|SAN DIEGO ( PERDOMO )|
ST LOUIS ( MARTINEZ )
|909||SAN DIEGO||+210||Ov 8.5,+100||+205||Ov 8,-105|
|910||ST LOUIS||-230||Un 8.5,-120||-225||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-50||+5.7||51-38||4.1||0.239||0.298||0.403||0.701||5.0||0.253||0.320||0.419||0.739|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||2-5||3.3||0.206||0.259||0.318||0.578||3.4||0.186||0.286||0.302||0.588|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-49||-7.7||54-40||4.8||0.266||0.335||0.420||0.755||4.5||0.262||0.323||0.411||0.735|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||4-3||6.1||0.291||0.352||0.506||0.858||6.9||0.296||0.362||0.514||0.876|
|8/10/2017||LAMET(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||3-10||L||130||8.5 ov||O||8||8||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||4-3||W||240||8 ov||U||7||5||0||8||10||0|
|8/12/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-6||L||225||8.5 ov||O||10||10||0||8||8||0|
|8/13/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||4-6||L||245||8.5 ev||O||5||3||1||5||2||1|
|8/15/2017||LAMET(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||8-4||W||-165||8 un||O||8||6||0||6||3||2|
|8/22/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||12-4||W||160||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||7||6||0|
|8/23/2017||CHACIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||2-6||L||170||8.5 ev||U||6||6||1||9||12||0|
|8/24/2017||PERDOMO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||LAMET(R)||@ MIAMI||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||RICHARD(L)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|8/28/2017||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||PERDOMO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||11-7||W||125||9 un||O||15||8||1||15||10||0|
|8/18/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||11-10||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||13||6||1||10||6||0|
|8/19/2017||WACHA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||4-6||L||-115||9 ev||O||7||4||1||12||8||0|
|8/20/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||NOVA(R)||3-6||L||-115||9.5 un||U||11||9||0||9||5||1|
|8/22/2017||LYNN(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||4-12||L||-170||8.5 ov||O||7||6||0||11||6||0|
|8/23/2017||WEAVER(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||6-2||W||-180||8.5 ev||U||9||12||0||6||6||1|
|8/24/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||WACHA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||LEAKE(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||LYNN(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Andy Green (second season)
Who's new? RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jered Weaver
Who's gone? RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Brandon Morrow, IF/OF Alexi Amarista, OF Jon Jay, OF Oswaldo Arcia, IF/OF Adam Rosales
Projected lineup: LF Travis Jankowski (.245, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 30 SB), CF Manuel Margot (.243, 0, 3 in 10 games), 1B Wil Myers (.259, 28, 94, 28), 3B Yangervis Solarte (.286, 15, 71), RF Hunter Renfroe (.371, 4, 14 in 11 games), 2B Ryan Schmipf (.217, 20, 51), C Austin Hedges (.125, 0, 1 in eight games), SS Luis Sardinas (.287, 2, 13)
Rotation: RH Jered Weaver (12-12, 5.06 ERA with Angels), RH Jhoulys Chacin (6-8, 4.81 with Angels and Braves), LH Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.52), RH Trevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74 with Cubs), LH Christian Friedrich (5-12, 4.80) or RH Luis Perdomo (9-10, 5.71)
Key relievers: RH Brandon Maurer (0-5, 4.52, 13/19 SV), RH Carter Capps (did not pitch - Tommy John surgery), LH Ryan Buchter (3-0, 2.86), LH Brad Hand (4-4, 2.92), RH Kevin Quackenbush (7-7, 3.92), LH Keith Hessler (1-0, 3.38 with Diamondbacks and Padres), RH Jarred Cosart (0-3, 6.03 with Marlins and Padres)
Hot spots: Bullpen. San Diego's version of a position battle is Green fighting the temptation to bench a young player in the middle of a long slump. Since the Padres are playing for next year anyway, watching bullpen roles shake out might be someone's version of fun. Maurer, the incumbent closer, blew six of 19 save opportunities last year. Hand and Buchter are a pair of workhorse lefties who wouldn't look out of place on a contending team. The wild card is Capps, who is healthy after missing all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery. A year before, he struck out 58 batters in 31 innings with the Marlins.
Outlook: Look up 'rebuilding team' in the dictionary. With only eight active players on the books for more than $1 million ' excluding the retained salaries of Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr. and several other former Padres ' San Diego will field MLB's lowest payroll. Theirs is the youngest roster in baseball too, with perhaps only two players who have turned 30 by Opening Day. Their best prospects are college-age kids in the low minors. So what's to like? Prospect watchers have been awaiting the arrival of Margot and Renfroe for years. The backup catcher, Christian Bethancourt, might pitch. Capps has an unusual delivery. The Padres also ran the bases aggressively under Green, and stolen bases are fun. How's that for a marketing slogan?
|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.
|Surging Wong leads Cardinals vs. Padres|
ST. LOUIS -- Overshadowed only somewhat by Luke Weaver's dominant pitching Wednesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres was what Kolten Wong did to ignite the offense.
Hitting leadoff for the night with first baseman Matt Carpenter laid up at home with a virus, Wong punched out three hits in five at-bats. He scored three runs and stole two bases in the eighth inning, setting up his final run.
That gave Wong a .314 average for the year, as well as a six-game hitting streak in which he has gone 10-for-22. He'll look to make it a seven-game run in Thursday night's series finale at Busch Stadium.
"It's just understanding the kind of hitter I am," he said of his success this year. "I hit it in the gaps and run. That works for me. I don't try to do too much. I just let the game come to me."
Wong's 24 doubles are just four off the team lead, which is impressive considering he has played in just 84 games due to injuries. His on-base percentage is a career-high .396, thanks to an improving eye, as he has drawn 29 walks and been hit by pitches 10 times.
"From Day 1, I've just told myself to have quality at-bats," he said.
Wong's defense has also improved -- after a shaky start that saw him leak errors, often after making the kind of great plays his range and arm make possible.
Aside from stranding 12 baserunners, there was a lot to like about St. Louis' effort Wednesday night. Thanks to Weaver's seven shutout innings, it ended a 12-game streak of allowing at least five runs.
Carlos Martinez (10-9, 3.57 ERA) will try to follow in Weaver's footsteps Thursday night. Martinez has won three straight starts, including an 11-10 decision Friday night in Pittsburgh that saw him pitch seven innings, allowing six hits, a walk and three runs while striking out four.
Martinez has faced San Diego six times in his career, three as a starter, going 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA. The one victory came last July in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Busch, a 4-2 verdict.
Former Cardinals farmhand Luis Perdomo (6-8, 4.93) gets the call for the Padres. Picked in the 2015 Rule V Draft, Perdomo will make his first career start against St. Louis. He pitched an inning against it last April and permitted three runs.
The sinker-balling righty is coming off a 7-1 loss Friday night to Washington at Petco Park, being tagged with six hits and five runs (three earned) over six innings. Perdomo's induced 22 double-play balls, fourth among all pitchers.
San Diego is hoping for a bit more control from its hurlers in this one. The Padres set a franchise record by hitting five batters Wednesday night, four by starter Jhoulys Chacin. They also issued six walks and threw a wild pitch.
"It was a fight from the beginning," San Diego manager Andy Green said of Chacin's outing. "There late, it was clearly a struggle."
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:26:59 PM EST|