|CHICAGO CUBS ( HENDRICKS )|
ST LOUIS ( MILLER )
|957||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Ov 7.5,-105||+130||Ov 7.5,-115|
|958||ST LOUIS||-140||Un 7.5,-115||-140||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-60||-9.9||50-48||3.6||0.233||0.288||4.1||0.243||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||3-4||3.7||0.253||0.284||3.3||0.223||0.273|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-45||+2.5||45-53||3.7||0.254||0.311||3.7||0.240||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||3-4||3.4||0.245||0.322||4.3||0.257||0.304|
|8/15/2014||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||4||6||0|
|8/16/2014||STRAILY(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-7||L||130||7.5 un||O||7||6||1||4||4||2|
|8/17/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 un||U||7||6||1||4||4||0|
|8/18/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-1||W||100||7 un||U||9||9||0||4||4||0|
|8/19/2014||WADA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||2-1||W||+100||8 ov||U||3||4||0||11||9||0|
|8/20/2014||JACKSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)||3-8||L||+120||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||14||8||0|
|8/21/2014||WOOD(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-5||L||+165||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||12||8||0|
|8/26/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-0||W||160||7 ev||U||8||7||0||3||5||1|
|8/27/2014||TURNER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||5-7||L||155||7.5 un||O||11||6||3||12||8||0|
|8/28/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||AXELROD(R)||2-7||L||-105||7 un||O||5||5||2||11||10||0|
|8/29/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||WADA(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||STRAILY(R)||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/31/2014||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||4-5||L||-155||7.5 ov||O||8||4||1||8||5||0|
|8/23/2014||MILLER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||6-5||W||-115||8 ev||O||13||15||1||9||8||2|
|8/24/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||WILLIAMS(R)||1-7||L||-125||8.5 un||U||6||8||1||8||3||1|
|8/25/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||3-2||W||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||1||8||5||2|
|8/26/2014||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-5||L||120||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||9||8||0|
|8/27/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||1-3||L||-110||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||10||9||1|
|8/29/2014||MILLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||MASTERSON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/30/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||STRAILY(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||LACKEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/4/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|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 (CHICAGO CUBS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Chicago (59-73) at St. Louis (71-61), 8:15 p.m. EDT
After Yadier Molina tore a ligament in his right thumb July 9, the St. Louis Cardinals were told their star catcher would be out 8-12 weeks and may miss the remainder of the regular season.
Molina seemingly ignored the timeline.
He's expected to join the Cardinals for Friday night's series opener and possibly the visiting Chicago Cubs, much to the delight of manager Mike Matheny.
If Molina is in the lineup for this contest, it would be exactly seven weeks after his surgery.
"I think he can have a huge impact, and I think anybody in baseball would want to have him on their club in any capacity," Matheny told MLB's official website. "We want to have him right, too, so we have to see how he looks when he gets back."
Molina looked just fine Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with an RBI double in five innings behind the plate for Double-A Springfield. His rehab assignment might be short-lived with the Cardinals (71-61) leading the NL wild-card race and sitting 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for first place in the Central.
St. Louis, which has lost three of four after falling 3-1 at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, has allowed 25 stolen bases in the 40 games Molina has missed compared to 22 in Molina's 83 games as catcher.
"He's in incredible shape," Matheny said. "We're just going to have to weigh it each day."
The rotation will look different for Molina when he returns after the Cardinals acquired Justin Masterson and John Lackey before the trade deadline, but the struggling Shelby Miller remains.
Miller (8-9, 4.26 ERA) is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA over his last three starts after allowing three runs in six innings of St. Louis' 6-5, 12-inning victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. He allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings against the Cubs on July 26 and didn't factor in the decision in the Cardinals' 6-3 win.
The right-hander also will be happy to see Molina back behind the plate.
"It doesn't surprise me at all to know that he worked his tail off to get back as soon as possible," Miller said. "Getting Yadi back is going to be a huge help for us down the stretch."
Miller will be opposed by Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks, who pitched well in his first start against St. Louis.
Hendricks (5-1, 1.78) won four straight starts with a 0.92 ERA before a long rain delay cut Saturday's outing short after he gave up two runs in two innings of Chicago's 7-2 win over Baltimore.
The Cubs have won seven of the right-hander's eight starts. The only defeat came July 27 against St. Louis, when Matt Holliday - currently riding a nine-game hitting streak - hit a two-out homer in the first inning for the game's only run as Hendricks went 6 1-3 innings.
Hendricks has a 1.23 ERA while winning his last three road starts, and he'll look to help the Cubs (59-74) bounce back after they dropped the final two of a three-game set at Cincinnati.
Anthony Rizzo sat out both defeats with tightness in his lower back, though manager Rick Renteria is hopeful he can return for this series.
The positive from those losses was the debut of heralded prospect Jorge Soler, who homered in his first big league at-bat in Wednesday's 7-5 loss before doubling and adding an RBI single in Thursday's 7-2 defeat.
Chicago has lost eight of the last 10 meetings in St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:45:41 AM EST|