It could change tomorrow. But, right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the only thing that is keeping me sane.
While the Cardinals have stunk it up in the last three games with Philadelphia, the Buckos have frustrated the Cubs and allowed St. Louis to keep it's healthy Central Division lead -- even if the Redbirds' winning percentage isn't as impressive as it was just a few days ago.
The Birds lost their third game in a row for the first time this season by a 7-2 tally. It was little surprise when they couldn't hit Kyle Kendrick or Cole Hamels that the Cardinals weren't going to take Roy Halladay out the woodshed. Still, they were given gifts of baserunners due to errors and walks and were helpless to do much at all about it.
Tyler Greene leaps over Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco as he tries to turn a double play in the Cardinals Thursday loss to Philadelphia. AP photo.
I'm not going to dwell on things that can't be changed. Instead, I'll use this space for a tip of the cap to almost Cardinal Robin Roberts, who passed away this morning at the age of 83.
Roberts, a Hall of Famer with a legendary fastball, was nearly traded to the Cardinals in 1956 when St. Louis GM Frank "Trader" Lane engineered a deal with the Phillies that would have sent Stan Musial to Philadelphia. Musial, Lane argued, was on the decline and Roberts has won 20 games or more from 1950-55. It didn't matter. Cardinals owner August Busch Jr. vetoed the deal and told Lane the legendary Stan the Man was not available for trade to any team for any player.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Skip Schumaker was the only Cardinals batter to get two hits.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Albert Pujols singled with runners on first and second in the seventh inning. It was a rare example of a St. Louis hitter coming through with a runner in scoring position, although not nearly enough...
Lowlight: Matt Holliday reached the plate as the potential tying run in the top of the fifth when Pujols was walked to load the bases. He worked the count full... then struck out on a pitch that was obviously ball four to end the threat.