2008 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2008 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 86-76 (.531)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr., Fred Hanser
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television FSN Midwest
(Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky)
KSDK (NBC 5)
(Jay Randolph, Rick Horton)
Local radio KTRS
(Mike Shannon, John Rooney)
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The St. Louis Cardinals' 2008 season was the 127th season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri and the 117th season in the National League. The Cardinals, coming off a 78-84 season that was their worst since 1999, improved by eight games, going 86-76 in 2008. However, this was only good for fourth place in the National League Central, 11.5 games behind the division champion Chicago Cubs.

Offseason departures and acquisitions[edit]

Front office[edit]

Walt Jocketty, GM of the Cardinals for twelve years, was fired due to "tension mounting" that had "grown counterproductive ... with respect to some baseball issues."[1] Tony La Russa, however, signed a contract to return to manage the Cardinals for his 13th and 14th seasons.[2] John Mozeliak took Jocketty's place as GM.[3] John Abbamondi, former senior director of labor economics working for Major League Baseball in New York, joined the Cardinals as assistant GM.

On March 13, it was announced that Mark Lamping, president of the Cardinals for 13 years, resigned to become the CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. Bill DeWitt III, son of Cardinals chairman William DeWitt, Jr. and formerly the team's vice-president of business development, took Lamping's place as president.[4]

Hitters[edit]

A major offseason story for the Cardinals was the hostile relationship between manager Tony La Russa and third baseman Scott Rolen. LaRussa publicly criticized Rolen on December 5,[5] and Rolen requested a trade, but the team was unable to find a suitable offer at the winter meetings.[6][7][8] On January 12, the Cardinals reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays to trade Rolen for their third baseman, Troy Glaus, and the trade was finalized on January 14.[9][10]

Center fielder Jim Edmonds, the most senior member of the Cardinals' roster, having been with the team since the 2000 season, was traded to the San Diego Padres for single-A third baseman David Freese and cash considerations on December 14, 2007.[11]

So Taguchi, backup outfielder and the only Japanese player in franchise history, was released by the Cardinals in December after six seasons with the organization.[12] The Cardinals declined to offer arbitration to shortstop David Eckstein[13] and acquired César Izturis as his replacement.[14] St. Louis acquired Jason LaRue to be the backup catcher, replacing Gary Bennett.[15] The Cardinals took outfielder Brian Barton from Cleveland on December 6 in the Rule 5 draft.[16]

Utility player Scott Spiezio was released by the Cardinals on February 27 after California authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on charges that included hit-and-run, drunk driving and assault. Spiezio had previously missed a month of the 2007 season to go on rehab for drug abuse problems.[17]

In spring training, LaRussa confirmed that he would continue to bat the pitcher eighth after the Cardinals adopted the unconventional lineup for the last two months of the 2007 season.[18][19]

Pitchers[edit]

Starting pitcher Kip Wells, who posted a 5.70 ERA in 2007, departed via free agency. Starting pitcher Joel Piñeiro, effective for the Cardinals in 2007 after a late-season trade from Boston, signed a two-year deal to remain with the team.[20]

On January 3, St. Louis signed starting pitcher Matt Clement, a former All-Star who missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.[21] However, Clement's rehab went slowly and he was not ready for Opening Day.

Concerned over health issues in the rotation, with Clement not ready and Piñeiro suffering from shoulder pain, St. Louis signed another free agent, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, to a one-year contract on March 14.[22]

Regular season[edit]

The Cardinals were 17-10-2 in Grapefruit League play with a .286 team batting average (5th in NL) and a 4.01 ERA (4th in NL). Attendance at Roger Dean Stadium was 92,465 in 16 home games (9-5-2) for an average home attendance of 5,779. In 13 road games (8-5-0), attendance 85,655; road average 6,589.[23] Their overall Spring training record was 19-11-2.[24] St. Louis started the season with three players--Brian Barton, Kyle McClellan, and Rico Washington - who were making their big-league debuts. Only nine players on the Opening Day roster - Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Chris Duncan, Aaron Miles, Randy Flores, Anthony Reyes, Adam Wainwright, Braden Looper and Brad Thompson - were on the roster of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals. With a pitching rotation in flux and many long-time Cardinals off to other teams, and coming off a losing season, most experts picked St. Louis to play poorly again in 2008.[25][26][27]

April[edit]

Opening Day, scheduled for March 31, was postponed to April 1 due to rain after the Cards and Rockies had played 2½ innings. The rain wiped out an Albert Pujols home run.[28] In the make-up game, St. Louis lost 2-1, with a Yadier Molina home run the only offense.[29] After the opening loss the Cardinals won the other five games on their home stand; the 5-1 start marked the first time since 2006 that the Cardinals had been more than one game above .500. St. Louis finished the month of April with an 18-11 record and in sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Albert Pujols reached base safely in all 29 games for the month. Staff ace Adam Wainwright finished the month 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA.[30] Jason Isringhausen had nine saves in April. However, new third baseman Troy Glaus ended April hitting only .260 and had only one home run for the month.

