since joining the cardinals, jeff weaver has struck out just 4 men in 15.1 innings . . . and allowed 4 home runs. bad ratio. he did look sharper to me in his last game, and i'm hoping (perhaps irrationally) for a significant step forward tonight -- like, say, an outing that passes the "quality start" test (6 or more innings, 3 or fewer earned runs). he's prob'y only got two, maybe three chances left; mulder's return looms, and the cardinals are still out there shopping for arms. if weaver wants to last out the season, he'd best show that he can contribute . . . . .
cardinal fans aren't the only ones vexed by their team's deadline trades (or lack thereof). the grumps are abroad even in beaneland:
But if they come up short, the obvious excuses (injuries, so-so years from Bobby Crosby, Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, Huston Street, Barry Zito, et. al.) won't be sufficient. The A's will be a team that did not meet the expectations of Beane's acolytes in the media and in the chat rooms, and the absence of that voodoo that he do at the deadline will seem more curious than justifiable. And then people will wonder if his head and heart were fully in this season.
judging from the frustration being voiced by partisans of almost every team, this strikes me as part and parcel of the overall dislocation many fans are feeling as the game they love evolves.