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Cardinals Skip The Country

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 8:46 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals | Toronto Blue Jays
The day off was pretty quiet, save the fact that the Cardinals skipped the country.  It's a night of two national anthems tonight as the Battle of the Birds begins in Toronto.

You wouldn't think it, but I actually have a friend down here in Arkansas that's a Blue Jays fan, being as he's from Canada and all.  So it'd be much nicer for my piece of mind if the Cardinals took this series, and they've got the pitching matchups in their favor, at least slightly.

Jaime Garcia goes tonight, and obviously the Jays haven't seen him before.  Toronto is sixth in the American League in runs and OPS, so this could be a good test for him.  Being unknown should help and I expect he'll continue his strong starting run tonight.

Brett Cecil is having a solid year, leading the team in wins and WHIP, and a 3.58 ERA in the AL East is nothing to sneeze at.  Plus he's a lefty that only Matt Holliday (0-3) has ever seen before.  Good chance this is going to be a 2-1 game.

Of course, there's the debate on whether interleague play is really worth it.  It seems like finally there are more and more people speaking out and saying it is really not necessary.  Rob Rains has a column up today at the Globe-Democrat about it, for example.  I've never been a big fan of interleague, as it comes across as a feeling of an exhibition in the middle of the season.  I definitely wouldn't miss it if it was ditched, let's put it that way.

Remember, we'll be talking about the Blue Jays with Ian from The Blue Jay Hunter tomorrow night on the UCB Radio Hour!  Make your plans to join us!


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Awe....I am actually a friend! You made my day -- now prepare for the Jay's sweep of your birds!!!

Let's not push it, Kevin. I didn't think you wanted me calling you that bum I do his taxes for on a blog, even one as rarely read as this one.

And the only sweep that's happening is by the red birds, my friend!

I crunched the numbers and tried to find a weakness in the Cardinals rotation during this series, and there isn't one.

Especially with Garcia - he hasn't given up more than 3 runs in any of his starts, and the Cards bullpen has things locked down too, so the Blue Jays have a very tough time ahead of them this series. Damn!

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