May[edit]

May opened with St. Louis' first series of the year against their arch-rival and the preseason NL Central favorite Chicago Cubs, with the Cardinals winning two of three games to stay atop the NL Central standings. Pujols continued to get on base: on May 6 he reached base safely for the 34th consecutive game since the start of the season, the longest such streak in MLB since 1999.[31]

Jason Isringhausen struggled mightily as Cardinal closer in late April and early May, blowing four saves and taking three losses between April 25 and May 9. His ERA rose from 4.50 to 7.47 during that span.[32] After Isringhausen's fifth blown save of the season on May 9, LaRussa announced that Isringhausen would no longer be closing games and instead the Cardinals would be adopting a closer-by-committee approach.[33] Ryan Franklin received the first save opportunity after LaRussa's decision.[34] On May 16, Isringhausen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand laceration. Josh Kinney was transferred to the 60-day disabled list (from the 15-day list) to make room for highly touted prospect Chris Perez, who was called up from Memphis.[35] Finally, on May 17, Manager La Russa officially designated Ryan Franklin as his closer.[36]

Albert Pujols' on-base streak was snapped at 42 games when he failed to reach safely in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 16. It was six games shy of his career-best 48 games in a row on base, set in his rookie season of 2001.[37][38] The loss was the eighth in ten games for the Cardinals, a stretch that dropped them into second place behind the Cubs.

In late May, Piñeiro went to the DL and rookie Mike Parisi took his spot in the rotation.[39] Chris Duncan, slumping all year after offseason hernia surgery, followed him to the DL, with Joe Mather getting the callup.[40] Parisi and Mather were the fifth and sixth players to make their big-league debut with the 2008 Cardinals, following Brian Barton, Kyle McClellan, Rico Washington and Chris Perez. After slumping in the middle of the month, the Cardinals got hot at the end of May, going 15-13 for the month. They remained in second place behind the Cubs. Todd Wellemeyer was named NL Pitcher of the Month after going 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in May.[41]

June[edit]

On June 1, pitcher Mark Worrell got called up; he became the seventh rookie to make his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2008.[42] On June 5, Worrell hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat, the eight Cardinal in franchise history to do so.[43] On June 6, Mitchell Boggs followed Worrell to the big leagues as the eighth rookie to make his debut with the 2008 Cardinals; fellow rookie Parisi was sent down to make room.[44]

Troy Glaus began to find his power stroke, hitting four home runs between May 31 and June 5 after hitting only two in the first two months of the season. Ryan Ludwick, who never hit more than 14 home runs in a season prior to 2008, hit his 15th home run on June 10.

The Cardinals suffered a serious setback on June 9, when staff ace Adam Wainwright went to the DL with a sprained finger.[45] The injury situation became even worse on June 10, when Albert Pujols strained his left calf muscle running from home on a ground ball, sending him to the disabled list for only the second time in his eight-year career.[46][47] Meanwhile, former closer Jason Isringhausen made his return from the disabled list on June 14, with the club intending to use him in middle relief.[48]

On June 20 the Cardinals traveled to Boston for a three-game set with the Red Sox; it was St. Louis' first trip to Fenway since the 2004 World Series. They won two of three in Boston. Nick Stavinoha, called up on June 22 after Izturis went on the DL, became the ninth player to make his big-league debut with the 2008 Cardinals.[49]

Albert Pujols was activated from the disabled list on June 26. The Cardinals went 6-7 in his absence. In Pujols' first game back he got four hits, but the Cardinals lost 3-2 to the Tigers after closer Franklin blew the save in the bottom of the 9th and Mike Parisi issued a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th.[50] The loss was part of a season-long trend of bullpen failures and blowups. It was the 19th blown save and 18th loss for Cardinal relievers, as opposed to 11 blown saves and 12 losses for the bullpen in all of 2007.[51]

Mark Mulder, who had pitched only sporadically for the Cardinals since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2006, was activated on June 27 and sent to the bullpen.[52] In his first appearance, on June 30, he threw a scoreless ninth inning against the New York Mets.

