Can Cardinals pitching give up 20 runs two games in a row? Morning-after update: They didn't. The mighty Cardinals pitching staff limited the White Sox to a mere 13 runs. Take that, you South Side Ruffians!
It's the sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals are down 13-3 to the Chicago White Sox. Suddenly last night's 20-6 loss to the Sox doesn't appear to be so strange.
For the second night in a row, St. Louis pitchers are serving up batting practice for the Chicago White Sox.
Maybe I was too tough on Mark Mulder, the loser in last night's opening game in this series. Mulder's been taking a shellacking lately from all comers -- he barely escaped trouble in his previous outing against Pittsburgh to record his sixth win. But tonight's pitcher, Jason Marquis, is faring no better. Marquis, who leads the Cardinals staff with nine wins, has given up 12 runs in the first five innings. Writes Baseball Musings: "It looks like Jason is taking one for the bullpen tonight."
Are the White Sox just that invincible, or is the St. Louis pitching really this weak?
More bad news ahead for the Redbirds: after this series with the White Sox, they go on to face the other hot AL team, the Detroit Tigers.