The Cardinals indeed finish off the Pirates in their home opener at PNC and it feels good to have two wins in a row for the first time in the 2007 campagin. Add to that, Jason Isringhausen’s 2nd save of the year and I’m feeling pretty good about this game. There’s no question that Izzy has to be back at full strength for the Cardinals to think about defending their title this year and so far, he’s showing that he’s up to the task. And speaking of up to the task, Looper has squashed a lot of fear about his abilities as a starter. And the best part is we don’t even have to ask him to do this kind of pitching every time. A 2 hit shutout over 7 frames is hardly the norm. As the bats start backing our pitchers up, they won’t have to worry about a run or two here or there and still be able to walk away with the win.
Of course now that we’re done with Houston for the time being and they’ve moved on to Wrigley, I’m a diehard Astros fan. They just finished beating the Cubs and their expensive new acquisition, Ted Lilly, 5-3. Wonderful news. Go ‘Stros!
And last, but not least, two other things I just read.
First, Chris Carpenter will definitely miss Tuesday’s start. He’ll be (more than likely) placed on the DL and Randy Keisler will be filling in, in place of Carp. Keisler hasn’t been particularly effective in his stint in the Majors (2-14, 6.19 in starts), but it’s his normal turn in the rotation for Memphis, so he’s the logical choice. For now, I’m still not supremely worried until I hear more news. Best case scenario: Carpenter only misses one game and we get a chance to look at this guy that we acquired in the off season. And hopefully, we don’t even have to get into discussing worst case scenarios.
The second is that Lidge is no longer the closer of the Houston Astors, per manager Phil Garner. This has nothing to do with anything else in this post, but since I talked a couple posts ago about the dismantling of Brad Lidge post-Albert Pujols shot into the statosphere, I thought it was worth a mention.
Alright, it’s always easier to get the series win after the first one’s in the bag. We have to at least get that, but who knows…..enough run support for the new guy and we just might make a winner out of Keisler.
Missing Carp, but will take a win from Keisler,