There are officially ten games left in the season. That’s all. Just ten games before the glory of October baseball begins. Get excited.
Get even more excited about the fact that the Cardinals are now a full two games in first place, only one game away from having the best record in the National League. The Cardinals have gotten hot at the right time, and hopefully it can carry over into the playoffs.
That said, there is some bad news to cover before we get into today’s game: Matt Adams has some pain in his elbow and Joe Kelly has a strained calf. It isn’t clear how bad Adams’ injury is, but the prospect of having Peterson play first for any length of time isn’t a happy one. Kelly, on the other hand, doesn’t think he’ll have to miss a start, which is good news.
Now today’s game will hopefully be a good game as the veteran Roy Oswalt takes on Michael Wacha. In 5 starts and 6 games this year, Oswalt is 0-6 with a 7.71 ERA. That said, we know he can be better than that: he has a 10-9 record with a 3.19 ERA against the Cardinals in his career.
Wacha, on the other hand, has been doing very well in the rotation. He’s 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA this season. His last outing was a little rough, when he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings, but he also recorded 7 strikeouts. If he can keep from walking batters the way he did then (4 walks over the course of the night), he should be much more effective.
So in today’s battle of old and new, we hope that Wacha can prove that the new generation is better. And give the Cardinals a win.
Let’s go St. Louis!
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