Okay, I have only written posts like this once or twice. Maybe just once, before Boggs left the Cardinals. I am sitting here, in Kansas City, in denial of the last two nights of baseball. This cannot be happening! Not to my beloved Cardinals! Not to the team that I cheer for! I only cheer for winners!
To reference the above paragraph, I live in Kansas City. I’m a die-hard Cardinals’ fan. My classroom, where I spend 75% of my life is decked out in Cardinal gear. My kids are decked out in Cardinal gear. My dogs both have Cardinal collars. For any holiday I have to buy my husband something, it’s usually centered around at least one gift that is Cardinal-based. I have to hear all the smack talk from those around me, giving me grief about where I live, who I should cheer for. Long story short, I like the smack talk. I can give as much as I get. However, these last two games have (almost) left me speechless. And that, my friends, is a feat in itself.
Now that I have those words off my chest, let’s get down to business. The Cardinals have been playing pretty gosh darn mediocre as of the last two days. You may want to disagree with me and tell me it’s been longer, they looked better last night, whatever, but I’m saying it–mediocre. What’s going on with this team? Better yet, how is it going to be fixed?
Let’s start (pun intended) with the pitching. Particularly that of the starters (there’s the pun). The Cardinals have 3 strong starters in Waino, Wacha, and Lynn. What’s going on with Miller? I know, his numbers don’t look THAT bad, but when you compare them to the other three, his 6-6 record with 4.06 ERA is not exactly stellar. Plus, he allowed 4 earned runs to the Royals. I just threw up in my mouth a little. Jaime Garcia started strong yesterday, but gave up 6 runs in 5 innings to the ROYALS. And that inning with all the doubles? Seriously? Could we move the defense back a little? How’s about you get somebody up in the bullpen to help a guy out? My complaint to my husband in my rant after the game last night: Why in the world would you take a guy who has been a year removed from the game–give or take–due to injury, and expect him to have incredible starting power? You may choose to agree or disagree. I am an enormous Motte fan. He also has been out of the game for some time. They didn’t bring him back to be the primary closer. I’m baffled.
To stay optimistic here, I’m going to give kudos to Kolten Wong. Congrats on the slam, Wong. The Cards were not shut out. In fact, they scored quite a few runs. If the lineup heavy hitters would all have decent to good games every other night, things will begin looking up.
Here’s some other good news–I will be in attendance in both of the next two games. I’m planning on bringing some good karma to my boys. I will not allow myself to be prepared to even see them down a run at Kauffman. Yeah, that’s my challenge. I’m going to run my mouth a little here and say that Taveras is going to start showing us exactly what he is made of in KC. Yadi is going to start swinging the bat. I’m hoping that my kids can catch a home run tonight from either Holliday or Craig. I’ll give John Jay a little pep talk in the outfield.
One other bit of good news–I get to go with my dad tomorrow night. It’s his birthday. He grew up an enormous Stan fan (hence my love of Cardinals’ baseball). They have to pull out the sweep then, because I said so. I’m not giving up on them.
As always…Go Cards!