August 7, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Lohse 8/7/08

On-deck: The Cards will attempt a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers today at 1:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The game ends the current Cards' home stand.

Probables: LAD: Clayton Kershaw LHP (1-3, 4.02) vs. STL-Kyle Lohse RHP (13-3, 3.73)

Birds' Perch: Third place is a familiar setting for the Redbirds these days as they keep winning, but just to keep pace with the NL Central Division leading Chicago Cubs. The Brewers continued to hover slightly over the Cardinals in second place, by a half-game. The Cards trail the Cubs by 5 1/2 games.

Wainwright bumped up: Rehabbing Adam Wainwright was supposed to get a rehab start on Saturday, the likely location, Memphis. Now that rehab start has moved up a day to Friday, also in Memphis, the home of the Class AAA affiliate Memphis Redbirds.

Homer a dirty word to Pujols: Or so it seems, reporters can hardly talk to Albert Pujols these days about ...shhish, home runs. The slugger star gets real testy whenever the subject comes up, accusing the media of "stupid" reporting. Hate to say it, Albert, but when you hit a grand slam in front of 40-thousand-plus fans, a granny becomes the sort of thing folks want to read about in the papers. At the same time, Albert should know that most fans and reporters realize he is out there working his tail feathers off to contribute to the team, and we all know a lot of the perpetual questions get tiring. Hey, we get tired of hearing the same-ole, same-ole, too. So how about we ask you about the ball you hit hard?

Lopez contributes right off the bat: In his first at bat as a Cardinal, newcomer Felipe Lopez singled. He was 1-for-3 on the night, having played left field in his St. Louis debut.

Perez looks faster: Possibly the new closer for the Cards, relief pitcher Chris Perez showed up to Busch Stadium, just activated from Triple-A Memphis, and had to come into last night's game a bit earlier than a closer normally does. Manager Tony La Russa called upon Perez with four outs remaining, and the rookie reliever responded well, running into no trouble he couldn't pitch through.

Perez's fastball seemed more lively, but that may have been due to a slider he threw that he never seemed to get to the last time he did a stint with the major league club. One thing was for sure, however: those two pitches used in random patterns played havoc on Dodgers hitters last night.

3 Ps 4 U: Huh? Simply put, we've noticed that Pineiro, Pujols, and Perez made for quite a trio of impact, an unlikely but effective combination. Bet the statmasters never put that one together.