|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )
|925||ST LOUIS||+125||Ov 10,+100||+140||Ov 9.5,+100|
|926||BOSTON||-135||Un 10,-120||-150||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-11||+3.4||10-12||4.7||0.242||0.321||0.406||0.727||3.5||0.216||0.273||0.359||0.632|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||7-0||6.7||0.315||0.401||0.506||0.908||5.7||0.306||0.363||0.399||0.762|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-38||+6.6||40-49||4.9||0.266||0.333||0.404||0.737||3.9||0.246||0.302||0.396||0.698|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||4-2||5.7||0.269||0.332||0.383||0.716||3.6||0.205||0.281||0.341||0.621|
|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)||4-10||L||140||9.5 ov||O||10||5||1||15||9||0|
|8/16/2017||LYNN(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|8/20/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/3/2017||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||9-5||W||-285||9.5 un||O||15||10||1||7||4||1|
|8/4/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||3-2||W||-210||9.5 un||U||8||5||1||9||10||0|
|8/5/2017||POMERANZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-1||W||-320||9.5 un||U||5||4||1||8||6||1|
|8/6/2017||FISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||6-3||W||-205||10.5 un||U||8||6||0||9||6||0|
|8/8/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||2-0||W||-210||7 ev||U||12||9||1||2||4||0|
|8/9/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||8-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||4||3||2|
|8/11/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ov||O||8||9||0||7||8||0|
|8/12/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||10-5||W||150||8 un||O||12||4||2||9||6||2|
|8/13/2017||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||3-2||W||-155||7.5 ev||U||4||8||0||5||8||0|
|8/15/2017||PORCELLO(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||10-4||W||-150||9.5 ov||O||15||9||0||10||5||1|
|8/16/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||POMERANZ(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|8/19/2017||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||FISTER(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/21/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: 2016: 93-69, first place
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season)
Who's new? LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland, OF Steve Selsky
Who's gone? DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B Yoan Moncada, 2B Aaron Hill, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler
Projected lineup: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295, 2, 14 in 34 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21, 89, 13 SB), RH Mookie Betts (.318, 31, 113), DH Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30, 111) CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26, 87), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.000, 0, 0 in three games), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60 with Rangers), C Sandy Leon (.310, 7, 35) or Christian Vazquez (.224, 1, 12)
Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA), RH Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15), RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33), LH Drew Pomeranz (3-5, 4.59), LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Key relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (2-6, 3.40, 31/33 SV), RH Tyler Thornburg (8-5, 2.15 with Brewers), RH Joe Kelly (4-0, 5.18), LH Robbie Ross (3-2, 3.25), RH Matt Barnes (4-3, 4.05), LH Fernando Abad (1-6, 3.66 with Twins and Red Sox), RH Heath Hembree (4-1, 2.65)
Hot spots: Third base. Is this the year Sandoval is known more for his ability to play baseball than his physique? Sandoval, who missed all but three games last year because of a shoulder injury, showed up to spring training looking slimmer than years past. His production at the plate and agility on the field followed suit in the Grapefruit League. The Red Sox have shown they aren't afraid to take playing time away from the Panda if he doesn't deserve it. Josh Rutledge, a competent fielder and perhaps a better hitter against left-handers, is around just in case.
Outlook: Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball last year, and this year's club has the pitching to avoid another early playoff exit. Newcomer Sale is the best left-hander in the AL, an ace in his prime. Porcello is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. David Price, when he returns from an elbow injury, gives the Red Sox arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league. Ortiz retired, but he'll leave a bigger hole in the hearts of fans than in the lineup. Benintendi is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award, while Betts played like an MVP at age 23. A bounceback season from Sandoval would give opposing pitchers no chance to breathe. Triple-A depth shouldn't be enough of an issue to prevent the Sox from challenging the Indians for the pennant.
|Red Sox vie for season series sweep of Cardinals|
BOSTON -- Back in May, Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez and St. Louis' Lance Lynn faced each other when the Red Sox and Cardinals squared off at Busch Stadium in the first of four games this year between the old World Series rivals.
On Wednesday night, the pitchers face each other again when the teams meet in the second contest of the two-game Boston portion of the season series.
Lynn looks to continue his recent pitching spurt, while Rodriguez again seeks for his first victory since coming off the disabled list after recovering from his latest knee injury.
Lynn (10-6, 3.12 ERA) also will attempt to keep his team from dropping all four 2017 games to the Red Sox -- and from losing their third in a row overall after an eight-game winning streak.
The 30-year-old right-hander, who lost that May game to the Red Sox, was the subject of trade rumors when the Cardinals were teetering on the brink at the deadline. However, Lynn stayed as he and his team took off. St. Louis is tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for second place in the National League Central, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs.
Lynn is 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his past seven starts, and he hasn't lost since July 4. He has held opponents to two runs or fewer in an major-league-best 18 starts and one or fewer in 12 -- tied for the major league lead.
He is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two regular-season starts against the Red Sox. He also pitched twice against Boston in the 2013 World Series, starting and losing Game 4.
In his most recent start, Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, Lynn took a line drive off the head and stayed in the game.
When manager Mike Matheny and trainer Adam Olsen came out to see him, Lynn, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said: "Go back to the dugout where you belong." Told they were doing their job by checking on his wellbeing, Lynn snapped: "I'm trying to do mine. Get off the mound."
Lynn wound up allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks over six innings. He got a no-decision in the Cardinals' 8-6 win.
Boston's active roster is a combined 5-for-36 against Lynn, while no Cardinal has more than three career at-bats against Rodriguez.
Rodriguez (4-3, 3.80 ERA) is 0-1 with a 4.39 ERA in five starts since coming off the DL, but he deserved a better fate his last two times out. He gave up two runs on four hits in six innings against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 4, then yielded two hits in six shutout innings against the Yankees on Friday in New York. He walked two and fanned seven during a game the Yankees rallied to win.
The Red Sox, winners of 11 of their last 13 games, improved to 12-4 in interleague play this season with a 10-4 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday night. Boston holds a 4 1/2-game lead the second-place Yankees in the American League East.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 10:18:32 AM EST|