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Offline wpr  
#1 Posted : Friday, June 10, 2011 10:32:04 AM(UTC)
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Should be a fun weekend series

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers have endured problems that could have made this weekend less significant -- or even virtually meaningless.

But the teams have held strong to this point in the season, setting up a three-game series between the top clubs in the National League Central with a possible lead change at stake.
Zack Greinke faces the Cardinals Saturday. (AP Photo)

The Cardinals have suffered the loss of ace Adam Wainwright for the season, two separate injuries that have cost All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday 21 starts and a prolonged slump by superstar Albert Pujols (who recently has started to resemble his normal self).

They’ve cleared those obstacles to hold down first place in the division as they head to Miller Park to face their closest competition Friday.

The Brewers started the season with ace Zack Greinke and All-Star right fielder Corey Hart on the disabled list, then had to maneuver through Yovani Gallardo’s early inconsistency and a team-wide offensive slump for the ages last month before settling into second place in the division.

The teams’ pitching staffs have been similar in their mediocrity, but their respective offenses rank in the league’s top five in most of the major categories. Each club should consider itself fortunate to throw two of its best starting pitchers over the weekend.

Game 1 features St. Louis' Kyle Lohse (7-2, 2.41 ERA) against Brewers lefty Chris Narveson (2-4, 4.85). Lohse is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.80 ERA in those decisions.

Right-handers Chris Carpenter (1-5, 4.25) and Greinke (5-1, 4.83) will square off on Saturday. Carpenter has struggled this season, but his 3.43 FIP and 3.28 xFIP show he’s been better than his record and ERA. He delivered a nine-inning, two-run performance against the Chicago Cubs in his last start. Greinke has shaken off early rust to deliver quality starts in his last three outings, including his best of the season – two runs over seven innings against the Florida Marlins – in his last start.

The finale, a game that could decide which team takes over first place heading into next week, will pit St. Louis’ Jake Westbrook (6-3, 5.01) against Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum (6-2, 2.58). With Greinke missing the first month and Gallado yo-yoing for parts of this season, Marcum has emerged as the staff ace and has four quality starts in his last five turns.

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#2 Posted : Friday, June 10, 2011 10:55:27 AM(UTC)
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cool thread about baseball!!!
Brewers are playing great ball right now. Solid pitching and clutch hitting. I'm also impressed with the aggressiveness of the offense while running the bases. These Brewers are not only a power hitting team. They are stealing basses, hit and run, squeeze plays, very young aggressive team right now.

I am dreaming of a Brewers World Series run the same year the Packers win the Superbowl!!

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Offline dhpackr  
#3 Posted : Friday, June 10, 2011 8:58:28 PM(UTC)
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awsome game...shut out the cards, should've been 9-0 prince was safe at home. gr8 defense, pitching, base running and hitting. brewers fever is spreading!!

looking forward to a 100 win season
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#4 Posted : Saturday, June 11, 2011 10:00:02 PM(UTC)
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I have yet to see how tonight's game went. Guess i'll have to check it out.
I've been dreaming of a Brewers world series for a LONG time.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:23:27 AM(UTC)
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another gr8 win. playin for 1st place 2moro
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#6 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 3:34:44 PM(UTC)
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really not a single brewer fan on his forum. Brewers played an amazing series, took over first place, and swept the team that was leading the division, and not a single post from anybody.

cmon, support your local team!
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#7 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 3:37:39 PM(UTC)
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Sweeping the Cardinals is pretty awesome, although the Cardinals are vastly over rated. ;)

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#8 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 3:41:44 PM(UTC)
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got some tough games coming up against American leauge teaams. Prince is having a MVP season!
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#9 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:30:32 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
Sweeping the Cardinals is pretty awesome, although the Cardinals are vastly over rated. ;)



Can't see how they are overrated when many picked them 3rd after Cincinnati and Milwaukee. I was stunned when they had the best record in MLB (prior to Milwaukee.) Tough to over rate a team that has one of the best records. Especially with all their injuries.
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#10 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:45:29 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wpr Go to Quoted Post
Can't see how they are overrated when many picked them 3rd after Cincinnati and Milwaukee. I was stunned when they had the best record in MLB (prior to Milwaukee.) Tough to over rate a team that has one of the best records. Especially with all their injuries.


The comment was for one person, IronMan. He's a big Cardinals fan.


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#11 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:58:43 PM(UTC)
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I'm not that big a fan but my facebook is exploding with messages about fielder htiting home runs. The man is as hot as I've ever seen him. I think it would be great if we could get to the world series and get that title before prince lieves and the entire team falls apart!
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#12 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:37:11 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
The comment was for one person, IronMan. He's a big Cardinals fan.


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#13 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:38:31 PM(UTC)
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As am I. Dancing



Gosh, Wayne, I'm really sorry to hear that. I'm here for you, I'm here.

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#14 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 7:46:21 PM(UTC)
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Gosh, Wayne, I'm really sorry to hear that. I'm here for you, I'm here.


No need. You are a football fan first and not so much of a baseball fan IIRC.
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#15 Posted : Sunday, June 12, 2011 8:33:01 PM(UTC)
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No need. You are a football fan first and not so much of a baseball fan IIRC.

Yes sir, Football, Racing, Baseball and then probably Basketball followed by several others.

My passion has always been in Football, but I was a very talented Baseball player, go figure right? Baseball came really easy to me. Football I found more challenging and rewarding. Although picking off a guy trying to get third while playing left outfield was a helluva rush too at times.

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