Here's your morning round-up of what the Cardinals bloggers are saying about last night's 10-inning loss to the Astros:
The Atlanta Braves keep trying to give the wild card away. The St. Louis Cardinals just won't take it. Knowing that Philadelphia had already disposed of the Braves, the Cards rallied late in the game, but were unable to win it in regulation. That's always a problem on the road, where one bad pitch, one bloop hit, and you are done. Which is pretty much how it happened.
Viva El Birdos:
The Astros are a startlingly bad team, but they've beaten the other team 56 times, even with Carlos Lee serving as the focal point of an offense that's gone from bad to not really an offense anymore. There are times, mostly selfish, when I wish baseball were as skewed toward the favorite as, say, the NBA Playoffs, but overall I'm willing to trade the occasional brutal loss for a reason to actually watch baseball's regular season and the NLDS...In a way this loss almost feels right, though—now we know exactly what the Cardinals have gotten themselves into.
Aaron Miles' Fastball:
This is a BIG game. THE big game. It needs to be won. Henry Sosa will be on the mound for the Astros. That’s right … WHO? No Ifs, Ands or Buts about it. It’s crucial that Jake Westbrook pitch the best game of his life. Probably needs to bring his A-Game at the plate and help himself out with another homer. It’s imperative that the Big-3 do their thing and then some. Yadi must be Yadi. David Freese? Ryan Theriot or Skip Schumaker? The whole team? It’s Go Time Boys. You know what you have to do.