|PITTSBURGH ( WORLEY )|
ST LOUIS ( MARTINEZ )
|957||PITTSBURGH||+110||Ov 7.5,-120||+105||Ov 7.5,-125|
|958||ST LOUIS||-120||Un 7.5,+100||-115||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-36||+3.5||34-37||4.1||0.260||0.327||4.0||0.247||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||3-4||3.9||0.276||0.348||3.0||0.207||0.270|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-29||-0.7||23-38||3.5||0.249||0.304||3.1||0.228||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||3.3||0.249||0.301||3.3||0.279||0.348|
|6/24/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-5||W||115||7 ov||O||8||3||0||12||8||1|
|6/25/2014||MORTON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-5||L||150||7 un||U||5||4||2||8||6||0|
|6/26/2014||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||5-2||W||-165||8 ov||U||8||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/27/2014||CUMPTON(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-2||W||-145||8 un||U||8||10||0||9||7||0|
|6/28/2014||COLE(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-5||L||-155||7.5 un||O||7||7||0||9||8||1|
|6/29/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||5-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||4||2||13||11||0|
|7/7/2014||MORTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-2||L||170||7.5 un||U||8||12||0||3||3||1|
|7/8/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||CUMPTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|7/13/2014||WORLEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|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||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|7/13/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|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.''
|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 (PITTSBURGH-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Pittsburgh (47-41) at St. Louis (47-42), 8:15 p.m. EDT
The plan all along has been for Carlos Martinez to be a starter, as that's how he became one of baseball's best pitching prospects while mowing down hitters in the minors for the St. Louis Cardinals.
His window to make an impression just got a little bit bigger.
A day after learning Michael Wacha's recovery is still a ways off, the Cardinals will try to make it five wins in five Martinez starts Tuesday night against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jaime Garcia is out for the season, Joe Kelly has missed nearly three months and Wacha has a stress fracture in his right shoulder, providing a serious test to St. Louis' rotation depth.
Kelly will likely return Friday, but the Cardinals (48-42) found out Monday that Wacha needs at least two more weeks of rest before being re-evaluated.
It could be at least another month before he's ready to return, but Martinez (2-3, 3.91 ERA) is softening the blow of that absence. After starting all but one of his 68 minor league games, the right-hander came out of the bullpen 50 times in his first 51 major league appearances before starting against the New York Mets on June 16.
He's 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his four outings, and though he's yet to pitch past the fifth inning as he stretches out his arm, manager Mike Matheny has been encouraged. Martinez held the Giants to a run over five innings Thursday, striking out six with just one walk in a 7-2 road win.
"This was his best, no question," Matheny told MLB's official website. "I thought he had a consistent, fluid delivery. It looked like his arm was timed up with his body. It looked to me more like pitching today, rather than raring back and seeing how nasty he could be."
Martinez is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in five appearances against the Pirates (47-42) this season.
Like Martinez, Vance Worley (2-1, 2.28) has also made four starts in the majors this season. He's pitched into the seventh in each, and had a no-hitter through 5 1-3 innings Thursday against Arizona before leaving after seven with three runs allowed in a 10-2 loss.
"(Worley)'s human, and he just missed some spots," manager Clint Hurdle said. "... Five-and-a-third, no-hit, the volume of work still solid."
Charlie Morton and Adam Wainwright didn't miss much in Monday's opener of this four-game set, each tossing seven scoreless innings. The Pirates had eight hits to the Cardinals' three, but Matt Adams' homer in the ninth was all St. Louis needed to walk off with a 2-0 win.
Adams has hit .382 in his last 14 games to raise his average to .331, trailing only Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki among NL players with at least 250 plate appearances.
"He's a dad-gum good hitter, man," Wainwright said. "I think we're just breaking the ice of the surface of what this guy can do."
Pittsburgh went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position Monday as St. Louis evened the season series between these clubs at 5-all.
Reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 5 for the first time this season and just the third time in the last calendar year - all against the Cardinals.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:46:05 AM EST|