As I step over the dead body of another Cards loss, let me break it down QUICK. Bullet points used.
- The Cards managed to fire up some offense tonight. The grill was working tonight as the Cards scored 2 runs in the first inning and added on individual tallies. Like a young kid slowly coming out of his shell, there was no eruption tonight. Just stringing some singles together. The team jumped a good pitcher, Jeff Locke, for 4 runs and 12 hits. They gave Waino a lead.
- Waino didn’t hold it. His pitches weren’t sharp. He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning and wasn’t good overall. He went 7 innings but didn’t hold a 2-0, 3-1, or 4-2 lead. Unfortunate that your ace loses the first game of a road trip and then lets you down when you most need it. Waino is 13-6 this year and rarely messes up but recently he has been rough. Bad luck and timing
- Trevor Rosenthal is slowly cracking in the 8th inning. He allowed the go ahead run. Made it 5-4. Rosenthal has been one of the best setup men in baseball but hasn’t been too sharp recently. He is allowing baserunners and getting beat on his heater. No matter how hard you throw a MLB professional can time it and hit it hard. Plain old rules there.
- The pitching wasn’t what we needed it to be.
- In the 9th inning, with 2 outs and the Cards down by a run and a bench full of power and capability, Mike Matheny didn’t go to Matt Adams or Matt Carpenter. No excuse there. You don’t let Daniel Descalso, who had an RBI hit early in the game, hit there. You have to take your best shot. Put your best bat up there. Adams can tie it with one swing. Carpenter can pinch hit and take over Descalso’s spot at 2B. NO EXCUSE. One run game in a must win situation. DD can’t hit there. DAMN! Mike Matheny has shown plenty of veteran savvy so far in his managerial career. He has also shown plenty of cracks in his rookie skipper facade.
- The Cards suffer from bad luck. Line Drives caught. A mis-call at first base that led to winning run. Good hitting and bad pitching. But this affects every club. So no need to dwell here.
- This isn’t the end of the world but it’s close. The Cards were 25 games over .500. Now they are 18 games over .500 and 2.5 games out of first place. Things change quick in baseball and that is why you play 162 games. Long summers burn certain teams. How will the Cards rebound? What will happen with Joe Kelly on the mound tomorrow? Questions that ride my soul tonight.
- The trade deadline came and went. One of the weakest impact days of my baseball life. Nothing out there worth giving the future away for. Waiver deals are common and Mozelaik will do something I believe. Teams, like the Cards, don’t want to give up young prospects for 2 month rental fixes and instead keep their young talent and save money. It’s the new way. You will see less gambling because this game is getting younger. Look at the age of the best players in the game. YOUNGER.
- The Cards need a move. Their lineup is exposed and weak looking. Weak spots right now are CF, SS, and C. No offense to Cruz but he needs to play a little while before his bat convinces me it can walk and talk. Jon Jay is weak hitting. Pete Kozma is just plain weak. David Freese aka FACE OF IMOS is getting close very close to becoming weak. The Cards can’t excuse Kozma anymore because another weak spot lies in the catcher’s hole.
- Yes, the Cards big hitters need to hit. We all know that. Thanks Bernie Miklasz. Matt Holliday, ridiculed by the little minds that still critique his defense, collected 3 hits and 2 RBI today. He has 3 of the Cards last 5 RBI in the past 3 games. He plays a shitty LF but finds a way to keep his errors down and has been hitting. Move on haters.
- What happens tomorrow? No fucking clue. What happens now? I am going to the gym.
Stay tuned for a job search operation update. A good friend of mine, on this blogging list, is going to team up with me and set up a small personal job fair in STL this coming month. A way to promote me, find me a job, get together, maybe promote Film-Addict and do something a little unconventional. I still want to WRITE for a living but have 8 years of experience in the warehouse industry to fall back on. Yeah baby.