|CINCINNATI ( SIMON )|
ST LOUIS ( LACKEY )
|957||CINCINNATI||+155||Ov 7.5,+105||+155||Ov 7.5,-110|
|958||ST LOUIS||-165||Un 7.5,-125||-165||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-50||-7.4||39-54||3.7||0.242||0.295||3.6||0.236||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||5-2||4.4||0.246||0.304||6.1||0.306||0.358|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-42||+3.3||41-51||3.7||0.253||0.308||3.7||0.240||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||3-4||4.4||0.258||0.308||4.3||0.228||0.317|
|8/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||9-2||W||105||7 un||O||15||8||0||5||4||1|
|8/14/2014||SIMON(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-7||L||115||9 ov||O||6||3||1||10||6||0|
|8/15/2014||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||BELISLE(R)||3-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/17/2014||LATOS(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||9-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||14||11||1|
|8/17/2014||AXELROD(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||5-10||L||115||10.5 un||O||7||4||1||16||8||1|
|8/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||5-6||L||120||8 un||O||8||8||0||13||7||1|
|8/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||5-2||W||100||7.5 ov||U||10||8||0||5||2||2|
|8/14/2014||LACKEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-3||W||-185||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||8||8||1|
|8/15/2014||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||4-2||W||-135||7 un||U||8||9||0||8||8||0|
|8/16/2014||MILLER(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||5-9||L||-125||7.5 un||O||8||7||0||9||8||0|
|8/17/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||7-6||W||-195||7 un||O||10||5||1||8||7||0|
|8/22/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|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 (CINCINNATI-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cincinnati (61-64) at St. Louis (67-57), 8:15 p.m. EDT
While he was dreadful in his first road start for the St. Louis Cardinals, John Lackey has appeared pretty comfortable so far at Busch Stadium.
The right-hander will try to produce a third consecutive quality outing at home and give the Cardinals' playoffs hopes another boost while adding to the Cincinnati Reds' and Alfredo Simon's woes.
In his second start after being acquired from Boston on July 31, Lackey was lit up for a season-high nine runs and 13 hits over five innings in a 10-3 loss in Baltimore on Aug. 9. He bounced back nicely from that miserable showing Thursday and helped St. Louis (67-57) earn a 4-3 win over San Diego.
He yielded two runs and five hits in seven innings but did not get a decision. Lackey (1-1, 6.16 ERA) also worked seven strong innings in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee in his debut with the Cardinals on Aug. 3.
"It's been great here at home, for sure," Lackey said. "I feel like it's a good ball park to pitch in, and the guys have played well behind me in those two games."
St. Louis will try to move to a season-high 11 games over .500 while padding its 2 1/2-game lead on an NL wild-card spot and cutting its 2 1/2-game deficit to the Brewers in the NL Central.
Facing a struggling Simon (12-8, 3.28) might help the Cardinals accomplish those tasks. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 5.46 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, and he was charged with a career-high seven runs and 10 hits over five innings in a 7-3 loss at Colorado on Thursday.
"He still has the stuff to be successful. Unfortunately, he's not having any success," manager Bryan Price said of Simon, who is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in his last three road starts. "He's going to continue to get the ball. The only way to learn how to pitch a season as a starter is to pitch a season as a starter."
The Reds (61-64) have dropped eight of 10 and 15 of 20 on the road heading into Tuesday night. They've also lost seven of 10 to the Cardinals this season and seven of their last nine games in St. Louis.
After his team blew a one-run lead in the seventh, Jay Bruce hit a tying double in the ninth Monday and finished with a season-high four RBIs, but Jhonny Peralta gave the Cardinals a 6-5 victory by singling home Matt Holliday in the 10th.
Simon will make his first start against St. Louis and Lackey will make his second against Cincinnati in 12 seasons. The longtime AL pitcher earned a 6-3 road win in his only other matchup on June 13, 2007, while with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Cardinals' Jon Jay, batting .464 during a 10-game hit streak, has one hit in his last seven at-bats against Simon. Brayan Pena is 3 for 6 lifetime versus Lackey and is batting .328 in his last 16 games.
Bruce has nine RBIs in his last four games.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 1:52:05 PM EST|