We are two days into the 2016 season and the Cardinals have yet to win a game. The Cardinals have had too many strikeouts in these two games. This is not acceptable. The Cards can’t be leaving runners on base either. In Monday’s game, there were 10 runners left on base. It’s not just that the guys can’t hit; they can’t score either. Randall Grichuk has struck out every time he’s come up to bat. He’s riding the bench for tonight’s game; Jeremy Hazelbaker is getting his first major league start.
The guys came close to a win last night, but as we old timers know, close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and making out in the back seat of a car. The bullpen, however, was lights out, with the exception of Seth Maness. Jedd Gyorko hit his first HR in a Cardinals uniform. Aledmys Pena and Jeremy Hazelbaker got their first major league hits. There was some offense, but not enough runs for a win. But that Stephen Piscotty has a heck of an arm.
And what’s with the bunts? Matt Carpenter is the leadoff batter and he should not be bunting. Bunts need to be executed by the 8th and 9th place hitters, not the leadoff hitter. And if the hitter is not good at bunting, then he shouldn’t be bunting at all. (Yes, Kolton Wong, this means you. I’m thinking about your GIDP in Game 1.)
And to make matters worse, sadly, like last year, the infirmary is getting full again. Here is the list of current patients and their maladies:
Brayan Pena – Knee surgery to remove loose cartilage in knee – out at least 1 month.
Jhonny Peralta – Thumb ligament tear – out at least until June
Ruben Tejada – Left quad grade 1 strain – on 15 day DL
Tommy Pham – Left oblique strain – out for at least 2 weeks
Mitch Harris – Right arm compression syndrome – on 15 day DL
Jordan Walden – Grade 2 lat sprain – out until June
I’m sure that there are fans out there who are thinking, It’s only the first two games of the season. The season is a marathon, not a sprint. While these sayings are true, there’s some fine tuning that needs to be done. Otherwise, this season will go by very, very slowly. Please play better, guys; I’m tired of hearing my husband whine that I’d better get used to seeing the Cards play like this because it’s going to happen all season.
There is a bit of good news: Sir Paul McCartney will be playing a concert at Busch Stadium on August 13th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ concert at Busch Stadium II. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 15 at 10:00 AM CST and you can purchase tickets here. My husband and I saw Sir Paul in concert at Busch Stadium II in 1993. It was a very good show. I was impressed with the pyrotechnics during “Live and Let Die.” This show should be just as good, if not even better.
Let’s hope the Cards go on a winning streak starting tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing Mike Leake pitch. Thanks as always for reading and see you next time!