Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis Cardinals’

10/19/12: Barry Zito Makes Cardinals Look Like Yankees – Well, Maybe Not THAT Bad

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Or, in which Hunter Pence is the key to victory. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Yankees basically didn’t hit all ALCS, which is 100% attributable to Alex Rodriguez earning 28 or 35 or whatever it is million dollars, so he must be gotten rid of immediately, which will cure the team’s chemistry problem, especially after they get rid of Joe Girardi and hire Tito Francona. Oh – scratch that. And hire Buck Showalter. Oh – scratch that. And hire Billy Martin. Oh yeah, forgot – make that Jack Morris, because He Knows How To Win, ignoring postseasons not Game 7 1991.

No one to play 3rd base – like so what, that is what money is for. They can sign (giggle) Kevin Youkilis – he’s old enough by now.

Actually, I’m wrong. The Yankees lost because His Captaincy broke his 38 year old ankle and breaking his ankle broke the spirit of the team, which can’t win without His Clutchinesshood. Or something like that.

where was I? Oh yeah.

Cardinals thought they had this here series wrapped up last night, when they thrashed Tim Lincecum, who, as a reliever, had looked like the old Timmeh minus about 8 MPH on his FB. After all, Barry had pitched BP his last game and you’re only as good as your last start, right Adam Wainwright?

um,

I guess not.

This happens. I remember Game 5 NLCS 2005, when it looked like we were Gonna Go All The Way and it was Lidge on the mound, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th – and dead silence. At least it won’t mess up the Cards’ rotation as it did ours back when Houston used to have a baseball team…

Anyway, Lance Lynn got the start tonight, and he did ace for the first 3 innings. Then came the 4th inning. He gave up a single to Scutaro, then Pablo Sandoval, then got Posey swinging on 3 pitches out of the zone, then Hunter Pence hit a GB right back to him for an easy 1-6-3 inning ender, only Lanceie-poo threw the ball at the second base BAG instead of the SS, and you had the beginning of the end. Scutaro scored, Lance couldn’t pull himself together and before you could blink, it was a walk, a 2 run single and Barry Zito hammered the nail in the coffin by hitting a perfect, unfieldable bunt to 3rd, scoring a run and it was 4-0 and the completely discombobulated Cards did nothing useful.

They got FOUR runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Panda hit a solo job in the 8th offn Mitchell Boggs, like, so what.

Should I mention that Lance Lynn also hit into an inning ending 6-4-3? He could have stood there with bat on shoulder, hoping for a walk (not that Zito was giving any) and let lefty Jon Jay try to be a HEro. But no.

The Giants also fielded like they had a team of 9 Adam Everetts out there, too, which wasn’t real too much help for the Cardinals.

This is giving much happiness to the Nats fans and purists, who feel cheated because the Cards are the 5th WC team. The purists are all Up Set because Togers, AL pennant winners, had the worst record of the 5 teams, and they will be even MORE Up Set if their opponent is the Cards, also the worst of the 5 teams. At least the Giants had 94 wins in the regular season. The days of The Best AL Team vs The Best NL team GUARANTEED, are loonnnnnng gone.

And things are gonna be interesting Sunday afternoon – competing with football for ratings. And Ryan Vogelsong, basically unhittable in the playoffs this year, is gonna face Chris Carpenter, prima donna ultimo, who looked lousy last time out, and is dying for revenge. Not that it means he’ll get it, you know.

Hunter Pence had his worst year EVER, by FAR. He’s hitting .105 in the playoffs, and unless he KILLS the ball Sunday, will be hitting worse than The Hated Arod. Yet, you KNOW he’s gonna get a nice fat contract at the end of the season. Could it be with the MFY, to replace Nick Swisher? The Yanks NEED a RH bat – and you KNOW if Hunter doesn’t hit, he’s gonna get serious hell. He could go the the Red Sox, who need basically everything except a second baseman. I’d say he could go to the Cubs, but they are in serious el-cheapo mode, AKA “rebuilding.” He could stay in San Fran – youneverknow. ESPECIALLY if he is a playoff hero (see Cody Ross, who is now the #1 offseason priority signing of the RedSox.)

They sure look like the 2010 Astros, don’t they?

No baseball tomorrow. How will I live?

10/16/12: Saint Louis Is Saint Lousy And The Tigers Win Game 3 ALCS

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I can’t bring myself to root for Chris Carpenter. It’s something that can’t be done, so I was surprised and delighted that he didn’t manage to last 4 innings last night and got his ass kicked thoroughly by Matt Holliday – who couldn’t field or throw or run worth spit.

I was – like, whatever – on the slide that knocked out Scutaro. Yeah, he started the slide a leeeetle late, yeah, he’s  a clod on the basepaths, yeah, his arm kind of hooked Scutaro. But at least Holliday actually went OVER the ****ing bag and I see runners ALL THE TIME who don’t bother to even stay in the basepath or go anywheres NEAR the bag.

Whoever thought that Ryan Vogelsong would turn out to be the Giants’ ace?

And what in the name of GAWD has happened to Hunter Pence? It’s like he’s regressed waaaayyy worse than his worst times during his second year. I thought he’d finally turned himself into a waayy above average ballplayer, but here in his walk year, he looks like a 5th OF at best. He’s only hit ONE ball with authority this entire postseason and that was an out – heck – in the last week of the season too, pretty much. He looks terrrible on the basepaths and he’s breaking wrong on a lot of the fly balls, in spite of making one really great catch in the first series.

The thing that really is unbelieveable to me is the anti-Cards sentiment floating around. The Cards are NOT “the new Yankees” in any way, shape or form. They didn’t do an Arod contract with Uncle – they let him walk. They don’t sign up all the mega free agents. They sign top notch guys like Jeff Suppan and Braden Looper and Kyle Lohse. They trade for Jake Westbrook. I don’t see any highly sought after FA signing big contracts. They signed Lance Berkman – thought to be fat (he wasn’t) and washed up (he wasn’t) and Furcal. I mean, not exactly top tier FA.

So this is HARDLY Yankees. And it’s not exactly like Yankees take a chance on some washed up guy like Berkman or Weaver. Or Chris Carpenter, for that matter. And being angry because Dave Duncan or the Cards hitting coaches and/or minor league instructors make chicken soup out of chicken poop is certainly NOT Yankees.

