Seattle Mariners (65-81) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (85-61)
Friday, September 13, 7:15 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
12-6, 2.97 ERA
The 32-year-old right-hander has emerged as one of the American League's top starters in his second season in the Majors. The Mariners are being cautious with his innings, however, as he's just five shy of his career-high 201 2/3 in Japan.
Adam Wainwright, RHP
16-9, 3.03 ERA
Wainwright shook off any residual rust from his back-to-back poor outings against the Reds to two-hit the Pirates on Saturday. He fanned eight in seven frames, moving to second on the Cardinals' all-time list with 1,103 strikeouts.
Saturday, September 14, 6:15 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
James Paxton, LHP
1-0, 1.50 ERA
Paxton was strong in his MLB debut last Saturday, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings against the Rays. The lanky lefty was hitting 96-97 mph with his fastball and mixing in a big curve that improved as the game progressed.
Michael Wacha, RHP
3-0, 2.72 ERA
Wacha turned in another impressive performance Sunday, limiting the Bucs to two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings. The rookie right-hander has yet to allow a run in his two starts since rejoining the rotation.
Sunday, September 15, 1:15 PM CDT, Busch Stadium
Erasmo Ramirez, RHP
5-1, 4.57 ERA
Ramirez threw six-plus scoreless innings on four hits in his last outing but took a no-decision against the Rays. The 23-year-old missed the first three months with an elbow issue but has a 2.27 ERA in his past five starts.
Shelby Miller, RHP
13-9, 3.05 ERA
Miller tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Brewers his last time out, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning four. It was Miller's seventh scoreless start of five innings or more and 12th quality start this season.
NATIONAL W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Pittsburgh* 85 61 .582 - 46-25 39-36 571 526 +45 Won 4 6-4
St. Louis* 85 61 .582 - 46-26 39-35 700 549 +151 Lost 1 6-4
Cincinnati 83 64 .565 - 48-26 35-38 633 534 +99 Won 1 7-3
Washington 77 69 .527 5.5 40-31 37-38 589 581 +8 Won 6 8-2
Arizona 73 72 .503 9 40-31 33-41 605 611 -6 Won 1 4-6
TEAM W L GB RS RA
Pittsburgh 85 61 - 571 526
St. Louis 85 61 - 700 549
Cincinnati 83 64 2.5 633 534
Milwaukee 63 82 21.5 569 635
Chicago Cubs 62 84 23 566 618
Sep 12 Craig (foot) received a positive re-evaluation Thursday but remains without a timetable for a return, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
(sprained foot) left the Sept. 4 game. X-rays showed a sprain, not a break. There is no timetable for his return.
(left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 26. Gast had season-ending surgery July 26, and he will need eight to 12 months of recovery time.
Sep 13 Garcia will continue his throwing program from 120 feet Friday and expects to throw off a mound during the Cardinals' final home stand of the season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
(left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 30. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum, and he underwent season-ending surgery May 24. He expects to begin throwing in late August.
Sep 12 Motte (elbow) threw for the first time since his Tommy John surgery four months ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
(muscle flexor strain in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 14. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 7.
Sep 9, Furcal (elbow) has thrown from 45 feet and expects to increase that distance in the coming weeks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
(Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 3. He is out for the season.
(nerve problem in right shoulder) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 22. He started a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield on July 15, then pitched for Triple-A Memphis on July 20. On July 23, he announced that he was shutting down his rehab due to numbness in his right hand. He told MLB.com on Aug. 5 he is not optimistic that he will pitch this year.
Aug 14 - From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that top prospect Oscar Taveras will undergo season-ending surgery next week to help the healing of his high right ankle sprain — an injury that has been bothering Taveras since May 12.
The Cardinals fully expect Taveras to be ready for the beginning of spring training next February in Jupiter, Florida and he could be the starting center fielder in St. Louis on Opening Day 2014.