Maybe it was the foul stench of last night's Rams performance mixing with the already present toxins in the St. Louis sky. But tonight's Cardinals-Cubs game had a cloud of doom hovering over it since about 3:00 this afternoon and made tonight's drubbing very gloomy and hard to watch. Unless you were a Cardinals fan. If you were a Cardinals fan you probably had a cousin in each arm, a Budweiser tall boy resting comfortably on your one functioning testicle, and an 8-10 tooth grin across your face. The first class baseball team, with the first class organization and the 8th class fans, just battered around the Cubs from the first inning and didn't let up. And the Cubs balsa wood bats were pretty much reduced to toothpicks against the hairy Lance Lynn and the four Cardinals relievers. We closed last year with themed wraps. No sense messing with a good thing. let's sift through the ashes.
IF YOU TWIST AND TURN AWAY. IF YOU TEAR YOURSELF IN TWO AGAIN.
So, the plan going in was to give Travis Wood one inning of work so that he could reach the 200 IP plateau. Now if Wood has a clause in his contract that 200 IP triggers some kind of bonus, then yippie for him. Because, otherwise, it's just a round number. And since the Cardinals tagged Wood for 3 runs in his one inning of work, his ERA rose from 2.98 to 3.11- the name of a truly awful band. Wouldn't a full season with an ERA under 3 be every bit as impressive as a season where you throw 200 innings? Len asked JD this question and he said he'd rather have the ERA under 3. Truth is there is no wrong answer. Which kind of speaks as to how stupid it was to have Wood throw just one inning in first place.
INTO THE NIGHT. AND THROUGH THE RAIN. INTO THE HALF-LIGHT, AND THROUGH THE FLAME.
So as Dale Sveum went from Brooks Raley to Alberto Cabrera, to Blake Parker to Hector Rondon, to that pitcher that isn't Kuji Fujikawa, and as all of them struggled ( Rondon was fair...) you think Sveum just kind of asked himself " I'm fighting to keep this job?". I'm sure Sveum would love to see three to four new arms in the pen next year, if he's even thinking of next year. But other than Strop, I don't think there's another spot that should be guaranteed to someone. Parker's been good, but he should have to win a spot in spring training too.
SEE YOU BREAK, BREAK AWAY. INTO THE LIGHT AND TO THE DAY
I take some heart that Castro is playing hard. He might be the only one. Castro went 3 for 4 and seems to be playing like someone who's been freed from some constrictions. While he still loses focus, his errors have gone down for a second straight year. And he at least seems to be taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him. Saying this team is going through the motions is an embarrassment to mediocre method actors who actually go through motions. But to see Castro putting it into a higher gear is.....something I guess.
IF YOU SHOULD ASK, THEN MAYBE THEY SHOULD TELL YOU WHAT I SHOULD SAY
Cardinal fans are just a migrane but man you have to love how this baseball club does business. This fat guy Matt Adams was a 23rd round pick. Matt Carpenter is a 13th round pick. Their MVP Yadier Molina was fourth round pick. Draft and develop. Draft and develop. They can dump a handful of prospects and get whoever they want. I'm actually quite shocked they didn't trade for Tulowitzki. But maybe they trade for David Price. Because they'll just draft and develop more. And they'll never care about where they draft. Ever. I yearn for those days.
So a third team just shoves the Cubs to the side as they rush onto the mound to celebrate winning. And the possibility, more likely probability, of Sveum being gas-canned has made these games more than meaningless. Arguello could list prospects 75-100 and simply make up names like Albazhar Jiminez, Jorge Anaconda, and Trevor Gretzky, and it would draw more interest than talking about this game. But as the them of this wrap suggests, I'm gonna let it go. And so fade away. I'm wide awake and not sleeping. There's still a chance the Cubs could prevent the Cards from having the best record and home field advantage through the NL playoffs. Multiple Ed takes the mound supposedly against Adam Wainwright. But they might alter their plans with the central locked up and playoffs looming. Speaking of altering plans, there's rain forecast in St. Louis tomorrow evening, and what with Cardinal fans having a mass phobia of running water and standing under showers, the game has been moved to 3:15. This gets the game over earlier. So Cub fans are all for it. Onwards.