Even Albert Pujols (0-3, 2 long strikes) hurts, sometimes.
Now the losing streak is starting to get malicious. We talk about the offense yesterday and it generates two runner-on homers and a 2-5 night from one of the replacement outfielders, and what happens? The bullpen, heretofore on the road to recovery, takes an all-the-wrong-buttons beating, with its two defining features, walks and pitching changes, conveniently appropriate for the listless, suspenseless way in which the Cardinals have been bad. But I'm not up for analysis today. Analysis is the province of people who are not parked in their vintage Firebird with the windows up, listening to R.E.M.
So anyway. For my money those are the two most listless ways to pitch badly in baseball. If I had to make a top-five list, it would look like this:
- Pitching change backfire
- Walk, preferably on four pitches
- Pick-off play error
- Run Balked In
- Ground rule double
- Get up, baby, get up, get up--just foul!
- Infield fly rule
- Pinch strikeout.
- Failed sacrifice bunt
- Ground rule double.]