I understand TLR hate (trust me on THAT one) but he’s gone. What I’m hearing is stuff like – well, it’s nottttttt fairrrrrrrr that they sign all these borderline whozat guys and for some strange unknown reason, they do great (remember the carcass of Jeff Weaver?) and they have almost no failures. And besides, they won the WS in 06 when they slipped in as WC with 83 wins and last year they only got in as WC because the Braves did a RedSox in September so that’s not fairrrrrr neither.

OKAYYYYYY

So where is all the – well, how TERRIBLE is it that the 105 win 2004 Cards lost to the wild card RedSox? So where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 97 win 2002 Cards lost to the wild card Giants? Where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 100 win 2005 Cards lost to the 89 win WC Astros?

I know about the purists hating the WC, especially if the WC has a lower Win total than some other team. Or if a division winner wins 83 games. But it’s like this – if there are going to be 30 teams, and you only want the top team in each league playing just like BITGOD when there were 8 teams/league, MLB is gonna lose a TON of money/fans because 24 teams will be out of it from May on. This isn’t BITGOD. There are tons of sports/sports channels and wonderful gripping Reality Programs like HoneyBooboo and Kartrashians competing for eyeballs and going back to the Old System ain’t gonna cut it.

Now me, I hate interleague and would prefer a balanced schedule, so that there is SOME kind of fairness, but that has nothing to do with Wild Cards. And getting lucky in a Short Series. Or having a hot streak because this is baseball and streaks happen.

But, this sudden Cards Hate thingy might could be fun – see how long I would continue life as I know it if I told my Mama that she is now a “New Yankees” fan…

Truth is, I think most fans are peeved because they wanted to see the Nationals. Sounds a lot like the Braves hate when I was a kid. The – but they’re in it EVERY year and they have the best pitchers always so it’s notttt fairrrrrrrrrr.

So tonight, I went and watched some DH ball. No Jeter, natch, because of the broke ankle, and ARod benched AGAIN. It is to laugh, all the folks who wanted to see him playing SS again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He hasn’t played there for 9 YEARS and he’s 37 and isn’t exactly a great 3rd baseman and I would bet he’d make Jeter look good. This is NOT like giving Craig Biggio an inning at catcher for his last game in the majors, you know.

Most notable – the ump AGAIN gave Verlander a gigantic strike zone, especially on the outside corner. Is this a conspiracy or something? This is a great deal of help because the Yankees are an old and patient team who take lots of pitches and tonight, Verlander threw a LOT of pitches way out of the zone – and even they got called balls. He got 15 pitches I count that were balls that were called strikes and no pitches that were strikes that got called balls. If I was a Yankees fan, I would be VERY unhappy. Of course, I would also be unhappy that the hitters basically did like nothing with pitches that WERE in the zone.

Tigers hitters looked like Astros out there, leaving men on base at an unbelieveable rate. They were lucky to win at all. They won on a Miggy Cabrera double to right center (record 16 game hitting streak, by the way – ended with a 5-4-3 next AB) that Curtis  Granderson misjudged – bad jump, slow to get there. It looed as if the Delmon Young homer would be enough, but Edward Nunez, who, unlike the guy he replaced, dived AND GOT THE BALL, homered off an obviously tired Verlander in the 9th after fouling off like 9 pitches.

Was not surprised that Leyland left Verlander in to finish up, seeing as how Valverde has been pitching batting practice and Leyland thought that Verlander could get Nunez out. He got lefty Brett Gardner out after EIGHT pitches. And the guy hadn’t had an AB since Oct 3 – and before that, Oct 1 and before that, mid-April. Lefty Phil Coke came in and managed to get the next 2 outs.

You talk about a crappy, badly played ballgame.

BUT

any game that is a Yankees loss is actually a good ballgame, right?

Looks like it’s gonna be a Red Cat year, all right.

ALL Four 2012 Division Series Last 5 Games And The Cards Win

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Orioles lost because CC Sabathia remembered how to pitch.

Giants beat the Reds in 3 away games – amazing how many teams won the away games this year. WHAT home field advantage?

Justin Verlander pitched like Justin Verlander does when he is ON and the Athletics couldn’t do a darn thing about it.  Wonder how much is gonna be left of that team by April 1. Maybe half?

And those darn Cardinals just will NOT die. No Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday “hitting” like a SS, a SS hitting like Matt Holliday, Yadi Molina not hitting anything. And, of course, Carlos the Jackal doing his usual (except for bottom of the 9th 2 out 3 pitch K 2006) postseason thing. By now, he has like THE highest postseason OPS like evah. Too bad it wasn’t with us. Can you imagine how much better we’d have been in 05 with him instead of Willy Taveras?

Where was I?
Oh yeah, the game.

Tonight’s heroes? You’ll nevah guess.

I really should have gone over to Mama’s – Husband was right. I mean, my phone is bout wore out from all the talktalktalk – more than if we were watching the game, I suspect.

Adam Wainwright was not exactly an ace tonight – he started off the game – double, triple, home run. Pitches all up, middle of the plate, curve not curving. He appeared to wright himself, finished the inning with 3 Ks, looked OK in the second, but in the 3rd, there he went again – homer, double, K, homer.  Matheny yanked him, sent in Joe Kelly, who got the outs.

At the end of the 3rd, I said – that’s it, Gio is cruising, the Cards are toast. I don’t THINK so, said my Mama. They aren’t Astros, you know. It’s funny – one of my baseball buddies said something like – I absolutely HATE the (swear words) Cardinals. No matter which washed up pitcher or crappy minor leaguer they pick up or call up, they all suddenly turn into Babe Ruth/Brian Doyle ’77/Pedro 99 and they only have a few wins over .500 and have NO business in the playoffs and here they (swear words) are again.

So even though I felt gloomy, I wasn’t ready to shut off the TV and find something else to do. Husband shrugged – he knows it is October and he KNOWS what is gonna be on TV in October.  He sat down to watch it with me, said – who you gonna root for – Nats or Giants? I told him prolly Giants, because of Hunter Pence. Our guys have to leave Houston in order to get a Ring.

Fourth inning, Gio walks the Jackal, then Matt Holliday hits (for once) a double, and there goes the shutout. Craig, Molina and Freese strand him.

Joe Kelly gets 1,2,3.

