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Pujols is clutch; is that even news worthy?

September 10, 2008

so, what do you know? the big bad central division leading cubbies came to town yesterday. looks like the cards caught them at the right time.

big z and harden are both out, but the cubbies still had dempster (who has had a very good season as a starter) start for them last night. it did not start out very well. the cubs got two runs off of lohse in the first inning and another one in the third. dempster seemed to be on for five innings.

then, he ran into trouble and put two men on ahead of pujols with no one out. personally, I don’t care how many runners are on and how many outs, whenever pujols comes up with runners on, you walk him if you are the other team. they did not and they paid the price.

dempster tried to throw a fastball middle away by pujols…that did not happen. with gimpy elbow and all, AP muscled that baby the other was for a three run shot to tie the game. just like that, the cards were back in it. that was his 33rd blast of the season and now he has 98 rbis. I think I can safely say he will reach 35 homers and 100 rbis by the end of this season (sarcasm detected).

CP comes in and has a 1,2,3 ninth inning and then the offense goes back out on the diamond. they get a runner on and iz2 brings him home the game winning run by hitting a bouncer. there you have it; cards in the series opener in exciting fashion, 4 to 3.

glaus is out now with rotator cuff strain and tendinitis in his right shoulder. they hope he’ll only miss a few days.

kinney is back in the ‘pen and he wants a chance to pitch. he will likely be relegated to mop up duty to get him some innings to pitch but I do not anticipate him coming out to pitch in a crucial situation unless they run out of pitchers.

so now, the cards are not out of the playoff picture yet but they are on life support. they are 8 games back of the cubbies so that will probably not happen. in the wild card though, they are tied with philly for 2nd place and are 4 games behind the brewers. now, they only have 18 games left this season, but it is still mathematically viable to win the wild card but they gotta take care of business from now on and just win baby!

tonight’s pitching matchup: braden looper vs. ted lilly

lilly is a lefty which is always bad news for the cards. he pitched against cincy his last time out and he only lasted 2 innings and gave up 5 runs so maybe that is a plus…but remember: lefty, lefty, lefty!

looper was pretty good against florida his last time out pitching into the 8th inning and giving up no earned runs. that was a nice bounce back start from the one before that when he pitched 4.1 innings in houston and gave up 8 runs. let’s hope he pitches like his last time out. the cubbies offense seems to be down as of late, but watch out for jimmy edmonds! the man hit two bombs in chicago off of braden the last time he faced him.

for the series finales on thursday, it will be rich harden going against the colonel wellemeyer.

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