2 in a row

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,
Tiffany

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6 comments

  1. Bruce

    Carp is going on the DL, for sure. I heard or read somewhere that it might be retroactive the the 2nd. The term “impingement” worries me, though, because it was used in conjunction with Mulder’s injury last year. Hopefully, Dr. Paletta did as better job of diagnosing this time. I just don’t trust him…

  2. Tiffany

    William,
    Absolutely not. He is no longer a pitcher and it would be distatrous to him and the Cardinals to pretend he can still pitch. But I would love to see him make it as an outfielder.

    Bruce,

    Yeah, I just read that today as well. I am very concerned for the reasons you mentioned. Paletta has yet to prove himself to give a trustworthy diagnosis. Or else the Cardinals intentionally downplay the extent of the injury….i.e. Mulder and Izzy. Let’s just hope it’s something small. Even a month or two without Carp would be 10x better than losing him for the rest of ’07.

    Tiffany

  3. Bruce

    According to Will Carroll, via VEB, surgery could very well be in the offing for Carp. Turns out he has some bone spurs/chips.

  4. Tiffany

    Kellia,
    We’re all hoping Carpenter will be okay. Not only as a Cardinal fan, but he’s dealt with injury before and you hate to see that happen to anybody.

    I think you’re right about Lidge. He’s going to have get out of Houston, which could be very lucky for some MLB team. I believe he’s only signed through this year. And if that’s the case, he could be signed very cheaply and perhaps turn it around to once again be “Lights Out Lidge.”

    Bruce,

    Appreciate the update. Looks like you might be right about the Cardinal doc. First, it’s an impingement. Now that’s being called by bone spurs. Next, he’ll be calling for him to have surgery. While I’m really liking our pitching staff right now, we gotta have Carp if we want to contend all year.

    Tiffany

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