Apparently the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros thought it would be cute if they played a little game of role reversal. Tuesday night saw the Astros pounce on the Cardinals early, with four runs on four hits in the first inning, en route to an 8-2 win. Wednesday night, the Cardinals drew first blood, plating three runs in the first inning.
This is the kind of bounce-back game the Cardinals needed after a deflating loss last night, coupled with a Cubs victory in 10 innings at Wrigley.
The ace of the staff showed exactly why he owns that title. Wainwright threw eight innings, struck out eight, and his only blemish a towering drive by Ty Wigginton in the second inning. Otherwise, AW threw 110 pitches, 73 good for strikes.
Wainwright now carries a sub-3.00 ERA, and is finally showing the Cardinal faithful what they expected to see all along. If Wainwright can keep it up, he should have one hell of a year.
You have to give Molina some credit for Wainwright's success, because after all, he is his the other part of the Cardinal battery. At the dish, Molina went 2-4 with two RBI, and one of his two outs drove in a run. With a .286 BA, the Cardinals have to be feeling good about what they are getting from Molina offensively. The best defensive catcher in the game is finally showing he can do some damage on offense as well.
He just reminds me of my parents when I was young. When they come up the stairs, it was lights out. Perez has yet to give up a run in six appearances. What a relief in comparison to the early-season struggles of Jason Isringhausen.
Cardinal radio shows are split on whether to tab Perez as the future closer just 5.2 IP into his big-league career. I certainly am willing to, especially considering Isringhausen's situation.
Glaus has been playing quite well of late, but an 0-4 night just wasn't helping the Cardinals out in any way. It's all right to have an off night every once in a while, but I'd like to see Glaus come back with a vengeance tomorrow.
He only had one at bat, but he struck out looking. Not only did he not take the bat off his shoulder for the third strike, but he looked dumbfounded throughout the pitching sequence. Something has got to be done to get Duncan out of his funk. There is also no reason for LaRussa to be splitting time between Duncan and Ludwick in the outfield.
He went hitless (0-2), but still reached base two out of his four plate appearances. Plus, you can't complain about your best player who is now hitting 4-6 in the series. Keep going AP.
He went 1-4 with a triple that scored two, but an error on a groundball is never positive. Luckily for Izturis, his triple put us ahead 5-1, so there wasn't much reason to be squeamish.
I'll take a 1-3 night with a RBI (albeit on a bases-loaded walk) from Ludwick. It is certainly better than whatever Duncan will do. Please, Tony, Ludwick is putting up the best hitting numbers of any outfielder in the NL, let the guy play!
After tonight, I have renewed confidence with Adam Wainwright. The location of his pitches was pristine. Also, Chris Perez is legit. Peter Fleischer let you all know a couple of weeks ago, and now that prediction has come to fruition.