Saturday, April 30, 2005
Lights Out in GA.
Matt Morris is looking great in the rainy Georgia evening, 6K heading into the 5th, and 43 strikes on 61 pitches. Pujols continues the hitting streak, now at 11 games. Thank God his agent isn't Scott Boras, because the Cards need to keep around forever; he's every bit as important to this franchise as Musial or Gibson. Jeez, there's another hit. The Braves' Thompson is pitching decent, too. I had a hunch this would be a good match up. Eventhough Mulder got the win last night, but the duel with Hudson didn't match up to the hype. I imagine the two of them were experiencing some high tension. Wood's out in Houston. Only made it 3 innings. Unbelievable. As of now, the Cards own the NL Central, but it's a long season. 9th Inning notes: That strike zone looks like it changes at times. La Russa noticed it too, and now he's in the tunnel to the locker room. I really couldn't tell that the ball hit Pujols on his way to second. On tv, it didn't look like it changed its vector into right field. Boooooo!
Friday, April 29, 2005
Was Marquis a bit headstrong yesterday?
So, I've been reading 3 Nights in August, which I highly recommend. It's a fascinating insight into the managerial mindset, as well as the game of baseball from something other than mind numbing statistical analysis. More than that, it's a deep look into the mind of Tony La Russa, even venturing into the realm of psychoanalysis just a little bit. Anyway, in yesterday's loss to the Brewers, Marquis kept trying to use his cutter, and he ended up walking guys who would eventually score two key runs in a 4-3 game. In the wrap up on STLToday, Marquis commented on his performance saying, "I should have made better pitches in that situation..." It's reminiscent of a section in the book in which Duncan and La Russa sit down out lay out their pitching strategy with Garrett Stephenson for game one of a series with the Cubs. I wonder if the situation yesterday was a young, headstrong pitcher thinking he knows best what to do, which I think you can kind of see in Marquis sometimes, but he seems always to rediscover his humility and take in what Duncan and TLR say knowing that they can make him a better pitcher. Not seeing the game, you don't have the chance to read people's faces and ticks and the other things that can enlighten you as to temperaments, etc. For now, I'll assume, based largely on precedent, that that is what happened. It still was hardly a total meltdown though, and we'll own the Brewers through and through over the course of this season. Time to move on to tonight's game. A big game in an important series.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Ten Hours of TBS, yes.
Make up game with the Brewers today at Busch. Judging by what I saw on the Weather Channel this morning, and confirmed by some instant web research, it's rainy and cold back in MO. Let's hope they can manage to play the game and pull off the sweep. This weekend, the Birds' three game series is going to be televised nationaly on TBS; which means I'll have the rare chance to watch our favorite team for a complete three game series for the first time this season. Oh. Yeah. Now, I'll admit, when you're looking forward to spending nine to ten hours of your weekend watching TBS it can mean a couple of things. One, that you're a Braves fan, and in spite of Turner Field's approximate 50% attendence for games, there seem to be a few. It might also indiacte that your incredibly dull and a TV addict (or that you're just a shitheel). I confess to being none of the above, and although I'm becoming a bit more geriatric in my approach to weekend going out type of activities, I assure you loyal readers (do we have 3 yet?) I am only doing this becuase I am a Cardinals fan, through and through. Anyway, the series with the Braves should be a good one. Friday's game with Mulder vs. Hudson is clearly the headline act, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Saturday matchup between Morris and John Thompson will be pretty interesting as well. Hope to have the computer back up and running by then too. What a weekend that lies ahead for me!
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Broken Down & Rained Out
First of all, I should apologize to readers (all two of you) for the slow down in updates. Alas, my computer has fallen victim to spy ware, the price one has to pay for using IE and Microsoft products in general. This week, it’s off to the computer store for a repair. It would seem that, since we are car-less city folk now, that my computer has become the new mechanized piece of shit that requires constant trips to the shop, countless dollars, spikes in blood pressure, temper tantrums, et al. Okay, back to baseball. Due to reasons mentioned above, I failed to remark on the Birds’ sweep of the Houston Astros. Matty Mo pitched a nice five innings. At first, I wondered if he could maybe have gone another inning, but then his pitch count could have gotten a little high. There’s really no reason to put him at risk, especially with a solid lead, since he’ll be need for a long season. When I saw last night’s game with the Brewers was postponed, I was mildly annoyed, remembering fondly the often nonsensical spring weather back home that almost always plays havoc with the first month of the season. I don’t remember too many postponed games at Busch last April, but my memory can hardly be called an asset anymore. Oh well, the Cards now can have a day off at home to rest up; they don’t have another day off until May 16. Looking around the web, I couldn’t find any stats for teams and players in games following a rainout. That seemed really odd, especially in the most meticulously analyzed of all sports, but I probably shouldn’t be wasting a lot of time at my undisclosed location searching for stats. After all, someone else might need to use the computer.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
What a game!