Fifth inning, Gio, uh, does not look like any sort of ace. NOT the ump’s fault – actually he did a good job tonight – only 4 missed pitches I can see. Descalso doubles, Kozma singles, pinch hitter Shane Robinson walks. Bases loaded, no outs. Jon Jay pops out. The Jackal is up – Descalso scores on a WP, then the Jackal walks. Matt Holliday grounds out into a 1-2, then Allen Craig walks in a run, and Yadi Molina takes 2 balls, then stupidly swings at ball 3 and flies out. Only 2 more runs, but it’s

Nats 6 Cards 3

Trevor Rosenthal comes out, throws 100 MPH heat, gets 1,2,3. Too bad he can’t/doesn’t throw more than 1 inning.

6th – Craig Stammen gives up a single, gets 2 outs, then Sean Burnett gets the last out. Righty Mujica comes in, gets Morse and Desmond to groundout, gives up a single and a walk, then PH Roger Bernadina Ks.

7th – Edwin Jackson relieves. He walks Jon Jay, then Carlos the Jackal hits a grounder to the RF corner and it’s men on first and third, no out. Matt Holliday grounds 6-3 and Jay scores. Craig Ks (he had a lousy game, yes) Yadi walks, David Freese up for Hero Time, but no, he Ks swinging.

So, says Husband, you think your Mama gonna root for the Tigres, seeing as how the Cards are done for? YOU ask her, I said. I mean, It sure looks like it’s over because it will be Clippard and Storen – maybe they’ll get to Clippard, because he’s looked VERY tired the past few weeks. Youneverknow.

Nats 6 Cards 4

Mitchell Boggs comes in and gets Werth, Harper and Zimmerman.

8th – Sure enough, it’s Clippard and he gives up a leadoff homer to Descalso. But then he gets 3 outs, so it’s

Nats 6 Cards 5

Chipped away a little, but not quiiiiite enough, unfortunately. They should have scored more runs int he 5th – I mean, bases loaded, no outs and only 2 runs??!! And in the 7th, too. Ah well.

Closer Jason Motte is in – no complaints, seeing as how Boggs just got pinch hit for and the other relievers are used up and Eyechart has been teh sukc. So naturally, he gives up 2 straight singles. Then a FC from Desmond and it’s men on first and third for Espinoza, who has had like 1 hit this series, and he pops up. Chad Tracy pinch hits and pops up too. So there is ANOTHER run – just what the Cards didn’t need to give up because they’re now back to 2 runs down and it’s

Nats 7 Cards 5

9th – In comes Drew Storen to slam the door SHUT. He faces the Jackal, who doubles. Holliday grounds out again. Allen Craig Ks. Now – remember how I said that the HP ump had done such a good job? Well – you remember the one strike away thingy from last year, right? Well – THIS time the one strike away is the strike that got away. Storen throw a perfect slider just above the knees down the middle. It gets called ball 1. Yadi swings and fouls one at his shoulders, then takes ball 2 in the same place. He fouls off a good FB, then takes 2 outside pitches for a walk. David Freese is up for Hero Time. But again Storen doesn’t get that strike call on the slider at the knees mid plate and Freese also walks.

Bases loaded again. And, by the way, Storen did have those 2 pitches not called strikes, but in both cases, he threw 2 more pitches waaayyy outside the zone, NOT close.

And Storen is facing the bottom of the lineup, the #7 hitter. Adron Chambers comes in to pinch run for Yadi and ain’t real too much left on the bench. Matheny is pulling out ALL the stops.

So Descalso comes in, swings at the first pitch and hits a ball into the 5.5 hole – Desmond can’t get hold of it in time to prevent 2 runs from scoring and WE HAVE A TIE GAME!!!!!!

It’s Pete Kozma, the #8 guy. Descalso takes off for second on the first pitch – which is a slider at the knees, mid plate, only this time it’s called a strike. Kozma takes strike 2. He lets 2 balls go by, then hits a FB belt high on the outside corner into right and 2 runs are in

AND THE CARDS LEAD 9-7!!!!

Jason Motte hits for himself and strikes out swinging on ball 3, which is neck high.

Jayson Werth flies out. Bryce Harper Ks, swinging at a pitch at his neck. Perfect climb the ladder sequence. Ryan Zimmerman pops out and

THUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHH Cardinals are going to the NLCS to face the Giants and Mike Rizzo is going to face an absolutely relentless press who is going to blame the whole failure on the shutdown on Strasburg and not on Werth hitting .238, Harper hitting .130, Adam LaRoche hitting .176 and Espinoza hitting .067. Also, wasn’t Strasburg who made all starting pitchers not named Detweiler uck-say. Gio Gonzalez is probably going to win the Cy Young and he threw 2 not ace quality games. To be nice about it.

AND, youneverknow, maybe Strasburg would have stunk it up in the playoffs – he didn’t look real too good by the end of his season. But Rizzo just might could be a leeeeetle bit overconfident about the team winning all these playoffs with Strasburg in the future. I COULD point out the 90s Braves, who won ONE WS. I could point out the Phils, who won ONE WS. I could point out ALL those Billy Beane Athletics teams which can’t nevah seem to get past round 1.

It’s baseball and youneverknow.

GO TIGERS!!!!!!

And Giants and Cards – well, I’m rooting for Hunter Pence to get a Ring. Lance already has his.

10/8/12: RootRootRoot For Nats/Cards/Giants/Reds

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I don’t have a dog in this fight. Again. So, except for the game (Athletics vs Tigers) that was shown on the MLB network, WHICH IS NOT PART OF BASIC CABLE SERIOUSLY WTF???!!! I have kind of just rooted for the batter or pitcher or fielder, depending on who I happen to like more at any given second. Feels weird.

I do, however, have a cat in this fight – my Daddy’s cat, Louis (named after Saint Louis, who won last year). Louis is a Red (flamepoint) Siamese who is kind of like Curt Schilling, run his mouth all the time, got an opinion on everything and can’t stand to be ignored. If you are watching TV, you KNOW Louis gotta be watching it with you, gotta get a MRRRRRROOOWWWWWRRRRLLLL in there if you disagree with the AAAAAAARRRRRRRROOOOWWWWW.

