|ST LOUIS ( MASTERSON )|
MIAMI ( EOVALDI )
|955||ST LOUIS||+115||Ov 7.5,-105||+105||Ov 7.5,-125|
|956||MIAMI||-125||Un 7.5,-115||-115||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-41||+0.6||38-49||3.6||0.251||0.307||3.6||0.241||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.7||4-3||3.4||0.250||0.309||5.4||0.314||0.359|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-50||-3.5||49-39||3.7||0.243||0.310||4.3||0.263||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||4-3||3.1||0.221||0.296||4.3||0.255||0.317|
|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)||5-6||L||-105||7.5 un||O||12||8||1||11||6||0|
|8/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MIAMI||COSART(R)||0-3||L||-135||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||7||3||1|
|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)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||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)||6-5||W||-105||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||12||8||1|
|8/12/2014||COSART(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-0||W||+125||7.5 un||U||7||3||1||4||6||0|
|8/13/2014||EOVALDI(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
St. Louis (62-55) at Miami (58-60), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Despite a rough start to Justin Masterson's tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Mike Matheny still has faith in the right-hander.
Trying to bounce back from a brief stay in his last outing, Masterson looks to help the visiting Cardinals avoid their first three-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins in 18 years Wednesday night.
In two starts since being acquired from Cleveland on July 30, Masterson (1-1, 11.25 ERA) has allowed five runs, seven hits and walked three in each. He lasted six innings during a 9-7 win over Milwaukee on Aug. 2, but two-plus innings in Friday's 12-2 defeat at Baltimore.
That marked the third time this season Masterson went just two innings.
"This is not the best thing you want to do when you come to a new team," said Masterson, who went 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts for the Indians.
"It's really just a lot of minor things. It just needs to click that little bit. A lack of location and the sinker flattening out."
Until now, Matheny and his coaching staff opted not to tinker with Masterson's approach or mechanics until seeing him pitch in person.
"We've been in that mode of just gathering information because there is nothing worse for a guy than for us to come in and say, 'OK, scrap all that stuff you've been working on.'" Matheny told MLB's official website.
"Right now, he's trying to get it in the right place."
In Masterson's only start against the Marlins (59-60) in 2012, he allowed two runs in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 defeat.
Miami has not swept a series of at least three games from the Cardinals (62-56) since Aug. 27-29, 1996 on the road - a season after last doing so at home.
Donovan Solano hit a two-run homer off Adam Wainwright and Jarred Cosart allowed three of St. Louis's four hits as the Marlins won their fourth straight in the series, 3-0 on Tuesday.
While Miami won for the fourth time in five games, St. Louis dropped to 1-4 on a six-game trip.
A night after recording four hits in Monday's 6-5 loss, Matt Holliday went 0 for 4. He's 1 for 6 against Miami's Nathan Eovaldi (6-6, 3.99).
The right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.92 ERA in his first three starts following the All-Star break before allowing an earned run over 15 innings in his last two outings - both against Cincinnati. He yielded five hits over eight scoreless innings in Friday's 2-1 road victory.
"Same approach: Keep attacking," he said.
Though Eovaldi allowed a run and two hits over seven-plus innings of a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Reds on Aug. 2, he is still is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in his last six home starts.
He'll face the Cardinals for the first time in Miami, and is 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts at St. Louis. He gave up three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss July 4.
Teammate Christian Yelich is 11 for 22 against the Cardinals this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0 for 2 with two walks Tuesday after homering in four of the previous five games, is 1 for 3 with two strikeouts versus Masterson.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 8:55:16 AM EST|