Last night’s Cards-Reds game was the most horrible game I have ever seen in person. The Cards lost to the Reds 15-2. In my last blog post, I compared the bad Cardinals to a beer league softball team, and sure enough, that’s the team that showed up to play last night. When I played co-ed softball, there was a 10 run mercy rule (the game ends after a team scores 10 runs), but unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to baseball. If it did, the game would have been over after the fourth inning.
My last blog post pleaded for Good Jaime to show up last night. Bad Jaime showed up instead. He only lasted one inning. The experiment to move Jaime back into the starting rotation failed miserably. I’m pretty sure that last night was the last time we’ll ever see Jaime pitching in a Cardinals uniform.
Michael Wacha relieved Jaime in the second inning, but he wasn’t much better. The next relief pitcher was Luke Weaver. After Luke, Dean Kiekhefer came in to pitch. Hazelbaker, a position player, was the last pitcher of the game. We left the game after the sixth inning. We just couldn’t take any more misery.
Yadi had a bad night too; he couldn’t throw out anyone trying to steal. The Cards did score a couple of runs, so at least it wasn’t a shutout. The highlight of the game was a Stephen Piscotty triple.
I always buy a scorecard and keep score when I go to a game, but last night, I stopped keeping score after the fourth inning. The Reds’ lineup batted 1 ½ times in the fourth inning, and there’s no room on a scorecard to score a second run through the lineup (if there is a way, someone please let me know how), so I just gave up keeping score all together.
My friend noticed how empty the stadium was last night even before the game. There was less than 40,000 attendees for the first time since 2013. The left upper deck was completely empty. In fact, the fans booed several times last night, and I’m ashamed to say I was one of them. I never thought that I would ever boo my beloved Cardinals, but last night I did. It appears the fans are getting tired of crappy baseball. I’m glad that I didn’t pay for my tickets to last night’s game; I would have been really angry if I had paid good money for that lousy outcome. It’s a shame that the last game I got to see at Busch Stadium this season was such a debacle. I missed going to Bible study for this? I would have gotten more out of Bible study that that game.
After last night’s loss, the Cards are 1 game back of the Giants for the second wild card spot. It’s still possible for the Cards to get to the wild card game, but even if by some stroke of luck they did, I really don’t think they’d win the game. I think the guys have finally run out of steam, and Yadi especially. Carson Kelly should have been called up earlier to give Yadi some days off, and Mike Matheny should have insisted that Yadi take more time off. Brayan Pena was supposed to be Yadi’s backup, but he got injured. Either the guys are totally exhausted, or there are some issues going on in the clubhouse that we are not yet privy to. It appears they have checked out for the season.
I think it’s time for us Cards fans to start mentally checking out of this season too. I predicted back in May that this wasn’t our year, and I was right. After the season is over, there will be some housecleaning occurring. I think there will be some players gone next season, and maybe some coaches and perhaps a manager too.
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!