I have missed the last several games of the St. Louis Cardinals but it doesn’t appear that I have missed much of anything.
The St. Louis Cardinals, after finally sending Mike Matheny packing (YAY!), and after appointing Mike Shildt as the interim manager (YAY again), seem to have found yet another lackluster plateau. I have been busy and have missed almost all of the action this week and somewhat of the weekend but it appears that I haven’t missed much of anything.
What had appeared as a decent team (at least Matt Carpenter) while facing the Chicago Cubs, fizzled out beginning with the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. That was the last real connection I had to our beloved St. Louis Cardinals this week.
I did listen to the Sunday game while I was mowing but eventually turned it off when it was evident that the birds had lost their sense of flight just as they had the night before. This was frustrating to me since I had praised the uptick in their nonverbal behaviors with the installation of Shildt. Guess I was wrong.
My life got busy this week while the St. Louis Cardinals seemed to lose their momentum.
Areas needing improvement
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Here’s my take away from this, however: the new hitting coaches to the St. Louis Cardinals are surely suggesting new approaches and changes to approaches for all of the players that will improve their hitting. In the meantime, there will be some kind of regression to the mean. Too bad this season’s mean is slim-pickings.
To me, I hate it but the likelihood of seeing positive turn-around in the offense department is not likely to be witnessed until late this season. That could well be too late.
Not even sure how to classify
The bullpen. Period and end of sentence. Right? The bullpen has been horrific and wasted stellar starts this week as they have all season long. Daniel Poncedeleon‘s near no-hitter was wasted and Austin Gomber‘s start was also wasted.
The bullpen is just horrific and unless personnel changes are made, I doubt we will see this improve. This is not meant as an indictment of Mike Maddux.
Promise of 2019
So, here we are then with nothing changing really this season. This shouldn’t make us lose our promise for 2019 and- quite honestly- I wouldn’t be surprised to see something dramatic happen this season either.
Speaking of dramatic, the trade deadline is just around the corner and the train tracks are rumbling currently with something coming. Stay tuned with us here for what might transpire.
What do you think? Should I be upset that I missed anything this week?