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Pirates at Cardinals, Game 142 Thread


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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Tags: Adam Wainwright St Louis Cardinals

  • Ovadia

    Welcome to tonight’s game thread! Let’s go St. Louis!

  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Cardinals!!!

  • Ovadia

    I’ve got a good feeling about tonight. Great feeling, really. Waino is going to look like his old self. Maybe a complete game.

  • Ovadia

    And there’s the first out. On two pitches.

  • Ovadia

    And there’s a hit by McCutchen, but they don’t appear to be killing him, at the very least.

  • Ovadia

    There’s the call!

  • Ovadia

    There we go! Don’t show up umpires. It makes them angry.

  • Ovadia

    And Waino is second in all-time Cardinal Ks!

  • Ovadia

    Now let’s go offense!

  • Ovadia

    Keep leavin’ ‘em up there!

  • Ovadia

    Lead-off walk to Carp!

  • Ovadia

    2-0 to Robinson!

  • Ovadia

    Locke’s second strike of the night.

  • Ovadia

    Looks like Carp might have Locke’s pick-off move figured out.

  • Ovadia

    Well that was ugly. Robinson goes down. Let’s go Holliday. Let’s see Carpenter steal a base and stay out of a double play.

  • Ovadia

    Oh look, now we’re out of the inning.

  • Ovadia

    And Waino sets down Byrd. Likeaboss.

  • Ovadia

    How you doin’ tonight, Riley?

  • Ovadia

    Two down!

  • Ovadia

    Close pitch . . .

  • Ovadia

    There we go! Another inning ended.

  • Ovadia

    Half inning.

  • Ovadia

    Not quite . . . dangit.

  • Ovadia

    There’s a walk to Molina. Let’s do something with this one. Come on, Freese.

  • Ovadia

    And another walk to Freese! Walks do not win games. Let’s see Peterson flash his power, now.

  • Riley

    I’m great. Wainwright looks much more like himself tonight.

    • Ovadia

      I thought he would, but it’s definitely good to see. Good to have you here, too! Thanks for coming.

  • Ovadia

    Not a bad rip!

  • Ovadia

    Ooooooh. Close. Locke is clearly a little out of sorts. Moving awfully slowly.

  • Ovadia

    Almost, again. Molina gets it.

  • Ovadia

    Nice play.

  • Ovadia

    Wainwright looks much better tonight. The Cards aren’t losing this one tonight.

  • Ovadia

    So, Riley, tell me: how did you become a Cards fan?

  • Ovadia

    Double for Waino! If his team can’t get a hit, he will!

  • Riley

    Bring him in Csrp!

  • Riley

    Carp!

    • Mike King

      Don’t see him strike out that bad to often.

  • Mike King

    What up boys.

    • Ovadia

      How you doin’ tonight?

      • Mike King

        Ready to be back in First!

        • Ovadia

          Good answer.

  • Riley

    Watching the game and a little NASCAR during commercials.

    • Mike King

      Will be flipping between this and ND vs Michigan.

  • Ovadia

    Another blown opportunity. This needs to change. Wainwright can’t go many more than nine innings.

    • Mike King

      Waino owes a good outing tonight though. We all know the odds are after a 12 run game, hits/runs will be a premium.

      • Ovadia

        True. I think the Cards just need one run to win this one. Waino has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder after his last two outings. He wants to redeem himself.

  • Ovadia

    Whoa was that nasty.

  • Ovadia

    Well, McCutchen is going to hit tonight.

  • Ovadia

    And a walk.

    • Mike King

      I can deal with the walk. Sets up the DP.

  • Ovadia

    Doubled up!

    • Mike King

      Kozma is just lost out there.

      • Ovadia

        Baseball-Reference lists him as being 1.1 defensive wins above replacement.

        • Ovadia

          Which is not awful.

      • Ovadia

        Descalso is -0.7 dWAR.

  • Ovadia

    Got him!

    • Mike King

      Good come back!

  • Ovadia

    And another lead-off walk! This time, it’ll pay off.

  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Yadi!

  • Ovadia

    There it is! Now we’ve got something going.

  • Ovadia

    There’s a run, at least. The Cardinals will win.

    • Mike King

      LOL not sure about that, but will take being up 1-0. :)

      • Ovadia

        I’m telling you, Waino isn’t going to let the Cardinals lose. They gave him a run, he’s gonna win it.

  • Mike King

    Ok how deep of fly does it take to score Yadi now?

    • Ovadia

      It has to leave the park, really.

  • Ovadia

    Mmmmm. Come on, Brock. We need better than that.

    • Mike King

      Another guy who has no business even playing at this level.

  • Ovadia

    Base hit for Kozma!

    • Mike King

      Infield, as normal. Did you see Yadi watching the play and not running?

      • Ovadia

        I did. But then he went. As long as he makes it, he can nap out there for all I care.

        • Mike King

          I got not issue on him jogging to first on routine ground ball outs, but there he had to be running so he did not potentially get thrown out at home.