What had looked like a promising game through five innings, the St. Louis Cardinals are now trailing the Chicago Cubs thanks to some silly play and bad pitching.
I am not able to watch today’s game nor listen since I am teaching school but I am able to follow thanks to MLB updates and my fellow Redbird Rants writers. Let me say that this reaction piece has nothing to do with anything I’m able to watch, but the St. Louis Cardinals lost the wheels on their car shortly ago.
I am ticked. I know I’m joining so many others who are watching or listening to this game (certainly many who are on my Twitter feed). How can this team, this promising St. Louis Cardinals team of 2017 waste such a great start by Lance Lynn?!
Let’s take a look at the positives (I guess): Lynn went 5.1 innings, recorded four strikeouts, and surrendered only one earned run. For his first “real” start since Tommy John surgery, this is a great outing!
Then… then, the “improved defense” message we have all heard this offseason was completely obliterated with Matt Adams appearing in left field. I’m fine with this experiment in Spring Training but I am not okay with this experiment in games facing competition who have the possibility of exploiting a weakness such as Adams in left (read: any MLB team has this possibility).
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I would even be okay if the organization wants to send Adams to Memphis and have him start two weeks straight in left field over anyone else, but not in Busch Stadium. To add insult to injury, if the “improved defense” message was to be upheld, why wasn’t a “real” outfielder such as Jose Martinez covering the absent duties of Stephen Piscotty?
And speaking of Piscotty, was he or was he not able enough to play today? Having Adams in the starting lineup in left says that Piscotty is not able to play. But wait! Adams was pulled late in this game so that Piscotty can enter and play?!
Let’s all admit that Brett Cecil was the technician who removed the bolts from the St. Louis Cardinals’ wheels pretending the car would be okay– clearly, he is the one who allowed too many hits with poor pitching.
Let’s also admit that the ball getting stuck in Yadier Molina‘s chest plate is a strange anomaly that can and does happen in baseball, just not that often, .This disappointing turn of events led to much anguish for Cardinals fans.
So where to place the blame? Mike Matheny? Some, I’m afraid (read: Matt Adams). Brett Cecil? Some, I’m afraid. Yadi? Nope, that was a fluke. The offense for not garnering greater than three runs? Some, I’m afraid.
I am trying my best to stay positive. I am also trying my best to remember that this is just the third game of the young season. Let’s not draw any conclusions this early in the season.
I will work on staying positive; will you? As Dory sings to just keep swimming, I’m going to chat, “Just stay positive, just stay positive, just stay positive.”