Lucky Seven from San Diego

Well, that was impressive. When was the last time you saw the Cards play two games that sharp? Here’s Lucky Seven as I prepare to rest up before an early morning flight.

1. Who has been the most impressive Cardinal over the beginning of the postseason?

2. What was the biggest surprise of the first two games, positive or negative?

3. What’s the most memorable play or moment of the postseason thus far, from the Cards-Padres series or any of the other ones?

4. How does this series end up? Cardinals sweep? Carpenter closes it out in Game 4? Win on the road in Game 5? Padres roar back and win it?

5. How far does this team need to get for you, as a fan, to consider this year a success?

6. Will there be any room on your calendar for football this weekend? If so, what game — college or NFL — grabs your interest most?

7. What’s the greatest, or your favorite, debut album of all time? Or both? Go wherever you want with this one.

-M.

26 Comments

1.edmons.moist defintetly
2.the twins losing 2 stait at home.the cards winning 2 strait on the road

3.the drew , kent collisoin

4.the way supe’s been pitcing …we sweep

5.the nlcs.if we make to the world series..pujols and carp need like 15 year extensions

6.college :ou v.s. texas.nfl

;broncos v.s. ravens

7.dont really care

1. Adam Wainwright, i know we knew he was a great pitcher…but he acts like he’s been in the postseason 10 times.
2. Jimmy Edmonds, finally gettin into a groove? we’ll see.

3. The 2 guys gettin thrown out at home on the same play.

4. Sweep…fans go nuts saturday

5. WS champs

6. Mizzou vs Texas Tech…true test of Mizzou’s ability.

7. I guess horse of a different color by big and rich…just always liked their music…always will

1. Jim Edmonds (Glad he’s back to form!)
2. Cards playing with renewed confidence & optimism.

3. Kent & Drew thrown out at home on same play

4. Cards sweep

5. World Series

6. Only one: Tennessee vs. Georgia (I’m a Tennessee alum.)

7. “Meet the Beatles” (1964) (I’m an oldie but a goodie!)

1. El Hombre, of course, but no surprise value in that. Props also to Wainwright, Edmonds, and most surprisingly, Belliard.
2. No real surprises on the STL side of the diamond, but I’m surprised at the number of boners San Diego has pulled. The botched rundown is not the kind of “fundamentals” that one expects of a first-place team.

3. The Kent/Drew boner, of course. That’s one for the ages.

4. Cards win it at Busch, equal probability for 3-0 and 3-1.

5. On one level, it’s already a success; on another, it can never be one. Making the playoffs qualifies as “success” regardless of what happens from there, which has a major component of luck. However, they can’t be proud of the regular-season W-L record, no matter what. I’d forgive that with a Series win, however.

6. No interest whatever.

7. No opinion.

1. Who has been the most impressive Cardinal over the beginning of the postseason?

Albert Pujols with Edmonds and Wainwright tied for second

2. What was the biggest surprise of the first two games, positive or negative?

Amazed at how well the bullpen has pitched.

3. What’s the most memorable play or moment of the postseason thus far, from the Cards-Padres series or any of the other ones?

Pujols three-run homer in game 1

4. How does this series end up? Cardinals sweep? Carpenter closes it out in Game 4? Win on the road in Game 5? Padres roar back and win it?

I’ll go for a sweep, because Suppan has pitched so well in Busch.

5. How far does this team need to get for you, as a fan, to consider this year a success?

This year was a success as soon as the Cards backed into the playoffs.

6. Will there be any room on your calendar for football this weekend? If so, what game — college or NFL — grabs your interest most?

I’m an Illini fan, so I’m looking for a two-game winning streak in the Big 10. Can’t think of the last time that’s happened…in fact, I’d rather than think about it.

7. What’s the greatest, or your favorite, debut album of all time? Or both? Go wherever you want with this one.

Norah Jones

1. tie between Edmonds and Wainwright.
2. the bullpen’s stellar work.

3. Cardinals: Belliard’s range on the grounder in the 7th, game one. entire postseason: I’m gonna avoid the typical Torii Hunter or Dodgers response and say the Tigers edging the Yanks out at home and heading to Detroit with a split.

4. sweep.

5. long answer: i’d be lying if i was to say i wouldnt be disappointed if the cards fail to beat the Padres, but these last two games have been great, and the Cards are fighting, and if they go down fighting from here on out, i can’t complain. short answer, tho: nlcs, with a win or two at shea.

6. what? are you kidding? we have the potential for four playoff games on Saturday. besides the first four days of the NCAA tournament in march, the start of the division series is the best few days on the sports calendar. I’m not gonna sully it with a football game (especially since the baseball will probably be preempted by some stupid “regional” game on Jefferson Pilot sports – like Vanderbilt versus Ole Miss or something).

