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
Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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