Sunday Spitballs – 07.20.08

by on July 20, 2008 · 0 comments

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve chimed in with one of these – but I have plenty to say:

  • FINALLY!  Finally the Cards got a sweep.  Not without their fair share of trouble getting there, but finally a sweep against a club that should’ve been swept.  The club just wouldn’t quit this weekend.
  • Aaron Miles just earned himself a lot of free steak dinners across the Metro-East.
  • Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel have got to be neck-and-neck in the running for National League Player of the Month for July.  I give the edge to Glaus.  Coming into today (where he was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and the go-ahead three-run homer in the 8th) he had a 8-game hitting streak (now obviously nine) in which he is hitting .531/.605/1.063.  That’s gross.  The Cards might not need to fetch another bat after all, with Glaus and Ank heating up.
  • For those of you unfamiliar with it, FanGraphs is a really cool site that devotes a lot of its energy to stats like WPA (Win Probability Added), etc.  They have live graphs throughout every MLB game indicating the probability of which team will win.  The last inning and a half of today’s game was a see-saw to say the least.
  • Todd Wellemeyer really calmed down on Saturday after a couple of rough innings to start.  Hopefully he’s got that elbow (and more importantly, his control) down and back in order.
  • Jamie Garcia did an admirable job today in his first big league start.  He gave the team a chance to win, which is about all the Cards can expect out of their 5th rotation spot right now.
  • Speaking of rotation spots, Chris Carpenter seemingly pitched an outstanding four innings tonight for Springfield in a AA rehab start.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but this has to be exciting for Cardinal management and fans alike.  Getting Carp back – healthy – would be a huge coup for this ballclub.
  • Baltimore Oriole Adam Loewen is trying to pull an Ankiel.  Multiple surgeries and ultimate poor health with his pitching arm have led him to the point where he’s now considering himself an outfielder.  Good luck Adam.
  • It’s looking more and more like Jason Isringhausen’s time to ride off into the sunset.  Izzy started off today’s appearance strong, then somehow the wheels came off.  While it would’ve been a great story to get him to 300 saves this year, I just don’t see it happening while this team is trying to compete.

I’m getting tired and I don’t want to rehash too much more of what you all have already seen this weekend.

Tomorrow starts the beginning of perhaps the most crucial series the Cards have played to date this season, and we’ll see CC Sabathia in St Louis.  Here’s hoping he gets treated to his first dreadful NL start.

Writing about the Cardinals and other loosely associated topics since 2008, I've grown tired of the April run-out only to disappoint Cardinal fans everywhere by mid-May. I do not believe in surrendering free outs.
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