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Posted on: July 2, 2010 4:20 pm
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CREW MUST PUT-UP OR SHUT AGAINST THE CARDS

Its down I-55 to the show-em-state and a 4 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Normally Brewer fans should be happy with the Brewers current 6-3 homestand. But in reality, they should have done a little better. The hardest block would have been the Minnesota Twins, but the Crew were able to break out the broom against our neighbors to the west. They did ok 2-1 against the hapless Seattle Marniers, but a 1-2 mark against the Houston Astros was not acceptable.

Its off to the St. Louis for the 2nd time in 2010. The Brewers have their backs into corner and this series they MUST PUTUP, that are a team to deal with the National Central or basically SHUT UP. This series could define in my opinion, the course of directions the Brewers take the rest of the season. I do not give a darn, if its only July 1st, when you are currently on pace to win 73 games (which is unacceptable), other thinks have to be considered.

The Brewers in their visit in June would lose 2 out of 3 games to the Redbirds. Its not like last season, in which the Brewers won 7 of 9 games at the ballpark, that is just blocks away from the Bowling Hall of Fame. Lets take a look at those 3 games

Friday night - June 4th -43,261 Randy Wolf vs Adam Wainwright....The Cards score the only 2 runs they would need on this friday. RBI fielders choice by former Milwaukee Brewer Felipe Lopez and sac fly by Albert Pujols in the bottom of the 3rd. Adam Wainwright would go the distance and limited the Brewers to 2 hits and would strikeout 8. The Cardinals get a 2 run homerun by Colby Ramus off Wolf in the 6th. Wolf gets nailed for 5 runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Cardinals win 8-0

Saturday after June 5th - 44,180 Chris Narveson vs Adam Ottavino -Ottavino is pitching in his 2nd career game, the Cardinals 1st round pick in 2006. Rickie Weeks goes deep off Ottavino to start the game. But Chris Narveson the former Cardinal, does what he normally does in the 1st inning, spot the Cardinals 4 runs. He surrenders 2 run bomb to Albert Pujols and 2 run double to Colby Rasmus. In the top of the 6th, the Brewers are able to rally, thanks to rbi by Casey McGehee, Corey Hart and George Kottaras. The game is tied after 9 innings and we go extra. Ryan Franklin throws the 10th and strikeouts the side. Mitchell Boggs pitches the 11th for the Cardinals. Jonathan Axford goes to the bottom of the 11th, for his 2nd inning of work, he gets Matt Holliday to ground out. Then singles by Yadier Molina and Aaron Miles. One more by Colby Rasmus, is the game winner 5-4.

Sunday night (ESPN) - June 6th -Manny Parra vs Jaime Garcia...The Brewers score 2 runs in the top of the 1st. The first is unearned, when a run scores on a ground ball hit by Ryan Braun, which is booted by Felipe Lopez. Then a sac fly by Casey McGehee. Rickie Weeks goes deep in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Colby Ramus takes Manny Parra deep. Albert Pujols then takes Parra deep to start the 6th. Parra day is done, throwing 5 innings, with 10 K's. The RedBirds tie in the bottom of the 8th, Ryan Ludwick gets a lead off double off Kameron Loe. Ludwick scores on a sac-fly hit by Randy Winn, off Carlos Villanueva. In the top of the 10th, with Jason Motte on the hill, the Crew get a sac-fly from Corey Hart. Zach Braddock would be the winning pitcher and Jonathan Axford gets his 4th save of the season.