Mulder pitches 10 innings in a complete game shutout of the Astros, with five Ks and NO walks, and he threw a measly 101 pitches (75 for strikes), now that's pitching with economy. This starting rotation is looking a-okay. But wait, perhaps the best part is that Walker tapped in a game winning RBI single off Brad Lidge, the very same pitcher that Cardinal hitters may or not have nightmares about (see earlier post). I'm not too worried about the quiet bats through this game and the two against the Cubs. Can't really articulate why, but I'm just not to worried about. They'll hit when they hit, as long as the entire team finds ways to win games we're okay. Later, I want to take a shot at Mulder nay sayers.
The Houston Solution
For the last few games, the Cards' pen has been, for the most part, above reproach. But last night they let the 'Stros tack on two more runs to the five ERs Marquis gave them. Flores and Reyes and Tavarez are relievers, and like other players they have bad nights. People don't really panic when a superstar hitter has an 0-4 night, or even a 1-4 with a single night, so it only stands to reason that people shouldn't panic when a pitcher has a game where they put some men on base and give up some runs. The important thing is that they bounce back, and not let a bad night or two throw them off for a lengthy strech. For the record, I haven't heard any panicking in the media or in blogland, but I think most others can recall other times where there has been panicking. (This is also, I confess, assuaging my own concern). There's always going to be some ugly wins in any season, whether it's a 105 win season or an 80 win season. A good team finds ways to win. Now, on the subject of relievers, I wonder just a little, tiny bit if there are a few ghosts this early in the season or the Cards and the Astros. Given the tough NLCS win in seven games, where we all released a HUGE sigh of relief when Edmonds made that catch on Ausmus' hit and again when the game was over and the Redbirds had won the NL. Clearly, some of the hitters may have nightmares of Brad Lidge, but you just wonder if they need to beat the Astros a few times to exorcise the ghosts and be reminded that there is little threat from the NL Central's perennial exercise in Texan mediocrity. This afternoon the Cards face the mercenary Roger Clemens, and it will be an important key to Birds finding their Houston solution.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Five ways to October
Wow, you’ve got to like the way the Redbirds’ starting pitching is shaping up this year. If the current trends continue, we could have three bona-fide aces, and another two more than capable hurlers that could make any starting rotation in the major leagues. I know this may be a bit premature, and I know these guys probably are going to take a lump or two during the season. However, if Morris has returned to form, Mulder found his mojo again and Carpenter pitches at the same level as last season, Cards fans will be in for an exciting year. I’m not booking my airline tickets for the homeland just yet, but it sure would be great to have a Thanksgiving celebration a month early. A good deal of credit goes to La Russa, Duncan and the resiliency of all five pitchers; however, none of this would be possible without the astute GM-ing of Jocketty and his refined emphasis on scouting. Carpenter, Suppan, and Marquis are the perfect examples of the Cards’ scouting staff’s ability to find those jewels in the rough. Carpenter and Suppan had virtually been relegated to the scrap heap. And nabbing Marquis (and Ray King) for J.D. Drew, well, it doesn’t even require an afterthought. Morris is a homegrown product, making his return even more triumphant. I still think the Mulder trade was a good one, too, but there are those who disagree, quite logically. I’ll take a starting five like this any day, it’s far, far better than bringing in a band of mercenaries who take pot shots at the local beat reporters and lead their $200 million team to a 7-9 start. Like I say, though, the season is pretty young and a lot of stuff still has to shake out, but so far, the Cards look good and have a fighting chance to win the division and move beyond. AND, if our bats really get going, it could be one hell of a summer. Bring on the Astros!
