disjointed saturday thoughts:
- on 7 occasions since interleague play began, the previous year's world series opponents have met in a regular-season rematch. none of those seven series has resulted in a sweep. the world-series-winning teams have won 4 of the 7 reg-season rematches; before last night, they had an 11-10 overall record in rematch games. yesterday's game was the most lopsided result in games of this type; before that the biggest margin of victory was 7 runs, in this game.
- what the heck is going on here?
[A]fter fielding many inquiries the last couple of days about Wainwright's health, La Russa called Wainwright into his office to clear the air.did not elaborate; hmmmm . . . . . reminds me of the time last september when la russa said anthony reyes did have a sore arm, and reyes said he didn't. now it's the other way around: wainwright says the arm hurts (er, "does not elaborate") and la russa says it doesn't. i'm sure glad those two guys talked and got it all straightened out . . . . .
"It's important for our fans to know that, after his first start, he had a little achiness," La Russa said. "He got through it and got treatment. Three starts ago, I was told there wasn't a problem." . . .
"We worked it all out," Wainwright said after his chat with La Russa. "I was not looking great and people are looking for the reasons why. I know the reasons."
He did not elaborate.
- good ol' nl central. the esteemed division went 1-4 in interleague play last night; only the cubs won. (the pirates won an intraleague game vs the dbacks). despite their 2-5 record on this road trip, the cardinals actually have gained ground on the brewers, who are 2-6 over the same span. st louis also has widened its lead over the reds, who are 1-6, and stayed about even with the cubs (3-5). houston has picked up a couple of games; they're 4-3.
- i know i'm only jinxing the kid, but anthony reyes has pitched very well against american league teams. last year (including the world series) he compiled this line against them:
IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP 21 9 5 5 5 13 2.14 0.667
this year, reyes ranks among the national league's top 15 in whip, opp batting average, opp on-base pct, and strikeout rate. his walk rate is 3.0, well below the league average and second-best among the st louis starters; ditto his home-run rate (1 per 40 plate appearances). you'd think a guy like this would have a win or two to his credit. . . . .