Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pregame Post

The Cardinals play during the day on ESPN against the Pittsburgh Pirates as they complete the series. The Cards are a win away from the second sweep of the season (first was against the Phillies).

Yesterday, Juan Encarnacion was a hit away from going for the cycle. Will he be as good as he was yesterday for the rest of the season or was it just a fluke?

Mark Mulder takes the start as he looks for his 100th career win. Against the Pirates, he is 5-0 with an impressive 2.23 ERA. For the season, he's 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Mulder starts against Zach Duke (1-2, 4.50). Mulder has had the most wins for a pitcher (90) since the decade/millenium/century started in January 2001. When Mulder pitches this season, the Cardinals are 4-0.

Since last week's depressing 12-4 loss, the bullpen has not allowed a run in 16 innings.

In the farm, John Gall is tearing up the Pacific Coast League with .397 in 19 game.

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