Tony LaRussa is in his 15th season managing the St. Louis Cardinals. He became the manager of the Cardinals in 1996, when he replaced the fired Joe Torre from the season before. Anthony LaRussa was born in Tampa Florida. He played his high school ball for the Dragons of Jefferson High School in Tampa. LaRussa was sign as amateur free agent at the age of 18, by the Kansas City A;s in 1962. LaRussa played for the A;s in 1963 and does not come back to the majors until 1968 with the Oakland A;s. Play for the A;s from 1969 thru 1971. Later in 1971, he plays for the Atlanta Braves He returns to the majors in 1973 with the Chicago Cubs. Plays in the minors until 1977. On August 3rd 1979, LaRussa is asked to replaced Don Kessinger as the manager of the Chicago White Sox. He manages the White Sox until June 19th 1986, when he fired and replaced by Jim Fregosi. He never gets the White Sox to the post-season. He is not out of work long, on July 7th 1986, the Oakland A's hire him to replace, former Milwaukee Brewer coach and A's manager Jackie Moore. LaRussa managed the A's until the end of the 1995 season. He wins the divisional titles from 1988 to 1991. They are World Series Champions in 1989, when they sweep the Giants in the bay series and earthquake series. In the 14 years with the Cardinals, he has won the divisional titles 8 times. Only Connie Mack and John McGraw have more wins then LaRussa in the Big Leagues.

The Coaching Staff

Mark McGwire -Hitting coach -Its Big Mac first season of coaching. Mark David McGwire was born in Pomona California. Play his high school ball for the Spartans of Damien High School in La Verne California. He is drafted in the 8th round by the Montreal Expos, but does not sign. He plays at USC, after his junior year he is drafted in 1st round and 10th overall by the A's in 1984. McGwire played in the majors from 1986 thru 2001. He has 583 career homeruns.

Dave Duncan - pitching coach - you have LaRussa, you have Dave Duncan in the same dugout. David Edwin Duncan was born in Dallas Texas. He plays his high school baseball for the Colts of Crawford High School in San Diego. He is signed as amateur free agent just like LaRussa, the Kansas City A's in 1963. The catcher plays for the KC A's in 1964 and 1967. For the Oakland A's from 1968 thru 1972. He is traded to the Cleveland Indians and plays for the Tribe 73 and 74. Next stop was for the Orioles in 75-76. He gets his first coaching in the Big Leagues, when he is a member of Jeff Torberg staff in 1979 with the Indians. He is with the Tribe until the end of the 1981 season. In 1982, Mariners manager Rene Lachemann names him the pitching coach. In 1983, he reunits with LaRussa in Chicago and the rest is history

Dave McKay - 1st base coach -McKay has been with LaRussa since 1984 in Oakland. David Lawrence McKay born in Vancouver British Columbia. He plays his college baseball for the Blue Jays of Creighton University in Omaha. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Twins in 1971. McKay plays in the big leagues from 1975 thru 1982. The infielder plays for the Twins, Blue Jays and A's.

Jose Oquendo -3rd base coach -the player that had the nickname - Secret Weapon. He join LaRussa staff in 1999, as their bench coach. In 2000 he is asked to coach 3rd and still does that today. Jose Manuel Oquendo was born in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico. He is signed as 16 year old amateur by the Mets in 1979. He plays in the majors from 1983 thru 1995. First 2 seasons were with the Mets and the rest with the Cardinals

Joe Pettini - bench -Pettini joined LaRussa staff in 2002 as the Cardinals bench coach, his 1st time coaching in the Big Leagues. Joseph Paul Pettini was born in Wheeling West Virginia. He plays his high school baseball at Brooke High School in Wellsburg West Virginia. He played his college baseball at Mercer College in Macon Georgia. He is signed as amateur free agent by the Montreal Expos in 1977. The infielder played for the San Francisco Giants from 1980 to 1983.

Marty Mason -Bullpen - Marty has no major league experience as a player. He was born in Central City Kentucky. He joined LaRussa staff in 2000.

The RedBirds starting 8

Yadier Molina - C -Yadier Benjamin Molina is 5-11 230 right-hander from Bayamon Puerto Rico. He plays his High school baseball at Vega Alta Puerto Rico. He is a 4th round pick of the Cardinals in 2000

Albert Pujols - 1B - Pujols was born in January of 1980, in Santo Domingo Dominician Republic. He is 6-3 230 right-hander. He plays his high school baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence Missouri. He plays his college baseball for the Monarchs of Maplewoods Community College in Kansas City. He is drafted by the Cardinals in 13th round in 1999

Skip Schumaker -2B -Jared Michael Schumaker was born February 1980 in Torrance Californa. Skip is 5-10 195 left-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball for the Wolverines of Aliso Niguel. He plays his college baseball at Cal Santa Barbara. He is a 5th round pick of the Cardinals in 2001

Brendan Ryan -SS - Brendan Wood Ryan was born March 1982, in Los Angeles California. Ryan is 6-2 195 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball for the Knights of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks California. He makes his way to Lewiston Idaho to play his college baseball, at Lewis-Clark State College. The Cardinals would draft the former Warrior in the 7th round in 2003.

