July 7, 2008

Redbird Ramblings -- 7-7-08 -- Jimenez, Phelps, Pujols, Ludwick, CC, Molina, Stavihoha, Garcia, Motte

Tomorrow's probables: STL-Joel PIneiro RHP (2-4, 4.52) vs. PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-5, 3.22). PIneiro is coming off a tough outing versus the Mets. Hamels has never lost to the Cards.

Yadier Molina has extended his hitting streak to 14 games after a single in yesterday's game with the Chicago Cubs.

Road trip: The Cards will finish up on the road before the All-Star break with three-game sets, one versus the Phillies and one versus the Pirates.

Lefty City: If all the probable match-ups hold for the upcoming road trip, the Cardinals will face nothing but lefthanded starters.

Card-Stars: Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols have been named to the 2008 MLB NL All-Star team.

Memphis Redbirds: The Triple-A affiliate nipped the Omaha Royals yesterday, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer late in the game to bring the Redbirds within reach. In the ninth, Phelps doubled home Nick Stavinoha with what would prove to be the game-winning run.

Jaime Garcia started and was chased early. Jason Motte notched the victory with one inning of work. Kelven Jimenez earned a save, his eighth this season.

Brewers obtain CC: One of the Cardinals main competitors, the Milwaukee Brewers, completed a trade yesterday, dealing several minor leaguers to the Cleveland Indians, for former AL Cy Young Award winner, C.C. Sabathia.

In return for Sabathia, the Indians will acquire Matt LaPorta, Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and a player to be named later.

The Milwaukee Brewers will be in St. Louis later this month for a four-game series.