Game Day Preview - with Ray Mileur 04/16

It's day two of a 13 game road trip and the Cardinals will send RHP Chris Carpenter to the mound today to face Milwaukee's LHP Doug Davis. <p> With a win today, the 4-4 Cardinals would win their first series of the season and move above the .500 mark. <p> The Cardinals announced yesterday that today's starter, Chris Carpenter has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2007 with a club option for 2008. Chris won a career-high 15 games with a 3.46 ERA last season. <p>

The National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals continue defense of their 2004 pennant today, in a day game that starts at 1:05 pm CDT. Today's game is the second game of three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend and will be televised on KPLR & FSN.

The Cardinals were the winners in game one, behind Road Warrior Jeff Suppan. Once again, Jeff Suppan showed his top form in a road game, throwing 8 1/3 shutout innings against the Brewers on Friday night, as the Cardinals defeated the Brew Crew and their staff ace Ben Sheets, 3-0. The win improves the Cardinals record to 4-4 and just a 1/2 game back of Houston and Milwaukee in the NL Central Division.

The only other road trip this season has been to the first place Houston Astros, where the Redbirds split the two games.

Today's game is the second of 16 games against their division rivals. St. Louis was 9-8 vs. Milwaukee last year, including a 4-3 mark at Miller Park...the Cardinals hold a 64-43 all-time mark against the Brewers.

St. Louis has yet to win a series this season, but with a win on Saturday, the Redbirds would take the three-game set against their division rivals.

Carpenter will try to duplicate Suppan's success Saturday, making his team leading third start this afternoon. Chris has a career mark of 0-1 in two starts vs. Milwaukee and did not get a decision in his start last year, a 2-1 Cards loss. In that start Carp went 6.0 innings allowing just one first-inning run on five hits with five K.

The right-hander, who won a career-high 15 games with a 3.46 ERA last season, a two-year contract extension through 2007 with a club option for 2008., was pounded for eight earned runs and 10 hits in just 3 1-3 innings of Sunday's 13-4 loss to Philadelphia.

The loss came just five days after Carpenter turned in a strong opening day outing, allowing just one earned run and four hits in seven innings of a 7-3 win over Houston.

After the game, ``I made some good pitches; they hit some good pitches,'' Carpenter said. ``I made some bad pitches and they hit those, too. It was just

The Cardinals announced yesterday that righthanded pitcher Chris Carpenter has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2007 with a club option for 2008.

The Cardinals and Brewers wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. CT. Afterwards, St. Louis heads east for a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.


ROTATION: 1. LHP Mark Mulder, 2. RHP Chris Carpenter, 3. RHP Jason Marquis, 4. RHP Jeff Suppan, 5. RHP Matt Morris

BULLPEN: RHP Jason Isringhausen (closer), LHP Ray King, RHP Julian Tavarez, RHP Jimmy Journell, RHP Al Reyes, LHP Randy Flores, LHP Carmen Cali

LINEUP: 1. SS David Eckstein, 2. RF Larry Walker, 3. 1B Albert Pujols, 4. 3B Scott Rolen, 5. CF Jim Edmonds, 6. LF Reggie Sanders, 7. 2B Mark Grudzielanek, 8. C Yadier Molina

RESERVES: INF-OF John Mabry, OF Roger Cedeno, OF So Taguchi, INF Hector Luna, INF Abraham Nunez, C Einar Diaz

MEDICAL WATCH: LF Reggie Sanders has recovered from an appendectomy. RHP Matt Morris is well ahead of schedule after offseason shoulder surgery. RHP Mike Lincoln is sidelined while recovering from Tommy John surgery. UTL Abraham Nunez fractured a rib in Wednesday's game and may be added to the DL, as of today he is listed as day to day. RHP Cal Eldred has been placed on the DL and may miss up to 3-4 weeks. OF Jim Edmonds missed Friday night's game and may miss the series in Milwaukee with flu like symtoms.


Sun., April 17 at BREWERS: Jason Marquis (0-0, 1.46) vs. Victor Santos (First App.) 1:05 p.m.#

Mon., April 18 at PIRATES: Mark Mulder (0-1, 8.18) vs. Dave Williams (1-0, 1.59) 7:05 p.m.*

Tues., April 19 at PIRATES: Matt Morris (First App.) vs. Josh Fogg (1-0, 2.03) 7:05 p.m.*

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

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