Friday 30 September 2011
Playoff Primer- St Louie
I'm totally going to mail this one in, because there ain't no way in heeeeellllll St. Louis gets past Philadelphia. It's a best-of-5 series, in which they will be facing Roy Halladay, Clifton Lee, and Cole Hamels. There's no Adam Wainwright to throw out there, and it's going to be Kyle Lohse going against Halladay in game one.
Beyond Albert Pujols facing Halladay and making my groin explode, I can't really see this series providing much in terms of excitement value. The Phillies are just miles ahead of the Cards, save for offense, where it's a very slight advantage to STL. Having said that, PHI's pitching is much better than STL's offense.
I will say this: STL drastically improved their bullpen by acquiring Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel. Dotel hardly fucking pitches against LHB's anymore, which makes him kind of good, as opposed to how he was in Toronto, and Rzep has been his usual excellence. Getting Edwin Jackson at the trade deadline is going to allow the Cardinals to throw their worst starter, whomever they choose that person to be, in to the bullpen, so if STL somehow manages to fall ass-backwards in to a lead somehow after 6 innings or so, there is a pretty good chance that they'll be able to shut things down.
I honestly don't give the Cards much hope, and think that it would be a surprise if they could win 1 game out of this series. I'm not going to waste anymore time on this one.