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11th-Jul-2008 03:12 pm - Mark Mulders career over..?
After nearly one year and a half of rehabbing his shoulder Mark Mulder may have come back too early and now his career could be in jeopardy. After being re-activated on September 5, 2007, he continued to struggle with his command, losing all three of his starts with an ERA of 12.27. In that time, he pitched only 11 innings, and gave up 22 hits and seven walks. This prompted an MRI scan, which led the team to the conclusion that Mulder needed additional clean-up rotator cuff surgery. And just two weeks ago Mulder made his return. He came in from the bullpen with a 7-1 lead over the New York Mets in the top of the ninth. Mulder finished the ballgame with no runs, but giving up to blooper hits. On the 9th Mulder started his first game of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. After striking out Jimmy Rollins to begin the game, Mulder threw eight consecutive pitches out of the strike zone, and left the game with a shoulder injury. At this point Mulder may have nothing else to do, but stop before something much more serious happens.

Mulder was traded to the Cardinals in 2004 for C Daric Barton, P Kiko Calero, and SP Dan Haren (W-L/8-5 this season) 2005 was by far Mulder's best season with the Cardinals. He tossed 205.0 innings, winning 16 games, tallying 8 losses, and striking out 111. While in the ML, he has 103 wins, 60 losses, 4.19 era, with 833 K's.
10th-Jul-2008 03:00 pm - Cardinals need to make a move NOW!
With the Cubs leading the Central and the Brewers only one game behind the redbirds its time for GM John Mozeliak and the entire front office to help bring in a solid arm. The Brewers recently made the blockbuster trade to send top prospects OF Matt LaPorta, pitchers Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson, and a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for CC Sabathia. Sabathia has already picked up his first win with the 'Brew Crew' tossing six solid innings, striking out five, allowing only five hits, and two earned runs . While the Brewers are nipping at the Cardinals heals the Cubs are pulling further and further away. With a 4.5 game lead the Cubs also made a statement when they acquired SP Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin from the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton, infielder Eric Patterson and catcher Josh Donaldson. With the trade deadline just around the corner the Cardinals will have to make a trade if the expect to contend for the rest of the season with these two powerhouses.
6th-Jul-2008 02:54 pm - Two Cardinals are all-star caliber
Although both reserves for the National League this upcoming all-star game in New York at Yankee Stadium both OF Ryan Ludwick and 1B Albert Pujols couldn't be happier. Ludwick who was just in the minor leagues a little over two years ago will make his first appearance while Albert will appearing for the seventh time.

Here is a look of this years startes for both the National League and American League:

National League
C - Geovany Soto/Chicago Cubs
1B - Lance Berkman/Houston Astros
2B - Chase Utley/Philadelphia Phillies
3B - Chipper Jones/Atlanta Braves
SS - Hanley Ramirez/Florida Marlins
OF - Ryan Braun/Milwaukee Brewers
OF - Kosuke Fukudome/Chicago Cubs
OF - Alfonso Soriano/Chicago Cubs

American League
C - Joe Mauer/Minnesota Twins
1B - Kevin Youkilis/Boston Red Sox
2B - Dustin Pedroia/Boston Red Sox
3B - Alex Rodriguez/New York Yankees
SS - Derek Jeter/New York Yankees
OF - Josh Hamilton/Texas Rangers
OF - Ichiro Suzuki/Seattle Mariners
OF - Manny Ramirez/Boston Red Sox
DH - David Ortiz/Boston Red Sox 
6th-Jul-2008 02:42 pm - Final 7/6 Cubs @ Cards
 

Inning

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

Cardinals

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Cubs

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

2

1

7

                                  


Cubs Starter:                              Cardinals Starter: 
Sean Marshall #45                    Todd Wellemeyer #37
ERA: 4.87                                    ERA: 3.86
W-L: 0-2                                       W-L: 7-3
K's: 17                                          K's: 70
BB's: 9                                         BB's: 30
Throws: Left                                Throws: Right

Chicago Cubs
W-52
L-36
GB-0.0
Last 10 Games: 3-7

Saint Louis Cardinals
W-50
L-39
GB-2.5
Last 10 Games: 5-5

Keys to a Cardinal Victory!

Marshall is making his third start of the year and is not yet proven that he can stay in the majors. 
--The Cardinals need to get to him early
--Raise his pitch count and make him walk batters

Wellemeyer struggled his last outing and needs to get back on top of his game.
--See if Albert can hit career homerun number 301
-- Ludwick needs to pick it up
--Bullpen has to try and stay consistent and not allow the Cubs to take a lead

According to national baseball writer Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News the Cardinals along with the LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Kansas City Royals have all expressed interest in outfielder Matt Holliday. Supposedly Holliday, 28, was placed on the Rockies trading block along with lefty reliever Brian Fuentes a little over a month ago. Last season Holliday helped his Rockies make it all the way to the World Series where there they evidently lost in a 4 game sweep to the Boston Red Sox. Along the way he had a .336 batting average, .421 on base-percentage, homered 36 times, and knocked in 136 rbi's. Holliday was also the runner up in the National League MVP voting behind Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies. Holliday is also a two-time NL All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger award winner. So far, Holliday has 13 homeruns, 49 rbi's, and is hitting .342 in 71 games.

Left handed reliever Brian Fuentes, 32, a three-time NL All-star (2005, 2006, 2007) is also apparently on the Cards radar. Fuentes at the moment is having a season he would like to put behind him however. Fuentes is 1-4, with a 3.71 era, 13 saves, and 32 K's. Other teams interested in Fuentes are the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rockies (37-51) are currently in fourth place in the NL West just two games ahead of the San Diedo Padres and even more surprising only 6 games out of first place. Fourteen games under .500 and only 6 games out is astonishing and at this point it seems that any team is worthy of being crowned NL West champions by the end of this season.

Although both of these players would be sure be valuable additions to the Cardinals clubhouse we fans need to be prepared for what may just be a fluke and fall through. Not saying Holliday nor Fuentes will or will not don the 'Birds on the Bat' I am just thinking rationally. Holliday would be very costly to attain for the years to come (9.5 million/2008 season, and 13.5 million/2009 season on current Rockies contract), and not to mention that Holliday's agent is Scott Boras who is against long-term contracts until his clients are done with their current contract. Also, this trade would most likely include talented prospect Colby Rasmus, and Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes. It looks like all we fans can do is wait until the trade deadline rolls around at the end of the month or until we get more news.

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