Saturday, July 26, 2008

too shocked to think

Anthony Reyes is no longer a member of the Cardinals' organization. 

It hurts, it really does. He was such a big part of the World Series team (like so many others that are no longer around), and I'd become a bit of an A-Rey fanatic. I think he's got great stuff and a lot of potential, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. 

You know what? Good for Anthony. I'll continue to follow him (well, his stats, anyway, I'm not really a stalker), and hopefully this will turn his career around and give him a chance to get some starts or at least pave the way for him to become the big league pitcher he's destined to be. 

I've said it many times before, but now that we're at the end I guess I'll say it one more time: A-Rey never did mesh with Dave Duncan or his demands from his pitchers. 

Anthony would be at Memphis, pitching great, and then when he'd inevitably get called back up, he'd lose his control and give up big innings. I'll not get into the differences between facing AAA hitters and major league hitters, or the difference between pitching for ground balls and pitching for strike-outs (and how the latter is more likely to get you into trouble with fly balls), or the difference between a two-seam and a four-seam fastball, but suffice it say that Anthony will be a terrific starter for some lucky club sometime in the future (maybe it will be Cleveland, maybe not) I'm just sorry it wasn't the Redbirds. 

Good-bye and good luck, Anthony. I'll miss you. You'll always be a Cardinal to me. 

In happier news, Chris Carpenter pitched well at Memphis and is poised to return to the rotation, maybe even as soon as WEDNESDAY. 

Yeah! Maybe Wednesday we'll win. 

The Cubs have lost two in a row to the Marlins. The Brewers lost to Houston last night, and they play again tonight. As much as I hate the Cubs, I'd rather they be in first place than the Bloated Brewers. I just came up with that. 

Have you read the Onion lately? You should. 

Luis Perdomo, according to Matthew Leach and the Cardinals' team site, is, "a big-armed reliever who began the year at high Class A Kinston before being promoted to Double-A Akron. For the year, Perdomo has a 5-1 record, a 1.66 ERA, 60 strikeouts, 24 walks and one home run allowed in 54 1/3 innings. Perdomo, 24, is reported to have a fastball in the mid-90s, a slider and a changeup. The right-hander has spent his entire career in the Indians organization. He will be assigned to Double-A Springfield."