St Louis Cardinals 2020 season

It is frustrating. Our batting has been like this for a long time. What the hell happened to small ball? 9 innings of swing and a miss baseball is absolutely no fun.
I agree.
As frustrating as it is they were 25th in strikeouts as a team but part of it is because they are 30th in AB.
 
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I agree.
As frustrating as it is they were 25th in strikeouts as a team but part of it is because they are 30th in AB.

And dead last in in the major leagues in home runs, 27th in slugging and 26th in OPS.
 
Colorado Springs, CO
I was trying to find our risp stat bit couldn't. I bet its extremely low too.
 
Kelso, WA
I was trying to find our risp stat bit couldn't. I bet its extremely low too.

Cardinals rank 23rd out of all teams in RISP with an average of .242, ahead of only the Cubs, Pirates, and Reds in the NL. The Padres lead with an average of .308.
 
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I’m glad we won today. Those two extra games would have gassed an already tired team. With the crazy schedule, I think it’s pretty impressive that we made the playoffs, honestly. Shame that Hudson has to get TJ surgery
 
I’m glad we won today. Those two extra games would have gassed an already tired team. With the crazy schedule, I think it’s pretty impressive that we made the playoffs, honestly. Shame that Hudson has to get TJ surgery

Right. This is sort of a lost year and he will miss all of next season.
 
In what has to be considered a bit of a surprise, the Cardinals announced that Kim will start Game 1 on Wednesday. Wainwright will start on Thursday and Flaherty would start a potential Game 3 on Friday if necessary.
 
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In what has to be considered a bit of a surprise, the Cardinals announced that Kim will start Game 1 on Wednesday. Wainwright will start on Thursday and Flaherty would start a potential Game 3 on Friday if necessary.
This is kind of interesting. I wonder if they are concerned about Flaherty after his last few starts. Both Kim and Wainwright have been very solid and zeroed-in as of late. Jack could be used in a pinch out of the bullpen if we are desperate, similar to how the dodgers have used Kershaw in the past during the playoffs (though it didn’t seem to work well for them last year). This could potentially save his arm if we sneak out of San Diego early, so he could be game 1 starter in Arlington. Not sure the rational but could see if from a few different angles.
 
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In what has to be considered a bit of a surprise, the Cardinals announced that Kim will start Game 1 on Wednesday. Wainwright will start on Thursday and Flaherty would start a potential Game 3 on Friday if necessary.

Kim has been consistent and the Padres have never faced him before.
 
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Have the Padres announced whether Clevinger and/or Lamet will be able to go?

That’s obviously a completely different series if they aren’t pitching.
 
Cardinals in a good spot with the win today and Waino and Flaherty going the next two games.

Also have caught a break with Clevinger and Lamet not on Padres roster for this series, with Clevinger likely to miss the postseason.
 
Cardinals in a good spot with the win today and Waino gets the win in tomorrow's game.

Also have caught a break with Clevinger and Lamet not on Padres roster for this series, with Clevinger likely to miss the postseason.

FIFU.

Cards got a huge break by the SD pitching injuries.
 
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The bats were alive tonight. I suspect that tomorrow things might get cold (like they have over the past few months; hot-cold). For Waino’s sake, I hope the team gets him a W. He’s done well in his last few starts with no run support.
 
Bob Gibson has passed away at the age of 84 in his hometown of Omaha, NE. He was in hospice care as he had been dealing with pancreatic cancer for more than a year.
 
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Bob Gibson has passed away at the age of 84 in his hometown of Omaha, NE. He was in hospice care as he had been dealing with pancreatic cancer for more than a year.
Terrible news. I guess the whispers traveled the club house during the game. It’s a damn shame. He’s is a legend
 
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Bob Gibson has passed away at the age of 84 in his hometown of Omaha, NE. He was in hospice care as he had been dealing with pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Gibby and Brock were my childhood heroes. It's been a difficult month losing both of them but I have known their health has been failing for a few years. I'm glad they are not suffering.

Back in the 60's I started to follow the Cardinals because of my dad but I stayed because of the great teams and men like Gibson. His fiery temperament amazed me. He wouldn't let his son win when they played checkers. He had to win at everything. He was on the Globetrotters but quit after one year because he wanted to win and they wanted to put on a show. When ever they passed the ball to him he went straight to the basket and shot.

He wrote (or had someone write for him) a book called "From Ghetto to Glory". It was in my grade school's library. I read it a couple of times. It taught me a lot.

He explained how he would sign an autograph for anyone who asked my not to be rude about it. If he's eating dinner wait until he was finished. People often times asked him how much money he made. When he wouldn't say many replied it was too much money. He spoke of living in the ghetto in Tulsa. I was amazed. I thought ghettos were only in large cities. He told of the time he was bitten by a rat. I could not imagine having rats in our home. I first learned of racism from the pages of his book. It was fascinating to me as I had never experienced it. He talked about going to Spring Training in Florida in the 50's and 60's and not being able to stay at the same hotel with the rest of the team or eat in the same restaurants. He resisted but did so with dignity. I guess that is one of the reasons I am troubled by the racial troubles of today. Men like Gibson and King accomplished more with little or no violence.

I have thought about his book a great deal over the years. About 10 years ago I was delighted to find it on the bookshelf at a local library and when I flipped through the pages I was stunned to discover it was a book written for children. I never noticed it when I first read it. What a great idea.

In Rick Hummel's Post Dispatch tribute. he wrote:

(In the 1964 World Series)
Gibson pitched 27 innings in three Series games. One of the starts went eight innings but his second went 10 as he won Game Five, 5-2. Then he came back on two days’ rest and worked a complete-game 7-5 win in Game Seven.
“That last game ... I was tired,” admitted Gibson.

With that putout (in 1964), Gibson had started a string of pitching nine-inning complete games in the World Series. In 1967 and 1968, he pitched six times, with all of them complete games.

Because of Gibson I thought every teams best pitcher was supposed to pitch games 1,5 and 7. Well that was before the playoffs were expanded and you needed him to pitch in the earlier series too so things changed.

It wasn't until years later I learned some of the great stories about Bob.
When a catcher, even longtime batterymate Tim McCarver would come to the mound, to ask a question, or, dare to offer a suggestion, Gibson was said to have snarled, “The only thing you know about pitching is that it’s hard to hit.”
After outfielder Mike Shannon was switched to third base, Shannon came to the mound on Opening Day to ask Gibson where to play a certain hitter. Gibson said, “Don’t worry about it.”
Shannon replied, “What do you mean?”
Replied Gibson, “I won’t let them hit the ball to you.” And, basically, he didn’t. Shannon rarely had a chance when Gibson was pitching, other than when Gibson needed a double play against a righthanded pull hitter.
There are hundreds of other stories.

I was sad that he stayed too long in the game. When I looked at other all time greats clinging to the game it reminded me of Gibson. They have such a fire it's hard for them to turn it off.
His career ERA was 2.91. His last full season as a starter was 1974. He was 38 and his ERA was 3.83. His WHIP 1.417. His career average was 1.188. Clearly he had lost it and yet he came back one more year. After a few starts they put him in the bullpen. That was a slap in his face from his perspective but his ERA 5.04 and WHIP 1.670. He retired mid season.

One more thing I remember was laying on the floor listening to the radio and he frequently would strike out all 3 batters on just 9 pitches. I thought that was typical. Ah the ignorance of youth.
 
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