Despite Pujols (June 11–25) and Wainwright (June 9-?) both going on the DL in June, the Cardinals went 15-12 for the month.

July[edit]

The Fourth of July weekend brought a showdown series in St. Louis between the Cardinals (49-38) and Cubs (51-35) with the Cardinals 2.5 games behind Chicago. It was the first meeting between the teams since the first week of May. On July 4, Albert Pujols (aged 28 years, 170 days), became the fifth-youngest player to hit his 300th home run, but the Cardinals lost 2-1.[53] On July 5, a crowd of 46,865, the biggest ever in the short history of the new Busch Stadium, saw St. Louis score three in the bottom of the 9th against ace closer Kerry Wood to beat Chicago 5-4.[54] It was the first time in 33 games in 2008 where the Cardinals had won a game when trailing after eight innings.[55] The Cubs won the rubber game 7-1 to take a 3½ game lead in the Central Division. The three-game series set a new attendance record of 140,067 at the new Busch Stadium.

On July 6, Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick were named as the Cardinal representatives to the National League All-Star Team.[56] Ludwick, who had never hit more than 14 home runs in a season before 2008, entered the break with 21 homers, leading the team.

Mark Mulder's comeback ended when, in his first start since September 2007, he suffered pain in his throwing shoulder on July 9 and had to leave the game after only 16 pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies.[57] He was replaced on the roster by Jaime Garcia, who debuted against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 11, and became the 10th rookie to make his big-league debut with the 2008 Cardinals,[58] the most since 13 rookies made their debut in 1997.

St. Louis entered the All-Star break with a 53-43 record, in second place in the NL Central and one-half game ahead of Milwaukee for the NL Wild Card. This was the second-best record in the National League, but it was also the product of St. Louis playing .500 baseball after reaching ten games over .500 in early May, at 22-12.

In their first series after the break, the Cardinals swept the Padres in four games to reach a season-high 14 games over .500 (57-43). They promptly were then swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in four games (Jul. 21–24) to return to only 10 games over .500 (57-47). Cardinal relief pitchers took the losses in all four games against Milwaukee, part of a season-long trend of ineffective to disastrous performances by the bullpen, then leading all of MLB in 23 games lost by the bullpen and 24 blown saves.

In a game against the NY Mets on July 26, the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak by winning 10-8 in 14 innings. Albert Pujols' game-winning home run was his first since he hit his 300th on July 4. Skip Schumaker had six singles in seven at-bats; he became the first Cardinal since Terry Moore in 1935 to have six base hits in one game. Pujols and Schumaker, meanwhile, were the first Cardinals' teammates with five or more hits apiece in a game since Charley Gelbert and Taylor Douthit each had five against the Cubs on May 16, 1930.[59] The extra-inning affair was made necessary by Ryan Franklin's blown save, his second blown save in a row and third consecutive appearance with a home run allowed. On July 28, LaRussa gave the closer's job back to Isringhausen, who lost it to Franklin earlier in the year.[60]

On July 30, 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter was re-activated from the 60-day disabled list, and started versus the Atlanta Braves, his first start since April 1, 2007.[61] Operating on a pitch count not to exceed 80, Carpenter threw 67 pitches (36 for strikes) in four innings, and gave up one run and five hits (all singles), while walking two and striking out two.[62]

The Cardinals made no trades at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. They went 13-14 in July, their first losing month of the season. They ended July (61-50), a fraction of a percentage point behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Wild card spot.

August[edit]

On August 1, Isringhausen got his first save since May 5, as the Cardinals beat the Phillies, 6-3. On August 2, Matt Clement, signed in the offseason to fill out the rotation but unable to complete a comeback from injury, was released by the Cardinals without ever pitching for them.[63]

Ryan Ludwick was named 'NL Player of the Week' for the week ending August 3, as he led the league with a .538 batting average, 14 hits, a .613 on-base percentage, 8 RBI and 27 total bases. He also hit four home runs and recorded a 1.038 slugging percentage.

