2016 Game 34: Cardinals at Angels

5-12-16

GAME PREVIEW

St. Louis Cardinals (18-16, 3rd NL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (13-20, T-3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 69F, Wind SW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.30 ERA)

Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 27, 2016 (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 27, 2016 (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Wainwright brings an uncharacteristicly high ERA of 6.30 on the season into this game, but that number is mostly the result of a rough 2-start stretch on April 10 & 16 in which he surrendered 12 earned runs over 10 1/3 innings. Since then he has rounded into classic Wainwright form and the Cards have won each of his last three starts. His last time out was Saturday against Pittsburgh and in that game he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 1/3 innings and retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced. Wainwright took a no-decision, but the Cards won the game 6-4.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (3-1, 4.72 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on April 26, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium on April 26, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

After going through something of a rough stretch in his previous two outings – giving up 11 runs on 20 hits over 11 innings against Kansas City and Milwaukee – Weaver bounced back nicely Saturday against Tampa Bay. In that game he gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking none over 6 innings. The Angels went on to lose the game 4-2.

Game Notes

  • With a home run in this series, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will become one of nine active players to hit one against all 30 Major League teams. Pujols logged just one hit in his first 14 at-bats of the homestand and has been among several¬†Angels players scuffling at the plate.¬†“If you look at some internal stats and start to really dig deep into what Albert’s doing, he’s hitting the ball very hard,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “There’s not a lot of luck to show with it, but everything you would look at, from exit velocity to just where balls have gone, he’s hitting the ball well.”
  • Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez was originally in line to start Thursday. Martinez, who is 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA this season, left his last outing early due to fatigue as he’s been dealing with an upper respiratory illness. Due to St. Louis’ off-day on Monday, manager Mike Matheny was able to move Wainwright up on normal rest.
  • While Wainwright has had his struggles on the mound, he’s been having success at the plate. Though he won’t be able to hit Thursday due to the designated hitter, Wainwright had an extra-base hit in each of his previous three starts.

Starting Lineups

St. Louis

  1. 3B-Matt Carpenter – .260
  2. RF-Stephen Piscotty – .323
  3. DH-Matt Holliday – .243
  4. 1B-Matt Adams – .266
  5. C-Yadier Molina – .325
  6. LF-Jeremy Hazelbaker – .282
  7. CF-Randal Grichuk – .212
  8. 2B-Kolten Wong – .211
  9. SS-Aledmys Diaz – .382

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .298
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .303
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .185
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .192
  6. 1B-C.J. Cron – .263
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .197
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .159
  9. SS-Cliff Pennington – .182

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 21-13 (.618)
  2. Texas: 20-15 (.571) – 1.5 GB
  3. Houston: 14-21 (.400) – 7.5 GB
  4. Oakland: 14-21 (.400) – 7.5 GB
  5. Angels: 13-20 (.394) – 7.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston @ Boston – 4:10pm PT
  • Seattle – OFF
  • Texas – OFF
  • Oakland – OFF

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