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  • GDT - Brewers (Villanueva) @ Cardinals (Wainwright), 7:15 PM CDT, 4.16.08

    Cards aiming to post more zeros
    04/16/2008 1:55 AM ETBy Matthew Leach / MLB.com

    ST. LOUIS -- Peruse the best pitching staffs in the National League thus far, and a lot of the names are expected. The D-backs, with Dan Haren and Brandon Webb. The Padres, with Jake Peavy, Chris Young, and a pitcher-friendly ballpark. The Mets, with new acquisition Johan Santana.
    One name stands out, though. The Cardinals are second in the NL in ERA at 3.12. They're tied for the fewest total runs allowed, with 47. They're tied for the fewest runs per game, at 3.36. With a rotation that many considered patchwork at the start of the year, and a bullpen down one key member, the Redbirds are keeping runs off the board.
    As a result, they're winning games. St. Louis' 10-4 record is tied for the best in baseball. They'll try to keep up both trends on Wednesday night when they send their ace to the mound against one of the league's most dangerous lineups.
    In particular, the Cardinals' bullpen has been brilliant after a slow start. The group's ERA is a stingy 2.74, and it leads the league with seven saves. Jason Isringhausen has been outstanding in the ninth, Ryan Franklin has bounced back from a slow first week to be rock-solid in the eighth and rookie Kyle McClellan is emerging as a middle-inning force.
    "I would think that we should be right there," Franklin said. "Everybody kind of works into their roles. Obviously I kind of knew mine, but Kyle didn't know his. Now he kind of understands when he's got to get prepared. I think that helps a ton."
    The group got 12 outs on Tuesday, but the hope is it won't have to work so hard on Wednesday. With Wainwright taking the mound, ideally the relief corps will only need to pitch an inning or two. He's gone seven and eight innings in his first two starts of the year, and he went at least seven in 14 of his last 23 starts in 2007.
    Pitching matchup
    STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
    Wainwright's last outing was a strange one, with some hard-hit balls but six strikeouts and no walks. It ended with a loss, but the total picture for the Cardinals' No. 1 starter is very good so far: 10 strikeouts, one walk, one home run and a solid ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio. The Brewers are a good test for any pitcher, but he pitched solidly against them last year, going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts.
    MIL: RHP Carlos Villanueva (1-1, 4.76 ERA)
    Villanueva had no trouble at all with the top half of the Reds' potent batting order in his previous start. The bottom five hitters, however, gave him trouble. He worked three full turns through the Cincinnati order and the top four hitters combined to go 0-for-11 with a walk. But the Reds' bottom five combined to go 7-for-12 with four RBIs against Villanueva, with all four of the runs charged to the Brewers right-hander. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in eight career appearances against the Cards.
    Tidbits
    The Cardinals have a six-game home winning streak, their longest since moving into the current Busch Stadium. ... St. Louis has won its past seven home meetings with Milwaukee. ... Wainwright has not allowed more than four earned runs in a start since July 25, 2007. ... The Cardinals' 10-4 start is their best since 1982. ... Albert Pujols is 6-for-15 (.400) with two home runs against Villanueva.
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    Up next
    • Thursday: Cardinals (Kyle Lohse, 2-0, 1.04) vs. Brewers (Manny Parra, 1-1, 4.82), 12:15 p.m. CT
    • Friday: Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 1-0, 4.00) vs. Giants (Matt Cain, 0-1, 3.24), 7:15 p.m. CT
    • Saturday: Cardinals (Joel Pineiro, 0-1, 14.73) vs. Giants (Tim Lincecum, 2-0, 2.25), 12:10 p.m. CT
    Go Cards!


  • #2
    Lets Go Birds -

    And play with house money tomorrow.
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    • #3
      I am enjoying this team a lot.

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      • #4
        Great News - Everybody still thinks we suck.

