|ATLANTA ( SIMS )|
ST LOUIS ( MARTINEZ )
|909||ATLANTA||+190||Ov 8.5,-125||+195||Ov 9,+105|
|910||ST LOUIS||-210||Un 8.5,+105||-215||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-52||-3.4||48-42||4.5||0.256||0.312||0.387||0.699||5.1||0.258||0.326||0.414||0.740|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.6||2-4||3.7||0.244||0.292||0.360||0.652||4.6||0.229||0.311||0.377||0.688|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-45||-6.8||48-38||4.7||0.262||0.332||0.413||0.745||4.4||0.258||0.320||0.404||0.724|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.4||6-1||8.9||0.303||0.411||0.546||0.958||3.9||0.258||0.322||0.398||0.720|
|7/29/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)||3-4||L||100||9 ov||U||10||10||0||8||9||1|
|7/30/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||125||9 ov||U||8||9||2||9||12||0|
|7/31/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||6-7||L||100||8.5 ov||O||10||9||1||9||7||0|
|8/1/2017||SIMS(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||2-3||L||+170||10 ov||U||4||4||2||8||5||0|
|8/2/2017||TEHERAN(R)||LA DODGERS||STEWART(R)||5-3||W||+155||9.5 un||U||9||9||0||6||4||0|
|8/3/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||4-7||L||+215||8.5 ev||O||11||7||0||9||11||1|
|8/11/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||7||4||0||8||9||0|
|8/12/2017||SIMS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|8/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||SIMS(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/1/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||2-3||L||-110||8.5 ev||U||7||6||0||5||8||0|
|8/2/2017||WEAVER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||5-4||W||105||9 un||P||10||8||1||8||7||0|
|8/3/2017||WACHA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||1-2||L||-130||9 un||U||6||7||0||9||9||0|
|8/4/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||2-3||L||105||9.5 ev||U||9||10||0||9||4||0|
|8/5/2017||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||4-1||W||130||8.5 ov||U||4||7||0||5||7||0|
|8/6/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||13-4||W||110||9 ov||O||16||7||0||8||7||0|
|8/7/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||11-3||W||-120||9 ev||O||10||3||0||8||5||2|
|8/8/2017||WACHA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||10-3||W||-125||8.5 ov||O||14||10||0||6||5||1|
|8/9/2017||LEAKE(R)||KANSAS CITY||CAHILL(R)||8-5||W||-140||8.5 un||O||11||8||1||15||8||1|
|8/10/2017||LYNN(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||8-6||W||-145||9 un||O||9||9||1||12||9||3|
|8/15/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||LYNN(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|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.
|Cardinals go for eighth straight win against Braves|
ST. LOUIS -- In what was regarded by some as a make-or-break season for St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, he mirrored his team and didn't exactly roar out of the gate.
While Wong hit well, he didn't field to his capability, often following a great play with an error. He also mixed in a few baserunning mistakes, doing so seemingly at the worst possible time.
But of late, Wong has mirrored his team in a different way. He's continuing to get his hits while displaying some of the best plate discipline of his career and delivering the kind of plus defense that makes him an asset instead of a liability.
Wong's fingerprints are all over a seven-game winning streak that he'll try to help extend to eight Saturday night when St. Louis hosts Atlanta in the middle game of a three-game series in Busch Stadium.
During Friday night's 8-5 win, Wong affected the texture of the game on both sides of the ball. He ripped an RBI double that started a four-run second inning and scored on Randal Grichuk's triple an inning later.
Defensively, he made two nice plays to deny the Braves hits, including a short-hop snag of Jace Peterson's one-hop shot to start the seventh.
"Both sides of the ball, you can see he has confidence," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Wong. "He can make the tough play look routine. And he's in a very good place offensively. You see him driving the ball, taking that good short swing."
Wong enters the game batting .304 with two homers and 30 RBIs. His 21 doubles are more than anyone else on the team except Matt Carpenter, and his 29 walks are just seven off tying his career high.
"The thing about this team is that we're turning the page real quick," Wong said. "We come in here every day with the mindset of getting victories. We know how good a team we are, and we're not done yet."
At 60-56, the Cardinals are a game behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central. They are also making up ground for the second wild-card spot, moving within 4 1/2 games of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
St. Louis will send ace right-hander Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52 ERA) to the mound. Fresh off an 11-3 win Monday night at Kansas City in which he worked eight innings, giving up two runs and fanning seven with no walks, Martinez will look to square his season record at .500.
He has faced Atlanta seven times in his career, three of them as a starter, going 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA. The one loss occurred last August in Busch Stadium.
Rookie Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25) will make his first big league start on the road. Sims suffered a 4-1 loss Sunday to Miami, working six innings and allowing four runs and six hits. Two homers in the first inning led to all the offense the Marlins needed.
Sims will try to quiet an offense that has scored 62 runs during its winning streak, 58 in the last six games. The Cardinals roughed up Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves' top starter this year, for seven hits and six runs Friday night in 2 2/3 innings.
"It's a hot team and when he missed, he got hurt," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "It's one of those games. You don't want it to happen, but it does."
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:41:00 AM EST|