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Buffering the Signal from St. Louis
I live in Washington, DC, for just a little more than three months now. It’s nice, and for a kid used to the rolling hills and forests if the Ozarks, city life has been an adjustment, albeit a positive one so far. The biggest adjustment that’s come for me as a Cardinals fan, however, has been not being able to see the games. Fortunately, the internet has greatly softened the blow of separation anxiety. Thanks to a relatively inexpensive ($15 for a full season) deal from MLB, I can catch the KMOX broadcasts via the web. Right now, I’m listening to Carpenter throw a killer game against the Cubs. The game is on ESPN, but I’m not where I can get to a TV. Ironically, whenever you could only catch the Cards game on a national broadcast (the World Series comes to mind), I would always mute the TV and listen to Mike Shannon and Wayne Hagin call the game. It was also nice on beautiful Ozark’s Saturday afternoons when you wanted to catch the game, but also take in some fishing at Bennett Springs or a roadie into Northern Arkansas. That’s one of the many beautiful things about baseball; that it is so radio friendly. Sure, you can’t see the pitches and you’re dependent on stats to diagnose the specifics of the game, but you still get an equal level of enjoyment from root, root, rooting for the Cardinals. After all this game’s been around for a long, long time, and radio broadcasting was a major contributor for its widespread popularity. Well, the reassuring excitement of Mike Shannon’s voice and the Cardinals – Cubs game requires my full attention.
My mighty heart is broken, as the five game streak comes to its end. To be fair I'll have to say, that nutcase Zambrano pulled it together and pitched a good game. And Supe pitched well for us too; maybe he's close to breaking that Busch bad mojo he's had in the past. I saw on the STL Today site an article in which Zambrano was quoted saying, "I was waiting for them on any close pitch, but they didn't (lean into one). Very professional." I saw the infamous game last year, and I don't recall Edmonds or anyone leaning into a pitch. Personally, I don't recall any showboating; Zambrano just lost his head, Mr. Composure, just like Kerry "never more than 14 wins a season" Wood. Truly classless, this guy should be on a team with Pedro. Oh well, I still think the Cards can absorb the occasional loss.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Supe vs. Zambrano
The Cards face off against the Cubs’ Zambrano tonight. Last season he was 16-8, with a 2.75 ERA. Zambrano has not pitched well on the road this season. In two starts, against Pittsburgh and Arizona he gave up 8 ER, 6BB and 13 HA. His last game was against the Pirates and of the 6 hits he gave up in 6 innings, 3 were for home runs. Last year on the road he was 6-6, and over the course of his young career, he’s 1-4 in 8 starts versus the Redbirds. Of course we know Suppan hasn’t been our best starter in Busch Stadium, so maybe things even out. Maybe there’s a home run derby in store for fans tonight. Interesting tidbit of the day: Zambrano has thrown over 3,400 pitches in each of the last two seasons. Dusty Baker rides a pitcher until he collapses, and that’s why Cubs’ pitchers are always dealing with injuries. If this guy were a mountain man, I think he’d be the one that rode his horse at full gallop all day, until it fell over dead, and then eat the thing.
Five in a row
And just like that, the Cardinals climb back atop the NL Central. In five straight wins, they improve to 8-4. Sleeping giants have awaken and their bats have roared with hits, homers, runs and ribbies, acknowledging their readiness and resolve to the rest of the league, from Los Angeles to New York. The noise hasn’t been limited to their bats either. As the starting rotation settles into the flow of a long season, the most recent addition to the family, Mark Mulder, looks like he has reconnected with his mechanics and delivery, locating each pitch with the precision he became known for back in Oakland. Matt Morris endured a tough season last year, but after off-season shoulder surgery and what looked like the end of his days as a Redbird, he now seems poised to establish himself once again as the Cardinals premier pitching product. However, those last five games were against the Brewers and the Pirates, teams that are hardly among the league’s elite. But five straight wins is five straight wins, and even against perennial practice squads, it’s a decent little accomplishment. Tonight begins the real test, as the hated Cubbies blow into Busch on their way back to the Second City. Coming off a win last night, and a split two game series in Cincinnati, they’ll be looking to climb one game above .500. After playing two against the Cubs, Houston pays a visit, and if the Cards can carry their momentum through these two series, this could be a real good season.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
6 IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K! Matt Morris is back! I don't want to be premature about it, this is the Pirates after all, but this is awfully exciting. Wow, this might be better than Christmas.
