Lucky Seven rides again

OK, you guys know the drill. Answer as many as you like, or as few as you want. But if you don’t know or don’t care or whatever, just ignore it. No reason to take shots.

And I do believe this Lucky Seven will be a Pujols-free zone.
1. How many regular-season games will Jim Edmonds play in for the Cardinals in 2011?
2. Where in the batting order (not where on the field — what place in the batting order, 1-9) will Lance Berkman get the most plate appearances this year? Where SHOULD he get the most plate appearances?
3. Who will get the most plate appearances as the Cardinals leadoff man this year? Who should?
4. If you were the manager, who would be the Opening Day starting pitcher?
5. Which team is the best in the National League Central?
6. Who’s going to win the Daytona 500?
7. What’s your favorite awards show? Why?
-M.

21 Comments

1. Twelve

2. He will get most at fifth (not by much). He should be fifth or sixth.

3. Schumaker will get the most plate appearances at leadoff. I guess Skip should be there. Not too many pretty options.

4. Adam Wainwright

5. Reds

6. Jimmie Johnson

7. Razzies because I’m a jerk.

1) I will set the bar at 50. That includes starts and subs.
2) 6 or 7 for both answers.
3) Schumaker umm… maybe Theriot?
4) Adam Wainwright. I think Carp is enough of a team guy to know that WW is the Ace now. I think they have reversed places in the 1 and 1A ace discussion.
5) STL Cardinals. And I’m not just being a homer. The brew crew may have some good pitching but so do we. The reds may have some bats but so do we. The cubs will be the cubs, as will the Pirates. Houston will be there in the middle somewhere.
6) Mark Martin is my guy, but other than that as long as its not the 18. I’ll take the 24 over him even.
7) Used to be the MTV awards. Because they dont really mean anything, and something dumb almost always happens. But I dont watch awards shows. The wife does.

1. Zero, I don’t think he ever shows up to camp.

2. I’d put Berkman in the 2 hole. Rasmus has a .296/.375/.546 line in 5th spot compared to a .278/.326/.427 line in the 2nd spot.

3. Theriot.

4. Wainwright.

5. I think we’re better than we were last year when we only finished 5 games out. Not playing favorites but I’d go with the Cards.

1. Zero
2. Fifth, third
3. Theroit, Rasmus.
4. Wainwright
5. Cardinals
6. No idea, but will root for Martin since he’s an Arkansas boy.
7. Don’t watch any.

1. 30-40
2. I think he’ll see some time in the 5 spot early, but that could change depending on how well Rasmus and Freese are swinging the bat.
3. Theriot. I’m hoping to see Jon Jay step up and fill that role in the near future though.
4. Wainwright, hands down.
5. Pirates. I think this is their year. (I’m reading a Cardinals blog, of course I actually think it’s the Cardinals.)
6. Albert Pujols.
7. The 2006 World Series trophy presentation

1. 30-40
2. I think he’ll see some time in the 5 spot early, but that could change depending on how well Rasmus and Freese are swinging the bat.
3. Theriot. I’m hoping to see Jon Jay step up and fill that role in the near future though.
4. Wainwright, hands down.
5. Pirates. I think this is their year. (I’m reading a Cardinals blog, of course I actually think it’s the Cardinals.)
6. Albert Pujols.
7. The 2006 World Series trophy presentation

1. Zero
2. 5th, 2nd
3. Theriot, Rasmus
4. Wainwright
5. Brewers
6. Hamlin
7. Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais

1. Between 11 and 25. I’d honestly be surprised if he was healthy enough to start the season.
2. Likely 6th behind Rasmus if he struggles, but 2nd seems like a better fit for him in the Cards lineup
3. Barring a trade, Skip. and same
4. Whomever pitches better and is looser in the spring between Waino/Carp
5. Short answer: Reds. As long as pitching maintains or improves at least slightly from last year. If not, Cards.
6. Jeff Burton
7. Not an award show kind a guy. Might be if MLB did one.

1. Zero
2. 5th, I think he should bat 2nd though.
3. Theriot and Theriot
4. Wainwright, without question, you can’t finish that high in Cy Young voting 2 straight seasons and not get the opening day gig.
5. Cards if they are healthy, if not then it’s a pretty tight 3 team race (Brew, Reds, Cards) with Cubs close behind.
6. The Mad Hungarian, Al Hrabowski
7. The Razzies, less pretentious than the others.

