October 22, 2013, 09:17 AM
19th World Series, what's it going to be boys? I see most people predicting a close, long series, which I agree with, but I think I see more people giving a slight edge to Boston. A lot of that probably has to do with them having the home field advantage.

I think the keys to the Cardinal fortunes rest with the bullpen and how much of a lift they can get from Allen Craig. The Red Sox did much of their damage in the ALCS against the Tiger bullpen. I think our starters can contain Boston like Detroit's did, so the question becomes whether the bullpen can keep Boston from staging all the late rallys that they did in the ALCS.

If Craig can get his timing back and produce, he adds a huge component to this lineup, especially with the DH in play in Boston.

This should be a great series.
October 22, 2013  05:32 PM ET

Don't think this is confirmed, but I'm reading that Craig is in, and Adron Chambers is out for the World Series roster. If true, it would surprise me a bit that Chambers is being left off instead of Wong. Assuming that Craig can't play the outfield at all, there would only be four experienced outfielders on the WS roster.

Maybe they want the extra infielder on the bench in case of an injury after they remove Freese from games.

October 22, 2013  05:33 PM ET

I guess Carpenter could count as an experienced outfielder if you were in a pinch.

October 23, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I guess Carpenter could count as an experienced outfielder if you were in a pinch.

Correct, in that scenario the only thing Chambers offers is pinch running ... not enough to justify a WS roster spot.

Compared to the previous WS trips I'm feeling really good about this one, to the point where I could see this ending in 5 gms (knock on wood). GO CARDS!

October 23, 2013  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Correct, in that scenario the only thing Chambers offers is pinch running ... not enough to justify a WS roster spot.Compared to the previous WS trips I'm feeling really good about this one, to the point where I could see this ending in 5 gms (knock on wood). GO CARDS!

I feel good about this one too, for some reason. I think if we keep pitching like we have, we're going to be tough to beat. I just feel like our offense can get to their rotation a bit. Hope we are both right. :o)

October 23, 2013  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Correct, in that scenario the only thing Chambers offers is pinch running ... not enough to justify a WS roster spot.Compared to the previous WS trips I'm feeling really good about this one, to the point where I could see this ending in 5 gms (knock on wood). GO CARDS!

I feel good about this one too, for some reason. I think if we keep pitching like we have, we're going to be tough to beat. I just feel like our offense can get to their rotation a bit. Hope we are both right. :o)

October 24, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Well that got ugly real fast! Guess we still aren't over our lefty struggles. Here's to hoping the boys just decided to get their one 'stinker' game out of the way early. Calling on Mr. Wacha to don his cape again tonight, GO CARDS!

October 25, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well that got ugly real fast! Guess we still aren't over our lefty struggles. Here's to hoping the boys just decided to get their one 'stinker' game out of the way early. Calling on Mr. Wacha to don his cape again tonight, GO CARDS!

You're right game 1 was ugly with the errors and the misplay between Adam and Yadier. Add to that the leadoff walks by Adam, and it made for a bad night. Credit Lester for throwing a great game though, and keeping our guys off balance.

Last night was more what we are used to seeing. Dominant pitching from the young arms. Wacha wasn't quite as sharp as he had been, but he didn't get rattled and kept us in it. Can't walk Pedroia ahead of Big Papi there, and then get behind Papi in the count.....but that was all Wacha gave them.

The lights out work by Martinez and Rosenthal was beautiful to see. Great move by Matheny sticking with Carlos to pitch to Ortiz. Also I thought Matheny managed a great game all night, being aggressive with the double steal was a key to the game.

October 25, 2013  11:00 AM ET

Agreed 11, last night was a typical 'grind out' game by the 'Birds. Effective starting pitching, dominant relief pitching and aggression on the base paths to make something happen.

October 27, 2013  01:02 PM ET

Last 2 games have been edge of your seat stuff, highly entertaining. Hope Craig didn't hurt himself any worse running the bases. Let's go Lynn, GO CARDS!

