|ST LOUIS ( LYONS )|
ATLANTA ( FLOYD )
|907||ST LOUIS||-105||Ov 8.5,-105||+105||Ov 8,+105|
|908||ATLANTA||-105||Un 8.5,-115||-115||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-11||+0.2||11-14||3.8||0.254||0.312||3.2||0.220||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.6||5-2||4.3||0.258||0.317||4.1||0.245||0.309|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2.2||1-3||4.5||0.277||0.336||1.5||0.161||0.235|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-8.8||3-4||1.9||0.197||0.269||5.1||0.287||0.327|
|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)||2-3||L||-140||6.5 ov||U||11||10||1||4||8||0|
|4/24/2014||LYNN(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||1-4||L||-125||7 un||U||4||6||1||7||5||1|
|5/2/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-6||L||-160||8 un||O||8||4||0||12||6||1|
|5/3/2014||WACHA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||0-3||L||-175||8 un||U||7||8||0||6||6||0|
|5/4/2014||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||5-4||W||-130||7 un||O||11||7||1||5||8||0|
|5/5/2014||MILLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||4-3||W||-105||7.5 ev||U||9||7||0||9||8||1|
|5/6/2014||LYONS(L)||@ ATLANTA||FLOYD(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|5/9/2014||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/29/2014||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-9||L||120||6 un||O||3||5||1||13||4||0|
|4/30/2014||HARANG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-9||L||-110||7 ov||O||6||3||1||15||8||0|
|5/1/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||4-5||L||-135||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||10||8||0|
|5/2/2014||MINOR(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||8||12||0||8||7||0|
|5/3/2014||TEHERAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-3||L||-170||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||4||2||1|
|5/4/2014||WOOD(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-4||L||-130||7 un||U||4||6||0||10||10||1|
|5/5/2014||HARANG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-4||L||-105||7.5 ev||U||9||8||1||9||7||0|
|5/6/2014||FLOYD(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|5/7/2014||MINOR(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/9/2014||TEHERAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||SANTANA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||WOOD(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/12/2014||HARANG(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.''
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Braves Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
St. Louis (16-16) at Atlanta (17-13), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman remains encouraged despite the Braves being mired in their longest losing streak in nearly two years.
Freeman and the slumping Braves look to snap their seven-game skid Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle game of this series at Turner Field.
Atlanta (17-14) is on the brink of its first eight-game losing streak since May 21-28, 2012, which would double its longest skid from last year.
The Braves are struggling in nearly every facet during the slump, compiling a 5.10 ERA - 6.35 from the starting rotation - while batting .197 with four homers and 13 runs. They've been even worse with runners in scoring position, batting .118 with just two homers and 17 strikeouts.
The Braves went 1 for 12 while striking out six times in those situations Monday even after manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffled the lineup. Justin Upton stared at strike three with the potential tying run at second for the final out of a 4-3 loss to St. Louis.
Atlanta still had three doubles and a homer among its nine hits, the main reason Freeman is staying positive.
"We hit some balls hard with runners on," Freeman said. "We were in the game the whole game. We couldn't say that the past week."
Freeman doubled on one of his two hits Monday after going 2 for 23 over the previous six games. He is 9 for 23 with three doubles over his last six home meetings with the Cardinals, including a loss in the 2012 wild-card game.
The Braves are expected to send Gavin Floyd to the mound for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery while with the Chicago White Sox in April 2013. The right-hander gets the spot start in place of Ervin Santana, who has a bruised right thumb.
"There's no expectation," Floyd told the team's official website. "I'm excited to get back out there and pitch again and have a second chance to pitch. Just focusing on that, and after that, whatever happens will be dealt with."
Floyd was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts before getting hurt last year. He's split two career starts against the Cardinals, losing the most recent when he allowed five runs with four walks in 4 2-3 innings on June 14, 2012.
The Cardinals (17-16) will counter with Tyler Lyons (0-2, 4.20), who has made his last two appearances out of the bullpen. The second-year left-hander has lost both of his starts, yielding six runs in 12 innings.
Lyons has allowed one run in three innings over his last two relief appearances after tossing a perfect seventh in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
He's 0-6 with a 6.70 ERA in eight starts since winning at Kansas City on May 28, and he's allowed two runs in 12 1-3 innings over six career relief outings.
Still, Lyons isn't concerned with switching roles.
"Ah, it's not a big deal," he told the team's official website. "I mean, it's a little different mindset from day to day, but in the end, it's all about just making pitches. It changes a little bit, but in the grand scheme of things, it's literally the same thing."
While Lyons is facing the Braves for the first time, Matt Carpenter is 8 for 21 (.381) with three doubles, four RBIs and six runs over his past five games against them.
He had two hits in the series opener, driving in two runs on a double to spur a three-run fifth inning.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 9:08:53 PM EST|