Cards Make A Trade

Today the Cardinals made a move outside the club to address the ailing bullpen. The Cards traded Rule 5 Draftee from 2008 Brian Barton to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Blaine Boyer. In a release announcing the deal, the Cardinals said Boyer will join the team Tuesday in time for the series opener against the New York Mets. The Cardinals will have to make a corresponding roster move to fit Boyer into the bullpen. Earlier today, pitching coach Duncan told the Post-Dispatch that they are “leaning toward” starting Mitchell Boggs on Saturday.

More On Blaine Boyer

Blaine Boyer was an honorable mention All-American centerfielder at Walton High School in Marietta, GA, as well as All-County and All-State…Also lettered in football and basketball in high school…Is an avid duck and deer hunter.

Tied for ninth in MLB with 76 games pitched. …Set career highs in games, innings pitched (72.0 IP), walks (25), strikeouts (67) and losses (6). …Had a 3.16 ERA in 31 day games (31.1 IP) and a 7.97 ERA in 45 night games (40.2 IP). He also had a 3.93 ERA in 51 games before the All-Star break and had a 11.17 ERA in 25 games after the break. …Over his last 19 games, since 7/30, he allowed 20 ER on 21 hits (5 HR) in 15.0 IP (12.00 ERA). …In May, went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .218 opponents average in 15 games. …Allowed 8 ER on 8 hits in 3.1 innings pitched, including 2 HR over his final four appearances (9/2-9/17). …Had his string of eight scoreless outings (dating to 7/6) snapped by allowing three runs 7/26 at PHI. …Went a career-high 2.1 IP on 6/4 vs. FLA (2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). …On 5/24, won first game since 9/25/05 with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief vs. ARI. …Picked up his first major league save 5/14 at PHI, allowing one run on three hits in 1.1 IP. …Allowed a season-high four runs on three hits in 0.1 IP on 4/29 at WSH. …Surrendered a two-run homer to M. Holliday in the 8th inning on 4/8 at COL for his first BS and second loss. …Matched his then career high with 2.0 IP on 4/3 vs. PIT and struck out in his first MLB at-bat in the 5th inning.

Cardinals Knocked Off The Perch

Cardinals lost to the Cubs 7-5. Aramis Rameriz Home-run put the Cubs up past the Cards for the heartbreaking win towards the Cardinals. Wellemeyer will be facing Ted Lilly for the 8:00pm game tomorrow evening. The Cards need to get their game on for Sunday’s game. This is a must win game. Leaving with a split will defintely give them a boost. The Cubs now move into first place with a 7-4 record.

Cardinals vs. Cubs: Showdown

Here we go with the first Cardinal vs. Cub series of the season. This will be a four game series. The Cardinals are now 7-3 and stays in first place in the NL Central. This series will defintely be their true test of the early season. For me this will be a fun series. Both teams have very strong hitters. This will be a fight to the final inning. Look for Pujols to continue his monster hitting and great support from Joe Thurston and I am hoping for Ankiel to break out during this series.

The former Cy Young Winner Chris Carpenter has been put on the 15 day DL. He has a muscle strain on the left hand side of his torso. The Cardinals moved Wednesday morning to reinforce a bullpen that used six relievers to handle seven innings in Tuesday’s 7-6 extra-innings loss to Arizona. They promoted reliever Chris Perez and starter Mitchell Boggs from Class AAA Memphis; the pair arrived about a half-hour before first pitch Wednesday and Perez pitched two scoreless innings. Perez, who had two saves and a victory in three Class AAA games, will serve in a late-innings role. Boggs will serve in long relief, taking the place of Brad Thompson, who was optioned to Memphis.

Before Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals will promote P.J. Walters and add the 2006 draft pick to the 40-man roster. A pitcher from the bullpen likely will be optioned to make room. The Cardinals plan for Walters to make his major-league debut that day. Starters Kyle Lohse and Todd Wellemeyer will shift back one day to avoid having the rookie debut in one of the nationally televised games Saturday or Sunday. Instead, he’ll start opposite Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano.

