|ST LOUIS ( WACHA )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|951||ST LOUIS||-120||Ov 6.5,-120||-120||Ov 7,+100|
|952||PITTSBURGH||+110||Un 6.5,+100||+110||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-5||-3.2||3-4||3.4||0.230||0.298||3.0||0.223||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.4||4-3||4.4||0.272||0.322||3.1||0.245||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-19||-8.4||14-14||3.9||0.242||0.309||4.5||0.264||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-0.2||5-2||4.7||0.295||0.362||5.5||0.279||0.327|
|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)||1-2||L||105||8 un||U||6||5||0||8||6||0|
|5/7/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||7-1||W||-115||7 un||O||13||7||0||7||7||1|
|5/9/2014||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|5/12/2014||LYONS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/13/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|5/14/2014||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/25/2014||COLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-1||L||105||7 ov||U||4||8||1||8||10||0|
|4/26/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-1||W||100||7.5 ov||U||7||3||0||5||9||0|
|4/27/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 ev||U||3||5||0||9||2||0|
|5/1/2014||MORTON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||1-5||L||105||9 ov||U||9||13||2||9||6||1|
|5/1/2014||CUMPTON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||5-6||L||115||8.5 un||O||11||15||0||12||8||0|
|5/5/2014||LOCKE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||10-11||L||-105||7 un||O||16||9||1||20||11||1|
|5/6/2014||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||2-1||W||+105||7 ov||U||5||4||1||5||7||1|
|5/7/2014||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||4-3||W||-150||7 un||P||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|5/9/2014||LIRIANO(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||MORTON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/13/2014||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|5/14/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
St. Louis (18-17) at Pittsburgh (14-20), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Caught in the longest winless stretch of his career, Francisco Liriano is hoping to avoid another short outing.
Michael Wacha is just looking for some run support.
They'll oppose each other Friday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series at PNC Park.
Liriano (0-3, 4.54 ERA) has gone without a victory in 10 regular-season starts since earning a 5-4 win at Texas on Sept. 10.
Prior to this season, he had won his first four starts against St. Louis with a 1.16 ERA, including three victories in 2013. But the left-hander gave up four runs in six innings of a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on April 5, then lasted just two innings in a 6-1 victory April 26 as he dealt with flu-like symptoms.
He again failed to pitch deep into his last outing, allowing five runs and six hits with three walks over 3 2-3 innings of an 8-6 win over Toronto on Saturday.
In his lone regular-season start against the Pirates in 2013, Wacha (2-3, 2.55) limited them to two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory Sept. 8. He then yielded one run and one hit in 7 1-3 innings in a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the division series Oct. 7.
The right-hander is 0-3 in his last four starts despite a 3.09 ERA, largely due to a 1.93 run-support average. He gave up a two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 3-0 road loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
"It's just frustrating, really," Wacha said. "I was pitching well and if I was able to get out of a jam there. ... But I served one up there and they go up two runs. You just can't afford that in that situation."
The Cardinals (18-17) have started to show more life offensively, winning three of four since that defeat while totaling 17 runs and going 12 for 33 (.364) with runners in scoring position. Matt Holliday drove in three runs in Wednesday's 7-1 victory at Atlanta, and Matt Carpenter went 3 for 4 to improve to 8 for 15 over his last four games.
"I wish we didn't have an off day tomorrow because of how well we swung the bats today," Peter Bourjos, who hit his first home run as a Cardinal, told the team's official website. "It would be nice to keep this rolling."
Liriano has also endured a dearth of support during his winless streak, getting an average of 2.38 runs. He's received two or fewer runs of support in six of seven outings this year.
However, the Pirates (14-20) also appear to have found a spark recently, averaging 5.3 runs and batting .306 while winning four of six. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .423 during that span while Pedro Alvarez has seven RBIs.
Pittsburgh had totaled 16 runs while hitting .190 during a 1-7 stretch April 22-May 1.
"We're starting to click on all cylinders now," said catcher Chris Stewart, who was 2 for 3 in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over San Francisco. "The pitching is starting to come around, and we're starting to get those hits in those big situations that we weren't before."
The Pirates have taken nine of the last 12 regular-season meetings in Pittsburgh.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:36:53 AM EST|