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On Deck: I Thought The Cardinals Sucked?

by venirpoluka November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Blogs )

Apr 17th 2008 12:47PM by Tom Fornelli

St. Louis Cardinals (11-4) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (8-6) - 1:15PM Est.

Okay, a quick raise of hands: How many of you thought that the Cardinals were going to start the season in first place of the NL Central and tied for the best record in all of baseball? LIARS! ALL OF YOU! Nobody saw this coming from the Redbirds, and honestly, I still don’t actually believe it’s happening. The next thing you’ll tell me is that the Marlins are in first place in the NL East, and that the White Sox and Royals are battling atop the AL Central while the Tigers and Indians jockey for position in the basement.

The Cardinals are not only sitting alone atop the division right now, but they’re on the cusp of finishing a three-game sweep of the Brewers. They’ll be looking to Kyle Lohse to finish the sweep, and considering that Lohse was a pitcher seemingly nobody wanted, and the Cardinals signed out of nothing more than desperation, he’s paying off pretty damn nicely for them. He’s 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in three games so far, and didn’t give up his first run of the season until his last start against the Giants. He’s only 3-3 with a 5.66 ERA in his career against Milwaukee, but in his last three appearances against this current version of the Brew Crew he’s 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA.

Manny Parra goes for the Brewers, and although he made two starts against the Cardinals last year he never picked up a decision. He probably wouldn’t mind if Prince Fielder ate a cheeseburger or four before the game either, as we still await our favorite vegetarian’s first home run of the season.Continue Reading

The Weird Journey of Kyle Lohse

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Apr 1st 2008 9:28PM by Pat Lackey
I can’t think of a player that’s had a stranger journey from the end of last season to the beginning of this one than Kyle Lohse. By now, I’m sure his exploits are more than familiar to you. He and his agent (the nefarious Scott Boras) hit the free agent market demanding in the neighborhood of $10 million a year after finishing up last year in Philadelphia. There were no takers from anywhere all winter until a couple weeks ago when the injury ravaged Cardinals swooped in and signed Lohse to a one-year deal.

That was the low point for Lohse, but somehow the high point has followed it pretty closely behind: as I type he’s starting the Cardinals’ season opener. Of course, this insane turn of events for Lohse has been brought about by a rainout last night that caused Tony La Russa to juggle his rotation, but it’s still an impressive turnaround for Lohse to go from facing the prospect of being unemployed at the start of the year to Opening Day starter.

As of this writing, Lohse looks pretty good. He’s into the fifth inning and he’s kept the potent Rockie lineup scoreless on only two hits to this point. I can understand why no one wanted him for $10 million a year, but he’s going to give the Cardinals 170 or so innings of league average pitching and there’s nothing wrong with that.

On Deck: Let’s Try This Again

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Apr 1st 2008 3:00PM by Tom Fornelli

On Deck is FanHouse’s look at the day’s most intriguing matchups

New York Yankees (0-0) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (0-0) - 7:05PM Est.

The Yankees wanted to kick off the final season at Yankee Stadium yesterday, but ol’ Mother Nature wouldn’t play along, as she instead chose to try and flood the city of New York on Monday. So that means for Yankees and Blue Jays fans opening day is today, as the two teams try and do it all over again. Aside from the significance of this being the last opening day in Yankee Stadium history, it’s also the first time the Yankees will be playing a game at the stadium without Joe Torre in the dugout in 13 years. For the Blue Jays, they’ve kinda become a darkhorse pick in the AL East this season, and a win tonight against a division powerhouse like the Yankees would be a nice way to start off the season. Both of yesterday’s scheduled starters, Chien-Ming Wang and Roy Halladay, will be making the start tonight. Wang will try to put his playoff collapse behind him, but he’s not going against a team he’s enjoyed much success against. In three starts against Toronto last season, Wang went 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA. Roy Halladay on the other hand is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.77 in his last eight starts against the Bombers, suffering his last loss on September 21st, 2004.Continue Reading

Juan Gonzalez Is Gone-zo From Cardinals’ Camp but May Be Back

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Mar 27th 2008 6:52PM by Pat Lackey
When Juan Gonzalez started his comeback earlier this spring with the St. Louis Cardinals, how did you think it was going to end? If your guess was, “with injury,” well, unsurprisingly, you would’ve been right on. As the Cardinals are whittling their roster down for Opening Day, Gonzalez has gone home to Puerto Rico to rehab an abdominal strain, though the Cardinals want him to know he’s always welcome back. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“When he feels he’s ready to play, if he so desires, then we’ll revisit maybe having him back,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “That list allows for an open-door policy. … He still has an attraction as a power righthanded bat.”
The list that Mozeliak is referring to is the “temporarily inactive list,” which the Cardinals have put Gonzalez on. Basically, it means they’ve still got the rights to him if he decides he wants to come back anytime soon. It’s a move that makes sense for the Cards as they’re pretty thin in the outfield right now and Gonzalez actually hit pretty well in the spring, even homering off of Johan Santana. Still, if he does come back, I can’t imagine him staying healthy for long.

Troy Glaus Can’t See at Night

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Apr 26th 2008 2:00PM by Pat Lackey
Troy Glaus is off to a pretty ugly start this year. Through 23 games, he hasn’t homered yet and his slugging percentage is hovering around .400. Last night, he left the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Astros early and Tony La Russa explained to reporters what the problem was:

He’s having trouble seeing. At the plate. At night. At Busch.
“His eyes are watering at night,” La Russa said. “Only here. Something about the dampness and cold.”
It seems crazy to think that Glaus could only be bothered at one park during night games, but it is true that Glaus is hitting .225/.333/.325 at home and .310/.396/.476 on the road. He said after he left the game last night that there were points that he was in the batters box last night and couldn’t see the ball at all. That’s not good.

I have no idea how to possibly explain this, but it seems like La Russa believes Glaus because he’s in the lineup for today’s day game against the Astros. The numbers certainly bear him out, but this whole thing just seems kind of bizarre to me,

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