Lucky Seven from Houston

Greetings from Minute Maid Park. Here’s this week’s Lucky Seven.

1. How should Adam Wainwright be used next year? If Isringhausen has to miss a significant chunk of the year, should they keep Wainwright in the bullpen rather than converting him to starting?

2. When David Eckstein comes back, should they utilize a job-share at second base, with Miles taking some at-bats away from Belliard?

3. Two outs, bottom of the seventh inning. Cards lead by a run with two men on. Dangerous left-handed hitter at the plate — let’s say Ryan Howard. Every pitcher in the ‘pen is available. Which one do you want pitching?

4. What day will the Cards clinch the division?

5. Simple question: How far will this team go in the playoffs?

6. Who will win the Ryder Cup? Do you care?

7. What’s your favorite ice cream in the world? Brand AND flavor.

-M.

12 Comments

1. This depends on what the Cardinals do in the offseason, but I think Wainwright should be given a long look as a starter. If he has a decent spring and a fiar April & May, I think keep him as a starter. Unless the Cardinals get no help for the bullpen, then leave him there until help arrives. In my mind, a good starter is more valuable than a good closer. LaRussa and Duncan have had decent success finding bullpen help from unlikely sources and a consistent starter is a little harder to come by.
2.Miles sure has made a case for himself. I would want to use him in situations where his chance for success is high: pitchers and ballparks where he has a history of goo numbers. Let him spell Belly-Lard (or even Eckstein) when they need a break.

3.Either Tyler Johnson: lefties are hitting .225 off him and he has only given up 4 home runs all season. OR Chris Narveson: has not given up a hit to a leftie yet and hitters haven’t seen him enough to have a good read on his stuff yet.

4.Monday, September 25.

5.With Carpenter and Suppan pitching like this and Weaver & Reyes coming around, I think this team can handle the Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Giants, or Astros. That said, I think they could take the Mets if a few things go there way. I never want to sell them short, so I’m saying that they can go to the World Series. It’s possible.

6.Europe. Like the NL in the All-Star game, I hope the underdogs win, but they just don’t. Euroupe owns this event and they have a very strong team this year. Do I care? Yeah, I’d love to see America win.

7.Ice cream: generic vanilla with a little chocolate syrup. Put in a movie and sit on the couch with my wife.

1.) Wainwright should be used as a closer. Not because he’s the best option, but if Wickman gets $7million – then we’ll overpay for whatever is left on the market.

2.) No.

3.) A&W

4.) 7 games from now :)

5.) They’ll win one game.

6.) Is that the thing with the sailboats?

7.) Jeni’s ice creams. http://jenisicecreams.com/

Either her Lemon Yogurt with Fresh Blueberry Conserves or Sweet Basil Ice Cream with Honey and Pinenuts. Take your pick.

1. Starter, although I don’t think it would be bad for him to work out of the pen (whether as closer or setup man really doesn’t matter) for the first month to keep his work load down. Under no circumstances should he close for the whole year. He’s too good a pitcher to only get 60 innings a year, even if they’re important innings.
2. I’d do it differently: roughly equal numbers of at-bats for Miles, Eckstein and (alas) Belliard until the post-season. There’s an opportunity to rest guys heading into October; use it.

3. Wainwright. A good righty is better in that situation than a mediocre lefty. It’ll never work that way, though; TLR is addicted to matchups.

4. 26th.

5. Depends on whether they get home field in the first round. If so, they make it to the NLCS, on the basis of wins by Carp (2) and Suppan; if not, out in the first.

6. Europe, and not much.

7. No opinions since diet precludes eating all the ones I’d really like to. :-(

1. i would rather see him as a starter for same reason that nigel gave – seems that there are more choices out there for bullpen work – fewer choices for quality starting pitching. that said, i’d hate to push the guy too early into something that might wear on his arm more than the bullpen.
2. i worry about the strength of eck’s arm when he returns. it was never great to begin with; after the strain is there any reason to believe it’s at 100%? When we face playoff teams with speed (read: the Mets), will his arm be too big a liability?

3. got me.

4. they’ll clinch on Monday, but it will be with a loss, so they’ll celebrate the next day when they win.

5. despite this micro-slump of recent days, i still think theyre swinging the bats better, so they get out of the nlds – assuming they have home-field for that series. after that, i think anyone has a tough time getting past the mets. mets 4-2.

6. don’t really care.

7. Finally, a #7 question that I can answer! chubby hubby, tho’ i think B&J’s stopped making it. And Bryer’s needs to bring back their Mint Oreo ice cream. since those are unavailable, it’s the classics: Bryer’s all-natural vanilla with fresh fruit (for the summer) and Eddy’s peppermint stick (for the winter).

1. I don’t object to Wainwright as closer in Izzy’s absence. If Izzy comes back to be effective, AW can convert to a starter — I think he has the arsenal to be an effective starter.
2. Only because Miles seems to hit well when he’s fighting for starts.

3. Hancock or Wainwright

4. I’ve got a feeling about Monday.

5. I’m saying first round elimination and anything beyond is bonus, but I’m still seeking a St. Jude candle.

6. Like I said, I’m a one sport sort of girl.

7. Ted Drewes frozen custard, I go for the Dottie (mint, chocolate & macadamias) unless the Great Pumpkin (slice of pumpkin pie & whipped cream) is in season.

