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Date        Time:    TV:    Radio
04/30/09    6:05    FSMW    KTRS
05/01/09    6:05    FSMW    KTRS
05/02/09   12:05    FSMW    KTRS
05/03/09   12:35    KSDK    KTRS
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TV/Radio:
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Pitching Matchups:
#1: Mitchell Boggs, RHP (1-0, 1.17) @ Daniel Cabrera, RHP (0-2, 4.42)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Boggs earned this start by pitching very well five days earlier. He showed against the Cubs just what he needs to be effective: keep his sinking fastball down in the strike zone, and get chases with his breaking ball. Those things won't always both be there for him, but when they are, he's well-equipped to get Major League hitters out. He won't blow many people away, but he has good enough stuff to get outs.

Nationals: In his last start against the Mets, Cabrera retired the first two batters he faced. Then the problems started. After Carlos Beltran singled and Carlos Delgado walked, David Wright hit what looked like a routine fly ball to center fielder Elijah Dukes. But Dukes, who had his sunglasses on the top of his head, lost the ball in the sun as it dropped in for a two-base error, which allowed two runs to score. By the time he left the game in the third inning, Cabrera threw 86 pitches, and the Mets had a 5-0 lead. Cabrera said he was not rattled by Dukes' error. He felt he should have been able to give the Nationals a quality start.

#2: Todd Wellemeyer, RHP (1-2, 6.14) @ Jordan Zimmermann, RHP (2-0, 2.38)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Wellemeyer's season has been frustrating to him and the Cardinals. After it appeared that he was getting straightened out, he turned in two more disappointing starts his past two times out. Wellemeyer's mechanics remain a bit out of whack, and he's also given up more than his share of bloops, flares, rollers and the like for hits. He finally started missing bats in the last couple of innings on Sunday, an indication that maybe he found something.

Nationals: Call Jordan Zimmermann the Nationals' stopper. The right-hander tossed another great game and helped the Nationals defeat the Mets, 8-1, on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak. There were 40,023 at Citi Field, and Zimmerman had never pitched in front of a large crowd before. But there were no signs of nervousness on his part. Zimmermann pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He didn't go any further because he threw 103 pitches. But even more impressive was how he handled the heart of the Mets' order, as Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and David Wright went a combined 2-for-9 with six strikeouts against the right-hander. The game plan was to mix his pitches against the trio.

#3: Joel Pineiro, RHP (4-0, 3.76) @ Shairon Martis, RHP (2-0, 6.20)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Statistically, it's been a very odd season for Pineiro. He has almost as many wins (four) as strikeouts (six), a ratio that it's just about impossible to keep up. Still, he's getting deep into games and throwing strikes, so as long as his defense keeps converting balls in play into outs, he has a chance to keep being effective. He really would do well to start getting at least a few strikeouts here and there, though.

Nationals: On Monday, the offense gave Martis a 6-2 lead after 4 1/2 innings against the Phillies. But the Phillies came back and tied the score in the bottom of the fifth. The bases were loaded when Ryan Howard drilled a 1-2 pitch for a grand slam to tie the score at 6-6. Martis pitched five-plus innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits.

#4: Kyle Lohse, RHP (3-0, 1.97) @ John Lannan, LHP (0-3, 4.61)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: If Lohse can pitch that well with a sore knee and a nasty stomach bug, think of what he'll be able to do if he's feeling good. The right-hander is coming off six shutout innings against Atlanta, where the only real downside was four walks -- but three of those were semi-intentional to Chipper Jones. He's been even better early in 2009 than he was in 2008, and he'll be facing a team against which he pitched very well in '08.

Nationals: On Tuesday, Lannan had one bad inning and it proved costly. The contest was scoreless until the third. After Shane Victorino singled with one out, Chase Utley drove an 0-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a two-run homer. Lannan tried to throw the pitch in the dirt, but it stayed up in the zone. Lannan was able to get the second out of the inning, but found himself in trouble again. Jayson Werth reached on an error by shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. Lannan said the shoddy defense didn't rattle him, but he continued to have problems on the mound. After Raul Ibanez walked to put runners on first and second, Pedro Feliz hit a three-run homer to make it 5-0. Two innings later, Utley hit his second homer of the game, a solo shot over the right-field wall to give Philadelphia a 6-0 lead. Lannan pitched five innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits.

