For Cardinals fans waking up and learning about the team's trade for Mark DeRosa, this morning was like Christmas. Finally, it seemed like Santa, in the unlikely form of St. Louis's general management, had delivered a gift that would correct a lot of the team's deep offensive and fielding problems. DeRosa is an effective hitter and can play most anywhere in the field. He is exactly what this team seems to need.
Unfortunately, for the suddenly jubilant Cardinal nation, this afternoon, the Minnesota Twins filled our stockings with lumps of coal, handing the Cards a humiliating 6-2 loss. Mark DeRosa was stuck out in left field and failed to be a factor in the game. Neither was Pujols.
The whole sorry spectacle was marred both by dumb errors in the field and Joe Thurston's continually crappy base-running. Look, I don't expect professional baseball players to be perfect. I won't be mad at Joel Piniero when he gives up a home-run to a certified slugger like Morneau, or at a batter like Skip Schumaker for striking out every once in a while. However, I do expect players on the Cardinals not to continually make careless mistakes that even Little League players know not to do. If players like Joe Thurston and Khalil Greene continue to do such things, perhaps, they don't deserve to be in the Major Leagues any more.
Even on a day when it seems that, on paper, the Cardinals are taking practical steps to be a contender, it is difficult not to see the patience of their fans wearing a little thin. They're tied for first place in the Central division, but if St. Louis keeps making costly and sloppy mistakes like the ones they made in this game, that success probably won't last long.
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