The Cardinals celebrated the weekend announcement from ownership that a major trade to help the team find some offense was unlikely by going out and getting no hit by Cleveland through seven and shut out for the duration of a 3-0 loss.
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To add insult to injury, ace Chris Carpenter was outdueled by Cleveland starter and last season's American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee... who multiple sources reported two years ago the Tribe offered the Birds in exchange for Anthony Reyes only to be rebuffed. Nice.
I have no doubts the players must be demoralized by management's complete refusal to cut into its substantial profit to make any effort to turn this team into a real competitor. And we may very well see things quickly go down the tubes.
To add to the irony, Carp gave up a pair of runs in the first on a homer to alleged trade target Mark DeRosa, and that was the ultimate difference in the game. With the Cardinals cleanup hitters managing an MLB worst .218 batting average, there's always the sense that any deficit is an insurmountable deficit.
But hey, I'm sure the Sunday announcement that the Cardinals plan to bring back career shortstop Khalil Greene, who is on the disabled list with anxiety because of his inability to play his familiar position, would be brought back as a third baseman.
And why not. The team has an outfielder at second base and a second baseman at shortstop... Why not make Pujols a catcher? The Yadi can play centerfield.
Cardinals Star of the Game: ???
Lowlight: DeWitt's announcement.