Cards-Royals: Redbirds Get I-70 Series Off To A Roaring Start

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJune 19, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 31:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 31, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I know that, tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals bombarded the Royals 10-5, and that it is tempting for fans of the Cards to gloat about such a resounding Redbird victory.

After all, until some awkwardness in the 7th inning, Brad Thompson proved that he is tougher and more reliable than at least half of the current Cardinals starting pitching staff.

The Cards drilled Kansas City pitching early in the game. Colby Rasmus cemented his position as the best young hitter in baseball. Skip Schumaker seems to have magically transformed into a hell of a lead-off man. Molina continues to be hot, and Ludwick gave Cardinal Nation a rare thrill with a 3rd inning grand slam.

 Their manager, Tony LaRussa,  has often had a habit of picking up stray and seemingly unusable baseball players in much the same way that the charities that bear his name find homes for stray, abused animals. This sometimes leads to some heartwarming stories, but, more often, it leads to baseball that is difficult to watch.  However in tonight's game, that strategy paid off big time as Rick Ankiel and, shockingly, Khalil Greene both had a great game.

I just think that St. Louis's fans should resist the urge to brag, because, first, this game was against the Royals; it's not like the Cards beat a real team.  Let's not forget though that, despite the thumping that was dealt out tonight, the ultra-crappy offense of the Royals did manage to score five runs, which shouldn't really happen. Part of the reason for this is that the Cards' fielding was a little sloppy, especially when Pujols was benched, Duncan took his place, and Thurston replaced Khalil Greene at third.  After those not very well thought out moves, the poor Cardinal defensive skills were directly responsible for putting some unnecessary runners on base, and that should not be a gratifying sight for any fan to see. Plus, the bullpen was as terrible as ever, with Perez awkwardly giving up a home-run in the 8th.

The Cards have two more games in Kansas City that should be as easy to win as this one was. Then, next week, they have to face both the Mets and the red hot Twins. If the Cardinals can batter those teams the way that they won tonight, THEN their fans will truly have a good excuse to celebrate.