The Wainright-Carpenter Exclusion Principle strikes again. $#@!.
The Wainright-Carpenter Exclusion Principle strikes again. $#@!.
Let's start out the second half of the season like the first. We got this. The World Series will run through St. Louis once again this year!
They just aren't getting the breaks right now. May or may not happen this year, but it most definitely hasn't happened so far.
freaking 7 doubles in one inning. Hilarious.
I feel like I just $#@!ed Jane Lynch (Cubs) after Kate Upton (Reds) looked at me, laughed, threw up, and $#@! on my shoes.
But at least it's a $#@!.
If by $#@!ed, you mean sodomized over a three day weekend, yes I'd agree with your analogy.
At first I didn't get the metaphor, and then I realized I was thinking of Jane Leeves instead of Jane Lynch. <shudder>
So I haven't posted in this thread for a while in the hopes that the Cards would get on a hot streak.
But since the $#@!ing Reds and Pirates won't lose a game, $#@! it.
I did get to go to last Friday's Cards-Cubs game in Chicago. The one where the Cards hit 5 HRs in the first five innings. It was a blast. My first time at Wrigley and I had great seats. I was amazed how many Cards fans were there. It was probably 40% or so Cards fans.
Yeah, that was my experience there, too. Cubs fans were fairly laid back, presumably because they were almost outnumbered. Awesome ballpark.
I was front row mezzanine/boxes, apparently right above where you were sitting.
I want to bang Katy Perry/could fap to this.
We are 2 1/2 out of the WC, plus Pittsburg will remember that they are Pittsburgh.
C-A-R-D-S CARDS CARDS CARDDDDSSSSSSS!
I like where your head's at.
I do feel like this team is finally getting on a roll. The starting pitching has been really great for 2 months now and the feast or famine hitting seems to be getting more consistent.
Need to win this 4-game set with the Giants and keep the pressure on the Pirates.
The Tyler Greene reign of terror is officially over.
Traded to the Astros for a player to be named later.
I've been out at the lake all weekend.
Lohse has been dealing for most of this season and has not had much support.
Looks like they won't catch the Reds, but now a half game lead over Pitt for the WC.
Getting Garcia back should help. Damn that is a great rotation now. Puma ready to come off 15-day DL again, though not sure how solid he's going to be. Other than that (gasp!) no one DL'd now (besides Carp & McClellan, who both had season-ending surgeries earlier this year).
Healthy club with all that pitching, maybe getting a good stretch out of Berkman, and who knows? We definitely have the pitching to go a long way, just getting the lineup back in full gear...
Typical Cards' April-May excellence, June-July suckage, Aug-Sept(?) pulling it back together(?). Hope so.
But... I'm still living fat off the WSC last year...
Yeah the Reds just don't lose. They remind me of the 2003-05 Cardinals that just ran away with the division. But we all know that all bets are off once you get into the playoffs. And I like this team a lot if we can actually get in.
Especially since Wainwright is pretty much all the way back to normal.
He's been trending up since about mid-June, and has basically been back to his dominating self since July 1.
If you look at his 9 starts since July 1, he has averaged 7 innings per start, a 1.98 ERA, .216 BAA, 63 Ks/10 BB. That stretch includes two complete game shutouts. Waino is bueno.
Probably won't catch the Reds, but of course got 3 coming up now in Cincy, and that could start some momentum.
Otherwise the remaining schedule breaks their way. In the NL East, they only play the Marlins Mets, and Phillies (all sub .500). We have the Nats 6 times (oh $#@!). In the West, both have the Dodgers, each has the Diamondbacks (barely above .500) and the Padres. We have the Giants 4X (home, but they beat us 2 out of 3 last time). We do get to get 9 wins against AA Houston to their 6, but it's only a small help.
9 more against each other, 6 at Cinn.
Gonna need to roid up this next month.
Mainly those Nats games could be our disadvantage. But we'll see.
Heh. Found out I was almost hooked up with Motte's wife pre-Motte at a wedding we were in. Bride tried to hook us up.
That could have had a ripple effect with deadly consequences had she seen the goods. No 2011 WS prolly.
Lynn at 55 pitches through 2 innings. 3-1 Cincinnati.
Lynn Pulled with no outs in third after 62 pitches. Joe Kelly in in relief.
6-5 Cards. Top 6
Good weekend. 2/3 from the Reds, Bucs struggled, a little room in the WC, now down by 5. Hmmmmm....
Not gonna go anyfuckingwhere with this, except to say pitching is bringing team around. That's all I'll say.
I think this series with Pitt will tell a lot about how much desire they have to make a run.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...k_stl&c_id=stlUnable to straighten his right elbow after feeling a sensation that he described as a "pop" on Thursday night, shortstop Rafael Furcal will travel back to St. Louis on Friday to undergo an MRI exam that will determine the severity of an injury the Cardinals are currently labeling as a right elbow strain.
But several within the organization already fear the reality is much worse. There are concerns that Furcal's season ended on the diamond at Nationals Park.
"It's sore right now," Furcal said after the game, in which he exited in the sixth inning. "It's bad. I cannot extend it. I hope it's nothing bad. I hope it's nothing crazy."
Indications are, though, that it is. There was already some early speculation that Furcal might have damaged his ulnar collateral ligament, which, if damaged severely enough, could require Tommy John surgery to repair. Even if it's just a muscle strain, Furcal would likely be sidelined for several weeks while his club tries to make a push for the postseason.
