Well, the game is tonight. 7:15 p.m. central time. Should be a lot of fun, actually. This game features a former Cardinal and a new Cardinal on the mound, with Kip Wells going for the Rockies and Kyle Lohse going for St. Louis. Instead of doing advantages and so forth as I did yesterday, I’ll just say this much:
Kip Wells is terrible. We Cardinals fans figured that out last year when he went 7-17. He had a few bright spots but many very bad starts and even some screw-ups in the bullpen. Wells was as frustrating as Jason Marquis (at least to THIS Cardinals fan). But tonight, he pitches against the Cardinals. The same team that features a pitching coach that knows Wells’ entire pitch selection. The same team that features a particular first baseman that has hit four home runs off Wells in his career.
Lohse has been inconsistent his whole career, but Wells has usually been pretty bad (with a few O.K. seasons thrown in occasionally). Lohse has the possibility to pitch like a Cy Young winner, and Wells has the potential to pitch like a pitching machine. Oh, and as for inconsistent players coming into the Cardinals organization, that hasn’t turned out TOO bad, just look at what Dave Duncan accomplished with Jeff Weaver.
I like the Cardinals chances tonight. I think Wells will get rocked early and Lohse will pitch well. A lot of this game does depend on how Lohse pitches, because I have complete confidence in the Cardinals’ lineup putting up numbers. It should be an interesting game…
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS – 6
COLORADO ROCKIES – 3
WP: Kyle Lohse
LP: Kip Wells
S: Jason Isringhausen
HR: Pujols (two-run HR off Wells), Ankiel (solo HR off Rockies bullpen)
HR: Holliday (3-run HR off Lohse, but not enough to win game)
Also look out for Troy Glaus to have a big day…a two-RBI double seems to be in the picture.
Crazy predictions? Maybe, but I’m optimistic that the Cardinals can destroy Kip Wells today.