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  • GDT: Cards @ Florida, 6:05pm Central

    If you're attending Monday night's Cardinals-Marlins game at Dolphins Stadium, be sure to arrive early. If you're just settling into your seats 20 minutes after first pitch, it could be the third inning already.
    Two of the National League's best pitchers square off in the opener of a three-game series, as Chris Carpenter toes the rubber for St. Louis while A.J. Burnett hurls for the homestanding Marlins. The two right-handers both rank among the league leaders in strikeouts, but they're also both in the top 10 in groundball/flyball ratio. Put simply, it won't be a fun night for hitters.

    Carpenter is trying to become the Majors' first 19-game winner, and the first Cardinal to reach that total since Matt Morris in 2001. He's won 10 straight decisions, and the Cardinals have won the last 13 times he's taken the mound. Carpenter is undefeated on the road this year, and no National League team has beaten him anywhere since a May 29 loss to Washington at Busch Stadium.

    Burnett, however, is one of the few pitchers even breathing the same rarefied air as Carpenter in recent weeks. He's 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA in August. A pitcher who has had some control problems in the past, Burnett's walk rate has improved dramatically the last two years.

    Pitching matchup
    STL: RHP Chris Carpenter
    • 18-4, 2.34 ERA in 2005
    • 1-0, 1.00 ERA vs. FLA in 2005

    FLA: RHP A.J. Burnett
    • 12-7, 2.90 ERA in 2005
    • 1-0, 3.52 ERA vs. STL in 2005

    Player to watch
    The Cardinals will be counting on Albert Pujols to deliver the power that they lacked at RFK Stadium over the weekend. Pujols has two homers and a double in 15 career at-bats against Burnett.

    Quotable
    "You don't win with home runs. You don't win every time with the big ball. You need the bunt, you need the hit-and-run, you need the steal. Those are the little things that helped us win 105 games last year and those are the little things that are helping us this year to win some games and separate ourselves a little from the other teams." -- Pujols

    On the Internet
    MLB.TV
    Gameday Audio
    • Gameday
    • Official game notes

    On television
    • STL: FSN Midwest
    • FLA: PAX

    On radio
    • STL: KMOX 1120
    • FLA: WQAM 560, WQBA 1140 (Español)

    Quick hits
    The Cardinals have won 26 series this season, lost eight and split eight. ... David Eckstein is 12-for-30 (.400) on the Cardinals' current road trip with five extra-base hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored. He's slugging .667 on the trip. ... Pujols' next RBI will give him 100 for the fifth straight season. ... Since the start of July, Jim Edmonds has 41 walks and 39 base hits.

    On deck
    • Tuesday: at Marlins, 6:05 p.m. CT
    • Wednesday: at Marlins, 6:05 p.m. CT
    • Friday: at Astros, 7:05 p.m. CT
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    Final score: 9-8.
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    • #3
      Time for a Carpenter shutout.
      You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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      • #4
        This game's not going to get played, is it? Aren't they getting hurricane rain?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Aug 29 2005, 03:53 PM
          This game's not going to get played, is it? Aren't they getting hurricane rain?
          They play in south Florida, not north Florida. There is just some scattered storms around the southern area now.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Guppy+Aug 29 2005, 02:57 PM-->
            QUOTE(Guppy @ Aug 29 2005, 02:57 PM)

          • #7
            Stuff to know about the Marlins:

            Carlos Delgado and Albert Pujols go into this series tied for the most errors at first base. Each has committed 11. Lyle Overbay is the next closest with just seven. Delgado’s .989 fielding percentage is the worst in the league at this position. Albert is next to last in FP at 1B (.992).

            The Marlins have two other error leaders in their lineup. Alex Gonzalez leads all NL shortstops with 15 and Paul Lo Duca leads the catchers with seven.

            Miguel Cabrera is last among left-fielders in Fielding Percentage (.974) and Zone Rating (.825) and second worst in Range Factor (1.63 – Todd Hollandsworth is last at 1.53). Again, there’s a lot to criticize about defensive stats, but if you’re at the bottom in all of them, then maybe that’s an indication.

            Delgado is also tied with Cabrera for the team lead in strikeouts. Each has whiffed 103 times already this season.

            Luis Castillo has stolen 30 or more bases four times and has stolen at least 20 for six straight seasons. He has only 8 so far in 2005 – and has been tossed out 6 times. Since the All-Star Break, he has only attempted twice (successful once). A gimpy quad has kept him out of the lineup a lot in the second half and curbed his aggressiveness when he has been in there.

            Castillo also has just 8 RBIs in 164 at bats in his home ballpark.

            Juan Pierre had 24 stolen bases at the All-Star break (24-7). He has 22 since (22-7).

            More about Cabrera: One of the best hitters in the league, and having a great season, Cabrera comes into this series less than torrid. In his last 7 games, Miguel is hitting just .250 with no home runs. One reason the Marlins have scored only 26 runs in those seven games. They have only two home runs during that span.

            In the first series between these clubs, Damion Easley was just 1-10 and Mike Lowell was just 1-14. In each case, the one hit was a home run.

            Tonight’s starter, AJ Burnett (who we’ve run afoul of before) has been Florida’s best pitcher since the All-Star break (7-2, 2.14 ERA).

            Among the pitchers, the starters get all of the ink, but Todd Jones has been almost air-tight at the back of the Marlin’s bullpen. He’s saved 31 of 33 with a 1.07 ERA (0.52 at home!). In 59 innings, he’s surrendered one home run. Opponents are hitting just .204 against him – and slugging just .257.
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            • #8
              Good information as always.

              Thanks joe!

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              • #9
                according to FSN's pregame show, both the Cowboys and Rams considered drafting Clarett as early as the 4th round.

                This is very interesting seeing as Clarett was taken with the last pick of the 3rd round.
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                • #10
                  Dan & Al: Omar Oliveras did the show bunt, get a dinger in CIN like 12 years ago...

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                  • #11
                    On the right side of the field, there is ABSOLUTELY no one there.

                    What a shame. Move that team to Vegas.
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by lasvegasreb@Aug 29 2005, 06:09 PM
                      On the right side of the field, there is ABSOLUTELY no one there.

                      What a shame. Move that team to Portland.
                      The noise was good, but I thought they phoned in a lot of the funk.

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                      • #13
                        Eck w/a single, Walker w/a single, Poohose out on strikes, Jimmy Eyeliner hits into a FC, Walker out @ 2nd. 2-2 on John R.
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                        • #14
                          methinks John swung at ball three.
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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by stlredman@Aug 29 2005, 06:22 PM
                            methinks John swung at ball three.
                            yup, he got away w/that one.

                            Unbelievable, bases full & no runs to show for it....let's concede the Central!
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