Wednesday, October 19


Eat it, St. Louis Cardinals!

cardinals III
Sitting the night away...

cardinals Ii
Don't worry, Mark. You didn't want to keep pitching anyways. There's tanning to be done!

bush cardinals
I hear he was ready for the 10th, if needs be.

But seriously:

Eat it, St. Louis Cardinals!


At 10:13 AM, Blogger Jim said...

I'm no Houston fan, but I'm glad Biggio gets his shot in the series.

My all time hero, Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, never made it to the World Series, and that was a crime. Good players ought to get a shot in the grand finale.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Prognostication for next year: The pundits will be arguing about whether Kerry Wood or Corey Paterson should be comeback player of the year.

And then someone will throw in Nomar's name. The big question now is which team Nomar will be playing on.

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I really hope your prognostications are correct. Except I hope Nomar will be playing for the Cubs.

Agreed. Eat it Cardinals.

ps. Eat it Bush. No wonder our country is in the shape it is. Next thing you know he'll be winning the Powerball.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger JT said...

Candidates for Comeback Player of the Year 2006:
Barry Bonds (ugh, but you figure they might give him a nod)
Keith Foulke
Jim Thome

I too am glad the Bigg gets a chance... after all he was part of my year-long fantasy baseball league-winning team. And he has had some huge hits in the 2005 postseason.

Lazlo --
I loved Game 4 of the Astros/Cardinals series. To see La Russa get so steamed up about unfair strike zones, on an at-bat where all 4 pitches were insanely wide and high from the plate, was hilarious. Sums him up really: a gasbag whose rosters frequently make him look better than he might well be.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous lazlo said...

La Russa is over-praised these days. I would like to know what he's been doing to his pitching staff to take them from mediocre to phenomenal though. I still think that both Houston and the Cubs have better rotations, but for some reason the Cardinals rotation works. Of course, it could be that Eckstein and Pujols and Isringheusen are the reasons that the Cardinals rotation works.

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

By the way, does anyone else feel kind of bad for Bagwell? He's done so much for the Astros, and now that they have finally made it to the World Series, he'll be lucky to get a pinch hit at bat. Poor guy.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger JT said...

I hope he gets some sort of ceremonial ABs, or at least some sniff of the game. He's worked his whole damn career to get there, and he shouldn't spend the entire series in the dugout.

As for the Cardinals rotation: yeah, it's a mystery. Mulder is good but always prone to that 3 IP, 5+ ER outing, Carpenter is superb but on the verge of injury and fatigue (7 CG in 2005), but Jeff Suppan and Jason Marquis???

Jeff Suppan -- Being in St. Louis really flatters him.
STL: 32-19, 63 GS (2 seasons)
PIT: 23-18, 52 GS (2 seasons)
KC: 39-51, 122 GS (4 seasons)
ARI: 2-14, 27 GS (2 seasons)
If he were pitching in any city that struggles with offense, something St. Louis has in spades, man would those numbers drop.

Jason Marquis:He is the model of a #3/#4 starter. I wish we had a guy like him:
28-21 with STL in the last 2 years
BAA: .265
K/9: 5.73
K/BB: 1.65
ERA: 4.15

That ain't half bad. Who is the Cardinals pitching coach?


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