Sunday, March 11, 2007
Cards 2001 #1 Pick Gets Nod in Opener
The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Odalis Perez will be their starting pitcher for their season opener in Montreal. Perez, the #14th pick in the 2001 draft, is being counted on to provide a boost to the Cards rotation over the next couple of years. "We've lost a lost of offense for the 2002 season" stated skipper John Helmbrecht. "So, we are going to need to depend on our pitching to help get us through this season." Last season St. Louis, playing in a NL-Park, finished third in team batting average and seventh in runs scored. "I do not expect we will come anywhere near these rankings this year", said John.