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Swatting a Nat With a Broom

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:46 AM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Pittsburgh Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals | Washington Nationals
Amazing how three straight wins over a serious contender can give you a new perspective on a team, huh?  The Cardinals limped into Washington with a leaky bullpen and questions about what this team was going to be like.  They leave Washington with the bullpen issues solved (for the time being) and a spring in their step.

It was Good Jaime Garcia on the mound yesterday.  Whether that means that the Philadelphia game was just a blip or whether having a three-run lead before he threw his first pitch settled him enough, it's tough to say.  Garcia didn't make it through the sixth, who left with the bases loaded, but he was good enough to turn it over to a bullpen that was much sturdier than the one he's turned leads over to before.  That said, you know he was having flashbacks to that last home stand, wondering if this was going to be the third game he didn't get credit for the win.

That didn't happen, because of our Hero of the day.  Joe Kelly got to play twice in one series after his stint as a Monday pitcher and the results were outstanding.  Kelly struck out Ian Desmond to clean up Garcia's mess, then after allowing a couple of singles in the seventh, struck out Steve Lombardozzi, which turned into the exciting strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out double play.

Kelly's coolness under fire (and his fire-breathing fastball) are surely going to be noticed, especially in a time of trial like this has been.  With Mitchell Boggs indefinitely shelved (he didn't pitch at all in this series), Kelly's days of pitching once a week would seem to be over.  Will we see Mike Matheny go to a Kelly-Trevor Rosenthal-Edward Mujica end of game triumvirate?  I'm actually betting that we won't.  Matheny used Rosenthal as the fireman last year, bringing him into situations like bases-loaded, two-out to get the strikeout.  I wouldn't be surprised if Kelly slides into that role as well, giving Matheny the option to keep him out there for another inning if he gets out of the jam or just letting him get the key out.

As for Rosenthal, I'm of two minds about his outing yesterday.  On the one hand, he did give up another home run and therefore another imperfect outing.  On the flip side, he wasn't out there giving up multiple hits like he has in the past and struck out two of the other four batters he faced and the home run was to Jayson Werth and he walked Bryce Harper, two salty bats.  I think I'm still on the "he's coming around" bandwagon but I'm sitting on the edge of it.  I'd like a couple of more strong outings so I could get back into the middle of the vehicle.

There were a few offensive stars as well.  Matt Holliday saw seven pitches all day long, but swatted three of them for hits, including an RBI single in the eighth that meant Werth's home run wasn't as dramatic as it could have been.  Matt Carpenter took to the leadoff role, also getting three hits, and Yadier Molina drove in the first two runs of the day with his only hit.

We'll have to give the Goat to Allen Craig.  0-4 is rough enough, but three strikeouts meant that it just wasn't his day.  Not the strongest day for Carlos Beltran either, though he did get a walk and a run out of his 0-3.

With the bullpen starting to come around, the demand for a fresh infusion of pitching is subsiding somewhat.  That doesn't mean we aren't going to get regular Michael Wacha updates from Memphis, though.  Wacha threw seven scoreless yesterday with, interestingly enough, John Mozeliak in attendance.  Wacha has had one iffy game in his four starts and sports an ERA under 2.00.  We still haven't seen him struggle and need to see how he can bounce back from adversity, but if he keeps this up, Mo might be thinking about ways to get him a spot in St. Louis.

The Cardinals keep the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Title Belt that they snatched from the Giants earlier in the season and will have to defend it against the Pirates this weekend.  If you a long-time reader (if such a thing exists) you might remember me mentioning before that my church does a fundraising BBQ this time of year.  So tomorrow will be spent from well before dawn to probably about first pitch doing all the things that entails and there won't be a post.  Then, Saturday I head to St. Louis for UCB Weekend (have you downloaded the Bonfyre app to stay up with things yet?) and Sunday I'll be at the game.  I don't promise a post on Monday either, depending on how late I get back on Sunday.  All that to say, let's go ahead and look at the starting matchups for tomorrow.

Lance Lynn tries to stop this whole good-start, bad-start thing when he heads to the mound on Friday night.  Lynn looked quite good against the Phillies, but two starts ago, he got beat around by these Pirates, though he was able to get the win due to an explosive night for the bats.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Garrett Jones 16 14 4 0 0 0 1 2 4 .286 .375 .286 .661 0 0 0 0
Clint Barmes 15 14 4 2 0 0 3 1 2 .286 .333 .429 .762 0 0 0 0
Pedro Alvarez 14 11 2 0 0 1 4 3 3 .182 .357 .455 .812 0 0 1 0
Andrew McCutchen 14 14 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 .214 .214 .286 .500 0 0 0 0
Neil Walker 13 10 3 1 0 1 3 3 3 .300 .462 .700 1.162 0 0 0 0
Jose Tabata 9 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .444 .778 0 0 0 0
Starling Marte 6 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .500 .600 1.100 0 0 0 1
Travis Snider 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .333 .600 .333 .933 0 0 0 0
Michael McKenry 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .500 .750 0 0 0 0
Russell Martin 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Sanchez 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0 0 0 0
Justin Wilson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0
A.J. Burnett 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Gaby Sanchez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Total 105 92 25 9 0 2 12 11 24 .272 .356 .435 .791 1 0 1 1
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Generated 4/25/2013.

He's actually kept Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez in check, which is somewhat surprising. If he can figure out a way to cool off Neil Walker, we might just have something.

Jonathan Sanchez goes for the Bucs.  It's been an awful season so far for Sanchez, who still has two digits to the left of the decimal point in his ERA.  His best start was probably the one against the Cardinals last time out, where he hadn't given up a run before the rains came and rained it out.  He's yet to go five innings--the only game he got that far was his first--and, in theory, should be a great tonic for some fairly quiet bats.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP
Matt Holliday 26 20 5 2 0 0 4 5 4 .250 .423 .350 .773 0 0 0 1
Carlos Beltran 16 15 4 0 0 2 5 1 5 .267 .313 .667 .979 0 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 13 8 2 0 0 1 1 5 0 .250 .538 .625 1.163 0 0 0 0
Ty Wigginton 13 11 4 2 0 0 3 2 1 .364 .462 .545 1.007 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 8 6 2 2 0 0 1 2 3 .333 .500 .667 1.167 0 0 0 0
David Freese 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .250 .400 .500 .900 0 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Tony Cruz 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 1 0
Daniel Descalso 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0
Jon Jay 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Shane Robinson 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0
Lance Lynn 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0
Adam Wainwright 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Jake Westbrook 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
Total 102 81 18 7 0 3 14 20 18 .222 .382 .420 .802 0 0 1 1
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Generated 4/25/2013.

The historical numbers do say otherwise, of course, and he is a lefty which is sometimes a drawback for this team.  We'll see what gets more weight, the past or the present, when the two teams take the field on Friday evening.

Should have a press release from the Cards for you later today and I plan to put up the May Egraphs contest this afternoon as well.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
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Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
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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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