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Apr
30
2008

Cardinals Crush Cueto

glaus slide.jpgAfter losing the first game of the"vendetta" series against the Cincinnati Reds the St. Louis Cardinals looked to get back on track with a victory on Tuesday. The series picked up the vendetta moniker after comments made by ex-GM Walt Jockety earlier in the season. Jockety referred to himself and Dusty Baker as having a vendetta against some NL Central teams. Later Jocketty took back the term when the media made a fuss about it. He got his wish on Monday as the Reds won 4-3.

Things were different on Tuesday as the Cardinals jumped to a large 7-0 lead by the 2nd inning and held on for a 7-2 win. It was the Cards 17th win on the season, which tied the franchise record for wins in April. Who would have thought that this team would pull off this kind of start???? The 2 meaningless Reds runs came in the 9th on an Adam Dunn home run off of Anthony Reyes. The Cards barrage was led by Troy Glaus and Rick Ankiel. Despite Glaus' lack of power he has put up 12 doubles already this year and has 21 RBI. I would be estatic if Glaus started putting up some big homer numbers, but you still gotta be happy with the doubles. Like I said before, doubles usually lead to home runs.

Joel Pineiro put in a good pitching performance for the Cards, allowing only 1 hit in 7 innings of work. He also compiled 3 strikeouts which doesn't look like much, but is an upward trend for Pineiro. In his first few starts he was having trouble getting hitters to swing and miss let alone strike out. Pineiro has never been a power type strikeout pitcher, but let's be honest you need to strike out some people some of the time to have consistent success. At least he is actually getting some whiffs now.

Albert Pujols went hitless, ending a 9 game hitting streak. However, he did walk once which extended his on base streak to 28 games........or every game of the season. I'm really interested to see how long he can keep this streak going. I have no clue what the record is for this type of streak and by no means am I going to look it up. I'm sure it's a pretty large number (56 gms at least), but Pujols is mashing right now. Whose to say he couldn't keep it going. Nothing he does surprises me. One of Buster Olney's posts the other day talked about the players who had more combined extra base hits and walks than strikeouts. There were only 5 or 6 players and Pujols outdid all of them by far. Since last year he has more extra base hits alone and more walks alone than K's.

The Cards close the series today and then have an off day before taking on the rival Cubs at Busch Stadium over the weekend. The winner of the weekend battle will emerge as the 1st place team in the NL Central to begin next week and could carry some very important mojo for the rest of May.





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