This had to have been one of the strangest St. Louis Cardinals seasons I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen quite a few of them.
They were bad. They were good. They couldn’t hit. It was a rare occasion when Mobil on the Run had to pay out in the form of the slush-slush.
They were hurt. They made some trades that didn’t pan out. Or maybe they will.
I miss Joe Kelly. Our whole family misses Joe Kelly. We are not attached to John Lackey and he can return to Boston and the American League as soon as the season is over. I doubt if Justin Masterson is even on the playoff roster.
Shelby was awful and it seemed that every time we went to a game, he was on the mound and he would take the loss. But then all of sudden he was lights out. Now, who knows?
And who knows about Michael Wacha, either? I doubt if even Michael knows if he’s got it or not. I sure hope so. Maybe he could be our closer. Well, probably not. Trevor, you’re still the man – at least, we think you are.
Lance Lynn was strong all year. And the Cardinals still seem to hit when he’s on the mound. Too bad he’s not on the mound more often.
The offense is anemic. But it will surprise you.
Oscar Taveras is a huge disappointment. So far.
Randall Grichuk is the best hitting .245 batter I’ve seen in a while. He’s fast. But not as fast as Peter Bourjos – who apparently is not a very good base stealer – even though he’s fast. Sometimes, he’s going so fast that he slides right over the bag and they tag him out. Lou Brock, please give poor Peter some tips.
Matt Holliday failed to bat .300 and failed to reach 100 RBIs. Yet he was clutch. And he’s normally not clutch. Matt was fierce on the basepaths. He has an enormous will to win – almost bigger than his forearms. If the Cardinals are smart, they’ll trade a pitching prospect or two and maybe a not so great younger left fielder next year for a proven hitter. Maybe Allen Craig.
Matt Carpenter had an off year, a funky year. Yet he still has an uncanny ability to get on base. As Matt goes, so go the Cardinals.
Then there was our pleasant surprise at shortstop. Jhonny had the most home runs of any Cardinals shortstop ever. And his glove was much better than advertised. The ball jhumps off of Jhonny’s bat – (at least when he hits it).
Yadi was Yadi. When he was gone, we treaded water. When he returned, things got better.
So now, here we go into the postseason facing Clayton Kershaw in LA where he’s almost unhittable.
I have very low expectations. In fact, I have virtually no expectations.
But I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the Cardinals facing off against Albert and David in a few weeks.
Throw the predictions out the window and Go Cardinals!