|ST LOUIS ( MILLER )|
MIAMI ( KOEHLER )
|953||ST LOUIS||-105||Ov 7.5,+105||-105||Ov 7.5,-115|
|954||MIAMI||-105||Un 7.5,-125||-105||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-39||+3||37-48||3.6||0.251||0.308||3.6||0.239||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||3-4||3.6||0.259||0.316||4.7||0.289||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-50||-5.7||48-38||3.7||0.242||0.309||4.4||0.263||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||5-2||3.1||0.198||0.296||5.0||0.277||0.336|
|7/29/2014||LYNN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-3||L||110||6 ov||U||6||10||3||6||9||0|
|7/30/2014||KELLY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||1-12||L||105||6.5 un||O||6||5||0||16||6||0|
|7/31/2014||MILLER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||6-2||W||-110||7.5 un||O||10||5||0||3||1||0|
|8/5/2014||LYNN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||3-2||W||-145||7.5 ev||U||10||9||1||5||5||0|
|8/8/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-12||L||120||8 ov||O||4||3||1||15||10||0|
|8/9/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||3-10||L||-105||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||16||6||0|
|8/10/2014||LYNN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||8-3||W||115||8.5 un||O||17||10||0||10||8||1|
|8/11/2014||MILLER(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MIAMI||COSART(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||LACKEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/15/2014||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||MILLER(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/5/2014||HAND(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||6-3||W||120||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||7||6||1|
|8/6/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-7||L||120||7.5 un||O||7||4||1||9||5||0|
|8/7/2014||FLYNN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-7||L||125||8 un||O||3||2||0||13||6||0|
|8/8/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-1||W||120||7 ev||U||7||10||0||7||7||0|
|8/9/2014||PENNY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||4-3||W||125||8 un||U||8||12||1||7||8||0|
|8/10/2014||HAND(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-7||L||170||7 un||O||5||7||1||7||4||1|
|8/11/2014||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||COSART(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||EOVALDI(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|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.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ST LOUIS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cardinals-Marlins Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
St. Louis (61-54) at Miami (57-59), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Shelby Miller appears to have made the most of his two-week sabbatical from the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation last month.
The 23-year-old will try to continue his resurgence while helping the Cardinals avoid their third loss in four games on a road trip that continues Monday night against the Miami Marlins.
After going 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA over a five-start stretch, Miller (8-8, 3.99 ERA) was sent to the bullpen to work on his approach before replacing Carlos Martinez in his return to the rotation July 26.
Though he hasn't faced the fiercest lineups against the Chicago Cubs, San Diego and Boston, Miller has pitched more like the emerging ace the Cardinals (62-54) were expecting after he went 15-9 with 3.06 ERA in 2013 as a rookie.
The right-hander has allowed just five runs over 18 2-3 innings in his last three starts. He did not fare in the decision Wednesday when he allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in a 2-1 home loss to Boston.
His command has been much improved with one walk over his last three starts after issuing 20 in his prior six.
"He does look good now, without question," manager Mike Matheny told MLB's official website. "Before, I think, we were seeing some mechanics fall apart. He's in a good spot now, and hopefully can continue to build off of it."
Matheny's club seeks to even its record on this six-game trip after avoiding the sweep with Sunday's 8-3 win at Baltimore.
Rookie Kolten Wong tied a career high with four hits, while Jhonny Peralta added three and went 5 for 8 with two doubles and two RBIs in the final two games of the series.
"All the conversation was, we've got to win this, we've got to figure out a way to get this one," Matheny said Sunday.
Miller allowed three runs and a season high-tying nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-5 home loss in his only career start versus Miami on July 5. He did not factor in that decision as the Marlins eventually won their first series versus St. Louis since 2009.
Miami's Casey McGehee, who hit his third home run in Sunday's 7-2 loss at Cincinnati, went 7 for 13 with three RBIs in that set. Garrett Jones is 7 for 13 with two home runs and five RBIs versus Miller dating to his time with Pittsburgh.
Giancarlo Stanton hopes to continue his power surge after hitting his NL-leading 29th home run Sunday. The All-Star has six homers in his last 11 games and is 9 for 20 with two long balls in his last five at home versus St. Louis.
The Marlins (57-60), however, have averaged 2.7 runs and batted .198 while dropping seven of 11.
Right-hander Tom Koehler (7-9, 3.80) has posted a 2.92 ERA over his last four starts, but he's dropped his last two after allowing four first-inning runs and walking four over six innings in Wednesday's 7-3 loss at Pittsburgh.
Koehler, who hasn't given up an earned run in his last two home starts, gave up a career-high nine runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 13-7 home loss in his only start versus St. Louis on June 15, 2013.
The Cardinals' Matt Adams is 9 for 13 in his last five meetings versus Miami, though Matt Carpenter is 5 for 35 in his last 10.
St. Louis had won seven straight in Miami before dropping three of the last four.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 1:44:16 PM EST|