On August 5, Brendan Ryan was optioned to (AAA) Memphis and the Cardinals signed free agent infielder Felipe López, who was released by the Washington Nationals on July 31.[64]

Bullpen issues continued to dog St. Louis. On August 5, the Cardinals took a 4-0 lead into the top of ninth inning, only to have Villone, Isringhausen and Franklin combine to give up four runs to the Dodgers. It was the 27th blown save of the season for the Cardinal bullpen, worst in MLB. (The Cardinals eventually salvaged a 6-4 win when Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off homer in extra innings.) After the game, the Cardinals announced that Isringhausen was again being removed from the closer's role.[65] Chris Perez returned from the minor leagues and got the first save of his career; a five-out save as the Cardinals beat L.A. 9-6 on August 6.[66]

Rick Ankiel was limited to pinch-hitting for 14 games at the end of July and the beginning of August due to an abdominal strain.[67] Chris Carpenter suffered a physical setback with a strain in his right triceps and had to be removed after only 5.1 innings, trailing 1-0 against the Cubs on August 10. The Cardinals lost the game and two of three in the series.[68][69] On August 15 Carpenter returned to the DL, diagnosed with a strained muscle in his shoulder.[70] Brad Thompson started in Carpenter's place and won, while Chris Perez picked up his fourth save in four chances. August ended with the Astros sweeping the Cardinals in three at Houston, dropping them to 13-13 for the month and 74-63 for the season and leaving St. Louis a full six games behind Milwaukee in the loss column.

Jason Isringhausen's frustrating season came to a disappointing finish when he was diagnosed on August 19 with elbow tendinitis and a partially torn tendon.[71] Meanwhile, staff ace Adam Wainwright, out since June 7 with a right middle finger sprain, made a triumphant return for the Cardinals on August 22, giving up only one run and five hits in six innings - and going 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI, as St. Louis thrashed Atlanta 18-3 with 26 hits - 21 of them singles (5 doubles).

A crucial two-game series with Milwaukee August 26–27 ended in a split and with the Cardinals still four losses behind the Brewers in the race for the NL Wild Card. It ended the season series with the Brewers, which Milwaukee won 10 games to 5. August ended with the Astros sweeping the Cardinals in three in Houston. The Cardinals went 13-13 for the month and ended August six games behind Milwaukee in the loss column.

September[edit]

September opened on a particularly unpleasant note as the Cardinals blew a 5-1 lead against the Diamondbacks on September 1, losing 8-6. Stephen Drew of the D-backs hit for the cycle. The next day St. Louis promoted six players from Memphis as part of September call-ups. Included in the call-ups was Jason Motte, the 11th player to make his debut with the 2008 Cardinals.[72]

A loss to the Cubs on September 10 dropped them into fourth place behind the surging Astros. That loss was the start of a season-high seven-game losing streak that saw the Cardinals officially eliminated in the NL Central race and fall out of wild-card contention. The losing streak was finally snapped on September 18 versus Cincinnati with the first save of Jason Motte's career. Rick Ankiel, slowed by a sports hernia, was shut down for the year on September 13.[73]

The Cardinals finished the year on a high note, winning six in a row (their longest winning streak of the year) against Arizona and Cincinnati. They ended the season with an 86-76 record.

Season standings[edit]

NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 97 64 .602 55–26 42–38
Milwaukee Brewers 90 72 .556 49–32 41–40
Houston Astros 86 75 .534 11 47–33 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 11½ 46–35 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 .457 23½ 43–38 31–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 .414 30½ 39–42 28–53

MLB Standings

Record vs. opponents[edit]

as of September 28

Team W-L Record
Arizona Diamondbacks 4–3
Atlanta Braves 5–2
Boston Red Sox 2–1
Chicago Cubs 6–9
Cincinnati Reds 10–5
Colorado Rockies 4–3
Detroit Tigers 1–2
Florida Marlins 5–2
Houston Astros 8–7
Kansas City Royals 2–4
Los Angeles Dodgers 4–2
Milwaukee Brewers 5–10
New York Mets 3–4
Philadelphia Phillies 4–5
Pittsburgh Pirates 7–10
San Diego Padres 6–1
San Francisco Giants 3–4
Tampa Bay Rays 2–1
Washington Nationals 5–1

Game log[edit]

2008 Game Log

* June 17, originally 43,793 reported.
** July 5, largest ever at Busch Stadium.

Players[edit]

Roster[edit]

2008 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Scoring by inning[edit]

INNING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 TOTAL
CARDINALS 117 82 103 93 75 81 80 80 57 5 4 0 0 2 779
OPPONENTS 72 66 85 98 78 76 69 81 77 15 4 2 2 0 725

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B= Doubles; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Walks; Avg. = Batting Average; OBP = On-base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

