July 28, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Wellemeyer, Stavinoha

On-deck: Game two of the Cardinals' four-game series with the Atlanta Braves will take place tonight at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. Game time is 6:00 CT.

Probables: STL-Todd Wellemeyer RHP (8-4, 4.19) vs. ATL-Tim Hudson (scratch, Hudson on DL) pitcher to be announced.

Birds' Perch: Third place is, and will be, the Cards' NL Central home, at least for a few games, as the Cubs beat the Brewers, maintaining their sole possession of first place, four games ahead of the Cards and two ahead of the second place Brewers.

Up/Down: Nick Stavinoha was called up from Triple-A Memphis; Mitchell Boggs going down.

Izturis back to switching: Cesar was back to countering right-handed pitchers, last night batting left-handed against RHP Charlie Morton.

Probable down/up: Most likely, Nick Stavihoha will get optioned to Memphis on Wednesday to make room for Chris Carpenter.

Declaration reversal: Tony La Russa had just declared Ryan Franklin the closer, but today, the word is that Isringhausen will get a couple weeks to prove himself in the role. The bigger question is, what will happen if he cannot make the adjustment?

Whatcha done for me lately? The workhorses of the Cards' pitching staff, here's the Top 5 for Innings Pitched so far this season.
  1. Kyle Lohse -- 139.1
  2. Braden Looper -- 127.1
  3. Todd Wellemeyer -- 116.0
  4. Joel Pineiro -- 97.2
  5. Adam Wainwright -- 91.2