Monday, May 16, 2011

Phillies at Cardinals: May 16th through May 17th

Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO
Monday 7:05 and Tuesday 8:15

Phillies 25-14, 1st Place in N.L. East, 2 games ahead of the Marlins
Cardinals 22-19, 2nd Place in N.L. Central, 1 1/2 games behind the Reds

First Game: The St. Louis Browns left the American Association in 1892 for the National League. In 1899, the franchise changed its nickname to the Perfectos, before settling on the Cardinals in 1900. On May 10, 1892, the Browns beat the Phillies, 8-4, in the first meeting of these two franchises. The box score has been lost to time, but Kid Carsey started the game for the Phillies while former Phillie Kid Gleason started for the Browns, according to Retrosheet.

Meet the Cardinals: Manager - Tony LaRussa is in 16th season as Cardinals manager, but bench coach Joe Pettini is acting as the manager these days while LaRussa recovers from a bad case of shingles.
Starters - Yadier Molina (c), Albert Pujols (1b), Nick Punto (2b), Daniel Descalso (3b), Ryan Theriot (ss), Matt Holliday (lf), Colby Rasmus (cf), Lance Berkman (rf)
Rotation - Jamie Garcia (lhp), Kyle Lohse (rhp), Kyle McClellan (rhp), Chris Carpenter (rhp), Jake Westbrook (rhp)
Bench - Gerald Laird (c), Tyler Greene (inf), Mark Hamilton (inf), Allen Craig (of), Jon Jay (of)
Closer - Eduardo Sanchez (rhp)
Bullpen - Miguel Batista (rhp), Mitchell Boggs (rhp), Ryan Franklin (rhp), Trever Miller (lhp), Jason Motte (rhp), Fernando Salas (rhp)
Disabled List - Bryan Augenstein (rhp), Brian Tallet (lhp), Adam Wainwright (rhp), David Freese (inf), Skip Schumaker (inf)

At the Ballpark:  Not a gosh darn thing is scheduled to be given away or promoted during these two games at the new Busch Stadium.  They're just going to play ball.

Phillies Probables: Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt
Cardinals Probables: Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia

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