Cardinals Hitting Statistics

Sortable TEAM hitting stats

Player G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBP SLG
Albert Pujols (MVP) 148 524 (49) 100 (14) 187 (3) 44 (4) 37 (4) 116 (4) 104 (2) 54 .357 (2) .462 (2) .653 (1)
Ryan Ludwick 152 538 (43) 104 (10) 161 (30) 40 (13) 37 (4) 113 (6) 62 (31) 146 (7) .299 (15) .375 (17) .591 (2)
Troy Glaus 151 544 (38) 69 147 (47) 33 (34) 27 (20) 99 (15) 87 (10) 104 (40) .270 .372 (20) .483 (30)
Rick Ankiel [9/10] 120 413 65 109 21 25 (25) 71 (46) 42 100 (49) .264 .337 (50) .506 (21)
Skip Schumaker 153 540 (39) 87 (26) 163 (25) 22 8 46 47 60 .302 (10) .359 (31) .406
Felipe López 143 481 84 136 28 6 46 43 82 .283 .343 .387
Yadier Molina 124 444 37 135 18 7 56 32 29 .304 * [10] .349 (38) .392
César Izturis 135 414 50 109 10 1 24 29 26 .263 .319 .309
Aaron Miles 134 379 49 120 15 4 31 23 37 .317 .355 .398
Adam Kennedy 115 339 42 95 17 2 36 21 43 .280 .321 .372
Chris Duncan 76 222 26 55 8 6 27 34 52 .248 .321 .372
Brendan Ryan 80 197 30 48 9 0 10 18 31 .244 .307 .289
Jason LaRue 61 164 17 35 8 4 21 15 20 .213 .296 .348
Brian Barton 82 153 23 41 9 2 13 19 39 .268 .354 .392
Joe Mather 54 133 20 32 7 8 18 12 32 .241 .306 .474
Nick Stavinoha 29 57 4 11 1 0 4 2 11 .193 .217 .211
Josh Phelps 19 34 4 9 1 0 1 2 11 .265 .306 .294
Rico Washington 14 19 2 3 2 0 3 3 6 .158 .273 .263
Mark Johnson 10 17 1 5 0 0 2 1 2 .294 .333 .294
Brian Barden 9 9 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 .222 .222 .222
Kyle Lohse (P) 31 63 1 7 1 0 5 0 20 .111 .111 .127
Braden Looper (P) 40 63 5 16 3 0 4 4 21 .254 .299 .333
Adam Wainwright (P) 25 60 5 16 2 1 6 2 20 .267 .286 .350
Todd Wellemeyer (P) 32 58 2 9 0 0 5 1 29 .155 .167 .155
Joel Piñeiro (P) 30 51 3 5 3 0 4 3 35 .098 .148 .157
Brad Thompson (P) 26 12 2 3 0 0 2 2 6 .250 .357 .250
(Other Pitchers) -- 33 1 2 1 1 5 3 19 .061 .132 .182
TOTAL 162 5,636 (1) 779 (4) 1,585 (1) 283 (11) 174 (6) 744 (4) 577 (6) 985 (16) .281 (1) .350 (2) .433 (3)

* not eligible for batting average title (NL ranking)

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: GS = Games Started; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Loss; ERA = Earned Run Average; WHIP = (Walks + Hits) per Innings Pitched; HBP = Hit by Pitch; BF = Batters faced; O-AVG = Opponent Batting Ave.; O-SLG = Opponent Slugging Ave.; R support avg = Average Runs support from his team per Games Started

Cardinals Pitching Statistics

Sortable TEAM pitching stats

Player GS IP W L ERA H HR BB SO WHIP HBP BF O-AVG O-SLG R support avg
Chris Carpenter (n/a) 3 14.1 0 1 1.88 14 0 4 6 1.26 0 58 .275 .314 5.0
Adam Wainwright 20 132.0 11 3 3.20 122 12 34 91 1.18 3 544 .245 .394 5.8
Braden Looper 33 199.0 12 14 4.16 216 25 45 108 1.31 11 842 .278 .436 4.4
Brad Thompson 6 29.1 3 2 4.91 33 2 7 17 1.36 2 124 .297 .459 4.5
Todd Wellemeyer 32 192.2 13 9 3.71 178 24 60 133 1.24 7 807 .245 .415 4.8
Kyle Lohse 33 200.0 15 6 3.78 211 18 49 119 1.30 3 839 .272 .418 4.2
Mark Mulder *+ 1 0.1 0 0 0.00 0 0 2 1 6.06 0   3 .000 .000 2.0
Joel Piñeiro 25 145.2 7 7 5.13 175 22 34 80 1.43 2 630 .299 .505 5.1
Mike Parisi *+ 2 6.2 0 1 17.54 18 0 7 3 3.75 0   46 .500 .667 6.5
Mitchell Boggs + 6 26.2 3 2 7.55 37 4 21 13 1.87 2 151 .294 .492 5.2
Jaime García *+ 1 5.0 0 0 5.40 5 2 1 4 1.20 0   20 .263 .579 9.0
TOTAL 162 955.0 64 45 4.20 1,009 109 264 575 1.33 30 4,064 .272 .437 4.8

