to repeat: this is a lonnnngshot. jones probably isn't coming to st louis. but just on the off-chance . . . . if jocketty were somehow able to get him without losing wainwright or reyes, a lot of us know-it-all critics would stop carping about front-office inaction and resume singing walter's praises. at least, this know-it-all would.
for tonight's opposing starter, doug davis, it's all about the walks. in his one good month (june) he issued 2 free passes a game; in his three lousy months he walked at least 4.5 men per 9. he no-decisioned the cardinals long, long ago, in the 3d game ever played at the new stadium. . . .
jaime garcia nominally threw a complete game loss vs tampa last night -- 6 innings in a rain-shortened road loss. a good outing, despite the L - 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 ks, and 2 runs, both earned. garcia has steadied himself after a rough transition to high-a ball; still probably has 5 or 6 starts left on the schedule. if he pitches consistently well in them, you never know but what he might debut at double a next april.