St. Louis Cardinals Games 16,17, 18 – My Take


After a weekend of not watching any games, I’m going to have to catch up.  Friday night Jaime Garcia did not have a good game. he was hammered pretty good in the first inning and the Cards couldn’t come back. Roy Halladay pitched a pretty good game that was shortened by rain. Two nights after mustering only one hit, they managed only two. Both were homeruns off the bats of Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday. Saturday Night, Lance Lynn took the mound and was outstanding. He went seven innings giving up one hit and the Cards took it to Cliff lee, scoring four in the fourth. Beltran added a fifth run with a solo blast to give them a 5-0 lead. Edward Mujica came on in the eight and got a four out save for his first of the year. 

Tonight, Jake Westbrook took the mound and he battled and left with a 3-2 lead. Matty Carp homered earlier and the Cards scored a couple of runs late in the game to take the lead. The blew a real good chance to bust the game wide open. Matt “Big City” Adams struck out with the bases loaded and David Freese lined out to end their last threat. Fernando Salas allowed the tying run in the seventh and Mitchell Boggs, pitching in his normal eight inning, blew the game giving up four runs including a mammoth home run to the Phillies back up catcher. The final was 7-3.

Closing thoughts: The bullpen has been a disaster again this year, at least early in the year. It’s been a common theme the last few years. Maybe it’s not having Jason Motte in there, but Boggs is a much better pitcher than what he’s shown. Though he’s officially in the doghouse, I still hold out hope for him. He will get it together once he finds the kink in his mechanics. I’m assuming that’s what the problem is. Salas really needs to get his act together and why has Joe Kelly only pitched in four games so far this year? As for the hitting, Allen Craig and David Freese need to step it up. Really.  They’re better than their record.

Next game up is Washington with Shelby Miller against Dan Haren.

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