The Cardinals lost again on Sunday to the Detroit Tigers.  The only positive for the Cardinals was that Pujols got 2 more hits.  Izzy and Ryan Franklin combined for 2 innings of scoreless relief.  This team has no life.  The Cards are now 9.5 games out and their 16 victories are tied with the Nationals and Royals for the fewest in baseball. 

Scott Rolen is due the remainder of $12 million this year and then $12 million in 08, 09, and 2010 as well as $10 million in deferred money from 03-07.  So let’s say he is due, we’ll round down and say he is stilled owed at least $50 million.  For the year Rolen is batting .208/.301/.320.  Now, if Rolen were to waive his no trade clause, would there be anyone interested?  For that salary, no.  But what if the Cardinals picked part of the contract?  Of the teams that are leading there division or are close, the Dodgers and Angels look like the best fits.  Both have large payrolls and both teams have good minor league systems.  Remember, the more money the Cardinals are willing to pay, the better the prospects in return Rolen would bring.  So if the Cardinals picked up say half of the remaining contract, I could see the Angels maybe giving up say, an Erick Aybar and maybe a Jeff Mathis.  Both are blocked in the Angels system.  Aybar could be the starting SS for the Cardinals next year and the Cardinals could spin Mathis to a team in need of a young catcher such as the Tigers for more pitching.  Their have been Dodger rumors going around.  The rumor was Rolen for Betemit and either Kemp or Ethier.  In this scenerio, I would think the amount of money the Cards would pick up would be less.  Rolen to the Dodgers makes less sense being Rolen would block Andy LaRoche, but the Dodgers resigned Nomar, and he is blocking James Loney.  But no matter what, I do not see the Cardinals being able to move Rolen without picking up $$$.  The upside is the Cardinals could bring in 2 everyday players for 2008 and beyond. 

Memphis topped Round Rock (Astros) 3-0.  Randy Kiesler and 3 relievers combined for the shutout.  Mark Worrell picked up his third save.  Nick Stavinoha hit a solo HR.  Mike McCoy was 3-3.  Skip was 1-4 with an RBI. 

Sprinfield fell to Tulsa (Rockies) in a pitcher’s duel, 1-0.  Jaime Garcia was superb giving up only 1 run on a solo shot and giving up only 2 hits total.  He did walk 3 and strike out 4 in 7 innings.  He also was the only Cardinal with more than 1 hit as he went 2-2.  Garcia fell to 1-4 on the year.  Jason Motte put in another nice effort giving up only 1 hit in a scoreless inning.  Colby Rasmus went 1-4.

 Palm Beach fell to Fort Myers (Twins) 2-1.  Palm Beach had only 2 hits.  Brandon Yarbrough had a hit and the only RBI.  Jose Martinez had the other hit.  Allen Craig went 0-4 with 3 Ks.  Fort Myers’ pitchers combined for 12 Ks.  Trey Hearne gave up 2 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings.  Matt Trent pitched a scoreless inning, giving up 2 hits, 1 BB, and striking out 2. 

Quad Cities topped West Michigan (Tigers) 3-2.  Brandon Buckman continues to rake going 3-4 and is hitting .348 on the year.  Mark Shorey was 1-4.  Christian Reyes had 2 hits as did Daryl Jones.  Shaun Garceau pitched 5 strong innings, giving up 2 runs to get the win.  Eddie Degerman pitched the final four innings, allowing no runs, no hits, and striking out 5.  Degerman allowed only 1 walk and his ERA now stands at 1.50 on the year.  Jim Rapoport was activated from the DL before the game and catcher Omar Falcon was released. 

 Blake Dewitt went 2-4 with a run scored.  He is hitting .219/.251/.333 on the year.  The one positive in the numbers is that he has only struck out 21 times in 165 at bats.

Mizzou won and clinched the second seed in the Big 12 tournament.  The win means the Tigers swept Oklahoma State on the road and that is an impressive victory going into the tournament.

Southeast lost on Sunday as well as dropping its series with Tennessee Tech.


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