|ST LOUIS ( WACHA )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|959||ST LOUIS||-135||Ov 6.5,-120||-140||Ov 6.5,-110|
|960||NY METS||+125||Un 6.5,+100||+130||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||-0.1||1-2||3.0||0.197||0.287||2.0||0.214||0.277|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||1-5||2.7||0.249||0.304||2.3||0.207||0.282|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-7||+4||7-6||4.4||0.225||0.301||3.9||0.244||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||1-5||3.6||0.225||0.296||3.0||0.237||0.296|
|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)||8-0||W||-130||6.5 un||O||14||15||0||2||5||4|
|4/18/2014||WACHA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-3||L||-110||6.5 un||U||5||6||3||5||3||0|
|4/19/2014||LYNN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||4-3||W||110||7 un||P||8||5||0||8||9||1|
|4/20/2014||MILLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-3||L||140||7 un||U||7||5||1||11||17||0|
|4/21/2014||LYONS(L)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)||0-2||L||-120||7.5 un||U||6||7||1||7||9||0|
|4/22/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||3-0||W||-160||7 ov||U||10||9||0||4||4||1|
|4/23/2014||WACHA(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/24/2014||LYNN(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/9/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||3-4||L||155||7 un||P||6||5||0||9||5||0|
|4/10/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)||6-4||W||120||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||7||6||1|
|4/11/2014||GEE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-5||L||150||8 un||O||10||4||0||11||17||0|
|4/12/2014||NIESE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||7-6||W||160||7.5 un||O||11||11||0||9||2||0|
|4/13/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-14||L||130||7.5 ev||O||6||5||0||17||8||0|
|4/14/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||7-3||W||125||9 un||O||13||11||0||9||7||2|
|4/15/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)||9-0||W||130||9 ev||P||12||6||0||3||5||1|
|4/16/2014||GEE(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||5-2||W||140||9 un||U||10||10||0||8||5||2|
|4/21/2014||MEJIA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||2-0||W||+110||7.5 un||U||7||9||0||6||7||1|
|4/22/2014||GEE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-3||L||+150||7 ov||U||4||4||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2014||NIESE(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|4/24/2014||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||NIESE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.''
|NY METS: NEW YORK (AP) - Five straight losing seasons. That's what the New York Mets have produced since moving into Citi Field.|
David Wright, for one, is tired of it.
''We need to start going out there showing results,'' the star third baseman said. ''The last couple years we've kind of been hampered by some contracts and payroll issues. It seems like that's behind us. At the same time, we've got those prospects knocking at the door. I think we're in a better place now than we have been the past few years and quite frankly, I think we have a better team.''
Translation: No more waiting for next year. No more selling the future. No more excuses.
It's time to take a step forward - and that means winning.
General manager Sandy Alderson seems to think so, too. After he signed free agents Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young this offseason, a report emerged that Alderson told staffers he thinks the Mets can win 90 games (with a payroll under $90 million).
Even hard-core fans found that overly optimistic, especially with ace Matt Harvey expected to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery. New York posted its second consecutive 74-88 record last year - and that was with Harvey on the mound most of the way.
But there is reason for hope, particularly in Triple-A. Touted young pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could soon join a promising rotation that includes Colon, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese.
''He's got all the traits of the good ones,'' manager Terry Collins said about Syndergaard. ''He's on track to be special.''
The offense could be better with the addition of Granderson, who got a $60 million, four-year deal after an injury-plagued season for the Yankees across town. His left-handed power bat should provide some much-needed protection for Wright.
The multitalented Young, on a one-year contract following a down season in Oakland, appears highly motivated to regain his All-Star form.
''It's been interesting to watch the whole team,'' Granderson said early in spring training. ''There's power here. Chris Young has been amazing.''
The lineup remains flawed and prone to strikeouts, though the roster has improved. Perhaps not enough to push Washington and Atlanta in the NL East just yet, but the Mets expect to take significant strides this season as they anticipate Harvey's return in 2015.
''When I re-signed here, I knew it wasn't an overnight fix. I think I like that part of the challenge of it,'' Wright said. ''I want to be part of the reason why we get this thing turned around and headed in the right direction and ultimately start winning again. I think we have that ability.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Mets Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (11-9) at New York (10-9), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Having one of the best rotations in baseball spurred the St. Louis Cardinals to the NL pennant last year.
So far, the starters are back among the best, but an injury to Adam Wainwright caused a scare.
A day after Wainwright suffered a hyperextended right knee, Michael Wacha will try to continue his impressive start to his first full season in the majors Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
St. Louis (12-9) was second in the majors last year with a 3.42 ERA from its rotation. The Cardinals have picked up where they left off, as their 2.20 ERA in 2014 ranks only behind Atlanta's 1.50.
They've been even better over the past nine games, compiling a 0.79 ERA while limiting opponents to a .175 batting average.
Wainwright has been a big part of that, throwing 16 scoreless innings over his past two starts. His latest, though, was cut short following the seventh inning after he awkwardly tried to field a ball in Tuesday's 3-0 win over New York (10-10).
"Just give me a couple of days and everything will be all right," Wainwright said. "At first you get a little scared and then as I started walking off the field, I knew I hadn't done anything wrong."
Turning to Wacha (2-1, 1.73 ERA) could result in another strong effort on the mound. The right-hander, last year's NL championship series MVP, has allowed no more than one earned run in three of four starts this season with 25 strikeouts and only three walks.
Wacha, though, could use some help from his teammates since he's been backed by eight total runs. He pitched well enough to win Friday, allowing three runs - one earned - with seven strikeouts in seven innings while the Cardinals committed three errors and had five hits in a 3-1 defeat at Washington.
"That's one of the better pitched games we've seen from him and he's thrown some really good ones in a very young career," manager Mike Matheny said. "Everything you could ask for."
Wacha won his only career start against the Mets, allowing two runs in six innings of a 9-2 road victory June 11.
Jon Jay and Matt Holliday are looking for another strong performance at the plate after they totaled five hits and three RBIs on Tuesday. That came a day after they went 0 for 7 in a 2-0 loss to open this four-game set.
Despite his performance Tuesday, Jay is 3 for 19 in five games at Citi Field. However, he's 3 for 8 with a double against Jonathon Niese, Wednesday's scheduled starter.
The Mets are 4-7 at home, thanks largely to a .184 average while scoring 2.9 runs per game.
Curtis Granderson is a major culprit, batting .089 with 16 strikeouts at home this season and hitless in his last 22 at-bats overall.
"I wish I knew," Granderson said of his slump. "Because if I knew I would hopefully be able to figure it out."
Niese (0-2, 2.84) will be looking for some help from the bats after yielding one run with seven strikeouts in six innings Friday while the offense was one-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta.
He's been backed by five total runs through three outings. However, the left-hander has gotten an average of 7.3 over five career starts against the Cardinals, and he's 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:45:25 PM EST|