7. personal fav has to be Murmur by R.E.M., with Black Sheep by Martin Sexton and Trace by Son Volt coming in close behind. The best? I have to flake and give a few: Ten by Pearl Jam, though I think Vitalogy is their best album; Grace by Jeff Buckley, and it’s a shame what we could have had if his life weren’t cut short; Come Away with Me by Norah Jones, but that one’s obvious.

1. Who has been the most impressive Cardinal over the beginning of the postseason?
Adam Wainwright

2. What was the biggest surprise of the first two games, positive or negative?

The bullpen !

3. What’s the most memorable play or moment of the postseason thus far, from the Cards-Padres series or any of the other ones?

Belliard’s defensive play Tues.

4. How does this series end up? Cardinals sweep? Carpenter closes it out in Game 4? Win on the road in Game 5? Padres roar back and win it?

Sweep

5. How far does this team need to get for you, as a fan, to consider this year a success?

Already a great year. The rest is just icing on the cake.

6. Will there be any room on your calendar for football this weekend? If so, what game — college or NFL — grabs your interest most?

Lame, I know, but gotta watch the Rams.

7. What’s the greatest, or your favorite, debut album of all time? Or both? Go wherever you want with this one.

The Cars

Van Halen

Appetite for Destruction – GNR

1. Wainwright

2. Weaver’s performance

3. the double play at home in the Mets/Dodgers series

4. Sweep

5. After the year they had, any advancement in the playoffs is gravy

6. If I do watch any, it’ll be the UVA-East Carolina game

7. Greatest- Appetite for Destruction by G n’ R

Favorite- Boston by Boston

Edmonds, Belliard and the Bullpen to me are all tied for the most impressive thus far in the playoffs. Considering the amount of injuries this year, they are a success to me. I am not a football fan so I will stick with the baseball playoffs. Cards will win it at home and not have to go back to the West Coast

1. Wainwright. Pujols. No, Wa…I can’t choose. But, I get the feeling that A-Dub might just be what Albert would be, were Albert a pitcher…. Hmmmm
2. Tyler Johnson

3. Kotsay’s inside-the-park HR, because of a defensive flub by gold-glover Tori Hunter.

4. The Pads have a gigantic can of Supp dropped on them. 3-0 sweep is in the Cards.

5. Winning the division was a major success, considering the multiple injuries to extremely key players.

6. The Red-River rivalry. Boomer Sooner!!!!

7. I am musically illiterate. Oh well.

1. Tony LaRussa. Sticking with the rookies has played out well, his start of Reyes on Sunday, starting Weaver on the road… I could go on, but won’t.

2. Ronnie Belliard’s emotion. This guy is going to help out the club. Tyler Johnson’s pitching is not surprising, just comforting.

3. Belliard’s diving stab in game 1.

4. Cards in 3. Supp dominates, 8 innings, 2 hits, Wainwright saves…hello Mets.

5. Not getting swept in the LCS. Although, being born in 1983, I’d sure like to be alive for a World Championship.

6. Not much of a football guy, but if the Cards win tomorrow, I’ll watch the Colts game Sunday.

7. Jeff Buckley-Grace and/or

John Mayer- Inside Wants Out

1. Wainwright and Johnson. It’s quickly becoming a 7 inning game.

2. Our pitching has been incredible.

3. The Mets double play at home. I still haven’t seen the official scoring on the play (9-4-2-2 unassiste?)

4. Cardinals sweep. Carpenter ready for game 1 in NLCS

5. Get to the World Series (and then win of course but at least get there)

6. If any, I always like watching Notre Dame. Will conflict a little with the Cardinals game though.

7. Montgomery Gentry – My Town.

1. Who has been the most impressive Cardinal over the beginning of the postseason? Tyler Johnson, nasty stuff.

2. What was the biggest surprise of the first two games, positive or negative? The bullpen or Jim Edmonds, toss up

3. What’s the most memorable play or moment of the postseason thus far, from the Cards-Padres series or any of the other ones? I enjoyed Verlander freezing A-rod with a nasty deuce.

4. How does this series end up? Cardinals sweep? Carpenter closes it out in Game 4? Win on the road in Game 5? Padres roar back and win it? Sweep, Suppan is too experienced to screw this up.

5. How far does this team need to get for you, as a fan, to consider this year a success? We have to get to the wold series.

6. Will there be any room on your calendar for football this weekend? If so, what game — college or NFL — grabs your interest most? Iowa State – Nebraska (I’m an ISU student). My hate for Nebraska is pretty intense almost as bad as Iowa (almost all Hawkeye fans are cub fans, so it can’t get any worse than that). Saw your post concerning the ISU band. I didn’t see the show cuz I went back out to the tailgate to drink away my problems. Heard it was sweet though, how did you know about it? BTW no way we should have won.

