performance could be hard to come by for Lynn, who is 1-6 with a 6.32 ERA in his last eight road outings. He went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two matchups against the Rockies last year.
"We haven't made it a secret all season how valuable our starting pitching is and how quality pitching translates to us in the win-loss column," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told MLB's official website. "We understand that. Lance is one of our guys. We need him right, just like we need the rest of them right."
Shelby Miller threw five strong innings and Yadier Molina went 4 for 5 with a homer and three runs in Sunday's 12-2 victory over Seattle. Matt Adams added his third homer in five days as St. Louis (87-62) remained tied for first place in the division.
"We took a lot of those grinding at-bats that we keep talking about," said Matheny, whose club had been limited to six runs in dropping two of three. "They went deep in counts, they stayed within the zone and fouled off some tough ones. We've got everybody feeling right and contributing."
The Cardinals could help their cause against the Rockies (68-82), who return home after concluding a 2-7 road trip with Sunday's 8-2 loss at Arizona.
"I think it's important no matter where you're at to finish the drill and play strong to the end," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's good that we're going back home."
Todd Helton, mired in a 6-for-38 slump, could return to the lineup after getting a day off. The five-time All-Star announced he will be retiring at the end of this season, his 17th in the majors.
"I've known for awhile that I was going to shut it down," said Helton, who spent his entire career with Colorado. "This is probably the part of it I've been dreading the most. To me, it's an exciting part of my life to start a new chapter. I don't know what I'm going to do and to me, that's exciting."
"We're going into the last homestand, and I wanted to go into that homestand knowing it would be my last."
After pushing back Jorge De La Rosa due to a sore left thumb, Colorado turns to Collin McHugh (0-2, 10.50), who was acquired from the New York Mets in June.
The right-hander hasn't made a big league appearance since giving up six runs in five innings in his Rockies debut, a 7-5 loss to Milwaukee on July 27.
Colorado, which dropped two of three at St. Louis from May 10-12, is 5-15 in the series dating to 2010.
|Last Updated: 3/24/2018 2:55:41 PM EST|