9/27 Lou salutes new Central champs
The Cardinals celebrated as the National League Central champs with a win Saturday over the Rockies.
“They clinched — congratulations to them,” Lou Piniella said. “They had a good year.”
The Cardinals’ surged in August, getting contributions from the new guys added during the season.
“You add a [Mark] DeRosa, you add a [Matt] Holliday, you add a [Julio] Lugo, you add a [John] Smoltz — those are nice pieces to add to an already respectable baseball team,” Piniella said. “All of a sudden, you have to pitch to [Albert] Pujols a little more, you have another power bat at the corner in DeRosa. Lugo can get on base and add experience in big games, and then Smoltz, he’s been a big game pitcher. You saw what they did.”
— Carrie Muskat