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
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
Former Team: Blue Jays
Contract Status: 1 yr/$429,600 (arbitration eligible in 2013)
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.”
Former Teams: Mets, Astros, Athletics, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Dodgers, Pirates, Rockies, Blue Jays
Contract Status: 1 yr/$3 million (includes $.5 million for ‘12)
Career (12 seasons): 2-1, 863.2 IP, 1045 Ks, 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 106 saves
2011 Regular Season: 2-1, 29.1 IP, 30 Ks, 3.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 1 save
Last Appearance: HOLD vs. Texas 0.1 IP, 1 K, 4 pitches,
Fun Fact: Octavio Dotel is 1 of 3 players to have played for the Chicago White Sox , the Colorado Rockies , and the Oakland Athletics , a list that also includes Luis Vizcaino and Alan Embree (via ESPN.com).
Former Teams: Cubs, Orioles, Reds, Brewers, Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays
Contract Status: 1 year/$.9 million (Agent: Scott Boras)/
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
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.
Jake Westbrook pitched 6 innings of one-run ball to pick up his ninth victory of the season.
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.
-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