Morris vs. Fogg - 4/19/05
In my last post I meant to discuss both pitchers and offer my highly insightful comparison, but I got so caught up in the feel-good rhetoric about Morris I totally forgot to mention the Pirates starter, Josh Fogg. Fogg is off to a good start. He's 1-0 (don't pay much attention to his record given that he plays for the Pirates) with a 2.03 ERA in two starts with 13.1 innings under his belt. He's also got 11 strike outs and 3 walks with a 0.900 WHIP. Those are better stats than any of the Cards' starters, but looking back over his last three full seasons his lowest ERA number is 4.35. He's also never posted more than 70 Ks in a season, striking out 69 (dude!) in 194.1 innings pitched in 2002. In his last outing, on the road against the Brewers, he gave up 2 dingers in 7 innings, while striking out 6 and getting a no decision. His win came in his first outing at home against the Padres. Another note on his stats for '05 thus far. He's given up 9 hits, 6 for extra bases, including 3 home runs. So, I won't be too surprised if the live bats in our lineup have the chance to pad their slugging percentage a wee bit. But then again, a hot pitcher is a hot pitcher, and when they're riding a streak they can be dangerous for anyone.
STL vs. PIT: Morris Returns, Fans Wait
Obviously, the return of Matt Morris (sorry, can't come up with a four letter nickname for him) is the big story for Cards fans, and an important one for MLB in general. Morris has been a Cardinal for a long time now; he's a homegrown hero with the team. To have him bounce back from his surgery and recapture something of the Matt Morris we saw in 2001 and 2002 would be a huge boost for the team for a couple of reasons. First, and most obvious, what team wouldn't want their ace to regain his form and win 15 or more games. Second, the team really showed a commitment to Morris, keeping him in the organization, albeit at a reduced cost, when they could have easily let him go and spent the money elsewhere. The deal with Morris shows that the front office in St. Louis thinks of this as something slightly more than just a business. Not to get too Pollyanna-ish here, but Morris is deeply ingrained into the team's recent history. He’s been through a great deal with the team: the playoff runs of the last few years, the 2003 skid, and he was a part of a Cardinals family that lost a brother in Darryl Kile back in 2002. Stories like Matty Mo's comeback are exactly what I want to hear more of in baseball, particularly in a year that started off with the black mark of the steroid scandal and questions about asterisks next to cherished records.
8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER...A Fine Night in Pittsburgh!
Most people, even the pundits, knew that Mark Mulder was still a top of the line starter, but they still pondered the bleakest scenarios. “What if he’s mired in the same funk from the last half of 2004? What if he never gets it back? Did the Cardinals sell out their future to get Mulder here?” Clearly, the answer is no. Although, Mulder still has to throw a few more big games to truly be Mark Mulder again, he’s still among the elite of starting pitchers. The win last night against the Pirates was a big one for the former Oakland ace as he went eight innings, allowing only two hits, one unearned run to get the win. Yes, the win came against the Pirates, but putting together a few wins starts in places like Pittsburgh before it can happen in a game seven of an LCS. To be realistic, this wasn’t the best Mark Mulder that Oakland fans would have seen a couple years ago. He only had two strike outs and walked three. It’s a step in the right direction as he transcends the lower depths of the mysterious pitcher psyche. When he takes the mound at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face the Astros, he’ll be in a much better place, both physically and mentally, to be the number one pitcher that we need him to be. And as a final thought on pitcher psychology, I must add that I, personally, think once he gets his mojo back he’ll be in a better place having worked through a long slump. I’m not an absolutist when it comes to the “that which does not kill” thing, but I certainly think in the case of pitchers this adds that necessary component of personal resiliency. I’m telling you, if there’s someone out there pondering a get rich scheme, longing to free themselves from the oppressive banality of the corporate, desk rider world, a PhD psychology focused exclusively on pitchers is your ticket. Finally, on the thought that we sold out the Cards' future to get Mulder, I just have to add that the Redbirds aren't the Blues, come on!
Monday, April 18, 2005
It's a Sweep!
