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Cardinals news and notes: Pham, Oh, and Cardinals' baseball is finally back

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Ban the day off after Opening Day and other things you may have missed yesterday at VEB

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Cardinals baseball is finally back.  Unfortunately they had a day off yesterday and for whatever reason when there's a day off between the opener and game 2 it feels like an eternity.  They're off again on Thursday, and a week from today as well. In total they have four days off in the first 19 days of the 2016 season and that's absurd.  To put it in perspective, not counting the All-Star break - which to be fair is four days for those not taking part in the festivities, they have only five days off in the combined months of July, August, and September.  Starting on July 15th the Cardinals play 30 games in 31 days and starting on August 23rd they have 39 games in 41 days.

The advantage of the day off after Opening Day for the consumer, I guess, is that if the opener is rained out it can be rescheduled for the next day, and the rapscallions who got tickets for the second game won't luck their way into Opening Day.  Still, it's April, these guys are ready to play.  I'd be in favor of packing in 40 games this month if possible and saving the days off for later in the season when the players might want them.  They're called the dog days of August for a reason - give the players and fans a break and get rid of the day off after Opening Day.

Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Baseball is Back

The opener at PNC Park was not fun but Seung-Hwan Oh made his debut and pitched a scoreless inning.  Joe Schwarz analyzed his diverse repertoire.

There was a Pablo Neruda reading at my wedding.  It was not this one but maybe it should have been.  Good find, Scooter.

Tommy Pham continues to have the worst luck with injuries and it's a shame because no one has earned a break and deserved goodwill more than him.  As Craig Edwards noted, with Pham's oblique injury, Aledmys Diaz has been called up before his season in Memphis even began.

Lastly, I explained why I understand the pessimism following the season opener and why it looked like a microcosm of all things we worry about with the 2016 Cardinals.  Let's all freak out.  (Seriously though, there's no reason to freak out.  It was one game of 162 - we'll be fine.)

Have a good Tuesday, everyone.