Well, things aren’t going to get any easier for the Cardinals as they try to break their three game losing streak. They just got swept by the AL Central’s second place team, the Chicago White Sox, and now they have to take the leaders in that division, the Detroit Tigers. If anyone out there claims they had the Tigers winning the division or even leading it in June, I’m going to need a witness to verify your story.
Tonight Chris Carpenter (6-3, 2.46) will take on Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.21) in Detroit. I know close to nothing about Verlander, which is to say I just checked out his stats and bio on MLB.com. I know one thing that makes me smile, however. Albert Pujols will be in the lineup and playing first base. See, it makes you smile.
Perhaps the most interesting match-up of the series will take place on the benches rather than the field with Tony LaRussa going against longtime friend (and former Cardinal employee) Jim Leyland. Both are undisputedly talented managers, and I’ll be paying close attention to their moves and counter-moves.
A sweep (alright…or even two wins) of the Tigers sure would make this road trip feel and look a lot better.