Monday, September 27, 2004

Up's and Down's

As encouraging as the weekend series was, the opposite can be said of today's game. Baseball is kind of funny that way. 4 hours ago, things were looking up. Right now, things aren't quite as rosy in Redbird land.

  • As mentioned in the last post - what is up with Matt Morris? Is he hurt or not?
  • Woody Willims, a starter the Cards need if Carpenter and Morris are out, was shelled against a playoff caliber team.
  • Tony Womack was hit by a pitch, potentially in the hand or the wrist. Details on the injury are pending, but it doesn't look good at this moment.

OK, let's take a deep breath. I am usually an upbeat, positive guy. However, my posts as of late have been very "glass half empty." Let's take a look at these items one at a time.

Morris - well, I talked about that a little earlier. If he is in fact hurt, let's just hope that they don't include him on the playoff roster. Dan Haren starting over Morris isn't the end of the world if it comes to that, as he's only had 1 bad start all year. It just happens that the one start that was bad was beyond bad - it was horrible. On the season, he has a 4.76 ERA. Since the All-Star break, however, he has a 2.75 ERA. As a starter - ignoring the Cubs start - Haren is 2-0 with a 2.69 ERA over 3 starts.

Williams - tonight was his first loss since August 18th. On top of that, he was getting squeezed a little early in this start. While that isn't an excuse to give up 8 earned runs over 3 innings, it did factor in. If Woody needed to get a bad start out of his system, I would rather see it tonight than next week.

Womack - Before the season started, I may have actually wished for a season ending injury to Womack. I'm not trying to be mean, just brutally honest. I never liked Womack the player, as he had never shown the ability to get on base. This year, Womack has literally had a career year, posting a .348 OBP. The downgrade from Womack to Luna (308 OBP) or Anderson (271 OBP) is pretty major, if he is out for the year. However, if he is done - well, wouldn't you rather see him go down over Rolen, Pujols, Edmonds, Walker, or even Renteria? (Not that we can pick who does and doesn't get hurt, but come on - Cardinal fans knew the annual playoff injury was coming.)

Listening to tonights Cardinal broadcast, you would think that the team was just eliminated from the playoffs. I want this team to be 100% healthy for the playoffs as well, don't get me wrong. However, the team is deep. If all of the above guys are out, along with Steve Kline, the row is going to be a lot harder to hoe than it would have been. But don't hang your head, fellow fans. October is still going to be fun, and the Cards are still the team to beat in the NL as far as I'm concerned.


At 6:31 AM, Blogger Socnorb11 said...

Sounds like "just" a bruise for Womack, so that's potentially good news.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Len said...

I have to admit that my first reaction back in spring training was "Tony who?", and when I read that Womack had actually been eyed by La Russa and Jocketty for some time prior to the Cards trading for him I was wondering what drugs they were taking and where I could get some.

I suppose that this proves why Walt is the General Manager and Tony the field manager of a Division Champion ballclub, while I'm just an underpaid cubicle monkey.....

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Robb said...

The Cards actually picked up two guys this off-season that had similar careers.

Player A 270/315/359
Player B 269/334/353

Best Season
Player A 277/332/370, 72 stolen bases (1999)
Player B 269/334/353, 74 stolen bases (1997)

One of the two players was Tony Womack, the other Brian Hunter. Womack has had a big impact, while I don't even know what happened to Hunter. (I know he was ticked when they assigned him to AAA after Spring training, but never heard where he went.)

I've been waiting all season for Womack to come back to earth, but he's been great.


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