"It's very concerning," outfielder Matt Holliday said. "He's one of the best shortstops defensively in the league. Even when he doesn't swing the bat well, he brings a lot to the team."
"Any time any of your teammates get hurt, it's sad, disappointing," added starter Jaime Garcia. "But especially [with] a guy like Raffy. He's been huge for us all year. Let's hope for the best."
Manager Mike Matheny, along with the trainer, raced out to check on Furcal after the shortstop threw to second for a sixth-inning forceout. Furcal grimaced during the throw and was rubbing his elbow after.
After a brief conversation -- one in which Furcal lobbied to remain in the game -- Matheny asked for a baseball. He wanted to see if Furcal could make another throw.
"When he did, he winced. That was enough," Matheny said. "That's all we needed to see to know we needed to get him out."
Afterward, Furcal explained that the elbow pain began a few plays earlier in the inning. Washington's Ian Desmond led off the inning with a grounder that took Furcal deep into the hole at short. Furcal said when he fielded the ball and made that throw, he felt "something break, like pop." Three batters later, on a throw he made to home plate, Furcal felt the pop again.
On his third throw of the inning -- the one that brought out his manager -- Furcal said he "felt like a little tingling."
Furcal said that the discomfort does not compare to any injury he's had before. This year he has battled back stiffness, but even that had waned recently. His ability to stay relatively healthy was a boon to the Cardinals, who knew that there was risk to signing him to a two-year, $14 million contract over the winter.
Only once in the previous four seasons had Furcal appeared in at least 100 games. This year, he played in 121 of the team's first 131. And even though his season average has dipped to .264, Furcal has been particularly critical on defense.
"He's been a phenomenal part of this team," Matheny said. "He's had a great season and is one of the better solid defenders I've seen at shortstop. Even losing him for today wasn't good."
In Furcal's absence, Daniel Descalso can step in to start at short. The Cardinals also have some middle-infield options in the Minors, though the club likely won't make a move until rosters can expand beyond 25 players on Saturday. Ryan Jackson, who was sent down after Yadier Molina got knocked out on Tuesday, would be another candidate to take some playing time in Furcal's absence.
We might get Carp back. Pitched a simulated game today.
21 games left and a 1 game lead in the WC. I hope they pick it up, but I hear this song in my head.
Crazy that the Phillies are semi back in the WC hunt... After last night they are 5 back of the Cards - clearly not likely at all, but they have won 17 of their last 22 giving them a glimmer of hope.
Tied for the second wild card. Two outs, 0-2 count, no one on, and Motte gives it up. Nice going chump.
In no way should he have 9 decisions. That loss hurt.
...and another blown save
$#@!ing Bullpens, how do they work?
We haven't had a top-notch reliever since, well, Sutter. I think Motte will get better if he $#@!ing gets a decent offspeed pitch. His gas is good but movement is so-so.
Anyway, badly needed come-from behind "bye bye your ass" win against the Cubholes. Nice. Carp pitched decently in the loss, just couldn't hold it as you said. But encouraging.
Now the schedule is probably a draw between us and MIL (I posted about 2 weeks ago when it favored other teams). We play next 3 at Houston (whoopee!) while the Brewers and Reds try to $#@! each other up this week (Dodgers @ SD, Padres have been playing the tits last month, Dodgers are just flattening out). After that is tougher, we get the Nats in StL (w/o Strasburg obviously), but maybe we can get 2 on our turf (miserable 1-3 up there 2 weeks ago), while Mil hosts Houston (though we play them better than they do)... we really need to put distance there early this week. Really almost need to sweep Houston (again), odds of a re-sweep probably not great). After the "tough" part of later this week, the season concludes where we play the already-there Reds at home. Always a heated rivalry, so the Reds won't lay down, but hopefully they'll mail some $#@! in. Milwaukee ends with the Padres at Miller, again not gimmees and the last series of the year is always teams playing their asses off (remember last year's incredible last day!). Dodgers come off the Rockies (easier for them) but end with the Giants (goody).
So really I see the Brewers as the main threat... Dodgers fading, Pirates pretty much done. Must go at least 5 of 9 to win it I figure.
Once there (crossing fingers) we have a damn good chance if Carp gets on track.
BTW, Lohse is 16-3. Wow!!!! Cy Young territory but no way he'll beat out Gonzalez and/or Kershaw/$#@!ey. But hell what a great year for him, quietly(?).
Let's $#@!in' do this. We're in the catbird's seat, don't blow it.
After watching the series with the Cubs this weekend, The Birds will make the one game playoff. It will be interesting to see how they set up the rotation for the next 9 games.
Win the one game play in and then face an inexperienced Nationals team with the 5 game series starting at Busch. Here we go again.....
I'm not sure if any team has ever lost two games in an entire season when leading in the ninth with two man out, no one on, and an 0-2 count on the batter (and a two-run lead in one of those), let alone suffer two of those excruciating loses within a two week period in the middle of a tight playoff race. This team has a lot of similarities to last year's squad in that they always seem to bounce back from losses that should crush a team's spirit.
If they can manage to hold onto the 2nd wildcard, none of those frustrating losses matter though. Get past Atlanta and I like their chances against either of an inexperienced Nationals team or uptight division rival Baker and Reds, when the Cards will be playing with house money.
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