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You Know Nothing, Cardinal70

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Filed Under: Heroes and Goats | Pittsburgh Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals
This would seem to be a pretty bad matchup for the Pirates, good pitching against weak hitting.--yesterday's post
There's a reason a site called You Can't Predict Baseball exists, folks.

It wasn't some wildling that provided the title for this post, though, but some Pirates.  When you look at Adam Wainwright's history against them, you can see that this team hasn't been what you'd expect for one of the aces of the staff.

Date      Score    IP   H  ER BB K
5/1/12    10-7 W  7.0  5   4    1  6
8/24/10   4-3 L    7.0   7   4    4  6
8/1/10    9-1 W   7.0   6   1    0  5
5/9/10    11-4 W  6.0   5   2   2  7
9/4/09    14-7 W   5.0  9   6   2  5

Those are just the last five before last night.  There are others that are rough as well, like six runs in four innings on 9/13/08 or 6/2/08, when he was cruising along until he gave up a game-tying grand slam to Jason Michaels.  For whatever reason, whether it's the eye patch or all the strange talk, the Pirates so often make Waino walk the plank.

Last night turned out to be more of the same.  After Wainwright--who, if you can't tell, gets the Goat last night even though the relievers didn't look much better--allowed two in the first, he seemed to settle down and the Cards put some runs on the board for him.  The Hero tag has to go to Allen Craig, who cranked a three-run shot to put St. Louis ahead 5-2.  Things looked like they were going to go well for the home team.

By the way, congrats to Carlos Beltran for getting his 2,000th career hit.  That was a pretty strong ovation he received and that and Craig's homer were about all the home fans had to cheer for!

Instead, the Pirates were just getting started as Waino gave the lead back after a scoreless fourth, then put the Pirates ahead when he allowed back-to-back home runs.  (BTW, explain Pedro Alvarez, will ya?  9-26--.346--against St. Louis with six runs, two home runs, and 11 RBI.  Against the rest of the league? 43-2-6--.208--with 27 runs, ten home runs and 29 RBI.  What makes him a world beater against the boys in red?)

Of course, though we have tagged Waino with the Goat because he coughed up a lead he should have kept, the relievers came into a fiery situation and got out their gas cans.  Eduardo Sanchez gave up a two-run homer after he came into the game in the sixth.  Sam Freeman came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and allowed a hit and a walk.  He did get out without more damage, which is faint praise, I know, but it's something.

Then Marc Rzepczynski--what can the team do there?  Scrabble was so effective last season, but this year, those good outings are few and far between.  Andrew McCutchen is very good, there's no doubt, but it'd been nice if Rzep could have kept those in front of him from reaching.

So all in all, the Pirates score 14 runs and the Cards have to turn around and play again today when the temps are over 100.  Yeah, this is a great weekend for them.

After the bullpen usage of last night (and, probably, the results from these guys recently), St. Louis sent Sanchez and Freeman back to Memphis and recalled Maikel Cleto and Barret Browning, who will be making his major league debut whenever he gets onto the field.  He's been strong at Memphis but I've not heard much about him.  We'll see if he's able to carry those AAA outings into the bigs.  That's been an issue this year.

I'm late getting this up, so it's almost game time.  Still, you want to be prepared, right?  I know I don't often do this for weekend games, so count it as a bonus.  Lance Lynn goes for the Cards and has struggled in his last two outings.  If he has another rough one this time out, it could influence John Mozeliak's thinking on starter vs. reliever at the trade deadline.  

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Clint Barmes 7 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .286 .286 .429 .714 0 0 0
Garrett Jones 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .286 .286 .286 .571 0 0 0
Neil Walker 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .286 .000 .286 0 0 1
Alex Presley 6 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .167 .667 .833 0 0 0
Jose Tabata 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0
Pedro Alvarez 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 .250 .650 0 0 0
Andrew McCutchen 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Rod Barajas 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1
Casey McGehee 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0
A.J. Burnett 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Eric Fryer 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0
Michael McKenry 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0
Total 50 47 10 1 0 1 2 3 10 .213 .260 .298 .558 0 0 2
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Generated 6/30/2012.

At least Lynn has had some success in the past against them. Then again, Pittsburgh is apparently warming up with the weather, overall season standings in offensive categories notwithstanding, and he's going to have to figure out how to manage the heat and focus his stuff today.

Jeff Karstens takes the mound for Pittsburgh.  His career numbers aren't quite as stellar.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS IBB HBP GDP
Skip Schumaker 15 13 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 .385 .467 .385 .851 0 0 0
Jon Jay 14 13 6 2 0 0 1 1 2 .462 .500 .615 1.115 0 0 0
Matt Holliday 11 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .455 .727 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 9 8 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .375 .444 .500 .944 0 0 0
Carlos Beltran 8 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .250 .250 .625 .875 0 0 0
David Freese 8 8 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 .250 .250 .375 .625 0 0 0
Rafael Furcal 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 0 0 0
Allen Craig 4 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .500 .667 1.167 0 0 1
Shane Robinson 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 1
Mitchell Boggs 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0
Tyler Greene 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0
Kyle Lohse 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0
Total 88 81 29 7 0 1 9 5 9 .358 .386 .481 .868 1 0 2
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Generated 6/30/2012.

I was surprised Skip Schumaker didn't play last night, but I expect he's starting today. (Wait, I realize now I've seen the lineup....yep, he's leading off.)  With Skip and Jon Jay 1-2 and Matt Holliday on a tear, hopefully the Cards can take an early lead and Lynn can hold it.  Going to be another hot one--glad I can watch it from the air conditioning!

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Heroes
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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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