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4/19 Cards vs Cubs Game Discussion

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Cardinals starting pitchers currently lead the National League with a 3.14 ERA. Each of the five members of the starting rotation have earned in a win in their last start marking the first time Cardinals starting pitchers have reeled off five straight wins on the same road trip since Aug. 23-27, 2015 at San Diego and Arizona (Wacha, Lynn, Garcia, Lackey, Martinez). Cardinals starting pitchers are 8-0 with a 2.00 ERA in their last nine road starts.

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Matt Carpenter rifled a two-RBI single with the bases loaded Tuesday giving him his first hit in bases loaded situations this season. Carpenter has the highest batting average with bases loaded in MLB history (min. 50 PA) with a .537 average (22-41), one grand slam and 64 RBI. Former Cardinal So Taguchi ranks 2nd at .512, but never hit a grand slam.

 

Paul DeJong hit his 5th home run of the season Tuesday and in the process gave the Cardinals a home run in seven straight games, tied for the longest active streak in the National League and one shy of the MLB high (Toronto, 8, current) this season.

 

The Cardinals are looking to sweep a two-game set from the Cubs at Wrigley Field for the first time since 7/19-20/2004 when they rallied from a 7-1 deficit after two innings for an 11-8 win behind a 5-for-5 day from Albert Pujols with three home runs and five RBI.

 

The Cardinals rank 2nd in the National League (Colorado, 27, 20 games) with 25 home runs (17 games), which is the 5th highest home run total in Cardinals history through 17 games behind the first place 40 long balls by the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals. Of the 17 games, the Cardinals have homered in 14 with a current seven-game home run streak.

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Bud Norris currently ranks T5th among National League relief pitchers with 17 strikeouts. Over the first 17 games of a season, Norris’ 17 punchouts ranks T1st in Cardinals history among relief pitchers with Howie Nunn (1959).

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Luke Weaver's 134 career strikeouts ties Shelby Miller for the highest total all-time among Cardinals through their first 25 career games...through 26 games, Miller finished with 140.

 

Luke Weaver Became the fifth rookie pitcher in the last 70 years to allow two runs or fewer over seven consecutive winning starts, joining Fernando Valenzuela (eight straight in 1981), Cal Eldred (1992), Jered Weaver (2006) and Steven Matz (2016)

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Thankfully, I have the time to post on the discussion board for today's game against the Cubs. 

Keys to the Game (IMO):

-Fowler has to find a way on-base. Thus far, he's collected 1 hit in 14 AB with 2 BB against LHP; so I am less than optimistic

-Bader may be able to bail Fowler out though. In 2017 with the Cardinals, he hit .400 against LHP with (2) 2B and (2) HR. 

-Weaver continue to throw strikes. Each start he has improved his Strike% (54% to 61% to 64%). 

-Bullpen Efficiency: with Gregerson now available, and a couple off days this week, relievers should be ready to work the 7th-9th. 

 

Predictions:

Cardinals 5, Cubs 3: WP- Weaver, LP- Lester, SV- Norris

Bader: 2 for 4 with 2 XBH and SB

Ozuna: 1 for 4 with HR

DeJong: 1 for 4 with HR and (1) K

Weaver: 5.2 IP | 6 H | 2 ER | 1 BB | 6K | 60% Strikes

 

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Mentioned it on the Two Birds On A Bat podcast--this Cubs team is not playing good baseball to start the season. Couple flashes here and there in games, but overall..not good. Cardinals need to capitalize on it. 

 

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This strike zone is atrocious. Granted close pitches but for crying out loud. Bowman throws a curve a full ball in the zone and doesn't get the call. Lester throws 3 inches outside. Strike.  

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