I started a simulation today of the World Series I wanted to see -- Cardinals vs. Yankees -- on What If Sports.
It sure seemed real, all right. And it made me feel like maybe it was for the best that the Cardinals bowed out early.
St. Louis led the Yanks 3-1 in the ninth inning at the big new house in the Bronx when the Cardinals called in Ryan Franklin from the bullpen. Do I have to tell you the rest?
Virtual Franklin choked up three hits and a walk to give up three earned runs in a stunning come-from-ahead loss by a 4-3 score.
Also very realistically, the Birds banged out 10 hits but couldn't manage to score more than three runs. Albert Pujols was 2-for-5 in the game but grounded out to short with two on and two out in the third inning.
Brendan Ryan managed a lead-off single in the fifth, one of his two hits in four trips, before Brian Barden hit into a double play to erase the threat. Barden? Don't ask me. The computer made him the St. Louis designated hitter...
Down 1-0, the Cardinals plated a pair of runs in the eighth when Colby Rasmus singled on a line drive to left and Pujols grounded a single past the first baseman. Matt Holliday drove home the tying run on a groundout to second base. Pujols scored the go ahead run on a single up the middle from Ryan Ludwick.
The St. Louis nine added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Barden doubled to left center and Rasmus grounded a single to left to make it 3-1.
But Robinson Cano singled off of Franklin in the ninth to lead it off, Nick Swisher singled back through the box and Derek Jeter walked after Melky Cabrera flied out. Johnny Damon singled to right to make it 3-2 and Dennys Reyes came in to relive Franklin. But it was too late. Mark Teixeira drew a walk to tie the game and Alex Rodriguez hit the winning sacrifice fly to Rasmus to deal the final blow.
Adam Wainwright threw seven innings for the Cardinals, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out 7. C.C. Sabathia threw six innings and allowed four hits with five strikeouts for the Bronx Bombers.
2009 Cardinals 3 10 0
2009 Yankees 4 10 0
WP David Robertson (1-0)
LP Ryan Franklin (0-1)
BS, Franklin, STL (1); Phil Hughes, NY (1)
Yankees lead series 1-0.
I'm glad this one wasn't a real game because I wouldn't be sleeping tonight. And I would almost certainly have gone all Elvis on my TV.