As they say…’it ain’t over till the fat lady sings’ and I think I hear a large lady singing for the Cardinals.
Very disappointing to see this in August as the Cardinals seem to have given up on the 2011 season after some dismal performances against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The entire series was
all Dodgers highlights aside from an excellent performance by Chris Carpenter who again pitched an outstanding game only to come away with a ‘no decision.’
Carpenter pitched 8 very strong innings of 5 hit baseball against the Dodgers in the first game of
series and had them shut out after 8 going into the ninth but manager Tony LaRussa decided to let the relief staff get 3 outs in the ninth inning which seems to be a task that the Cardinals relief staff just cannot quite get done this season. Carpenter had only thrown 99 pitches and given up just 5 hits, so he deserved to finish the game and gain the shut out. Understandably, that is not the objective, the win is the ultimate objective, but Carpenter was very strong and has been most of the season. Carp could easily have a dozen or more wins, but, hindsight is 20/20.
Time to move on.
The question now is….are the Cardinals going to sign Albert Pujols or are they going to allow him to go elsewhere and use the money that it would take to sign him and try to get some much needed pitching??
Another question is…will Adam Wainwright be ready for the 2012 season and if so, will he be the dominating pitcher he has been??
It has certainly been suggested that acquiring the much needed bullpen help is a priority, but, to me, signing Albert Pujols is the main priority and acquiring or developing a revamped pitching staff can be done by other means.
What do you feel is the Cardinals main priority now that the 2011 season has been lost??
And for the eternal optimist that believe that there is still hope for the Birds in 2011, good for you. You may say…’remember 1964 when the Cardinals were 13 games out going into September and the Phillies fell on their faces?’
Sure, I remember, but that is not going to happen this year as the Brewers (instead of the
Phillies) will not fall on their faces and the Cardinals will be lucky to end up in 2nd place with no possibility of a Wild card spot.