Mulder Takes The Mound For Game Two

Jimmy Rollins will be looking to extend his hitting streak to 38 games. In the way, Mark Mulder.

Mark Mulder will start the second game of the season tonight, at 6:05 pm, CDT, in Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. Mulder posted a 16-8 record last season, his first with St. Louis and he opens the season just three wins shy of 100 for his career.

Philadelphia will send starter Brett Myers to the mound. Myers went 13-8 with a 3.72 ERA last season and won his only start against St. Louis, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs with nine strikeouts and no walks in the Phillies' 7-4 home victory May 19.

The Cardinals pounded the Phillies on Monday night, in the season opener, 15-5, with the help of Albert Pujols' first two home runs of the season and Scott Rolen chipping in a grand slam.

Mulder went 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in one start vs. the Phillies last season (6.0 IP, 5r,

4er) and is 0-1, 6.00 ERA all-time vs. the Phillies (2GS, 12.0IP, 9R, 8ER).

Is Mulder in mid season form already? Mark's three wins led the team as he went 3-1, 2.49 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts and looked very effective from the first day in spring training camp.

The Cardinals acquired lefty Mark Mulder from the A's in exchange for Dan Haren, Kiko Calero and catching prospect Daric Barton, just in time for Christmas 2004 for Cardinal Fans and the expectations for Mulder have been very high.

There are some fans who were disappointed in Mulder's 16-8 record, but here is the bottom line, I'll take Mulder and 16 wins every season.

Check out this numbers sport fans, Mark is 65-4 in his 78 career starts when he receives four runs or more of support.

Tonight all eyes will be on the Phillies' shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, and his hitting streak. He'll be going for 38 in a row, 18 shy of Joe DiMaggio's major league record and seven behind Willie Keeler for the National League mark.

A three-time All-Star shortstop, Rollins ended the 2005 season with a 36-game hitting streak, the ninth-longest over one season in big league history, and the longest in the majors since 1987, when Paul Molitor hit safely in 39 consecutive games.

Rollins' pursuit of Joe DiMaggio's major league record 56-game hitting streak has a catch, however.

DiMaggio accomplished his feat in the same season in 1941. The major league marks for longest hitting streak in one season and longest hitting streak spanning two seasons are separate records.

DiMaggio holds both with his 56-game streak in 1941, but there is a difference in the NL records: Pete Rose (1978) and Willie Keeler (1897) share the NL mark at 44 games.

However, Keeler got a hit in his final game of 1896, so his run of 45 games overall is the first record Rollins is chasing.

Rollins will have to get past Mulder, to extend his streak tonight, a problem? Maybe not, Rollins is 4-for-8 lifetime against Mulder, it should be interesting.


Coming up

• Thursday: Cardinals (Jason Marquis, 13-14, 4.13) at Phillies (Cory Lidle, 13-11, 4.53), 2:05 p.m. CT
• Friday: Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 16-10, 3.57) at Cubs (Greg Maddux, 13-15, 4.24), 1:20 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 1-0, 7.20) at Cubs (Carlos Zambrano, 0-0, 9.64), 1:20 p.m. CT




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