A Royal Pain

The two games against the Royals have pretty much sucked. I don’t know what’s worse, getting shutout 6-0 or scoring 7 runs and still losing.  It doesn’t much matter as far as the standings go, but it sure feels like one should feel worse than the other.  My brain hasn’t quite processed it yet.

Things were looking good for the first 4 innings.  Jaime Garcia was pitching well and my little man Kolten Wong hit a grand slam to put the Cardinals in the lead 4-0.  In the 5th inning, it all went to heck.  Garcia started getting pitches up and Royals hitters started hitting them.  After the first two runs scored I began to wonder why no one was stirring in the bullpen.  When the 3rd run scored I was thinking that surely someone would be getting warm.  Nope.  A visit from the pitching coach happened but that was pretty much it.  When the 3 run homer happened all that went through my head was how I saw that one coming.  Garcia finished the inning after giving up 6 runs.

The Cardinals battled back and managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th.  A double switch was made.  Jay out, Bourjos in.  That one knocked my socks off I must say.  Matheny taking Jay out of a game?  Would wonders never cease?  Maness came in to pitch, and as per Matheny double switch protocol, pitched one inning and was gone.  This double switch actually paid off, however, as Bourjos came to bat in the bottom of the 6th and hit a 422 ft home run over the bullpen to give the Cardinals the lead.  That’s two home runs in one game by the two guys Matheny seems to like the least.   That gave some people some serious schadenfreude to enjoy, I must say.

It was, unfortunately, for naught.  Pat Neshek came in to pitch and as the Universe would have it, the Royals scored another run on a bloop hit to shallow center that neither Wong nor Bourjos could get to.  The lead was lost.  Insult was added to injury when Trevor Rosenthal came in in the 9th and gave up the winning run.  The Cardinals were not able to come back.  Two games lost to the last place Royals.  Can it get much worse than that?  I don’t think I want to find out.

Many folks blame Matheny for not getting Garcia out when he had the chance.  Matheny said post game that several pitchers were not available and that Garcia had to stay in.  He also added that he would have left Garcia in even if he had had a full complement of pitchers.  Something about starting pitchers needing to do their jobs or some such Mathenyspeak.  I stopped listening to a lot of what Matheny says weeks ago.

I actually don’t know who or what to blame for this one.  The Baseball Gods, the Universe, it’s Tuesday.  It all seems pretty irrelevant to me.   The Cardinals just keep losing, and that’s depressing.  The rest is just window dressing.

There is something wrong with this team.  I can’t pinpoint what it is, but there’s definitely something wrong.  I have bad vibes. I don’t like having bad vibes.  My bad vibes usually don’t end well.

The last two days have been a Royal pain.  That’s a bad pun and a bad feeling, anyway you look at it.



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  1. BW52

     /  June 5, 2014

    Now its Thursday and the C ards lost again 3-2.Offensive anemia continues to kill this team.Matheny leaves Wacha in a hair too long and Wong has to leave game .Then Descalso comes in a Ks.Taveras Average sinking sub-Mendoza line.I just shake my head and wonder what can be done.



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