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Whither Hot Corner Power?

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For the entire season, the Cardinals have been without a true third baseman. Joe Thurston, who came up as a second bagger, and Brian Barden, who is mostly a shortstop, have received the most reps at the spot. This last week or so, another new guy, Tyler Greene, has taken reps at the hot corner. Last year, the always frenetic Brendan Ryan had some time there. That makes four guys on the roster (actually three now because Barden was demoted to make room for a 34th pitcher) on the far left side of the infield, those commies. Remember who is supposed to be there? I barely do. It's Troy Glaus, he of the Rolen-Glaus Swap of 2008.Troy decided to get shoulder surgery late in the off-season and the recovery time has bled far into the season and it isn't likely he will come back. What's an organization to do?

Well, if you are the Brewers, you actively pursue trades that will improve your team's deficiencies. Unfortunately, not all front offices are created equal. The Cardinals are a "what's in the bargain bin?" type of team. Mark DeRosa's name has been batted around, but it isn't likely because apparently the Indians actually want good prospects in return, those ingrates. In all likelihood, the Cardinals organization will give fans a jalopy and tell them it's got a good value bat. So it goes.

Game 53 vs. Fla., L 3-4: The team needed to get one last bit of epic suckitude out of their system. Chris Carpenter took the mound with a Rosenthal-sized 0.71 ERA. He only allowed three runs on six hits but it wasn't enough. His counterpart Josh Johnson also allowed only three, which put the game in the relievers' hands. McClellan pitched a clean two frames. Hot Jason Motte (I don't think that moniker will/should stick) was throwing his usual ion collider speed pitches, when Jeremy Hermida guessed one into the empty football stands. The two old men puppets in the upper deck thought it was hilarious.

Game 54 vs. Fla., W. 13-4: As LaRussa looked down the Garden Hose of Offense (it's in the Bible), a kink was cleared and out flowed a rainbow of home runs and high averages. Nearly every Marlins pitcher this game took their drubbing including Chris Volstad's six runs, Cristhian Martinez's four runs, and Rocksteady Badenhop's three runs (only two earned!). The four-through-seven hitters went 10-19 and produced most of the offense. It was a nice way to break out of a five-game losing streak. With authority!

Game 55 vs. Fla., W. 6-5: Despite the glorious victory the day before, the team need to win again to make sure the losing bogeyman was at bay. Colonel Wellemeyer was his usual defiantly below-average self allowing five runs in six innings. The Cardinals offense nearly didn't help out but in the eighth inning, Flatface Ankiel and Ryan "Not a righty specialist" Ludwick did some damage and contributed to a lead taking three runs. Taking two of three from the Fish meant tacos for everyone after the game.

Game 56 vs. Cle., L 3-7: Pineiro allowed only 3 runs in 6.1 innings, but the offense didn't abide and the relievers decided that it wasn't enough to overcome. Lord Pujols his a solo homer, but the team left seven on base, promising they would use them later. That wasn't the case and they spoiled.

Game 57 vs. Cle., W 3-1: Saturday's game featured an epic pitching match-up between Brad Thompson and Tomo Ohka. Yes, that Brad Thompson and yes, that Tomo Ohka.  Thomson went six innings allowing only three hits and one unearned run. Ohka went seven and allowed two.Great pitching match-ups come in unusual packages, apparently. Lord Pujols decided to go yard twice this game but no one wanted to be on base for the event. Pity, really.

Game 58 vs. Cle., L 0-3: Cliff Lee took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. It's hard to win a game like that. Carpenter looked shakey, but got outs when he needed them. Only allowing three runs in seven innings, Carp pitched valiantly. However the offense decided to Flee the Cleve early (I had to use the phrase. Cards don't play in Cleveland too often). 

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