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That's More Like It

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 8:02 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Heroes and Goats | Pittsburgh Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals
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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If Lohse's suspension isn't reduced, Bob Watson should lose his job.

I'm hoping the suspension and fine are both completely eliminated. Unlikely perhaps, but it's the right move, in my opinion. He didn't even hit the guy, nor did he get ejected.

Schumaker continues to impress

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2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
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2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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