“You can’t depend on who you don’t have, depend on who you do have. The only person not in a Cardinals uniform that is truly missed is Dave Duncan.” Those words were delivered by Tony LaRussa during the Cardinals 5-1 victory Saturday over the Cubs. The one player that Tony did go out of his way to praise was one Yadier Molina, who on cue smacked a single then proceeded to steal second base (who saw that coming? raise your hands and be honest). Then scored on Matt Carpenter’s triple. This “team” continues to impress and now that the jitters of the home opener are out of the way, and that’s what I attribute yesteday’s 9-5 loss was, jitters. And even in defeat the Birds still showed they can score runs. Today was another example of the bats showing up, and that is without both David Freese and Lance Berkman both nursing injuries yet the Birds did still play long ball with Jon Jay’s 2nd home run of the season. Lance Lynn (2-0) got another victory in his stint as Chris Carpenter’s stand in, and the bullpen did their job. The crowd got a nice day weather wise, once the rain let up and were treated to a beautiful ring ceremony and a nice team performance. So a 6-3 start and still in first place, and a Sunday game that will be seen by all (Thank You AT&T and U-verse for working things out with Fox Sports Midwest). I look forward to seeing the game tomorrow and look forward to the second outing by Jake Westbrook. Here’s to another Cardinals victory.