Husband and I have been together almost 13 years now and he has long since accepted that if baseball is on, it’s gonna get watched, Astros or no Astros – he knew what he was getting BEFORE we got married. My Mama had told my Daddy about Her n Baseball, but he figured she probably looked up scores every now and then or had a crush on Mickey Mantle or something and by the time he found out what baseball FAN really meant, well, it was love her/love her baseball. As Bud Selig and Jim Crane have sold us Astros fans down the river, Mama last year switched her loyalty back to the Cards, her girlhood team. But somehow, even though she won’t admit it, it’s hard to have the same kind of love for some other team that we did for our Astros.

So this afternoon, Mama got baseball fever and had to leave work early and I switched out with gf for getting kidz, and we sat down to watch Cards vs Bryce Harper and the Nats, Game 2. Jordan Zimmerman, who has looked like a AA pitcher against the Cards pretty much his whole career (good for us) vs Jaime Garcia, nails at Home this year.

So Jaime starts out with 3 straight balls and it’s a 7 pitch 3-2 walk. Then Bryce Harper, fortunately swinging at balls, has a 7 pitch K. Ryan Zimmerman grounds out – nice 2 pitches, then Adam La Roche is up. Strike 1 and Strike 2 are called Ball 1 and Ball 2. Mama and I look at each other. I hate this – the ump figures that if the pitcher can’t find the strike zone, he ain’t getting no calls on the black. So naturally, LaRoche walks, but Michael Morse thoughtfully grounds into a 4-3. Great – 1 inning, 2 walks, 24 pitches. Jaime better straighten up.

Ryan Zimmermann comes up to pitch. Strike 1 is off the plate. Great – one of those – I don’t GOT no stinkin strike zone – type games. Jay Ks looking, Carlos the Jackal grounds out. Matt Holiday is up – fouls off the high inside pitch, then then next pitch down the exact middle of the plate – I mean, seriously – the EXACT middle of the plate – is Ball 1. Holliday had like ZERO excuse for letting THAT one go by. And he grounds out next pitch.

Got this feeling it’s gonna be a long ballgame. Mama and I have a big pan of mac-n cheese. LOTS of creamy gooey cheese. MMMMMMMMMMMM. Also, teriyaki chicken strips, nice n crispy. Grrls night out – can’t beat it. (Yes, I left food at home for starving Husband and Kidz. I swear all 4 of em got this bottomless pit.) Susanna (Mama’s BFF) texts she’ll be there by the 3rd inning at the latest save some mac-n-cheese. FAT chance. hahahaha

Oh yeah, the ball game.

2nd – Jaime back out. First pitch, Desmond singles. Espinoza up – same horsepoopoo with the strike zone – Ball 1,2,3 are clearly in the strike zone and pitch #4, just a little lower than 2 and 3, is called Strike 1. Desmond just misses pitch 5, right down the middle for a foul, then ball4 really IS way inside and it is walk #3. Jaime looks, uh, frustrated. Kurt Suzuki (catcher – he came over from Oakland) is kind enough to swing at ball 4 (yet ANOTHER 3-2 count). Pitcher up, hits the first pitch to right for a RBI. Carlos the Jackal, playing RF, throws off line, a little late, and the run is in. I still can’t get used to him not playing CF. Old, too many injuries, but my GOD he was SO good when he was young. I still remember 2004, because I hadn’t seen anyone play CF at the Box like he did. Jayson Werth flies out and Bryce Ks on pitch #8 – he’s having a leeeetle trouble with the curveball – he needs to tell JoBu where to get off. And he needs to quit rubbing his eyes because his mascara is smearing all over his face.

Man this game is taking a LONG time. Allen Craig up – hits an IF single to third. Yadi hits a slider that doesn’t to center for a single. David Freese, last year’s WS hero (next to Allen Craig) doubles in Craig. Descalso singles to right. My God – this is looking like the conga line in Baseball Bugs. Out trots the pitching coach, tells Zim to trust his stuff, throw strikes – you know, the usual. He gets Kozma swinging. (Oh yeah – discussed the Infamous IF Kozma bullstuff call with Mama and Susanna, who Know The Rules. They inform me that the call was actually correct IF you look at it as  ”the SS was camped under the ball” and NOT correct if you follow the spirit of the rule, which is to prevent the IF from purposely letting the ball drop for a DP – seeing as how Kozma couldn’t have thrown anyone out HAD he caught that ball.)

Then – HOLY SPIT – Jaime Garcia is out of the ballgame – no I am not kidding – 2 innings and he’s gone. Not that he was doing well, I’d bet he’s hurting. But anyway, Skip Schumacher is up to PH and he gets a 7 pitch 6-3 RBI. Desmond doesn’t even try to throw home. Jon Jay hits a ball to left – Descalso scores before Morse throws Jay out at second. Hard to tell if he was trying to stretch it into a double or trying to draw the throw to allow Descalso to score from second.

But it doesn’t end up mattering because it’s Cards 4 Nats 1

Jordan Zimmermann is throwing his usual crappy game against the Cards. I know, youneverknow, like Joe Saunders.

3rd inning: it’s Lance Lynn. I guess he’s long man – I didn’t understand why on earth he wasn’t one of the starters, seeing as how he’s been pitching lights out, but I guess it’s the senority thingy or something. Chris Carpenter ain’t who he was, but his manager/old catcher can’t see him relieving.

Anyway, Lance gets 2 Ks, a single and a GO on 16 pitches. He’s throwing strikes and getting hitters to swing at pitches out of the zone – something Jaime wasn’t doing. Zim comes back out – gets 2 quick outs, gives up a homer to Allen Craig to second deck LF (not quite Big Mac Land – I like that the sign is still up. Roids or no roids, he really entertained the masses, tsktsking current sportswriters included.) then gave up a single and got another GO.

Cards 5 Nats 1

Daddy comes in, looks at the remains of the Mac-n-cheese and teriyaki strips, goes into the kitchen to scrounge his own dinner. Louis trots after him, hoping to get scraps. It’s a PITA watching TV here. Because Husby-do is allergic to cats (it’s the hair) I have to wear this stupid paper catsuit (hahaha) – you know – the kind that you wear over your clothes when you go into the operating room where they do C-sections, and put one of those stupid paper caps over my braids. Louis finds this very amusing and he loves to wait until I’m not looking, then come up behind me and rub his face on my neck because he knows I’m going to have to go wash it off. If I keep watching him, he’ll purr and pat that stupid paper thingy with his paw, telling me – you just wait sista, I’ll be all OVAH you with cat lick. MWAAAAHAHAHAHA  MRRRRRRRRRRRWWWWOOOOOORRRRRRRRRR

Damm, it’s already an hour and a half and we’re just starting the 4th inning. In case all yall wondering how we are reacting to what the announcers are saying, we cut the sound after the like 5 zillionth time we heard about The Shadows Affecting The Game. That was like, after, like, around 20 minutes, or 3 hitters.