The Cards got back to being the Cards with a sweep of the Brewers, and looked good doing it. In yesterday’s game, the final game of the series, the Cards staged a late rally with timely clutch hitting for the win. This was something I remember happening with some frequency last year; although, I hate to speculate just how much without the stats in front of me. The fact that games like that are particularly memorable also stands out as a reason why late inning victories seem to have occurred more often last year. Anyway... It’s good to see clutch hitting. To restate the obvious, it’s what makes a team great, finding a way to win. The clutch hitter of note yesterday was none other than Samurai Scott Rolen, and that’s a real good sign that he’s found his hitter’s stream of conscious and jumped into the flow. Without a doubt, Rolen was going to start putting up numbers at some point, no matter what his April was shaping up to be. Smacking a game winning HR in the ninth inning proves that he’s not only going to get those numbers, but that he’s also going to be a hitter the team can count on to win games.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
I'm undetaking an effort to assign four letter nicknames to each member of the starting rotation. (Although, that may have already been accomplished by someone else). Carp pitched well against the Brewers Saturday, right after a new contract for two more years and an option third year was announced. This is good news. Carpenter is a solid pitcher, one who doesn't solely depend on the sinkers and the off-speed stuff depending on ground outs. It's another smart move by the front office. I don't agree with some that Carpenter is truly ace material, but he's a solid started that would be an assest to ANY lineup in the league. I approve! (and we all know how bloody important that is)
The Zen of Rolen
I guess the big "wheww" from yesterday is the patient eyes of Scott Rolen. Rolen is a contemplative hitter who sees his pitches. But there's more to it than just the old baseball cliche. There's a Zen aspect to Rolen's plate approach. Just seeing the pitches doesn't describe it. He gets outside of his body and experiences the pitch, gauging it from the sides and rear too. In the box with bat pointed skyward, the slight movement in that big stick acts like a mantra, a motion moving down through his bones and radiating into the muscles, giving the body a gentle, pleasant hum and instilling a focus that could exclude the noise of bombs, or the erratic hum of a stadium filled with thousands of chattering fans. With that, he is able to slow the ball down as it comes to the plate, slowing it and tracking its movement until the bat comes around and sends the ball through the air to a destination beyond the infield dirt. That's a how a hitter hits. There's nothing scientific about it, purely art and maybe a dash of inner peace. The Cards have another Zen hitter in Pujols, and he too has recently rediscovered that focus, evidenced by his hitting streak and back to back games with home runs.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Suppan goes 8 1/3 in a solid outing. Izzie gets the save. Folks, that was some decent pitching from the Redbirds tonight. That was the Suppan that won 10 straight on the road last year. Now, the bats. Pujols had the big hit, and I would largely attribute the 3 runs to some good pitching by Sheets. 7 Ks isn't too bad. The only concern I would take away from the whole thing is Rolen's 0-4, with one K tonight. Injury or mental thing behind this slump? Nevertheless, if this teams pitches and plays as capable as the others are, it can endure a slump by one it's superstars. I still think he'll get it together though, but historically his year-in-year-out batting average is not .314 in a season. As long as he get the 100+ RBI and 25+ home runs the lineup can take care of itself. I sure would like to see Molina pick it up a bit, and maybe Walker too. All's well. Put it in the books!
Cards look to change the up and down tone of thier season against Ben Sheets in Milwaukee tonight. On the surface, it sounds like a tough match-up, considering the opposing pitcher, in the Redbirds first attempt to put together a winning series in '05. Last year Sheets established himself as one of the best, certainly in the NL. His stat line is pretty impressive, 2.70 ERA, 264 K, 0.98 WHIP and only 32 walks in 237 innings, only a poor Brew crew offense left him with a 12-13 record. Sheets' record is more mixed in 5 starts against the Cards last year. He was 1-3, with a 3.69 ERA, 6 BB, .286 BAA, and a 1.33 WHIP in 31.6 innings. It seemed like so much more a minute ago. but maybe I was hallucinating. Still, it is better than his overall stats. What you want from me...
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Loss to the Reds, Mulder and hitting concerns.
Okay, Mulder didn't seem to be sharp today. There are so many factors related to pitching, and every pitcher has a bad game or two each season. I'm not panicking or even assuming that Mulder's ghosts of late 2004 haven't left. He'll pitch again next week, and we'll see what happens. I'm also not going to worry about Pujols hitting .240 so far this season. He batted .287 in April last season, so make your own conclusions. It's early, and the Redbirds weren't exactly sharp to start off last season. The bullpen looked better today, and the rust seems to be coming off those guys. They don't do much throwing in the spring, so I tend to think that they need a few games to get their pitches right. It's going on all over the league. But King managed 3K in 1 2/3 innings, and the pen gave up 0 runs. Face it, the Brewers aren't going to be in 2nd place in the NL Central come June, Houston won't be in 1st, and the Cards and Cubs won't be battling it out for 4th and 5th place. It's why we have a 162 game season, to account for luck and other such anomalies.
Tuesday, April 12.
