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Rites of Spring: Cardinals at Phillies, 4/21/2013

NFL Draft? Never heard of it. Tonight the Phillies and Cardinals take center stage, as is only fit.

"All you have to lose is your chains!  And your probosci!"
"All you have to lose is your chains! And your probosci!"
Drew Hallowell

This is a weird time of year. It's not quite spring yet, even if the Gregorian calendar seems to suggest as much by the month, and it isn't quite winter anymore because it emphatically is not allowed to be winter in the middle of April! So we wear lighter coats and shiver through the wind while assuring each other of our decisions. "It's totally warmer today! 45 degrees is too grilling weather!" It's weird, is all.

I have to imagine that baseball players feel vaguely similar. There's something almost fitting about the fact that the NFL draft is going to be the primary thing all over the sporting news this week -- it's feeling like fall, and without the warmer temperatures, it doesn't really feel like we have the boys of summer back quite yet. Once the dingers start leaving the yard, it'll make way more sense for ESPN to lead with Phillies-Braves than Eagles minicamp (j/k, they'll still lead with Tebow/LeBron/Brady/Manning/Jeter).

But just because it seems reasonable doesn't mean it's right. It's April! It's baseball season! Yes, the NFL draft is this week, but that doesn't mean that the NFL should trump baseball this week or any week. Sure, the Phillies seem a bit hungover these last couple of games, but Sunday night is the time to get over hangovers of all stripes. Sunday night on ESPN is even better.

Say what you will about the Worldwide Leader -- and there is much to say -- but understand also that it is damn fun to bounce back on the national stage, just as Cliff Lee trade rumors and talk of basement dwelling lurks around the hearth of your very twitter feed. Sure, it's Kyle Kendrick versus Jake Westbrook, but that just means better hitting! Sure the Phillies have sucked, but there are 162 games! And they'll steal a few even if they're the Astros.

So defend baseball! Down with the Football-Industrial Complex! Discuss the radicalism of the curve and the emancipation of the home run below! Viva la Phillies!

Current Series

Cardinals lead the series 2-1

Thu 04/18 WP: Adam Wainwright (3 - 1)
SV: Edward Mujica
LP: Mike Adams (0 - 1)
3 - 4 loss
Fri 04/19 WP: Roy Halladay (2 - 2)
LP: Jaime Garcia (1 - 1)
8 - 2 win
Sat 04/20 WP: Lance Lynn (3 - 0)
LP: Cliff Lee (2 - 1)
0 - 5 loss

St. Louis Cardinals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Jake Westbrook vs Kyle Kendrick

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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Kyle Kendrick

#38 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





Aug 26, 1984

Jake Westbrook

#35 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals





Sep 29, 1977