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2013 MLB game 7 thread: Reds at Cards: Mon 4/8 (home opener)

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Posted: 4/7/2013 11:37 AM

2013 MLB game 7 thread: Reds at Cards: Mon 4/8 (home opener) 


Jaime Garcia vs. Mat Latos. 3:15 PM CT. FOX Sports Midwest pregame starts at 1:30, MLB Network in some areas plus KMOX radio.
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Posted: 4/7/2013 7:39 PM

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Posted: 4/8/2013 8:13 AM

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Today's activities:

  • Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee’s: The Cardinals and Hardee’s will host a pre-game pep rally in front of the Cardinals Team Store, located at the corner of Clark Street and 8th Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local rock band Trixie Delight will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes. Fans can stop by the free Hardee’s Photo Booth to get their Opening Day photo taken from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fans can also purchase a Hardee’s Combo Meal after regular breakfast hours from the Mobile Diner or Hardee’s restaurant on Chestnut and receive a free Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last. Other sponsors include: Budweiser, Dunkin Donuts, Fox Theatre, FOX Sports Midwest, Krispy Kreme, The Muny, Rawlings, Scotts, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Tan Company.

 

  • Budweiser Magnet Schedule Day: All ticketed-fans, ages 21 and over, will receive a magnet with the 2013 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Budweiser Beer. Gates open at 1:15 p.m.

 

  • Clydesdales: The famed Budweiser Clydesdales will be on hand to celebrate the return of baseball to St. Louis with their annual pre-game lap around the warning track. Fans can see the Clydesdales pre-game as they will begin staging at 1 p.m. near Poplar Street and Broadway at Gate 1. 

  • Remembering Stan: Opening Day marks the first time the Cardinals family will be together at Busch Stadium for a game since the passing of Stan Musial earlier this year. On Opening Day, and throughout the 2013 season, the Cardinals will honor the legacy of the team’s greatest player who personified the Cardinal Way.  The team is wearing a jersey patch throughout the season, and on Monday Stan and Lillian Musial’s four children, Dick Musial, Gerry Ashley, Janet Schwarze, and Jean Edmonds will unveil a memorial marker in left center field as part of the Opening Day ceremony. All fans will also receive a #6 sticker to honor Stan. 

 

  • Pre-game Ceremony: The pre-game ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. and kicks off the 2013 season with the famed Budweiser Clydesdales and appearances from Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Fredbird, Team Fredbird and an American Bald Eagle, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. The ceremony will feature all four of the team’s Commissioner’s Trophies from each of those World Championship teams (’67, ’82, ’06, and ’11), as well as the introduction of the Cardinals Hall of Famers and 2013 Cardinals via a Ford motorcade.

 

  • Anthem: The National Anthem will be performed by six members of the Gateway Harmonica Club of St. Louis. Stan Musial was an honorary member of the club. Scott Sir Force Base will present the colors and American Flag in center field.

  • Moment of Silence: There will be a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as a moment of silence for baseball great and St. Louis native Earl Weaver, former Cardinals Outfielder Chuck Diering, longtime organist Ernie Hayes, longtime Redbird Roost attendant Fanny Scholl, and the greatest Cardinal, Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

  • Ceremonial Pitch: Former Cardinals, pitcher Jason Isringhausen and center fielder Jim Edmonds, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.

  • Get Social: Fans should follow the team on Facebook (facebook.com/cardinals), Twitter (@cardinals), and Instagram (cardinals) for behind-the-scenes content from the club throughout the day. Fans can join the Opening Day discussion on Twitter using the hashtags #OpeningDaySTL, #STLCards, and #6.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 8:52 AM

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Happy Home Opener Day everyone.

Just got a text from my son, he is heading out for downtown. He says the wife has been ready since 8 am and is fussing at him to get moving. There is something to be said for marrying well.

Meanwhile, my brother emailed from Penang, Malaysia saying he and a couple Cards fans he's run into are set to go online later on. It will be the middle of night, but they have invited some of the locals to their game party, and even came up with some Bud they've got on ice. The sun never sets on Cardinal Nation.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 9:16 AM

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Im actually upset we wont get to see cueto in this series...it has seemed that we tend to get handled by their scrubs (arroyo/bailey). Hopefully we can work some counts against latos and get him out before 6ip.

Im excited and confident about this series....but unfortuantly will be the first opening day ive missed at busch since the late 80s as my new job takes me out of town.

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Posted: 4/8/2013 9:31 AM

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grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im actually upset we wont get to see cueto in this series...it has seemed that we tend to get handled by their scrubs (arroyo/bailey). Hopefully we can work some counts against latos and get him out before 6ip.

Im excited and confident about this series....but unfortuantly will be the first opening day ive missed at busch since the late 80s as my new job takes me out of town.


