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Skip Schumaker expects to be ready for World Series

Oct 15, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

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If the Cardinals are able to win either Game 6 or Game 7 in Milwaukee and advance to the World Series, they’ll have a nice treat waiting for them on the other end. And not just champagne, or Bud Light, or a larger share of playoff revenue.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, utilityman Skip Schumaker took part in a full workout Saturday at Miller Park and told the media “I’ll be ready” when asked afterward about his availability for the postseason’s final round.

Schumaker went 6-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI in the Cardinals’ impressive NLDS defeat of the Phillies. While not an elite defender, he’s capable of playing all outfield spots and second base. Nick Punto and Ryan Theriot have been handling starting duties at the keystone in Schumaker’s absence.

The Cards hold a 3-2 lead over the Brewers in the seven-game National League Championship Series.

  1. robertterwilliger - Oct 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    but will the world series be ready for skip schumaker?

  2. spudchukar - Oct 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    He isn’t an elite infielder, but he is darn good in the OF.

  3. rambodiaz - Oct 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    He’s a little tall, but if St. Louis makes it to the World Series, surely he’d be the leading candidate for this year’s Scrappy Eckstein Hyperbole Award.

    • hotkarlsandwich - Oct 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      The Ultimate Tony LaRussa Scrappy (Mostly) White guy team: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/251097-10-scrappiest-players

      • jwbiii - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM

        That is quite a collection of players, hotkarl:

        Eric Byrnes: Playing beer league softball in Mountain View, CA
        Nate McLouth: OPSes of 69 and 89 the last two seasons. Non-tender candidate.
        Augie Ojeda: Released by the Cubs. The Iowa Cubs.
        Aaron Rowand: $12M part time outfielder. One more year.
        Reed Johnson: Part time outfielder
        David Eckstein: Out of baseball
        Chone Figgins: Part of Seattle’s offensive woes. Two more years @ $8.5M.

        And three who are really good players.
        Brett Gardner
        Shane Victorino
        Dustin Pedroia

      • jwbiii - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        To sum up:
        Three good players,
        Three guys out of baseball,
        Two part-timers with bad contracts,
        One guy you don’t want, and
        One guy you might want if you’re into 35 year old fifth outfielders.

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