Giants-Cardinals: Even A MVP Performance Can't Seem to Save St. Louis

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

ST. LOUIS - APRIL 9: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals stands at second base during the MLB game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 9, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 2-1.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

While sitting in an uncomfortable, upper-deck seat in Busch Stadium tonight and peering up into the darkening St. Louis sky,  I observed some vultures flying around in a circle, waiting. They could only be faintly detected as they were up very high, but I definitely caught sight of them.

A whole hungry pack of them peered down while the San Francisco Giants were opening the offensive floodgates all over the Cardinals' ace, Chris Carpenter, and I could see them licking their chops as they observed a series of Cardinals batters get bested by the ancient Randy Johnson.  They saw the Giants emerge victorious over the Cardinals 6-3. By the end of this game, the vultures seemed to be flying a little lower than they were before.

Those flying feathered scavengers and I witnessed what was, in many ways, a typical 2009 St. Louis Cardinal game marred by sloppy fielding, poor decision making and stranded runners. It featured a piss-poor pitching performance by the atypically weak Carpenter, and some atypically strong innings from the team's bullpen. For the second night in a row, Mark DeRosa,  in one of LaRussa's more terrible managerial moves, batted right before Albert Pujols, and once again, proved incapable of accomplishing anything meaningful in a St. Louis uniform.

As usual,  Pujols provided the only meaningful Redbird offense, hitting two home runs, and driving in all three of the team's runs, which should help cement his quest to be this year's National League MVP. The usually unreliable Ryan Ludwick batted cleanup, after Albert,  and surprisingly managed to hit a double and a triple. Colby Rasmus blooped a couple of useless hits. None of these efforts led to anything good. Seven Cardinal runners were left stranded.

If the Giants had just walked Pujols every time he came to the plate, the Cards would have scored, maybe, one run at the most. I'll bet they wish that they had done just that. There is no discernible way that the current lineup of the Cardinals could have punished them for doing so.  I'm sure that the flesh-eating birds that fly over doomed sports franchises made a note of this

With their third loss in a row, the Cardinals have fallen to two games behind the Brewers in the National League Central. The talented Giants seem destined to be the National League wild card team.  Soon, with the sloppy and disorganized way that this doomed organization is run, those vicious vultures that have continually flown over all of their games this season are due to swoop down and feast on the rotting carcass of St. Louis's playoff dreams.