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A Key Series

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 9:03 AM
Filed Under: Atlanta Braves | Baseball
With not much going off the field--save the fact that Mark Mulder and Jason Isringhausen don't think they are done and want to pitch next year, which if they do I'm sure it will be somewhere else--we can take a quick look at today's game.

The Cardinals really need a sweep of this series, in my opinion.  Milwaukee goes up against Pittsburgh and they should at least win two of three.  On paper, at least, the Cardinals probably have the advantage in each pitching matchup (see my Birds Eye View for more discussion there).  If the Cardinals really want to be considered seriously, these are the games they have to win.

Tonight we get to see the return of Adam Wainwright and thankfully, that return is in the starting rotation.  I realize that Tony LaRussa won't commit to him staying there, but I think that it'd be very difficult to start moving him around after he makes a start.  It's one thing to talk about that when he's in the minors, but another thing to actually remove him from the rotation.  Wainwright has done OK in his limited appearances against the team that drafted him, though he still has yet to get Chipper Jones out.

On the other side, Charlie Morton goes for the Braves.  The Cardinals torched him in his only appearance against St. Louis, scoring eight runs in 3.2 innings as he filled in for the injured Tim Hudson.  Since then, Morton has pitched much better, with an ERA around 3.6 for the month of August.

Hopefully the bats will be strong tonight and Wainwright will be able to go six or so.  Looking forward to seeing him back on the mound!


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Wainwright pitching today means (if my math's right) he goes Wednesday against Milwaukee. That's sweet.

Wouldn't it be nice for Carp to return on schedule and throw Tuesday?

That'd be Carp v Sheets and Wainwright v Parra. I really like our chances with those matchups.

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