Re: Bad strike calls on Joey Votto
No conspiracy against Votto, just the standard "respect" for Cardinal pitching. Braves pitchers used to get the same calls in the 90's. It's been happening all season for the Cardinals against all opponents, and was really evident this series.
It's almost as bad as the bias they get from their "official scorer." Anything close is an error on their fielders, and anything close is a hit for their hitters. It really is a crime.
These two factors probably have as much to do with why the Cards have so many pitchers with low ERA's, as their actual talent.