Good Evening Cardinals Nation!! I would first like to introduce myself before I write this piece. I am a young Cardinals fan who enjoys journalism and wanted to give my take on our beloved 2019 Cardinals. Please feel free to leave your opinions on my post and writing style below.
First off, I would like to begin with what a season it has been for the Cardinals. At first, they started hot, proceeded to tank in May and barely stayed above .500, but then after the All-Star Break, really turned on the jets. The last few games of the regular season were heard to watch and I personally thought they may let the division slip. But when they needed to win, they came up big and are enjoying their first postseason berth since 2015.
As I am writing this, the Cardinals have just narrowly beat the Braves 5-4 in game 4 of the NLDS to force game 5 in Atlanta. I hope you all will be reading this post-NLDS win but do not want to jinx things. The Cardinals have really been a streaky team for a long time and it seems like they have compounded mistakes this postseason. The offense has been poor, other than a few home runs today and a nice walk of hit from Yadi!! These guys have been hard to watch at times with their swinging at breaking balls in the dirt but were able to finally string together some hits today. In game one of the series, they looked as they might be dead, but some late inning magic struck by none other the Matt Carpenter kept them alive and gave them the series lead. In game two, the Cardinals did not hit, like at all, despite a great game from Flaherty but had to come away with the loss. This game was a good representation of good cards pitching but poor offense. Game three was a good one in which the Cardinals had chances to widen their lead but could not come through. With two outs in the 9th Carlos Martinez proceeded to lose a close game for the Cards and the Braves grabbed back the series.Today the Cardinals had decent offensive numbers, but a little mid-innings studder from Hudson cost them the lead. The bullpen was more than clutch in the late innings and a two out single from Yadi gave the cards their go ahead run. Shildt's decision to bring in Martinez almost killed me, but as he said yesterday, he is his guy for that spot. I was quite nervous after a leadoff double but Martinez managed to pull things together to secure a 4-4 game going into the bottom of the 9th. The Cardinals had a chance then, but couldn't muster any hits with guys on base. In the 10th, Mikolas pitched fantastic and Yadi capped off all of our days with a great Sac fly to give the Birds a walk-off victory.
While the excitement might wear off in a few hours I hope the birds manage to squeeze one out on Wednesday. But until then, all we can do is pray to the baseball Gods and wait 'till game 5. Until next time, Go Birds!!!!