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Albert Pujols dealing with heel injury, probable for Sunday

Oct 1, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

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Those watching Saturday’s Cardinals-Phillies game surely noticed that Albert Pujols didn’t exactly bust it down the line on his sixth-inning groundout. As it turned out, there was good reason why.

Cards manager Tony La Russa said after the game that Pujols is dealing with a heel injury, but that he should play Sunday. Pujols was removed for a pinch-runner today with the Cardinals down 11-3 in the ninth.

The Cardinals will surely live with Pujols running at 70 percent in order to keep his bat in the lineup.  The three-time MVP had one of their seven hits and one of their two walks in today’s loss.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I thought that there was something wrong with Pujols when he hit the ground ball down to 3rd and didn’t bust it down to 1st. Made even more sense after he was lifted for a pinch runner.

    Seems kind of quit in here. Where aren’t all the (4) Cards fans that I saw post with silly talk the past few days here at HBT? Surely, it’s not because the Cards lost, is it?

  2. Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Arrrg, the Machine has busted a few cryogenic safeties. Not to worryñ TLR will place him in his regeneration chamber and he will emerge ready for Game 2.

  3. crookedstick - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Heel injury or no heel injury….all Cardinal fans have grown accustomed to seeing Pujols “not bust it” down the line. He and Molina are notorious for half-heartedly jogging down to first on ground balls.

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      Are you a Cards fan? If so, I commend you for having the stones to comment here. Where are your brethren and why aren’t they talking about this bad loss against the Phillies?

  4. crookedstick - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Not a Cardinal fan, just live in Cardinal Nation and watch a lot of Cardinal games.

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:49 PM

      Sounds good. What team are you a fan of? What are your thoughts on the game? What did you think of LaRussa sticking with Lohse after the Howard at-bat?

  5. halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Here’s what I don’t get. If the Phillies lost this game, there would be a bunch of Phillies fans on this site trashing/dissecting the performance of the Phillies and the comment thread would reach triple digits. But, St. Louis loses and there are no fans from there here discussing what went wrong. I saw St. Louis fans throughout the week comment here. Where are you now? Whatever. I guess that it’s not important enough to talk about. You laid down like your team.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:43 PM

      I hardly ever see Cardinals fans on this site. I guess I missed whichever thread you’re alluding to where they were trash-talking, but I’m not surprised no one is here on a Saturday night either way.

      Honestly, your team is so stacked that if you don’t steamroll through the rest of the playoffs in 11 to 14 games, it will be a major letdown.

      • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:49 PM

        Over the past week or so, I have seen handles on this site like “stlbbaseball”, “stl..” this, “stl” that. They come on to tell you how they will win the series, lose a game, and you never hear from them again.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:23 AM

        Sounds like typical frontrunner syndrome.

        If the Phillies make quick work of the Cards, you can bet your ass that those fairweather fans won’t dare show their faces on this site.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        aces; there was 1 commenter who got his comments removed and himself likely banned. He went by the curious handle of “berkmansbicepts”. Whiny little dunce, too. That’s been about it for douchey Cards fans. The rest of them were pretty cool. I call bandwagoner on that version of the ‘cepts.

        As a relatively disinterested party I was pretty impressed with the Philly Phans; calm while losing then so happy you could smell their brains sizzling with joy right through the interwebs. Good “company” to watch a ball game with.

  6. stlducks - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    biceps you really need to do more with your life if your on here to argue/brag about your team winning. Phillies have a good team and a great pitching staff. They should win with thier ace going against the cards 3rd best pitcher. I dont know what other cardinal fans were saying because I do not read the comments very much but it seems like you are mad bc they are not on here complaining about the game. Phillie fans are hated by all other fan bases bc they bitch about everything and if the phillies lost you would be on here making excuses.

    Also for people saying TLR is terrible, really dont know baseball. I gurrantee you would rather have him than charlie manual who just has to sit there and let his team play. I guess thats what happens when you turn into a team like the yankees ans try buying a championship.