Lance Lynn back out. Espinoza thoughtfully bunts out. Why he’s bunting when he can hit, I don’t know. Suzuki is called out on 3 straight pitches – he’s NOT happy because the first 2 were inside. But it’s this – constantly changing strike zone thingy – that seems popular this postseason. (The strike zone that Verlander got in game 1 was Eric Gregg deja vu all ovah again.) Jordan Zimmerman is out – not surprised because he was awful and the Nats are already behind 4 runs and Lynn is lookin good. PH Roger Bernadina walks, does not try to steal a base, I guess because Jayson Werth might could get IBB. And Jayson Ks swinging at ball 3.

Setup man Craig Stammen, RHP, is in. Descalso takes strike 1 off the plate, ball 1 in the dirt, then hits the next FB right down the middle barely over the wall into CF, right next to the RF bullpen. He hit 4 homers this YEAR!!! Kozma walks – and this one is legit. What happens next is teh kewl. Lance Lynn sac bunts, Stammen fields it, throws offline to second instead of taking the sure out at first, and Kozma goes to third. MUCHO kewl. It’s not called an error, but it is a mental, um, effup. And in keeping with mental effups, Danny Espinoza boots an easy 4-3 by Jon Jay and Kozma scores. Really.  CarlosBeltran is up, Jay takes off for second after a couple of pickoff throws. Carlos walks on 5 pitches WAAAAYYYY out of the zone – even for Marvin Hudson.

Stammen is yanked, in comes Christian Garcia, RHP, who gets the next 2 outs without allowing any more runs.

Cards 7 Nats 1

5th – Lance Lynn back out. Gets Bryce Harper swinging. Harper looks BAD – trouble is that with this guy, youneverknow when he is gonna figure it out and make YOU look BAD. Lance is throwing too many pitches out of the zone, comes in waaaay too much, gives up back to back homers to Ryan Zim and Adam LaRoche. He then gets Morse and Desmond 1 pitch apiece.

Christian Garcia back out. Yadi takes a 7 pitch walk. Man, this sure is a “moneyball” game with all these walks – not that I blame the hitters, mind, because swinging at pitches out of the zone is not a smart idea. But between all the time it takes for the pitcher to get the ball and throw the darn thing, and all the walks, it makes the game too much like one of those icky DH containing games with Yankees/Red Sox in it. Well, not so much Red Sox these days, yeah, I know (and speaking of Red Sox, apparently Larry Lucchino, having completely failed with HIS hand picked manager Bobby V, is gonna pick the manager again his own self. Not sure why he doesn’t trust his handpicked GM to get the job done, but there you go – Drayton McLane all ovah again.)

Where was I?

Oh yeah. The game. David Freese takes a 5 pitch walk and yeah, Ball 4 was RIGHT on the black. It drives pitchers crazy because they can’t guess whether or not the EXACT same pitch will be called a ball or strike. But Descalso GIDP and Kozma Ks.

6th – RHP Joe Kelly comes in and gets 3 outs on 8 pitches. There haven’t been ANY innings with 3 outs on less than 16 pitches, so far. Jon Jay makes a great catch on Espinoza’s flyball, after starting to cut the wrong way. I didn’t think he was gonna get there. I don’t guess the Cards are missing Colby Rasmus after all.

Mike Gonzalez (yeah, the guy who used to close for the Pirates) LHP comes in. He gets PH Shane Robinson – so we’re gonna have the – each reliever gets an inning – thingy instead of letting Kelly pitch a couple. At least they aren’t pulling pitchers in the middle of innings for endless leftylefty matchups. He gets 2 outs on 4 pitches, then Carlos Beltran remembers 04. He takes a couple of inside pitches, fouls off 4 pitches, then hits one over the LF fence. Holliday takes 2 balls and a called strike, swings at something at his ankles, then gets called out on a pitch waaay inside at his elbow.

Time for robot umps. This is ridiculous.

And then I get a call from Husband asking me to get the kidz because he’s still at work (and starving) so I miss the rest of the game. Which is a shame because Edward Mujica, mopup guy, comes in, gives up a single to Werth, a double to Bryce Harper (remember I said about him suddenly remembering how to hit) and a fun play in which Ryan Zim flies out to Holliday, who makes a lousy throw, which Descalso retrieves, and they catch the aforementioned Bryce Harper gettin a leeeettle extra greedy, tryin for third and he is O-U-T out. So all the Nats end up getting is 2 runs, and they needed more and youneverknow, they just might could have. It always helps when the opposing team is thoughtful enough to get their own selves out.

Cards tack on 4 more runs in the 8th and Carlos the Jackal hits another homer.

So the series is tied up at 1-1 and they’re off to Washington where it will be Chris Carpenter vs Edwin Jackson, who got absolutely KILLT in his last start against Saint Looey a few weeks back, giving up 9 runs over 1.1 IP.

You know, lots of people were going on and on and on about Strasburg, how he was feeling fine, he should have kept on pitching, the way the Nats decided to do his schedule was dumb, look at the Braves and Kris Medlin. Lots of good it did the Braves, hunh? But If the Nats get beat by the Cards, you KNOW we won’t be hearing the end of it for, goodness knows how long. Until the Nats win a WS, prolly.

It turns out I was right and Jaime WAS hurt – he went and got his shoulder MRId – something is hurting and he had missed all that time on the DL earlier this year. He may not be back, and Lance Lynn just might could be starting when they go on the the NCLS. You notice I said WHEN. Louis told me so.

Some wonderful news, the Orioles beat Andy Pettitte and the Yankees. I love it when the Yankees lose.

Tomorrow, it’s San Fran vs the Reds. Yesterday, I watched Tim Lincecum pitch in relief. His FB topped out at 90. Whoa. The Athletics are gonna have to come back from the dead at Detroit tomorrow night. I doubt it. But their ending should send their owner into ecstasy, so he can explain that once more, his team can’t compete without a new taxpayer financed stadium in some other city. Like the economy, especially in California, can hand out a zillion dollar stadium to a zillionaire.

