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On the Wagonmaker

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 9:37 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Heroes and Goats | Houston Astros | St. Louis Cardinals
I've probably complained before about my cable system.  It's my blog, though, so I'm going to do it again.

Actually, the system really is good.  We, for some reason, here in this part of Arkansas are considered part of the Houston market, so that's the FSN that we get.  My cable company, though, runs the pregame and game feed from FSN Midwest on an unused channel for the Cardinal fans.

This works out great except when the Cardinals play Houston.  Then, we are forced to have the Houston feed, which is how it was Tuesday night.  That's not too bad, though I prefer the pregame show and getting the Cardinal announcers.

What irritates me is situations like last night.  Houston's FSN wasn't televising the game, but we still didn't get the FSN Midwest feed.  So it was televised, but we couldn't get it down here.  It's a rare thing and I know I'm blessed to be able to see as many games as I do, but it still gets a little irksome.

And, apparently, it was a heck of a game to watch.  I love to see good pitching, especially from the Cardinal side, and Adam Wainwright provided that.  Three hits in eight innings?  Very nice.  Especially against a resurgent Houston team that had put the wood to the Cardinals the night before.

Getting that early lead surely helped, and I see we have the Houston defense to thank for that.  I knew that Rodriguez has been tough on the Cardinal hitters, so I was surprised to see that the Cards jumped on him early.

Another rough night for Troy Glaus.  0-4 with 4 left on. Glaus seems to be a streaky hitter in the line of Edmonds.  When he's going, he's going well.  When he's not, it's not pretty.

Back to Wainwright for a minute, though.  It was about this time last year that things started to click for the Wagonmaker and he became the pitcher we've grown accustomed to.  Since the end of May last year, he's 15-10 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  His H/9 is 8.0 and K/9 is at 6.1.  All in all, he's the ace, whether Carpenter comes back or not.

Cards look to win the series tonight, but it'll be a challenge.  Roy Oswalt is on the mound for the Astros.  Oswalt isn't having a typical year for him, but he's still a tough pitcher to face.  The Cardinals were able to beat him the one time they faced him this year and some Cards do have pretty decent numbers against him.

Kyle Lohse goes for the Redbirds.  If he pitches like he did against Houston earlier in the year or how he did last time out, the Cards will be in good shape. However, if he pitches up to his career numbers against Astro hitters, well, it'll be a long evening.

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If it makes your feel any better, I have to subscribe to MLB Extra Innings where I get no pregame, the feed ends before the team starts congratulating eachother, Saturday games on Fox are blacked out and sometimes I'm subjected to listening to other feeds. The one positive coming from that is I got to listen to Vin Scully for 2-of-3 games this past weekend. Man, was he a delight.

The bad side? Try listening to FSN Milwaukee. HORRIBLE.

I know, I do have it better than I have any right to. No extra costs to watch Cardinal games.

Scully is great--I should have listened to the Cardinal games on XM during the Dodgers series.

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