|ST LOUIS ( LYNN )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|901||ST LOUIS||-110||Ov 8,+100||-115||Ov 8,-115|
|902||PITTSBURGH||+100||Un 8,-120||+105||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-57||-5.6||63-52||4.8||0.263||0.334||0.418||0.752||4.4||0.258||0.319||0.403||0.722|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||5.0||0.272||0.351||0.439||0.790||4.7||0.251||0.320||0.379||0.699|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-61||-7.2||42-66||4.1||0.247||0.310||0.385||0.694||4.3||0.260||0.318||0.418||0.735|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.2||1-6||2.0||0.191||0.238||0.293||0.532||3.3||0.238||0.340||0.435||0.775|
|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)||8-5||W||-190||9 ov||O||14||12||1||11||9||0|
|9/22/2017||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||4-3||W||-150||8.5 ev||U||11||10||1||5||5||2|
|9/23/2017||LYNN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||GANT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||WEAVER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||WACHA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|9/9/2017||KUHL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||3-4||L||175||8 un||U||7||8||1||4||5||1|
|9/10/2017||NOVA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||0-7||L||145||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|9/11/2017||BRAULT(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||7-0||W||155||9 ev||U||9||6||0||3||4||1|
|9/12/2017||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||2-5||L||110||8.5 ov||U||6||7||1||8||6||0|
|9/13/2017||GLASNOW(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||2-8||L||150||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||12||9||2|
|9/15/2017||KUHL(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-4||L||110||9.5 ov||U||7||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/16/2017||NOVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||1-2||L||130||9.5 ov||U||6||5||0||4||2||0|
|9/17/2017||COLE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)||2-5||L||-110||9 ov||U||3||4||0||4||5||0|
|9/22/2017||NOVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-4||L||+140||8.5 ev||U||5||5||2||11||10||1|
|9/23/2017||COLE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||TAILLON(R)||ST LOUIS||GANT(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||BRAULT(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||NOVA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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 look to continue their fun vs. Pirates|
PITTSBURGH -- Tension? What tension?
The St. Louis Cardinals are having a blast as they make a push for a playoff spot.
The Cardinals look to continue enjoying their pursuit of a playoff spot Saturday night when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of a three-game series.
"It's been a lot of fun. It's a fun stretch right now," starter Michael Wacha said Friday after he watched his teammates score twice in the ninth to get a 4-3 victory Friday.
Jedd Gyorko delivered the tying single as a pinch hitter and Randal Grichuk scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer.
"It just seems this team never gives up and we're always in it," Wacha said. "We've been playing some hard games on this road trip."
But not all against great opponents.
The Cardinals (81-72) got swept in three games by the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs to start the trip, then swept last place Cincinnati before opening the series against a team in the Pirates (69-85) that's nearly as bad as the Reds.
St. Louis moved into second place in the division, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee, and remains five games behind the Cubs. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games the Colorado for the second NL wild card spot.
"We're starting to play really well right now at crunch time," Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong said.
A pair of 11-win right-handed starters will face off Saturday, St. Louis' Lance Lynn (11-7, 3.09 ERA) and Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole (11-11, 4.13 ERA).
Lynn was cruising with 11 quality starts in 12 outings until his past two. He did not get past the fifth in either.
His last time out, Lynn got a no-decision Sunday against the Cubs when he went four innings and allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in a game the Cardinals later came back to win.
Lynn is 7-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 22 appearances (20 starts) against the Pirates. He is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts vs. Pittsburgh this season.
In Cole's most recent start, a Pirates 5-2 loss Sunday against Cincinnati, he allowed just three hits, but four runs, in five-plus innings, with four walks and six strikeouts. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the sixth, then got pulled after he gave up a walk, a homer, another walk and another homer.
Even with the season winding down, Cole is still evaluating and looking for answers.
"Try to take the good, I guess," Cole said. "There's more work to be done," "Try to figure out what changed in the sixth, what was out of my control; what was in my control and how I can improve from that."
Cole has gotten just five runs of offensive support over his past five starts, totaling 32 innings.
At PNC Park, he is 0-3 over his past seven starts, with his last win at home coming June 13 against Colorado.
Against the Cardinals, he is 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 13 career starts, including 1-1 in three starts this season.
|Last Updated: 3/17/2018 5:27:02 PM EST|