8-5, 4.75 4-4, 4.07
tell me about it. kinda hard to believe that just two starts ago he went 7 and gave up 4 hits . . . . and we may well get another one of those tonight. game by game with this guy; per this morning's post, he's not going to solve what ails him tomorrow, but you gotta start somewhere and build on it.
a ringing endorsement: baseball prospectus moves the cardinals back atop its ranking of the 30 teams, though without much gusto: "the rotation is showing some wear and tear, with Mark Mulder (9.00 ERA in 20 innings this month) having been hit hard by some mediocre teams and Jason Marquis' K-rate falling through the floor (4.31 per nine innings--down from last year's 6.17--and only one strikeout over his last three starts)."
blog log: cardnilly's reds series preview is up, brought to you by the letter "L" . . . . i reckon bellyscratcher and red hot mama will be at it again tonight. . . . time magazine online this week names SB Nation as one of its 50 best blogs -- read all about it; also the network this week welcomes two new blogs, The Good Phight (phillies) and Bless You Boys (tigers).
there used to be a ballpark right here: finally, here's an affectionate ode to busch stadium that i highly recommend. asks a simple question: "Why are we giving this up?"