Sunday Spitballs – 07.27.08 (The Monday Version)

by on July 28, 2008 · 10 comments

Sorry for my tardiness with this one, a long weekend out of town left me exhausted and unable to stomach writing about the week that was in Cardinal baseball.  Alas, here we go…

  • How will Cardinal fans remember the Anthony Reyes era in St Louis?  As much as I was rooting for the guy, the change of scenery will hopefully do him well.  We’ll always have Game 1 of the 2006 World Series.
  • Tony LaRussa is planning to stick with Ryan Franklin as the closer.  Shocking.  It seems that it will take a trade by John Mozeliak in order to unseat ole Frank.  From the article linked above, “Franklin has allowed a homer in each of his past three appearances, and he has had a loss or a blown save in each.”  Ugh.
  • Did anyone else think, while watching the game on Saturday (which I did not, but I thought it while checking the box score), “oh great, here goes the runs for next week”?
  • Chris Carpenter will get the start on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves.  Mitchell Boggs will be the likely roster casualty, being optioned back to Memphis.  Carp apparently pitched well on Friday night, and I’m cautiously optimistic.  Yeah, they’re probably rushing him back, rather than allowing him a couple more rehab starts, but this team clearly needs a guy who can put together seven solid innings.  Here’s hoping Carp is the guy for the job.
  • Skip Schumaker played his tail off on Saturday.  Six hits in seven at-bats over the course of fourteen innings.  I still say this guy can stick as an everyday outfielder in this league.  The problem is, the Cardinals might simply have *better* players.
  • Rick Ankiel is battling abdomen soreness after an awkward swing on Saturday.  Hopefully it will clear itself up relatively quickly, but if not, look for lots of Skipper in center and Joe Mather in left field.
  • How different would Mozeliak be approaching Thursday’s trade deadline if not for three bullpen implosions against Milwaukee this week?  Assume if you will that the Cards took three of four from Milwaukee (which they rightfully should have).  The Cubs would still be in first at 61-44, with the Cards a game back of them, and Milwaukee three behind the Cards in the Wild Card race.  Instead, almost solely on the shoulders of the bullpen, the Cards find themselves in a big hole to both of those clubs and there is whispering about the season slowly slipping away…


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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