June 20: Cardinals (34-34) @ Tigers (33-34)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

With last night’s loss, the Cardinals dropped to .500 for the fourth time this season (not including Opening Day). They have yet to go below that mark, though they risk falling below it again tonight.

There continues to be encouraging news on the injury front for the Cards, who just got Skip Schumaker back off the DL on Tuesday. Jon Jay had a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs in his start with Triple-A Memphis today. And Chris Carpenter took another step forward with a bullpen session here in Detroit.

Assuming Carpenter shows up feeling fine tomorrow, the plan is to have him throw to hitters during the team’s upcoming series in Kansas City. He is still several weeks from being ready to return to the Major League roster, but each step forward is something to note. For his thoughts about his progress, read tonight’s cardinals.com notebook.

As noted in the blog yesterday, this matchup of two seemingly underachieving teams has hit an interesting point. The Tigers need a win tonight to get back up to .500. The Cardinals need a win to avoid slipping below that mark. This is not where many expected these two clubs to be at this point in the season. But both managers, in their respective pregame meetings with the media on Wednesday, emphasized that they don’t anticipate mediocrity to define their seasons in the end.

“Two good teams out here,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “In my mind, two teams that are going to be right in the mix when it comes down to it.”

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Skip Schumaker (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (DH)
  5. Allen Craig (RF)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Matt Adams (1B)
  9. Daniel Descalso (2B)

TIGERS LINEUP:

  1. Austin Jackson (CF)
  2. Quintin Berry (LF)
  3. Miguel Cabrera (3B)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Delmon Young (DH)
  6. Brennan Boesch (RF)
  7. Jhonny Peralta (SS)
  8. Ramon Santiago (2B)
  9. Gerald Laird (C)

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1 Comment

Jenifer,
Thank you for a beautifully written article on the tenth anniversary of the deaths of pitcher Daryl Kile and broadcaster Jack Buck. I miss both of these gentlemen very much.
On YouTube, Jeff Batson has put together a video tribute and a song to Jack Buck. It is very well done. I cry every time I watch it.

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