Monday, May 07, 2007

Cards vs. Rockies

The sad news is that Chris Carpenter is out for another three months. Ryan Ludwick was called up with Preston Wilson going on the DL.

May 7, 2007
Colorado 3, St. Louis 2
Losing pitcher - Brian Falkenborg (0-1)

May 8, 2007
Colorado 1, St. Louis 4
Winning pitcher - Kelvin Jimenez (1-0)
SV - Jason Isringhausen (9)

May 9, 2007
Colorado 2, St. Louis 9
Winning pitcher - Adam Wainwright (3-2)

Milestone watch:
Adam Kennedy needs 20 19 18 hits for 1,000 career hits.
Scott Rolen needs 1 stolen base for 100 career stolen bases.
Scott Rolen needs 27 26 hits for 1,500 career hits.
Jim Edmonds needs 43 40 39 hits for 1,000 hits as a Cardinal.
Jason Isringhausen needs 18 saves for 276 saves to tie Todd Jones for 23rd on the all-time list.
The St. Louis Cardinals are 4 3 2 wins shy of 9,000 franchise wins during the regular season.

Veteran Cardinal Jim Edmonds spoke recently saying he was unaware of Hancock's issues.

Monday's notes:
Colorado Rockies @ St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 8:10 p.m. ET (partly cloudy, high of 83 degrees)
Jeff Francis, LHP (1-4) versus Anthony Reyes, RHP (0-5)

Notable Injuries: Preston Wilson, OF (knee, DL)

Game Story: Francis has been getting bombed by pretty much every team he has faced, but it's not as bad as it looks. Atlanta, San Francisco and San Diego are tough offenses for a left-hander. The Cardinals have a .593 OPS against lefties, 29th in the majors. Part of that is almost assuredly a small sample size, but it's still Neifi Perez bad. Francis might not look pretty doing it, but a quality start is well within his reach Monday. Reyes has been mediocre, but hasn't looked bad in facing good offenses in three straight starts (Milwaukee, Chicago twice). He too can notch a quality start against a subpar offense.
Wednesday notes, yea, I'm slacking...
Colorado Rockies @ St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium (outdoor) 1:10 p.m. ET (50 percent chance of rain, high of 81 degrees)
Jason Hirsh, RHP (2-2) versus Adam Wainwright, RHP (2-2)

Notable Injuries: Willy Taveras, OF (groin, day-to-day)

Game Story: You can make a living spot starting average pitchers against below-average teams, and Hirsh is the perfect proof. While his peripherals don't support his 3.82 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, four of his starts have been against poor offenses. The Cardinals will be No. 5; they have the fewest runs scored in the majors. Chris Duncan (five HRs, .927 OPS) is the best player on the team right now, and he's available in 64.2 percent of ESPN leagues. Wainwright is struggling, but it is always nice to face Colorado away from Coors. Wainwright's line may not look pretty, but it should result in a quality start, though do make note of Troy Tulowitzki's current nine-game hitting streak.

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