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        Cardinals don't have the talent to sustain hot start
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        Posted: April 15, 2008



        ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers arrived Tuesday for a matchup of the top two teams in the National League Central. That's top two in terms of record, not in terms of potential. The 8-5 Brewers are about where they were expected to be. The 10-4 Cardinals are far north of where most experts predicted they would be. The experts were right. The Cardinals' early season surge, though impressive, won't last. The only reason to believe that is the players who are doing it. Look at their lineup. There are few on it you would want for your team other than Albert Pujols. Heck, there might be no one on it you could name other than Albert Pujols.

        Give the Cardinals credit. Give them lots of credit. They have been playing out of their heads for two weeks. A good chunk of their hot start came when Albert Pujols was slumping. Rick Ankiel looks like a solid starter; he's hitting .286 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Ryan Ludwick, getting regular playing time for the first time since his 2002 major league debut, is hitting .343 with three homers and 10 RBI. Kyle Lohse, a late spring addition, has started three games and given up just two runs in 17 1/3 innings. Jason Isringhausen, continuing last season's resurgence, is five of six in save situations.

        In the series opener -- which the Cardinals won 6-1 -- starter Braden Looper and relievers Kyle McClellan, Ryan Franklin and Anthony Reyes combined to limit the hard-hitting Brewers to one run on three hits.
        Granted, they had a somewhat easier time because Ryan Braun was benched. And the Cardinals wisely pitched around Prince Fielder -- he walked in all four of his plate appearances. On offense, the Cardinals ticked and tacked their way to six runs, which no doubt is the mark of a good team. They scored in four separate innings and had three RBIs with two out.
        The Cardinals believe they are very much for real. Manager Tony La Russa says the N.L. Central will soon emerge as a division full of good teams. "The team we're playing is one of those teams," he said. And really, La Russa would rather you think his team can't do it because it would be that much more rewarding. Winning is more fun when no one expects it.
        Of the team's hot start, La Russa says he simply wants to "enjoy the moment." He's been around too long to get caught up in these early season arguments. Ever the pragmatist, he says the team's pretty numbers are simply a distraction, and that what's important is playing good games.
        Second baseman Adam Kennedy did both -- he made nice plays (baserunning and defensively) and put up pretty numbers. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He says the team is not surprised by its hot start because it had a strong spring. "We've always thought we're for real," he says. "We have confidence in each other."
        St. Louis is off to its best start since 1982, and that club went on to win the World Series. The Cardinals have had far more talented teams that didn't start this well. Any manager will tell you, over the long haul, talent trumps luck, hot starts, try-hard, bad bounces, blown calls, everything. Eventually, the lack of big-time skill players will wear St. Louis down. Just keep this in mind -- the Cardinals will no more play 10-4 ball all season than the Tigers will play 4-10 ball all season. They are on a peak now. They will be in a valley eventually. They look like a team that belongs in the middle. And in the N.L. Central, that's not good enough.
        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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        • #5
          that article should be required reading for everyone on the team.
          Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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          • #6
            The key will be to get Chucky Newhouse's pitch count up early. He has a tendency to tire in the middle innings, and the Brewers bullpen is very hitter friendly.
            RIP Dave

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            • #7
              The 2008 Cardinal Baseball Season
              The True Fans Season

              This is not the season to
              Look to talking heads
              There still saying
              How the Cardinals are dead

              They have no names
              Everywhere except first
              And their pitching
              It’s absolutely the worst

              Despite being in first
              With a record of 10 – 4
              They’d have you believe
              These birds won’t soar.

              Well true fans live
              For seasons like this
              The heads won’t show up again
              Until winning is obvious

              Then bandwagons will form
              And people will clown
              It’s some kind of miracle
              What a lucky baseball town.

              Then true fans will laugh
              Because we knew it all along
              If you give this team a chance
              They will be strong.

              And all those die hard Bandwagon fans
              Will have missed the best part of the ride
              Winning is fun
              But not as much as the element of surprise.
              Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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              • #8
                Nice one Schwa, I likes. Fuck the Brew Crew.


