Showing posts with label Michael Wacha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Wacha. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Preview: Game 71 - Mets at Cards - Niese vs Wacha

Preview: Game 71
New York Mets (31-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (38-32)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.53 ERA vs Michael Wacha (4-5) 2.88 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:15 PM


The St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff tends to thrive against NL East teams at Busch Stadium.

Giving the ball to Michael Wacha could keep that success going.

Unbeaten at home, Wacha looks to lead the Cardinals to a fifth straight win Tuesday night against the scuffling New York Mets.

St. Louis (38-32) is 21-3 at home against NL East teams over the past two seasons, thanks mostly to a 2.13 ERA. The staff has been even better while winning six of seven meetings this year, compiling a 1.71 ERA.

Winners in seven of eight, the Cardinals have won four straight with a series sweep of Washington at home before beating New York 6-2 on Monday.

Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) is 7-0 with a 1.61 ERA over his last 10 home starts, including last fall's NL championship series. He's made seven starts in St. Louis this season and has compiled a 1.42 ERA while winning his only decision over his past three games.

Wacha is 0-5 with a 3.40 ERA in seven road starts, and he's given up seven runs in 11 innings while losing his last two. He allowed four runs and four walks in five innings of a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Wacha has split both of his starts against the Mets (31-39) with a 3.60 ERA, but this will be the first time he faces them at Busch Stadium.

Allen Craig is hitting .384 in his last 21 meetings against East foes, and he's 8 for 15 with two doubles and four RBIs over the past four. That includes doubling on one of his three hits while driving in two runs Monday.

Matt Adams is 6 for 15 with three homers and six RBIs in four games since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list May 31. The first baseman had two hits and two RBIs Monday, scoring Craig on a triple.

The Cardinals have won 13 of 17 home meetings with the Mets, who are batting .210 while averaging 2.9 runs during a 3-10 stretch.

They mustered five hits Monday after manager Terry Collins batted starting pitcher Jacob deGrom eighth. He said he has "no idea" if he'll try that Tuesday.

Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54) -- a career .156 hitter -- is all too familiar with the Mets' offensive shortcomings. The left-hander has compiled a 2.22 ERA over his last four starts, but he doesn't have a record since he's been backed by seven total runs.

He had another strong effort wasted Thursday, allowing one run with a season-high eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-1, 13-inning loss to Milwaukee.

Niese has a 1.35 ERA while winning three straight starts against the Cardinals. He allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory April 23, and permitted two runs in 7 1/3 innings in his only career appearance at Busch Stadium on May 16, 2013.

The Current Cardinals Hitters Combined are batting .321 (26 for 81) vs Niese. Yadier Molina is batting .385 (5 for 13) off Niese.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Preview: Game 21 - St Louis Cardinals (12-9) at New York Mets (10-10) - Wacha (2-1) vs Niese (0-2)

Preview: Game 21
St Louis Cardinals (12-9) at New York Mets (10-10)
Pitching Probables - Michael Wacha (2-1) 1.73 ERA vs Jon Niese (0-2) 2.84 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


A day after Adam Wainwright suffered a hyperextended right knee, Michael Wacha will try to continue his impressive start to his first full season in the majors Wednesday night against the New York Mets.

St. Louis (12-9) was second in the majors last year with a 3.42 ERA from its rotation. The Cardinals have picked up where they left off, as their 2.20 ERA in 2014 ranks only behind Atlanta's 1.50.

They've been even better over the past nine games, compiling a 0.79 ERA while limiting opponents to a .175 batting average.

Wainwright has been a big part of that, throwing 16 scoreless innings over his past two starts. His latest, though, was cut short following the seventh inning after he awkwardly tried to field a ball in Tuesday's 3-0 win over New York (10-10).

Turning to Wacha (2-1, 1.73 ERA) could result in another strong effort on the mound. The right-hander, last year's NL championship series MVP, has allowed no more than one earned run in three of four starts this season with 25 strikeouts and only three walks.

Wacha, though, could use some help from his teammates since he's been backed by eight total runs. He pitched well enough to win Friday, allowing three runs -- one earned -- with seven strikeouts in seven innings while the Cardinals committed three errors and had five hits in a 3-1 defeat at Washington.

Wacha won his only career start against the Mets, allowing two runs in six innings of a 9-2 road victory June 11.

Jon Jay and Matt Holliday are looking for another strong performance at the plate after they totaled five hits and three RBIs on Tuesday.

That came a day after they went 0 for 7 in a 2-0 loss to open this four-game set.

Despite his performance Tuesday, Jay is 3 for 19 in five games at Citi Field. However, he's 3 for 8 with a double against Jonathon Niese, Wednesday's scheduled starter.

The Mets are 4-7 at home, thanks largely to a .184 average while scoring 2.9 runs per game.

Curtis Granderson is a major culprit, batting .089 with 16 strikeouts at home this season and hitless in his last 22 at-bats overall.

Niese (0-2, 2.84) will be looking for some help from the bats after yielding one run with seven strikeouts in six innings Friday while the offense was one-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta.

He's been backed by five total runs through three outings. However, the left-hander has gotten an average of 7.3 over five career starts against the Cardinals, and he's 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:
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