Disabled List:
SP Chris Carpenter
3B Troy Glaus
IF Brendan Ryan
LHP Jamie Garcia


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Rotation:
Code:
Starter     W  L    ERA     IP  ER   H  HR BB   K
Lohse       3  0   1.97   32.0   7  25   1  8  19
Wainwright  3  0   2.76   29.1   9  28   1 18  25
Piñeiro     4  1   3.24   33.1  12  37   2  7  10
Boggs       1  0   3.29   13.2   5  14   1  4  15 
Wellemeyer  2  2   5.28   29.0  17  43   1  8  16

*Disabled List
Carpenter   1  0   0.00   10.0   0   5   0  2   9
Bullpen:
Code:
Reliever        W  L    ERA HLD    SV    IP  ER   H  HR BB  K
RH Franklin     0  0   0.00   1   7/7  10.1   0   2   0  2  9
LH Reyes        0  1   2.57   3   1/1   7.0   2   3   1  2  4
RH Perez        1  1   2.57   2   0/1   7.0   2   2   1  6 11
RH McClellan    1  1   3.09   3   1/2  11.2   4   9   1  7 11
RH Motte        1  1   4.09   5   0/1  11.0   5  12   0  4  9
LH Miller       0  0   5.40   0   0/1   6.2   4   9   2  2  8
MR Boyer        0  0   5.63   0   0/0   3.2   2   4   0  0  3
RH Walters      0  0   9.58   0   0/0  10.1  11  15   3  5 11
Probable Lineup:
Code:
Player       AVG   H  AB  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO    SB
Schumaker   .266  21  79 10  5  0  0   9  9   9   1/1
Ankiel      .253  20  79 10  6  0  2  11  7  18   0/0
Pujols      .356  31  87 25  5  0  9  29 18   8   4/4
Ludwick     .280  23  84 11  4  0  6  21  4  14   1/1
Duncan      .312  24  77  9  8  0  3  16 13  18   0/1
Molina      .329  26  79  9  4  1  2  12  9   8   1/2
Thurston    .279  16  60 12  5  1  1  12  8  13   1/1
Barden      .349  15  43  8  1  0  3   6  4   8   0/0

- Pitcher -
Lohse       .273   3  10  0  0  0  0   1  0   4   0/0
Wellemeyer  .250   2   8  1  0  0  0   0  0   3   0/0
Wainwright  .200   2  10  2  1  0  0   1  0   4   0/0
Piñeiro     .100   1  10  3  0  0  0   0  3   2   1/1
Bench:
Code:
Player        AVG   H  AB  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO    SB
LaRue        .455   5  11  4  0  0  0   0  1   0   0/0
Rasmus       .270  17  62 15  3  0  1   5  9  13   1/1
KGreene      .215  14  65 12  2  0  2   8  9   9   1/2
TGreene      .111   1   9  1  0  0  0   1  0   4   1/1

*Disabled List*
Ryan         .250   9  36  5  3  0  0   2  3   8   1/1
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Boggs set to see another start
St. Louis (15-7) at Washington (5-15), 6:05 p.m. CT
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
04/30/09 1:52 AM ET

ATLANTA -- If you believe the records, then Thursday night's game at Nationals Park features one of baseball's best teams against its worst. That doesn't mean it will be a walkover for the Cardinals.

They're hopeful, even confident, that rookie right-hander Mitchell Boggs can turn in another effective start. But it's certainly not a sure thing.

"With young pitchers, you never know," manager Tony La Russa said.

Still, Boggs earned the start. He didn't get it by default. And it likely won't be his last one. With Chris Carpenter still sidelined due to a left oblique muscle injury, the Cardinals have an opening in their rotation, and they've decided Boggs is the best option to fill it.

So after Thursday's game in Washington, he is expected to pitch five days later at home against the Phillies.

Boggs has solid stuff and is capable of quality command. That's an attribute he showed in his first start of the season, as he consistently kept the ball down and out of the middle of the plate. Particularly noteworthy was the fact that he recovered after it briefly appeared he was losing his ability to pepper the bottom of the strike zone.

"I think he'll be ready to pitch," La Russa said. "It's just a question of how good his delivery is."

Tidbits
Jason LaRue is the only member of the Cardinals who has faced Cabrera in the regular season, going 0-for-2, but St. Louis has seen him over the years in Spring Training. ... Boggs is 3-1 in his career in road games. ... Former Cardinals Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez are currently serving as the setup man and closer for Washington.

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THE STAKES: By taking two of three games at Atlanta, the Cardinals improved to 15-7 -– which is the best record in the National League. These four games against the 5-15 Nationals present an obvious opportunity to keep rolling despite their myriad injuries.

