Cardinals Week in (P)Review, Vol 3.

Posted: August 1, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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LEADING OFF – Getting to Know You: The trade deadline has come and gone, and if the Cards were anything, it was active. Coming in they had a fair amount of needs that had either been on the table or were beginning to emerge along the way. To the team’s credit, they were aggressive in addressing nearly all of them, and there are currently five new Redbirds in the dugout and bullpen that were not there this time last week. The Colby Rasmus trade was a shocker around the Major League horn, and since that’s already been addressed here critically, we won’t be going back down that lane again. Rather, let’s take a look at the first weekend in red for everything new here, and how they can alter the direction of the team going forward.

 

Both Jackson and Patterson enjoy strong first days on the job in Cardinal Red.

Pitcher Edwin Jackson was the centerpiece of the return for Rasmus, and he made a strong first impression in his Cardinal debut, which was the start of another rivalry weekend against the Chicago Cubs no less. He tossed seven innings of one run baseball and struck out seven, picking up a win in the end. The other two pitchers acquired, Octavio Dotel and Mark Rzepczynski have thrown five scoreless innings so far. Corey Patterson had an RBI in his first at-bat. In a second deal, former All-Star Rafeal Furcal was acquired late on Saturday to boost the struggling middle infield…

 

For the rest of this, another milestone courtesy of Albert Pujols and the gravity of this week’s first place showdown in Milwaukee, head over to St. Louis Sports 360. Also follow me on Twitter for updates on the run at @CheapSeatFan

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