July 22, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Lohse, Garcia, Boggs

On-deck: The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Milwaukee Brewers tonight in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 7:15 p.m. CDT, in the second game of a four-game series. The Brewers won last night's game, 6-3, in extra innings.

Probables: The Cardinals will throw their ace, Kyle Lohse RHP (12-2, 3.35) against a former Cardinal, Jeff Suppan RHP (5-6, 4.71). Suppan has just come off the DL with what has been described as elbow irritation.

How they stand: The Brewers took second place in the NL Central away from the Cardinals with last night's win, sporting a 56-43 record, the Cardinals' record falling to 57-44. The Cubs loss last night allowed the Brewers to make ground on the first place Chicago team as well, now only two games behind. The Cardinals are also only two games behind the Cubs but are two percentage points behind the Brewers.

One up, one down: Yet another activation took place on Sunday, lefthander Jaime Garcia sent down to Triple-A Memphis. Mitchell Boggs has been re-called to the parent Cardinals. Tony La Russa has stated in so many words that the move was designed as a precaution to a starter getting knocked out early. With Boggs (basically a fresh arm in place of Garcia, who had just started Sunday) in the bullpen, La Russa can go to him instead of eating up so much of a pen that has its troubles as it is, even when fresh. There would be no sense in making that situation worse then it already is.

Whatcha done for me lately? The the last five games, Kyle Lohse has pitched the most at 7.0 innings.

Because Braden Looper got bombshelled in his three innings of work, he sports a huge 18.00 ERA.

Looper also hit the most batters in the previous five games, but only one. No other Cards' pitcher hit a batsmen.

Looper gave up the most runs at six; also, the most earned runs at six.

Giving up the most home runs with 2-each was Looper and Jaime Garcia.

Todd Wellemeyer issued the most walks, three.

Three Cards' pitchers are tied for the most strikeouts at four-apiece: Lohse, Garcia, and Brad Thompson.

NOTE: Pitching stats taken from small samplings tend to look either quite outstanding or simply awful, depending on the particular stat.