Felipe Lopez - 3B (David Fresse is on the DL) -the former Milwaukee Brewer will be manning the hot corner. Felipe Lopez was born March 1980in Bayamon Puerto Rico. Lopez is 6-1 175 switch hitter. Lopez plays at the same High school as Milwaukee Brewers Rickie Weeks. That would be the home of the Patriots,Lake Brantley in Altamonte Springs Florida. He is a 1st round and 8th overall pick by the Tornoto Blue Jays in 1998.

Matt Holliday - LF -On July 24th 2009, the Cardinals were able to obtain Holliday from one of the have not team, Oakland A's...for the famous future prospects !!!!....Brett Wallace already gone to the Jays. Outfielder Shane Peterson batting .230 at double AA Midland and pitcher Clayton Mortenson 10-2 with an era of 3.58 at Triple Sacramento. Nothing helping the A's, while Holliday helped the Cardinals win the central. The player that is called Big Daddy is 6-4 235 right-hander from Stillwater Oklahoma. He played his high school baseball for the Pioneers of Stillwater High School. In 1998, he is a 7th round pick of the Colorado Rockies. He is signed by the Rebirds for 120 millions and 7 years.

Colby Rasmus -centerfield was born in August of 1986, in Columbia Georgia. Rasmus is 6-1 175 left-handed hitter. He plays his high school at Russell County High School in Seale Alabama. Colby Ryan Rasmus would be a 1st round and 28th overall by the Cardinals in 2005.

Nick Stavinoha -will be playing for the hurting Ryan Ludwick. Nicholas Lee Stavinoha was born May of 1982 in Houston Texas. Nick is 6-2 225 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball as a catcher, with the Falcons of Jersey Village in Houston. He started his college career playing no baseball by Linebacker at the University of Houston. He transfers to San Jacinto College (a junior college) to start to play college baseball. He later transfers to LSU. He is a 7th round pick of the Cardinals in 2005

What the Cardinals bring to the table. (due to the flu I was not able to get this done before the Thursday night game) Going into friday night the Cardinals are 43-36 in 2010. They are 25-14 at home and 18-22 on the road. In the month of April they were 15-8
May 15-14 and June 13-13.

Runs -4.34 runs per game are scored by the Cardinals which is 10th in the NL

Homeruns - 78 - that puts the Redbirds 6th in the NL

Steals 50 -tied for 5th with the Pirates and Dodgers

K's - 547 -6th least in the NL

batting Average - .259 -tied for 8th with the Phillies and Braves

OB % -.333 - 5th in the NL....the Crew are 4th with .335

ERA - 3.25 - 2nd best in the NL for the Redbirds - the Crew are 12-21 against pitching staff ranked 6th or better in era. Garcia/Carpernter/Wainwright will be a major test

Homeruns allowed - 65 -6th least in the NL

Strikeouts -552 - 11th in the NL

Whip 1.259 - 2nd best in the NL

Friday Night - Game #2 - Chris Narveson vs Jaime Garcia....the former Cardinal Narveson is coming off his best performance against the M's. he allows 4 hits and 1 walk and K'd 7. His record away from Miller Park in 2010, is 4-2 with an era of 5.77. He was tagged for 4 runs in his last performance at Busch Stadium.

Jaime Garcia is having a great season, he is 7-4 an era of 2.27 in 15 starts. Jaime Omar Garcia is 6-2 215 left-hander born in Reynosa Mexico. He plays his high school baseball at Sharyland High School in Sharyland Texas. He is a 22nd round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2005. In 6 starts at Busch Stadium, Garcia has been down right awesome. He is 2-1 with an era of 1.42. Garcia has already started twice against the Crew, he is 1-0 with an era of 2.25.

