Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cards vs. Cubs

Round 2 of the series begins Friday night. For viewers that don't live in the St. Louis TV market: Friday is on WGN. Saturday is on FOX except in markets where FOX thinks you want the Yankees-Red Sox game. Sunday night is on ESPN.

April 27, 2007
Chi. Cubs 5, St. Louis 3
Losing pitcher - Anthony Reyes (0-4)
HR: Yadier Molina (1)

Albert Pujols is starting to pick it up as well as Jim Edmonds in terms of offense. But Yadier Molina's bat has been very hot in the month of April at times.

April 28, 2007
Chi. Cubs 8, St. Louis 1
Losing pitcher - Adam Wainwright (1-2)
HR: Albert Pujols (6)

I don't think that Adam Wainwright has quite figured out the Chicago Cubs yet. In 11 games and two starts against the Chicago Cubs, he hasn't pitched as well as one would have liked. Maybe TLR can avoid him in the rotatuon against the Cubs in the future? Coming into the game, he has a 7.24 ERA against them. Once again, we had a bad inning, defensively, with the Cubs scoring 7 runs.

Albert Pujols hit his 6th home run of the season to lead off the 7th inning. It's a shame that it had to be a lead-off home run as opposed to runners on. It was his 256th career home run which places him in second place outright on the Cardinals all-time list. Molina doesn't have the luck today like he did yesterday. Pujols is hitting much better in the past week. Jim Edmonds had a great game, offensively speaking, going 2-4. The Cardinals, it's hard to say at the moment, need to start heating it up. I thought we were going to break out of our horrible non-Sunday slump with the two games against the Reds this week.

At some point, you have to realize that Preston Wilson is almost always an automatic out and he needs to be DFA'd as soon as possible.

I don't know how I feel about our chances with Rich Hill pitching tomorrow. All I know is that I am going to bench Adam Wainwright during his next start and hopefully, he plays better than he did in his last two starts.

Milestone watch:
Albert Pujols needs 1 home run to take sole posession of 2nd place all-time with 256 on the Cardinals home runs list.
Adam Kennedy needs 26 24 hits for 1,000 career hits.
Scott Rolen needs 1 stolen base for 100 career stolen bases.
Jason Isringhausen needs 1 save for 256 saves to tie Todd Worrell for 24th on the all-time list.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 6 wins shy of 9,000 franchise wins during the regular season.

ESPN Fantasy game notes for Friday:
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, low of 55 degrees)
Jason Marquis, RHP (2-1) versus Anthony Reyes, RHP (0-3)

Notable Injuries: None

Game Story: It's Marquis' first trip back to St. Louis since he left there as a free agent in the offseason, and don't forget, he had a 6.91 ERA in 17 starts at the Cardinals' new ballpark. He's off to a hot start but the command isn't quite there, so Chris Duncan and Jim Edmonds are well worth keeping active. As for Reyes, how much longer can we afford to wait for him to make good on his breakout potential? The Cubs have beaten him all three times they've seen him, and Michael Barrett (2-for-5, 1 HR) and Matt Murton (2-for-4, 1 HR) have handled him nicely. Steer clear of Reyes in this one.
On Friday, Kelvin Jiminez was called up and Randy Keisler was optioned down to Memphis. After Thursday's game, this is not a surprise.

Saturday notes:
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 3:55 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, with a high of 73 degrees)
Carlos Zambrano, RHP (1-2) versus Adam Wainwright, RHP (1-1)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: The Cardinals' lineup is top heavy, leaning on Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen to carry their offense. Duncan is one of their heavier parts, who hits right-handers quite well, so if he is forced to miss the game, Zambrano should not have much trouble with the lineup. Wainwright has allowed 13 walks in 25 innings, and the Cubs beat him up (12 hits, seven earned runs) in his last start; you have to bench him until he shows better.
Sunday notes:
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:05 p.m. ET (mostly clear, low of 53 degrees)
Rich Hill, LHP (3-1) versus Kip Wells, RHP (1-4)

Notable Injuries: none

Game Story: Hill has held Albert Pujols to 0-for-5 so far, and face it, he's a stud. Feel free to sit your Cardinals. As for Wells, so far the experiment isn't working (the experiment to turn Kip Wells into a decent pitcher, that is). Perhaps later in the season he'll show more talent, but right now he's throwing batting practice. Start all of your Cubs, especially Jacque Jones (8-for-19, 2 HRs).

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