Joe White from Cards Droppings continues to breakdown the upcoming Cardinals series as they arrive. Here is his thoughts on the Cardinals trip to the Bay Area to face the Giants.
After a rough opening week, the Cardinals head west on an extended road trip. Over the next ten days, the team travels to San Francisco, Arizona and Los Angeles. For the sake of the Cardinal hitters, one would think that it may be beneficial to have a change of scenery. After managing only eight extra base hits (to go along with 10 DP’s) against the golden arms of the Pirates and the Giants, the team has to face the defending World Series champion and pitchers that actually will have an ERA under 5.00 this year. It’s going to be a tough task for the team, as it’s the Giants’ home opener and they’ll be getting their World Series rings. Hopefully this provides a little extra motivation for the Redbirds as well. AT&T Park (the Giants’ home park) is tough place to hit, and it’s even tougher when the opposing team has a staff as talented as San Francisco. Luckily, the Cardinals will miss two time Cy Young Winner Tim Lincecum and talented second year pitcher Madison Bumgarner. There is no word yet on whether or not Matt Holliday will be back with the team, but the hope here is that he’ll be able to play. Having his bat in the lineup against the two lefties we’ll see this series could prove pivotal.
The Giants have a very talented team, as evidenced by their World Series title last year. Rookie of the Year Buster Posey anchors the team’s offense. He’s an outstanding catcher and an even better hitter. They have another rookie this year, 1B Brandon Belt. He’s struggled a little bit to start the season, but the Giants deemed him talented enough to move Aubrey Huff back to the outfield. Pablo Sandoval at third base has lost over forty pounds and he’s out to prove that he’s still very capable of becoming a superstar.
San Francisco has had a bit of hard luck to start off the year, with injuries to closer Brian Wilson and postseason hero Cody Ross. Wilson is back with the team now, and will be available to close. Ross is still several weeks away. They, like the Cardinals, have started off the 2011 campaign with a 2-4 record. Let’s hope, for the Cardinals’ sake, that we’re catching them at a good time.
Take a look at Joe’s game by game breakdown by clicking here.