Yesterday’s game against the Cards was termed a “must-win” by some. As you know, they didn’t win, as Pineiro’s luck ran out and those hard hit balls started dropping. Mike Maroth’s ninth, even though it didn’t matter in the big scheme of things, should have been enough to guarantee he will be DFAd this offseason. And the Brewers lost, so the Cubs are tied for first again. Yuck all the way around.
Cincinnati helped us get well last time around, but can we really count on that happening again? The Cardinals walk into a ballpark designed, it seems, for home runs and come in with really no rotation to speak of. We’ve written off this team time and again. Can we do it for good this time?
I think so. First off, three games back. I know there are still 4 left with the Cubs this weekend and three with the Brewers in a couple of weeks, but the Cards would pretty much have to go 15-6 in the last 21 to really make a dent, I think. Maybe a little less, but in that area. Right now, the team is in a four game losing streak, there are only three pitchers that are guaranteed starts, and Mulder is only one of those so they can get him ready for next year, not because they expect him to win every time out. So that leaves Wainwright and Looper, and you never know when Looper is going to blow up like he did out in Arizona.
Couple that with the fact that basically half the lineup is gone for the season and it’s time to start picking out burial plots. If St. Louis had a healthy Scott Rolen, Juan Encarnacion, Chris Duncan and an Albert Pujols that was more like 85% instead of 70%, maybe you think they can score the runs to stay in this thing. Rick Ankiel, whether it’s because the story got into his head, he’s just in a slump, or people are starting to figure out how to pitch to him, is 1-14 since the HGH bit came out. When your good luck wonder bat is slumping, you know you’ve got problems.
But think about this winter dream, not for 2008, but for 2009. All the money saved this year and next is used to sign Johan Santana. Put him in a rotation with Carpenter and Wainwright. Chris Perez is closing. The lineup has Pujols, Rasmus, Ankiel, Duncan, Rolen. You think that team could win some games? Hopefully ownership does……