Saturday and Sunday match-ups will be done friday night

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CREW -NEED TO SHOW-UP IN THE SHOW ME STATE

The Brewers again have their struggles in the sunshine state, droping 3 out 4. Its off to the Show Me state of Missouri to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The question, who will show who and what will they show. Will the Redbirds show the Brewers how to play baseball ???. Will the Brewers show that they are better then their record and give the Redbirds all they can handled ??? Someone is going prove, why Missori is the Show Me State !!!!

Tony LaRussa has been calling the shots for the Cardinals since he replace Mike Jorgensen, who replaced Joe Torre in 1995. In LaRussa first season with the Redbirds in 1996, he would get to the National League Championship against the Atlanta Braves. LaRussa playing career, he play 1 season for the Kansas City A's in 1963. Then the Oakland A's from 1968 thru 1971. In 1971, he plays for the Atlanta Braves. He finishes his playing career with 1 game with the Cubs in 1973.

He is the skipper with the White Sox from 1979 thru 1986. In that same season of 1986, he becomes the manager of the Oakland A's. He manages the A's until 1995. In his 15th season with the Cardinals is record is 1262-1057. 7 divisional titles, 2 NL Pennants and 1 World Series.

LaRussa Coaching staff for 2010

Mark McGwire - hitting coach -Its first season for McGwire to be a coach. He replaces Hal McRae who had been the hitting coach since 2005.

Dave Duncan - pitching coach -the LaRussa and Duncan combo have been together since the White Sox days of 1983.

Dave McKay - 1st base coach -McKay has been in the same dugout since 1984, back in the days of the Oakland A's

Jose Oquendo - 3rd base coach -Oquendo was the bench coach in 1999 and then move to 3rd base in 2000. The 3rd base coach in LaRussa 1st 3 seasons with the Cardinals was former Milwaukee Brewer manager from 1984, Rene Lachemann.

Joe Pettini - Bench Coach -Pettini has been the Cardinals bench since 2002.

Marty Mason - Bullpen -the central city Kentucky native, played in the majors. He has been the bullpen coach since 2000.

In 2009 the Brewers did well in the Show-me state and Busch stadium - going 7-2. Its quite strange, because the Crew were 2-7 at Miller park. At Miller Park, the Brewers were only able to score 14 runs, but at Busch Stadium, they were able to put up 54 runs.

Career numbers for the Crew in St. Louis. The Brewers are 42-50 in the show-me state. They are 19-15 in the new Busch stadium. The Brewers are overall record of 81-105 against the Redbirds. The First game against the Redbirds at Busch, for the Crew would happen May 11th 1998. On this Monday, Phil Garner would send Scott Karl to toe the rubber. LaRussa counters with Todd Stottlemyre. The Brewers have no answers for Mel Stottlemyre son. 34,744 would watch Todd go 8 innings and allow a total of 2 hits and strikeout 13. Jeff Brantley would throw the 9th and k's 1. Karl would give up 3 long balls to the Cards, Brian Jordan, Ron Gant and Ray Lankford. Gant would have a good game, going 3 for 4 in the Cards 7-0 whipping of the Crew

The games for the 2009 season

Saturday afternoon May 16th - the series was suppose to start on friday night, but mother nature had different plans. 43382 standing room only would see Jeff Suppan vs Adam Wainwright. If you bet the house on Wainwright, you are homeless. Suppan on this Saturday would actually win this pitching duel. Wainwright only gives up 2 hits, but one of them would leave the yard off the bat of Corey Hart. The Brewers win 1-0, Suppan throws 7 shutout innings. Mitch Stetter and Mark Difelice do the 8th and Trevor Hoffman throws the 9th for his 9th save

Sunday afternoon - May 17th -43042 - Manny Parra vs Todd Wellemeyer. The Crew come out swing in the top of the 1st -Craig Counsell draws a one out walk, Ryan Braun doubles, Mike Cameron walks to load the bases. JJ Hardy and Jason Kendall singles would score 2 a piece. The Brewers are up 4-0, when the Crew suffer a major blow for 2009, Rickie Weeks is removed from the game with a bad wrist. That would end Weeks 2009 season, a major blow that honesty the Crew could not recover. The Cardinals score 2 runs by rbis by Nick Stavinoha and Colby Ramus. Prince Fielders drills a 3 run homerun of Blaine Boyer. The Brewers win 8-2, Parra throws 6 innings of 5 hits 2 run baseball.

