Friday, September 19, 2008

as the end approaches . . .

So the Cards played and won an ultimately meaningless game against the even-worse-than-us-yet-won-the-series Reds, but even more intriguing news came from Wrigley. 

Is it more notable that the Cubs won after being down by 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth with two out and nobody on, or that the Brewers lost after being ahead by 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth with no runners and one out away from victory? 

Goes to show how important a closer is, especially late in the season. Honestly, I'm just flabbergasted how unstoppable the Cubbies seem to be. 

But getting back to the Redbirds, I liked seeing Mark Johnson behind the plate just for the sake of seeing what he's got, but I wasn't overly impressed. I miss Yadi. 

Albert is the MVP. Whether or not anyone beyond Cardinal Nation will give him the credit he deserves for giving this team the chance he has remains to be seen. Ryan Howard may be from St Louis, and he may hit some home runs, but he's struck-out 190 times in 580 AB and has consistently hit well below .250 all year. Albert has 51 K in 497 AB and is hitting .354 with a real shot at the batting title. 

The fact that Howard is even being considered while there's a player named Pujols in the majors is a joke.