Game Day Notes - Saturday April 9

Jeff Suppan takes the mound today to try to make it two in a row, for the St. Louis Cardinals, as they play this weekend, in their final season, opening series at Busch Stadium. <P>

It's Game two of a three game series vs the Phillies at Busch Stadium, as the St. Louis Cardinals play their first series at home of the 2005 season in what will be the last season at Busch Stadium, as we know it now.

The Cardinals coming off a somewhat ugly win yesterday against the Phillies, coming back to secure a 6-5 victory in the National League Champions final home opener at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals plan to move next season into the new Busch Stadium, which is under construction adjacent to the current 40-year ballpark.

Today the Cardinals send Jeff Suppan to the mound to face the Phillies Galvin Floyd, as they look to take two in a row from the team from the City of Brotherly Love. The Cardinals start the day one complete game behind the 3-0 Milwaukee Brewers.

Jeff Suppan will make his Cardinals 2005 season debut tomorrow vs. PHI... Jeff was 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts...he won his only start vs. the Phils last season, allowing four runs on six hits in six 3-1, 5.47 in five career starts vs. PHI...Jeff had a career-high 16 wins last season, leading all Cardinals pitchers...he was 6-8 at home, with a 4.75 ERA last season...he's won 10- or-more games in each of his last six seasons.

Injury Updates

CAL ELDRED, should be ready to pitch today. The Cardinal reliever has had the flu this week and has failed to appear in a Cardinal game yet this season.

JOHN MABRY, suffered what is described as a mild hamstring pull in yesterday's game and may not be available.

Who's Hot?

DAVID ECKSTEIN, reached base in all five of his plate appearances on Friday, April the 8th against the Phillies, in the Cardinals home opener, making it eight in a row over the last two games.

Eckstein has three singles, a double, three walks and a hit by pitch in the two-game span.

Who's Not?

YADIER MOLINA, the Cardinals' catcher is hitting, .000 and has not had a hit in his first 10 at bats.

Coming Up

Sun., April 10 vs. PHILLIES: Chris Carpenter (1-0, 1.29) vs. Jon Lieber (1-0, 4.76) 1:15 p.m.#

Mon. April 11 -- OFF DAY

Tue., April 12 vs. REDS: Jason Marquis (0-0, 1.50) vs. Aaron Harang (1-0, 0.00) 7:10 p.m.*

Wed., April 13 vs. REDS: Mark Mulder (0-0+) vs. Ramon Ortiz (0-0+) 12:10 p.m.*

Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio

# WB11-TV * Fox Sports-Net/Midwest + FOX Network % ESPN @ESPN2

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