Oh sorry, that was just me sighing in relief. Here, join in with me.
It feels good, right?
There is no getting around it - the Cardinals had been playing some pretty poor baseball as of late. Strikeouts, errors, unlucky sequencing, you name it. So it was a nice change of pace to watch a game and not feel the sense of dread pulling like a weight in the pit of my stomach. Instead I felt... dare I say, excited?
That excitement was due in part - actually no, it was due entirely - to the starting pitcher for the Birdos. Carlos Martinez is an excellent pitcher, perhaps the best pitcher on the Cardinals right now, but not just that, he is an exciting personality. He is just fun and watching him play baseball is fun and I love it.
On the mound, by his own impressive standards, Martinez had an average night, going six innings of two-run ball, scattering four hits, three walks and striking out five, but for his first start of the year, it was promising. His fastball sat in the upper nineties, his pitches had movement, and best of all, his shoulder appeared to hold up after an injury cut his 2015 season short.
An offensive starved for runs has come alive the past two games. Tonight the Birdos were able to capitalize on many Braves miscues. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran struggled with his control, walking four and throwing at least two wild pitches. The Braves defense also committed three errors on the night, compounding Teheran's rough outing. The Cardinals were able to put together fourteen hits and nine walks leading to the twelve to two drubbing.
- Matt Carpenter walked twice and doubled. Nice.
- Carlos Martinez contributed to his own cause, plating two runs - one on an RBI groundout and another on a base hit up the middle
- VIVA EL GALLO