* now, a reliever
+ not on 25-man active roster
† on 15-day or 60-day disabled list
(n/a) not available to pitch

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: HLD = Holds


Player G IP W L SV HLD H R ER HR ERA BB SO WHIP O-AVG
Jason Isringhausen *† (8/16) 42 42.2 1 5 12 2 48 28 27 5 5.70 22 36 1.64 .279
Ryan Franklin (9/28) 74 78.2 6 6 17 13 86 34 31 10 3.55 30 51 1.47 .277
Russ Springer (9/28) 70 50.1 2 1 0 17 39 14 13 4 2.32 18 45 1.13 .212
Randy Flores (9/14) * 43 25.2 1 0 1 16 34 16 15 2 5.26 20 17 2.10 .315
Anthony Reyes * (+ 7/26) 10 14.2 2 1 1 2 16 8 8 2 4.91 3 10 1.30 .276
Ron Villone (9/28) 74 50.0 1 2 1 16 45 27 26 4 4.68 37 50 1.64 .239
Kyle McClellan (9/21) 67 74.2 2 7 1 32 78 36 33 7 3.98 25 59 1.38 .268
Mike Parisi (6/26) * 10 16.1 0 3 0 0 19 8 8 2 4.41 8 10 1.65 .284
Chris Perez (9/27) 41 41.2 3 3 7 6 34 18 17 5 3.67 22 42 1.34 .227
Mark Worrell (6/13) * 4 5.2 0 1 0 0 8 5 5 1 5.67 4 4 2.12 .364
Jaime García (8/26) * 9 11.0 1 1 0 3 9 7 7 2 5.73 7 4 1.45 .220
Mark Mulder (7/2) *† 2 1.1 0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 13.50 0 1 3.00 .571
Kelvin Jiménez (9/28) 15 24.0 0 0 0 1 28 15 15 5 5.63 15 11 1.79 .295
Joel Piñeiro (8/22) 1 3.0 0 0 1 0 5 2 2 0 6.00 1 1 2.00 .357
Brad Thompson (9/22) 20 35.1 3 1 1 1 39 21 21 3 5.35 12 15 1.44 .287
Chris Carpenter (9/2) n/a 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 1 2.00 .400
Josh Kinney (9/27) 7 7.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0.00 1 8 0.57 .125
Jason Motte (9/28) 12 11.0 0 0 1 4 5 2 1 0 0.82 3 16 0.73 .139
TOTAL Relief 160 495.0 22 31 43 114 503 244 232 52 4.22 229 381 1.48 .263
TOTAL PITCHING 162 1,454.0 (12) 86 (5) 76 42 (6) 106 (1) 1,517 (4) 725 (10) 677 (10) 163 (7) 4.19 (7) 496 (13) 957 (16) 1.38 (8) .270 (13)

TOTAL PITCHING: O-OBP .332 (9), O-SLG .431 (12)

Pitchers: Last date pitched in ( )
TOTAL PITCHING: (NL rank)

TOTAL Relief (through 9/27) St. Louis Cardinals GAME NOTES

Sv/SvOpp: 43/73 (59%)
1st batter/retired: 491/331 (67%)
Inherited runners/scored: 228/67 (29%)

* not on 25-man active roster
† on 15-day disabled list
+ traded away

Cardinals Record When[edit]

Home   46-35
Away   40-41

Scoring more than 3 runs   78-18
      Scoring 3 runs             6-18
Scoring fewer than 3 runs   2-40

Leading after 7 innings       73-14
      Tied after 7 innings       8- 11
Trailing after 7 innings         5-51

Leading after 8 innings       75-6
      Tied after 8 innings     10- 9
Trailing after 8 innings       1-61

Blown Saves by bullpen: 31 (1st in NL)
Games lost by bullpen:   31 (2nd in NL to San Diego Padres)

Extra innings     6-12
Shutouts           7-5

One-run games   24-28

Out-hit opponents         60-18
Same hits as opponents 9-9
Out-hit by opponents     17-49

Runs via HR         279
Opp. Runs via HR 247

By Day

Mon. 6- 7
Tue. 13-12
Wed. 15- 9
Thu.   8-14
Fri.   14-12
Sat. 17- 9
Sun. 13-13

By Opponent

              HOME   ROAD   TOTAL

Division

NL Central   20-19   16-22   36-41
NL East       12-7     10-7   22-14
NL West     12-5       9-8   21-13
AL East       2-1       2-1       4-2
AL Central   0-3       3-3       3-6

