Originally Posted by traderumor
Really? That's what happened? I've seen bad pitching so far, all four games that are in the books. I'm suspecting that trying harder wasn't going to turn any of those bombs into outs. Homer simply isn't a good pitcher, Arredondo can't find the plate still. I don't think lollygagging is the problem.
Nah, not that. They ran out all the ground balls hard and there was a lot of effort for the first 7 innings. Just a lack of what I'll call game awareness.
Westbrook walks Cozart and Votto in the 1st. But Bruce and Rolen don't move them along and nada. Westbrook walk 2 guys to lead off the second. And then Hanigan swings on the first pitch. Bailey makes a stupid bunt to force the guy at 3rd and nothing. Those 9 pitch innings. Bailey swinging at the 1st pitch in his AB. The Cards bust it open by starting the runners (walks) and Molina laying into a fat pitch when everbody and their brother could see it coming. And then the Reds just layed down the last few innings and gave away ABs. I felt like yelling "c'mon guys, let's think a little out there". It's way too early for this kind of play.
I guess when you don't make plays, you don't execute at the plate or throw good pitches, you're going to look bad and look lackadaisical. And that's what I saw tonight.