Cards Send Road Warrior To The Mound Sunday

The Cardinals send their Ulitmate Road Warrior, Jeff Suppan to the mound today to face Atlanta's John Smoltz. Suppan is 11-1 on the road in a Redbird uniform.

The Cardinals will be sending the ultimate road warrior, Jeff Suppan to the mound Sunday as the Civil War with Atlanta continues.

It's round three of a three round series, and the third battle may be the toughest one yet, with the Atlanta Braves sending John Smoltz into the fray.

It's Smoltz's first time facing St. Louis this year, after moving from the bullpen back into the starting rotation for the first time since 2001. Smoltz has never had a whole lot of luck against the Cards, highlighted most recently by Albert Pujols's game-winning home run against the Braves at Busch Stadium in 2003.

The Redbirds are one of only two teams that have had success against one of the best pitchers in the game. Smoltz is a career 8-10 against the Cardinals.

Suppan is 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA this season and Smoltz is 1-3 with a 3.64 ERA, should be able to sue the Atlanta for non-support, the Braves have scored only two runs in each of his four starts.

Last season Suppan was rocked by Atlanta batters and finished the season with an 0-1 record against the Braves. Smoltz on the other hand was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA with two saves in 2004. It should be another good game with these two guys facing off against each other.

Today will be Suppan's fifth start of the season, he evened his record to 2-2, 3.42 with a 5-3 win over the Brewers last Tuesday.

Need to win a rubber game on the road? For the St. Louis Cardinals there is no better pitcher to send to the mound than Suppan. Jeff led the Cardinals staff with 16 wins last season and has won 15 of his last 22 decisions dating back to last year, which is impressive, but when you add his 11-1 road record as a Cardinal into the mix, it's just amazing.

The Cardinals 15-7, start the day in first place in the NL Central with a 3 1/2 game lead over the second place Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals already have an impressive 7-2 road record this season and have won 12 of their last 15 games.

The Cardinals and their fans have gotten use to winning, going into Saturday's game the Cardinals have won a major league best 97 games (97-41) since last May 27, for a .703 winning pct...their combined 120-63 (.656 win pct.) mark over the past two seasons is also tops in the majors, followed by the Dodgers (114 wins), Yankees (110), Braves (109) & Red Sox (109).

The Braves are record stands a 14-10, after last night's 3-2 win over the Redbirds. The Braves are one game back in the standings behind the Florida Marlins.

The Cards and Braves wrap up their three-game series today at 12:05 p.m. CT.

The Redbirds next stop on this six game road trip is Cincinnati. The Cardinals will play the Reds for a three-game series that starts Monday at 6:10 p.m. CT.


Sun., May 1 at BRAVES: Jeff Suppan (2-2, 3.42) vs. John Smoltz (1-3, 3.64) 12:05 p.m.#

Mon., May 2 at REDS: Chris Carpenter (4-1, 4.01) vs. Eric Milton (2-2, 6.75) 6:10 p.m.*%

Tues., May 3 at REDS: Jason Marquis (3-1, 3.27) vs. Aaron Harang (1-1, 4.30) 6:10 p.m.*

Wed., May 4 at REDS: Mark Mulder (3-1, 3.50) vs. Brandon Claussen (1-2, 2.51) 6:10 p.m.*%

Times listed are Central.

All games broadcast on KMOX Radio

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