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Last Night's Movie: Les Miserables

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Philadelphia Phillies | Pittsburgh Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals
There have been some yucky games over the past few years, but last night's might have ranked right there at the top of them.  Which is saying something, given that this team was no-hit last season.

At least with the no-hitter, there was a history aspect in play as well.  It didn't make it any more fun, but at least you knew it was a game that was to be long remembered in minds of Mets fans.  It was a game that most of their fans would take again, even as they traded in the Met career of Johan Santana for it.

I'd think last night was worse because, while A.J. Burnett is a fine pitcher that is a bit underrated at times, he doesn't have the cache that a Santana does.  Plus there's no history in this one, as Burnett wasn't even going for his first no-hitter.  All that aside, no hits is a historical night.  One hit is a miserable offensive outing.

Again, it was Carlos Beltran who broke up* the no-hitter, but unlike the one in New York, this one was obviously fair.  However, that and a hit batter was all this team, a team that has scored double digit twice already this year and beat around Burnett last season, could manage offensively.

That in itself would be bad enough, but there were a number of defensive woes as well.  The Goat goes to Daniel Descalso because, even though he was one of the only two to get on base, he struggled last night at the shortstop position.  He rushed a throw trying to do to much in the sixth when it was still 1-0, putting Andrew McCutchen on second base where he wound up coming in to score.  He also was unable to come up with a couple of other balls hit toward him late in the game as well.

Nobody covered themselves in glory.  David Freese had a throwing error that led to a run against Trevor Rosenthal, who allowed three hits and two runs in an inning plus.  It's getting to the point where you wonder if Rosenthal might not benefit from a little more time in Memphis because he's not having much success in the big leagues.  Randy Choate allowed one of Rosenthal's runners to score then gave up a run himself, which didn't endear him to the Cardinal faithful.  When Fernando Salas is your most effective reliever, it's a rough night.

I say that nobody covered themselves in glory, but that's not quite true.  If there was one person who lived up to expectations last night and actually had a good night (and, thus, gets the Hero bit) it was Shelby Miller.  Miller deserved a much better fate than a loss out of his pitching last night.  He allowed two runs in six innings, but one of those was in the first after a leadoff triple and one of those was in the sixth after Descalso's error let McCutchen move to second.  He struck out six, including Pedro Alvarez to end the threat in the sixth, and walked just one (Garrett Jones in the sixth as well).  Miller had a stretch where he sat down 15 in a row from the end of the first to McCutchen's at-bat in the sixth.  Miller has had long stretches like that in each of his starts, proving that he can play at a high level.  We'll see what adjustments the league will make to him shortly, I figure.

The Cards stay in Pennsylvania, moving on to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies in a four-game set.  It's unlikely there will be much more offense in this one, as Cole Hamels goes for the Phillies.  Hamels has struggled this year so far (0-2, 7.56 ERA) but you always know you are in for a battle when he's on the mound.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Carlos Beltran 42 40 10 2 0 3 5 2 10 .250 .286 .525 .811 0 0 1 0
Yadier Molina 23 21 4 2 0 0 3 1 4 .190 .217 .286 .503 0 1 0 0
David Freese 10 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 .200 .200 .300 .500 0 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 10 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0
Ty Wigginton 10 9 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 .556 .600 .667 1.267 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 9 8 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 .250 .333 .750 1.083 0 0 0 0
Jon Jay 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 .250 .500 .250 .750 0 0 1 0
Adam Wainwright 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Jaime Garcia 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Total 118 110 26 7 0 4 10 7 33 .236 .280 .409 .689 0 1 2 0
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Generated 4/18/2013.

The Cards know full well what happens when Hamels is on.  I can't imagine that small sample is enough to get Ty Wigginton in the lineup tonight, but hopefully he can share some of that knowledge with the rest of the lineup and they can have more success than they have historically.

The good thing about going up against Hamels tonight is that Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals.  We all know what Waino can do when healthy and there's no doubt he's back to that level.  

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Ryan Howard 20 14 3 0 0 0 1 6 6 .214 .450 .214 .664 0 0 1 0
Jimmy Rollins 20 20 7 3 0 0 1 0 5 .350 .350 .500 .850 0 0 0 0
Chase Utley 16 14 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .143 .250 .286 .536 0 0 0 1
Humberto Quintero 13 12 3 0 0 0 2 1 4 .250 .308 .250 .558 0 0 0 0
Cole Hamels 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Laynce Nix 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .500 .750 0 0 0 0
Freddy Galvis 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
John Lannan 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0 0 0 0
Total 83 74 17 5 1 0 6 8 21 .230 .313 .324 .638 0 0 1 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/18/2013.

Wainwright's done to the Phillies what Hamels has done to the Cardinals.  He's been able to curtail Ryan Howard as well, which is pretty impressive given the fact that Howard seems to always do well against his hometown team.

There doesn't seem a strong likelihood that there will be much more offense tonight.  However, that doesn't mean it will be as miserable of an evening.  Let's hope the Cards are on the up side of this pitching duel!

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Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

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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