The Mighty Pujols! You just knew when Piazza failed to reel in that foul pop up that Albert would make him regret it, and he did with a 2-run homer. Great to see Carp pitch his way out of a mess in the bottom of the 4th, with 2 on and no out, without surrendering a run. Also great to see Jim Edmonds really back and contributing with an RBI single, and even Molina just got an RBI. What I really like is the intensity and aggressiveness I’m seeing from the team today. Keep it up, boys!
Bernie Miklasz hath posted the Cardinals roster for the division series.
I guess it’s not shocking that Marquis made the cut. He strikes terror in my heart whenever he takes the mound, but he does have experience, won 14 games this year despite his ludicrious 6.02 ERA, can pinch hit (probably better than Taguchi at this point), and can run. I hope we don’t see him take the mound, but I can understand having him on the roster for the reasons above. I hate to think his inclusion comes at the expense of Reyes. I’m not sure I’d start Reyes in a playoff situation after Sunday’s 1st inning meltdown, but I’d be comfortable seeing him in used in a relief role. I don’t fully blame Anthony for Sunday’s performance – after all, he worked on short rest and came to the ballpark not expecting to pitch, so he had no time to mentally prepare for an extremely pressured situation.
One hour til game time!
A friend of mine gave me this insider tip and I just had to share it!
Cardinals’ rotation for Division Series
Game 1: Carp
Game 2: ****
Game 3: ****
Game 4 (if necessary): Carp
Game 5 (if necessary): ****
Well, what can we glean from the Cardinal comments in their locker room celebration, as they squinted through the sting of champagne in their eyes? First off, I learned that nobody seems to like talking to Rich Gould. The poor Channel 11 reporter was completely ignored by Juan Encarnacion, and I don’t think it was an english-as-a-second language issue. When asked what he thought of TLR’s decision to pitch Reyes instead of Carp, Rolen clearly bit his tongue and said "well, it worked out." Eckstein looked a little dazed and kept running his hand through his hair as if the champagne was causing some allergic reaction. Belliard was excited as it’s a new experience for him. Yadi was completely incoherent. Carp looked ready to go. There was more emotion and excitement than I expected from a team who "backed in" to the division win. TLR even smiled before disappearing. Speizio talked about the playoffs being a clean start, a fresh slate, a tabula rasa, if you will (OK, he didn’t say that).
I think this team might surprise a few people in the playoffs. What we lack in healthy (mentally and physically) talent, we can make up for with heart and experience. We showed signs of determination and spark in this final week, and we’ll need to show a lot more against the Padres. I’ve got tickets to see Game 5 in San Diego, but, hey, Cardinals, feel free to wrap things up quicker.
playoff berth with fireworks:
3 homers in Ninth.
YeeHAW! Thanks again, Ted Turner and friends! The Astros just got beat by the Braves so the Cards are the 2006 National League Central Division champions, despite their current 5-0 deficit to the Brewers! No more stress til Tuesday.
Great move by Tony to save Carp and start Reyes, even if Reyes tanked. We could have still pitched Carp tomorrow if need be, and now we wont have to, and we’ll have him for Game 1 of the division series. The new season begins on Tuesday and we’re going to be a part of it!