I am Wrigley Field. I am a behemoth - not in size, but in difficulty. I am where fly balls turn into dingers. I am where fly balls and popups swirl in the air in unpredictable patterns, making fielders look foolish. Instead of soft outfield walls, I welcome outfielders with brick, daring them to crash with abandon against my ivy covered exterior. I am where pitchers' ERAs go to die.
Things I do not like about Wrigley Field:
- Wind tunnels
- Afternoon weekday games
- Hard, brick walls
- The Cubs
- In-play bullpens
LIL_SCOOTER'S PAIN IN THE ASS OF THE GAME:
Luis Valbuena is so pesky. His .424 WPA leads all players. He also scored two runs and batted two runs in.
TWEETS/GAMETHREAD COMMENTS OF THE GAME:
Matt Carpenter's dingers are born of precision. Matt Holliday's dingers are born of violence.— Aaron Finkel (@Aaron_Finkel) July 25, 2014
(For the background story on this last tweet, see here. If we had won, one of these was going to be the headline to this recap.)
This was a game the Cardinals really, really would have liked to win. They have now lost four in a row and sit 3.5 back of the Brewers (pending the outcome of the Brewers/Mets game going on now). Games are becoming more precious, and while the tough part of the schedule is pretty much over, beating these losing teams are crucial, but you don't need me to tell you that. Tomorrow Shelby Miller faces Jake Arrieta. This match-up makes me nervous, especially if the wind is blowing out again. The game begins at 3:05pm CST. Be there or be... not there, but you should really just watch it, okay.