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Posted on June 9, 2011 at 7:03 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Houston Astros | St. Louis Cardinals
I've occasionally said that Albert Pujols reads this blog, because I'll write something and he'll either go out and justify or, more likely, take offense at it and go off.  If that's the case, perhaps Bud Norris reads his press clippings as well.

Yesterday, I said that Norris's "hold on the Cardinals is starting to weaken," due to the fact they'd been able to get to him some this year.  However, that wasn't the case last night, as Norris took a no-hitter into the seventh before winning yet another game against the Redbirds.

I wasn't able to see much of this game due to various pre-trip preparations that had to be made, but it doesn't sound like I missed much.  Obviously the Hero of the game was Lance Berkman, who kept the Cards from being no-hit and shut out.  Albert Pujols got the only other hit, meaning Ryan Theriot's hit streak went by the boards.  Sounds like AP almost kept his homer streak alive as well with a deep fly that was caught in center.

Jamie Garcia probably gets the Goat for being very inconsistent with his pitching.  He didn't allow much, just three runs, but he also threw more pitches in five innings than he's thrown in some complete games.  Ryan Franklin did a very good job out of the pen and will be getting more and more pressure innings going forward, I'm fairly sure.  Jason Motte allowed the last run in the ninth, but by then the story was pretty much written.

However, there are going to be games like that during the season.  Games where you just can't dent the other pitcher.  Games where the other guy has your number.  You shake them off and move on.

Day 3 of the draft is a roster-filler type of day, with only the rarest of rare gems getting to the bigs from that level.  Future Redbirds will have all the details, of course, but the thing that caught most people's eye from yesterday was that the Cards took one of Colby Rasmus's younger brothers.  Casey Rasmus plays at Liberty University as a catcher and, from reports, has a nice swing.  From older brother's comments, sounds like he'll sign, but we'll have to wait and see.

Yesterday, the Cards and Royals announced that the upcoming series between the two teams would be dedicated to tornado relief.  "Teams United For Joplin" is the theme and Josh from Pitchers Hit Eighth was there for the announcement.  Check out all the details over at that site.

Cards try to win the series tonight by sending Lance Lynn out to face J.A. Happ.  Obviously, Lynn's never faced the Astros before and looks to improve on his major league debut.  Perhaps the defense will be better for him in this one.  Here's Happ's line against the Redbirds:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Albert Pujols 16 14 4 1 0 1 3 2 0 .286 .375 .571 .946 1 0 2
Yadier Molina 9 9 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0
Colby Rasmus 8 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 .200 .500 .400 .900 0 0 0
Skip Schumaker 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .286 .333 .619 0 0 0
Ryan Theriot 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333 0 0 0
Lance Berkman 5 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .250 .250 1.000 1.250 0 0 0
Tyler Greene 5 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .200 .200 .800 1.000 0 0 0
Jon Jay 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 .250 .650 0 0 0
Allen Craig 4 4 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 .750 .750 1.500 2.250 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500 1 0 0
Kyle Lohse 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Jake Westbrook 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Chris Carpenter 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0
Total 72 62 17 3 0 4 10 8 13 .274 .357 .516 .873 2 0 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/9/2011.

They've not seen him a lot, but they've been able to do fairly well against him.  We'll see if that will hold true tonight as well.

Remember, starting tomorrow the guest posters arrive, raising the quality level of this blog immensely.  Don't get too used to it--I'll be back a week from Monday!

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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

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)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

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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