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                • #9
                  ..........Good one Schwa....
                  I agree with Davhaf.....Kaiser March 9,2004

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                  • #10
                    I find it quite enjoyable that sports writers appear to be going out of their way in the first couple weeks of the season to tell everyone that the Cardinals can't hold up the whole season. As if anyone would be surprised if they didn't? Great stuff.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tarloin View Post
                      Nice one Schwa, I likes. Fuck the Brew Crew.
                      Exactly - when they win something let me know.
                      Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                      • #12
                        There is a lot to sort out by September 1st---when this will be cut to 5 starters and 7 relievers. At least 6 of these guys will not be there.

                        PlayerPos.BatsThrowsHt.Wt.BornAgeExpBirthplace
                        19Tyler Johnson DLPSL6'2"2006/7/1981263Columbia, MO
                        23Anthony ReyesPRR6'2"23010/16/1981263Downey, CA
                        26Kyle LohsePRR6'2"20910/4/1978297Chico, CA
                        27Ron VillonePLL6'3"2451/16/19703813Englewood, NJ
                        29Chris Carpenter DLPRR6'6"2304/27/19753211Exeter, NH
                        30Mark Mulder DLPLL6'6"2158/5/1977308South Holland, IL
                        31Ryan FranklinPRR6'3"1903/5/1973359Fort Smith, AR
                        33Matt Clement DLPRR6'3"2108/12/19743310Butler, PA
                        34Randy FloresPLL6'0"1907/31/1975326Bellflower, CA
                        35Joel PineiroPRR6'1"2009/25/1978298Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
                        36Russ Springer DLPRR6'4"22511/7/19683916Alexandria, LA
                        37Todd WellemeyerPRR6'3"2258/30/1978295Louisville, KY
                        41Braden LooperPRR6'3"23410/28/19743310Weatherford, OK
                        44Jason IsringhausenPRR6'3"2309/7/19723513Brighton, IL
                        46Kyle McClellanPRR6'2"1856/12/1984230Florrisant, MO
                        48Brad ThompsonPRR6'1"1901/31/1982263Las Vegas, NV
                        50Adam WainwrightPRR6'7"2288/30/1981263Brunswick, GA
                        52Josh Kinney DL
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                        • #13
                          By the way---of all the partners I worked with in the last several years, I did the most gigs with Anita Rosamond. She will sing the anthem tomorrow---I guarantee she will not screw it up.

                          from Anita:

                          On Thursday, April 17, I’ll be singing the National Anthem at Busch Stadium for the 12:15 pm game against the Milwaukee Brewers!! Accompanying me on saxophone will be KTRS radio personality Mark Christopher. Mark contributed a song to the benefit CD, Someone To Watch Over Me: The BackStoppers Project, and we’re playing the Anthem to raise awareness for the CD… remember 100% of the sales go to the wonderful BackStoppers organization. If you don’t have a copy of the CD, you can pick one up at Schnucks, Dierberg’s, Borders, Webster Records and Euclid Records!
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                          • #14
                            Sportswriter's pre-season forecast about the W-L record of the St. Louis Cardinals is reality and is more important than the actual W-L record. This is genius. It fits the media's general theme of late, born in 2006: any time the Cardinals are successful, they actually stink!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kjoe View Post
                              By the way---of all the partners I worked with in the last several years, I did the most gigs with Anita Rosamond. She will sing the anthem tomorrow---I guarantee she will not screw it up.

                              from Anita:

                              On Thursday, April 17, I’ll be singing the National Anthem at Busch Stadium for the 12:15 pm game against the Milwaukee Brewers!! Accompanying me on saxophone will be KTRS radio personality Mark Christopher. Mark contributed a song to the benefit CD, Someone To Watch Over Me: The BackStoppers Project, and we’re playing the Anthem to raise awareness for the CD… remember 100% of the sales go to the wonderful BackStoppers organization. If you don’t have a copy of the CD, you can pick one up at Schnucks, Dierberg’s, Borders, Webster Records and Euclid Records!
                              Man thats great.
                              Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

                              Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
                              God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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