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The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast

The sky was not falling for the St. Louis Cardinals before and it isn’t now, either.

The Cards headed into their just completed 10-game West Coast road trip having won their last six series in a row, including a home set against the San Francisco Giants, and sported the best record in Major League Baseball.

Yet after two losses to the Padres on August 21 and 22 to open the trip to San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco, some fans were really upset. Many strong comments were shared on Twitter, but I only kept one of them. The other quotes following came from The Cardinal Nation message board.

8/21, 1st loss in San Diego

“This team has a virus. Usually it doesn’t happen until we play SF in October.” – Carter64

8/22, 2nd loss in San Diego

“Cards are going to most likely be in 2nd place when they get back home from this trip and lets face it the offense is not good enough to do a dang thing about that.” – TCRedbird

“i really hope the rumors about dewitt selling the team are true.” – Peanut82

“don’t look now, but the cubs are now 6 1/2 back. matheny’s stubby clapps have opened the door to disaster.” – Peanut82

For the record, St. Louis went on to win seven of eight after the two San Diego losses to complete the trip with a 7-3 record. The Cardinals’ lead over Pittsburgh is the same now as it was 10 games ago, 4.5 games. That is compared to just 2.5 games at the All-Star break. Pending Sunday night’s contest, the third-place Cubs have fallen to 10 back.

There is no “choke,” “virus” or “disaster.” Only the most unreasonably cynical would not agree the Cardinals made a strong West Coast showing.

That doesn’t mean the cynics will appear to be able to enjoy such a successful season, which is really too bad. The Cardinals return home not only with the best record in baseball, but also the top home (46-19, .708) AND away marks (38-27, .585) in the game. Yet for some apparently more focused on style points than the bottom line, it is still isn’t enough.

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50 Responses to “The Sky Did Not Fall on the Cardinals on the West Coast”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    The Cards have played poorly in San Francisco in the playoffs. So it was a good experience to take two out of three there. The loss we only lost by one run, owing to errors and Rosenthal being on leave, so no blowout. Warming up for the stretch run, Peat Moss hit one high off the wall and another over the wall. Over the past week, Peat’s OPS is above 800.

  2. blingboy says:

    He will hit some dingers like Carp will hit some dingers. Neither is a power hitter. I don’t know if he will be a .330 career BABIP guy like Carp. After all, what are the chances of having two lucky guys on the same team.

  3. blingboy says:

    Nothing like a three run babip.

  4. blingboy says:

    I think I’ll see if my boss thinks I should skip work tomorrow to get some rest. With pay. Someone could fill in, no problem. We have depth too.

  5. blingboy says:

    Peter Bourjos getting the start in CF to kick off the Pirates series.

    I am not sure if I should put on a hard hat or a tin foil hat. I do know there is a profound message, if only we can decipher it.

  6. blingboy says:

    I have it on good authority that the team missed the flight back to St. Louis and they fielded a team of little girls in Cardinal suits tonight. That explains it.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    We now have two mr septembers, super Pete and Moss. This dynamic duo socked three singles last night.

    It is heartening to have Super Pete Moss playing for the good guys.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    Brandon Moss has an OPS higher than Reynolds. Higher than Matt Holliday. Higher even than slugging, Matt Carpenter.
    After all the doubts expressed about trading for Peat Moss, Mo must be relieved.

  9. blingboy says:

    Sea of Red. Check.
    National TV. Check.
    Envelope. Check.
    Stamp. Check.

  10. blingboy says:

    Looks like 3rd blowout in 4 games.

  11. blingboy says:

    Don’t look up.

  12. blingboy says:

    It is a testament to my fandom and eternal optimism that I have emerged from under the bed to take in tonight’s game, which we will surely win.

  13. blingboy says:

    It is a testament to my fandom and eternal optimism that I have emerged from under the bed to take in tonight’s game, which we will surely win.

  14. Bw52 says:

    looks like Cards survived West Coast trip to choke away the lead at home.Come on guys get your head out and play some Cardinal baseball.Geez what freaking mess.

  15. blingboy says:

    7-0. Pray Milwaukee holds on. Don’t look up, the crack is growing.

  16. blingboy says:

    9-0. PIT has tied it up. Start digging.

  17. blingboy says:

    11-0. Dig faster.

  18. Bw52 says:

    A totally disgusting crappy game.Absolute garbage baseball.

    • blingboy says:

      Yes it was Bw. In fact, only one team was playing baseball, and it wasn’t us. Lucky for us today is a new day. Nothing says those little girls in Cardinals suits will show up again. But I have my hole dug and I am ready to dive in if circumstances warrant.

      I am really sick of Mike’s post game drivel. He thinks his job is changing diapers and kissing boo boos.

  19. JumboShrimp says:

    It’s crunch time. Some fans are crumbling.

  20. blingboy says:

    Looks like the lead will be 2.5 by later tonight. Is it OK to over react yet?

  21. Bw52 says:

    doing anything but being a cheerleader is considered to be overreacting by some folks who post here.

  22. blingboy says:

    I read that Mo would be in Cincy to observe today’s game. He must have slapped the paddles on some players. When they revived he started kicking butts and taking names.

  23. blingboy says:

    OK. We took 1 of 4 from a near AAA team so I am stoked. Bring on the Chubs.

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