TOTALS   46-35   40-41     86-76
(Interleague 7-8)

Busch Stadium (Indexes)[edit]

2008   (100 = Neutral Park, > 100 Ballpark favors, < 100 Ballpark inhibits
  81 G; Cardinals: 2,731 AB;   Opponents: 2,847 AB)

BA 98   R 94   H 96   2B 88   3B 102   HR 93   BB 99   SO 97   E 94   E-inf. 93   LHB-BA 97   LHB-HR 105   RHB-BA 98   RHB-HR 87  

2006–2008 Index (3-yr. composite)

242 G; Cardinals: 8,143 AB;   Opponents: 8,506 AB)

BA 99   R 94   H 99   2B 91   3B 92   HR 84   BB 99   SO 94   E 108   E-inf. 106   LHB-BA 98   LHB-HR 86   RHB-BA 99   RHB-HR 83  [74]

Draft picks[edit]

St. Louis' picks at the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on June 5, 2008.[75][76]

Round # Player Position Class, Bats/Throws, Ht/Wt., birthdate (birthplace) College
1  13 Brett Wallace 3B / 1B Junior, L/R, 6' 2" / 235 lbs., Aug 26, 1986 (Sonoma, California) Arizona State University
Comp A  39 Lance Lynn SP Junior, R/R, 6' 5" / 250 lbs., May 12, 1987 (Brownsburg, Indiana) University of Mississippi
2  59 Shane Peterson OF / 1B Junior, L/L, 6' 0" / 195 lbs., Feb 11, 1988 (Temecula, California) Cal State Longbeach
3  91 Ernest Vasquez SS High School, R/R, 5' 11" / 175 lbs., Feb 26, 1989 (Las Vegas, Nevada) Durango High School (Nevada)
4 125 Scott Gorgen SP Junior, R/R, 5' 10" / 190 lbs., Jan 27, 1987 (Concord, California) University of California, Irvine
5 155 Jermaine Curtis 3B Junior, R/R, 5' 11" / 190 lbs., Jul 10, 1987 (Fontana, California) UCLA
6 185 Eric Fornataro SP High School, R/R, 6' 1" / 195 lbs., Jan 2, 1988 (Richmond, Virginia) Miami Dade College (South)
7 215 Anthony Ferrara SP High School, R/L, 6' 1" / 175 lbs., Sep 9, 1989 (Riverview, Florida) Riverview HS (FL)
8 245 Ryan Kulik SP Senior, L/L, 5' 11" / 205 lbs., Dec 3, 1985 Rowan University
9 275 Aaron Luna LF Junior, R/R, 5' 11" / 200 lbs., Mar 28, 1987 Rice University
10 305 Alejandro Castellanos 2B Sophomore, R/R, 5' 11" / 180 lbs., Aug 4, 1986 Belmont Abbey College
11 335 Devin Shepherd RF Junior, R/R, 6' 3" / 180 lbs., Sep 9, 1987 College of Southern Nevada
12 365 Michael Swinson CF High School, L/R, 6' 2" / 185 lbs., Sep 24, 1989 Coffee HS (GA)
13 395 Mitchell Harris RHP Senior, R/R, 6' 4" / 215 lbs., Nov 7, 1985 United States Naval Academy
14 425 Charles Cutler C Junior, L/R, 6' 0" / 200 lbs., Jul 29, 1986 California
15 455 Scott McGregor RHP Junior, R/R, 6' 2" / 193 lbs., Dec 19, 1986 Memphis
16 485 Miguel Flores RHP Junior, R/R, 6' 0" / ? lbs., Jan 2, 1988 Cerritos College

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League Chris Maloney
AA Springfield Cardinals Texas League Ron Warner
A Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League Gaylen Pitts
A Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Steve Dillard
Short-Season A Batavia Muckdogs New York–Penn League Mark DeJohn
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Joe Almaraz
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Enrique Brito