Some things never change.

 

 

10/6/12: Nolan Ryan’s Ballclub Loses BEFORE The Playoffs And The Umps Help The Cards Beat Braves

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Sad news: Michael Bourn will once again miss the playoffs. His teammates played badly – errors all OVAH the place, serious brain farts (Simmons thinking he was supposed to squeeze bunt, Freeman standing like a lump while Simmons gets called out for interference. But that didn’t hold a candle to Pete Kozma, the Cards’ SS, running out into deep left, where he didn’t belong, to catch a ball after calling off Matt Holliday, who had it easily, then having thumbs up ass and letting it drop. SHOULD have been a ROE-6 but one crazy ump decided to call it an IF fly after it had dropped and for reasons I do NOT get, the other umps wouldn’t overturn it. Yes, I know that an IF fly doesn’t have to be strictly in the IF, but the infielder going deep into the OF hardly makes it an INFIELD fly.

Anyway, Michael came up with bases loaded, and a chance to put his team ahead in the 8th and he struck out looking on 3 hittable pitches. He’s had a terrible second half, and this game kind of sealed it – except that he didn’t make an error.

So Mama’s Cardinals are right back in it this year – anyone besides her think that Kris Medlin, winner of 23 straight games, was gonna lose to Kyle Lohse? She tells me they are gonna repeat – Louis the Red Siamese sez Mrrrrrroooooooowwwrrrrrrrrrrrr, which means GO CARDS!!!

No Lance Berkman, far as I know, because really, he can’t do much of anything and would be taking an unnecessary spot on the roster. Which is too bad. At least he got a Ring last year.

Which is something Roy Oswalt won’t get again. Picked the wrong team to join this year. Of course, with all his back problems, he just might could be at the end of his career, like Lance.

I’m grinning ear to ear – Nolan Ryan’s chokers, who lost the division by losing 3 straight to Oakland, choked again in their WC game against the Baltimore Orioles, who are in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Lots of luck, sometimes, gambles work out. Maybe it is even that Buck Showalter has learned how to manage without making all the players want to strangle him. Sometimes, guys chill when they get a little older.

The more the Nolan Ryans lose, the happier I am. I just LUUUUVVVV that sour lemon expression on his face when they lose. Imagine – his expensive Yu Darvish loses to Joe Saunders, a mediocre pitcher who the Diamondbacks dumped for Matt Lindstrom (remember him?) in August – he posted a 4.03 ERA and a q.40 WHIP. But tonight, the un-mighty Rangers scored one run on a walk, a single and a GIDP. Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler – all did nothing. Josh Hamilton is gonna have an INteresting offseason.

I notice that Nolie-poo and gang have been saying Not Very Nice Things, so they won’t have to pay and fans won’t grumble as much. I hear Boston fans talking about signing him – which, was I him, I wouldn’t do. Playin for Red Sox Nation would drive a non-drinker to drink and I can’t imagine what it would do to an alcoholic. And of course, his lousy play down the stretch won’t help him look as good as he could have, especially given his injury history.

9/27/12: Bud Norris Pitches An Ace Game And Jose Altuve Ends The Astros Tenure In Minute Maid With A Bang

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

This post is hard to write.  I’m not crying now – that will come later, I know, after the WS is over, the first time I drive past what used to be a baseball stadium and I have to face that baseball in Houston is gone forever and has been replaced with a sham called DH ball.

Sometimes, it is hard to face the cold, hard, painful truth of reality, but sooner or later you have to.

In the meantime, I have to thank Bud Norris for that absolutely awesome pitching performance. He looked like the Bud Norris was was absolutely ACE until his hip problem thingy in May. Tonight, he had the awful Angel Hernandez for a HP ump, but gave up only a double, a single and a HBP and no walks. NO runs, 7.1 IP, ERA FINALLY below 5. And this was with Scott Moore in right field and he is NOT an outfielder. I held my breath more than once, but he managed to make all the plays. For once. Fortunately, no balls were hit to left, where Fernando Martinez was ready to stink it up.

First W since May 21, believe it or not. (It was MORE than obvious that he was hurt his next start, and he didn’t get sent to the DL for several more weeks. This pitching through injury stuff is stupid. Period)

Although he did have some REALLY good pitching performances in which he either got a L or a ND – like Lucas Harrell. You get no run support/bullpen, it don’t matter whether or not You Know How To Win.

2 meh (4 R/6 IP) and 1 pulled because of injury (3 R/3.1 IP) starts in June = 3 L

4 VERY good QS, 1 absolutely HORRIBLE start (9 runs/4.1 IP) in July = 3 L, 2 ND

3 QS, 1 meh 4 R/6 IP and 1 horrible (6 R/3.1 IP) starts in August = 3 L, 2 ND

2 QS with NO runs given up (1 W, 1 ND) and 2 yeccch starts with 5 runs/start = 2 L

He’s got one more scheduled start next week – let’s hope he gets a shutout. He didn’t deserve this many losses. Then again, neither did his fellow pitchers, for the most part.

Best part of today’s W was that it was against Chris Carpenter, who has KILLED the Astros for years and years. I’m impressed that he was actually able to come back this year – but that guy is a real fighter, he surely is.

Jose Altuve hit his homer over the 3rd window of the CBoxes. VERY kewl.

Scott Moore then doubled, went to third on a groundout, then foolishly tried to score on a GB to short by Maxwell, and was dead meat at home. Justin stole second and trotted home on a single to right (for once) by Brett Wallace. Let me be kind and say that Brett has, um, struggled a bit (ahem) this month. He’s really increased his strikeout percentage this year – if he played a full season he’d be having a 180 (approx) strikeout year. Which is nothing like Jason Maxwell’s, true.

It was only 2 runs, and the Stros left men on first and 3rd in the 5th, but fortunately Bud was nails and after he gave up a HBP (which is OK – it would have been a walk anyway) and a ROE then a K in the 8th, Wilton Lopez came in for a 5 out save.

Can’t believe Francie-poo is doing something so Old Skool. But hey, it’s working and there is no reason not to, seeing as how we’re not saving Wilton-ie for the postseason.

