Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pregame Post

The St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) take on Pitt (4-11) for the second game in this three game series at PNC Park. Jeff Suppan, a fomer Pirate, is starting for the Cardinals and like many of us Cardinal bloggers, I get concerned when he is starting but I do not boo him. Suppan is 0-1 this season with a 4.09 ERA. He's thrown only four strikeouts in 11 innings. In 11 games against Pitt in his career, he is 6-1 with a 3.09 ERA. He has struck out 40 Pirates in those 11 games and had a complete game. Suppan has been struggling this season but given his history against the Pittsburgh Pirates, I am hopeful that that will change.

Left hander Oliver Perez (0-2, 8.10 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates. Just for what it is worth, Albert Pujols Pujols has hit .333 (6/18) with one home run against the lefty. Pujols owns the Bucs with 26 career home runs against them. In his career, he has batted .359 against them. In related news, Juan Encarnacion has a six game hitting streak.

Let's Go Cards!

Milestone watch:
Mark Mulder - 2 wins for 100 career wins.
Albert Pujols - 2 hits for 1,000 career hits, 10 HR for 220 HR to tie for 4th all-time for the Cardinals

Lineups are out.

Eckstein SS
Taguchi CF
Pujols 1B
Rolen 3B
Encarnacion RF
Molina C
Luna LF
Miles 2B
Suppan P

Duffy CF
J. Wilson SS
Bay LF
Burnitz RF
C. Wilson 1B
Randa 3B
Hernandez 2B
Cota C
Perez P

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