Take it easy...I'm a lifelong fan and I stick by the Cardinals, win or lose. I'm still proud of what the team accomplished, and I realize it's a privilege to be a fan of a team that plays baseball in October more often than not. I suppose we're all a bit spoiled by that reality at one time or another.
I question some of the pitching choices, and I'm disappointed in the lack of adjustments made at the plate for a team that prided itself on disciplined hitting throughout the season. So all I hope is that ownership and management look at those shortcomings to arrive at conclusions about 2014, and we all know that they will do their best because that's what the Cardinals do: they're always competitive.
A good night's sleep and a brand new day have given me some perspective. Save for the aforementioned ATL-PIT-CIN road trip, I completely agree that they played 150 solid games of baseball. I struggle to think of any team in baseball that accomplished so much with players (and yes, a manager) with relatively little experience in the majors. And credit for that goes back to our deep farm system that is the envy of every team in Major League Baseball.
At least it was a better showing than 2004...and much of that team went on to win the World Series just two years later. And this time there was no doubt that the two best teams in baseball were there- Boston simply capitalized on opportunities when the Cardinals did not. So today, I feel like the Cardinals must feel, down but not out. They still hung in there with a tough opponent, and we all have every reason to believe there will be another Red October (maybe in St. Louis and in Boston again...who wouldn't love a rematch?)
Fair enough ... but I doubt the Cardinals feel down - we need to appreciate their efforts. Trust me they didn't want to lose the series nor did MM.
We could go over the pitching choices but players have to execute - we pulled a starter and looked what happened. last night they left their starter in what could have been a disaster ... would have been nice though
If we don't score pitching means nothing - no one ever won a game without touching home plate. They simply did it more than we did IMO pitching was not which I thought it would be our problem.
If we go back into the thread the home field advantage bothered me more than anything - if there is blame it's the ridiculous All Star game that determines who has the advantage the series.
****In 20 World Series before the rule went into effect the teams with home field advantage went 17-3 ****
Turn that around and it's a completely different WS and that's what stuck out for me early on as that green giant is very hard to field and bat against it's literally like having an extra guy on the field.
Let's agreee to disagree as I think MM is the best thing the Cardinals have going for them short term and long term there isn't a team out there that wouldn't take him and his staff is nothing to brag about ... I just think he did a lot more than anyone expected.
Congrats to Boston!