Sunday Summary: Cardinals face last tough test

Posted by Ben Weixlmann | 2:15 PM | 0 comments »

Peter Fleischer from was nice enough to let me borrow one of his articles for my blog!

-Just like Skip Schumaker,
I'll start this off with a bang. I loved watching Carlos Zambrano tantrum yesterday. What a f'ing baby. Big Z is one of the best hurlers in baseball, but you wonder if he will ever grow the hell up. Imagine Jake Peavy scream like that on the field. Come on.

-I didn't think that the Cards stood a chance yesterday. After hearing during the pre-game that the Cards hadn't beaten Zambrano since 2005, and that he hadn't lost at Wrigley this year, I looked at my friend and said, "we have no chance". Boy was I wrong. But we all watched the game, so I won't recap.

-Kudos to Braden Looper and Todd Wellemeyer. While Joel Piñero has done nothing to keep his rotation spot, Looper and Wellemeyer have really stepped up. The two have allowed only 15 ER in their last eight starts (49.2 IP), good for a 2.71 ERA. That's darn good for four and five starters if Wainwright returned to the rotation.

-With Chris Carpenter returning to form, Adam Wainwright next in line to plug the closer gap, and Rick Ankiel due back sooner then later, the Cardinals might actually have a real team for the stretch run. It's nice to see the team almost completely healthy.

-On a minor note, I really like the Felipe Lopez signing. This guy is noticeably more talented then Brendan Ryan, Caesar Izturis, and Adam Kennedy. Plus, playing in St. Louis is a day-and-night difference from Washington. Maybe that will help him elevate his game. Three hits in his first ten Cardinal ABs isn't too shabby.

-Don't count out Chris Perez. After losing command of his slider during his first big leage stint, Perez went down to Memphis, had a terrible first outing, and hasn't given up a run since, striking out 15 in seven IP down in Triple-A. He's looked great since his recall.

-This ten-game road trip is the last tough stretch. After this, the most difficult venture for the Cards is a six-game trip to Houston and Arizona. The 'Birds play 15 of their final 25 games against Central foes, and they play only six road games against foes with winning records after the Marlins series.

This week was pretty basic. The Birds fought through the Dodgers series, and won. They have also put themselves in place to win the Cubs series, before facing the Marlins and Reds on the road this week. If they can win every series on the road trip, they'll be in great position for the stretch run, where they will be the healthiest they have been all season.