Monday, April 17, 2006

Cardinal news

How is everyone doing on this sunny Monday afternoon?

Izzy is groping for solutions to the crazy start this season. In five games this season, Isringhausen has two losses and three saves. His 15.00 ERA this season is not so impressive. Going into this season, he has a 3.60 ERA in ten years of MLB ball.

Pittsburgh writers believe that the Cardinals are one of the best in the NL Central, if not THE best.
It doesn't seem to matter whether Mark McGwire or Albert Pujols is manning first base. Whether Edgar Renteria or David Eckstein is playing short. Whether Mike Matheny or Yadier Molina is squatting behind the plate. Or whether Darryl Kile, Matt Morris or Chris Carpenter is anchoring the pitching staff.

The names change, yet the St. Louis Cardinals continue to remain the class of the National League Central.

Since 2000, the Cardinals have won four division titles, qualified for the playoffs once as a wild-card entry and appeared in four National League Championship Series and one World Series. Throughout that run, they have averaged 95.8 wins, totaling 205 over the past two seasons alone while winning the division by 11 and 13 games, respectively.[...]

These Cardinals are coming off another offseason makeover. Larry Walker retired, Reggie Sanders, Mark Grudzielanek, Abraham Nunez and Matt Morris left via free agency, and Ray King was traded.

Finding shelter under the Gateway Arch were right fielder Juan Encarnacion, second baseman Aaron Miles and relievers Branden Looper and Ricardo Rincon.

Those new pieces will complement cornerstone players such as Pujols, third baseman Scott Rolen, center fielder Jim Edmonds, ace pitcher Chris Carpenter and closer Jason Isringhausen.
Players have delivered mixred results this season says Gordo.

In PNC Park's five years, the Cardinals have a 30-10 record. Pujols the Great has 16 home runs at PNC and a .382 average. Pujols needs four hits for 1,000 career hits. Interesting tidbits: Pujols has more or the same amount of home runs as the San Diego Padres (8) and the San Francisco Giants (5).

Marquis is 2-3 with a 4.34 ERA against Pittsburgh.

Milestone watch:
Mark Mulder - 2 wins for 100 career wins.
Albert Pujols - 4 hits for 1,000 career hits, 11 HR for 220 HR to tie for 4th all-time for the Cardinals

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