Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Somethin's Brewin' in St. Louis...PART 2
Cards face Ben Sheets tonight, who the Cards got to for 2 earned runs and a win way back in April. Sheets has been good, but human this season. In his last five games he's given up at least 2 earned runs, allowing 6 to the Cubs on June 23, and 3 to the Nationals in his last outing on July 15. He's 2-0 in that span. In Mulder's last five games, he gone 2-1, and in his last two games he has only allowed 1 earned run. Those last two games, featuring the considerably reduced strike out totals, were both quality starts for Mulder, including the 8 inning win against the Giants and a decent showing in a no decision against the Astros last Friday. The big question for tonight, what kind of junk will we see in the outfield? Okay, it's not junk, but it's just not the kind of line up we've grown acustom to as Cardinals fans. I guess that I tend to agree there's no need to rush a move, instead waiting for the right one to come along. It's still interesting to ponder the moves Jock's got up his sleeve. This Brewers team is one of the most interesting in the NL to watch. Cards fans should get to know them well, as I think they'll be our biggest competitors for the Division in the years ahead. I'm looking for Pujols to continue to creep into Derrek Lee's triple crown totals again tonight. That's going to be tough as Lee made contact for two doubles and two RBI last night. I still remain convinved that he can't keep up the pace for the full season, but when does the slump begin? Another question to ask, is Lee going to be back to being a .275 hitter next year? Geez, why am I so obsessed with this guy failing? Partly because he's a Cub and partly because it burns me to see Pujols robbed of an MVP by a fluke season like that.