Monday night May 18th - its suppose to be a day off for the Cards and Crew, but its the make up of the rain out from friday. 39136 are in house to watch the former Cardinal Braden Looper vs Kyle Lohse. The Brewers get on the scoreboard first again in this series. Its the top of 3rd, JJ Hardy doubles to start the inning and Ryan Braun follows with a double to score Hardy. Prince Fielder walks and with 2 outs. Mat Gamel steps to the plate and drills his 1st MAJOR LEAGUE homerun, a 3 run shot. In the top of 5th, Braun scores on a single by Jason Kendall and the Brewers have enough runs for a W. The Brewers are up 7-0, when the Cardinals get for Looper for 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th, but only 2 are earned. The Brewers sweep the Cards 8-4.

By the time the next time in 2009, the Brewers play the Cardinals, the season is basically over the Brewers.

Tuesday night - September 1st -40,119 - Braden Looper vs Joel Pineiro --Current Cardinal, Felipe Lopez starts the game with a single, 2 outs later they walk Fielder to get to Casey McGehee. McGehee burns them with a 3 run bomb. In the bottom of the 4th, the Redbirds would tie the score. Sir Albert Pujols would start the inning with a solo homerun. Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick then single. Cody Ramus single scores Holliday. Ludwick scores on double play hit by Yadier Molina. The Crew pulls ahead in the top of the 6th, its McGehee comes thru again, his singles scores Jody Gerut. But the Redbirds come right back in the bottom of the 6th, with 2 outs, Ryan Ludick doubles. Looper walks Colby Ramus with 1st base open. Yadier Molina delivers a rbi single. In the bottom of the 7th, Macha goes to the bullpen for David Weathers, He gets Khalil Greene to start the inning. Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan pops out. With 1st base open, no why are the Brewers going to let Sir Albert beat them...he walks. Here is why the Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday. Macha calls on Todd Coffey, Holliday says adios to Mr. Baseball for a 3 run bomb. In the top of the 9th, the Crew rally off Cards closer Ryan Franklin. Mike Cameron who doubles scores on a ground ball by Hardy. Frank Catalanotto scores on a single by Lopez. But Franklin K's Jody Gerut and the Crew lose for the 1st time in St. Louis 7-6

Wednesday night - September 2nd -40,214 -David Bush vs Chris Carpenter....In the top of the 1st with 1 out Frank Catalanotto singles to center. 2 outs Prince Fielder walks. Casey McGehee stays hot with an rbi single. But David Bush would be no match for the Cardinals, Redbirds nail him for 6 runs in the 2nd, and 2 more in the bottom of 4th. A 8-1 lead is big enough for even an average Chris Carpenter. Carpenter throws 6 innings and allows 3 runs, but earns his 15th win of the season. The Redbirds make it 2 straight with a 10-3 laugher. But it would be last W for the Redbirds in the Show-me-state in 2009.

Thursday afternoon September 3rd -37791 Manny Parra vs John Smoltz...Its would be his 3rd start for the Redbirds, he would get his 1st L as a Redbird. In the bottom of the 1st, Julio Lugo would start the inning with solo homerun off Parra. With 1 out, Pujols is walk and Holliday singles. Pujols scores on a single by Ludwick. The Cards are up 2-0 and looks like the veteran Smoltz is not going to lose. In the top of the 4th, Braun and Fielder single. Braun is on 3rd, when Casey McGehee gets enough wood on the bat for an rbi sac-fly and 7 rbi in the series. Its 2-1 when the Crew are up in the top of the 6th. Craig Counsell starts the inning with a double and Frank Catalanotto singles. Counsell scores on a ground ball by Prince. No surprise the hero of the series, McGehee does it again...its a 2 run jack...for rbis 8 and 9 in the series. The Cards score a run in the bottom of the 8th. Hoffman surrenders a hit in the 9th and strikeouts out the side for his 30th save.

