This post actually went up five years ago yesterday. Five years ago today, the run started while some of us watched, as it was Social Media Night at Busch that evening. The Cardinals sat 10.5 games out of the wild card with barely a month left. It’s no wonder that many of us were pessimistic. And, if nothing else, it can prove I’ve been getting things wrong for a long, long time.
It’s Either Laugh or Cry
At the end of yesterday’s post, I wrote the following:
We as fans know that this season is over from a postseason perspective. All we can hope for now is winning, non-frustrating baseball. Is that too much to ask?
As Phineas might say, “Yes, yes it is.”
Some games are over early. This one was pretty much done in the first, when Matt Kemp launched a three-run homer in the top half while the Cards got two on against Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the inning before Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman struck out to end the threat. After that, it was all over but the padding, which the Dodgers did plenty of.
Obviously, Kyle Lohse had nothing last night, making him the Goat. I mean, you give up eight in three innings, it’s just not your night. I thought it was an interesting comment that was made on the Fox Sports Midwest postgame show, I believe by Rick Horton, that wondered about how the absence of Dave Duncan might have affected Lohse, being that he’s still trying to get adjusted to some different mechanics. I don’t think it would have made all the difference, but possibly Duncan could have helped him get back on track. No telling.
If you have to award a Hero for last night, I guess go with Allen Craig, who had two hits. Probably the only other positive was that the Cards scored two in the ninth against old friend Blake Hawksworth, but that was after being down 13-0 and it wasn’t like the Dodgers were pushing to get outs. And, even so, the game ended on yet another double play. At least the team is consistent in that regard. Also, Tony La Russa dug Marc Rzepczynski out of mothballs and let him pitch some garbage time. Because that’s what we wanted to get out of the Rasmus deal, that “win now” move.
The most exciting part of the night was probably the top of the ninth, when Skip Schumaker got to add to his utility guy resume bypitching an inning of relief. Skip actually looked pretty good, at least in results. He hit 91 on the radar gun and struck out two of the five batters he faced.
Most importantly, though, there was a collision of scrap, one to make sure that Matt Sebek is busy all day long. Former Cardinal Aaron Miles, who was usually in this “position player pitching” position as noted by a wonderful blog title, came up to face Schumaker and wound up belting a two-run home run on the first pitch. Lots of entertainment there, but when that likely will wind up on the season’s highlight reel, you know there are problems.
The Cards are now double-digits behind Milwaukee, so I think the team can stop scoreboard watching. (Really doesn’t matter, the Brewers win every day anyway and I’m not sure even the SI Cover Jinx can stop them, at least not enough to make it interesting.) All they can do is go out and play as good of baseball as possible each day. Whether they can do that or not is completely up in the air.
Just a programming note, you won’t see anything in this space until likely Saturday at the earliest, as I’m leaving out tomorrow morning early for St. Louis to be at Social Media Night that evening, then heading back here Friday. Just letting my two readers know!
Afternoon game for the Birds today. Jaime Garcia at home is usually a pretty good option to avoid a sweep. How has he fared against the Dodgers?
Generated 8/24/2011.Oh, that’s not what you want to see. Small sample sizes and it looks like mainly singles, but there’s a lot of singles there. Hopefully Garcia can bring those averages down some today.Hiroki Kuroda goes for the Dodgers. This was a guy that a lot of people thought the Cards might look at around the trade deadline. Instead, he stayed with the club (exercising his no-trade clause).
Generated 8/24/2011.Holliday’s done pretty well against him, but he’s one of the few. The numbers are not in favor of the Cardinals today, but that’s why they play the games.Let’s see if the Cards can’t bring us just a little bit of sunshine today, because getting swept wouldn’t do much for some of the exasperated and resigned moods around the fan base!