|ST LOUIS ( MARTINEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )
|903||ST LOUIS||-135||Ov 9,-110||-175||Ov 9,-110|
|904||CINCINNATI||+125||Un 9,-110||+165||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-57||-7.6||62-51||4.8||0.261||0.332||0.418||0.750||4.4||0.259||0.320||0.404||0.724|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||3-4||4.0||0.226||0.307||0.393||0.700||4.7||0.249||0.315||0.389||0.703|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-61||+6.1||62-54||4.9||0.255||0.328||0.428||0.755||5.2||0.261||0.335||0.438||0.773|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||2-5||4.0||0.208||0.275||0.407||0.683||3.9||0.201||0.288||0.376||0.663|
|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)||2-8||L||110||9 ov||O||7||6||1||8||4||0|
|9/16/2017||WACHA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||1-4||L||135||9.5 ov||U||6||5||0||10||12||0|
|9/17/2017||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||170||9 ov||U||10||11||0||11||12||1|
|9/19/2017||FLAHERTY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENS(R)||8-7||W||-110||10 ev||O||8||5||0||8||6||1|
|9/20/2017||WEAVER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DAVIS(R)||9-2||W||-185||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/21/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||FLAHERTY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||WEAVER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||6-0||W||140||9 un||U||8||3||0||5||8||1|
|9/14/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||2-5||L||190||9 ev||U||6||4||1||6||9||1|
|9/19/2017||STEPHENS(R)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||7-8||L||+100||10 ev||O||8||6||1||8||5||0|
|9/20/2017||DAVIS(R)||ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||2-9||L||+175||9.5 ov||O||6||4||0||11||8||0|
|9/21/2017||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||DAVIS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Cardinals send out Martinez to face Reds|
CINCINNATI -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will celebrate his 26th birthday on Thursday.
Manager Mike Matheny believes there is still plenty of untapped potential in Martinez's arm. The key is consistency, something that has eluded Martinez at times during his four big league seasons.
Martinez will make his 31st start of the season Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
"He is doing a great job taking those steps to get where he is right now," Matheny said. "That next step is consistency of every single pitch. He'll be sailing along, then give up a two-out hit to the pitcher and the inning kind of starts to blow up. That just comes with experience."
Martinez (11-11, 3.57 ERA) has 205 strikeouts and 66 walks in 194 1/3 innings.
"He went from a flamethrower who tried to blow it past guys to a guy who's making quality pitches with movement," Matheny said. "He's not afraid to use off-speed pitches in any count. He should be in the conversation of best pitchers in the game, in my opinion."
St. Louis (79-72) is trying to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Cardinals trail the first-place Chicago Cubs by five games in the National League Central and are 2 1/2 games off the pace in the NL wild-card race.
Cincinnati (66-86) has hit Martinez hard at times during his career. He is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA against them in two starts this season and 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 18 appearances overall, including seven starts. However, he has pitched well in Great American Ball Park, producing a 2.93 ERA.
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey might have finally turned a corner in his comeback season after missing most of the past two years with multiple arm surgeries. Bailey has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his past five starts.
Since coming back off the disabled list on June 24, Bailey is 5-8 with a 6.86 ERA but has shown signs of getting on track.
In his last start on Friday, a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bailey allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches and felt it.
"Usually at 90 pitches, I have another gear," Bailey said. "It's not like I'm tired out there, but I feel it. I'm still missing those preseason workouts."
Bailey is 6-12 with a 5.75 ERA in 22 career starts against the Cardinals. He last faced them on Aug. 6, when he allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings during a 13-4 loss at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati is 9-9 this season against the Cardinals with one game remaining. The Reds are 5-3 against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park. Losses in the first two games of the series prevented Cincinnati from securing its first season series win over St. Louis since 2011. Cincinnati is 3-3-2 against the Cardinals in the past eight completed series of more than one game.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:48:21 AM EST|