|ST LOUIS ( KELLY )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|959||ST LOUIS||+125||Ov 7,+100||+140||Ov 7,+110|
|960||PITTSBURGH||-135||Un 7,-120||-150||Un 7,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1.2||0-1||0.0||0.100||0.182||1.0||0.194||0.265|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-0.2||2-2||2.5||0.191||0.274||4.7||0.257||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+1.4||1-2||4.7||0.240||0.321||2.0||0.214||0.282|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+1.4||1-2||4.7||0.240||0.321||2.0||0.214||0.282|
|3/31/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||1-0||W||-125||7 un||U||5||6||3||3||9||0|
|4/2/2014||WACHA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||0-1||L||-120||7 un||U||3||6||1||6||10||1|
|4/3/2014||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||7-6||W||-105||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||10||8||0|
|4/4/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-12||L||-105||7 un||O||6||8||1||16||5||0|
|4/5/2014||KELLY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||KELLY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|3/31/2014||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-0||W||-170||6.5 un||U||6||5||1||6||8||0|
|4/2/2014||MORTON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-3||W||-150||7 un||P||8||15||2||15||19||2|
|4/3/2014||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-3||L||-155||7 ev||U||6||5||0||7||3||1|
|4/4/2014||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||12-2||W||-105||7 un||O||16||5||0||6||8||1|
|4/5/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/10/2014||COLE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/11/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|ST LOUIS: ST. LOUIS (AP) - Last October, the St. Louis Cardinals were sufficiently flush with arms that they carried rookie Shelby Miller and deposed closer Edward Mujica in ceremonial roles and made it to Game 6 of the World Series against Boston.|
After leading major league rookies with 15 wins, Miller was limited to one postseason inning due to concerns about a heavy workload. Mujica was used only in mop-up duty after mid-September.
The National League champions are perhaps even deeper, across the board, entering opening day March 31 at Cincinnati. The team that tied for the major league high with 97 wins has a surplus of viable candidates.
''I think we have the potential to be great,'' said ace Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in NL Cy Young balloting. ''We just have to go out there, not listen to the hype, and perform.''
The 32-year-old Wainwright qualifies as the grizzled leader of a rotation that could include three members coming off big rookie debuts. Michael Wacha was a postseason sensation and the NLCS MVP, Miller went wire-to-wire as the fifth starter and Carlos Martinez, who's had an impressive spring, moved into the setup role when fellow rookie Trevor Rosenthal took over as closer.
Wacha and Martinez are 22, Miller and Rosenthal just 23.
There's also 15-game winner Lance Lynn, who struck out 10 in four innings of his last spring training start, and lefty Jaime Garcia could fit into the mix sometime in April coming off shoulder surgery. And don't forget Joe Kelly, another rookie who won 10 games and was the rotation's strongest starter much of the second half.
And one of the National League's best lineups, too.
Much is expected from a loyal fan base that extends several states, and that's OK.
''Our expectations,'' Lynn said, ''are higher than theirs.''
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The roars have faded. The giddiness of ending 21 years of futility and coming with a game of the National League championship series, too.|
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in some ways just another NL contender these days. That dark cloud of two decades of losing is gone after a remarkable 94-68 surge and the playoff berth that came along with it in 2013.
Now the franchise needs to figure out what to do with the rest of its life. For three seasons a club that was a laughingstock when manager Clint Hurdle took over in December 2010 has slowly made inroads to relevance.
Suddenly, the ''World Series or bust'' attitude owner Bob Nutting has espoused for years doesn't seem so laughable anymore.
Press reigning NL Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle on what his team can possibly do for an encore despite a relatively quiet offseason and he responds with his usual eternal optimism.
''Excellence is verb, not a noun,'' Hurdle said. ''You're going to continue to push forward. Our goal is to win a sixth world championship. The fact is, we haven't won an LCS or a division series. We need to maintain our focus on the things we need to do.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Pirates Preview* ===========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
St. Louis (2-1) at Pittsburgh (2-1), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates came alive at the plate in their opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, scoring more runs than they did in their first series this season.
The Cardinals' biggest concern Saturday night, however, might be the man they'll see on the mound.
After picking up right where he left off in a stellar debut, Francisco Liriano looks to prove his 2013 dominance of the Cardinals was no fluke as this series continues at PNC Park.
Liriano was among the biggest reasons for Pittsburgh's 15-win improvement last season, becoming one of baseball's most dominant left-handed starters. It looked like more of the same Monday, when he gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 10 in six innings of a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in 10.
"You come in expecting him to be typical Liriano, and that's what he was," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told the Pirates' official website. "He's one of the best in the game."
St. Louis (2-2) doesn't need a reminder. Liriano went 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA against the Cardinals in three regular-season starts, then held them to two runs over six innings in Game 3 of the NL division series as Pittsburgh went on to win 5-3.
Allen Craig and Yadier Molina went a combined 0 for 18 with seven strikeouts against Liriano in 2013.
Three of his starts against the Cardinals came at PNC, where Liriano is 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 14 starts in a Pirates uniform.
He got 5.82 runs of support per nine innings at home last season before getting none Monday, but Pittsburgh's offense came alive in a big way Friday after totaling seven runs in its opening series. Pedro Alvarez homered twice, Travis Ishikawa went deep for the first time with his new team and the Pirates scored nine times after the fifth inning in a 12-2 rout.
As impressive as the Pirates (3-1) were at the plate Friday, they'll also be running into a pitcher that largely had their number a year ago. Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) held Pittsburgh to two runs over 18 innings while winning all three regular-season starts, though he allowed nine baserunners and three runs over 5 1-3 in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Still, he had to beat out Carlos Martinez in the spring to keep the fifth starter spot. Kelly walked eight over 14 1-3 innings and posted a 6.28 ERA, but manager Mike Matheny was sufficiently impressed.
"You can't deny what Joe did toward the end of last year," Matheny told the team's official website. "You can't deny how good he has been this spring. ... I think there are better things ahead for Joe Kelly, too."
Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin were a combined 6 for 13 with six walks against Kelly last season, while Neil Walker and Alvarez combined to go 4 for 26.
Alvarez, however, has had plenty of success against the Cardinals. Since Game 1 of the NLDS, he is 8 for 21 with five homers versus St. Louis.
Molina, meanwhile, has just three singles in his last 32 at-bats in Pittsburgh. Matt Carpenter went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer Friday after going 8 for 57 (.140) in his first 17 games at PNC.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:28:05 PM EST|