Well, Game 6 didn’t go the way we Cardinal fans hoped. I can’t fault Carp – he pitched great. Giving up 2 runs shouldn’t be a gamebreaker. Maine just seemed to have our number tonight. We’d get runners on base, but we couldn’t bring them home. The team seemed flat to me, until that 9th inning rally. Maybe it was that red-eye flight.
Even with Suppan on the mound, we’re underdogs in Game 7. The Mets will be fired up, and their fans will rock Shea harder than the passing 7 trains do. We’ve just got to stay focused and keep the spirit, heart, and determination that got us to Game 7, and we’ll have a good chance to win.
No matter what happens tomorrow night, I’m proud of this Cardinal team, and I want to give a shout out to both the Cards and the Mets for playing so hard and putting on a great series, full of surprises (homers by Suppan and Taguchi?). We certainly proved we belong in the playoffs and can contend with the best of the NL (even if some would say "best of the NL" is an oxymoron).
I can’t fault Tony’s managing at all in this series but I do have one suggestion for tomorrow night – how about starting Taguchi in left field, Wilson in right, and Spiezio at 3rd. I know Rolen got a double at the end of the game tonight, but I just think he’s too wounded to contribute what we desperately need tomorrow – RBIs.
I’m going out of town tomorrow through Monday to be in a friend’s wedding this weekend, so I may not be able to blog, but I’ll definitely be watching tomorrow (and hopefully this weekend if we can take care of business!).