Buehrle off the market?

Just when I was ready to put complete faith into Izzy, he lets me down.  I have been anti-Izzy for years and I jump on board the Izzy bandwagon just to fall off.  Luckily, the Cards stayed up and won it on Brendan Ryan’s first career HR.  Have Miles and Ryan played well enough to warrant not resigning Eck?  It is sure looking that way. Troy Cate pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  The more I see him, the more I like him.  Even though Todd Wellemeyer didn’t get the win, the Cardinals are now 6-0 in games he starts.  Unbelievable.

Cardinal fans’ hearts will be breaking due to this quote “The Sun-Times has learned that a change of heart in both the Buehrle and White Sox camps during the last 48 hours has led to talks about the sides somehow getting together and agreeing on a contract extension by the end of the week.”

Bernie makes some good points in his blog about Buerhle.  He also has info that the White Sox want 2 premium prospects for him.  That would be risky without getting to negotiate first.  But sometimes you have to take that chance. 

Something I found curious.  The Cardinals are are asking Toma Ohka to stick around in the Memphis rotation.  Here is the quote I found mind boggling, from John Mozeliak, the Cards’ assistant GM, ”  He’s looking for a place to start, and we don’t have that opportunity as it stands right now, but we’d like to keep him pitching toward that here.”  I understand that you want to get a couple more looks at him before committing, but come on, don’t say there isn’t an opportunity.  This is one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball.

Rick Ankiel is really making it difficult on Cardinals’ management.  He goes out and gets another 2 hits including a 2-run HR.  Unless he is going to play everyday, leave him here Walt.  Travis Hanson had 2 hits including a solo shot. 

The Texas League All-Star Game saw Colby go 1 for 2 with a walk and a steal.  Bryan Anderson, Juan Richardson, and Jarrett Hoffpauir went hitless.  Sean Danielson got a hit and an RBI.  Chris Perez (1K), Jaime Garcia, and Mitch Boggs all pitched a scoreless inning.  Here is the game’s rundown at the Springfield News-Leader.

Former Southern Illinois Miner Tim Dorn went 0-3 but did walk twice and scored a run in his Swing of the Quad Cities debut.  Tyler Herron picked up win number 7.

Blake Dewitt went 2-4 with 3 RBIs and is now hitting .296.  Promote him!!

Some more info I found on the Cards’ 12th round pick, Brett Zawacki.  During an undefeated season on the mound, Zawacki faced 268 hitters, and opposing batters only were able to manage 28 hits.  He finished with an ERA of 0.50 while giving up a total of 5 runs all year.  He finished with 70 IP with 130 Ks. You have to pay him above slot money to keep him from going to Arizona State, but the Cards need to step up and get it done. 

I stumbled on the PGCrosschecker’s Top 100 prospects of the Cape Cod League from the 2006 season and found several of the recent Cardinal Draft Picks.  Tyler Henley was rated as the 26th best prospect on the Cape.  David Kopp was rated 36.  Kyle Russell was rated number 50 and Adam Reifer was rated number 51.   

According to the UT website, Kyle Russell might be playing for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League at some point this summer.  Checking the team’s website, Russell is not listed at this time.  

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3 responses to “Buehrle off the market?

  1. duckymedwick7

    if ohka gets the call who gets bumped? maroth and aw are obviously locks in the rotation. the way welle pitched last night, he deserves some more starts. i think reyes is going to get some more starts to straighten himself out, nothing to prove in memphis. is ohka better than wells or thompson, i’m not sure. maroth and a solid welle really change this rotation for the better.

  2. duckymedwick7

    ooops, forgot about looper, so w/3 locks (loop, maroth, aw) is ohka better than welle, reyes, wells, and thompson…i’m not sure.

  3. good point. Ohka might not be any better, but saying there isn’t an opportunity is ridiculous.

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