|ST LOUIS ( WACHA )|
COLORADO ( OSWALT )
|957||ST LOUIS||-155||Ov 10,-120||-160||Ov 9.5,-115|
|958||COLORADO||+145||Un 10,+100||+150||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||71-40||+19||56-51||5.1||0.275||0.332||3.7||0.249||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.2||2-4||5.0||0.273||0.323||3.6||0.274||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-53||-5.4||46-50||4.4||0.270||0.322||4.3||0.269||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||4-2||3.9||0.292||0.332||6.1||0.339||0.406|
|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)||2-6||L||-150||10 un||U||7||4||0||12||8||0|
|9/17/2013||KELLY(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||11-4||W||-135||10 ov||O||18||12||1||9||9||0|
|9/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||4-3||W||-175||9.5 ev||U||10||7||1||12||11||0|
|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)|| |
|9/6/2013||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)||6-2||W||+140||10 un||U||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|9/17/2013||NICASIO(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-11||L||+125||10 ov||O||9||9||0||18||12||1|
|9/18/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+165||9.5 ev||U||12||11||0||10||7||1|
|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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
St. Louis (89-63) at Colorado (69-84), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Cardinals offense appears to have awoken from its slumber at a most opportune time.
The Cardinals will look to pick up their 10th win in 13 games and potentially pad their lead atop the NL Central as they finish their series with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
The Cardinals picked up a 4-3 win Wednesday night and an additional game on the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost to San Diego, and lead the division by two games with 10 to play.
"We're playing good ball at the right time," said pitcher Adam Wainwright, who had three of the Cardinals' 10 hits en route to his 17th win.
After hitting .164 in a five-game span from Sept. 10-14, St. Louis has bounced back with 54 hits - 17 of them for extra bases - while batting .355 and scoring 29 runs in the last four.
Used mostly as a reliever in August, Michael Wacha (3-1, 2.81 ERA) has fought his way into the rotation and hopes to benefit from St. Louis' resurgent offense. The rookie right-hander had pitched 13 shutout innings in his first two starts back in the rotation and eventually extended it to 23 2-3 overall before the third of his season-high four walks led to him allowing two fifth-inning runs in a 4-1 loss to Seattle on Saturday.
"He's trying to give me a free out, bunting the ball," said Wacha, who walked pitcher James Paxton before allowing a two-run double to Franklin Gutierrez in the fifth. "It's not acceptable, walking the pitcher. Anybody really."
This will be his first appearance versus Colorado.
Roy Oswalt (0-6, 7.71) had his best performance of the season Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-2 loss to Arizona.
It was his second start back from a strained left hamstring that sidelined him for two months.
"Got a little bit of the velocity back," Oswalt said after extending from 66 pitches in his previous start to 83. "I still don't have 100 percent of my legs. I backed off a bit in the second trying to throw some balls down in the zone."
It has been a trying season for the right-hander, who is in line to make the fewest starts of his 13-year major league career.
"Everyone else got to play seven months," Oswalt said. "I've been playing just two months trying to come back in the thick of things."
After starting September with six home runs in the first five games, the Rockies (69-84) have three in their last 11.
Colorado has stranded 20 runners over two losses to St. Louis, including five in the final two frames Wednesday.
"The moment was great," said the retiring Todd Helton, who struck out against Edward Mujica with the bases loaded to end the game. "You couldn't have asked for a better moment. You could've asked for a lot better result."
Michael Cuddyer, the NL leader with a .331 average, is day-to-day with wrist and forearm injuries sustained Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:47:04 PM EST|