Pirates at Cardinals, Game 142 Thread

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Welcome back to the game thread.

Last night was a little bit awkward, but it doesn’t worry me too much. See, the Cardinals’ bullpen has been effective so far this season, and it was the thing struggling last night. I blame this on the pitchers that were brought in (Axford, Westbrook, and Martinez), and on the odd situation.

Axford was ejected shortly after coming into the game, Westbrook had to come in basically cold (after being on the DL, no less), and Martinez needs some more experience (but man can that breaking pitch be nasty). So although the Cards did give the Pirates eight runs last night, it felt surreal and fake. They  didn’t hit our bullpen, they hit our backup bullpen in a strange series of events.

What does bother me is the fact that the Pirates didn’t suffer the mental burden of a 12-1 loss, as they should have. But I don’t think that will be much of a factor tonight.

Because Adam Wainwright is going to be lights out.

Why do I think this, even after his two really rough outings? Because of two things:

1. Waino thinks he figured it out. He says he was tipping his pitches, but that he’s fixed it now.

2. The unique thing about Wainwright’s two bad outings is that they were against the same team. If he was tipping his pitches, then of course the Reds could pound him two consecutive times. But do the Pirates necessarily know what he’s doing to tip off his pitches? No. And the Reds ain’t sharin’.

In addition, Wainwright is the Cardinals’ ace. And he knows it, and he will win when he has to. Tonight, he has to.

The other reason the Cardinals should win centers around Jeff Locke. He has been bad since the All-Star Break, with a 6.18 ERA and a 1-2 record. He has been so bad that he recently earned himself a trip to the minors.

If the Cardinals’ offense can click tonight like it did last night, then St. Louis should take the Pirates down again, and regain sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

Let’s see it happen. Go Cards!!!

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Topics: Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals

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  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Waino. Into the fifth.

    • Mike King

      You can see a little bit of his confidence is coming back.

  • Ovadia

    Here we go. To the bottom half!

    • Mike King

      Need three more shut down innings from Waino and we are good to go.

  • Ovadia

    There goes Carp.

  • Ovadia

    Thrown into right field! Love it!

    • Mike King

      It was Pete Kozma in a Pirates uniform. LOL

  • Mike King

    Great out!

  • Ovadia

    Why didn’t Robinson slide?

    • Mike King

      No idea. Horrible play and probably cost us a run.

  • Riley

    Good question.

  • Mike King

    Good thing Waino got that by himself. Brock was lost.

  • Ovadia

    Alright, let’s go get some more runs!

  • Ovadia

    There’s one! Freese has found his stroke.

    • Mike King

      Starting to warm up a little.

      • Ovadia

        Just in time, eh?

        • Mike King

          LOL past time. But we will take it!

  • Ovadia

    Good to see Adams back in the lineup.

  • Ovadia

    Well, at least they got one more on Freese’s jack.

  • Ovadia

    And the seventh goes down easy.

  • Ovadia

    Here we go to the eighth!

    • Mike King

      Yep I see a quick 3 by Waino and then Rosy to finish it off in the 9th.

      • Ovadia

        Guess not. Oh well.

  • Ovadia

    Gone.

  • Ovadia

    Two down!

  • Ovadia

    Three out. Let’s go, Cardinals.

  • Mike King

    Looks like we will have Wacha on the mound to start to separate us from the Pirates tomorrow.

    • Ovadia

      I’m ok with that. He can handle it.

  • Ovadia

    Extra bases for Molina.

  • Mike King

    All right I have bad mouth Freese enough lately, need to give him props for a good game today.

    • Ovadia

      Good call.

  • Mike King

    Oh boy my buddy, DD.

    • Mike King

      Right on que….

    • Ovadia

      I made a pact with a good friend of mine after Descalso’s hit last year: we would no longer hate him. We didn’t have to be happy, but we would always remember that hit.

  • Ovadia

    Even Descalso can hit tonight!

  • Ovadia

    Last chance for the Pirates!

  • Mike King

    Just a heads up I will not be around tomorrow afternoon as I have a bunch of ppl coming here for a tail gate party kicking off the NFL season.

    • Ovadia

      Sounds good. Have fun!

  • Mike King

    I could have hit that pitch.

  • Ovadia

    One more out!

    • Mike King

      What is Matheny doing?

      • Mike King

        5-0 Manness just got 2 outs, so let him finish it. This smells of TLR stuff.

  • Ovadia

    And that’s the ballgame! Cards are back on top! We’ll see you tomorrow for the sweep.