Oh yeah – and best news – no more Milo. So hopefully, it will be the end of calling every player a cutesy-poo name with an “ie” at the end of his name as if he were a small child. Unless the new manager continues this, I’ll quit calling all the players like that, seeing as how I don’t need to mock either Millsie-poo or Milo-ie no mo. If Crane has any sense, he’ll get rid of the 2 clowns who try to interject football and golf into every sentence and hire some guys who know and like baseball. And don’t have a northeast/midwest/whatever it is, it’s awful – non-Texan accent. But I doubt it – it might could cost money. And as Maury Brown reports, Crane will be spending most of the new money coming in from MLBAM, the new RSN and the net network deals on the debt.

Remember that preposterous 650 mill price tag that Bud Selig liked because it jacked up values of other franchises, that price tag consisting of money Crane ain’t got, that rpice tag that ensured that Crane would allow the Astros to be dragged into the sewer that is the DH league?

Yeah

Will be interesting to see how low he is gonna take the payroll next year. Bet it doesn’t exceed 30 mill, if that and yes, he DOES have to sign SOME free agents or the Players Union will complain. Not that it matters, seeing as how they have lost pretty much every single battle to the Owners over the past 10 years and have become a limp, toothless version of its former self, catering only to the very few high priced free agents who comprise less than 5% of major leaguers.

Stupid and short sighted.

But hey, instead of the old shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generatioons, it’s in 3 decades. Not even that. More like half a generation.

It’s an interesting thing. Pretty much nobody is left from the last strike of 94/95, and remembers what it means to stand up to the owners. You forget how to fight, you don’t bother to remember how to negotiate, next thing you know, all you do is lose more and more until you don’t even have guaranteed contracts.

You need guys with memories. It’s kind of like how my Dogs teach each new Dog in my pack what the Rules are and how to behave. Really.

sigh – back to my team, the Final Days. Day off, then off to Milwaukee, still fighting for that last WC spot, then to Wrigley to end the year. Fitting that we should end up at the field of perpetual losers to end the 50 year existence of the Houston Astros Baseball Club.

Astros don’t even have probable pitchers posted, no surprise, seeing as how everyone is beat up. Edgar Gonzalez and Fernando Abad are apparently too hurt to start and we know that Fernando Rodriguez is most likely going to get a start and I have absolutely NO idea who on earth is going to be able to start. I don’t think they do either.

We’ll face Yo Gallardo (might as well throw someone to the wolves as Yo turns the stros into Little Leaguers anyway) then Marco Estrada and Mike Fiers.

9/25/12: Astros Achieve Loss #105 By Getting Shut Out By The Cardinals

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

So Wandy was handed a 4 run lead by the end of the first inning and although he gave up 3 runs with a single then 2 homers before he recorded an out, he shut it DOWN giving up only 2 more walks and a single over the next 6 innings as the curve really curved and

oops

wrong team.

Where was I?

Oh yeah. The Lastros. Only 2 more games to tie last year’s record!!! WE CAN DO IT!!! 110 here we come!!!!!

Lucas Harrell lost again, poor guy – NO run support thanks to endless double plays. The Astros DID turn 2 very nice DPs, too, especially (I can’t believe it) the 3-2-3 Matt Downs to Chris Snyder on Carlos Beltran – I’d better not say he looks worn OUT or he’s gonna turn into Carlos 2004 before our eyes tomorrow. Saint Looey is ahead for the second WC by 2 games and the Crew must be gritting their teeth.

Lucas has actually pitched very well since the ASB, with only one bad game. He has very little in the way of W to show for it. Check it out:

1 ER/5 IP -ND
1 ER/7 IP – L
1 ER/7 IP – ND
2 ER/5.2 IP – W
2 ER/6 IP – W
2 ER/ 5 IP – L
1 ER/8 IP – W
6 ER = ick and well deserved L
1 ER/7 IP – ND
1 ER/ 7 IP – ND
3 ER/6 IP – ND
4 R/5.2 IP – ND
3 ER/5.2 IP – L
2 ER/5 IP – L

That is NINE games that, if he had had league average run support (and non-suckage bullpen) he should have won. Welcome to the Astros.

He had a tough time with this game, in spite of Snyder catching him again – gave up 7 hits and SIX walks (including an IBB) and only 2 runs, as he left bases loaded 3 times and had only one 1,2,3 inning. He even gave up a double to the PITCHER.

Jose Altuve had his 50th multi-hit game tonight. Our other major leaguer (besides Harrell and Wesley Wright.)

There is not much else to say.  Unfortunately.

Tomorrow is The Last Game. It’s hard not to cry, but after all, there is no crying in baseball…

 

9/24/12: Astros Clinch Title Of Worst Team In The Majors 2012!!!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Aren’t all yall excited!!! We get the number one draft choice again!!! Just like the Nats did a few years back, only they got 2 superstars and we didn’t/aren’t. I mean, even the Rays didn’t get number ones 2 years straight and neither did Pittsburgh. Or KC. Or Milwaukee.

And the deciding game was an Astros Special. Terrible pitching, fielding, hitting, errors galore, unmade plays galore.

Astros left bases loaded in the first. Gee, left bases loaded you say? Imagine that. 9 Ks in 7 innings? 2 GIDP and 7 or 8 RISP stranded? What a surprise. Everyone not named Scott Moore looked bad with the bat. Brett Wallace is having a TERIBLE September. Well, so is everyone else, I shouldn’t point fingers.

Abad had a 1,2,3 inning, but somehow hurt his little self (not used to pitching 4 innings straight, you say?) walking a batter and in came Froddy again. You might could kind of call it starting on short rest. Anyway, he gave up a – ahem – triple – ahem – to right. Scott Moore is not a RF, so you can say a better fielder just might could have done a lot better. But the FB down the middle to the next batter was entirely his own darn fault. Except for a solo homer to Yadi Molina – and that one was right down the middle too, he threw 3 more scoreless innings. Had no idea we had a long man. Don’t guess Froddy knew it neither.

Jose Velez gave up 2 runs because of TWO screwed up plays on successive sac bunts. Yeah – once Matheny saw that we couldn’t handle bunts, he ordered .300 hitter Jon Jay to lay down another and wouldn’tcha know it. Bases loaded, Matt Holliday singles to center and Bogu, of all people, makes an error and bobbles the ball and it’s men on second and third, 2 runs in. Not Bogu’s fault, just the advance to second. But Valdez shut it down, then Rhiner Cruz and Chuckie Fick pitched a scoreless.

Official attendence was 12, 584 – yeah, surrrrre. There weren’t 5 K people in the stands and most of em were Cards fans.

