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A link

First, a big thumbs up to the person I saw in traffic today who had a "Nice marmot" and a "This aggression will not stand, man" bumpersticker. When I honked at you, I was honking in approval, not annoyance.

And for the rest of y’all, this is pretty cool. Chris Tunno, who works at Roger Dean Stadium and occasionally blogs over at Around the Minors, shot some video of Mark Mulder’s rehab start against Vero Beach today. Here’s a link to Mulder facing the also-rehabbing Rocco Baldelli.

DISCLAIMERS: 1, this is a huge, huge file. It’s 58 MB, so be warned. 2, I don’t know how much traffic the good folks at MEGAUPLOAD (sounds like a Transformer, doesn’t it?) can handle, so I apologize if the mass exodus from OYNAG shuts the thing down. 3, I don’t know how many hoops you’ll want to jump through to make it happen.

But even so, it is video of Mulder pitching. So big thanks to Chris, who is truly a friend of StLCardinals.com and OYNAG.

-M.

Matchups and whatnot

Curious lineup decision by TLR tonight.

David Eckstein is out, thanks largely to his 3-for-19 mark against Ted Lilly as well as the day game tomorrow. Brendan Ryan is at SS, and Aaron Miles is at 2B. Miles makes sense in this lineup. He’s 7-for-21 against Zambrano, and Big Z has an absolutely massive platoon split (188/256/313 vs RHH, 282/388/451 vs LHH). But why Ryan tonight, rather than Eckstein tonight and Ryan tomorrow morning?

Eckstein has an even worse line against Monday starter Ted Lilly (4-for-29, .138), while Ryan has hits in both his at-bats against the lefty. And Miles should definitely be in there tomorrow, since he’s been a very good OBP man against LHP.

If it were up to me, it’d be Eckstein at SS and Miles at 2B tonight, then Ryan at SS and Miles at 2B tomorrow. Instead, it’s Ryan and Miles tonight, and quite possibly Eckstein and Ryan tomorrow. There may be more considerations that I don’t know about. It’s certainly possible. But to my eye, it looks like that’d be the better way to go.

-M.

Cairo's back

The Cardinals have signed old friend Miguel Cairo to a Triple-A contract, and he’ll report to Memphis on Wednesday. Kelly Stinnett is also back in the fold; he played at Memphis yesterday. He’s likely to be called up when rosters expand.

As of this moment, the weather looks OK. The tarp is still out on the field but there doesn’t seem to be much, if anything, falling from the sky. The forecast is still pretty grim; too bad we can’t just start this thing right now. FWIW, the Cards and Cubs both have an off day on Sept. 10, though for both teams it’s in the middle of a multicity road trip.

-M.

Encarnacion out of exile

Juan Encarnacion is back in the lineup today, batting fourth and playing RF. He said he’s feeling better, thanks to the rest. Ludwick is in left, Edmonds in center. Aside from Edmonds, there are no LHH in the lineup.

-M, from breezy, sunny, beautiful Wrigley. This should be a fun four days.

The champagne of ballparks?

Your stat of the day:

Yadier Molina…

Career home runs at new Busch Stadium: 3
Career home runs at Miller Park: 4

-M.

Edmonds alive

Jim Edmonds is in today’s lineup, playing center and batting cleanup. He said he’s feeling much better today.

Ankiel gets a day off, with Dave Bush’s reverse platoon split — Ryan Ludwick is in RIGHT (error corrected). Miles is at second base, batting ninth.

-M.

Trivia

Quick, name the player who:

* is batting .433 in close-and-late situations this year,

* is batting .294 with runners in scoring position and two outs,

* hit .310/.358/.506 with RISP in 2006,

* hit .333/.400/.542 with RISP and two outs in 2006,

* is a lifetime .325/.353/.500 hitter with the bases loaded,

* has a lifetime line of .286/.369/.461 line with RISP and two outs,

* rates among the baserunning leaders this year in advancing on flyballs hit by other players (source: Baseball Prospectus), indicating at least some level of hustle on the basepaths, and

* rated four runs above average as a defensive right fielder in 2006 (again, thx to BP).

Hint: this player is widely perceived to be not clutch, not a good defender and not a hustling player.

Note: none of this means that said player is necessarily a great ballplayer. It does not mean that Player X should be starting every day. Just a little thought exercise about re-thinking perceptions.

-M, listening to "Music from Big Pink" by The Band.

Johnson in, Maroth on DL

Tyler Johnson has been activated and is available tonight. Mike Maroth has been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling "left elbow tendinitis." Didn’t see Maroth, so I didn’t get a chance to ask him anything more specific about it.

-M.

Pineiro in, Schumaker out

Joel Pineiro is expected to arrive at the park any time now, and he’s added to the roster tonight. To make room, Skip Schumaker has been optioned to Memphis. Pineiro will throw a bullpen tonight, or so goes the plan, and then he’ll start Saturday. That gets them back to 12 pitchers, which is where they wanted to be — 5 starters and 7 relievers.

TLR was definitely not happy about sending Schumaker out, since Skip has played so well. He said, several times, "We must be a really good team, if we’re sending out such a good player." Schumaker will be back Sept. 1 at the latest, and you can be sure if there’s an opening before that, they’ll look for a way to get him back.

Miles is in at SS and leading off tonight, with the early game tomorrow for Eckstein. Otherwise, the lineup is Looper and 7 regulars at the other seven positions.

-M, really digging some old live New Order  clips from YouTube while mourning the apparent demise of my iPod.

It's Oh So Quiet

With a nod to Bjork, here’s what I know. Per Cards PR, Pineiro is the extent of it. I am honestly very surprised; I really figured they would ship somebody out once they added Pineiro. Don’t know yet whether he’s going to Memphis or straight to STL or what, but I have been told that it’s likely that he’ll start, rather than relieve.

-M.

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