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Matchup at Cardinals, 12:10 CDT

Matt Albers Kip Wells
0 - 1, 5.02 1 - 5, 5.65

After last night's W over our scuffling Astros, Adam Wainwright now has two victories over Houston--and precisely zero against the rest of professional baseball. It's a situation that today's Cardinals starter, Kip Wells, can understand. Wells has six decisions, and the only one in the proper column was the one he took April 8 against--that's right--the Astros.

The Cardinals themselves have won 3 of 4 from the Astros, while going 8 - 15 against the rest of the league.

And not to be bring up painful subjects, but the same skewed situation exists with Pittsburgh, as the Bucs are 6 - 0 vs. us, and 7 - 15 vs. everyone else.

As Milwaukee begins to run away with it, the Astros appear to be solely responsible for keeping two of the weak sisters afloat.

Because Woody worked on short rest last night, Matt Albers will do the same today, and the hope is that Chris Sampson will get into Saint Louie sometime today so that he can pitch tomorrow.

In addition to pitching for the big club today, it appears that Matt will pitch in Houston for at least the rest of May, as the big site reports that while Jason Jennings is progressing, "his return to the Astros is probably going to come at the end of May."

As Chris Burke gets the occasional pinch-hitting assignment, as Jason Jennings sits on the DL, and never mind Jason Hirsh, have you noticed that Willy Taveras is now hitting .300 with a .375 OBP? Taveras has five multi-hit games in his last seven, has walked in three of his past five games, and actually doubled yesterday.