The Brewers last visit in 2009 would be a moot point !!! - The Rebirds are already have won the division and are playoff bound. Its the last 3 games of the season.

Friday night October 2nd -44331....Bredan Looper vs Adam Wainwright....The Cards pound Looper for 2 in the 1st and 3 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th. Macha would not take him out of the game, the Crew are down 6-0. An rbi double by Ryan Braun in the 6th, makes it 6-1. In the 7th, the Brewers bats go off for 6 runs and the 8th they score 5 more. Looper despite being tagged for 10 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings, would get his 14th and most ugly win of the season. Its Loopers last W with the Brewers. The Brewers win 12-6

Saturday Afternoon October 3rd -43977 Carlos Villaneuva vs Kyle Lohse ....Braun hits his 32nd homerun of the season a 2 run blast in the top of the 1st. The Cards come right back with a 2 run single by Ryan Ludwick. The Crew pull ahead with a run unearned run, thanks for an error by Lugo in the top of the 3rd. The Cards tie when Ryan scores on a double steal, when they throw Holliday at 2nd. The Cardinals pull ahead in the bottom of the 5th, Lugo will scores on a double by Ryan. The Brewers pull ahead for good in the top of the 6th, they score 2 unearned runs, thanks to another error by Lugo. Brewers win 5-4, Villaneuva gets the W and Hoffman earns his 37th and last save for 2009

Sunday afternoon October 4th - the final game of the 2009 season. 43464....Jeff Suppan vs Joel Pineiro...The Cardinals get on scoreboard 1st in the bottom of the 1st. Skip Schumaker leads of with a single and scores later on a double by Matt Holliday. The Brewers go up 2-1, when they score 2 runs in the 2nd. McGehee singles pass the shortsop Ryan, Alcides Escobar get hit by a pitch. They both score on Jason Kendall double. Suppan would be done after 2 innings, the Brewers would pitch Chris Narveson. In the 4th inning, Escobar would single and score on wild pitch. Prince Fielder would go deep in the 5th. The Crew get rbis in the 6th, on a rbi single by Prince and Mat Gamel. They have a 6-1 lead going to the bottom of the 7th, Gamel's error open the flood gates and the Cards score 3 runs off Navreson in the bottom of the 7th. Only 1 run is earned. Chris Smith is on the mound for the bottom of the 8th. Rookie David Freese gets an 2 rbi single, which ties the game at 6-6. In the top of the 9th, Todd Wellemeyer on the mound, Prince Fielder takes him deep. Trevor Hoffman comes in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out, Hoffman can noit find the plate, he walks Ludwick, Ramus and Rick Ankiel. Ludwick scores on a ground by Lugo...its 7-7 after 9.
In the top of the 10th, Escobar scores on a single by Joey Gerut. In the bottom of the 10th, Macha calls on Johnny Axford to get the save, he does, his 1st in his career.

What do the Cards bring to the table - earllier this season the Redbirds took 2 out of 3 against the Crew at Miller Park,

In 2009, the Cards were 46-35 at Busch and 45-36 away from St. Louis. The Cards are 31-23 and tied with the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. In 2010, the Cardinals are 17-9 an era of 2.62 at Busch and 14-14 with an era of 3.24. Right-handed batters hitting .236 against the Redbirds and lefties hit .253
Redbirds have 18 homeruns and hit .274 at home. On the road they have 32 homeruns and batted .257

Runs scored - The Redbirds push 4.54 across the plate per game, which 9th in the NL. The Crew are #2 with 5.00 per game

Homeruns -The Reds have the most long balls with 70 and Crew are next with 68. The Rdbirds have 50 which ties them with the Marlins/Cubs for 6th

Steals - this is not 1982....The Cards and Brewers are even with 32 steals in 2010

OB% -its neck and neck here...The Crew have .344 for their OB% and Cards are .343%

Batting Average - The Brewers are #2 with a batting average of .267 and the Cardinals are next with .265

ERA Average -The Padres are #1 in era with 3.01, the Redbirds are #2 with 3.03. We all know how well the Brewers have done with any team that has pitching. Brewers era is 5.33, 2nd worst in the NL

Homeruns allowed - The Brewers have given up 56 long balls, only the Pirates 58 and D-Backs 88 have given up more. The Cards have given up 38, which the 4th less in the NL. Colorado -Giants and Florida are better.

