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.