Keep Your Finger Off the Panic Button

It always amazes me how the awesome Cardinal fans can turn surly so quickly.  I half-expected to hear some radio call-in folks demanding that Albert be traded due to his very slow start this week.  But luckily, Sir Albert snapped out of it today with a homer and a hit, and Scott Rolen also had two hits. 

The offense has certainly been weak, with the exception of today’s 10-run blitzkrieg in Houston.  Only Duncan is off to a hot start.  Obviously, we aren’t going to win many games putting up just 1 run. 

Pitching brought some highs and lows this week.  The big concern is Carpenter and his inflamed elbow. The latest news is that the swelling returned after his workout yesterday and he’s now been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup (who will take his place? Joaquin Andjuar may be available.).  The thought of Carpenter being out for an extended period of time is terrifying, but at least Wainwright and Wells have been performing like aces-in-waiting. 

So, I’m not inclined to panic.  Yes, we got swept by the Mets, but we took the series from the Astros in Houston, and I’m confident this ship will right itself. 

I’m in St Louis this week, home for Easter, and thinking about going to Friday’s game if it warms up a bit.  This is the coldest Easter I remember.  Kids were finding it hard to pick up easter eggs with their mittens on today.  Lots of bobbling in the field, kinda like we saw from Preston Wilson this week.

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