Kyle Lohse

After another gut-punch loss where the Cardinals were seemingly cruising only to run into THAT BIG INNING again, I think it’s time to acknowledge there is a problem. The Cardinals have allowed five or more runs in one inning fourteen times this season, including last night’s fifth inning from Chris Carpenter. In terms of ranking [...]

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Dropping the Deuce

by on May 27, 2011 · 0 comments

Number 2.  Numero dos.  Deux.  The 2 spot.  Second in command.  The backup to the lead man.  Best supporting actor.  That was what Chris Carpenter was supposed to be this season.  Instead, he’s been pushed to the forefront, and he’s suddenly perceived as being the “ace” once again to many fans.  There’s just one problem.  [...]

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Notice the way this shot was framed magnificently against the backdrop of the Busch Stadium crowd at night.  The warning sign for “Interfering With Ball” marks the boundary, and the foul/fair pole with its ghastly school bus yellow color is matched in the background by its twin.  More importantly, check out the guy in front [...]

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Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium this weekend have been treated to three starting pitching gems so far in just two games – two for the good guys (Jaime Garcia and Kyle Lohse) and one by the opposing Brewers (Yovani Gallardo).  Lohse’s required a bit more wiggle work, but he was outstanding again nonetheless. We enter [...]

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Yep, my soapbox is bigger than yours is, because it has to be sturdy.  I like to eat 8 lb burritos with a spork while I’m standing on my soapbox, so prepare yourselves.  It’s about to get ugly up in here.  WARNING: A rant is about to take place. I’m sick and tired of people [...]

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Greetings on a night where the big club hopefully escapes the weather and builds upon a very successful few turns through the rotation. After some needed deliberation, the format and name shall stay the same as will the time frame. For at least this member of the PH8 team, one five-game stretch is not enough to [...]

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I’m BACK!  After over a two week “hiatus” which consisted primarily of being forced to do what’s known in some circles as “work”, I’m back and worse than ever.  Fear not, though.  It’s not like I used my time wisely and tried to make the world a better place or volunteered to help Carlos Lee [...]

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Build it Backwards

by on March 3, 2011 · 2 comments

It’s one thing to look at the 2011 Cardinals and think about tweaking one thing here or making an adjustment there.  Rebuilding is an altogether different approach, but few people really want to think about the “R” word right now.  What about looking at the team by deconstructing it first?  It’s like taking apart your [...]

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Follow The Money

by on March 2, 2011 · 2 comments

By my rough estimate, the 6 teams in the NL Central are going to start the 2011 season with a combined $544M committed to team payrolls.  Yikes.  Check out the breakdown: Cubs ~ $133M Cardinals ~ $109M Astros ~ $91M Brewers ~ $84M Reds ~ $76M Pirates ~ $51M If you split teams 1-3 and 4-6 [...]

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Play That Funky Music

by on February 25, 2011 · 4 comments

Before the Cardinals take the field for opening day, I thought I’d just give my suggestions on some walkup music options for some of the players.  The “walkup music” is the music that you hear as players are introduced for each at-bat, so some people know it as the “at-bat” music.  The music is usually [...]

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