Braden Looper

Kyle Lohse gets paid

by on October 1, 2008 · 4 comments

Ok, save the “duh” comments.  I know I’m behind the news here. Fact is, my tardiness was somewhat intentional.  I’ve set myself down at the keyboard several times since Sunday night/Monday afternoon, all set to unleash my true thoughts on the Kyle Lohse signing, only to think better of it and continue to read other [...]

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That is a question on many a Cards fan’s tongue as the season winds to a close. As Braden Looper prepares to take the mound tonight, in the Cardinals’ final series of this wildly entertaining (and similarly frustrating) season, it could be his final appearance wearing the Birds-on-the-Bat. It can be argued that Looper’s conversion [...]

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Save McClellan for next year

by on September 19, 2008 · 2 comments

I think it’s time to start thinking about shutting Kyle McClellan down (if he’s not unofficially done anyway) for the season, albeit what little is left of it. Kyle had another rough outing on Tuesday night, surrendering three runs in one-third of an inning. Unfortunately, this type of appearance has become all too common in [...]

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What to do on Sept 1

by on August 30, 2008 · 3 comments

This has been a tough season to really understand.  At the beginning not much was anticipated.  Rotation seemed shaky with Carpenter out and three rookies in the outfield and an injury prone 3B taking over for perennial gold glovers Edmonds and Rolen, together with all the uncertainty of Pujols’ elbow, tempered expectations to say the [...]

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Fresh off of a two-inning, one hit, no runs performance yesterday afternoon, Jason Isringhausen is hopefully feeling a little better about himself. I hope that Tony doesn’t feel the same. Sure, Izzy finally put together some pitches, even throwing most for strikes. This does not in the slightest form mean that he should be allowed [...]

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Cardinal starting pitcher Joel Pineiro gave the team a much needed seven inning start last night against the Dodgers.  Pineiro wasn’t particularly sharp early, surrendering three runs in the first three innings, but the big Cardinal fourth inning – puntuated by back-to-back home runs by Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick (is there an internal MVP [...]

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Is there a statistic for a guy who comes in, usually in long relief, and just continues to give his team a chance to win, often times following a short start (whether because of injury or poor performance)? If so, I’d be willing to bet that Brad Thompson would have a favorable number in that [...]

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A tale of two offenses

by on July 29, 2008 · 6 comments

Which one will show up tonight? The Cards’ offense has recently exploded for ten runs on Saturday versus the Mets (albeit in extra time) and for twelve last night versus the Braves (albeit versus a rookie, stop-gap starter).  Last night they were even without their slugging centerfielder, Rick Ankiel.  That could be an ongoing absence, [...]

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Note:  Preprogrammed thread written prior to Friday night’s game – so this does not take into account any further bullpen implosions. Assume no trades are made – make any assumptions you like with players already in the organization.  Set your ideal pitching staff for the rest of the season. Mine is like this: SP Chris [...]

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Now, before everyone attacks me about this being a rebuilding year and the Cards shouldn’t be giving up propects for rentals, don’t sell the farm, they’re in this position because Walt Jocketty mortgaged the future for now, etc., please listen. It doesn’t have to be a big move.  I’m not talking about shipping out Colby [...]

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