The Cards have an American league lineup, dominant rotation and suspect pen. They just brought up phenom pitching prospect Carlos Martinez and added him to the pen like they did with Shelby Miller last year. Carlos is a beast. Future top of the rotation guy.
Ahh yes, Bob Gibson. All time great pitcher, and All Time 1st class jerk. Not an attack on anyone at all, I just had the 'pleasure' of meeting him at an autograph session (for which he was paid, i might add). My friend had his son with him, and simply asked to him sign, and write, 'To Dylan'. With the little boy right there, Gibson curtly said, "i'm NOT doin that", signed it, and basically tossed it back at my friend and his son. A complete jerk. Of course, I've heard some of the same stuff with many athletes, including some of our favorite Reds.
I don't know if I would call it luck. Fortuitous, yes.
Right now the Redbirds are playing at a high level, primarily due to some lights out starting pitching. Their bullpen has blown at least 4 games, and their bats have been so-so.
The starting pitching cannot sustain a 2.00 ERA for a season, nor can their average with RISP. By the same token, the bats are starting to heat up and the bullpen will improve.
FWIW, the Cardinals had the same record as today exactly 1 year ago and basically played .500 ball for the rest of the season.
It's a long season and it will go down to the wire.
Last edited by SpiritofStLouis; 05-06-2013 at 12:50 AM. Reason: added text
We can share the women, we can share the wine.
If you're going to have problems, the bullpen is generally the easiest to fix.
I don't know what I would think right now if I was a cards fan. They have clearly looked like the best team in the division and really haven't gone through a rough stretch, yet they are still only 2.5 games up in the division.
The reds have been pretty average so far, while playing a tough schedule. The Cards schedule hasn't been easy but has not been as tough as the Reds schedule so far. When you combine the inevitable Cards rough stretch with a Reds hot stretch, you would think that lead will evaporate quickly. Add in the Reds only having one series left in St. Louis, with the Cards having to travel to Cincy three times, and you have to like where the Reds are right now.
Based solely on the eye test the Cards look like the best team in the division, but when you analyze the numbers you would almost rather be in the Reds position.
Meanwhile after 31 games the cards have only played 12 at home. Unlike the reds they haven't gotten to play teams as bad as LAA, Miami, or Chicago twice.
Over a season sos and RPI mean nothing to me in baseball. But for a month or so I think its fine. On paper the reds schedule looked tough. In reality its been a pretty light scheduls
The Cardinals lost 8 of 10 games after starting 20-11 last season. I guess we'll soon see if they're able to keep up this pace or if it is an aberration like last season.
Last edited by Beltway; 05-06-2013 at 10:08 AM.
In baseball tough strength of schedule is a hard thing to predict. It's more of a factor of when you play a team sometimes than who the team is. Or honestly it could come down to what part of the rotation you are in compared to the other team. A lot if factors play into it.