July 22: Dodgers @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (51-44, -6.5 in NL Central), Dodgers (54-43, -4.0 in NL West)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Tommy Pham (CF), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jedd Gyorko (3B), Kolten Wong (2B), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Dodgers lineup: Chase Utley (2B), Corey Seager (SS), Justin Turner (3B), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Howie Kendrick (LF), Yasmani Grandal (C), Joc Pederson (CF), Scott Van Slyke (RF), Brandon McCarthy (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-5, walk-off win on Thursday (link)
  • Consistent approach pays of for Aledmys Diaz, who delivered his first career walk-off hit to wrap up sweep of Padres (link)
  • Matt Holliday’s nose bloodied, but not broken, after being hit by a pitch (link)
  • Ozzie Smith leads a baseball clinic in Cooperstown as part of the Hall of Fame weekend (link)
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred, on MLB’s investigation of the Cardinals’ hacking scandal (link)

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So what do they do Sunday with Lyons in extra innings tonight? Hope this is settled soon as very later here out East!

They’ll call someone up maybe. Who knows a Reyes debut. Haley will be happy. Using Lyons as much as they did last night was necessary based on his performance. 4 2/3 shutout baseball was just what we needed Win the game in front of you and worry about other stuff later. I’m worried about getting too excited. IF, we were to run down the Cubs for the NL Central title? It would be epic. However my head still says 86 wins.

I was just glad to see that Lyons didn’t give up any HR’s. Whew. And also glad that Rosenthal stayed seated.
I wonder if MM will ultimately use Martinez on Sunday after only a short 3-day rest. I’m thinking there’s maybe an off-chance, provided that Leake can get a win tonite. That way, maybe Carlos could continue the momentum & get the sweep? However, if we lose tonite….that’d be a different matter.
Then again, what better time to give Reyes a shot. Or? As unorthodox as it’d be….how ’bout using the bullpen/by committee…say, 2 innings each? That’d surely be a new one on the books. Hahaha.

The only thing worse than Rosenthal right now is that Cardinal Fedora they’re selling on the home page. As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “What do you get with it,a free bowl of soup?” -Caddyshack-

Well, the move’s been made. 6′ 3″, 200lb, 24 y/o righty Mike Mayers called up from AAA to spot-start Sunday’s game. During interview he said he feels he has a good slider & change-up, and his fast-balls usually get up into the high-90’s.
Garcia starting at 2B, not Wong…and Hazelbaker in LF for Holliday. Leake typically prefers to call his own pitches, so Rosario instead of Yadi tonite. Fingers crossed.

Hope he does well. Could he be the showcase pitcher for a trade or the future? Anyway, at least he’s not Michael Meyers. Fat Pena out again, this time knee issues. Big surprise when you’re carrying around a ton of flab like he does.

Aw, why are ya’ thinking about trade potential, Dave. OK, so maybe I’m only looking at it from an emotional stand-point. But I’m hoping Mayers kicks butt tonite….and consequently becomes a keeper.
Pena’s a write-off. Done deal. They need to forget about him & go forward. His height/weight ratio sucks. In nursing school, he’d have been tagged as “obese” according to the chart in my phys & anatomy class. Duhhhhh.
And even when Pena thinks his knee inflammation’s gone? Too bad. It’s bound to flare up again….and again.
Besides, I don’t think he’s the sharpest knife in the drawer. His tweets how he was gonna’ join the Army? Me thinks not.

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