After sitting in the stands for three plus hours and watching the Cardinals fail -- again -- to string together hits I'm at a loss.
How can a team that had such a productive offense all season fall as hard as someone tripped by a Red Sox third baseman without any warning?
I know, with the injuries the Cardinals suffered this year that I ought to be grateful that they've made it this far. I also know that the Redbirds weren't exactly facing the Houston Astros pitching staff over their last 12 games.
But the inability to even make productive outs lately has been perplexing.
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Matt Carpenter was one of the best pure hitters in the majors in 2013. But he lost his stroke in the last week of the season. Matt Adams filled admirably for Allen Craig in September. But in October he couldn't buy a hit. The clock struck midnight on the Cinderella portion of David Freese's career.
Unfortunately, the last two games the Redbirds have run out of innings before the late rally could arrive.
Now the Cardinals are forced to go back to Boston to try to steal a pair of games with wonder rookie Michael Wacha and Joe Kelly. It's not an impossible situation. But it's going to be pretty darn tough to win if they don't start tearing the cover off the ball.