The Cardinals and their "white hot" offense head into San Diego to start a three game series with the Padres tonight. Well, maybe "white hot" is a bit of an exageration, but the Cards are on a two game winning streak, and scored nine their last game. Lets hope that the offense has finally awoke and Wednesday was not hust a hiccup, because they will need it Friday night against the hard-throwing Jake Peavy in cavernous PETCO Park. Peavy’s counterpart will be the slumping Kip Wells. The following two game s look much more favorable for the Cards as they have a great matchup with Looper vs. Young, and a battle of the young guns in Reyes vs. Germano.Not only will the Cards be going up against great pitching in a pitchers park, but the Division Leading Brewers will be going up against the Mets.
If the Mets can knock the Brew Crew off their current 6-game win streak and win at least two out of three in the series, maybe the Cards could gain some ground. Unfortunately the Mets are throwing Sosa, Pelfrey, and Perez, their three worst pitchers agaisnt the Brewers three best, Suppan, Sheets, and Capuano. So the chances of a Brewers slip-up aren’t that great.
Prediction: Cards take 2 of 3.
Peavy has been amazing this season and Wells is in a slump so don’t count on the first game. Looper has been great and Reyes gets better each start so we should (and need) to take the second two.