Tuesday 8:15 - Roy Halladay v. Kyle McClellan
Wednesday 8:15 - Cliff Lee v. Kyle Lohse
Thursday 8:15 - Roy Oswalt v. Chris Carpenter
Runs - 348 (4th)
BA - .272 (2nd)
OBP - .344 (3rd)
Slg - .416 (6th)
Hey, hey, hey, there's nooooooooo Albert!
I'm not happy Albert Pujols got hurt. I like watching him crush homers and I hope he breaks the homerun record some day. He would make a great homerun champion. However, I am happy he's not playing this week against the Phils. Now, if only Big Puma would stub a toe and Matt Holliday would catch the flu...
ERA - 3.94 (14th)
WHIP - 1.31 (16th)
BAA - .260 (24th)
Kyle McClellan and Kyle Lohse throw the first two games. McClellan has given up 12 runs in his last two starts. Lohse has given up 4 runs in each of his last three starts. I'm okay with those trends continuing.
Chris Carpenter starts game three and is 1-7 with a 4.47 ERA. So what's wrong with this perennial Cy Young contender? Possibly nothing. His xFIP is a nice 3.33. And his BB/9 and K/9 numbers are consistent with previous years. Actually, he's striking out more batters per nine now than anytime since his Tommy John surgery in 2007. Maybe he's just unlucky. A relative high .327 BAPIP would support that. However, his line drive percentage (LD%) is six points higher than last season and his ground ball percentage (GB%) is the lowest (45%) of any season he's had with the Cardinals. The verdict? Probably a good pitcher on the down-side of his career who's been a little unlucky. Basically, he's due for a few wins. Let's just hope one of them isn't this week.
Good news in the Cardinals bullpen. Eduardo Sanchez hit the DL and won't be available. And Ryan Franklin is still there! The Cardinals are 4-15 in games that Franklin comes in toting his can of gasoline. Let's all hope for a few Franklin appearances.
He's Their Michael Martinez:
This is a new feature on the "Series Preview" where we look at the "worst" player on the other team [I say "worst" because I'm mainly looking at batting stats and disregarding other factors that may show the player's true value.] For St. Louis, their Michael Martinez has to be Tyler Greene. Sure, that no-hitter was great, but what has he done lately. In over 100 at-bats this season Greene is batting a crisp .198. For his career Greene has logged over 300 plate appearances over three seasons and has only managed .214-5-26. Still, he's better than Michael Martinez.
What We Are Drinking This Series:
Another new feature of the "Series Preview," Carson and I will take this space to comment on some sort of beverage. It has nothing to do with baseball, but that's okay sometimes...
Corey - European Orange Fanta - I'm sure you all know that soda manufacturers change the formula of their drinks for other countries. So Coke in America doesn't taste anything like Coke in Bangladesh. The Orange Fanta in England is awesome. It tastes like carbonated freshly squeezed orange juice. There's no syrupy- sweetness artificial orange flavor that ruins the American version. There just so happens to be a German market near me that sells European Fanta. I'll be cracking a few cans after mowing the lawn and settling down in front of the TV for this series.
Carson - a home-brewed strong brown ale with molasses, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Big Bad Brown Brew or affectionately referred to as Quad-B is dark, sweet, and delicious. This beer will sneak up on you with its near 9% alcohol content and is a great way to unwind at the end of the day or go comfortably numb watching the Phils squander scoring opportunities.
The Phils and Cards played a quick two game set in Philly in mid-May. The Cardinals won both games (3-1, 2-1) with Lee and Baez taking the losses. The offense managed only 10 hits in the two games.
These 8:15 start times are bullshit. Every game, no matter where the location, should start at 7:05 Eastern Standard Time. Maybe 7:35 on special occasions. The east coast is the only part of this country that matters and it's about time sports leagues recognize this and change their schedules accordingly.
Two of three for the good guys.