Well, this was a pretty forgettable game. Masterson dug us into a 5-0 early that we just couldn’t climb out of. This was Masterson’s 2nd start for the Redbirds and it was as pitiful as the first start, except this time the Cardinal bats didn’t bail him out.
But here’s the thing about Masterson. He has some incredible sink to his pitches. Even his fastball has big-time movement on it. You saw that in the first inning when after getting into a bases loaded, no out jam, he escaped by striking out the 4 and 5 guys and then inducing a ground out. Unfortunately, he continue to get himself in trouble and he wasn’t able to pull the Houdini routine again. His Kryptonite is not being able to get the ball over the plate. In just the two innings of work, he walked 3 and hit one guy.
Granted, he’s only a few starts removed from the DL. So we will have to see if he can right the ship. (Anyone else missing Dave Duncan right about now?) At the very least, I’m hoping he can at least keep us in ballgames until we can get Michael Wacha back.
The bottom line is this: losing 12-2 is never fun, but whether you lose by 1 or 10, a loss is a loss. So with this blowout, we lost 1 game in the standings, not 5 games. If we can come back and take the next 2 of 3, this game won’t bother me at all. On the other hand if we get swept, I will….well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but it won’t be good.