|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
MILWAUKEE ( HELLWEG )
|909||ST LOUIS||-165||Ov 9,-110||-170||Ov 9,-120|
|910||MILWAUKEE||+155||Un 9,-110||+160||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||71-41||+17.4||57-51||5.1||0.275||0.332||3.7||0.250||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||3-4||5.4||0.273||0.331||3.9||0.284||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-57||+2.6||51-57||4.0||0.251||0.305||4.2||0.255||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||2-5||4.6||0.208||0.308||3.1||0.227||0.290|
|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)||6-7||L||-155||9.5 un||O||12||9||0||21||16||0|
|9/20/2013||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||8||2||6||8||0|
|9/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||135||8 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||160||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||4||2|
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||8||8||2||5||6||3|
|9/17/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-3||W||-135||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||4||2|
|9/18/2013||THORNBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||7-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||3||0||4||8||0|
|9/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-5||L||-135||8.5 un||U||4||4||1||13||8||0|
|9/20/2013||HELLWEG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|9/26/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Brewers Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
St. Louis (89-63) at Milwaukee (68-83), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Shelby Miller experienced a small portion of the St. Louis Cardinals' pennant race last season, though he was in a role that didn't carry the same significance as what he's been trusted with this year.
With the Cardinals' NL Central lead down to one game, Miller looks to win his third straight start and beat the host Milwaukee Brewers for the fourth time Friday night.
Miller (14-9, 3.01 ERA) has pitched very well in his first full season after making five relief appearances and one start in September of last year. He also pitched twice in relief the NL championship series as St. Louis lost in seven games to San Francisco.
The right-hander, who became the first Cardinals rookie to win 14 games since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967, now is trying to help St. Louis (89-64) push toward a division title. It leads Pittsburgh by one game and Cincinnati by two with nine to play after its 7-6, 15-inning loss to Colorado on Thursday.
"Last year, I pitched in games when we were down or we were winning by a lot and I had a role, but it wasn't near as big as it is this year," Miller told the team's official website. "This year, there's more pressure on my part as far as knowing that when I take the ball every five days we've got to get a win, no matter what. We're trying to win this thing, not just the division but the whole thing."
Miller can help St. Louis increase its chances of winning the Central with another dominant performance against Milwaukee on Friday. He's 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA while striking out 25 and allowing three runs in 25 innings.
Jean Segura is 0 for 12 with five strikeouts against Miller, though its unclear if the Brewers' rookie shortstop will play this series as he nurses a strained right hamstring.
The All-Star sat out Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs after suffering the injury while scoring from second base in Wednesday's 7-0 win. Manager Ron Roenicke said he's not going to rush Segura back, especially with nothing to play for.
"He's day to day," Roenicke said. "And I say day to day, but that doesn't mean tomorrow. We're not going to be dumb about this. I'd like to get him back out there, but not at the risk of putting him out there too early."
The Brewers (68-84) had won four straight and six of seven prior to Thursday's defeat, mustering only four hits. They've been outscored by 32 runs while dropping 12 of 16 meetings with the Cardinals this season.
St. Louis is averaging 7.0 runs over its last five games. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and David Freese each had two hits in Thursday's loss, while Matt Holliday finished 3 for 4 with three walks and two RBIs.
Holliday went 8 for 12 over the final three games of the four-game split with Colorado.
The Cardinals look to win for the seventh time in eight meetings at Miller Park this season as they face the struggling Johnny Hellweg on Friday.
Hellweg (1-4, 8.31) will be making his sixth start of his rookie season after allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings while suffering a 7-3 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday. He hit three batters, and he's walked 17 in 21 2-3 innings in six appearances overall.
The 6-foot-9 right-hander has yet to face St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 2:51:15 PM EST|