At least the bats showed up in Busch last night. Now they'll have to make sure to stay hot for Friday.
Big night for Skip Schumaker
, who had three hits and a walk from the leadoff slot, scoring three runs. Lots of players to choose from on the offensive side, though, with Jason Larue getting two hits plus a HR and Rick Ankiel going yard as well.
Another tough night to find a Goat. Adam Kennedy
's 0-4 would do it, I guess, though Jamie Garcia allowing four runners in 1.1 innings was a close second.
But for all the positive feelings out of last night's game, it still was just marking time. The Brewers won as well, so the Cardinals stay 2.5 back with one fewer game left. Right now, the playoff odds per the ESPN standings
stand at 18%. This weekend, the Brewers get the Pirates while the Cards take on Atlanta. It may take a sweep of the Braves to cut into that Brewer lead.
In other news, Adam Wainwright has been named the starter for Friday. Hopefully this means he'll stay in the rotation, even if Carpenter returns this season. To jerk him around after he's already made a start would be even worse than doing it before he's activated. As Derrick Goold said in his most recent Bird Land
, can you imagine the Red Sox doing that to Beckett or any other team doing that to an ace?
Izzy may not be done for his career
, which would be good. However, I do think he's done in St. Louis, no matter what. Still, I wish him well whereever.
Kyle Lohse got slapped with a suspension yesterday
, which of course was immediately appealed. Surely the face that he didn't hit anyone and wasn't thrown out of the game would come into play here. But the likelihood of him getting it reduced or eliminated is pretty slim, I'd think. The league won't want to remove the suspension and admit they might have been wrong, but any reduction in games won't have an impact, as he could just serve the suspension between starts.
Joe Strauss had his weekly chat
yesterday, following John Mozeliak's second foray
into the medium. Mo made it sound like we might see a good number of the young guys in September, which would be fun. He didn't say specifically which ones were under consideration, though.
Another off day, the bane of the fan but the relief of the player, so we'll try to get back tomorrow (you know what Fridays and weekends are like) to look at the starting matchup.
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