2011 Season Preview: Mizzou vs. Oklahoma

2010 Flashback: QB Blaine Gabbert and the Missouri Tigers upset then-#1 Oklahoma in front of a raucous homecoming crowd at Farout Field. The game was the nation's featured game of the week and brought ESPN's College Gameday to Columbia, Missouri for the first time.


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Meet the new Cardinals

Edwin Jackson-RHP

Edwin Jackson will take over Kyle McClellan's spot in the starting rotation.

Former Teams: Dodgers, Devil Rays, Tigers, Diamond Backs, White Sox

Contract Status: 1 year/$8.75 million (second year of two-year deal originally worth $13.35 million); Agent: Scott Boras

STATS

Career (8 seasons): 55-58, 1001 IP, 750 Ks, 4.53 ERA, 1.48 WHIP

2011 Regular Season: 7-7, 121.2 IP, 97 Ks, 3.92 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

Last outing: W vs. Cleveland 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BBs, 3Ks

Fun Fact: When Jackson was traded by Arizona to Chicago, he became the first pitcher to be traded away during the same season he pitched a no-hitter since Cliff Chambers in 1951. Oddly enough, Chambers was also traded to the Saint Louis Cardinals, he pitched his no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Marc Rzepczynski’s stats vs left handed hitters: .159/.247/.203

Marc Rzepczynski-LHP

Marc Rzepczynski's stats vs left handed hitters: .159/.247/.203

Former Team: Blue Jays

Contract Status: 1 yr/$429,600 (arbitration eligible in 2013)

STATS

Career (3 seasons): 8-11, 164.1 IP, 150 Ks, 4.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

2011 Regular Season: 2-3, 39.1 IP, 33 Ks, 2.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 10 holds, 0 saves, 3 BLSV

Last Appearance: L vs. Texas 0.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0Kss

Fun Fact: The Blue Jays nicknamed Rzepczynski “Scrabble.”

Octavio Dotel-RHP

It's still unknown what the 35-year-old Dotel's role in the bullpen will be.

Former Teams: Mets, Astros, Athletics, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Dodgers, Pirates, Rockies, Blue Jays

Contract Status: 1 yr/$3 million (includes $.5 million for ‘12)

STATS

Career (12 seasons): 2-1, 863.2 IP, 1045 Ks, 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 106 saves

2011 Regular Season: 2-1, 29.1 IP, 30 Ks, 3.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 1 save

Last Appearance: HOLD vs. Texas 0.1 IP, 1 K, 4 pitches,

Fun Fact: Octavio Dotel is 1 of 3 players to have played for the Chicago White Sox , the Colorado Rockies , and the Oakland Athletics , a list that also includes Luis Vizcaino and Alan Embree (via ESPN.com).

Corey Patterson-OF

With Jon Jay taking over as the Cardinals' starting centerfielder, Patterson will be the team's 4th outfielder.

Former Teams: Cubs, Orioles, Reds, Brewers, Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays

Contract Status: 1 year/$.9 million (Agent: Scott Boras)/

STATS

Career (11 seasons): .253 AVG, 428 RBI, 118 HR, 1042 H, 204 BB, .292 OBP, 218 SB

2011 Regular Season: .252 AVG, 33 RBI, 6 HR, 80 H, 15 BB, .287 OBP, 13 SB

Last Appearance: vs. Baltimore 1-4, 1 SB

Cardinals’ offense sputters in 4-2 loss to Houston

Carlos Corporan slides past Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, scoring what would eventually be the game winning run in the 9th inning. (AP Photo)

Rookie Jose Altuve’s 9th inning RBI single helped the Houston Astros snap their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals Wednesday night.

As has been the case for most of the season, the Cardinal offense was unable to generate any sort of significant run support for starting pitcher Chris Carpenter who did not factor in the decision, despite pitching 7 strong innings. The veteran right-hander gave up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 8 and walking just 1 in his 7 innings of work.

After Clint Barmes’ 2nd inning 2-run home run put the ‘Stros on top 2-0, Matt Holliday and Jon Jay hit back-to-back doubles to cut the Houston lead in half.  Albert Pujols scored to tie the game in the 6th inning, after catcher Carlos Corporan dropped the throw to the plate.

The Cardinals squandered numerous opportunities to take control of the game, going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

The loss dropped the Cardinals to second place in the NL Central, a half game behind the Milwaukee Brewers who defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-0.

Saint Louis will turn to lefty Jaime Garcia (10-4) in the series finale as they look to win their second series in a row. First pitch is slated for 7:15 pm.

Pujols powers Cardinals to second straight victory

Jake Westbrook pitched 6 innings of one-run ball to pick up his ninth victory of the season.

David Freese is congratulated by teammates after homering in the sixth inning of the Cardinals 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night. (AP Photo)

Saint Louis–Albert Pujols hit his 23rd home run of the season, driving in RBI 61 & 62 and Jake Westbrook pitched six strong innings to help the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday .

Pujols smacked the first pitch he saw from Houston starter Brett Myers over the left-centerfield wall. It appeared that the ball had hit off the top of the wall and drew protests from Astro outfielders Carlos Lee and Michael Bourn. Video replay, however, confirmed that the ball cleared the wall, giving the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead.

Tonight’s home run marked the third time in the previous six games that Pujols has homered in the opening frame.

After Lee drove in Bourn to cut the Cardinal lead in half in the third inning, David Freese tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning with his fifth homer of the season.

Saint Louis has now won five of its last six games and, with the result of tonight’s game, will hold onto at least a share of the NL Central lead.

Chris Carpenter will look to get back to .500 Wednesday night, he will be opposed by former Cardinal-killer Bud Norris. First pitch is slated for 7:15.

Odds-and-Ends

-Skip Schumaker went 2-4 Tuesday night pushing his average this month to .368 (21-for-57)

-Lance Berkman was pulled in the fifth inning after going 0-for-2, snapping an 8-game hitting streak.

-Matt Holliday was scratched from the starting lineup just prior to first pitch due to a stomach virus. Tony LaRussa told reporters he plans to give Holliday a couple days to rest.

-Colby Rasmus went 1-3 as rumors concerning his future continued to swirl.

-Fernando Salas picked up his 19th save of the season striking out the side in the final frame.

Stats courtesy ESPN.com