Now that Edgar Gonzalez and Abad are injured, wonder who on earth they are gonna use to start. Enerio Del Rosario? No wonder they are pushing Bud Norris to start. Although it might could not work in his favor – remember what happened to Brandon Backe who thought he was taking it for the team…

Oh yeah – news. Julio Daniel martinez is getting hand surgery and is out for the year. Like Brandon Barnes, he’s supposed to play winter league ball. He’s had The Year From Hell. And leads the Astros in RBIs which tell you all you need to know about RBIs. Fernando Martinez can’t hit or field.

The reason this team has won as much as it has this month is, in my opinion, due to all the extra relievers and uninjured bench players. Most of the time, we really didn’t have a 25 man roster. Not that this team could have been even decent if no one was injured, mind.

 

9/20/12: Bud Norris Loses Again

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Cards sweep, Carlos the Jackal remembers how to hit and Astros get closer and closer to that Sacred All Time Road Loss Record.

Watched Bud pitch. His motion has really changed since the beginning of the year. I don’t know how to do GIFs, but his motion used to be short, compact, with him bringing his hands up to his face, almost. He has a much longer stride, and he seems to, how to put it, have a longer throw. He gave up 6 hits, FIVE walks (and the ump was dead right every single call) and a homer on a hanging slider. He threw 111 pitches, 60 strikes, 51 balls.

Of his strikes:

called strike – 17
swinging strike – 9
foul – 18
hit – 6
groundout 1
flyout – 7

called K – 2
swinging K – 5

swinging strikes on

FB – 2 1 1
slider – 2 1 1

3 ball counts that did not end in a walk: 4 (plus 5 walks, 3 on 4 straight balls)

He threw (that I count) 5 changeups, all of which were balls.

He used to look determined, the bulldog look. Now he looks grim, almost a I’m Gonna Get Through This Somehow – kind of look. It’s not that he “expects” to lose or has no confidence, but sort of a, I Can Get Through This – kind of look, not expectant, not quite resigned, but definitely NOT the old Bud. He’s jinxed – no matter what he does out there, he just CAN’T win. And I’m sure he didn’t appreciate Wesley Wright letting his 2 stranded runners score after he left in the 6th.

He’s throwing too many pitches – too many balls, and I mean WAAAY out of the strike zone and not one of those Chase Me pitches on a 0-2. He’s having too many pitches fouled off – not enough movement. He also got lucky because both Brandon Barnes, who I’m liking more and more, made a fabulous diving catch as did Jason Maxwell.

I don’t know what to do with the poor boy. He’s not having more success with this delivery than he did with his delivery at the beginning of the year when he was winning. I’m not sure why it has been changed like this, or if it has been done deliberately or accidentally. But I’m sure he’ll be relieved when this year is just OVER. Not sure what they’re gonna do with him. It’s not like they have all these young starters ready to come up. There has been talk for years about turning him into a closer, but really, at least with THIS team, he’s more valuable as a starter for the simple reason that we are using Fernando Abad, Armando Galarraga, Edgar Gonzalez, etc, as starters, and Bud is still better than they are.

sigh

I don’t guess I have to talk about the Astros doing their usual suckage with bases loaded/RISP/MOB, do I?  Because there really isn’t anything new to say. Unfortunately.

And Wandy had a lousy game today to put the Pirates below .500 – so we aren’t gonna see him in the upcoming series.  Pirates have removed James McDonald, who turned into a pumpkin, from the starting rotation (and Erik Bedard is gone), so we’ll be facing rookie John Locke, who wasn’t real too especially good last time we faced him.

We’re home again, so we’ll have to wait until next week to see if we can’t improve upon that road loss record

9/19/12: Astros Are Shutout On Joe Morgan’s Birthday

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Loss # 101 – and second road loss in a row – only 7 more to go for the record!!!!!

Lucas Harrell had his third loss in a row, and THIS time, he had his favorite catcher back, so he can’t blame Castro for not blocking anything. It was Lucas his own self threw a luscious meaty 3-2 FB to the EXACT same spot that Freese had fouled off the previous pitch to give the Cards a 2-0 lead they never relinquished. And it was Lucas his own self threw a 3-1 FB RIGHT down the exact middle of the plate to Yadi Molina for a 3-0 lead.

Anyone who saw Yadi hitting back in 06 (53 OPS+ and a .583 OPS) ever think he would be a .300 hitter just 2 years later? Anyone ever imagine he would have a 140 OPS+ at age 30? I know I sure didn’t. Youneverknow.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The game.

Now Lucas could sure nuff be ticked off at his teammates for not hitting for spit, for leaving Altuve and his leadoff double on second, and for Brandon Laird leaving men on first and second in the 4th. (WHY exactly did we pick him up offn waivers? Oh yeah – he can play third.) Also for Altuve leaving a man on second with 2 outs in the 5th.

But he should thank Ambriz for getting the third out in the 6th when he left men on first and third.

Guess Lucas is getting tired – it’s the end of the year and he’s well over 30 innings more than he’s ever pitched before, including last year. It’s OK, he’s helping the Astros reach the goal of The Sacred All Time Road Loss Record.

It’s not that Lucas was not pitching well – he gave up 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 ROE, 7 K over 5.2 IP. It’s that Lance Lynn was absolutely shutDOWN. Guess those 2 weeks of rest in the bullpen got him back on track because he looked like he did at the beginning of the year. Loading the lineup with leftys didn’t do a BIT of good.

Tomorrow, it’s Bud Norris, former Cards killah, vs Jaime Garcia, who I thought would be the Cards ace this year, but he’s struggled with injuries. Jaime has a 2 something ERA at home this year, but has a lifetime losing record vs the Astros, for some reason. He has a 8.10 ERA – which is really tough to believe, but there you go.

Poor Bud – he just hasn’t been able to buy himself a W since MAY – when he got hurt. He’s pitched well, pitched OK, pitched lousy, and STILL can’t buy himself a W. He’s turning into Anthony Young (Yes, ex-Stro, but his days of infamy were with the Mets.)

I can’t find any info on anyone else interviewing for manager – or who the “mystery” candidate is supposed to be or even IF there really IS a mystery candidate.  Probably Alan Trammel – he knows ALL about how it is to manage a 100+ loss team year after year. And scapegoated, to boot. Just like Millsie-poo.