|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
WASHINGTON ( JORDAN )
|959||ST LOUIS||-145||Ov 7,-120||-140||Ov 6.5,+100|
|960||WASHINGTON||+135||Un 7,+100||+130||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-5||+0.6||6-6||4.0||0.252||0.309||4.1||0.239||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||4.3||0.268||0.312||3.4||0.221||0.271|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-5||-0.7||8-3||4.8||0.259||0.329||4.5||0.232||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||7-0||5.0||0.278||0.339||5.7||0.272||0.324|
|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)||6-1||W||125||7 un||P||8||6||0||6||11||0|
|4/6/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-160||7 un||U||3||3||0||6||4||0|
|4/11/2014||KELLY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-6||L||-140||7 ev||O||7||11||2||12||6||0|
|4/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||10-4||W||-230||7 un||O||13||6||0||8||5||1|
|4/13/2014||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-4||W||-230||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||7||6||1|
|4/14/2014||LYNN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||4-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||11||6||1||3||6||0|
|4/15/2014||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||6-1||W||100||8 un||U||8||2||0||3||4||0|
|4/16/2014||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||1-5||L||-105||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||9||8||0|
|4/17/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)|| |
|4/18/2014||WACHA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|4/19/2014||LYNN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||MILLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|4/21/2014||KELLY(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|4/22/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/23/2014||WACHA(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|4/3/2014||ROARK(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-2||W||-120||7 un||O||13||9||0||7||8||2|
|4/11/2014||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-7||L||115||7 ov||O||14||10||1||9||5||1|
|4/12/2014||JORDAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||3-6||L||130||7 ev||O||11||11||3||13||10||1|
|4/13/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||2-10||L||-130||7 un||O||6||5||3||11||8||0|
|4/14/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||9-2||W||-150||7.5 un||O||16||9||0||8||7||1|
|4/15/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||2-11||L||-170||7 ov||O||5||7||2||15||8||1|
|4/16/2014||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||155||6.5 ov||O||7||4||1||7||5||2|
|4/17/2014||JORDAN(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|4/18/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||STRASBURG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/21/2014||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|4/22/2014||JORDAN(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|4/23/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Nationals Preview* =============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
St. Louis (9-5) at Washington (8-6), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Even with Bryce Harper in the lineup, the Washington Nationals have struggled to beat the St. Louis Cardinals of late.
Avoiding an eighth consecutive regular-season loss to the visiting Cardinals might remain tough despite the hobbled Harper's expected return in Thursday night's series opener.
Batting .520 (13 for 25) in his last seven games, Harper was scratched from the lineup before Wednesday's 6-3 win over Miami because of tightness in his left quad. The star outfielder has been dealing with the injury since Friday and also left Monday's 9-2 victory over the Marlins when he slipped running the bases in the seventh inning.
"I decided to get him out of there, give him a day just to calm it down a little bit," manager Matt Williams said. "I expect him to be in there Thursday."
Harper went 11 for 25 (.440) in his first six regular season games versus St. Louis (9-6), but is hitting .217 (5 for 23) during Washington's seven-game series slide in which it's totaled 12 runs.
"Every game's different in that respect, but we have to play well if we're going to challenge (the Cardinals) or beat them," Williams told the Nationals' official website. "If we ever want to get to where we want to get to, it's through those guys. It's presented to you every day. What are you going to do with it?"
Harper was 3 for 23 with a homer and eight strikeouts while the Nationals lost to the Cardinals in five games in the 2012 NL division series.
However, he's 6 for 11 with two doubles during the regular season against scheduled Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.57 ERA). The right-hander has a 1.69 ERA while winning three consecutive regular-season starts versus Washington (9-6).
After giving up two runs and eight hits to split his first two starts, Wainwright yielded four runs on seven hits while striking out eight without a walk in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. He lasted seven innings for the third straight outing.
"Instead of being just off the plate, I was just on the plate and usually I'm going to be a little more on the corners," Wainwright told the Cardinals' official website.
He'll try to help St. Louis bounce back after its four-game winning streak ended with a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Cardinals outscored their previous four opponents 26-9, but even with nine hits they managed only an Allen Craig homer in the sixth in the series finale.
Yadier Molina had two hits and is batting .452 (14 for 31) in his last eight games for St. Louis. Though he's 4 for 14 in his last four versus Washington, he drove in six runs during that span.
Scheduled Nationals starter Taylor Jordan (0-1, 4.76), making his first appearance against the Cardinals, will try to bounce back after allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings of a 6-3 loss at Atlanta on Saturday.
Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer off Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Wednesday to help Washington overcome a 3-0 hole and take two of three in the series.
"We have the ability to come back because guys grind at-bats and never give up," Williams said.
Werth is 5 for 23 with seven strikeouts during the regular season versus Wainwright, but two of those hits were home runs.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:31:30 AM EST|