Year Age Team G W L IP TBF H 2B 3B HR R ER BB K ERA RA9
2006 21 A- State College 26 2 1 30.1 131 29 6 1 1 15 12 9 31 3.56 4.45
2007 22 A Quad Cities 17 6 1 68.2 282 59 12 1 2 25 20 12 73 2.62 3.28
2007 22 A+ Palm Beach 5 3 1 33.2 138 29 8 0 2 10 10 6 37 2.67 2.67
2007 22 AA Springfield 8 3 4 49.1 206 42 4 0 4 13 13 15 37 2.37 2.37
2008 23 AA Springfield 6 1 2 36.0 150 36 7 0 5 17 15 8 34 3.75 4.25
2008 23 AAA Memphis 23 9 4 122.0 547 123 26 4 17 71 66 62 122 4.87 5.24
2009 24 AAA Memphis 1 1 0 7.0 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.00 0.00

Today was a great day for the Cardinals. First of all they beat the Houston Astros 11-2 but more important was Albert Pujols AMAZING game. Today he hit a Grand Slam Homerun and a three run homerun. He had 7 RBI’s today.

Lance Berkman said today: “He’s the best hitter in the game.” “He continues to do things that are amazing. I don’t think anything he did would surprise me. If he homered in 10 straight at-bats, it wouldn’t surprise me. He’s that good.”

As of 4-11-09 The Cardinals are in First Place in the Central Division with a record of 6-2.

Cardinals Rock The Pirates

Yadier Molina homered and tripled, and Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the season as the Cardinals rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-3, at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Starter Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits. He retired nine consecutive Pirates before Skip Schumaker’s throwing error to lead off the sixth allowed Nyjer Morgan to reach base in front of Freddy Sanchez, who homered to deep left. Lohse, who threw 108 pitches, had four strikeouts and one walk.

Molina laced a ball down the right-field line in the second inning and lumbered all of the way to third base when the ball took a quirky hop off the right-field wall. He then scored on Joe Thurston’s double to almost the exact same spot to make it 3-1, Cardinals.

Outfielder Colby Rasmus made his Major League debut, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. After his single to right in the third for his first career hit, the ball was thrown to the dugout where pitcher Joel Pineiro appeared to toss the ball into the stands. But the ball was a fake, and the right ball was kept aside for Rasmus to have. Pujols, who was on base five times, followed Rasmus’ hit with a towering drive over the left field bullpen to put the Cardinals up, 5-1.

After a single by Rick Ankiel and a walk to Molina, Thurston added his second RBI hit of the game with a base hit up the middle that made it 6-1 before Molina was gunned down trying to advance to third.

The Cardinals added two runs in the fourth after Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche dropped a high, but routine popup by Pujols that would have ended the inning. That put runners at second and third, and Khalil Greene followed with a two-run single up the middle that made it 8-1 and put the game out of reach.

Home Opener 2009

This years Home Opener was fun due to its home coming atmosphere. There was a mind numbing chill in the air but Cardinal Nation showed up. It was great watching the sea of red go crazy over the All Star Old Timers such as Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter and Ozzie Smith. As I tried to keep warm, I was able to feel the electricity in the air over this Cardinal Team. The night exploded with Ryan Luwicks Home Run and Albert Pujols once again becoming a hit machine. The team lost 4-6 due to poor pitching selection on the part of Jason Motte. I still had a wonderful time being a part of 2009’s Home Opener.

Congratulations To Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus makes the Big Team Today!
He will be heading north with other rookies that has already made the squad. Along with Colby we will see David Freese and Joe Thurston. According to Tony LaRussa, “This does not mean that David will be our staring Opening Day Third Baseman”. Other players that might make Third-Base are Brian Barden, Joe Thurston or Brendan Ryan. The regular Third Baseman Troy Glaus will be out on the DL till All-Star Game.

Mather is out in the final cut with the Cardinals. He will be flying to Memphis for the end of the exhibition schedule. I hate to see Joey Bombs go but his lack of production has gone south. Hopefuly we will see him again later on in the season.