|CHICAGO CUBS ( HAMMEL )|
ST LOUIS ( WACHA )
|955||CHICAGO CUBS||+135||Ov 6.5,-110||+180||Ov 6.5,+100|
|956||ST LOUIS||-145||Un 6.5,-110||-190||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-20||-11||12-13||3.6||0.223||0.288||4.2||0.258||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||3-2||5.6||0.264||0.324||4.6||0.251||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-13||+0.1||12-16||3.8||0.251||0.313||3.3||0.228||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||4-2||4.3||0.245||0.319||5.4||0.307||0.353|
|5/2/2014||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-5||W||+150||8 un||O||12||6||1||8||4||0|
|5/3/2014||ARRIETA(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-0||W||+165||8 un||U||6||6||0||7||8||0|
|5/4/2014||HAMMEL(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-5||L||+120||7 un||O||5||8||0||11||7||1|
|5/5/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-3||L||-125||6.5 un||U||4||7||2||6||8||0|
|5/6/2014||JACKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||1-5||L||-135||7 ov||U||4||6||0||11||6||0|
|5/7/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-8||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||4||3||1||11||8||0|
|5/8/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||12-5||W||110||9 un||O||15||13||1||13||11||1|
|5/9/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-3||L||160||6.5 ov||U||4||4||0||9||9||1|
|5/10/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||0-2||L||150||7 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||0|
|5/11/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||2-5||L||140||7 ov||P||9||8||0||7||4||0|
|5/12/2014||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||17-5||W||155||7.5 ov||O||20||6||1||6||5||0|
|5/13/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||205||7 un||P||10||10||1||9||13||0|
|5/15/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||ARRIETA(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|5/22/2014|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||4-6||L||-120||7 ov||O||9||8||0||12||6||0|
|5/10/2014||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 un||U||7||10||0||11||9||0|
|5/11/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||6-5||W||-115||7.5 un||O||11||9||0||11||11||2|
|5/12/2014||LYONS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-17||L||-165||7.5 ov||O||6||5||0||20||6||1|
|5/13/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-3||W||-225||7 un||P||9||13||0||10||10||1|
|5/15/2014||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/22/2014|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Chicago (13-25) at St. Louis (20-20), 1:45 p.m. EDT
Michael Wacha hasn't won since facing the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium more than a month ago.
He'll try to replicate that effort and snap his losing streak as the Cardinals seek another victory over the Cubs on Thursday, one day after Wacha's scheduled outing was postponed due to rain.
Wacha (2-3, 2.85 ERA) has gone 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA in five starts - all losses for St. Louis - since April 13, when he allowed three runs with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-4 victory over Chicago.
The right-hander, though, hasn't received much support in those games, with the Cardinals (20-20) backing him with eight total runs.
Wacha received no help at Wrigley Field on May 3, when he gave up two runs with six strikeouts in six innings of a 3-0 defeat.
He followed that up six days later by surrendering three runs in five innings while not getting a decision in a 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh. Five of the seven hits he gave up came with two strikes, and he's held opponents to .133 in that scenario through his first two seasons.
He is also among the NL leaders with 57 strikeouts.
"You get hitters to two strikes and you want them to have a little tougher time than that," manager Mike Matheny told the team's official website. "Typically, he's the guy who can get the swing and miss. It comes a little easier sometimes than others."
The Cardinals didn't even need to swing the bat to beat the Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday, drawing back-to-back walks to load the bases in the 12th before pinch-hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch with two strikes.
"I saw the pitch out of his hand and knew it was in," Garcia said. "When it got close to the plate I saw it had a chance to hit me. I'll take that one 100 percent of the time."
The Cubs (13-25) have dropped eight of 10 but totaled 30 hits in the first two games of this series. They pounded out 20 hits in Monday's 17-5 win, as Emilio Bonifacio scored five times and had four hits before adding a pair of singles and an RBI on Tuesday.
Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.45) has gone 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last four starts. The right-hander has pitched well enough to win his last two, allowing five runs in 13 innings, but he hasn't gotten a decision while being backed by three total runs.
"Wins and losses are unfair," Hammel told the team's official website. "You have no control over wins and losses. Say you pitch well and lose, 1-0. You deserved a win. Sometimes you give up eight runs and your team scores nine, and you should probably lose that game.
"I honestly think WHIP, out of all the pitcher-type things, WHIP is the most important one. If you're constantly having runners on base, you're not doing your job."
Hammel has gone 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. He gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings while not getting a decision in a 5-4 loss May 4.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 6:23:31 AM EST|