7. What’s the greatest, or your favorite, debut album of all time? Or both? Nelly-Country Grammar

1. Definitly the Pitching staff as a whole. Carp, Weaver,Wainright, and Johnson mainly. But talk about rookies preforming under pressure.
2. Weaver. Had a lefty stacked lineup and he shut them down with a different approach then normal.

3. Card’s – Belliard’s Defense

Overall – New York’s Double play at home. That was just cool.

4. Card’s sweep. Suppan has been too good at home and I don’t think the Pad’s have it in them to come back.

5. I would be happy with at least a good showing in the NLCS. I think they are capable of at least making it to the Series if not winning it, but there is a lot of competition and I just would like to see them compete the way they are capable of.

6. No, Baseball Trumps all.

7. Don’t know.

1. El Hombre – Always impressive. Otherwise Wainwright.
2. Cards pitching as a whole

3. Drew still heading home after the guy in front of him was tagged out by at least 10 – 15 ft.

4. Sweep, Soup’s at home, The Fathers are done (and they know it).

5. World Series, I’ve been so bummed about the way management didn’t do enough to improve the team during the regular season, I’ll be really surprised / excited if they get that far… But after the two seasons we’ve had in a row prior to this year, the expectations need to be that high until they win one.

6. Yes, M-I-Z Z-O-U and the Rams

7. Recently, Wolfmother. Overall don’t know, have to think harder about it. How about Tool – Opiate.

1. So many to choose from, but it’s Pujols as always. …Belliard’s defense has been a thing of beauty so far though.

2. The rock-solid bullpen in general, especially the rookies. Marvelous performances all around.

3. The bone-headed Dodger baserunning with Kent and Drew getting tagged out at home one after another. Hilarous.

4. Suppan will close it out in front of an electric crowd on Saturday afternoon.

5. Before all the injuries to the Mets rotation I would’ve said the NLCS…but now I believe we can actually win the pennant. Anything past the NLDS should be considered overachieving.

6. NFL, surely, and I’m a Steelers fan so I’ve gotta say Pittsburgh/San Diego.

7. Ten is pretty difficult to top, and since I distinctly remember buying it (back in the days of the large cardboard packaging!), I’ll go with that one.

1. Phat Albert all the way.
2. Biggest surprise to me has been the performance of the bullpen, especially Tyler Johnson..just terrific.

3. Gotta go with the Drew-Kent DP at home plate.

4. I think we weep behind Sup.

5. Absolutely there’s room for football. Kinda like Jell-O…always room for some. Gonna be switching between Cards/Pads and my Hogs vs. Auburn.

7. This is tough..gotta go with Nelly cause he a St.Lunatic.

1. Pujols, as usual. But Wainwright has shone too.
2. Weaver. He was on his game yesterday.

3. The Drew-Kent act.

4. Suppan will get it done, but if he doesn’t, Carp is a shoo-in.

5. They got to the playoffs, so it’s a success. Anything else is gravy.

6. What’s football?

7. You mean music, that stuff that plays on the radio when there’s no Cards game on?

Ok now Sup has to win. If he doesn’t I have to do dishes.

Albert and the whole team effort has been awesome.
Surprise? Weaver and the bullpen.

Sweep!

What a great year…Cards in the World Series and Bears in the Superbowl!

Maybe I am nuts, But I think the Cards should start Reyes(or some one else)in game 4- If the Cardinals happen to win, then Carpenter can start the opening game against the Mets.

I’m a Dodgers fan who will certainly be cheering the Cards on. Certainly I know how the Padres fans feel playing against you. A tall order to beat Carpenter at home.

Good luck to the Cards and to you all.

Signed,

A mournful Dodgers fan.

They can’t start Reyes. He’s not on the roster.

Also, folks, please don’t hijack threads. Thanks.

-M.

Sorry Matthew, I’ll back out. I live in St. Louis now and was just reading through some of the knowledgable inside info exchange. No offense.

That wasn’t aimed at just you, by any means. Everybody’s welcome to comment around here; I just get frustrated when people take a topic and run with it in a completely different direction. It’s a fine line, I know…

-M.

I’ll do this a little bit after the fact…

1. Carp winning 2 out of the 4 games was the most dominant impressive.

2. Belliard was the biggest and best surprise.

3. The Detroit Tigers celebration was the best moment so far

4. Obvious what happened…

5. I think if you are a cardinal fan, your goal at the beginning of the year is to win a world series, so if you don’t win the WS, the season is not a success.

6. I listened to the Cards game and watched the AR vs. Auburn game for the most part.

7. Johnny Cash… any Johnny Cash album.

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