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    Let's come home a winner...

    The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers opened their current series with concerns surrounding their closers. Those problems seem to be answered— for now.
    Both teams embattled closers are out, and the Cardinals look for a split in their four-game series with the Brewers in Monday’s finale at Miller Park.
    St. Louis’ Jason Isringhausen and Milwaukee’s Eric Gagne lead the majors with five blown saves apiece, and they have each been relieved of their closing duties.
    On Saturday, Cardinals (23-16) manager Tony La Russa announced Isringhausen would no longer be the team’s closer after the two-time All-Star blew a save in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Brewers (18-19).
    La Russa said Ryan Franklin and Russ Springer would split the closer’s role, and Franklin earned the save in Saturday’s 5-3 win.
    Series at a Glance

    1. St. Louis 3
      Milwaukee 4
      Fri, May 9 - Final
    2. St. Louis 5
      Milwaukee 3
      Sat, May 10 - Final
    3. St. Louis 3
      Milwaukee 5
      Sun, May 11 - Final
    4. St. Louis at
      Milwaukee
      Mon, May 12 - 8:05 pm ET



    Gagne, the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner, took the loss for Milwaukee Saturday, and Brewers manager Ned Yost announced Sunday the team would now use a closer by committee.
    In Milwaukee’s 5-3 win on Sunday, left-handed specialist Brian Shouse got the save after Salomon Torres got the first two outs in the ninth.
    “I feel good about every reliever I’ve got down there,” Yost said. “These guys make their money by being ready.”
    Ryan Braun had two solo homers on Sunday, helping the Brewers win for just the second time in nine games. Milwaukee has not won consecutive games since April 22 and 23.
    Braun is 7-for-13 with two doubles in this series, and is batting .467 (14-for-30) with two homers, four doubles and six RBIs in seven games against the Cardinals this season. He is only 3-for-13 (.231) lifetime against Monday’s scheduled starter Adam Wainwright (3-1, 2.25 ERA).
    Wainwright has allowed one run in 13 1-3 innings over his last two starts, but has not received a decision in either outing. The right-hander had been in line for the win in each of those starts, but the bullpen squandered leads in both games.
    On Wednesday, Wainwright yielded four hits in seven scoreless innings of a 4-3 loss at Colorado.
    Wainwright has already made two starts against the Brewers this season, going 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA. In his last at Miller Park on April 21, Wainwright gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings of St. Louis’ 4-3 victory, but was not a factor in the decision.
    The Cardinals have lost four of five after winning eight of their previous 10. They have fallen percentage points behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead.
    Ryan Ludwick, who drove in two runs off Gagne in the ninth Saturday, hit is eighth homer on Sunday. Ludwick is 10-for-22 (.455) with four home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games.
    Albert Pujols singled on Sunday, and has reached base safely in all 39 games, but he hasn’t been hitting with the same potency lately. He is 12-for-43 (.279) with two home runs and five RBIs in his last 12 games, after batting .382 with five homers and 20 RBIs in his first 27 games.
    Pujols is only 2-for-11 (.182) lifetime versus Monday’s scheduled starter Dave Bush (0-4, 6.98), who is again seeking his first win.
    Bush, who is back in Milwaukee’s starting rotation following an injury to Yovani Gallardo, allowed six runs and five hits in six innings of a 6-2 loss at Florida on Wednesday.
    The right-hander is not having much success this year, but his only quality start of the season came against the Cardinals. On April 15 in St. Louis, Bush gave up three runs and six hits in six innings in a 6-1 loss. He is 1-4 with a 6.98 ERA in five career starts versus the Cardinals.
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  • #2
    No Pujols tonight. Night off, Duncan will be at first.
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    • #3
      4 and 4 will be fine.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan View Post
        No Pujols tonight. Night off, Duncan will be at first.
        This was called by ownership. They'll do anything to make sure a Bush gets a win...

        A day off here and there for Pujols is a good thing.

        4-4 would be decent trip, 3-5 not as much...They need to salvage a trip where they screwed up a few games
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        • #5
          Bleah. It would be nice to win tonight to salvage a 4-4 trip, but the odds certainly are poorer with no Pujols. Eh, maybe Wainwright will pick the team up.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by sketch View Post
            This was called by ownership. They'll do anything to make sure a Bush gets a win...

            A day off here and there for Pujols is a good thing.

            4-4 would be decent trip, 3-5 not as much...They need to salvage a trip where they screwed up a few games

            We should be 5 - 2 right now - It kind of stings.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
              We should be 5 - 2 right now - It kind of stings.
              that's a ++ if i ever saw one.

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              • #8
                It sure would be nice for the offense to show up when Wains is throwing wouldn't it?

                Even without Pujols, Bush is garbage. We need to pound him and not score 2 or 3 early runs then leave guys on base the rest of the game like we've done most of the year it would seem.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StlCardz1982 View Post
                  It sure would be nice for the offense to show up when Wains is throwing wouldn't it?

                  Even without Pujols, Bush is garbage. We need to pound him and not score 2 or 3 early runs then leave guys on base the rest of the game like we've done most of the year it would seem.
                  Well, hopefully Izzy won't be around to blow another one of his wins. He's blown the last 2 right?

                  4-4 will be alright I guess, but when you start the trip 2-0, you'd like to think you could go at least 5-3.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan View Post
                    Well, hopefully Izzy won't be around to blow another one of his wins. He's blown the last 2 right?
                    Indeed, but both of those games I believe we scored early, then the offense disappeared and couldn't put teams away. I would like for us to not even worry about who's closing and just hammer the team and deliver the knock out blow and have Wains just cruise. I'm sick of seeing us score 2-3 runs early, then have multiple times where they could break the game wide open, and don't do so.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StlCardz1982 View Post
                      Indeed, but both of those games I believe we scored early, then the offense disappeared and couldn't put teams away. I would like for us to not even worry about who's closing and just hammer the team and deliver the knock out blow and have Wains just cruise. I'm sick of seeing us score 2-3 runs early, then have multiple times where they could break the game wide open, and don't do so.
                      that's been a theme so far this year. It's happened way too frequently where we jump out to a lead and then shit the bed.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan View Post
                        that's been a theme so far this year. It's happened way too frequently where we jump out to a lead and then shit the bed.
                        This is a better problem to fix than last year's version...fall behind 6-0 in the second and wait to see if it will be Miles or Spezio pitching the 9th.
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                        • #13
                          Molina hitting two...

                          from bernie

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                          Ankiel
                          Ludwick
                          Duncan
                          Glaus
                          Kennedy
                          Wainwright
                          Izturis

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 007 View Post
                            Molina hitting two...
                            Egads.

                            Schumaker (L)
                            Molina (R)
                            Ankiel (L)
                            Ludwick (R)
                            Duncan (L)
                            Glaus (R)
                            Kennedy (L)
                            Wainwright (R)
                            Izturis (L/S)
                            Well at least we're immune from the situational lefty inning.
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                            • #15
                              Wonder how long it'll take Yost to copy this move?

                              Seriously, I'd die laughing if I ever saw Kendall bat 2nd at this point.

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