For the seventh consecutive year, the United Cardinal Bloggers are doing their one-of-a-kind project, the Progressive Game Blog. This is our unique way of looking at a game. Nine bloggers–well, usually, we’re running with a short roster today (Edit: hold on, running in from the bullpen is number nine)–take an inning of game action and write it up from their perspective. It’s not a live blog, so that allows folks to bring their own stories, their own research, their own opinions into the mix without watching a ticking clock or trying to get it all in before the third out of the inning.
The Cardinals are 2-4 in PGB blog games over the past few years. You can find a summary of the first five here (hint: lots of shutouts and lots of mentions of Kyle Lohse). Last year, the Cardinals and Brewers had a knock-down, drag-out battle, with the Cards taking it on a Jon Jay single in the ninth inning to give St. Louis a 7-6 lead.
For only the second time in PGB history, the Cards will be playing a non-NL Central opponent and for the first time we look out west for the other team. The Los Angeles Dodgers come into Busch on quite the roll, though they were quieted last night by Lance Lynn and some strong bullpen work (and Matt Holliday going yard, of course). With the loss last night, LA slipped into a first place tie in the NL West, but that was after chopping up San Francisco’s once-sizable lead like a hack plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. The Dodgers seem to be the team to beat out there, given their roster and apparently unlimited pockets, and they seem to be showing that yet again.
Going for the Dodgers will be Zack Greinke, meaning that this is not going to be an afternoon walk in the park for St. Louis. Greinke is 11-5 with a 2.73 ERA and would likely be considered the ace of the staff if it wasn’t for that Clayton Kershaw guy. Greinke faced the Cards when they went out to Los Angeles last month and allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings.
There’s not been a lot of success against Greinke, though if you combine the historical numbers with Holliday’s tendency to heat up after the All-Star Game, it could be a nice day for the Cardinal left fielder. On the flip side, the small sample size doesn’t play in Allen Craig’s favor, so perhaps phenom Oscar Taveras will get his chance in the lineup.
Going for the boys in red is Joe Kelly. Kelly had a disastrous return from his long stint on the disabled list, giving up six runs in three innings against the Brewers. Granted, that set the stage for the best comeback of the season for this team, but it’s not a hole you want to get into with a guy like Greinke going for the opposing team. Before his injury, Kelly was doing some solid work and perhaps now that he’s back into a pitching routine he can return to that.
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Maybe Scott Van Slyke will be in the starting lineup so we can have a rematch of The Standoff. Also, dealing with Adrian Gonzalez might be the biggest challenge of the day. We’ll see if working with Tony Cruz gives a little different result.
It’s going to be a battle today, but we’ve got some great bloggers to guide you through it. Links will be starred when the actual post is up, but feel free to check each site throughout the day (and tomorrow) to see what they are working up.
First inning: Aaron Miles’ Fastball*
Second inning: Cardinals Nerve Center*
Third inning: I70 Baseball*
Fourth inning: Bird Tales*
Fifth inning: Fungoes*
Sixth inning: The View From Here*
Seventh inning: Baseball Geek In Galveston*
Eighth inning: On The Outside Corner*
Ninth/extra innings and postgame: C70 At The Bat*