At some point I’ll have to give St. Louis credit for winning games this postseason.
I’m not ready to do just yet, even though they’ve ventured deep into October winning the NLDS, the NLCS and taking a 1-0 lead in the World Series.
Game after game, round after round…the Cards lull to sleep its opposition with shaky starting pitching, a patch work bullpen and just enough offense.
It’s certainly not pretty baseball, but it’s certainly not all luck, either.
My hesitation to acknowledge the Cards’ success is, without question, my sour grapes as a Cubs fan. But more so, I’m soured by the fact Philly bowed out so easily in the NLDS, and by Milwaukee’s bumbling fielding and lack of clutch hitting in the NLCS. Awful performances for two of the league’s better teams.
Now, it seems, Texas is following suite–rolling over like a damn dog and letting the Cards walk on by…just like the rest of the NL. (How many more times will the Rangers stare at a called strike 1,2 & 3 trailing by one run late in the game?)
No doubt the game’s greatest hitter, an ace pitcher and a dominate closers can take you far, even more so with one of the game’s greatest managers.
Maybe the Cards deserve a little credit, after all. But I think I’ll wait until they win the World Series to give it to them.