On a day when general manager John Mozeliak said, "This is a window to win," the Cardinals lost.
The quote referred to the bold move Mozeliak executed in trading enigmatic center fielder Colby Rasmus to Toronto in an eight-player swap that brought the Cardinals three pitchers -- hard-throwing right-handed starter Edwin Jackson, veteran right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel and perhaps, most important, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczyski. The Cardinals' left-handed relief had been non-existent most of the season.
"Today we feel like we're a better team than we were yesterday," said Mozeliak.
On the field later in the
day, though, the Cardinals misfired on offense several times and surrendered two
runs in the ninth in a 4-2 loss to
Rasmus was hitting .246 for the season and under .190 for the last nine weeks and had been in a firestorm because manager Tony La Russa had said Rasmus was rejecting most of the instructions of the coaching staff and "listening to somebody else (his father, Tony)."
"I guess it's time to
move on," said Colby Rasmus, whose outfield spot on the roster will be taken by
Corey Patterson, who also came from
Two of the upshots of the
deal were that Jackson, who has been traded five times (technically six,
counting his move from the Chicago White Sox to Toronto earlier in the day) by
the age of 27, will move into the rotation. And right-hander Kyle McClellan, 7-6
as compared to
With the acquisition of
three pitchers from
RHP Kyle McClellan, moved back to the bullpen after the big trade, has had six big-league saves. "Over the last few years, with what I've done in the bullpen, I don't think there's anything that shows I can't do that," he said. "I definitely wouldn't shy away from it." Pitching coach Dave Duncan said, "I wouldn't be afraid to put him out there in the ninth inning."
The Cardinals have lost
just three of 11 meetings with
RHP Chris Carpenter gave up just two runs in seven innings Wednesday, on a second-inning homer off an 0-2 pitch to Houston SS Clint Barmes. "It was a really good pitch. That ball was off the plate inside and below his knees," said Carpenter. "I don't second-guess that pitch at all."
LF Matt Holliday, who missed a game with stomach flu, returned to the lineup and doubled twice. But RF Lance Berkman, still having trouble with a right shoulder strain, will be out at least another day or two, according to manager Tony La Russa.
OF Jon Jay takes over in
center field with the trade of CF Colby Rasmus to
LHP Trever Miller, also
BY THE NUMBERS: 997 - Strikeouts by RHP Chris Carpenter as a Cardinal.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've
heard it said that if you don't get along with the manager in
- Manager Tony La Russa, after the trade of CF Colby Rasmus.
RF Lance Berkman (strained right shoulder) was inserted in the lineup July 26 when LF Matt Holliday was a late scratch, but then Berkman had to leave the game in the fourth inning when his injury continued to bother him. He was still out of the lineup July 27.
LF Matt Holliday (stomach flu) was a late scratch July 26 but was back in the lineup July 27.
RHP Kyle Lohse (inflamed
middle right finger) left the team July 21 to have an exam in
RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 7 but had renewed soreness soon after and was shut down until late August or early September.
OF Allen Craig (broken right kneecap) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis on July 23, and he figures to return after Aug. 1.
RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.
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Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter analyzes his performance while Edwin Jackson discusses his trade.