|ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )|
PITTSBURGH ( TAILLON )
|955||ST LOUIS||+110||Ov 8.5,-125||+125||Ov 9,-105|
|956||PITTSBURGH||-120||Un 8.5,+105||-135||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-47||-8.7||51-38||4.7||0.264||0.333||0.414||0.748||4.4||0.260||0.322||0.405||0.726|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||6-1||5.9||0.299||0.374||0.466||0.840||6.0||0.320||0.385||0.429||0.814|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-46||-3.2||33-50||4.1||0.246||0.310||0.380||0.690||4.3||0.263||0.314||0.423||0.737|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||3-4||3.0||0.212||0.269||0.312||0.581||5.9||0.268||0.332||0.461||0.793|
|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)||4-5||L||140||9.5 un||U||10||7||1||9||7||2|
|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||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|8/4/2017||NOVA(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||10-6||W||-185||9 ov||O||14||9||1||9||9||2|
|8/5/2017||COLE(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||2-5||L||-155||7.5 ev||U||6||8||0||10||9||0|
|8/6/2017||TAILLON(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-4||W||-185||8.5 un||O||7||7||1||9||10||1|
|8/9/2017||NOVA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||0-10||L||115||9 ev||O||3||6||2||14||9||0|
|8/10/2017||COLE(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)||7-5||W||-160||9.5 ov||O||13||7||0||9||3||0|
|8/11/2017||TAILLON(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||4-2||W||125||8.5 ov||U||4||2||0||8||7||2|
|8/12/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||ROWLEY(R)||2-7||L||-125||9.5 ov||U||8||9||2||8||7||0|
|8/13/2017||KUHL(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||1-7||L||100||9 un||U||4||8||2||7||6||0|
|8/15/2017||NOVA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||1-3||L||120||9 ev||U||6||8||1||7||7||0|
|8/16/2017||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||6-7||L||120||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||8||4||2|
|8/17/2017||TAILLON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||KUHL(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|8/20/2017||NOVA(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/21/2017||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/22/2017||TAILLON(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: 2016: 78-83, third place
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
Who's new? RHP Daniel Hudson, IF Phil Gosselin
Who's gone? IF Sean Rodriguez, OF Matt Joyce, SP Jeff Locke, SP Ryan Vogelsong, RP Neftali Feliz, C Eric Fryer
Projected lineup: 2B Josh Harrison (.283, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 19 SB), 1B Josh Bell (.273, 3, 19), RF Andrew McCutchen (.256, 24, 79), CF Starling Marte (.311, 9, 46, 47 SB), LF Gregory Polanco (.258, 22, 86), 3B Jung-ho Kang (.255, 21, 62), C Francisco Cervelli (.264, 1, 33), SS Jordy Mercer (.256, 11, 59)
Rotation: RH Gerrit Cole (7-10, 3.88 ERA), RH Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.17 for Yankees and Pirates), RH Jameson Taillon (5-4, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.20), RH Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.25 with Blue Jays and Pirates) or Steven Brault (0-3, 4.86) or Trevor Williams (1-1, 7.82) or Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 4.24)
Key relievers: LH Tony Watson (2-5, 3.06, 15/20 SV), RH Daniel Hudson (3-2, 5.22 with Diamondbacks), LH Felipe Rivero (1-6, 4.09 for Nationals and Pirates), RH Juan Nicasio (10-7, 4.50), LH Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 4.52 with Mets and Pirates), RH Jared Hughes (1-1, 3.03), LH Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.77 with Mariners and Pirates)
Hot spots: Rotation and closer. Right-hander Glasnow, 23, is a consensus top-25 prospect who made his major league debut last year. The Pirates would love to see him seize the fifth starter's job in camp, but right-hander Hutchison offers a more experienced option if Glasnow isn't ready. Watson became the closer after Mark Melancon was traded to Washington last summer, but his sinker/slider/changeup mix isn't typical ninth-inning stuff. Keep an eye on Rivero, a 25-year-old lefty acquired in the Melancon trade. His fastball actually gained velocity as last season wore on, eventually touching triple digits. Rivero might begin the season as the set-up man but his ascension to the ninth inning seems inevitable.
Outlook: The Pirates made some interesting tweaks after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. They made no major trades, signed only two major league free agents (pitchers Nova and Hudson) and revamped Hurdle's coaching staff. They also moved their outfielders around: McCutchen goes from center to right, Marte from left to center, and Polanco from right to left. McCutchen is coming off the worst season of his career. So is ace right-hander Cole. The path back to the playoffs begins with the two stars bouncing back. If the team's other homegrown talent ' Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Polanco ' continue their evolution, Pittsburgh should return to the postseason in 2017.
|Cardinals, Pirates look to keep pressure on Cubs|
PITTSBURGH -- Two teams scrambling to make headway in the National League Central will clash when the St. Louis Cardinals open a four-game set Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Neither is coming in hot, unless it's maybe hot under the collar.
St. Louis (61-59) blew a two-run lead in the ninth -- an inning that included Cardinals manager Mike Matheny getting ejected -- on Wednesday night and fell 5-4 to the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals took their third loss in a row.
Pittsburgh (58-62) blew a 4-0 lead and allowed five homers Wednesday in a 7-6 loss at Milwaukee, the Pirates' fourth straight setback.
The Cardinals are 5-4 against the Pirates this season.
The first three games of the series will be held at PNC Park, followed by the first MLB Little League Classic on Sunday night in Williamsport, Pa.
St. Louis won eight straight, at one point pulling into a first-place tie in the division, before the current losing streak.
Going into the series at Pittsburgh, the third-place Cardinals are three games ahead of the fourth-place Pirates and 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs. The Milwaukee Brewers are tucked in the mix in second place, a game in front of St. Louis.
The Pirates have rallied several times this season but keep falling into the cusp of being realistically out of the hunt for a playoff spot.
It helps that they are in a weak division, and the series against St. Louis represents yet another chance to stay in contention.
Losing Wednesday hurt in more than one way. It not only extended Pittsburgh's losing streak and came against a division opponent ahead in the standings, but it led to a downcast postgame clubhouse.
"We wanted to win this one bad," starting and losing pitcher Gerrit Cole said.
At 21-23 within the division, the Pirates need wins in the series just as badly. Of course, St. Louis needs the victories, too.
St. Louis veteran Adam Wainwright (12-5, 4.87 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener Thursday.
Wainwright has dealt with some elbow soreness and skipped his between-starts bullpen session but is expected to take his normal turn in the rotation after he played catch Tuesday with no problem.
On Friday, the soreness kept Wainwright from throwing a pitch 90 mph or more, and he didn't have a strikeout, but it didn't stop him from posting his fifth win in as many decisions. He gave up one run on four hits in five innings during an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Wainwright, who is four strikeouts from reaching 100 for the eighth time in his career, likened the pain to what he felt in 2014.
"A little inflamed area in my joint," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In '14, it was a couple of weeks, and I had it one time earlier this year, and it was gone after one start."
Wainwright is 13-7 with a 4.11 ERA in 34 career games (29 starts) against the Pirates, including 6-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) at PNC Park.
For Pittsburgh, Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.50) will be looking for his third straight quality start Thursday after he allowed a total of 17 earned runs in two starts.
On Friday, Taillon allowed two runs in six-plus innings and struck out seven in a 4-2 win at Toronto. He will be looking to get above .500 at home, where he is 3-3 in nine starts.
Taillon is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:05:52 PM EST|