Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cards in Queens

The Cardinals are visiting Shea Stadium in Queens, New York for a three game series against the NL East division leader.

Cardinal fans should keep an eye on Vernon Wells during the off-season should Jim Edmonds' option not get picked up. I'm hoping Jocketty buys out the option and negotiates a new contract.

When it comes to drafting new players, the Cards are one of the best out there.

Albert Pujols is in the same league as Babe Ruth.

Jeff Weaver takes on John Maine today.

The Cardinals starting lineup hasn't changed much since Eckstein and Edmonds are not starting.
Aaron Miles SS
Chris Duncan LF
Albert Pujols 1B
Scott Rolen 3B
Juan Encarnacion CF
Preston Wilson RF
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Yadier Molina C
Jeff Weaver P

Milestone watch:
Albert Pujols needs 18 home runs to tie Ken Boyer for 2nd on the Cardinals all-time home runs list with 255.
Albert Pujols needs 2 RBI and 9 runs to have his sixth consecutive season with 100 runs, 100 RBI, 30 home runs, and at least a .300 batting average.
Jim Edmonds needs 1 home run to pass Ray Lankford for 4th all-time as a Cardinal.
Jason Isringhausen needs 4 saves for 250 career saves.

Postgame report:
Pujols accounted for the RBI's tonight as he belted a three-run home run and a grand slam in back to back innings. Unfortunately, Jason Isringhausen gave up a home run to blow the save in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jeff Weaver was pitching strong until the 5th inning when he gave up a grand slam to Carlos Delgado.

In the standings, we are only up by ONE game since the Reds have been winning lately.

Pujols, with his 37 and 38th home runs, is 16 homers away from tying Ken Boyer for second place with the club. He now has 105 RBI and is seven runs shy of the stat above.

St. Louis 7, N.Y. Mets 8
Losing pitcher - Jason Isringhausen (4-7)
HR: Albert Pujols (37, 38)

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