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Cardinals at Mets, Aug. 5

Wow. That stank to high heaven.

The Cardinals were once again victimized by a no name starter -- and 7 1/3 innings of bullpen work after said starter got hurt -- getting shut out by the Mets in a 9-0 beatdown less than 24 hours after thrashing a pitcher with one of the most impressive resumes in the National League.

I guess some things never change.

Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals $41-million man, was absolutely terrible against a makeshift New York lineup. He failed to make it three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out no one.

Cardinals Star of the Game: The lone bright spot of the contest was the fact that Albert Pujols was 2-for-3 on the day to keep his newly minted hot streak going.

Lowlights: Despite all of their offensive additions, the Cardinals aren't going to go far if Lohse can't at least be competitive. This team wasn't deep in starting pitching when the season started and Todd Wellemeyer has already flamed out. It's difficult to forget that Chris Carpenter is one awkward pitch away from another indefinite trip to the DL with his shoulder nerve troubles... Lohse has to earn that fat paycheck he was given.