Strikeouts -Brewers have 414, which 4th best in the NL. The Cards have 385 which ranks them 9th in the NL

Whip -The Padres whip is 1.185 for the Best in the NL. The Cardinals are next with 1.218. The Brewers are dead last with a whip of 1.61

Friday night - Randy Wolf vs Adam Wainwright...Wolf in his last start could not find the plate, he walks 5 batters in 5 innings. 114 pitches, he goes 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs. So far in 2010, in 11 starts, he has a record of 4-4, with an era of 4.98. Earlier in the season at Miller Park, Wolf threw 6 innings, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned. In 2009, Wolf faced the Cards one time, he lost, but pitch well, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. In 11 starts Wolf is 3-5 with an era of 3.55 . He is 0-2 with an era of 4.63 in the new Busch.

Adam P. Wainwright is 6-6 190 righty- He was born in St. Simons Island Georgia. He plays his high school baseball at Glynn Academy, from Brunswick Georgia, the home of the Terrors. He is drafted by the Braves in the 1st round and 29th overall in 2000. A personal note, will never forget when I saw Wainwright pitch in person for the Braves High A team, Myrtle Beach. I knew then, this guy was going to be good. He will be making his 98 career start, with a record of 53-27 an era of 3.07. Wainwright will be making his 12th start with a record of 7-3 an era of 2.27. The Brewers would face Wainwright 5 times in 2009, his record was 3-1 with an era of 1.74. Wainwright has 11 career start against the Crew, with a record of 5-3 an era of 2.25...he will be tough to beat

Saturday afternoon -Chris Narveson vs Adam Ottavino...Its was looking good for Narveson against the Marlins, so for the 3rd time Macha sends him out to pitch the 6th. Its burn city again and the Marlins have 7 spot in the 6th. Narveson era in the 1st inning is a 9.00 and in the 6th 14.28. The former Cardinal with be making his 8th start of the 2010 season. He is 3-3 with an era of 5.45 as starter in 2010. Narveson did not make a start against the Redbirds, but 6 relief appearances for an era of 2.31. 1.29 in 3 appearance at Busch. He has made 7 career appearances against the redbirds, with an era of 2.25

Adam Robert Ottavino - would not be surprise if you have never heard of him. Ottavino is 6-5 230 righty, from New York. He plays his high school baseball at Berkeley Carroll, in Brooklyn, the home of the Lions. He is the Cardinals #1 pick and 30th overall pick in 2006. Ottavino is going to be making his 2nd major appearance and start. He is tagged for 4 runs in 5 2/3 in his 1st start against, the Cubs at Wrigley field.

Sunday night - ON NATIONAL TV - Manny Parra who is replacing David Bush in the rotation, will square off with Jaime Garcia. Brewers have been down this road before with Manny Parra, so put your seat belt on and be prepare for a rough ride. Parra in his 2nd start has no record an era of 5.14. Going only 7 innings, in those 2 starts. Parra did PITCH well against the Cards in 2009. He made 5 starts, with a record of 2-1 an era of 2.33. His career numbers are good, he made 10 starts, his record is 2-1 with an era of 2.67.

Jaime O Garcia -Garcia is 6-2 200, lefty-hander from Mexico. Garcia was born in Reynosa Mexico. He plays his high school baseball at Sharyland High School, Sharyland High School in Mission Texas. Garcia is a 22nd round pick in 2005 by the Redbirds. He will be making his 12th start of his career. His record is 6-3 with an era of 2.21. In 2010, he is 5-2 with an era of 1.74. Garcia 1st start of the season would be against the Crew, he throws 6 innings, allow 4 hits/3 walks and 1 earned run. It was the only time Garcia as started against the Crew.

Its time to put up or shut up for the Crew. They have to show in the show me state, they are still a team to be dealt with in the National League Central. Myself, think the Crew will drop at least 2 in this series and would not be surprise, if the Cardinals take all 3.

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