|PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|901||PHILADELPHIA||+140||Ov 6.5,-125||+140||Ov 6.5,-120|
|902||ST LOUIS||-150||Un 6.5,+105||-150||Un 6.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-28||+0||31-20||4.4||0.249||0.311||4.7||0.257||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+7.5||3-4||5.3||0.267||0.336||2.4||0.228||0.271|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-10||-4.6||8-8||3.8||0.237||0.311||4.3||0.248||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||0-6||3.4||0.255||0.293||2.7||0.219||0.300|
|6/7/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||5-6||L||130||7.5 ov||O||11||5||0||6||5||0|
|6/8/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||1-4||L||155||8 un||U||6||8||0||6||2||0|
|6/10/2014||BURNETT(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||5-2||W||+105||7.5 un||U||9||4||1||5||6||1|
|6/11/2014||HAMELS(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||3-0||W||-120||7 un||U||6||7||0||5||6||1|
|6/12/2014||KENDRICK(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-3||W||+105||8 un||O||10||6||1||8||5||0|
|6/13/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-2||L||-105||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||4||3||0|
|6/14/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-4||W||-115||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||9||5||1|
|6/15/2014||BURNETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||0-3||L||-125||7.5 un||U||3||6||0||8||5||0|
|6/16/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-1||W||120||6.5 ev||O||12||10||0||12||12||1|
|6/17/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||5-2||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||11||0||6||4||2|
|6/18/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||10-5||W||165||7.5 un||O||18||12||0||9||8||1|
|6/19/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-1||W||160||8 ov||U||8||6||0||4||4||0|
|6/20/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||5-1||W||165||7.5 ov||U||9||8||0||7||7||1|
|6/21/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/22/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/28/2014|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/7/2014||MILLER(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||5-0||W||145||9.5 un||U||8||11||0||3||4||1|
|6/8/2014||GARCIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||5-0||W||120||9 un||U||11||6||1||4||9||1|
|6/10/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||1-0||W||-130||7 un||U||3||5||0||8||11||1|
|6/11/2014||WACHA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||3-6||L||-120||7 ev||O||9||11||1||7||6||0|
|6/16/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||6-2||W||-160||8 ov||P||12||6||1||5||7||0|
|6/17/2014||WACHA(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||7||7||2|
|6/18/2014||LYNN(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||2-3||L||-130||7.5 ov||U||6||3||1||8||6||0|
|6/23/2014||LYNN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||MILLER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/25/2014||GARCIA(L)||@ COLORADO||BERGMAN(R)|| |
|6/26/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||WACHA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Cardinals Preview* ============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (33-38) at St. Louis (39-34), 4:10 p.m. EDT
After having to skip a start, Adam Wainwright will try to regain a share of the NL wins lead while helping the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a season-high skid.
Wainwright and the Cardinals face a daunting challenge with Saturday's matchup against Cole Hamels, who could record the best scoreless streak of his career and help the Philadelphia Phillies secure their longest win streak in nearly two years.
Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) missed his last turn in the rotation because of nagging tendinitis in his right elbow. The right-hander earned what was an NL-best ninth win in his most recent outing June 10, pitching seven innings in a 1-0 victory in Tampa Bay.
Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon earned his 10th win Wednesday, though he and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke, who also has nine wins, don't pitch until Monday.
Wainwright indicated Wednesday that his health was much better heading into his attempt to tie Simon atop that list.
"The feeling that I had last game was incredibly annoying, incredibly bothersome. I don't have that anymore, so I'm smiling," Wainwright told the team's website after a bullpen session. "I think now we take steps to make sure we maintain things and do a little more work in the training room for the next couple of weeks probably to make sure it doesn't come back."
The Cardinals won on the day he was originally supposed to start as part of a five-game winning streak, but they've since lost three in a row after a 5-1 defeat to the visiting Phillies on Friday. Jimmy Rollins hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning while extending his hit streak to 14 games, his longest since his MVP season in 2007.
St. Louis (39-35) will next try to avoid its first four-game skid overall - and at home - since Aug. 7-10.
The Phillies (34-38), meanwhile, will seek to improve to 6-0 on their road trip and record their first six-game win streak since a seven-game run Sept. 5-12, 2012.
"Everybody is feeding off one another and it's clicking," pitcher A.J. Burnett said. "We're having fun."
Hamels (2-3, 2.78) carries a scoreless streak of 23 2-3 innings into this start and is on the verge of surpassing his career-high 25-inning run from 2010. He's also close to passing the longest in the majors this season, 26-inning streaks from Miami's Henderson Alvarez and Texas' Martin Perez.
Despite his recent efforts, Hamels has gotten one win from his last six outings. He's lasted at least seven innings in eight straight.
The Phillies have won each of his past three starts, but he's received a combined one run of support in his last two while not receiving decisions.
Hamels also hasn't gotten much help from his teammates in his last eight matchups with St. Louis, including Game 3 of the 2011 division series. The Phillies have provided him with a combined 11 runs in those games and the left-hander has gone 1-3 with a 2.94 ERA, earning the lone win in the playoffs.
Wainwright is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in eight career starts against the Phillies and beat them in his only matchup last season, a 4-3 win April 18. He gave up three runs in seven innings, as did Hamels, who struck out eight and didn't get a decision.
Rollins, batting .360 in his last six games against St. Louis, is 8 for 24 with four doubles lifetime against Wainwright.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 4:38:36 PM EST|