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      Finally, a St. Lois fan here on the board to talk baseball. First of all, I’m not a Tony LaRussa basher. Always thought he was a pretty good manager. His track record speaks for itself. Games are mostly won on the field by players, not managers.

      Second, they should be here commenting about their team laying an egg to the Phillies. I would be outraged if I were a Cardinals fan with what happened.

      Third, it’s not called bragging/auguring. It’s called discussing the game. We have all heard that St. Louis is a great baseball town. Well, why do I not see any outrage? I think this is a legitimate question.

    • macjacmccoy - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      Did 2007-2008-2009 not happen? Rhose teams were almost entirely home grown with players on below market contracts except Utley and small minimal salary/skill additions like Lohse and Blanton the only real top addition the Phillies made in that time span was the Cliff Lee trade and that happened half way through the 2009 season. After Charlie Manuel got the Phillies back to the playoffs for the first time in a decade and got them their first world series in 28 years. But ya all he did was sit back and rely on the teams salary.

      Seeing how big salaries make winners. That must be why the Mets Cubs Dodgers White Sox and Red Sox are in the playoffs this year. Oh Wait.

      • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:56 PM

        You are 100% right. We even have Dodgers fans that are pulling the “trying to buy the championship” card when they did this for years and years. Somebody trying to call the kettle black there.

        I guarantee you this. If the Phillies drop one of these games, you will see these St. Louis Card fans pop back out of the woodwork, like they did earlier this week on HBT.

  7. stlducks - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Why would we be pissed for scoring 6 runs, 3 of which off the best pitcher in baseball. So Lohse had his one bad inning like always and things fell apart. Its game 1, which any reasonable fan should of known halladay was going to win its not over yet.

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM

      Why you wouldn’t be pissed? Halladay retired 21 of your batters straight. Pujols was unproductive besides the walk and the rest of the lineup was anemic. Halladay threw a 3 hitter against your team.

      You have to now face Lee, another ace, tomorrow, with your ace Carpenter on (3) days rest. If there was a game to win, it was tonight. And the Cards blew it. I’d be pretty angry and nervous right now.

  8. stlducks - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    The phillies have the second highest payroll in mlb. How can you say there not buying championships now?

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      Besides the free agent signing of Cliff Lee, who have the Phillies brought in via free agency to buy a championship. Placido Polanco? Raul Ibanez? Who else?

    • bleedgreen - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      The starting position players are 4/9 (Utley, Howard, Rollins, Chooch) home grown and the starting right fielder until the trade deadline is home grown (Dom Brown), another being a rule 5 pick in Victorino, Polanco was a Phillie before and Ibanez is on his 4th or 5th year here on a free agent contract. Hamels, Madson, Stutes, Bastardo… all home grown. The payroll is high because they pay Utley, Howard and Rollins a lot of money. Just remember, Joe Blanton and Jose Contreras make a combined $11Mil this year. Howard, Utley, Rollins, Victorino and Chooch make a combined $60 Million. Paying your own guys is NOT buying a championship, people. Its called being loyal and keeping your guys happy. We also TRADED for Halladay and Oswalt and Pence. We barely paid a dime for Oswalt. Essentially, the only free agent ‘big names’ the Phillies have gotten over the past 5 years are Ibanez and Lee.

      The pitching is a rookie home grown in Worley, home grown Kendrick, home grown Hamels, traded for Oswalt and Halladay, and free agent Lee, who took less money to be in Philly. Philly HAS the money, so wouldn’t it be disingenuous to the fans to NOT spend it in order to put the best possible product on the field that they can? The problem is that you’re complaining about Philly spending money, when you should really be asking “Why ISN’T my team spending money?”

  9. stlducks - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    their not*

  10. stlducks - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    You realize they still have to pay the big bucks even though they traded for them right?

    Also how did the Cards lay down? They were still battling/scoring in the 9th inning. We cardinal fans no not to panic, the Cards beat Lee in the regular season and they can do it in the post season. Even with their injuries this year they were still one of the top offenses, still a lot of ball left so theres no need to get pissed amd freak out….like philly fans do in all sports

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      They were battling/scoring in the 9th against a rookie reliever, Michael Stutes, that will never sniff a close game in the playoffs. He may never pitch again in the playoffs. Charlie Manuel only put him out there because of the huge lead. Madson came in and took care of business.

