Who would have thought Todd Wellemeyer would be starting again, this year or ever as a Cardinal? St. Louis now puts the first losing streak in seemingly forever on the broad shoulders of the Toddalion. Of course, the Florida Marlins are trying to stay in the NL Wild Card hunt and don’t really care who the opposing pitcher is.
Everyone will be watching not only the starting pitcher for the home team but also who comes out in a potential save situation. Ryan Franklin may be struggling but is in no danger of losing the 9th inning as Brad Lidge finds for the Phillies. St. Louis does need bullpen stability in a hurry, however, with the possible first round playoff match-up looking closer by the day.
Nick and I had a great UCB Radio Hour last week, but we had little to focus on with improvement in mind. After the Atlanta series, quite a few areas appeared on the radar. Let’s hope the offense gets going to mirror the pitching with the Cubs coming to town after the Marlins. The injury bug will take care of itself, leaving only the question of uncertainty across the ranks.
Who is the fourth starter when/if needed in September or October? Where does the team turn for a reliable set-up man? Most importantly, how do Carp and Lohse recover after serving up batting practice to the Braves? Pass on any more questions below you want looked at during Dan and Mike’s turn at the controls Wednesday. This is the best time of the baseball year in my opinion, and all our answers will be known soon enough.