Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Pregame Post

Taking advantage of my six hour break between classes, I thought I would get some Cardinals blogging in before the game--I may be liveblogging the action tonight since ESPN is airing the game. I've updated the blogroll to reflect The 26th Man's new blog URL and I've the blog listed at the bottom, Royalties and Cardinalate.

The AP article on yesterday's exhibition game is up. Look for the ad at the stadium and you found where GM Walt Jocketty watches the game from. How can we not forget KSDK?

Scott Spiezio is not forgotten anymore. He's currently the utilityman for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now it is time to preview tonight's game against the Philadelphia Phillies airing on ESPN at 7 p.m. eastern. Jimmy Rollins can expect to see plenty of good pitches to try and hit. The Cardinals are 4-3 at Citizens Bank Park. Mark Mulder has made two starts against the Phillies in which he had a loss and a no-decision. Mulder did not give up a home run this past spring. This past spring, he went 3-1. Brett Myers starts for the Phillies.

Monday's opener was the fourth time in Cardinal history that there were 3 home runs on the season opener (Pujols, Rolen, Pujols). It was the second time in consecutive seasons (2005, 2006) and it also happened in 1941 and 2000. Last season, it was Jim Edmonds, Reggie Sanders, and Larry Walker. J-Rod is listed as day-to-day.

Milestone watch:
Jim Edmonds needs 1 RBI for 1,000 career RBI.
Mark Mulder needs 3 wins for 100 career wins.
Albert Pujols needs 16 hits for 1,000 career hits.

Happy belated birthdays to Scott Rolen (31) and bullpen Coach Marty Mason (48) who celebrated yesterday. Dave Duncan is in his 27th season as the pitching coach.

After the final game tomorrow, the teams will play again August 1-3, 2006, at the new Busch Stadium. On Friday, the Cardinals play the Cubs in their season opener at Wrigley.

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