      You are the #1 offense in the league and were 3 hit by Halladay. You now have to face Cliff Lee tomorrow. If I were a Cards fan, I’d be worried.

    • bleedgreen - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      Thats just it, they don’t have to pay the big bucks. They gave Halladay a market contract. Oswalt’s contract was mostly picked up by the Astros. Pence is making less than a million dollars this year. Lee took below top dollar to come to Philly. The money is all tied up in Utley, Rollins, Howard, Blanton and Victorino.

      And we get pissed and freak out because we care. We don’t just stop going to see the games, like the Rams fans. The Eagles could be 2-10 and they’d still sell out every home game. The Phillies have the second longest sell out streak in MLB.

  11. jeffro33 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    “The phillies have the second highest payroll in mlb. How can you say there not buying championships now”

    So let me get this straight:

    A. a team builds it’s farm up,
    B. develops its players,
    C. gains fan support with added success ,
    D. sells out every home game,
    E. spends this revenue to retain these players
    F. signs 3 free agents (only one with big contract) in 3 years…

    and that is “buying” a championship?

  12. jeffro33 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    p.s- wow, the respect the Phils should get from STL fans for their role in the Cardinals even being in the postseason didn’t last long…. lol

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:37 AM

      Jeff, no one wants to hear logic. They just want to throw the “Phillies are trying to by championship” BS out there. The Cards were smoked tonight and the Cards fans are nowhere to be found except for this guy “stlducks” who had the interest to at least talk about his team. I respect that more than the people who were talking smack but are now nowhere to be found. Agree?

  13. jeffro33 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    I can say that after an ugly loss it is tough to continue discussing it, especially in baseball when there is another game tomorrow. I never put it past other teams’ fans to talk smack behind a laptop then fail to back it up when the results may differ…

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM

      Phillies fans discuss losses and crush their team. Why doesn’t “baseball heaven” in St. Louis do the same? That’s my beef, Jeff. Do you have an answer?

  14. stlducks - Oct 2, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Why would we crush our team? We are considered baseball heaven bc unlike you guys we support our team no matter what, win or lose. I dont get pissed if the cards lose, im upset bc I know they are trying their best but you cant win them all.

    Cards fans are the best bc we dont boo our own players, hell we dont even boo the other team half the time.

    Philly fans are known to be assholes.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Just because Philly fans criticize our teams, it doesn’t mean we don’t support them . . . sort of like our kids. We are an opinionated fan base, but there’s a reason that Cliff Lee wanted to come back here.

      “Philly fans are known to be assholes” is a tired old storyline that lazy sportswriters and sports talk folks trot out regularly. Every city has them.

      • cur68 - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

        Doesn’t hold up, either. Yesterday the biggest douche on the thread was a Cards fan. Too bad he got deleted; he should be there still as a shining example of how to act like complete fool.

    • bleedgreen - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      How long is Stl’s home sell out streak? Don’t talk to Philly about ‘supporting the team’.

  15. spudchukar - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM


    ‘Cepts-Disappears from site during Phillies 8-game slide.

    ‘Cepts-Reappears after Game 1 win with usual bravado, criticizing Cards fans for not inventing some lame excuse for the loss.


    • bleedgreen - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Analyzing a loss = inventing an excuse? C’mon now. There are reasons for a loss. Always. Whether its pitching, hitting, fielding, whatever. The reason you lost was TLR left Lohse in to pitch to Howard. Watched him get knocked out of the park 2′ foul by Victorino left handed, and then STILL leave him in for Ibanez.

  16. adenzeno - Oct 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I am a lifelong Mets fan, but I admire the Phillies for how they run their organization and play the game hard. I dont see them buying anything- they pay their homegrown players (who are stars) well, and have traded for other players. Of course you pay Halladay well! Phillies are the best team in baseball..again dammit.

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