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Batavia

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Jocketty no longer GM of Cardinals
  2. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: La Russa remains Cardinals manager
  3. ^ ESPN - Mozeliak replaces former boss Jocketty with Cardinals - MLB
  4. ^ Stltoday.com - Lamping resigns from Cards, takes job in New York
  5. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: La Russa criticizes Rolen's demeanor
  6. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Cardinals in no hurry to move Rolen
  7. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: No deal imminent for Rolen
  8. ^ ESPN - La Russa says Cards will do what's right for team, not player - MLB
  9. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Glaus-Rolen deal near completion
  10. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Doctors sign off on Rolen-Glaus trade
  11. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Cards deal icon Edmonds to Padres
  12. ^ ESPN - Report: Cards release Taguchi to open spot for Rule 5 draft pick - MLB
  13. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Eckstein's tenure in St. Louis likely over
  14. ^ ESPN - Cards agree to deal with infielder Izturis - MLB
  15. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Catcher LaRue signs with Cardinals
  16. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Cardinals nab outfielder in Rule 5 Draft
  17. ^ Cardinals cut ties with Spiezio
  18. ^ Cardinals Notes 2-26-08
  19. ^ Pitcher bats 8th
  20. ^ Pineiro signs
  21. ^ The Official Site of The St. Louis Cardinals: News: Cardinals add Clement to rotation mix
  22. ^ Matthew Leach (March 14, 2008). "Lohse signs contract with Cards". St. Louis Cardinals.MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2008. 
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  25. ^ ESPN 2008 St. Louis Cardinals preview
  26. ^ Sports Illustrated 2008 predictions
  27. ^ Sports Illustrated Scouting Report: St. Louis Cardinals
  28. ^ Opener postponed
  29. ^ Matthew Leach (April 2, 2008). "Lohse strong, Cardinals can't hold on: Bullpen surrenders two runs in the eighth inning". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  30. ^ Adam Wainwright splits
  31. ^ Cards 6, Rockies 5
  32. ^ Jason Isringhausen game log
  33. ^ Isringhausen out of closer role
  34. ^ Cards 5, Brewers 3
  35. ^ "Cardinals disable Jason Isringhausen". St. Louis Cardinals PRESS RELEASE. May 16, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  36. ^ Derrick Goold (May 17, 2008). "Notes: Franklin backs taxed bullpen". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  37. ^ Owen Perkins (May 8, 2008). "Cards not fazed by lost lead". MLB.com. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  38. ^ Rays 3, Cards 1
  39. ^ Pineiro to DL
  40. ^ Duncan to DL
  41. ^ Wellemeyer pitcher of the month
  42. ^ Worrell up, Jiminez down
  43. ^ Worrell homers
  44. ^ Boggs called up
  45. ^ Wainwright to DL
  46. ^ Pujols suffers strained left calf: Cards slugger to be examined Wednesday, likely headed to DL
  47. ^ Pujols to miss at least three weeks: With slugger sidelined due to calf strain, Cards recall Duncan
  48. ^ Isringhausen activated
  49. ^ Stavinoha up
  50. ^ Tigers 3, Cardinals 2
  51. ^ "Closers providing scant relief"
  52. ^ Mulder activated
  53. ^ "Cubs-Cards rivalry transcends time: Intensity between both clubs nearly like Yankees-Red Sox". MLB.com. July 5, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  54. ^ Cards 5, Cubs 4
  55. ^ (July 6 GAME NOTES) PDF
  56. ^ All-Stars by team
  57. ^ Mulder's start cut short by hurt shoulder
  58. ^ "Garcia ready to step into relief role: La Russa hints left-hander could eventually move into rotation". MLB.com. July 11, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  59. ^ Cards 10, Mets 8 in 14 inn.
  60. ^ Izzy to close
  61. ^ "Cards activate Carpenter, option Flores". MLB.com. July 30, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008. 
  62. ^ Carpenter solid in season debut: Ace righty thrilled to be back on hill after 16 months away
  63. ^ Clement released
  64. ^ Cardinals sign infielder Lopez
  65. ^ Closer-by committee likely in the Cards: Isringhausen loses stopper job after Tuesday's four-run ninth
  66. ^ Cards 9, Dodgers 6
  67. ^ Ankiel returns to Cards' starting lineup: Slugger gets start in left field on Monday (Aug. 11) against Marlins
  68. ^ Cards suffer double loss in finale: Carpenter exits with injury in defeat to division-leading Cubs
  69. ^ Carpenter exits with arm injury: Cards right-hander strains right triceps on 66th pitch vs. Cubs
  70. ^ Carp to DL
  71. ^ Izzy out for year
  72. ^ Six called up
  73. ^ Ankiel out
  74. ^ Baseball Info Solutions and Bill James (2008). The Bill James Handbook 2009. ACTA Sports. p. 372. 
  75. ^ 2008 First-Year DraftTracker, St. Louis Cardinals
  76. ^ 2007 Cards tab third baseman with top pick: Arizona State product Wallace a Pac-10 Triple Crown winner [1]

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