|SAN FRANCISCO ( MOORE )|
ST LOUIS ( WACHA )
|959||SAN FRANCISCO||+135||Ov 7.5,-130||+135||Ov 8.5,-115|
|960||ST LOUIS||-145||Un 7.5,+110||-145||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-15||-9.8||9-12||3.5||0.224||0.276||0.353||0.630||4.9||0.271||0.330||0.422||0.752|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||3-4||3.9||0.254||0.283||0.415||0.698||2.9||0.236||0.295||0.336||0.631|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-4||-1.7||4-2||3.7||0.220||0.304||0.350||0.654||4.1||0.219||0.294||0.390||0.684|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||5-2||4.6||0.264||0.336||0.377||0.712||3.9||0.202||0.294||0.345||0.638|
|5/5/2017||CAIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-13||L||105||9 ov||O||7||5||2||16||15||1|
|5/6/2017||BLACH(L)||@ CINCINNATI||GARRETT(L)||2-14||L||120||9 ov||O||5||7||1||18||8||1|
|5/7/2017||CUETO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)||0-4||L||-110||8.5 ov||U||4||5||1||7||5||0|
|5/8/2017||MOORE(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-4||L||140||7 ev||P||5||5||0||11||11||0|
|5/9/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||1-6||L||100||7 ev||P||2||5||0||13||7||0|
|5/10/2017||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||MILONE(L)||6-5||W||130||8 ov||O||11||10||1||11||11||1|
|5/15/2017||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||8-4||W||+135||7.5 ov||O||10||5||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2017||BLACH(L)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||2-1||W||+155||7.5 un||U||11||7||0||7||6||0|
|5/17/2017||CUETO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-6||L||+170||6.5 ov||O||4||2||0||9||5||0|
|5/19/2017||MOORE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|5/20/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||CAIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||BLACH(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||CUETO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||MOORE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|5/5/2017||LYNN(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||10-0||W||105||8.5 un||O||16||11||0||7||10||2|
|5/6/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-3||W||110||8.5 ev||U||12||9||1||4||3||1|
|5/7/2017||WACHA(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||6-4||W||-105||9 ov||O||10||8||2||11||11||1|
|5/8/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||9-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||10||9||0||7||2||2|
|5/9/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||6-5||W||100||8 ov||O||9||4||0||6||4||1|
|5/10/2017||LYNN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||7-5||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||9||11||1|
|5/12/2017||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||4||7||1||6||9||1|
|5/13/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-3||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||8||5||1||6||7||2|
|5/14/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-0||W||+105||8.5 ev||U||12||8||0||4||6||0|
|5/19/2017||WACHA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/20/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/25/2017||WACHA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|ST LOUIS: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Mike Matheny (sixth season)
Who's new? OF Dexter Fowler, C Eric Fryer, LH Brett Cecil
Who's gone? 1B Brandon Moss, OF Matt Holliday, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, RHP Jaime Garcia, RHP Seth Maness, RHP Jerome Williams
Projected lineup: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB with Cubs), SS Aledmys Diaz (.300, 17, 65), 1B Matt Carpenter (.271, 21, 68), RF Stephen Piscotty (.273, 22, 85), C Yadier Molina (.307, 8, 58), 3B Jedd Gyorko (.243, 30, 59), 2B Kolten Wong (.240, 5, 23), LF Randal Grichuk (.240, 24, 68)
Rotation: RH Carlos Martinez (16-9, 3.04 ERA), RH Adam Wainwright (13-9, 4.62), RH Mike Leake (9-12, 4.69), RH Michael Wacha (7-7, 5.09), RH Lance Lynn (did not pitch - Tommy John surgery)
Key relievers: RH Seung-hwan Oh (6-3, 1.92 ERA 19/23 SV), LH Kevin Siegrist (6-3, 2.77), RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 4.46, 14/18 SV), LH Brett Cecil (1-7, 3.93 with Blue Jays), RH Jonathan Broxton (4-2, 4.30), RH Matt Bowman (2-5, 3.46), RH Miguel Socolovich (1-0, 2.00)
Hot spots: Rotation. The back end looked like a big leap of faith when spring training began. Wainwright and Wacha are coming off their worst seasons. Another 2013 World Series mainstay, Lynn, didn't pitch last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Then, on the first day of camp, 22-year-old right-hander Alex Reyes learned he needed Tommy John himself. That leaves a lot of question marks after ace Martinez ' more than any Cardinals staff has faced in years.
Outlook: This 40-man roster hints at a team in transition. Venerable 34-year-old catcher Molina is still St. Louis' biggest star. Reyes' injury hurts the youth movement, but the Cardinals are still stacked with talented 20-something sluggers ' Piscotty, Diaz, Gyorko and Grichuk ' who could emerge as household names. Adding Fowler's speed and patience should complement an already deep lineup. The pitching staff is a different matter. Barring a big resurgence from Wainwright, Lynn and Wacha (or a big trade) it's hard to see the Cardinals contending for more than a wild card spot in the Cubs' shadow.
|Giants bring road woes to St. Louis|
ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco Giants hope a 5-1 homestand can propel them to success where it has been hard to find so far this season -- on the road.
The Giants, who open a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Friday night before heading to Chicago for four games against the Cubs, are tied for the fewest road wins in the National League this season.
There really is no mystery for manager Bruce Bochy on why the Giants are 6-15 away from home.
The No. 1 reason, Bochy said, is the performance of the pitching staff, which has a combined 5.82 ERA on the road compared to a 3.12 mark at home, where San Francisco is 11-10.
"We just want them to do close to what they've done here at home," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're not asking them to throw shutouts. Just give us a quality start and a chance to win. Stay away from the big inning, the three-, four-, five-, six-run innings. That's what's killed us."
Matt Moore (2-4, 5.67 ERA) will start the first game of the trip against the Cardinals' Michael Wacha, who will be making his first start since May 7.
Moore has had a lot of trouble on the road this year, going 0-3 with a 10.50 ERA in four starts. He won the only previous start in his career against the Cardinals last season, giving up two runs and seven hits in five innings, but he has never pitched in Busch Stadium.
The Giants hope their starters will get some relief with the addition of closer Mark Melancon, who was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Wacha, who is 1-0 in four career starts against the Giants with a 1.88 ERA, had his last turn through the rotation skipped to give him some extra rest. A series of off days, three in a span of eight days, gave the team that luxury.
Wacha (2-1, 3.19 ERA) has had issues in the past with a stress reaction in his shoulder, which has bothered him especially in the second half of seasons. The Cardinals hope the extra rest will provide a benefit later in the year.
"We're going to do everything we can to give Michael every chance to be the kind of pitcher at the end of the season that he is right now," manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This is one of those opportunities right now. He wants the ball. He feels good. He looks good. It's just a matter of how we keep him there."
Wacha understood the reason for his extended rest, even though he said it was not his idea.
"It's probably only how I'll be feeling for the second half of the season, that type of deal," Wacha told the Post-Dispatch. "I want to be there for September, October and into the playoffs. That's the goal."
The Cardinals could make a roster move before the Friday game to activate third baseman Jhonny Peralta from the disabled list. That could mean a return to the minors for outfielder Magneuris Sierra, despite a seven-game hitting streak to begin his career.
|Last Updated: 4/20/2018 10:57:52 PM EST|