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  • Bernie gives the Cards an "F"

    I don't want to hear this "it's early" crapola. If this teams loses the playoff spot by a couple of games, don't tell me April games don't count.

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    Cards get an "F" on their first test against big rival
    Bernie Miklasz
    04/14/2004


    Sports Columnist Bernie Miklasz


    Over a three-day period, the Cardinals got a close, personal look at the Houston Astros, one of the teams they'll have to beat in the National League Central.

    The results were almost as bad as one of those violent rough-'em-up scenes on "The Sopranos." The Cardinals and their fans had spent the last few months irritated by the prevailing opinion that the locals were inferior to the Astros and Cubs.

    Well, now. The Astros stomped into Busch Stadium and taught the Cardinals the meaning of respect. Houston outscored St. Louis 26-9 in an embarrassing mismatch. And no one in red had to be convinced that the Astros are for real, more substance than hype. The Astros ended their visit by battering the Cardinals 11-1 on Wednesday.

    "It's tough to win when you don't hit, you don't pitch, you don't play defense," Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said. "We didn't do any of those things."

    The Cardinals (4-6) hoped to get off to a good start this season. But they've lost six of seven at home, to Milwaukee and Houston. That's surprising, considering the historical advantage provided by Busch.

    Edmonds cited fatigue as a possible factor. He said the schedule was "weird" because the Cardinals made an early trip West to play a single series (Arizona) before returning home, with no break.

    "Travel is tough," Edmonds said. "And (playing) is not like what some of my friends think, that we show up at 5:30 before the game, and get in the car and go home as soon as the game's over, like Little Leaguers. It's not as easy as it looks on TV. And it's definitely not as easy as these fans think it is."

    Two comments: (1) if the Cardinals are tired on April 14, we could be in for a long, hot summer. (2) I don't blame Edmonds for being fatigued. Over the last three days he had to give chase to the many line drives and gap shots served up by Cardinals pitchers.

    After 10 games, the Cardinals have a staff ERA of 6.20. Their pitchers have been rocked for 15 homers in 10 games. Their starters are 2-5 with a 5.80 ERA. The bullpen, equipped with more talent this season, isn't getting the expected results. And the most anxious preseason fear - a shortage of quality pitching - is being realized.

    Houston came to town with two shutdown pitchers, Roger Clemens and Wade Miller. The Cardinals barely touched them. And the Astros didn't throw their No. 1 starter, Roy Oswalt, in this series. That's the first obvious difference between the Astros and Cardinals. The Cardinals don't have a shutdown pitcher, unless Matt Morris is properly wired on the day of his assignment.

    Both the Cardinals and Astros have enough lineup bang to exploit inadequate pitching. But the Cardinals didn't see many weaknesses in the Houston staff. After jumping on Astros replacement starter Jared Fernandez for four runs in the first inning of Game 1, the Cardinals managed only five runs over the final 26 innings. Astros hitters, meanwhile, were offered an enticing selection of meatballs by Cardinals pitchers.

    Defense was considered a Cardinals strength going into the season, but it's nothing special, especially when manager Tony La Russa plays men out of position while giving them on-the-job training at new spots.

    After Wednesday's game, several Cardinals reminded us that it's early in the season. And it is. No one is making definitive judgments. But there are some obvious problems that must be fixed. And it's not smart to use the baseball calendar as a crutch. That's how teams get lost in the standings - by giving away games early, and making rationalizations. And the Cardinals flunked their first test against a rival. Period.

    "Now we know how we're going to size up against the Astros," closer Jason Isringhausen said. "And we need to play better baseball."

    The teams will have a rematch next weekend in Houston. Or will it be another mismatch?
    Make America Great For Once.

  • #2
    FLOP
    And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

    -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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    • #3
      "Now we know how we're going to size up against the Astros," closer Jason Isringhausen said. "And we need to play better baseball."
      "It's tough to win when you don't hit, you don't pitch, you don't play defense," Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said. "We didn't do any of those things."



      It's all under control. These guys have a grip on the problem and are addressing it.
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      • #4
        Awww, thats not right, an "F".

        Jimmy was just tired, he needed a nappy is all.
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          I don't blame Edmonds for being fatigued. Over the last three days he had to give chase to the many line drives and gap shots served up by Cardinals pitchers.
          Zing!
          Official sponsor of Mike Shannon's Retirement Party

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lazydaze@Apr 15 2004, 07:01 AM
            It's all under control. These guys have a grip on the problem and are addressing it.
            Hahaha.
            When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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            • #7
              Bernie's pre-season column was among the weakest of all time.

              An appropriate preseason assessment would have taken into account the following:

              1) Weaker defense
              2) Still no OBP @top of lineup
              3) Re-vamped (untested) bullpen
              4) Injured starters

              Instead, he treated us to how much the manager wants to "Win, Win, Win"

              Bad job Bernie.

              Bad job.
              And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

              -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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              • #8
                The lack of OBP is the least of my concerns.
                When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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                • #9
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                  Heah Bernie how about a footnote giving credit to the guy who gave you that line over in the Press Box yestrerday...or at least a small stipend..like a couple of box seats to a ballgame..

                  I'm not greedy..

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                  • #10
                    Thats alright, I give Bernie an "F" each time he submits a column.
                    Official Sponsor of Jim Edmonds & John Smoltz

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                    • #11
                      I give Bernie AND the Cards an F.U.

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