May 16, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is congratulated by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) and Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist (27) after throwing out a New York Mets base runner at Busch Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Today the Cardinals were crippled and took a loss to the dismal Mets. The number two hitter today, responsible for moving Matt Carpenter to home plate was Shane Robinson who is batting well below .200. The first basmen was, of course, the red hot Ty Wigginton who is also well below.200.
No single game in May is in any way fit to give away, and that is what today’s poor lineup did, handed a win to the average Pond Scum.
The ill combination of two sub par hitters created a torturous replay of the early season Cardinals, that illustrated an offense that struggled with inconsistencies. Shane (.176 BA) has showed that he can’t produce much in the show, and Ty (.179 BA) is doing that with a couple of big momentum changing hits (exactly two). They produced zero hits in seven combined at bats today at Busch.
Matt “Big City” Adams had a heck of a pinch hit. The math does not add up (even with the righty lefty match-ups and defensive strengths).
Whatever the reasons that fans don’t know are unattainable, and it is too bad that hindsight is so clear. But what is in reach is the ability to learn, and not repeat the same mistakes again.
As the Birdinals bullpen has shown rejuvination, will Boggs or Scrabble get called back up too soon? Fiddle, fiddle. Will that mistake be repeated?
St. Louis’ record reflects great success, but their best team is not always starting on the diamond. MLB is big business, and unfortunately it will be docmented that during the afternoon of May 16th, 2013, the best possible Cardinals team was not starting under the arch.
Every game is a big game, and tinkering can have drastic effects later in the season. But throwing the dice with two bench players that are not raking, at all, and starting them together is risky. Lets not get cocky about a team that may be proven to be over achieving a bit.