|ST LOUIS ( GANT )|
PITTSBURGH ( TAILLON )
|955||ST LOUIS||+105||Ov 8.5,-125||-105||Ov 9,+105|
|956||PITTSBURGH||-115||Un 8.5,+105||-105||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-58||-6.6||64-52||4.8||0.263||0.333||0.418||0.752||4.4||0.259||0.320||0.405||0.725|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||5.6||0.276||0.354||0.448||0.802||5.1||0.273||0.347||0.416||0.763|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-61||-6.2||43-66||4.1||0.248||0.311||0.387||0.698||4.3||0.259||0.318||0.417||0.735|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||2-5||3.3||0.220||0.272||0.335||0.606||3.6||0.233||0.328||0.397||0.725|
|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)||6-11||L||105||8 un||O||9||6||0||14||8||2|
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||11-6||W||-115||8 un||O||14||8||2||9||6||0|
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ 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 turn to Gant in series finale versus Pirates|
PITTSBURGH -- St. Louis, clawing to get into the playoffs and trying to improve to 6-1-1 in its most recent eight series, will turn to John Gant on Sunday.
Gant, a sinkerballer, will be making his first start as a Cardinal player and first in the majors this season when St. Louis (81-73) plays the rubber match of a three-game series against also-ran Pittsburgh (70-85) at PNC Park.
The Pirates did a little spoiling Saturday night with an 11-6 victory, breaking the Cardinals' four-game winning streak and leaving them a half-game behind second-place Milwaukee and five behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.
The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games behind Colorado for the final NL wild-card spot.
Sunday will be St. Louis' last road game of the regular season.
Gant (0-0, 3.86 ERA) earned the promotion to this start -- with Jack Flaherty going to the bullpen -- after three solid relief appearances.
"I'm just going to go make the start and do my best," Gant told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'm not approaching it any different kind of way. I'm just going to go play baseball.
"I feel pretty loose. I feel comfortable going the distance -- whatever that may be."
Wednesday at Cincinnati, he pitched two scoreless innings in his most recent relief appearance.
"The ball's coming out good and I've been making some good pitches," the 25-year-old told the Post-Dispatch.
"It's nice being here in the playoff push, but it's still just baseball," he said. "I'm here to take some pressure off some of the other guys by picking up some innings and to do whatever I'm asked to do. I want to contribute any way I can to help this team win and to find a way into the playoffs."
Gant broke into the majors with Atlanta last season before being acquired by the Cardinals in the offseason for left-hander Jaime Garcia. He was recalled from Triple-A Memphis as part of the general roster expansion Sept. 1. His last start was Aug. 27 for Memphis, when he allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Against the Pirates, Gant is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career relief appearances.
Gant will square off against Pittsburgh right-hander and fellow 25-year-old Jameson Taillon (7-7, 4.73 ERA). Taillon has had an up-and-down season and it seemed to be showing the later in the season it got.
He is 2-5 with a 6.86 ERA since the All-Star break and hasn't had a win since Aug. 11 at Toronto.
Then, earlier this month, he had his turn in the lineup skipped. That gave him a boost, even if the results weren't great immediately.
In his first start after the 10-day layoff, Taillon allowed two runs in five-plus innings with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
"I actually thought I did pretty well, definitely an encouraging step in the right direction, which is what I'm looking for at the end of the year," Taillon said.
"The season's coming to a close. I'm just looking to trend in the right direction."
Taillon is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 1:21:53 PM EST|