October 28, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Last 2 games have been edge of your seat stuff, highly entertaining. Hope Craig didn't hurt himself any worse running the bases. Let's go Lynn, GO CARDS!

That's 3 in a row that were edge of the seat stuff. It's easy to second guess, but I didn't have a good feeling about bringing Maness in last night. He just hasn't got the outs in this post-season as he did during the regular season.

When this is all over, I hope there is an explanation as to why Shelby Miller has been shelved. Maybe there has been one and I haven't heard it, but he's got such good stuff that I can't believe he has not been an option in the WS or the NLCS.

October 28, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's 3 in a row that were edge of the seat stuff. It's easy to second guess, but I didn't have a good feeling about bringing Maness in last night. He just hasn't got the outs in this post-season as he did during the regular season.When this is all over, I hope there is an explanation as to why Shelby Miller has been shelved. Maybe there has been one and I haven't heard it, but he's got such good stuff that I can't believe he has not been an option in the WS or the NLCS.

100% agree 11, would've much rather seen Miller and his gas versus Gomes than Maness. They could be shelving Shelby due to innings concerns , just to want to pronounce it like Strassburg. I hope the guys put their arms around Wong, kid was falling apart after the pick-off. Given all the miscues we've seen in 4 games he's no goat and shouldn't feel like one.

Really need Adam to pitch like the ace he is cuz offense really only comprises of 5 hitters, anything out 6 thru 9 is a crapshoot and a bonus at this point. GO CARDS!

October 28, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

100% agree 11, would've much rather seen Miller and his gas versus Gomes than Maness. They could be shelving Shelby due to innings concerns , just to want to pronounce it like Strassburg. I hope the guys put their arms around Wong, kid was falling apart after the pick-off. Given all the miscues we've seen in 4 games he's no goat and shouldn't feel like one.Really need Adam to pitch like the ace he is cuz offense really only comprises of 5 hitters, anything out 6 thru 9 is a crapshoot and a bonus at this point. GO CARDS!

If Miller ended the season with a tired arm or they are concerned about his innings, that is fine. Just say that and put someone else on the roster so that you aren't wasting a roster spot. Another bat or relief option would help more than Shelby sitting in the bullpen with no consideration of ever being used.

Agree with you on the lineup. 6 thru 9 is producing NOTHING. Personally I would bat Shane 6th tonight after Yadi. The guy has been ripping line drives almost every time he gets up there. I've got to assume he plays tonight and if he is productive, I hope Matheny starts him in Game 6 and sits Jay. He's got to do something to get the offense going, and Robinson shows more signs of life than either Jay or Freese.

October 29, 2013  12:50 PM ET

Doesn't matter how well the starters pitch if the offense can't score more than a couple of runs. And for heavens' sake STOP PITHCHING TO ORTIZ!, it's obvious to everyone except Cardinal pitching that you can sneak a raisn by him at the moment.

Calling Mr. Wacha, still got any magic left ... team sure needs it.

October 29, 2013  02:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Doesn't matter how well the starters pitch if the offense can't score more than a couple of runs. And for heavens' sake STOP PITHCHING TO ORTIZ!, it's obvious to everyone except Cardinal pitching that you can sneak a raisn by him at the moment.Calling Mr. Wacha, still got any magic left ... team sure needs it.

No doubt that we have pitched well enough to win this Series, but you can't win scoring 1 or 2 runs every night. Holliday has been the only one hitting with authority, and the idea of a clutch two out hit seems to be fantasy at this point up and down the lineup.

Tough spot for Wacha again. Just go into a hostile environment and throw a shutout......because you're certainly not going to get many runs of support.

October 29, 2013  06:05 PM ET

here we go -- it's up to the kids.

 
October 31, 2013  01:08 PM ET

Another post season ended with a whimper, didn't even make the BoSox sweat for it. 4 measly runs scored over the final 3 games, we deserved to lose with such mediocre production.

Is this where we miss Albert? Sure Cards have the talent to make it to the WS but without that imposing presence in the heart of the line up (like an Ortiz for Boston) who can change a game with a single at bat are we in for more disappointment than ultimate success?

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