Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cards vs. Mets

April 21, 2009
N.Y. Mets 4, St. Louis 6
Winning pitcher - Jason Motte (1-1)
SV - Ryan Franklin (3)

April 22, 2009
N.Y. Mets 2, St. Louis 5
Winning pitcher - Joel Pineiro (3-0)
SV - Ryan Franklin (4)

April 23, 2009
N.Y. Mets 8, St. Louis 12
Winning pitcher - Kyle Lohse (3-0)
HR: Albert Pujols 2 (6), Rick Ankiel (1)

The Cards swept the Mets 3-0 and move to 11-5 this season.

Cards vs. Cubs

April 16, 2009
St. Louis 7, Chi. Cubs 4
Winning pitcher - Adam Wainwright (2-0)
SV - Ryan Franklin (2)
HR: Chris Duncan (2), Khalil Greene (1), Brian Barden (2)

April 17, 2009
St. Louis 7, Chi. Cubs 8
Losing pitcher - Chris Perez (0-1)
HR: Ryan Ludwick 2 (5), Brian Barden (3)

April 18, 2009
St. Louis 5, Chicago 7
Losing pitcher - Dennys Reyes (0-1)
HR: Khalil Greene (2)

The Cards lost 1 of 3 and move to 8-5 on the season.

Cards vs. D-Backs

April 13, 2009
St. Louis 2, Arizona 1
Winning pitcher - Todd Wellemeyer (1-1)
SV - Ryan Franklin (1)
HR: Albert Pujols (4), Brian Barden (1)

April 14, 2009
St. Louis 6, Arizona 9
Losing pitcher - Brad Thompson (0-1)

April 15, 2009
St. Louis 12, Arizona 7
Winning pitcher - Joel Pineiro (2-0)
HR: Ryan Ludwick (3)

St. Louis takes 2 out of 3 from Arizona to move to 7-3 on the year.

Cards vs. Astros

April 10, 2009
Houston 3, St. Louis 5
Winning pitcher - Joel Pineiro (1-0)
SV - Kyle McClellan (1)
HR: Ryan Ludwick (2)

April 11, 2009
Houston 2, St. Louis 11
Winning pitcher - Adam Wainwright (1-0)
HR: Albert Pujols 2 (3)

April 12, 2009
Houston 0, St. Louis 3
Winning pitcher - Kyle Lohse (2-0)

The Cards swept the Astros and moved to 5-2 on the season.

Cards vs. Pirates

First series of the year: I experienced opening day at Sedgwick's in Chicago. It's the main bar for Cardinal fans to hang out at and watch the ballgame.

April 6, 2009
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4
Losing pitcher - Jason Motte (0-1)
HR: Ryan Ludwick (1)

April 7, 2009
Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 9
Winning pitcher - Kyle Lohse (1-0)
HR: Chris Duncan (1), Yadier Molina (1), Albert Pujols (1)

April 8, 2009
Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 4
Losing pitcher - Todd Wellemeyer (0-1)

April 9, 2009
Pittsburgh 1, St. Louis 2
Winning pitcher - Chris Carpenter (1-0)
SV - Dennys Reyes (1)

The Cards finished the series 2-2.

I've been slacking...

Between Pesach, grad school, and the job search, I've been slacking with this blog and there's no excuse for that.

I'll recap things soon enough.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cards Broadcasters on Harry Kalas

John Rooney, Bob Costas, and Mike Shannon remember Harry Kalas.

John Rooney:
"He was like Jack....He was like Jack in the way that they both just loved sports, really loved baseballs and gave so much back to people around them. He had one of the greatest voices ever, but he was an even nicer man.”

Mike Shannon:
"Great person, great baseball man. He knew how to call a game, but he would always, always really bring a smile to face of anybody he talked to. Mr. Kalas was one of the best.”

Bob Costas:
"He was a great announcer. You couldn’t convince someone in Philadelphia that there was anyone better to call a game than Harry Kalas. He was what baseball sounded like to you in Philadelphia.”

I feel for the Angels

I wasn't watching TV due to Pesach but I caught Outside the Lines this afternoon and immediately relived DK's death and Josh Hancock's death so as a Cardinal fan, I know what the Angels fans must be going through. It's not fun and it never is.

Here's comments from the Cardinals as to what they went through and what the Angels are going through.
The St. Louis Cardinals, who suffered through the deaths of pitcher Darryl Kile in June 2002 and pitcher Josh Hancock in April 2007, say no words, only time, will ease the anguish.

"It's going to be tough for them all year," Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols said. "Every time you take the field, it's going to be there. You really don't get a release until the offseason."

The Angels placed Adenhart's image and number on their outfield wall, preserved his locker at home and will set one up on the road, too.

"I remember looking at the faces of everyone the day we found out Josh died," said Oakland Athletics pitcher Russ Springer, Hancock's ex-teammate in St. Louis. "I saw that same look with the Angels. It was that zombie look. For some guys, that didn't go away for a long time.

"It was especially hard at home because Josh's locker was there. You go to the bullpen, his number is on the wall. Different things bring you back to that day."

Said Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan, who was one of Hancock's closest friends, "Even today, when I drive on the freeway past the spot where Josh died, I think about it. It's something you never really get over."

Yet with nearly six months left in the season, the Angels have no choice.

"The season doesn't have to be over," Cardinals hitting coach Hal McRae said. "You're never going to forget, but after the first two weeks, you start to feel better. And if you win, everything starts to feel better."

Sunday, April 05, 2009

2009 MLB Predictions

I don't claim to be a prophet but I just happen to make smart guesses. Anyway, here are my predictions for the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

National League
East: Philadelphia Phillies
Central: St. Louis Cardinals
West: Arizona Diamondbacks
Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers

NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals over Arizona Diamondbacks

Cy Young: Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks
MVP: Albert "El Hombre" Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
ROY: Cameron Maybin, Florida Marlins

American League
East: Tampa Bay Rays
Central: Minnesota Twins
West: Los Angeles Angels
Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays

ALCS: Minnesota Twins over Toronto Blue Jays

Cy Young: Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
MVP: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
ROY: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Minnesota Twins