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  • The State of 11 - I have to tell you fellows - the road is uphill.

    After surprising everyone but a few of the die hard fans the Cards have run into hard times. Oh don't be confused this is a good team. Even a pretty good team. The only problem is that there are two other pretty good teams in the same division.

    Going into Friday's weekend series vs the Phils - the Cards were tied with Milwaukee and 5 behind the Cubs. The rest of the way the Cards had the toughest schedule of the three and Milwaukee the easist. A good team while splitting games against the contenders and playing 600 ball against the pretenders would win about 28 games and lose 23. That same formula would give the Brewers 30 wins and the Cubs about 29.

    That's the good news - should the Cards play well they could finish withing a game or two of the Cubs and Brewers. The bad news is one of those teams has to play bad. For the Cubs it would have to be real bad. A wheels coming off kind of thing.

    Our best hope is an insane hot streak from a couple of players - our starters keep doing what they are doing and no blown leads by the bullpen. So far we are 1 and 1 on the blown leads thing - and that's one more than we could afford. In three days we dropped a game to a team that was already 4 ahead and one that has a cake walk of a schedule.

    We can't afford to do that. 30 more wins from here would be great and probably put us in the playoffs. That would also mean we will have to play 666 ball against playoff teams as well as the non playoff teams.
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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  • #2
    Well, we need to be able to win a series against a good team every once in a while. They haven't won a series against a team contending for a division lead or the wild card in some time. I think since the Fenway series.
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    "This is a heavyweight bout indeed."--John Rooney, Oct. 27, 2011

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    • #3
      There are no great NL teams.

      There is one good team -- the Cubs.

      There are several OK teams -- Brewers, Phillies, Marlins, Mets, and I'd include Dodgers now, with Manny. Cardinals are at bottom of this group.

      Everyone else is pretty bad, although Diamondbacks could improve.

      The question is, can we beat Brewers, Phillies, Marlins or Mets for wild-card spot?

      Don't see it. I haven't seen this miracle recovery of the bullpen that we seem to think is going to happen.
      "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
      --Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        sometimes a team just isnt good enough. This might be one of those years.

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        • #5
          We need for the Diamonbacks to go backwards - we have 7 games against them left.
          Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

          Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
          God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
            We need for the Diamonbacks to go backwards - we have 7 games against them left.
            They put us out of our misery last year.

            Reggie's right. The theme of this year is: Almost. The reason it's so painful is because we can tell how hard they are trying. You can't knock this team for effort. (You can, however, knock them for throwing belt-high fastballs....)
            "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
            --Albert Einstein

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            • #7
              We ain't dead yet -

              This is a character test boys - all around - win 30 more games before the season is over - and give people something to talk about.
              Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

              Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
              God is stronger and the problem knows it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                We ain't dead yet -

                This is a character test boys - all around - win 30 more games before the season is over - and give people something to talk about.
                You're right. If Wainwright's successful return somehow causes someone else -- Piniero? -- to help the bullpen, anything can happen. But I think we're dreaming to think we're going to win close games with our current bullpen. We've seen enough evidence.
                "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
                --Albert Einstein

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