First, a quick comment that’s off topic of my main subject: the internet continues to just astound me. With my new counter, it’s awesome sto see where everyone visits your site from. In the almost five days I’ve had it installed, I’ve had visitors ranging from 31 different states and 7 different countries. That floors me.
Ok, now that I have that out of the way…on to the Cardinals/Mets game.
I predicted yesterday that we would take 2 of 3 from the Mets and that the one we would lose would be the one against Glavine. And, sure enough, we lost to Glavine. So, my hope now is that my other predictions will hold true and that we will indeed take the next two from the Mets.
Glavine pitched a good game tonight, there’s no doubt about it. But, I hate games like this where I feel that we could have won, but didn’t play smart baseball or even good baseball, like I know we’re capable of.
The final score (8-3) is somewhat misleading. I think it was a much closer game than that. After all, it was 3-3 going into the 7th inning. There were a lot of mistakes made by the Cardinals and just all around sloppy baseball. This happened recently against the D-backs and I thought it was out of their system, so I was rather disappointed to see it happen again tonight.
The 6th was by far our worse inning. We scored one run when we should have had a lot more. Edmonds struck out on a pitch (with 2 on an 1 out) that looked like ball four to me, but with two strikes on, you don’t take anything that close. At least foul it off and make sure that the next pitch is actually ball four. Then, Bennet singles and Encarnacion was thrown out by a mile at 3rd base in the 6th. I’m not sure what happened there. I don’t know if he got a late jump, but the better solution would probably have been to stay at 2nd base. It would be different if the pitcher were up next. Then, I would have said go for it. But, Luna was up and hits well; he hit .500 last night. An end of the inning rally killer like that really gets the momentum going the other way.
Luna and Pujols both made errors in the game. The error Pujols made at first was especially hard. You make that play and not only do you get another out, but you stop Wright from scroring from 3rd.
Basically, every time we made an error or just a mistake in general, the Mets capitalized on it. Which is why, without all of our bad plays, we still might have lost, but it would have been (and it really should have been) a much closer game. Maybe 5-4 or 6-4 instead of 8-3.
And, the hitting was definitely lacking. As I said yesterday, we have this thing that we can’t hit great pitchers. And, it’s killed us repeatedly in the postseason. And, seeing as how there’s a good chance that we could face the Mets in the postseason this year, we better figure out a way to hit Glavine because Pedro sure isn’t going to get any easier to face.
I thought we were getting our act together in the fifth. That inning they weren’t going out trying to take Glavine deep. Instead, they played some excellent small ball….going deep into counts, base hits, sac bunts. Unfortunately, they completely fell apart in the 6th inning and we lost the game.
I have much higher hopes for the rest of the series, going up against Trachsel and his 2-3 record tonight and Lima on Thursday. The Cardinals have great bats and I think we’ll see them come alive against these pitchers that aren’t of the same caliber Glavine is. At least I’m hoping because, as two recent commentors(Jack and Edward) pointed out, with the Mets, it is especially important that we hit Trachsel and Lima hard early. They have a pretty good ‘pen and a great closer in Wagner.
But, what it comes down to is….do you ever bet against Mulder at home? No. Not only is he 3-0 there this year, he was 7-3 there last year.
In other news, don’t forget about the live blog right here on Saturday for the Cardinals/Royals game. Although, I have to say, I’m kind of nervous about it now. You pick a team like the Royals to live blog; you would think you’re guaranteed a win. But, since our normal number 5 guy, Sidney Ponson (who is 3-0), is on the DL, the Cardinals have slated Anthony Reyes to pitch on Saturday. Reyes, who pitches for our AAA team and hasn’t thrown the ball once this year in the big leagues. So, the Royals will definitely have their chance. Anyway, I’ll talk more about Reyes once it gets closer and I’m 100% sure he’s the starter.
All about Mulder at home,