Monday, June 23, 2008

holding my breath








Against Kansas City.   

Mark Mulder.    


Joe Strauss said so. 

Here's the history: Mulder was acquired by the Redbirds between the 2004 and 2005 seasons in a trade that sent Dan Haren to Oakland. (This was later regretted by everyone in the Cardinals organization.) 

He pitched well in 2005, posting an overall ERA of 3.64 in 32 starts. He spent a lot of time on the disabled list in 2006, then returned to the majors and gave up nine runs over three innings in what was to be his second-to-last start of the season. 

After rotator cuff surgery, he came back in late 2007 and once again pitched terribly, going 0-3 in three starts. 

He had more surgery (with everyone keeping their fingers crossed), hoping to be ready to go in 2008, but has had numerous setbacks in the minor leagues. 

At this point, he claims to have a found a better, more effective release for his pitches, and Dave Duncan seems optimistic about the possibility of Mark contributing at some point before he dies.