Mourning the loss of the Cardinal offense

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I’m a bandwagon football fan.  While I will always say the Rams are my favorite team, I tend to only follow them closely when they’re doing well.  And yes, that means I have only casually followed the Rams since they last were decent about 10 years ago.

It’s not like that with baseball.  I am a Cardinal fan always.  Good, bad or indifferent.  That means I will be following my Redbirds to the bitter end.  But that doesn’t always mean it’s easy.  The scuffling ‘Birds have gone 5-13 since sweeping the Reds in early August.  Never in a million years would I have dreamt that would be the case.

We have dropped series after series against awful and last-place teams, practically giving away the division title to the Reds.  The wild card has been there for the taking, but it’s slowing slipping out of our grasp as well.  But I still think that’s our best chance of post season play.  Yes, it’s two teams to overtake instead of one, but right now, Cincinnati is playing high-caliber post-season baseball.  And we are not.

It will be interesting to see how we do against them in the upcoming series.  Brandon Phillips, maybe we need you to run your mouth again.  That seemed to spark something in the Cardinals, the last time these two teams met up.

As the chance to be central champs gets further and further away, so does the bid for Albert and Adam to win MVP and Cy Young.  Right now Pujols is neck and neck with Votto.  That vote will probably come down to the end of the season.  And if they are still dead even at that point, it will probably go to the guy whose team is playing in October.  And if the season ended today, the Cy Young has to go to Halladay, no questions asked.  Wainwright will have to pitch a few incredible games to once again take the lead in that race.

But honestly I don’t care about any of that.  I care about getting to October.  I care about playing in another World Series.  I care about not seeing my team playing like a bunch of bums.  This is their last off day for awhile, so I hope they take full advantage of figuring out what has been going horribly wrong.

Wanting to party like it’s 1982 (or 2006),
Tiffany

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6 comments

  1. sydstgis@att.net

    Football?! That doesn’t seriously begin until after bb post-season. And, thwn its the Purple People Eaters ……. come on now. Get real. The Cards do not need to back into the post season. BELIEVE! They can do it properly.
    SS

  2. tiffk99

    Maybe you didn’t read all of my post, but I agree with you! 😛 In fact, I say that all the time to my friends. “Football doesn’t start until baseball is over.” Most disagree with me, but that’s ok. I love the Cardinals, I love baseball and I always will. But one thing is clear. There will be no “backing into the postseason this year.” They are now 7 games out of 1st place. In order for them to win, they are going to have to get onto a tear like we have yet to see this year. And they are going to have to do it against some really tough teams. And they are going to have to produce some OFFENSE. But until they are mathematically eliminated, I say one thing. GO CARDINALS! 🙂

    Thanks for reading! Come back anytime!

    – Tiffany
    http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com

  3. fixisin

    In 50+ years of suffering and celebrating with the Cardinals, I have never seen a team fold like this one has. I think it’s time to get rid of Mozelak (sp?), LaRussa, McQuire and most of the team. Perhaps trade Holiday and Pujols for some pitchers that can throw strikes. There is not a single Cardinal that should not be on the trading block. The Cardinals only scoring chance seems to be in the 1st, 4th, and 7th inning. The rest are rally killers. I wish I had a $ for everytime I have predicted their grounding into an inning ending double play. I had rather have a team that folds by the All-Star break, it would save a lot of time, money and aggravation.

  4. tiffk99

    I love that you only comment when the Cardinals lose. 🙂 I agree with you on a lot of things, but not about trading Pujols. Even during a slump, there are very few people I would want up in a key situation. No one is better than Pujols. 2 of 3 from the Reds is fantastic, but I don’t think it’s going to happen for us this year.

    – Tiffany
    http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com

  5. fixisin

    The only reason I said, maybe trade Pujols is the simple fact that he deserves multiple World Series rings. He isn’t going to get them with this crew. Less than a week ago, five starters were hitting under .260 (and that’s not counting the pitcher). Pujols cannot carry this or any team that seems to forget how to hit. The routine seems to be, the top of the order comes up in the first, the third or fourth, and the seventh or the eighth…Those are our only scoring opportunities. We have the best defensive shortstop, and the best defensive catcher, unfortunately this isn’t football, they also have to hit. If I didn’t miss a game, their record since the All-Star Break (when they were in first) is something like 8-20. Most of those game were against non-contenders. I hate to Albert waste his last years.

  6. tiffk99

    Ok, I understand where you’re coming from now. And Pujols made decide he’s had enough of St. Louis and not re-sign. As long as he wants to stay here, though, they won’t get rid or him; nor should they.

    You’re absolutely correct that they seem to have forgotten how to hit. It’s been miserable, up and down the lineup, pretty much.

    As for the 8-20 thing, I have no idea where you are counting from. Since the All-Star break, the Cardinals are actually 27-27, which is .500 ball. Not horrible, but not great either. The disturbing part is that they came out of the break, HOT. They were 7-0 straight out of it, but since that time, they have fallen apart. Most specifically, since sweeping the Reds. They are 10-19, since that time and that is why they are so far out right now. If they had even gone .500 since that point, they’d be doing okay. You are right about one thing, though. The 10-19 record has been against very, very sub-par teams.

    Conversely, the Reds are 33-21 after the break and that says it all. That’s how a contender plays in the 2nd half.

    – Tiffany
    http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com

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