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  • GDT - (L) Phillies (Blanton) @ Cardinals (Looper), 8.2.08, 6:15 PM

    Ankiel itching to get back in lineup
    08/02/2008 12:13 AM ET
    By Lee Hurwitz / MLB.com

    ST. LOUIS -- As he watches the Cardinals compete in a pennant race, all Rick Ankiel can do is sit idly and watch his team play.
    In the midst of a comeback no one could have seen coming, Ankiel's name will likely remain out of the lineup until the Dodgers come to town on Tuesday.

    How much longer he stays out is unknown.

    "He continues to improve," manager Tony La Russa said. "It's still an abdominal strain, but improving."

    Ankiel has been limited to pinch-hitting since he suffered a lower abdominal strain on Saturday in New York. Running has been difficult, but if Ankiel heals well, La Russa said he expects the center fielder may start after the Cardinals' day off on Monday.

    "We're just tracking him day-to-day," La Russa said.

    Since July 10, Ankiel has been on an absolute tear. For the past 14 games, he has batted .389 with 13 RBIs and an OPS that makes stat geeks go crazy -- 1.069.

    But his injury couldn't come at a worse time for the Cardinals. After playing against a vaunted Philadelphia lineup, the Redbirds entertain the Dodgers and newly acquired slugger Manny Ramirez for a three-game set. After that series, the Cards face the Cubs in Chicago and the Marlins in Florida.

    Pitching matchup
    STL: RHP Braden Looper (10-8, 4.38 ERA)
    Looper faces a tough task in the hard-hitting Phillies, a team that made him labor three weeks ago. In that start, at Citizens Bank Park, Looper needed 112 pitches to go six innings. However, he's coming off a very solid game in Atlanta, a game in which he righted a recent problem -- the long ball. He didn't allow a home run against the Braves, after serving up 10 in his previous six starts. If he keeps it in the park, he should be fine.

    PHI: RHP Joe Blanton (5-12, 5.13 ERA)
    Blanton's start against the Braves on Sunday was cut short when the game was delayed for two hours by rain. In two innings before the delay, the Phils' new addition surrendered two runs on three hits. Blanton will make his third start for the Phils against the Cardinals, a team he has not yet faced, having just joined the National League after 3 1/2 seasons with the Athletics.

    Tidbits
    The Cardinals named Triple-A Memphis players Josh Phelps and Jason Motte their Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, on Friday. Phelps hit .337 with 14 home runs and 16 RBIs in July, while Motte went 1-0 with a 0.57 ERA in 13 games. ... In 59 games against the Phillies (one start), Looper is 2-5 with a 5.85 ERA. ... For his career, Looper is 8-8 with a 3.82 ERA in August. ... In 19 at-bats against Blanton, Adam Kennedy is batting .316 with four extra-base hits. Troy Glaus is the only other player on the Cardinals who has faced Blanton.

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    Up next
    • Sunday: Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 8-4, 4.13) vs. Phillies (Brett Myers, 4-9, 5.46), 7:05 p.m. CT
    • Monday: Off-day
    • Tuesday: Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 0-0, 2.25) vs. Dodgers (Chad Billingsley, 11-9, 3.05), 7:15 p.m. CT


  • #2
    From the SI.com Power Rankings (doesn't include last night's 0-4 game)


    What's the most overlooked aspect of Albert Pujols' freakish offensive skill set? His savvy baserunning. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Pujols isn't very light on his feet. But he makes up for a lack of speed with an aggressive (and smart) approach on the bases. In Tuesday night's win, Pujols scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning by doubling, stealing third base and advancing home on a wild throw. Of course, Pujols' fabulous baserunning gets lost in the shuffle when he's producing like he has been lately. Over the last six games, Pujols is batting .480 (12-for-25) with four home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs.

    Obviously Gennaro Filice doesn't read Cards Talk or he would know that bit about Bert's baserunning is bullshit...
    " Look, forget the myths the media's created about the White House--the truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand."

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    • #3
      Blanton sucks. Should be an easy "W" for the Birds...
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      • #4
        Phelps hit .337 with 14 home runs and 16 RBIs in July
        That's can't be right, can it?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by StlCardz1982 View Post
          That's can't be right, can it?
          My first reaction too. Damn that's a lot of solo blasts.

          edit: he had 36 RBIs in July.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tazlaz View Post
            My first reaction too. Damn that's a lot of solo blasts.

            edit: he had 36 RBIs in July.
            That makes sense. 36 RBI's in a month is a bit ridiculous. I would guess he'll at least make an appearance in September.
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            • #7
              I thought this was a day game. I was wrong.
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              • #8
                Cause I'm at the game again I must do this in advance... FUCK YOU CSD!!!!!!!!!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tazlaz View Post
                  Cause I'm at the game again I must do this in advance... FUCK YOU CSD!!!!!!!!!
                  That's what Here Comes The King is for.

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                  • #10
                    I sat in front of some Phillie fans last night. They were expecting Cole to rake last night.
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                    • #11
                      Bastards, all of you.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                        I sat in front of some Phillie fans last night. They were expecting Cole to rake last night.
                        He hasn't pitched well his last 4 or 5 games.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CSD View Post
                          He hasn't pitched well his last 4 or 5 games.
                          yeah, he's on my fantasy team in your league. his era was swelled in a few recent games.

                          he is really skinney.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CSD View Post
                            Bastards, all of you.
                            Here comes the king, here comes the big number one!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                              yeah, he's on my fantasy team in your league. his era was swelled in a few recent games.

                              he is really skinney.
                              Yeah, I don't think he eats cheesesteaks.
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