September 2006

Controlling our Destiny

Well, it sure would have been nice if the Braves could have beaten the Astros tonight, but the Astros keep hanging around, like a bad summer cold.  I hate that we have to send Carpenter to the mound tomorrow but I know he gives us our best chance to win, and there’s no sense worrying about the playoffs until you actually get to the playoffs.  These past two games have given me some hope that we might actually do something in the playoffs if we do make it.  The starting pitching from Weaver and Suppan was solid and there’s been some clutch relieving particularly from young Mr. Wainwright.  And Preston Wilson sure seems determined to keep the team that cast him aside out of the post-season!

The Cardinals’ Magic Number is…

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Game Haiku – 09/30/06 – Cards 3, Brewers 2

Spiezios’s triple
with 2 outs brings Cards’ magic
number down to one!

Getting By With a Little Help from the Braves

Thank you, Ted Turner! Your boys beat the Astros tonight, and we managed to beat the Brewers and thus the Magic Number went from 4 to 2.  We are far from out of the woods, but, to quote Toni Braxton, I do feel like I can breathe again.

Weaver wasn’t flawless but he demonstrated command and patience and only gave up 3 runs.  As usual, Pujols provided the punch, launching a 3-run homer as the Cards batted around in the 5th.  Of course, the bullpen gave up a few runs (two solo shots in a row off Flores), but nearly everyone contributed to the scoring, which was great to see.

I have a good feeling about tomorrow’s game, since Suppan has a great record against the boys who brew.  Let’s go, Redbirds!  Let’s go, Braves!

Game Haiku – 09/29/06 – Cards 10, Brewers 5

Weaver gives Cards a
chance. Pujols powers key win,
with lots of support.

The Cardinals’ Magic Number is…

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The Heat Is On

Marquis_2I was reflecting this morning on my MLB radio appearance from a few weeks ago as "ML Blogger of the Week." At that point, we had a healthy lead, and the Reds were our nearest division competition.  I was asked if I was a little disappointed that we wouldn’t be going down to the wire against the Astros as we had in the last few years.  "Actually I’m relieved," I said.  "With their pitching, you don’t want to be in a playoff situation with them – they are just too good." 

Well, who would have expected them to win 9 in a row and us to lose 8 of our last 9 games.  We now cling to a half game lead in our division and face the horrifying prospect of a one-game playoff vs the Stros and Oswalt.  Shudder. 

Despite it all, I still have hope for this weekend, although I know it’s going to be stressful.  I like our chances at home against that other beer city team.  And the Astros have to win 3 from the Braves, on top of the 9 games they’ve just won, when the Braves are looking strong again.  If we can win our 3 games and they can lose 1, we’ll be golden. Of course, given our recent play, that’s a huge If. 

I’m washing my hands of Jason Marquis.  Although some blame has to fall on TLR for not pulling Marquis at the first sign of problems, given our desperate situation, most blame has to fall on Jason for pitching horribly.  And then his post-game comments are so blah and generic, ie, "I didn’t make the pitches I needed to make."  This was a huge game, and by giving up 6 early runs, he didnt give us a realistic chance to win it.  I don’t think his comments showed any passion or remorse.  He came off cold, which is the way the team has been playing.  I really hope they can find some fire deep in their bellies this weekend.  Do I need to break out my 45 of Glenn Frey’s "The Heat Is On"?

Game Haiku – 09/28/06 – Brewers 9, Cards 4

Desperate times call
for quick moves. Tony fails, too
slow to yank Marquis.

The Cardinals’ Magic Number is…

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A Visual Metaphor

The complacent, fat kangaroo is the Cardinals.  The sly, grabby raven is the Astros.  The piece of food being stolen is the NL Central Division.  Wake up, Cardinal Roo, and start boxing!

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