Thursday, October 14, 2004

Pete Munro and other Random Thoughts

Considering the late hour, many of you won't see this until after the game. But, since I'm stuck in a hotel room in Chicago, I'm going to pass some time writing down some musings.

Pete Munro

Munro actually pitched more than Backe this season, having 99.2 innings and 19 starts compared to 67 and 9. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

In his 19 starts, Munro averaged less than 5 innings each time out. As a matter of fact, looking through his starts I see 4 games in which he pitched 6 or more innings, with his longest outing being 7. His last 6-inning start was August 25th, when he allowed 4 earned runs to the Phillies. Not good news for the Astros and their less than deep bullpen.

Splits wise, the trend the Cardinals have faced this post-season continues.

vs. Left - .337/.389/.587, 976 OPS
vs Right - .272/.315/.404, 719 OPS

Looking at those splits, maybe La Russa should consider starting Jo....oh, never mind.

Home - .279/.341/.437, 777 OPS
Away - .325/.359/.540, 899 OPS

Quite a difference there as well. Let's see - he stinks on the road, lefties kill him, and he rarely goes more than 5 innings. Not exactly a recipe for success for the road team this evening.

Weather

I just got off the phone with Mrs. Robb. She said it's been raining all day in St. Louis, although not hard. And according to weather.com, there is a 60% chance of rain during gametime hours. We have to hope this game gets in tonight. A postponed game to tomorrow gives the Astros a huge break, as it would allow Clemens and Oswalt to pitch games 2 and 3, as well as 6 and 7 - on regular rest. Not that I think the Cards still couldn't win the series, but every edge at this point is important. Not to mention - If I don't have a game to watch tonight, it's going to drive me crazy.

Bob Brenly

How can a former major league manager, with a World Series ring no less, make a comment like the one he uttered in the 1st inning yesterday? It happened after Pujols hit the 2 run home run in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game. I don't have the quote exactly, but basically he said "usually, when you put two points on the board in the 1st you are in good shape." Points? This is a guy who was ticked off when Ben Davis broke up a Curt Schilling no-hitter in the 8th inning with a bunt single, saying it wasn't the way things are done. Well, neither is calling a run a point.

Walker's Cycle Bid

I was hoping to see Walker hit for the cycle last night (as was Walker, based on his post-game interview.) But wouldn't that have been the "weakest" cycle ever, playoffs or not? His triple was a misplayed ball by Berkman, his double a broken bat hit that just fell in, and his single was a hit that probably should have been a double play ball if not for a bad play by Jeff Kent.


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