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    There's an article at http://www.cnnsi.com with this title. Of course, it's an 'extra' article, meaning for subscribers only.

    Can anyone come through and post that article here?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Originally posted by bigrich35clover@Aug 25 2005, 07:10 AM
    There's an article at http://www.cnnsi.com with this title. Of course, it's an 'extra' article, meaning for subscribers only.

    Can anyone come through and post that article here?

    Thanks!

    Never mind, my boys at insideStl hooked me up.


    Thanks for playing!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bigrich35clover+Aug 25 2005, 11:10 AM-->
      QUOTE(bigrich35clover @ Aug 25 2005, 11:10 AM)

    • #4
      Originally posted by Fred Garvin+Aug 25 2005, 09:11 AM-->
      QUOTE(Fred Garvin @ Aug 25 2005, 09:11 AM)
      Originally posted by [email protected] 25 2005, 11:10 AM

    • #5
      Here it is........

      The Cardinals are on pace to finish with baseball's best record for the second straight year, but they enter the home stretch not with the strut of a lounging division leader but with the limp of a club hit hard by injuries. The latest blow came on Sunday when All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen, who had played in only 56 games because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder, announced that he would have season-ending surgery as early as this week.

      "Fifty percent of our lineup has missed a significant amount of time," St. Louis general manager Walt Jocketty said last Saturday, citing lengthy stints on the disabled list by Rolen, outfielders Larry Walker and Reggie Sanders and catcher Yadier Molina.

      Indeed, despite the injuries the Cardinals (78-46 at week's end) have cruised in the otherwise lackluster National League Central and held a 12-game lead over the Astros. Manager Tony La Russa had used 105 lineups in the team's first 124 games, but St. Louis has been rescued by a trio of hot-hitting and overachieving reserves who were pressed into regular duty: outfielders So Taguchi (a .352 average from July 17) and John Mabry (.275 average since June 1) and third baseman Abraham Nuñez (.322 average and 32 runs scored since May).

      Though productive, La Russa's patchwork lineup is a far cry from last year's offensive juggernaut, which led the league in runs scored (5.3), hitting (.278) and slugging percentage (.460). "The offense was so scary [last season] with how they could terrorize you with that lineup," says one NL executive. "But without Rolen and with questions about how Walker and Sanders are going to hold up, they do seem like they'd be more vulnerable [in the playoffs]."

      Jocketty thinks that Walker, who returned to the lineup last week after a monthlong absence because of a herniated disk in his neck, and Sanders, who suffered a broken right fibula on July 15 and is expected back in early September, can be "near 100 percent" by the end of the regular season. But Jocketty admits that the 38-year-old Walker's durability is of particular concern.

      As the G.M. in St. Louis since October 1994, Jocketty has an impressive record of mid- and late-season acquisitions, including Mark McGwire ('97), Will Clark (2000), Rolen ('02) and, in a deal with the Rockies last August, Walker. But this season the market is flooded with buyers seeking to bolster their chances of making the postseason. Thus Jocketty, despite his desire to add a top hitter, expects the Aug. 31 deadline for postseason eligibility to pass without making a deal. "We've got guys coming off the disabled list who are better than anyone out there right now who we can add," he says.

      The Cardinals take comfort in a rotation that's superior to the one they possessed last October, when they were ingloriously swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. Righthander Chris Carpenter (17-4, 2.29 ERA at week's end) and lefty Mark Mulder (14-6, 3.87 ERA) are a pair of aces that slugging St. Louis didn't have in the 2004 postseason. (Carpenter was out with a right biceps strain; Mulder was acquired from the A's in the off-season.) "We like our pitching a lot," says Jocketty. "Now we need to get our every-day players healthy -- and keep them healthy."
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      • #6
        Thanks "F"...
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        • #7
          A little late, what did you do, copy it from the insideStl forum?

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          • #8
            Originally posted by bigrich35clover@Aug 25 2005, 10:30 AM
            A little late, what did you do, copy it from the insideStl forum?
            How many times can one person mention insideStl in one thread? We shall see.

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            • #9
              People pay for stuff like that? What's "inside" about "Cards struggling through injuries with improved bench and rotation". JJ.

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              • #10
                Originally posted by jack jones@Aug 25 2005, 10:03 AM
                People pay for stuff like that? What's "inside" about "Cards struggling through injuries with improved bench and rotation". JJ.
                ++

                The fact is, we're not limping at all. We're winning, and we're getting guys back. Mulder and Morris seem to be getting their act together, and Carpenter is still pretty much unbeatable. Molina, Walker and Sanders are extremely well rested.

                Last year we limped down the stretch. My prediction is that the prison rapers are going to be making a return from about Sept. 7-8 on. Last year's team, it seemed to me, was pleased with the surprising season and happy to be there. This year's team has had its eye on the prize all along.

                I should start my own "insider" newsletter.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by bigrich35clover@Aug 25 2005, 10:30 AM
                  A little late, what did you do, copy it from the insideStl forum?

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by bigrich35clover@Aug 25 2005, 11:30 AM
                    A little late, what did you do, copy it from the insideStl forum?
                    how about this:

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by hansolo+Aug 25 2005, 12:19 PM-->
                      QUOTE(hansolo @ Aug 25 2005, 12:19 PM)

                    • #14
                      Originally posted by bigrich35clover+Aug 25 2005, 01:36 PM-->
                      QUOTE(bigrich35clover @ Aug 25 2005, 01:36 PM)
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 25 2005, 12:19 PM

                    • #15
                      Originally posted by TripMcNeely+Aug 25 2005, 03:43 PM-->
                      QUOTE(TripMcNeely @ Aug 25 2005, 03:43 PM)
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 25 2005, 01:36 PM
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 25 2005, 12:19 PM
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