Looking to buy their starting pitchers some
01-29-2019, 08:01 AM,
Looking to buy their starting pitchers some
rest during the final three weeks of the season Yonder Alonso Jersey , the St. Louis Cardinals have opted for a six-man rotation on this turn through it.The sixth man goes Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Busch Stadium, where St. Louis tries for a series sweep and to solidify its postseason position.Rookie Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1, 2.67 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals, who moved three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League’s second wild card spot Tuesday night. They routed Pittsburgh 11-5 while Los Angeles continued its season-long pratfall against Cincinnati, losing 3-1 to fall to 0-6 against the Reds.Article continues below ...Poncedeleon will make his first big league appearance against the Pirates and his fourth start in 10 big league games. His last start was Sept. 1, when he retired the first 10 Cincinnati batters he faced and then didn’t get another out in a 4-0 loss, allowing five hits and three runs.Manager Mike Shildt has sought to juggle the zero-sum mentality of a pennant race with not overworking young starters such as Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber and John Gant. Hence the insertion of Poncedeleon, who in his first major league game fired seven no-hit innings at Cincinnati on July 23.“It’s a balancing act of rest, who we’re playing and looking at the total schedule and making sure we’re putting our best foot forward http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey ,” Shildt said to mlb.com.With an 81-64 record, including a 34-18 mark under Shildt, St. Louis has certainly done that. Its latest win allowed the Cardinals to pull within 1 1/2 games of Milwaukee, a 3-0 loser at the Chicago Cubs, for the first NL wild card spot.The Cardinals remain 3 1/2 games behind Chicago for first place in the NL Central.St. Louis used an offensive explosion over the last three innings to break open a 2-1 game. Its six-run eighth eliminated suspense from the equation, a welcome change from a spate of back-and-forth games that had marked its last eight games.Tyler O’Neill highlighted the eighth with a three-run, 457-foot homer to left-center, the team’s third-longest blast of the year.“We’ve been on such an incredible run since Shildt took over,” O’Neill said. “We’ve got the playoffs in our sights.”All Pittsburgh (71-73) has in its sights is the opportunity to play spoiler over its last 18 games. It will turn to Jameson Taillon (12-9, 3.40) in an attempt to avoid being swept.Taillon hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in 10 straight starts Bradley Zimmer Jersey , going 6-2 in that span and registering eight quality starts.He notched a 3-2 victory Sept. 5 against Cincinnati, scattering eight hits over five innings and allowing one run with no walks and six strikeouts. Taillon has pitched well in seven career starts against the Cardinals, going 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA and fanning 42 hitters over 40 1/3 innings.“He’s got a determination and focus that’s real,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said to mlb.com of Taillon. “He’s got a great recall of what he wants to do. He’s got some history in the league now.” CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price visited a hand specialist on Thursday, and manager Alex Cora said he isn’t sure when the left-hander will make his next start.Price was hit on his left wrist by a line drive in the third inning of Wednesday night’s 14-6 win against Miami at Fenway Park. Cora said Price is OK, but he doesn’t know if he’ll take his turn in the rotation next week in Atlanta.“We’ll see how he feels the next few days and then we’ll go from there,” Cora said.Price, who turned 33 on Sunday, stayed behind in Boston to see the doctor while the rest of the team hit the road for the opener of a four-game series against the White Sox. But Cora said Price was on his way to Chicago.“He texted me last night and was in good spirits,” Cora said.Price is 14-6 with a 3.60 ERA in his first 26 starts for the AL East-leading Red Sox.Cora said he isn’t sure who will pitch against the Braves if Price is unavailable. He mentioned Hector Velazquez as a possibility http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey , or the Red Sox could opt for one of their promotions when major league rosters expand on Saturday.Boston also is missing ace lefty Chris Sale, who is on the disabled list with mild shoulder inflammation. Sale played catch Thursday for the fourth straight day.“We have a plan,” Cora said. “It all started already with playing catch and like I’ve been telling everybody back home, we’ll use him when he’s ready, but we do believe he’s going to be stretched out. When he has to pitch, if this happens, he’s going to be ready to go full blast.”Cora also said Mitch Moreland is feeling better after the All-Star first baseman missed Wednesday’s victory because of a bruised left knee. Moreland was out of the lineup against Chicago, but was available off the bench.
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