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3 game series vs Cardinals @ Busch Stadium

Houston Astros
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, Apr 12, 2010, 3:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Wandy Rodriguez vs Adam Wainwright

Sunny. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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That sound, that sound you hear is another tough series on its way for the Astros. That and the best hitter in baseball playing at home against a team that has scored less runs all season than the Arizona Diamondbacks did in one inning Sunday. But, other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

That's right, the Astros are heading to the home of the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

The pitching matchups get easier as the series goes on. Wandy Rodriguez takes the hill Monday against 2009 Cy Young runner-up Adam Wainright (thanks for nothing, Will Carroll and Keith Law). On Wednesday, Brett Myers will face off with Brad Penny before Card-Killer Bud Norris takes on Kyle Lohse. Both Penny and Lohse have little track records of success (though Penny has been very good in the past, his injuries in recent seasons have kept him down), but Penny began the season with a six inning gem, while Lohse got hit around in his first start.

The Cardinals bullpen is anchored by Mr. Facial Hair Ryan Franklin. The 37-year old has already blown one save this season, but has two more saves to his credit. Franklin signed a two-year, 6.5 million dollar deal in the offseason to stay in St. Louis. That's right. He's making more money than Brandon Lyon to close games. The rest of the Cards bullpen consists of two old lefties in Trever Miller (37) and Dennys Reyes (33) and a bunch of young-ish guys like Blake Hawksworth, Jason Motte, Kyle McClelland and Mitchell Boggs. Hawskworth appeared in 30 games last season, throwing 40 inning while striking out 20 and walking 15. He managed rates closes to 3-to-1 K/BB while in Triple-A the two previous seasons, so he might have just had a jittery first season. Motte was an older draftee that hurried through the Cards system and had a shot at the closer role last season before Franklin cinched it up. McClelland could be the most consistent of the three, having almost a 2-to-1 K/BB rate in the majors.

The lineup has a familiar ring to it. Pujols, Holliday and Rasmus. Get used to those names. They'll be around for a while...well, maybe not Pujols, but definitely Holliday and Rasmus. All three are off to good starts but the rest of the Cardinals order is looking vulnerable. Ryan Ludwick and Brendan Ryan are both hitting below the Mendoza line while rookie third baseman David Freese is 4 for 18. Another semi-regular in Felipe Lopez is also batting below .200, though the Cardinals have made up for low averages by hitting 12 home runs and nine doubles in six games.

It could be an ugly series, but the Cardinals come into the series not nearly as hot as the Phillies were. Maybe we'll win a game before Friday...


Wandy Rodriguez

#51 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

5-11

195

B

L

Jan 18, 1979



Adam Wainwright

#50 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals

6-7

230

R

R

Aug 30, 1981



Lineup

Houston Astros @ St. Louis Cardinals

04/12/10 3:15 PM CDT

Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Bourn - CF Skip Schumaker - 2B
Tommy Manzella - SS Ryan Ludwick - RF
Hunter Pence - RF Albert Pujols - 1B
Carlos Lee - LF Matt Holliday - LF
Geoff Blum - 1B Yadier Molina - C
Pedro Feliz - 3B Colby Rasmus - CF
Kazuo Matsui - 2B David Freese - 3B
Humberto Quintero - C Brendan Ryan - SS
Wandy Rodriguez - P Adam Wainwright - P


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Wandy Rodriguez 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Brett Myers 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Felipe Paulino 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
Jeff Keppinger 6 19 2 7 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 .368 .455 .526
Michael Bourn 6 22 1 7 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 .318 .318 .364
Chris Johnson 5 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .300 .300 .300
Pedro Feliz 6 24 0 7 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 .292 .292 .375
Tommy Manzella 4 14 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .286 .333 .286
Jason Michaels 3 7 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 .286 .286 .714
Kazuo Matsui 3 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .200
Geoff Blum 6 17 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .176 .222 .235
Humberto Quintero 2 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143
Carlos Lee 6 23 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .130 .167 .130
Cory Sullivan 5 9 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 .111 .111 .333
Hunter Pence 5 21 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .095 .095 .238
J.R. Towles 4 15 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .067 .067 .133
Roy Oswalt 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Bud Norris 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Fulchino 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Lindstrom 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Lyon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Byrdak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Samuel Gervacio 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Sampson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Moehler 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Wilton Lopez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Tim Byrdak 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 1 1 1 1 1 2.25 .75
Chris Sampson 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3.2 3 1 1 0 2 3 2.45 1.36
Roy Oswalt 0-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 5 1 4 11 3.75 1.33
Wandy Rodriguez 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 7 3 3 0 4 4 4.50 1.83
Brett Myers 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 12 4 4 1 1 3 6.00 2.17
Samuel Gervacio 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 2 2 1 0 0 2 6.75 1.50
Felipe Paulino 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 4 4 4 0 4 4 7.20 1.60
Brian Moehler 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.2 7 3 3 0 1 1 7.36 2.18
Matt Lindstrom 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 3 2 2 1 0 2 9.00 1.50
Brandon Lyon 0-1 3 0 0 0 0 1 3.0 4 3 3 1 1 1 9.00 1.67
Bud Norris 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.2 6 3 3 0 4 3 10.13 3.75
Jeff Fulchino 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 5 4 4 1 1 3 10.80 1.80
Wilton Lopez 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 3 2 2 1 0 1 13.50 2.25



Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Matt Holliday 6 26 8 11 2 0 3 6 0 3 1 0 .423 .444 .846
Albert Pujols 6 24 7 9 0 0 4 10 3 5 0 0 .375 .444 .875
Colby Rasmus 6 14 6 5 1 0 2 3 8 5 1 0 .357 .591 .857
Nick Stavinoha 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 1.333
Yadier Molina 5 18 3 5 1 0 2 7 1 2 0 0 .278 .381 .667
Skip Schumaker 5 22 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .273 .304 .364
David Freese 5 18 1 4 0 0 0 4 2 5 0 0 .222 .286 .222
Felipe Lopez 5 16 3 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .188 .235 .375
Joe Mather 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .167 .286 .167
Allen Craig 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Ryan Ludwick 6 21 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 .143 .182 .143
Brendan Ryan 6 18 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 6 0 0 .111 .238 .111
Adam Wainwright 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Carpenter 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason LaRue 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Penny 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jaime Garcia 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
Kyle Lohse 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Franklin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kyle McClellan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Motte 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dennys Reyes 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Trever Miller 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mitchell Boggs 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Blake Hawksworth 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Mitchell Boggs 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0.00 1.00
Blake Hawksworth 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.33
Trever Miller 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.50
Dennys Reyes 1-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 .50
Brad Penny 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 6 1 1 0 2 4 1.29 1.14
Jaime Garcia 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 4 1 1 0 3 5 1.50 1.17
Adam Wainwright 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 3 2 2 1 2 6 2.57 .71
Chris Carpenter 1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 12 9 7 5 2 7 5.73 1.27
Ryan Franklin 0-0 3 0 0 0 2 0 3.0 4 2 2 0 0 0 6.00 1.33
Kyle Lohse 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 6 4 4 0 3 3 6.00 1.50
Kyle McClellan 0-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 4 3 2 1 1 4 10.80 3.00
Jason Motte 0-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 3 2 2 1 1 2 10.80 2.40