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Requiem For A Season

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM
Filed Under: Chicago Cubs | Heroes and Goats | St. Louis Cardinals
If the Cards were going to lose, it almost seems fitting that they put all of the tropes of this season into one package.

You want a good starting performance backed up by a sputtering offense?  Chris Carpenter went out and threw seven one-run innings, but left the game unable to get a win.  Carpenter again proved that, when it's a big game, you want him on the mound, but the offense just gave him no support, especially against a guy they had hit well in the past.  Getting the Hero tag won't make up for anything, but it's the best I can do.

What about iffy defense?  There was an error by David Freese, though it didn't turn out to hurt the Cardinals in this case.

Need double plays?  The Cards hit into three of them, most notably a bases-loaded, one-out version by Ryan Theriot that ended a threat in the sixth after the Cubs had come back to tie it.

Most crushing, though, was for the second straight night, the bullpen issues reared their heads again.  Our Goat, Kyle McClellan, allowed a leadoff triple in the eighth and, after an intentional walk, grooved a strike to Alfonso Soriano to put a lot of nails in the coffin of the Cardinals' season.  Since McClellan moved into the bullpen, he only has one blown save and last night's game was his first loss, but he's not been the shutdown guy we saw last year.  A 4.50 ERA and having opponents slug almost .500 against you will do that.  The question of what to do with McClellan might come up this offseason, as there's no room to move him into the rotation again.

Really the only bright spot out of last night's game besides Carpenter was Yadier Molina getting three hits.  Otherwise, it was a game that should have been familiar to Cardinal fans, though not one we've seen much of in the last few weeks.

So now the Cardinals, courtesy of the Braves getting to Stephen Strasburg and beating the Nationals, find themselves three games behind in the wild card standings.  If the Cards go 5-0, the Braves can go 2-3 and still tie for the wild card.  The odds are not at all in St. Louis's favor here.  Can it be done?  Sure it can.  But it seems like that blown save from Thursday may reverberate throughout the whole offseason.

So any chance the Redbirds may have could rest on Kyle Lohse.  Lohse goes today and has had some trouble with the Cubs in the past.  (It seems he always pitches--and loses--to them on UCB Progressive Game Blog Day.)  Here are his numbers:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Alfonso Soriano 46 44 16 3 0 3 10 2 6 .364 .391 .636 1.028 0 0 0
Carlos Pena 38 35 9 1 1 2 7 3 13 .257 .316 .514 .830 0 0 0
Aramis Ramirez 19 17 7 3 0 1 5 1 0 .412 .474 .765 1.238 0 1 0
Geovany Soto 16 15 5 3 0 0 4 1 3 .333 .375 .533 .908 0 0 0
Reed Johnson 10 9 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733 1 0 0
Starlin Castro 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 0 0 0
Blake DeWitt 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .400 .571 .400 .971 0 0 0
Darwin Barney 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0
Ryan Dempster 6 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0
Jeff Baker 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 2
Tyler Colvin 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Koyie Hill 5 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .600 0 0 0
Marlon Byrd 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0
Rodrigo Lopez 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Tony Campana 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0
Randy Wells 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0
Total 185 173 52 11 1 6 31 10 30 .301 .342 .480 .822 1 1 2
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Generated 9/24/2011.

Soriano and Aramis Ramirez have done a number on him and that's a pretty high (for him) batting average Carlos Pena has against Lohse as well. It's not exactly confidence-inspiring, but Lohse has put together some good starts lately so we'll see what he can do. 

He's opposed by Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez gave up five runs to St. Louis in 5.1 innings last time he faced them, so perhaps the offense can get on track. If nothing else, maybe Albert Pujols can get to his 100 RBI mark and we can keep vigil on his batting average these last few days. The numbers:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Rafael Furcal 26 26 10 2 1 2 7 0 4 .385 .385 .769 1.154 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 21 18 6 0 0 3 4 2 3 .333 .381 .833 1.214 1 0 1
Matt Holliday 16 15 7 4 0 1 3 1 1 .467 .500 .933 1.433 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 16 16 5 0 0 2 4 0 1 .313 .313 .688 1.000 0 0 3
Skip Schumaker 15 15 6 2 0 0 2 0 2 .400 .400 .533 .933 0 0 0
Lance Berkman 14 12 2 1 0 0 2 2 2 .167 .286 .250 .536 1 0 0
Ryan Theriot 11 9 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 .444 .545 .444 .990 0 0 0
Nick Punto 7 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .429 .429 .429 .857 0 0 0
Jon Jay 6 5 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 .600 .667 1.600 2.267 0 0 0
David Freese 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Kyle Lohse 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Corey Patterson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Jaime Garcia 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Jake Westbrook 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Kyle McClellan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Total 152 142 47 11 1 9 24 9 21 .331 .368 .613 .981 2 0 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/24/2011.

That's what you want to see. Lots of big numbers against Lopez. Even Matt Holliday might come back just to hit off of him!

Afternoon start, while Atlanta is going at the same time and sending Brandon Beachy against Chein-Ming Wang for the Nationals.  We'll see how we're feeling come early evening!

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Heroes
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Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
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Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
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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