1 Zero, ankles will force his retirement unfortunately
2 5 hole and you dont have to explain it where not all idiots
3 Theriot unless Skip can up his average
4 Waino will surpass carp
5 Cards
6 who cares it baseball season
7 another who cares, award shows are for people that have nothing to do

1 – I see Jimmy getting around 80 games this year
2 – Berkman will hit 5th most often, but I think he would be better 2nd
3 – I think the answer to this two parter is not on the MLB Roster right now. It will be a change during the season that gets a solid leadoff man.
4 – Waino
5 – I think the Cards are best, but there is a crowd at the top (Reds, Brewers, Cards)
6 – I don’t follow racing, sorry
7 – I like the Grammys due to the performances. The awards themselves are second fiddle to me.

1. Zero
2. 2nd
3. Theriot will, Rasmus should
4. Wainwright
5. Cardinals, if healthy

1. One.
2. 5th. Rasmus needs a little more protection so he will be in the 2 hole. Helps him a little more.
3. Skip, his career avg is a little higher than theriot’s, but my guess is they platoon that with Skip against Righties and Theriot against Lefties some of the time.
4. Wainwright without a doubt!
5. I honestly believe the cards are with their Pitching staff being the reason.
6. Kevin Harvick (?)
7. I am going to cheat and put the NFL Draft. Better than any of the other award shows.

1. 10
2. 2nd, should be 5th
3. Schumaker, should be Theriot
4. Wainwright
5. STL
6. Maybe the guy in the lane next to me.
7. ESPY’s

1. None. Just a gut feeling.
2. I think he’ll start in the #2 spot(La Russa’s “pop at the top” reasoning, and the mind games with Rasmus), but he’ll see a lot of time in the 5 hole.
3. I have no clue. I stopped trying to think like TLR a long time ago.
4. If his arm truly is ok, Wainwright(I’m sorry, but I still don’t trust the medical staff, especially when it comes to pitchers’ arms).
5. Reds
6. I don’t care
7. They all stink

1) 0. Right now, I don’t see him making the Major’s roster. Hearing of health issues (knee, I believe?) and I can’t see him making the cut if he’s not 100%.

2) I think Berkman is likely to see the most appearances at 5th, where he should be. I think the coaching staff will be leary to put his bad knees in front of Pujols.

3) Probably Skip, though would prefer Theriot.

4) Waino.

5) I think the Brew-crew might surprise people this year. I expect the Reds to tail off a bit, while the Brewers should still have an explosive offense, mixed with a no-longer “worst ever” defense. I think STL is going to continue to be marred by spurts of bad hitting along with some team drama stealing players’ focus.

6) n/a

7) n/a

1. 35 – 45. I see him missing the first month or so of the season due to injury. After that I expect he’ll get a spot start or substitution every third day or so.
2. 5th with Rasmus in the 2 hole. Should be 5th unless Freese comes out of the gate on fire.
3. Skip, Theriot
4. Waino
5. Cards. With the Brewers and Reds close behind.

1. 1, then he retires a Card.
2. 5th and 5th
3. Theriot. Whoever has the highest OBP.
4. Waino! Not a question here.
5. Tight race again, but this year it’s the Cards!
6. Cole Trickle
7. Any meaningless award ceremony.

1. 30-40
2. 2nd and 2nd
3. Schu and Schu, Theriot will be “2nd leadoff”
4. Gotta be Waino. But really, either one is great.
5. Daaaaaaaa Cards.
6. Speed Racer
7. Espys.

1. Maximum 25 starts and 40 appearances.
2.Probably bat in the five hole, should bat in the five to protect Albert and Holliday and let Rasmus see good pitches in front of Albert.
3.Schumaker will and should.
4.Wainwright
5.Cardinals
6.Who cares.
7.The World Series Trophy Presentation.

1. I wish this question was still open.
2. Fifth to both.
3. Theriot; Rasmus.
4. Waino. Time to pass the torch.
5. Nearly a dead heat among the Cardinals, Brewers and Reds, but St. Louis is the best by a nose — which is no guarantee they’ll win.
6 and 7. No opinion.

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