Elle

http://collegecardinals.wordpress.com

1. How should Adam Wainwright be used next year? If Isringhausen has to miss a significant chunk of the year, should they keep Wainwright in the bullpen rather than converting him to starting?

Depends on who they pick up in the off season both by way of bullpen help and starters. With the starters that may not return, it seems to me that they will either have to use AW as starter or get at least two or three starters to fill out the rotation behind Carpenter.

2. When David Eckstein comes back, should they utilize a job-share at second base, with Miles taking some at-bats away from Belliard?

Seems to me like he’s earned the right to play. By the numbers he and Belliard seem roughly equivalent defensively (although for some reason I feel like Belliard is a little stronger defensively) but Miles gives them more offense. Since I think they need offense I think I would give the playing time to Miles.

3. Two outs, bottom of the seventh inning. Cards lead by a run with two men on. Dangerous left-handed hitter at the plate — let’s say Ryan Howard. Every pitcher in the ‘pen is available. Which one do you want pitching?

Probably Johnson. Narveson is a rookie and it’s a lot of pressure for a rookie and I think Flores is more likely to give up a base hit. In any case with a base open I wouldn’t give Howard anything to hit so it depends a little on who is (or might be) hitting behind him.

4. What day will the Cards clinch the division?

25th.

5. Simple question: How far will this team go in the playoffs?

If they get home field advantage in the division playoffs, they’ll probably win that series no matter who it’s against. If not it could be tough but I think they’ll probably win. Against the Mets (assuming the Mets win the division playoff–anything can happen in a short series) I think they can win and I’m hoping that the edge in playoff experience the Cards (both players and coaches and manager) have will bring home a series win. Then in the World Series, who knows. Let’s be optimistic and go all the way.

6. Who will win the Ryder Cup? Do you care?

I haven’t been following it. Don’t really care much.

7. What’s your favorite ice cream in the world? Brand AND flavor.

Private Selection Extreme Moosetracks (Chocolate ice cream with chocolate caramel cups and hard fudge swirled through) with caramel sauce.

or

Private Selection Caramel Caribou (toffee ice cream with caramel cups and toffee swirled through) with chocolate sauce.

Best Cardinal pitcher to deal with Ryan Howard? Harry “The Cat” Breechen.

1. If he shows that he can nail lefties, let em close; depending on the free agents we pick up. We need to get a solid 2 man, re-sign Soup, add Reyes, and find a solid 13 game winner for the five hole. If we can do that, let em close.
2. Keep the mighty mite on the bench. I like to ph the scrappy bat. Besides, he looked, like Luna did, like he fell asleep out there sometimes.

3. Whichever one I think can IBB Howard and K the following batter. Make em work for the runs, don’t give up moonshots.

4. Tuesday.

5. Last out of the season: Gary Sheffield whiffs on a beautiful Wainwright curve in the top of the ninth, Game 5. We celebrate into the dawn.

6. Couldn’t care less.

7. Breyer’s Mint chocolate chip. Yahoo for all natural!!

NigelM.,
Jeni’s is awesome. Last weekend I drove all the way from StL to Columbus to have Jeni’s because a friend from Columbus told me how great it was.

I had the Ohio Sweet Corn. I also tried the Red Velvet Sorbet. It was heavenly.

And we got to meet Jeni.

6. Who will win the Ryder Cup? Do you care?

I think that the US will win. Tiger is a force to be reckoned with on his own, but thrown in Mickelson (my personal favorite) and you’ve got a compelling team. I actually do care about the Ryder Cup. I’ve been watching golf on TV since I was a wee lass.

7. What’s your favorite ice cream in the world? Brand AND flavor.

Gah! That’s such an aweful question. From Ben and Jerry’s I love mint oreo, vermonty python, neopolitan dynomite, half-baked, and phish food. From Ted Drewes, it’s an all-shook up, the great pumpkin, or cardinal sin. I loved Jeni’s Ohio Sweet Corn ice cream. I also loved the Caramel Apple Shake from Steak-n-shake and the Mint-chocolate-chip thing from Cold Stone.

I refuse on the grounds of it’s unfairness to answer the ice cream question.

1. I’d like to see Wainwright start next year. He’s got the guts for a closer, but I’ll stick with Looper until Izzy comes back.
2. Give Miles the majority of starts. I’m tired of all the Belliard/Molina GIDPs

3.I’mn ot really comfortable with anyone is a tight situation. I’d probably pick Wainwright.

4. Monday for Clinch Day

5. How far? I’ll pick NLCS, 5 games. I’ve been saying the last 2 years I’d rather win 100 games regular season than go to the Series with an 85 win team. This year has proven that to me–I’ve had about all the inconsistency I can stand for one season.

6. Ryder Cup–don’t care

7. Favorite ice cream: Baskin Robins German chocolate cake, or Denali Moosetracks (choc ice cream with caramel threads and choc-covered cashews)

(1)Starting pitching is infintely more important and Wainwright is primed for it. They can use Looper as a closer or go find someone in the offseason.
(2)Definitely. Belliard is not an upgrade from Luna or Miles.

(3)Flores. He is more reliable than Tyler Johnson and has more experience

(4)Tuesday

(5)They will probably get through the first round, but I doubt they will get to the World Series.

(6)Ryder Cup? Is this golf or something?

(7)Strawberry cheesecake

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