Yikes! Carp hasn't won a game, Cards haven't won a series
Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton, left, celebrates with Willie Bloomquist after Upton's home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young watches his home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
It's a long season, I know. But it's gotten off to a disturbing start for Cardinals fans. Chris Carpenter pitched his 3rd game on Tuesday night, but is still without a win. He gave up 8 earned runs in 4 innings and is now 0-2. Ouch! And the Cardinals have played 11 games and still haven't won a series. They're 4-7. Yikes! And in their 13-8 loss to the Diamondbacks the Cardinals lost a piece of their bullpen. Bryan Augenstein left the game with a strained right groin (ouch) and will be placed on the disabled list (double ouch).
There were a few bright spots from Tuesday night's game thanks to the offense. Lance Berkman hit his 3rd home run and David Freese jacked his 2nd. Oh, and look at Albert. He brought his average closer to the Mendoza Line with a 3-5 day. Pujols is now batting .200. Hooray!
The Cardinals can win their first series of the season with a win tonight in the desert. Jake Westbrook (0-1) gets the start at 8:40 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. A good outing by Westbrook is especially important given Carpenter's lack of wins. Without Adam Wainwright the Cardinals must have a few other starters step up with great seasons. Shameless plug warning: if you can't stay up late you can watch the highlights Thursday morning on Awake with News 4.
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