OF SPECIAL INTEREST: The Nationals are leaning on two former Cards -– washout Kip Wells and oddball Julian Tavarez -- to shore up their flagging bullpen. Washington relievers have posted a 5.51 earned-run average so far this season.

Wednesday night Tavarez banked his first save since 2006. "Nothing against the guys in the 'pen, but the guys who've been around, they see us different -- when Kip Wells is in the game and myself in the game,” Tavarez told the Washington Post.

PITCHING FOR THE CARDS: Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 1.17 ERA): The reigning Pacific Coast League ERA champion is filling in for the disabled Chris Carpenter. He has won four of his seven career big league starts, including a solid 8-2 victory over the Cubs his last time out.

Can he earn a permanent rotation role down the road? Or will he fall into a middle relief role instead? The next month could define his career course.

(Boggs’ big league resume is still thin. The only current National he has faced is Adam Dunn, who is 0 for 1 with a walk in two plate appearances against him.)

PITCHING FOR THE NATIONALS: Daniel Cabrera (0-2, 4.42 ERA). He might be the biggest pitcher in the major leagues, but he certainly isn’t the best. This will be the Cards’ first look at him; only Jason La Rue (0-for-2) has faced him before.

Cabrera is a basic fastball-slider pitcher who must pound the ball down in the strike zone to succeed. He shows his curveball and he almost never throws a change-up.

LINEUP INTRIGUE: With Khalil Greene battling a sore arm and Brendan Ryan out with a strained hamstring muscle, the Cards brought shortstop prospect Tyler Greene up from Memphis for his first big-league look. He was hitting .296 with a .412 on-base percentage, so Tony La Russa should be able to put him right to work. Tyler impressed La Russa during spring training, so there is a comfort level there.

Brian Barden can also play shortstop when Khalil Greene sits, but that could detract from his valuable platoon with Joe Thurston at third base. These injuries also put more focus on second baseman Skip Schumaker, who is gaining traction at his new position.

BULLPEN INTRIGUE: With Kyle McClellan unavailable Wednesday night, the Cards needed Chris Perez and Jason Motte to come through. And they did, although Ryan Franklin (7 for 7 in save opportunities) needed to step up with a four-out save to preserve that victory.

Give Adam Wainwright credit for toughing out six innings against the Braves and allowing the Cards to bypass struggling middle man Trever Miller. La Russa turned the game over to reliable Dennys Reyes in the seventh inning instead and the 'pen delivered three shutout innings.

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The Cardinals need to be serious about this team...Yes they are the worst team in the Majors but they have been playing pretty good ball lately...I think that we have a pretty good chance at sweeping the series, but we are just going to have to play these guys like we play the Cubs or any other contending club.....Go Cards...
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At the minimum I want a split.. 3/4 is great.. sweep is even better.. I can settle with a split.. I know that sounds dumb but thats a 4-3 road trip..
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Cards:
1. 2B Skip Schumaker
2. RF Colby Rasmus
3. 1B Albert Pujols
4. LF Chris Duncan
5. CF Rick Ankiel
6. 3B Joe Thurston
7. C Jason LaRue
8. SS Tyler Greene
9. SP Mitch Boggs

Nats:
1. SS Cristian Guzman
2. 1B Nick Johnson
3. 3B Ryan Zimmerman
4. LF Adam Dunn
5. CF Elijah Dukes
6. RF Austin Kearns
7. C Jesus Flores
8. 2B Anderson Hernandez
9. SP Daniel Cabrera
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Btw, Ryan Ludwick is expected back from the swine flu tomorrow evening in the lineup..
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Boom.. there goes Pujols.. 2 run HR
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First inning.. Cabrera for the Nats is struggling on the mound early on..

Top 1st: St. Louis
- S. Schumaker grounded out to third
- C. Rasmus walked
- C. Rasmus to second on wild pitch
- C. Rasmus to third on wild pitch
- A. Pujols homered to deep left center, C. Rasmus scored
- C. Duncan walked
- R. Ankiel flied out to deep center
- J. Thurston grounded out to shortstop
2 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors

St. Louis 2, Washington 0

Bottom 1st: Washington
- C. Guzman struck out swinging
- N. Johnson singled to left
- R. Zimmerman homered to deep right center, N. Johnson scored
- A. Dunn struck out looking
- E. Dukes struck out swinging

2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors
St. Louis 2, Washington 2
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St. Louis Inning Summary
- J. LaRue walked
- J. LaRue to second on wild pitch
- T. Greene struck out looking
- M. Boggs flied out to center
- S. Schumaker grounded out to first
- End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
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