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A Sinister Problem

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Milwaukee Brewers | New York Mets | St. Louis Cardinals
sinister (adj): singularly evil or productive of evil; also, of, relating to, or situated to the left or on the left side of something; also, of ill omen by reason of being on the left.

That's a long way to say that lefties are pretty much evil when the Cardinals have to face them, and yesterday was no exception.  The Cards did hit three doubles off of Jonathan Niese, but nothing ever really came of them.  Either because of the pitching, the lineup, or the day game, the Cards seemed fairly listless yesterday, an attitude that carried over to the field as they made two errors, one of which lead to a run.

If Adam Wainwright is cursed against the Mets due to his legendary appearance against them in the 2006 playoffs, I think we as Cardinal fans can handle that.  That moment--and the World Series title that came because the Cards weren't eliminated--is worth Waino struggling a couple of times a year, isn't it?  It's not like the Redbirds are going to run into the Mets in the playoffs again for quite some time.

Whatever the reason, Wainwright's nemesis got to him again.  After taking a no-hitter into the eighth in his last start, Wainwright only went six innings this time, giving up six hits and four runs (one that was unearned).  He did strike out eight and only had two bad innings, but when New York got going he couldn't stop them. Daniel Murphy played a huge role in that, doubling in the first run and scoring later, then doubling to lead off the sixth and scoring after that.

The bullpen was OK, though not as dominant as we've seen.  Remember when I suggested Mike Matheny should have left in Randy Choate to face Rick Ankiel yesterday?  That might not have worked out the way we expected, since Choate allowed a double to Ankiel in this one.  Choate gave up two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, which is about as dangerous an inning as you can have without giving up a run.  Fernando Salas was not so lucky, getting touched for a run in the eighth, and Joe Kelly finished it up with a scoreless inning only blemished by a two-out hit and a fielder's choice where nobody was out.

When you looked at yesterday's lineup, you thought something like this could happen.  After all, Shane Robinson (who gets the Goat for an 0-3 day plus an outfield error) and Ty Wigginton (as I guessed he might) were both in the lineup.  Given them and David Freese's struggles, there's a third of the lineup that didn't look to be productive and, indeed, none of them had a hit on Thursday.  It's tough to get things going when there are significant holes in the lineup, like an engine that just won't catch.

Hero goes to Carlos Beltran, who beat up on his former team with three hits and drove in one of the two Cardinal runs, but even he had issues fielding yesterday, making one of his errors that allowed the runner to take another base.  Still, when the whole team just had eight hits, you go with the guy that had 37.5% of them.

So the Cards can't finish off the four game sweep--which isn't terribly surprising, because that's tough to do--but at least they get to stay home and see if they can't take out a little frustration on a Milwaukee team that they've won six of seven from so far this season and are sitting in the cellar of the NL Central.

Jaime Garcia gets the ball for St. Louis.  Garcia threw eight innings of one-run ball against the Brewers last time, which is reflected in these career numbers.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Ryan Braun 40 39 11 3 0 2 9 1 5 .282 .300 .513 .813 0 0 0 0
Rickie Weeks 37 30 7 2 0 1 1 7 7 .233 .378 .400 .778 0 0 0 0
Carlos Gomez 29 29 8 2 1 0 1 0 5 .276 .276 .414 .690 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Lucroy 29 29 8 1 0 0 2 0 4 .276 .276 .310 .586 0 0 0 0
Aramis Ramirez 19 18 4 1 0 0 3 1 3 .222 .263 .278 .541 0 0 0 0
Yuniesky Betancourt 16 16 5 0 0 1 3 0 4 .313 .313 .500 .813 0 0 0 0
Alex Gonzalez 11 11 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .091 .091 .364 .455 0 0 0 0
Norichika Aoki 10 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .300 .500 0 0 0 0
Jean Segura 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .429 .333 .762 0 0 0 0
Martin Maldonado 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Marco Estrada 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0
Yovani Gallardo 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Jeff Bianchi 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Alfredo Figaro 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0
Total 209 198 49 10 1 5 22 10 34 .247 .284 .384 .667 1 0 0 0
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Generated 5/17/2013.

If only he can keep the threat that is Yuniesky Betancourt contained, Garcia's done pretty well against the Brew Crew.  Ryan Braun's gone deep twice, but that's not a terrible number in 40 plate appearances.

Cardinals get to face Wily Peralta.  They feasted on him last time, getting six runs in one inning (he pitched 4.1).  Which is where all of the career numbers come from, as that was the only time they've seen him.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Carlos Beltran 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0
David Freese 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 1
Jon Jay 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0 0
Pete Kozma 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167 0 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0
Total 24 21 10 0 0 0 6 2 3 .476 .542 .476 1.018 0 0 0 1
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Generated 5/17/2013.

So it's hard to tell if the Cards know how to get to Peralta or that was just a bad game (really a bad inning).  Guess we'll find out tonight!


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Michael Wacha (1)
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2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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