The Cardinals enter this series perched on a sell/buy precipice. Theoretically, by the end of this series with the Colorado Rockies, the Cardinals should have a pretty good idea of what (if anything) they want to do before the trade deadline.
Let’s throw it to you guys!
At the deadline, will the Cardinals:
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Remain paralyzed by the crippling inertia of a team that is a mass of contradictions
1st inning: Cardinals jumped on the board quickly against rookie Anthony Senzatela. Senzatela walked Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham to open things up. Paul DeJong managed to eke out an infield single (originally called out but overturned on challenge). Yadier Molina singled (earning a congratulatory hug from first baseman and former teammate Mark Reynolds). Luke Voit singled, after being described by announcer Jim Edmonds as “simple” at the plate, as though he were starring in Sling Blade. The inning ended when a sharp line drive by Kolten Wong was beautifully caught by Nolan Arenado. Cards lead 2-0.
4th inning: Kolten Wong doubled, followed by an opposite field home run by Randal Grichuk. Grichuk now has homered in four straight games, which is even more impressive when you note that his longest streak of games this year with a hit is only seven. 4-0 Cards.
7th inning: Jose Martinez (in his first game back since getting drilled by a Matt Carpenter fould ball last week) led off with a solo shot at 103 mph off the bat to tack on an additional run. Tommy Pham, not to be left out, also went deep for his 14th home run of the year. 6-0 Cards.
Interwoven through all this was effectiveness of Mike Leake. Leake pitched 7 innings at 94 pitches, ending the night with a line of 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6K.
8th inning: Rockie get on the board with a 2-run shot by Pat Valaika against relief pitcher Zach Duke. After Duke gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon without recording an out, Mike Matheny went back to his bullpen to bring in John Brebbia. Brebbia seems due to come back to earth at any point, as his ERA is destroying his FIP/xFIP (1.64/3.02/5.50), buoyed by an incredible Joe Kellyesque strand rate of 87.2 and a BABIP which, while not predictive, is far below his career numbers. Luckily, tonight was not that night. Brebbia would retire one, Siegrist would come in to retire the following two. Cards lead 6-2.
Molina drove one past a diving Charlie Blackmon on a ball that even Bartolo Colon could probably have stretched into a triple. However, while being chased down the line by an openly laughing Mark Reynolds, Molina rounded second and chose to stop. In the booth, Dan McLaughlin found this highly amusing. TWIST: following this, Molina ended up advancing to third anyway on his 6th stolen base of the year. Molina would come in to score on a single by Kolten Wong, followed by Luke Voit somehow ducking under a nearly sure thing tag at 3rd. Voit would come in to score on a deep infield single by Greg Garcia. 8-2 Cards.
9th inning: Lyons took the 9th for the Cardinals and looked good, retiring the Rockies in order with 3 Ks. 8-2 Cardinals final score.
Cardinals continue the series against the Rockies tomorrow at 7:15 pm.