The St. Louis Cardinals were unable to complete a sweep of the Rockies today. This loss could potentially kick the Cards out of the wild card tie they currently hold.
The St. Louis Cardinals had been on quite a nice roll after winning four straight games. I guess all good things must come to an end but I had desperately hoped the Cards could hold it together enough to muster a sweep against the Rockies. This would have been much desired and would have helped them dramatically in the wild card race.
In light of today’s loss, we must now visit the second part of this season’s Dear John letter. With the struggles of the offense, I must pen another letter. In light of today’s mound struggles, I must bleed my heart once more in a letter to my beloved St. Louis Cardinals.
Dear John (a.k.a. 2016 St. Louis Cardinals), you know that I love you very much. You also know that I have had high expectations for you this season. I need you to know as well, despite my previous letter to you which might have indicated my waning love, that I had once again fallen deeply in love with you over these past four games. That was until today.
Let me say thank you for putting together four wins for me. Thank you for loving me so much that you would allow players like Jedd Gyroko and Randal Grichuk to blast those sexy home runs. I want you to know as well that I thank you for allowing Carlos Martinez to hold his altitude sickness at bay long enough to pitch a great game.
Oh, and don’t let me forget the stellar performance of Adam Wainwright! I am sure that you had great plans for these things to sway my love back to you and for me to be impressed with these gifts. Know that I was thrilled to receive the dear love you showed me by allowing both Martinez and Wainwright to assist themselves via doubles.
I must tell you how disappointed I am by your performance today wherein you lost by ten runs. You told me you wanted to continue to show me your deep affections but you failed. You let me down. I thought you had changed your ways but I must be wrong.
Why can’t you love me? I get my hopes up and then you can’t stay true to a team who is very much capable of putting together win after win. I want to love you but need you to love me better than you did today.
Now we must watch closely as your rivals play. I will keep my fingers crossed that these rivals (the Mets and the Giants) might lose to negate the loss we experienced today. I hope that we will not continue to lose and continue to lose our love.
As I write this letter, the Mets are winning 3-0 against the Braves in the bottom of the fifth. The Dodgers host the Giants later tonight. The St. Louis Cardinals need one of these two to lose or will lose their standing. Currently the Giants and the Mets are tied in the wild card but hold both slots thanks to the Cardinal loss today and this loss puts the birds currently sitting a half game out of the wild card.
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Ready to move forward? My dear, St. Louis Cardinals, you MUST do better starting on Friday. Too bad this will be in Wrigley against the media darlings but surely you will want to show me your love strongly enough to pull together a few wins. To help, perhaps the Cubs will want to preserve their health in preparation for postseason. Let’s hope their drive for home field advantage will not make them insurmountable.
Thank you, my dear love, that you have an off day on Thursday (tomorrow). I wanted to let you know that I shall allow the new suitors- the NFL and college football- to take me on a date to see if their charms are stronger than yours. I will return to you on Friday, but know that others are trying hard to woo me away from you.
The St. Louis Cardinals need wins and that is the end of the story. Let us hope that they can both string together another 4-game winning series and/or have help from the Mets or Giants in the loss column. Perhaps the Johnny Cueto minor injury will play nicely into those hopes. Perhaps. Go Cards!