|CINCINNATI ( MAHLE )|
ST LOUIS ( FLAHERTY )
|909||CINCINNATI||+155||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 9,+100|
|910||ST LOUIS||-165||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-58||+4.7||60-49||5.0||0.258||0.330||0.429||0.759||5.3||0.265||0.338||0.442||0.779|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-3||4.9||0.260||0.331||0.379||0.710||5.7||0.278||0.366||0.478||0.845|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-54||-6.1||59-49||4.8||0.263||0.333||0.419||0.753||4.3||0.259||0.320||0.405||0.725|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||2-5||5.6||0.250||0.341||0.411||0.752||2.3||0.241||0.292||0.353||0.644|
|8/30/2017||BAILEY(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||0-2||L||-145||10 un||U||3||5||1||5||4||0|
|8/31/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||7-2||W||+130||8.5 ev||O||9||7||0||7||8||1|
|9/1/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||7-3||W||105||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||7||6||1|
|9/2/2017||MAHLE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||0-5||L||135||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||11||10||0|
|9/3/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||1-3||L||100||9 un||U||10||10||1||5||7||1|
|9/7/2017||MAHLE(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-7||L||-135||8.5 ev||O||6||5||0||11||9||0|
|9/8/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)||1-5||L||-105||8.5 ev||U||9||9||1||8||5||0|
|9/9/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||1-6||L||-105||8.5 un||U||4||9||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||10-5||W||135||8 un||O||10||8||0||13||9||0|
|9/12/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-13||L||145||8.5 un||O||9||3||2||14||11||1|
|9/13/2017||MAHLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)|| |
|9/14/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||MAHLE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/30/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||5-6||L||-120||9 ev||O||5||3||3||10||5||0|
|8/31/2017||WACHA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||5-2||W||100||7.5 ev||U||10||10||0||7||6||1|
|9/1/2017||FLAHERTY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||11-6||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||15||6||1||11||8||0|
|9/2/2017||LYNN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-2||L||-110||9 ov||U||3||3||0||4||4||0|
|9/3/2017||WEAVER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||7-3||W||-120||8 un||O||8||6||0||7||6||1|
|9/4/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||2-0||W||-160||8 ov||U||7||7||1||3||6||0|
|9/5/2017||WACHA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||8-4||W||-150||8 un||O||9||4||1||9||4||2|
|9/6/2017||FLAHERTY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||3-1||W||115||8 un||U||5||5||0||5||8||1|
|9/7/2017||LYNN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||0-3||L||-110||8.5 ev||U||11||10||1||9||9||0|
|9/15/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||WACHA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MAHLE(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|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.
|Ageless Molina leads Cards' charge vs. Reds|
ST. LOUIS -- Most 35-year old catchers playing their 14th big league season would be fading like the September sunlight.
Not Yadier Molina, not this September. The St. Louis Cardinals veteran has knocked in 10 runs the past three games, giving him 75 RBIs for the year, just five off his career high set in 2013. He has 17 homers, the second-best total of his career.
Molina was strong again Tuesday night with three RBIs in the Cardinals' 13-4 rout of the Cincinnati Reds. He figures to be back in the lineup Wednesday night for his 126th game of the season in the second contest of the teams' three-game series at Busch Stadium.
"I learn everything I can from him," St. Louis first baseman Jose Martinez said of Molina. "I sit next to him in every situation and try to absorb what he says. He knows how to take advantage of every situation."
Take Tuesday night's rout for instance. With the bases loaded in the first inning and two outs, Molina didn't try to do too much with Robert Stephenson's 3-2 changeup that floated to the plate's inner half, just above the belt. He ripped a two-run double to put the Cardinals ahead for good.
After walking and scoring in the third, Molina made his last at-bat count in the sixth. With first baseman Joey Votto playing off the line, Molina poked an RBI hit down the right field line before taking the last three innings, replaced by Carson Kelly.
Seven other hitters knocked in runs as St. Louis (76-68) stayed within two games of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central. The Cardinals also remained 3 1/2 games behind Colorado for the NL's second wild-card spot.
On Wednesday, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will draw the start for the Cardinals opposite Tyler Mahle (0-2, 3.60 ERA) in a matchup of rookies called up in recent weeks.
Flaherty last pitched on Sept. 6 in San Diego, getting a no-decision after allowing one run on three hits in five innings. He walked four and fanned four in a game St. Louis went on to win 3-1.
This will be Flaherty's first career start against Cincinnati (62-83), and he will have to deal with the best lineup he has seen so far after facing the San Francisco Giants and the Padres. The Reds can boast six 20-homer hitters after shortstop Zack Cozart reached the milestone for the first time in his career with a 433-foot blast in the first inning Tuesday night.
One of those 20-homer guys, second baseman Scooter Gennett, may miss the Wednesday game. Gennett departed before the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night due to left hand inflammation.
"I think he pulled a ball foul and the webbing between the thumb and his index finger really got inflamed," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said Tuesday, "so we'll see where he's at tomorrow."
Mahle last worked on Thursday night, dropping a 7-2 decision to the New York Mets. He lasted just four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two.
It will be his first career start against St. Louis, which is 9-2 in September and has won 11 of 14 games to charge into contention.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 12:10:33 PM EST|