Game Day Notes - Sunday April 10th

As the first week of major league baseball comes to an end, it's still the Cardinals we saw lose four in a row to Boston, on the field, rather than the team that won a 105 games and a National League Championship. <p>

The National League Champions continue their five game homestand with the rubber game of a three-game set vs. the Phillies today at 1:15 PM CDT.

The Cardinals have a day off Monday before the Cincinnati Reds will pay a brief visit with a two-game series that begins on Tuesday...Wednesday's game is a business man's special with a start time of 12:10 p.m.

The St. Louis Cardinals (2-2) will send their staff ace Chris Carpenter to the mound today to face the Phillies (2-3) as he will try to do what a staff ace is suppose to do and that is shut down the Phillies and stop the bleeding.

After winning the final home opener at Busch Stadium on Friday, a game the Cardinals shouldn't have won, they were knocked completely out by the Phillies yesterday 10-4, behind the pitching of a rookie pitcher Gavin Floyd.

Carpenter, will make his second start of the season today. Chris was the Cards opening day starter at Houston and didn't disappoint Cardinal fans, earning the win by pitching 7.0 innings and allowing one run on four hits.

Carpenter was 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six Grapefruit League games and his 25 strikeouts were the most in a spring by a Cards hurler since Todd Stottlemyer collected 31 in 1997. Among Cardinal pitchers, Carpenter was certainly the most impressive starter in spring training and may not be ready to give up that handle, the club's "Staff Ace".

Chris won his only start vs. the Phillies last season, despite allowing four HRs, including three straight w/two outs in the 5th inn.

The Phillies will be sending Jon Lieber to the mound. Lieber (1-0) won his first game of the season over the Washington Nations. Despite scattering 10 hits, three earned runs, and one walk while striking out two over five and two-thirds innings. Last season, Lieber was a 14 game winner for the New York Yankees.

Who's Hot Yesterday David Eckstein went 1-4 after having reached base in eight straight plate appearances, the run ending on a groundout to start the bottom of the first.

Who's Not Jeff Suppan, allowed six runs in four innings in his season debut as the Cardinals lost to the Phillies on Saturday

Trainer's Table

Pitchers Matt Morris and Mike Lincoln are on the DL.

Morris is scheduled to make a second rehab start for the Palm Beach Cardinals this week and is expected to make his first major league start on April 19.

Mike Lincoln has been cleared to throw and is not expected to be activated off the DL anytime soon.

Cal Eldred is back after missing most of the first week of the season with the flu. He is still recovering and will be limited to light duty for at least the next week.

John Mabry has a very mild hamstring pull which may limit his playing time for the next couple of days.

MISC Around Cardinal Nation, we are always talking about our minor league system. The sad thing is it is consistently ranked as one of the worst in baseball. Here is an interesting note about the Phillies.

Nine players on the Phillies' 25-man roster have come from the club's minor league system: LF Pat Burrell, RHP Gavin Floyd, C Mike Lieberthal, RHP Ryan Madson, OF Jason Michaels, RHP Brett Myers, SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Chase Utley, LHP Randy Wolf … Five are 1st round draft selections (Lieberthal, 90; Burrell, 98; Myers, 99; Utley, 00; Floyd, 01) and two are 2nd round selections (Rollins, 96; Wolf, 97). Very interesting.

Coming Up

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, 6.00) vs. Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 1.80) 12:10 p.m.*

Thu., April 14 -- OFF DAY Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio # WB11-TV * Fox Sports-Net/Midwest + FOX Network % ESPN @ESPN2

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