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It’s another lovely night in Cleveland, following a terrific day. Your faithful correspondent, joined by friend/colleague/competitor D.Goold of the Post-Dispatch, made an afternoon run to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it was again excellent. Highly recommended.
* Khalil Greene will return to Memphis to get some work at third base. TLR was a bit cagey about the whole thing, but there was this quote that laid it out pretty starkly: “When he’s ready to get here as a player, he needs to be ready to play third base.”
The Cardinals have understandably been pleased with what they’ve been getting from the shortstop position with Greene out. This allows them to keep playing Brendan Ryan (and perhaps Tyler Greene, depending on what move they decide to make once K.Greene is activated), while also providing another option at third base.
* Kyle Lohse began a throwing program today, playing catch from about 90 feet. He said he’s almost entirely symptom-free in his recovery from a right forearm injury. He’ll keep ramping up his throwing as long as he feels good, but no date has even been set for a throw off the mound, never mind a return to game action.
* The Cardinals won’t get any favors when the Tigers come to town later this week. Detroit will roll out three imposing starting pitchers: Justin Verlander on Tuesday, Edwin Jackson on Wednesday and Rick Porcello (remember him?) on Thursday.
* Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a piece on Dave Duncan run today, and it’s worth checking out for Duncan’s insights on many of the great pitchers who have worked with him. It even includes a video interview. Follow this link to give it a look.
* Welcome to the newest blogger with the Cardinals: Rick Ankiel. The first entry in his new MLBlog went up today, and you can visit Rick’s blog by following this link.
* Time for my periodic reminder, while we’re linking to things. I talk ball over at Twitter. Follow me there at Twitter.com/MatthewHLeach.
Today’s playlist, with a RnRHoF theme:
U2, “Bad” (saw the handwritten lyric sheet, perhaps my favorite thing in the whole place)
Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands” (saw the same thing for this song, my OTHER favorite thing)
Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
The Clash, “London Calling”
Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
Greetings from a gorgeous afternoon at Progressive Field. We’ve got a few clouds, but it’s nice and mild and a great day for a ballgame.
* For the first time today, Colby Rasmus is hitting cleanup in a lineup that also includes Ryan Ludwick. It was one thing to hit him there when Ludwick was sitting, but it definitely stands out to have Rasmus there today.
According to TLR, there were two main reasons. One was immediate and obvious — they hit Rasmus there twice, he did well there twice. The other comes down to TLR’s fondness for splitting up left- and right-handed hitters as much as possible.
I was always under the impression that that was largely done to neutralize opposing relief specialists, but the skipper also said it has an effect on the starting pitcher. In his view, if the starter sees a run of righties or lefties, he settles in to a degree he can’t do when it’s alternating.
“Rasmus has had two chances and been productive twice,” he said. “So, why not? The other one that I like is that it really gives Ohka a lot of right-left-right-left. That was Don Drysdale’s old theory. If you have too many of one type, he gets his release point. That gives us a little edge. You pick up two benefits. Although here they [only] have one left-handed reliever.”
* Following Monday’s off day, the Cardinals will stay on turn in the rotation for at least the first three days. That means it will be Adam Wainwright on Tuesday, Todd Wellemeyer on Wednesday and Joel Pineiro on Thursday against Detroit.
Friday, however, remains in question. They’ll have two options that day: keep Chris Carpenter on his fifth day and bump Brad Thompson back, or stay on turn with Thompson on Friday and Carpenter on Saturday, thus giving everyone five days’ rest.
TLR said it will come down to a lot of things, not the least of which is how Carpenter comes through tomorrow night. If it’s a slog, they’re more likely to give him the extra day. If it’s not so draining, Carpenter could pitch on Friday.
* And a few notes from today’s festivities at Progressive Field. They’ll be showing “Major League” tonight after the game, which La Russa called his favorite baseball movie — and in my experience, he’s far from the only one. Players/coaches/etc seem to favor it over any other, including my personal favorite, “Bull Durham.”
The Cardinals and Indians are both wearing throwback 1988 uniforms as a nod to the movie, and Skip Schumaker is even rocking the high socks to complete the look.
Thus, today’s playlist is a throwback as well, all from 1988.
INXS, “Need You Tonight/Mediate”
Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
Prince, “Alphabet Street”
Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”