I actually think Bailey becomes the de facto ace this year.

He ended last year very strong and he supposedly is throwing his fastball with more velocity this year. If he matches last year's superb control (2.3 BB/9 %) with 2010's fastball (8.3 K/9 %)....look out.

Latos is awful in April (usually) so I hope we can continue his trend.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 9:35 AM

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Stub Hub has lots of tickets listed. Standing room and nose bleeds in the $40-$60 range. A few nice ones around $100-$120.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 9:38 AM

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PadsFS wrote:
grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im actually upset we wont get to see cueto in this series...it has seemed that we tend to get handled by their scrubs (arroyo/bailey). Hopefully we can work some counts against latos and get him out before 6ip.

Im excited and confident about this series....but unfortuantly will be the first opening day ive missed at busch since the late 80s as my new job takes me out of town.


I actually think Bailey becomes the de facto ace this year.

He ended last year very strong and he supposedly is throwing his fastball with more velocity this year. If he matches last year's superb control (2.3 BB/9 %) with 2010's fastball (8.3 K/9 %)....look out.

Latos is awful in April (usually) so I hope we can continue his trend.
You are forgetting Cueto Pads. I get what you are saying though, that Homer scares me. He mixes his pitches very well and has great control as far as not getting the fat part of the plate. Guys like Latos and Cain that rely on more fastballs are not so tough for this club.

GO CARDS!
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Posted: 4/8/2013 10:05 AM

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cardinalnationhouston wrote:
PadsFS wrote:
grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im actually upset we wont get to see cueto in this series...it has seemed that we tend to get handled by their scrubs (arroyo/bailey). Hopefully we can work some counts against latos and get him out before 6ip.

Im excited and confident about this series....but unfortuantly will be the first opening day ive missed at busch since the late 80s as my new job takes me out of town.


I actually think Bailey becomes the de facto ace this year.

He ended last year very strong and he supposedly is throwing his fastball with more velocity this year. If he matches last year's superb control (2.3 BB/9 %) with 2010's fastball (8.3 K/9 %)....look out.

Latos is awful in April (usually) so I hope we can continue his trend.
You are forgetting Cueto Pads. I get what you are saying though, that Homer scares me. He mixes his pitches very well and has great control as far as not getting the fat part of the plate. Guys like Latos and Cain that rely on more fastballs are not so tough for this club.

I'm not forgetting him. I think Bailey takes his "ace" status this year.  I just think he'll be better. I don't know why, but Cueto seems on the edge of losing it every year (to me).

Once more thing,

Arroyo has 200 innings pitched against the Cardinals now and has a 4.56 ERA with an 8-13 W-L record and just 127 K's. I think the Cardinals handle him just fine.

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Posted: 4/8/2013 10:14 AM

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Im not buying in on bailey....

 

Every time he has a good outing or stretch people like to say hes living up to expectations, when he gets blown up they give him slack. Its the same thing with joba in nyc...I would put money on the fact that homer has a 4plus era this year.

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Posted: 4/8/2013 10:25 AM

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grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im not buying in on bailey....

 

Every time he has a good outing or stretch people like to say hes living up to expectations, when he gets blown up they give him slack. Its the same thing with joba in nyc...I would put money on the fact that homer has a 4plus era this year.


I dunno about that.

Bailey spent half of 2009 in AAA.

Bailey also missed 73 games in 2010 and 57 games in 2011 with shoulder issues.

2012 was his first real healthy year and he threw 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA.  I think he's turn that corner.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 10:39 AM

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I keep waiting for Arroyo to pull a hammy with that funny looking leg kick.

And I do not ever wish for anyone to get injured, but if it is possible for a player to face plant into someone's cleats without getting seriously injured, then I have someone on the Red's staff in mind.

I really do hate the Reds. And Dusty. And I'm starting to dislike Uncle Walt, just because.

As to Bailey, I can't help pulling for a guy named Homer. Not against us, of course.

We have already put the Cubs in our rearview mirror and it is time to do the same to these chumps (edit: I mean I hope we prevail over our worthy and respected opponants, may their playoff hopes RIP).
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Posted: 4/8/2013 11:00 AM

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PadsFS wrote:
cardinalnationhouston wrote:
PadsFS wrote:
grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im actually upset we wont get to see cueto in this series...it has seemed that we tend to get handled by their scrubs (arroyo/bailey). Hopefully we can work some counts against latos and get him out before 6ip.

Im excited and confident about this series....but unfortuantly will be the first opening day ive missed at busch since the late 80s as my new job takes me out of town.


I actually think Bailey becomes the de facto ace this year.

He ended last year very strong and he supposedly is throwing his fastball with more velocity this year. If he matches last year's superb control (2.3 BB/9 %) with 2010's fastball (8.3 K/9 %)....look out.

