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    From The St Louis Dispatch

    I thought this was pretty good.

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/spo...9?OpenDocument

    Cards' loss serves as new reminder of vulnerability
    By Bernie Miklasz


    CINCINNATI In 2004 and 2005, the St. Louis Cardinals would have put this game in the bank as early as the first inning. Give them a 4-0 lead, with Chris Carpenter on the mound and Albert Pujols still in line for at least four more at-bats? Forget about it. A comeback, in these conditions, is the impossible dream.

    But these are the 2006 Cardinals. They have winning streaks and losing streaks. They are sensational one day and terrible the next, and they baffle their fans and themselves by swerving to these extremes. We are never quite sure what to make of these Cardinals, except to conclude that something has changed, something is missing, something isn't right.

    Much of the supporting cast is different. And so is the method, and the mood. This season is a grind. And it's a grim endeavor.

    Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park, what used to be inconceivable was reinforced as a new and disturbing reality. The Cardinals suffered one of their worst losses of the season, getting jolted by the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in an outcome that didn't seem possible in 2004-2005.


    Carpenter is the reigning National League Cy Young award winner. But he couldn't hold leads of 4-0 and 6-3. And in his last three starts, against the Cubs, Brewers and Reds, Carpenter has been pushed around for 15 runs and five homers in 17 innings. This simply should not happen to a No. 1 starter.

    Give Carpenter a 4-0 lead last season, and it's over. Not now. Given a 5-0 lead Monday, Jeff Weaver did something Carpenter could not do Wednesday: He locked the game down.

    Pujols won the NL's Most Valuable Player award last season, and he's making a bid for another MVP. But this was not an MVP night for El Hombre. In the sixth, Pujols had one of his most feeble at-bats of the season, whiffing with the bases loaded and the Cardinals up 6-3 and poised to put the Reds away.

    It was a huge miss by Pujols and the Cardinals. The Reds, given a reprieve, attacked Carpenter anew in the bottom of the sixth for three runs and a 6-6 tie. And though the Cardinals recovered for a 7-6 edge on a splendid RBI single by David Eckstein, you just had an unsettling feeling that the Reds would answer.

    And sure enough, the fireworks were ignited in the bottom of the ninth. Cardinals closer Jason Isrighausen, brought into the contest in the eighth to record the final five outs, came up short by two outs. Izzy served up a high fastball to catcher David Ross, who nearly gunned it into the Ohio River, the ball landing 442 feet away for the winning, two-run homer.

    "You want your best guy winning it for you or losing it for you," manager Tony La Russa said, referring to Isringhausen. MORE BERNIE
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    But La Russa also could have been talking about Carpenter and Pujols.

    It was a walk-off homer for the Reds, who have 27 comeback wins and seven after the eighth inning. And it was another sulk-off night for the Cardinals, who had their division lead over the Reds chopped to 21/2 games.

    There is something fresh about these Reds. They're like a college team, with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. They play stretches of inadequate baseball, but they won't go away. As Ross touched home after his blast, he took his batting helmet and tossed it high into the air, a figure of complete exuberance.

    The Cardinals, on the other hand, look stale. After winning 205 regular-season games over the previous two seasons, winning had become a way of life, a business routine, something that came to be viewed as ritual.

    There's a stark difference between the dugouts in Cincinnati this week. The Reds are jumping around, bright-eyed and emotional and determined to prove their readiness. The Cardinals are more controlled. They expect to win. Isn't it their right? Isn't it their destiny? But the Reds are teaching the Cardinals a lesson. If you want to win, go grab it. Seize the moment. Nothing will be handed to you.

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    Now let's go out.... win today and sweep next week in St. Louis. Let's show everyone the Reds are for real and here to stay. I'm not talking about passing the torch. I'm talking about this fact....the Reds are going to be around and contending for the next few years. They are going to hang in there. Let's go for the division so we can stop watching the Diamondbacks, Padres and Dodgers scores. Concentrate on St. Louis.....this is the year.

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    That is a pretty good article. I like it.

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    it was great too bad arroyo did not read it

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    Quote Originally Posted by redsupport
    it was great too bad arroyo did not read it
    So I guess you are going to hound Arroyo until the end of time now?
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    no until he wins his 10th game, I have been hounding Griffey and that point was prescient, Griffey's production is ajoke. Would you care to defend it as a number three hitter?

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    Pointing out a players flaws is one thing. Hounding on them, beating a horse to death, and excessive player criticism is another.

    I'm not saying you've done that as yet, but I know your track record on other sites. So when I suddenly see multiple posts and a thread started by you before the game ends on the subject I can't help be a bit suspicious.
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: From The St Louis Dispatch

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/spo...5?OpenDocument

    The Reds, better known in St. Louis as THE TEAM THAT WON'T GO AWAY.
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