|MIAMI ( ALVAREZ )|
ST LOUIS ( GONZALES )
|959||MIAMI||+100||Ov 8,-120||+105||Ov 8,+100|
|960||ST LOUIS||-110||Un 8,+100||-115||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-8||+5.4||12-5||5.4||0.274||0.337||4.0||0.253||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-3||4.4||0.273||0.333||4.0||0.241||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-28||-0.5||22-37||3.5||0.250||0.305||3.1||0.225||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||2.6||0.233||0.282||4.3||0.284||0.347|
|6/22/2014||DESCLAFANI(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-11||L||-120||7.5 un||O||8||5||0||17||8||0|
|6/23/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-0||W||100||8 ev||U||7||9||0||6||5||2|
|6/24/2014||HEANEY(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||4-7||L||-120||8 un||O||10||9||2||7||5||1|
|6/25/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||3-2||W||100||7.5 ov||U||6||5||2||7||8||0|
|6/26/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-5||L||150||7 ov||O||9||8||1||13||13||0|
|7/4/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||130||7.5 un||U||10||11||0||7||4||0|
|7/5/2014||HEANEY(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||14||9||0||10||9||0|
|7/6/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GONZALES(L)|| |
|7/7/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|6/23/2014||LYNN(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-0||W||-105||10 un||U||6||4||0||3||3||0|
|6/24/2014||MILLER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-10||L||110||10 ov||O||11||7||0||17||13||1|
|6/25/2014||GONZALES(L)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||9-6||W||-130||11.5 un||O||12||7||0||9||7||2|
|6/26/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||0-1||L||-110||6.5 un||U||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|6/27/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-1||W||120||7 un||U||9||6||0||8||6||0|
|6/28/2014||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-9||L||130||6.5 ov||O||4||6||2||15||7||0|
|6/29/2014||MILLER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-6||L||182||6.5 ev||U||6||9||0||8||7||1|
|7/1/2014||GONZALES(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-5||L||100||7 un||U||5||8||0||8||6||0|
|7/2/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||2-0||W||-145||6.5 un||U||8||5||0||5||5||0|
|7/3/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||7-2||W||145||6.5 un||O||14||10||1||7||7||2|
|7/11/2014||GONZALES(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|MIAMI: MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins' attempts to improve their feeble offense.|
''They should apologize for their regular season lineup,'' John Henry tweeted during spring training.
In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.
Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it's unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.
''We were anemic offensively,'' new general manager Dan Jennings said. ''Just bad. It's unacceptable.''
|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 (MIAMI-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Miami (41-45) at St. Louis (47-40), 2:15 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins' Henderson Alvarez has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the majors for the past six-plus weeks. The short-handed St. Louis Cardinals rotation could use that kind of consistency from one of their top prospects soon.
Recent call-up Marco Gonzales tries to avoid another poor performance Sunday while the Cardinals get their first look at the red-hot Alvarez.
Alvarez (5-3, 2.33 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in eight consecutive starts dating back to May 22, going 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA. Only Clayton Kershaw has a lower ERA among qualifying starters in that span at 0.97.
The Marlins (42-45) have won the last nine starts made by Alvarez, though the bullpen cost him a victory Tuesday. He gave up two runs in seven innings and left with a two-run lead, but Miami ended up needing 11 innings to win 5-4.
Alvarez, in his fourth major league season and second with the Marlins, has helped fill the void created by ace Jose Fernandez undergoing season-ending elbow surgery in mid-May.
"He's really come back this season and kept throwing the way he had last year," infielder Ed Lucas told MLB's official website. "Especially with us losing Jose, he's really picked us up in (his) absence and been our ace."
St. Louis (47-41) would like Gonzales to claim that title in the near future, and the Cardinals could use some effective outings with starters Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha on the shelf due to ailing shoulders.
Gonzales (0-1, 9.64) might need some time if his first two major league starts are an indication.
The left-hander, called up from Double-A on June 25, has allowed five runs and seven hits in each outing and only pitched 9 1-3 innings. He issued four walks in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-0 loss in San Francisco on Tuesday.
"We saw him pretty much the same (as last time), where you saw some very good innings and you saw some very good pitches," manager Mike Matheny told MLB's website. "And then they kind of snowballed on him and there were mistakes. ... He's capable of making good pitches all the way through, and we just haven't seen that quite yet."
After Gonzales' latest start, the Cardinals allowed a total of four runs in their next three games and won them all, including Friday's 3-2 victory in the series opener. They permitted just one run in the first five innings Saturday but blew a four-run lead and lost 6-5.
Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and the Marlins pushed across two runs in the ninth to notch their third win in nine games. Jeff Baker had the go-ahead single to score Casey McGehee, who had singled in the tying run.
McGehee is 5 for 9 in this series and batting .373 during a 12-game hitting streak.
St. Louis' Yadier Molina is 7 for 11 with two walks in his last three games.
Peter Bourjos and Jhonny Peralta, who homered Saturday, are the only two Cardinals hitters to have faced Alvarez. Bourjos is 2 for 6 in his career versus the right-hander, and Peralta is 0 for 6.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:18:14 PM EST|