The St. Louis Cardinals managed to get themselves up a win on the gods of baseball on Monday, which I will absolutely not remember the next time the G.O.B. take one away they deserved. Cliff Lee against Jake Westbrook; Albert Pujols at third and not hitting, Colby Rasmus out of the lineup, etc. Westbrook continues to do exactly what it says on the back of his box—generate ground balls indiscriminately—and nothing more; the peripheral gains from his 2010 stint with the Cardinals are long gone thus far.
It's hard to complain about this one, though. Lee was leading the National League in walks per nine innings coming into Monday's game, with 1.2, or seven total. Even with 12 baserunners on him in six innings the Cardinals managed just three runs, but thanks to Westbrook and a nice, shiny outing from the Young Relievers in honor of Jess Todd's return to Memphis, that happened to be enough.
So thanks, Gods of Baseball. But I'd still rather have that 2004 World Series back, you jackasses.