Ouch.  What a bad looking baseball team.  Shutout by a pitcher with no career victories, pitching on short rest, only going 2.1 innings his last time out, and with a career record of 0-3 with a 5.52 ERA.  The only starting pitcher the Cardinals signed during the offseason, Kip Wells, is now 1-6 with a 6.59 ERA.  The offensive struggles continue, as the Cards only mustered 4 hits. 

Sure this team lacks a lot of offensive talent and some of the talent it does have is getting up in years, but when does Hal McRae start having to take some of the responsibility for this team’s struggles?  This team is last in runs and finished a lackluster 14th last year. 

Say this team is a seller at the trade deadline, who do the Cards have that anyone would want?  Pujols is going nowhere, no matter what the record.  Edmonds?  Who wants a brokedown aging OF who is owed the rest of a 2 year $19 million contract.  Rolen?  I believe he has no trade protection and a lot of $$ left on his deal and is not putting up the numbers to justify picking up that contract.  Izzy?  He is looking really solid at this time, but is coming off injury.  Wells?  See above.  Eckstein?  He has really struggled but in the last year of his contract.  Maybe Looper.  He has been the Cards’ best starter so far.  Russ Springer is a serviceable vet on a one year deal.  Reyes, Wainwright, Johnson, Flores, Duncan, and Molina are big parts of this team’s future and all are on owner friendly contracts.

There is a rumor floating around that Ludwick will be called up in the morning.  If so, who goes down or who is DFA’d.  Also, it looks like Thompson will get the call to start on Tuesday.

Memphis beat Albuquerque (Florida), 4-3.  Ryan Ludwick went 2-3 with his eighth HR of the season, a solo shot.  Brendan Ryan, Tagg Bozied, and John Nelson each had 2 hits.  Mike Parisi was sharp, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings.  Brian Falkenborg logged his ninth save.  Ankiel had the day off.

Springfield shutout Arkansas (Angels), 1-0.  It was a real pitcher’s duel as each team could only muster 4 hits each.  Eric Haberer was sharp, pitching 8 shutout innings.  He gave up only 4 hits, 2 BBs, and had 2 Ks.  Chris Perez picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth, striking out 1 but walking 2. Springfield’s only run came on a HR by Tyler Greene.   Joe Mather was 1-3 and is hitting .333 for the season. 

Palm Beach fell to Sarasota (Reds), 4-1.  Allen Craig was 1-3 and drove in the only Palm Beach run.  The Cardinals had only 1 extra base hit, a double by Ian Church.  Adam Daniels took the loss, going 4.2 innings while giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and striking out 5.  Kyle McClellan and Jon Mikrut combined for 4.1 shutout innings in relief. 

The Swing topped Cedar Rapids (Angels), 5-4.  Newly promoted Eddie Degerman, the Cardinal’s fourth round pick in the 2006 draft out of Rice, made his Quad Cities debut on Saturday night.  He did not factor in the decision, but had a solid debut.  Degerman went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and struckout 6.  Shaun Garceau got the winning, pitching 3 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 4.  Kenny Maiques got the save, his seventh, striking out 2 but giving up 2 hits.  Maiques now has an ERA of 0.90 in 10 games.  Brandon Buckman was 2-4 with 2 more RBIs.  Willian Sandoval, Luke Gorsett, and James Rapaport each had 2 hits.  Lefty reliever Brian Schroeder, Former Washington Redskin QB Jay’s son, was released to make room for Degerman.



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