Latos is awful in April (usually) so I hope we can continue his trend.
You are forgetting Cueto Pads. I get what you are saying though, that Homer scares me. He mixes his pitches very well and has great control as far as not getting the fat part of the plate. Guys like Latos and Cain that rely on more fastballs are not so tough for this club.

I'm not forgetting him. I think Bailey takes his "ace" status this year.  I just think he'll be better. I don't know why, but Cueto seems on the edge of losing it every year (to me).

Once more thing,

Arroyo has 200 innings pitched against the Cardinals now and has a 4.56 ERA with an 8-13 W-L record and just 127 K's. I think the Cardinals handle him just fine.
Maybe b/c of that cocky attitude he has? He does seem like a clown to me even on the mound. Nothing i would like better than to see "cleats" Cueto fall on his face but as long as he hides the ball so well and can control his breaking balls he will continue to be a top notch starter. I do agree about Bailey though. He is entering his prime and has already taken his lumps. That is a underrated 1-2 punch IMO.

GO CARDS!
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Posted: 4/8/2013 11:21 AM

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PadsFS wrote:
grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im not buying in on bailey....

 

Every time he has a good outing or stretch people like to say hes living up to expectations, when he gets blown up they give him slack. Its the same thing with joba in nyc...I would put money on the fact that homer has a 4plus era this year.




2012 was his first real healthy year and he threw 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA.  I think he's turn that corner.
True, although not to nitpick he began september with a 4.24 ERA. 5 of his last 7 starts were against houston (2) pittsburgh (2) and the cubs(1)...his other two starts were against the dodgers( in which he got shelled), and us...in which he was pulled after 4, im guessing because they had already clinched and they were resting him? I have no idea.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 12:04 PM

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Cards lineup: Jay 8, Beltran 9, Holliday 7, Craig 3, Molina 2, Freese 5, Descalso 4, Kozma 6, Garcia 1.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 12:05 PM

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Reds:

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF

2. Chris Heisey (R) LF

3. Joey Votto (L) 1B

4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B

5. Jay Bruce (L) RF

6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B

7. Zack Cozart (R) SS

8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

9. Mat Latos (R) P
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Posted: 4/8/2013 12:13 PM

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For those unable to get FOX Sports Midwest, here is the link to the live stream, which will begin at 2:30 CT (updated).
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Posted: 4/8/2013 2:17 PM

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grayssportsalmanac wrote:
PadsFS wrote:
grayssportsalmanac wrote:

Im not buying in on bailey....

 

Every time he has a good outing or stretch people like to say hes living up to expectations, when he gets blown up they give him slack. Its the same thing with joba in nyc...I would put money on the fact that homer has a 4plus era this year.




2012 was his first real healthy year and he threw 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA.  I think he's turn that corner.
True, although not to nitpick he began september with a 4.24 ERA. 5 of his last 7 starts were against houston (2) pittsburgh (2) and the cubs(1)...his other two starts were against the dodgers( in which he got shelled), and us...in which he was pulled after 4, im guessing because they had already clinched and they were resting him? I have no idea.
I didn't realize that. Good to know.
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Posted: 4/8/2013 2:20 PM

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blingboy wrote: I keep waiting for Arroyo to pull a hammy with that funny looking leg kick.

And I do not ever wish for anyone to get injured, but if it is possible for a player to face plant into someone's cleats without getting seriously injured, then I have someone on the Red's staff in mind.

I really do hate the Reds. And Dusty. And I'm starting to dislike Uncle Walt, just because.

As to Bailey, I can't help pulling for a guy named Homer. Not against us, of course.

We have already put the Cubs in our rearview mirror and it is time to do the same to these chumps (edit: I mean I hope we prevail over our worthy and respected opponants, may their playoff hopes RIP).

The somewhat crazy thing about Bailey is that he got named Homer just 3 years prior to the Simpsons airing, which I bet really killed any shot the name Homer had of hitting any top 10 most used baby names lists. He might be the last of his kind!
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Posted: 4/8/2013 2:26 PM

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blingboy wrote: Reds:

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF

2. Chris Heisey (R) LF

3. Joey Votto (L) 1B

4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B

5. Jay Bruce (L) RF

6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B

7. Zack Cozart (R) SS

8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

9. Mat Latos (R) P

Gotta love Dusty Baker making a lineup out with the worst OBP guy on the team in the #2 hole! Heisey checks in with .312 OBP. Dusty's the best. All it takes is one injury to butcher a lineup. 

I can see it now. Choo gets on. Heisey gets him over with sac bunt (of course). Give Votto nothing to hit. Rinse, repeat.

Can you imagine if Matheny ran Descalso out there as the second batter every day?
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