So, I'm in Dallas, fully prepared to catch last night's game via the MLB Gameday Audio thing, longing to hear Mike Shannon's jolly play by play. However, earlier in the day someone else at the conference offers tickets to the Rangers - Angels game. How do pass that up? Seats behind first base (well, not officially, but...). Got the wrap up on it. Marquis was great, especially helping out the effort with his triple, a triple, the pitcher got a triple, the rarest extra base hit in baseball. Cali was on fire to, way better than the bullpen pitching I saw in Arlington last night. A good win for the Redbirds. More on the TEX game. The guy that got the tickets was a Giants fan, from the SF area, and a baseball fanatic with lots of great stories about the Giant's rivalry with the other NY transfer team to the south, the hated Dodgers, LA Dodgers that is. Who could really hate the Bums from Brooklyn? It was quite amusing. Apparently, according to my source, the Dodger fans receive endless amounts of shit for being a latte sipping, 7th inning leaving bunch of fans. Say what you will about the mindless devotion of a Cubs fan, they always return for a full 9 innings of punishment. Or maybe that's got more to do with the Chicagoan affection for meat-based food products and the readily available fix of "saaaasage" at Wrigley. Come on, how can I not take a shot at Bartman's brothers to the north. Oh, so I was talking about the Texas game. I really like baseball, so I'll even watch the watered down AL version of the game when I have the chance. Anyway, the highlight, or lowlight from the perspective of my fantasy team, was seeing Vlad drive in a run and then get hurt. Of course, it sounds like he's fine, according to the news today. Didn't get to see either one of the highly touted young closers for either team since the final score was 13-8 Angels. It was nevertheless a smashing good time, and $5.75 seemed a mere pittance for enjoying some Shiner Bock on tap in it's native land. Anyway, I told the folks who I went to the game with to give me heads up when they came to DC this summer, and I'd make sure we took in a Nationals game, speaking of overpriced... If a beer is $5.75 in Texas, it's probably $8.75 in DC, where even the ridiculously overpriced seems to be ridiculously overpriced. Oh well, at least there's no DH.
Did I forget something?
Okay, I realize the blogging medium is really only useful if it's providing frequently updated and relevant reaction and commentary on whatever subject the blog is dedicated to. In this case, baseball, more specifically Cardinals Baseball (yes, it does deserve to be capitalized). So, you would probably need to offer something from game to game, as a minimum from series to series and each news item. Clearly, I've been remiss in my duties. But, let me at least offer an excuse. This is a new deal for me and will take some getting used to. While I am rarely at a loss for something to say, it's completely another effort to actually write it down. AND, I've been out of town for work, at a conference (whoopee!). Let's also not forget the whole ADD thing. But this is not about me; it's about the Redbirds, dammit! If Fred Bird doesn't feel like putting on the costume and dancing around in the lovely August Missouri heat, he doesn't make excuses. He gets dressed, and gets his ass out on the field to make sure fans are stoked for the game. (Or he passes out from heat exhaustion because it's 95 degrees with 90% humidity). So no more excuses. Let me get caught up and offer my take on last night's drubbing of the Reds and today's sloppy, 6 to 5 loss to the typically glass jawed Reds from WKRP-land.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Phils 10 - Cards 4
I missed yesterday's game (oh well, at least the blogging medium doesn't require instant reaction, wait a minute...). Spent the beautiful spring afternoon drinking outside instead. Seems like it was an interesting game, La Russa continuing his Quixotic fight with the scorers, batters getting thrown at, but with nothing locating too high. It doesn't make any difference now, but I tend to agree that Flores got screwed on the wild pitch call. It might not have changed the game; however, his ERA is screwed. Gould made a good point in his Post-Dispatch story, that Duncan should be pleased with Flores' ability to pitch three good innings. Again, he got the worst of it on the wild pitch call and Burrell's homer, but he managed to K the Phillies lefty hitters, notably Abreu and Thome. While bullpens across the league are having a tough time scraping the rust off (the Cards' included) Flores took a step in the right direction. It's promising to have a lefty in the pen who can give us a solid couple of innings. 2:15 game time today, for Diaspora folks on the East Coast anyway. It's nice to be able to listen to the games on the internet, but I need to get moving on getting the XM (send ad money to...) radio hook up. Too bad the damn walkman thing they have is as much as an iPod, I could finally go see DC's infamous cherry blossoms AND listen to the game. I've seen pictures and local TV just did a special, so I can at least recount to others who keep asking me about them, " yeah, they're really pretty, we saw them the other day."
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Here's to the late adopters of innovation. Welcome to Cardinals Diaspora, the site for Redbirds fans scattered far and wide from the friendly confines of the Midwest. This site, obviously, is a place for general musings on the Cards, but other subjects, baseball in general, fantasy, etc. will also have some space devoted to them. Feel free to make comments, email me, etc. I'm always up for debate or discussion, and I love smart ass comments.